Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:23:22 GMT
(WMC) - Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director. Over the weekend, wireless users in several Mid-SouthMore >>
Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:12:13 GMT
(WMC) - Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County. The most recent came this past Saturday in the Mt. Pleasant community. Two clerks were robbed at gunpoint just after the storeMore >>
Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:49:52 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday. Once again city retirees, employees, and supporters packed the chamber as the council considered threeMore >>
Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:46:11 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis. The union has filed an injunction to stop the city from proceeding with widespread health care cutsMore >>
Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) - The first wave of untested rape kits sent off for testing have all now been tested.
Memphis Police Department made its monthly update on the rape kit backlog to the Memphis City Council public safety committee Thursday morning.
MPD says land for a facility to store rape kits are ahead of schedule, but a several million dollar funding gap still exists before all kits can be tested.
Serology testing--testing of plasma and other bodily fluids--on the initial wave of 2,226 rape kits is complete. Investigators expect to receive the results of another 400 kits that were sent for further DNA testing within two weeks.
As a result of these initial tests, police say they have launched 145 investigations, 84 of which remain active, 61 of which have been closed. 16 tests identified suspects who have been previously convicted of the crime. In addition, these tests have resulted in 20 indictments, either against persons or DNA profiles. Police say seven of the suspects or victims are dead, while 10 victims declined to participate in the investigation and/or prosecution. Six cases are beyond the statute of limitations. Two kits contained DNA that had deteriorated beyond usability.
"It's really not a lot; we've just started. This is a process that's going to take about five years to complete. The timetable that we've put into place takes into account days off, training, vacation, people calling in sick," Memphis Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Harvey said. "So we've tried to be realistic on the numbers that we looked at, available officers that would be committed to the project, court time, research that has to be done. So probably a five year project and we're just getting started."
Harvey says Memphis police investigators have done a commendable job of completing the testing, at times even having to employ the use of microfilm on kits that the department had identified as already having had some form of testing in the past.
Harvey says some additional grants are helping to fill a funding gap that remains large. The department still needs $3.775 million to pay for testing on all 12,162 rape kits in the backlog.
The city is planning to build a storage facility to house all the backlogged rape kits. Harvey says the process is a week or two ahead of schedule. The bid process is ongoing, and MPD expects to have a finalized bid soon.
City council committee members say they are pleased with the progress MPD is making at this point.
MPD is hosting a training day on August 11, funded by the Joyful Heart Foundation and local organizations. Law enforcement, service providers, victim advocates, and others involved in this type of work will be invited to a morning session from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. while the public will be invited to an afternoon session from 6 to 8 p.m.
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:21:47 GMT
(WMC) - Police were called to an early morning accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis. Witnesses say at least three passengers were in the car. TheMore >>
Police were called to an early morning fatal accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:04:31 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis dispatchers tell WMC Action News 5 Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue is being evacuated.There is smoke coming out of the restaurant. Investigators are still trying to figure out if somethingMore >>
Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:21:00 GMT
(WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has reports of two school bus crashes on Austin Peay Highway. One is at the corner of Austin Peay and Pleasant Ridge involves a bus and a car. The other is atMore >>
A bus leaving Bolton High School with 32 children on board crossed the center line and hit a truck towing a Bobcat utility work vehicle.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:54:29 GMT
(WMC) - A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape. Investigators say Michael Lewis, 32, and his roommate Bryan Wilson, 32, raped the young girlsMore >>
A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape by the Shelby County District Attorney's office.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:15 GMT
(WMC) - "It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 monthsMore >>
"It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 months old. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:14 GMT
(WMC) - For over a century, Memphians graced the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — typically held from mid-September to early October. The first "Shelby County Fair" ran for two days inMore >>
For over a century, Memphians dared rides, spectated various entertainment acts, and devoured food at the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — once held from mid-September to early October in the Bluff City.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>