Archives for July 2019

former SCS Superintendent Named Interim Pres Of LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, TN) — The new interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College is no stranger to Memphis. The school announced this week that Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean is taking over for Andrea Miller, whose contract ends September 1st. Johnson-Dean has previously served as the superintendent of Shelby County Schools. She’s also the executive director of New Leaders – South Region in Memphis.

(Memphis, TN) — The new interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College is no stranger to Memphis. The school announced this week that Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean is taking over for Andrea Miller, whose contract ends September 1st. Johnson-Dean has previously served as the superintendent of Shelby County Schools. She’s also the executive director of New Leaders – South Region in Memphis.

Memphis Hospitals Well Ranked By National Publication (Memphis, TN) — Memphis-area hospitals are getting some national recognition. Both St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital did well in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospital Rankings released this week. St. Jude’s is ranked second for pediatric cancer care. Le Bonheur came in tenth in the Best Children’s Hospitals for Cardiology and Heart Surgery category.

(Memphis, TN) — Memphis-area hospitals are getting some national recognition. Both St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital did well in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospital Rankings released this week. St. Jude’s is ranked second for pediatric cancer care. Le Bonheur came in tenth in the Best Children’s Hospitals for Cardiology and Heart Surgery category.

Men Killed In Walmart Shooting Identified (Southaven, MS) — The two men killed in a shooting at a Southaven Walmart are being identified. The DeSoto County coroner has identified them as 38-year-old Brandon Gales of Hernando and 40-year-old Anthony Brown of Olive Branch. An officer was also injured during the shooting but is expected to be okay. Friends and loved ones who gathered in the parking lot of the store yesterday remembered the two men as kind and dedicated to their jobs.

(Southaven, MS) — The two men killed in a shooting at a Southaven Walmart are being identified. The DeSoto County coroner has identified them as 38-year-old Brandon Gales of Hernando and 40-year-old Anthony Brown of Olive Branch. An officer was also injured during the shooting but is expected to be okay. Friends and loved ones who gathered in the parking lot of the store yesterday remembered the two men as kind and dedicated to their jobs.

Prosecutor: Alleged Walmart Shooter Doesn’t Have A Criminal History

(Southhaven, MS) — Prosecutors say the man suspected of a deadly shooting at a Southaven Walmart doesn’t have any criminal history. Martez Abram is charged with killing two Walmart employees at the store where he worked. Authorities say Abram had recently been suspended after he showed another employee a knife he had in his belt. They say the employee was concerned and wanted to make a report, which is believed to be the motive for yesterday morning’s shooting.

Latest On Walmart Shooting

Here’s the latest we know from yesterday’;s shooting at the SOuthaven Walmart. The suspect in the case has been identified as former employee Martez Terrell Abram. Abram, who is 29 years old, is now charged twice with murder. Reports indicate Abram had been fired from the store the day before.

Abram apparently walked into the store and confronted one worker. That worker immediately called police due to his concern. Within three minutes, an officer was on scene, according to Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore. However, Abram had already began shooting, killing two employees. Those workers are identified as 40 year-old Anthony Clay Brown, of Olive Branch, and 36 year-old Brandon Gales, of Hernando.

Officers began searching for Abram and found him on the west side of the store in the parking lot outside. Shots were exchanged by at least one officer and Abram. The officer was injured, whiel Abram was also hit.

Additionally, we’ve also learned that Abram attempted to start a fire in the baby section of the store, which was quickly put out by other employees. A suspicous backpack was discovered later, but turned out to be not involved.

In a statement, Walmart President and CEO Greg Foran expressed the company’s concern and thanked law enforcement and first responders for their efforts. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will handle the case going forward.

Woman Accused Of Attacking Haywood Co. McDonald’s Manager Due In Court

(Haywood Co., TN) — A woman accused of attacking a Haywood County McDonald’s manager is due in court today. Marquenta Glidwell allegedly hit Jacob Jordan in the face multiple times in June after complaining her order was taking too long. Glidwell allegedly became violent when Jordan told her he could refuse her service for being disruptive. Cell phone video showed a woman grabbing Jordan by the hair and trying to pull him through the drive-thru window before attempting to Tase him.

Missing Tipton Co. Man’s Truck Found Submerged In Mississippi River

(Tipton Co., TN) — The search for a missing Tipton County man is continuing on after his pickup truck was found submerged in the Mississippi River. The 2014 Ford F150 belonging to Paul Rodgers was pulled from the water of the Mississippi on the western edge of Tipton County. Rodgers was reported missing on Friday, July 19th, one day after he was last seen leaving his home for his job in Memphis. His employer says Rodgers called on the 18th saying he needed the next several days off.

State Rep. Holds Workshop Designed To Fight Sex Trafficking

(Nashville, TN) — Sex trafficking is the second fastest rising crime in Tennessee. That’s why Democratic Rep. London Lamar of Memphis held a workshop with the help of community organizations yesterday in Nashville. They heard about trouble fighting the crime from a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent before trying to come up with legislation to help combat sex trafficking. Rep. Lamar says the workshop gave them a better idea of how to craft legislation to help the TBI fight human trafficking.

Pimp Arrested For Advertising Teenage Girl For Sex

(Memphis, TN) — MPD says a pimp is in jail after advertising a 14-year-old girl for sex. Arthur Hopkins was arrested at the Parkway Village motel after officers and the FBI made arrangements with him to meet the girl. The girl was rescued on Saturday. Hopkins is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.

Jerry Lawler Files Suit Against Hardeman Co. Over Son’s Death

(Hardeman Co., TN) — Jerry Lawler is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Hardeman County over his son’s death. Brian Christopher Lawler was found hanging in his jail cell last July. The suit filed on Friday is seeking damages for what Lawler calls failures of the county and its employees that led to the wrongful death of his son. A lawyer for the Lawler family says jail staff put Brain in solitary confinement after he was attacked by another inmate instead of getting him medical care.