Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Possible Serial Rapist Terrorizes Apartments

Police search for possible serial rapist

I first visited the Mill Creek Apartments in Memphis in April following a rape and assault.  Now, police report at least four crimes possibly linked to the same suspect.  I got reaction from tenants and others at a convenience store across the street.  More than one said they would deal with the suspect themselves if the opportunity arises.  Police encouraged them to remain observant and vigilant.. And report anything suspicious.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Robbery Suspect Snaps "Selfies" With Stolen Phone

Robbery suspect's selfies may lead to her arrest

Memphis Police sent us two photos of a robbery suspect that were taken with the victim's stolen cell phone.  They were "selfies."  We pulled the report and tracked down the victim.  She was hesitant to talk about the crime.. But eventually gave in.  The phone was still synced with the victim's email.  So, she was getting "selfies" and other pics taken by the victim every day.  I took a few "seflies" to spice up my live shot.  Turns out, the suspect was arrested after my story aired.  The stolen phone was also recovered.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Lawyer Charged In Hitman Plot Indicted For Poisoning Wife

Lawyer charged with hiring hitman, indicted for poisoning wife

This story had to come together pretty quickly.  We got to Collierville around 8:00 PM and were tasked with turning a story for 10:00.  This attorney made news in the previous week for paying an undercover TBI agent to kill his wife.  He thought the agent was a hitman, according to investigators.  I bought some toothpaste to help illustrate new charges against him.. For putting poison in his wife's toothpaste.  We regularly rely on MOS (man on the street) interviews for stories, especially when those involved in a case don't talk.  In this case, I interviewed folks outside the Walgreens.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Child Hurt After Shot Fired At Pickup

Family shot at while in pickup truck in Panola County

I was sent to Panola County, MS after a producer saw an article in a newspaper concerning a family whose pickup truck was shot.  A toddler in the back seat was injured by flying glass from a shattered window.  His mother was quoted in the article.  But my attempts to reach the family were unsuccessful.  Obviously, the story must go on.  So, I got some photos of the incident from Facebook and spoke with neighbors in the area where the shooting happened.  The suspects were still at large.. Although everyone seemed to know them.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

4 Year-Old Dead After Finding Father's Gun

SCSO: 4-year-old finds gun, kills self

I've covered way too many of these kinds of stories over the years.  Some gun owners simply haven't learned to lock up their weapons and keep them out of reach of children.  In this case, a 4 year-old boy somehow got hold of his father's gun and shot himself.  He died on the scene.  His dad was outside mowing the lawn at the time.  My photographer was first dispatched to what was initially a shooting call.  I joined him once we learned a child was involved and that it was fatal.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Victim's Father Speaks About Baseball Coach's Abuse

Victim's father responds after Bolton High teacher admits having sex with student

This was a story that we shot, wrote, and edited within about 45 minutes.  The father called the station expressing his interest in talking about a guilty plea entered earlier in the day by a former baseball coach.  The coach had a sexual relationship with the father's 17 year-old daughter while teaching at Bolton High School.  I already had an unrelated story shot for the 10:00 news.  But I figured this dad's interview was timely and would be "only on 5."  It turned out great.  And we had a lot of the interview left over to place on our website.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Arrest Made In Hit & Run That Injured 7

Arrest made in hit-and-run that injured 7 people

Memphis Police charged a woman for striking 7 people (including four children) with her car nearly two months after the incident.  Turns out, they say she'd been hiding out ever since the crime.  I went to the apartment complex where it happened in hopes of finding one of the victims.  It took about 10 seconds.  Luckily, one victim was sitting on a porch with her crutches and a knee brace on her leg.  She and several other people were more than happy to talk about the arrest.  Now, they want to see the suspect's charges upgraded.