Friday, July 25 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:09:40 GMT
A sheriff's deputy in training now accused of a nearly year-old deadly hit and run suddenly stopped driving his pick-up truck sometime last year, neighbors say. Hunter Queen, 24, is locked up in the ShelbyMore >>
A sheriff's deputy recruit accused of a hit-and-run accident that happened nearly one year ago, suddenly stopped driving his pick-up truck sometime last year, neighbors say. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:06:44 GMT
(WMC) – A Bartlett, Tenn. doctor will be spending the next 16 years in prison for illegally prescribing powerful painkillers like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. Bartlett Psychiatric Center on Kirby-WhittenMore >>
A Bartlett, Tenn. doctor will be spending the next 16 years in prison for illegally prescribing powerful painkillers like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:03:05 GMT
(WMC) – Trolleys could be running in Downtown Memphis by the fall MATA officials said during Friday's news conference. WMC Action News 5 crews saw the five trolleys that officials say should be readyMore >>
Trolleys could be running in Downtown Memphis by the fall. MATA officials provided an update on the renovation process during a news conference Friday. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:58:28 GMT
(WMC) – The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years. R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home, located on Vance Avenue, does muchMore >>
The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC TV) - Same boss. Same newspaper ad. Same consumer warning.
Only the name of the company -- and the boss's conscience -- have seemed to change.
"I'm trying to do the right thing," said Greg Brooks, owner of All Season's Restorations. "I want to change myself and what I am about."
The Action News 5 Investigators received several complaints about All Season's Restorations. The complaints -- right down to the newspaper advertising -- matched exactly the bait-and-switch tactics we exposed in an investigation of Clean Indoor Air, LLC. last November.
"I didn't investigate," said Carol Headley of the Annesdale Snowden neighborhood in Midtown. She said she hired All Season's Restorations after answering its newspaper ad for an $89.95 "whole house special" air duct cleaning.
If she had investigated at the time, she would have discovered All Season's Restorations had neither Tennessee nor Mississippi corporate licenses, nor did it have state contractor's credentials or mold inspection certification.
"I assumed, looking at this large color ad, full-page ad, that this company was spending a lot of money on advertisement, and I made the leap and thought, 'This has got to be a legitimate company,'" said Headley.
Minutes into the appointment, Headley said All Season's Restorations told her she had black mold that needed to be treated and removed immediately.
Her $89.95 cleaning bloated to $1,400.
Her check was written not to All Season's Restorations, but to Greg Brooks.
He is the same 'Greg Brooks' we busted leading the crew for Clean Indoor Air, LLC -- conducting the same bait-and-switch scheme on a home that we had already had professionally inspected and cleared of any mold.
"It's probably one of the biggest mistakes I've ever done," Brooks said. "We were trained to deceive the customer. But I left the company to start this one, to start over.
"It may look awkward, especially using the same advertising. It's not because I want to scam anybody here. Any of my customers I've done wrong, feel free to call me."
Brooks produced what appeared to be a valid Tennessee corporate license filing for All Season's Restorations, aka All Seasons Restoration. He also presented a completed application for a Shelby County business license.
But his company does not carry what Action News 5's accreditation sources said is valid air duct cleaning or mold remediation certification.
His company also does not carry proper Mississippi credentials, even though it operates in Mississippi.
"I do not have (Mississippi credentials). I'll be honest about that, " he said. "But we do work down there."
In fact, we found one of his crews, without credentials or certification, showing up at a residential property in Olive Branch, MS. The city's mayor, Sam Rikard, was with us when we confronted the crew.
"Don't just let anyone in your house," said Rikard. "You need to follow up and ask for references and find someone else who has actually had work performed."
Brooks provided The Action News 5 Investigators a reference list of about a half-dozen former customers, residential and commercial. They all confirmed they were pleased with the performance and pricing of All Season's Restorations, despite its incomplete credentials.
When considering air duct cleaning or mold inspection/remediation companies, you should not only research their state licenses and Better Business Bureau histories, but you should also make sure they are certified by one of these organizations:
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.More >>
Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:23 GMT
(WMC) - A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week. Tonight, one of them remains missing. The other resident is hospitalized. TheMore >>
A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:49:54 GMT
(WMC) – It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor! Back-to-school haircuts As the kids get closer toMore >>
It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor!More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:01:23 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police took a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy recruit into custody Thursday afternoon at a training academy. Hunter Queen, 24, was booked into jail around 4 p.m., but his charges remainMore >>
Memphis police arrested a deputy recruit at the Shelby County sheriff's training academy Thursday after an investigation revealed he could be the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run. More >>