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Free school lunches set to expire nationally
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After two years of free meals for students across the country, America's public schools are bracing for changes this fall. The federal waivers that provided millions of kids with free lunch and breakfast have not been extended and are set to expire this summer. Families will need to fill out applications to [...]
Shelby County barrier breaker William Hughes remembered for life of service
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MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- A Shelby County barrier breaker and one of the first Black County Sheriff’s Office deputies is being remembered for living a life of service. Funeral services for William Hughes were held Saturday at Anointed Temple of Praise on Riverdale Road. Mr. Hughes died last week at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital after suffering...
MPD: Man drags ex-girlfriend, points gun at her and children
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police arrest a man after they say he pointed a gun at his ex-girlfriend and his children earlier this month. Police say Devonte Holloway and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument on May 12. The woman told investigators Holloway reached into the car she and their children were in, grabbed her [...]
Man found dead at Hickory Hill bar
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was shot and killed outside a Hickory hill bar overnight Sunday. The incident happened El Malecon Bar & Grill on Winester near Ross Road just after 3 a.m. The victim was found dead at the scene. No arrests have been made. This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any [...]
Multiple shootings in Memphis area leave 2 dead, 1 injured overnight
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two people have died and one person was sent to the hospital after being shot in separate overnight shootings Sunday. The first incident happened around 1 a.m. in North Memphis on the 1700 block of Hunter Avenue when police located a woman suffering from gunshot wounds. She was taken to Regional One [...]
City watch issued for 13-year-old last seen in Nutbush
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police have issued a city watch for a 13-year-old girl. Juana Gonzalez was last seen around midnight on Sunday in the 3400 block of Macon Road in Nutbush. Police say Gonzalez got into a black car with an unknown male and left the home on Macon. She is described as 5’7, [...]
One person injured during shooting at Mississippi music festival
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police in Batesville, Mississippi have begun an investigation after a shooting at a music festival. The incident happened Saturday night toward the end of the city's Springfest. Police say the victim and suspect knew each other, and are not from Panola County. The victim was taken to the hospital in Oxford. Police [...]
Man leads police on chase in stolen car with kids inside, MPD says
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police arrested a man they say sent officers on a chase with his children in the car on Friday. Memphis police say they observed Jarvis Jones driving a reportedly stolen vehicle in Whitehaven. When police tried to pull the car over, they say Jones sped away. According to crime documents, Jones [...]
Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Mid-South
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the mid-south for Saturday. Parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee can expect to see heavy rain and winds until 10 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, hail and tornadoes are possible.
Woman allegedly cashes $5K in fake checks at Bartlett market
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman is behind bars after allegedly cashing over $5,000 in fraudulent checks last year, police say. According to police, Melissa Acosta cashed several checks at ​​La Perla Hispanic Market in Bartlett with her boyfriend on Nov. 21. The owner of the store said she processed the transactions because she recognized Acosta...
West Memphis church hosting gas giveaway amid soaring prices
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- A West Memphis church is giving out free gas on Saturday. The giveaway is hosted by Faith International Ministry Center Church. The church will be providing the first 100 cars with free gas at Dodge's Chicken on Broadway Street. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Victim identified in deadly Orange Mound shooting
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was shot and killed in Orange Mound Friday night. The family has identified the victim as 48-year-old Carlos Jackson. The incident happened around 11 p.m. at Kimball and Kimball Cove. The victim was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. No arrests have been made. This [...]
Man gets ticker after another man uses his social security number during traffic stop, police say
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is in jail after police say he pretended to be someone else during a traffic stop in January Police say Kaleb Cogbill gave a fake social security number during a traffic stop when he said he didn't have his driver’s license. According to the court documents, the real owner of [...]
Man wearing wig robs Family Dollar at gunpoint
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MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- Memphis police are looking for a man who robbed a Family Dollar at gunpoint. Police say, on May 13, a man wearing a long black curly wig and a bright yellow hoodie went to the Family Dollar on Coleman Road where he was met at the door by the manager. The manager, who [...]
House flippers use tech to track burglar and stolen items
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis house flippers used some high-tech equipment to track down $12,000 worth of stolen materials and help police make an arrest. Virginia Gonzalez, property manager for MAS Properties, said Wednesday morning they discovered burglars had cleaned out a house in North Memphis they were about to list. "They took the microwave out...
House guest convicted of molesting his friend's children, niece
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MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- A West Memphis man who was temporarily living with his friend in Memphis was convicted Friday of sexually abusing his friend's three daughters and niece, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced. A criminal court jury convicted 54-year-old Rodger Bridges on rape of a child, rape, three counts of aggravated...
Shelby County Sheriff nabs over $630k in drug bust
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Sheriff's Office announced they have recovered over $630,000 in drugs and paraphernalia after executing multiple search warrants this week. On May 19, in multiple locations across Memphis, sheriff's deputies and agents with the Multi-Agency Gang Unit executed search warrants on four locations. They searched...
TDOT teams up with Memphis leaders to clean up roadways
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MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- As illegal trash dumping and litter pile up along Memphis and Shelby County roadways, it's proving once again that one person's trash can become another person's, or in this case, an entire community's problem. Discarded plastic, Styrofoam, water bottles, old tires, and mattresses are causing an unsightly and expensive problem for...
New TN law could reduce prison sentences for hundreds of drug offenders
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A change in Tennessee law could allow hundreds of people arrested on drug offenses to be set free from prison. People who are arrested for drug crimes in a school zone face four times the jail time. Last year, Governor Lee signed a bill that reduces the size of a drug-free zone [...]
Man seeks help after shooting, uncle shoots him again
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Dyersburg, Tennessee man is recovering after he was shot twice in the same night, once when he went to his uncle's house for help. According to Dyersburg Police, officers were investigating a shots fired call around midnight May 15 near Upper Finley Road when they received another call regarding another person [...]
Family Dollar employees out of work after infestation
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — First a rodent infestation, and now hundreds of Family Dollar employees will soon be jobless after the company announced it will be shutting down its distribution center in West Memphis. WREG has been looking into this story for months. We spoke with one employee who said while this came as a shocker [...]
Man replaces 7th car window after 5th break-in downtown this year
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - One Downtown man said his car has been broken into so many times he doesn't even bother to file a police report anymore. "They are not going to give you a coupon for new glass," said Chris Brock. "They don't notify you when they've caught any of these people. They don't have [...]
Serial shoplifter puts on stolen items before leaving, police say
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The owner of a South Memphis gas station said he's relieved a man who has been stealing from him for days is behind bars. Tierre Brown, 30, is accused of breaking into a Valero Station on Airways twice and shoplifting three times in front of employees over a three-day period. The gas [...]
Shelby County pilots new childcare stipend for moms
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It's no secret a work life balance can be difficult for working parents. If you have kids you know, childcare is not cheap. However, there is relief coming for some county employees. They come from all walks of life, and different county departments. These women have one thing in common: They are [...]
JB Trotter, one of Memphis' first black employees, passes away at 84
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis' first black personnel manager, JB Trotter has died. His wife, Antoinette, says he passed suddenly at the hospital around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. Trotter was among the first black employees the city of Memphis ever hired. As personnel director, he was pivotal in leading efforts to desegregate the Memphis City Fire [...]