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 >>
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A heated debate at the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting concerning Mission Outreach, a non-profit that houses the homeless and cares for the sick, coming to Southwest Drive.
We learned that had the property been purchased just a few months sooner, the meeting wouldn't have taken place.
Those in favor of and against Mission Outreach's newest home at 800 Southwest Drive made for a packed house at the Jonesboro MAPC meeting Tuesday night.
"We're looking to offer transitional living and permanent housing," Jamie Collins, Director of the Mission explained Tuesday.
According to the Mission, 20 percent of those who used their facility in 2012 were from Craighead County.
"The need is here and it's not being met. We are serving the citizens of Craighead County in our Paragould facility currently," Assistant Director Jeremy Biggs told MAPC Commissioners.
While no one in attendance opposed what the Mission does, many were vocal in where the Mission chose in it's newest location.
"Good intentions don't always equal good planning," Adam McPike, a Jonesboro resident who lives in the area said at the meeting.
The group of concerned residents presented 80 signatures of those against the MAPC granting the Mission conditional use of the property.
Possible sex offenders at the Mission, increased crime and burdens on the school district were some of the biggest fears brought to the table.
"I have two small children, lots of people here have small children, how are we going to know if someone there has that? Who's going to foot the bill for a background check?" Dawn McPike asked.
Collins assured residents that as a 501-C3, non-profit organization, they did not accept sex-offenders and would work hand in hand with the schools and law enforcement agencies in the area.
Collins also addressed the location, saying it was key in getting people back on their feet.
"There's plenty of statistics and research to prove that if you want to change a life, take them out of their environment because you are who you hang out with," Collins said.
Debate and discussion on the issue lasted for nearly two hours and as it came down to a vote, all but one commissioner voted in favor of granting the Mission conditional use of the property.
Melody Mooney, one of those in opposition says now, she hopes to work with the Mission to avoid issues they brought up in the meeting.
"And trying to make sure that this doesn't have a negative affect on our community because we don't want it to," Mooney told Region 8 News.
Mission Outreach bought the property right around Christmas of 2013. The nursing home vacated the building in November of 2012. According to the MAPC, if the Mission had purchased the property within a year of the nursing home vacating it, they would have been able to take over the complex without going through this process.
"I think that was the point that pushed the board over," Mooney said. "They felt like almost they were obligated to okay it because if it had not expired with the year of being vacant, then they would have just been able to come in without having any of us to speak or to express our concern."
Stipulations are in place for the Mission including a one year review by the MAPC to determine that the facility isn't causing any unreasonable impacts on the surrounding community.
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 8:25 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:25:53 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 were waiting Friday for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an...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 >>