Tuesday, December 3 2013 5:04 PM EST2013-12-03 22:04:30 GMT
(WMC-TV) - An outside audit revealed that $48.4 million in school equipment is missing from Shelby County Schools, board member David Pickler confirmed Monday. The audit reported more than 54,000 piecesMore >>
An audit released Monday revealed that $48.4 million in school equipment is missing from Shelby County Schools.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:23:10 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 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:19:19 GMT
(WMC) - A proposal could force drivers to pay for using Interstate 40 in Arkansas. State leaders are considering setting up tolls. The tolls would help fund an I-40 expansion project from West MemphisMore >>
A proposal could force drivers to pay for using Interstate 40 in Arkansas. State leaders are considering setting up tolls.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:08:50 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police crews are responding to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road. Two vehicles and a bus are involved. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation smart map,More >>
Memphis police crews responded to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road on Friday afternoon. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:44:32 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 >>
A news conference was held Tuesday afternoon, intended to bring perspective to the shocking numbers released Monday.
The audit, completed by Maryland-based ProBar, reported that the more than 54,000 pieces of missing equipment include laptops, tools, hard drives, and driver-training cars.
"We obviously have a very big issue that we'd like to discuss," said SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson Tuesday afternoon. "Obviously, when you have missing assets of any amount that were purchased with taxpayer dollars, it's disappointing, it's alarming, it's unacceptable."
According to Hopson, the findings of the audit, which was conducted at the school board's request, were a big surprise.
This was the first in-depth audit of both SCS and the former MCS in an estimated 30 years, but even so, officials admit there are problems that need fixing.
"Some of it is human error, some of it is theft, some of it is poor record keeping," said Hopson. "I think some of it is poor processes and procedures."
"I think whatever problems we have, there's local talent and talent within our school community to solve the problem," said SCS Board Member Billy Orgel.
Hopson plans to present recommendations to the board within 30 days regarding how to improve internal controls.
"There are processes we know you can improve upon and you can expect us to do that," said Kevin Woods.
Parents of students in the district are concerned about where the equipment went, especially since it seems that various school fees continue to rise.
"There's always an increase in the book rental fees and different fees," said Jovona Winsley, who has three kids in SCS schools. "Everything is always going up so why is this stuff disappearing, yet my kids need all these things at school. So we need to find out what happened."
Taxpayers are offering suggestions as to what happened to the equipment.
"I'm pretty sure people inside both school systems were like well this stuff, probably won't need it anymore or something to that effect. It's out there, might as well take it. Nobody will miss it," suggested Daven Donald.
"I think it was just hidden all the time. I didn't think this merger had anything to do with it," said Sharon Buckner. "It's just been hidden under the covers and now it's just coming to light."
But as they speculate, SCS leaders say they plan to collaborate with businesses and other entities to get answers.
"Being a parent of three children in Shelby County Schools, I don't want to see a dime wasted," said SCS Board Member Chris Caldwell. "This is very important. We needed it to get corrected, but at some point we really need to focus on educating our children and focusing on student achievement."
School board members say an inventory audit shows antiquated processes dictated modern operations and that the unaccounted inventory piled up over more than 30 years.
"Now is the opportunity to improve upon those processes, not take this as an opportunity to say, 'Well, Shelby County has failed its taxpayers,' because at the end of the day these are processes that we know we can improve upon and you can expect us to do that," added Woods.
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 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:46:04 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 >>
Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving...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 >>