Archives for March 2019

11 Year Olds Charges Upgraded to Murder

Charges against an eleven-year-old in Memphis have now been upgraded. The juvenile accused of a double shooting now faces a first-degree murder charge. A 14-year-old that he is accused of shooting died at the hospital, where he had been in critical condition since the shooting on Wednesday. The 34-year-old man who was also shot is in critical but stable condition.

Nonstop Flights between Memphis and Cancun Coming Soon

New nonstop weekly service between Memphis and Cancun International Airport will be starting up for the summer season. Vacation Express announced yesterday it will launch service on May 20th. Flights will start departing regularly on Saturdays through June and July. Flights will leave Memphis at 8:30 a.m. and arrive from Cancun around 9 p.m.

Officials Searching For Female Forger

Memphis police are investigating a forgery case and are asking for help in catching the suspect. Police have posted a picture of a female suspect, wanted in connection with the theft of over 13-thousand-dollars. Police say the woman used names and account information of actual SunTrust Bank customers to withdraw the money, forging checks at multiple SunTrust locations in Memphis. Anyone with information is asked to call Memphis Police or Crimestoppers.

Tire Collection Is Going Over Budget

The removal of thousands of tires collected during the Tire Redemption Program will cost thousands more then was budgeted. The program was deemed a big success in January and the city allocated 50-thousand-dollars to remove and recycle the rubber. But Memphis Public Works Director Robert Knecht tells WHBQ-TV that the cost is 15-to-30-thousand-dollars over budget and could run as much as 65-to-80-thousand-dollars when it’s all done.

Foster Will Take Part In Debate

The College of Republicans at Mississippi State University has announced a debate between candidates running for Mississippi Governor. Two of the three candidates have committed to taking part, including DeSoto County’s Robert Foster and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Junior. The debate will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd at Bettersworth Auditorium inside Lee Hall on the Starkville campus.

More Hotel Rooms Being Added To Memphis Downtown

Thousands of hotel rooms are expected to be added to downtown Memphis in the near future. The Memphis Hotel Lodging Association says new accommodations are being added due to events like the AAC tournament. Hotel Indigo will open later this year. Other projects include the 500-room Loew’s hotel at the convention center and the 250-room Somera Road hotel to be added next to the FedEx logistics downtown headquarters.

One Dead, One Injured In Shooting And Stabbing Incident

One man is dead after an apparent dispute in a Memphis neighborhood. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year-old Jamarquis Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene of the 71-hundred block of Peppermill Drive. He had a gunshot wound. A second person was taken to Regional One with a stab wound and is expected to survive.

11 Year Old Charged With Attempted Murder

An eleven-year-old is being charged with attempted murder. Memphis Police say the juvenile was arrested in connection to a Wednesday night double shooting in Frayser. A 34-year-old and 14-year-old were left in critical condition as a result of that shooting. The case remains under investigation.

90 Year Old Women Threatens To Kill Her Neighbor

A 90-year-old Memphis woman is accused of threatening to kill her neighbor. Bessie Bowen is charged with aggravated assault and violation of an order of protection after allegedly pointing a gun at the neighbor. The victim told authorities she had an order of protection served against Bowen in 2018 after a previous assault. The most recent incident allegedly occurred over a dispute about leaves being in Bowen’s yard.

Wier Group Adding 150 Jobs

A Scotland-based mining equipment manufacturer is expanding its Mississippi operations. The Weir Group is investing an additional $15 million in its Newton manufacturing facility as part of a total $50-million plan supporting an additional 150 jobs at the plant.