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Eliza Fletcher's Autopsy Results Are Released

She suffered a gunshot wound to the back of her head, among other injuries

(Newser) - Eliza Fletcher's cause of death has been revealed via her autopsy report. The Memphis teacher, who was abducted and forced into a vehicle during her early-morning run on Sept. 2 , suffered jaw fractures and a gunshot wound to the rear of her head, reports the AP . Fox 13 cites...

Woman: I Was Raped by Man Accused of Killing Eliza Fletcher

Alicia Franklin says police didn't do enough to get Cleotha Abston Henderson off the streets

(Newser) - Alicia Franklin says she met Cleotha Abston Henderson on a dating app last year, and when they met last September for what was supposed to be a date, he raped her at gunpoint. In a lawsuit she recently filed against the city of Memphis, Franklin accuses police of failing to...

Memphis Shooting Suspect: I Can't Afford a Lawyer

Ezekiel Kelly makes first court appearance, is granted a public defender

(Newser) - A Tennessee man accused of killing four people and wounding three others in a livestreamed shooting rampage that paralyzed Memphis and led to a city-wide manhunt was granted a public defender during a Friday morning court appearance and will remain jailed on a first-degree murder charge. Ezekiel Kelly, 19, told...

Emotional Reporter During Mass Shooting: 'Memphis Is Tired'

Meanwhile, Ezekiel Kelly has been charged with murder in spree that left 4 dead, 3 injured

(Newser) - Joyce Peterson spent much of Wednesday evening into early Thursday reporting on a shocking, daylong Memphis shooting spree that left four dead , three wounded, and one man finally in custody . But one of the Action News 5 reporter's on-air segments in particular is drawing attention, as she became emotional...

Cops: Man Driving Around Memphis on Shooting Spree Arrested

Residents had been warned to shelter in place

(Newser) - Update: Police in Memphis, Tennessee, said a man who drove around the city shooting at people during an hours-long rampage that forced frightened people to shelter in place Wednesday has been arrested, the AP reports. Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly was taken into custody after 9pm...

Eliza Fletcher Still Missing, but an Arrest Is Made

Cleotha Abston charged with kidnapping in connection with case

(Newser) - Eliza Fletcher, the 34-year-old teacher who was forced into a vehicle while she was jogging near the University of Memphis campus just before 4:30am Friday, remains missing, but an arrest has been made in the case. Memphis Police tweeted late Saturday afternoon that they had located a vehicle of...

Police Say They Have Leads in Kidnapping of Jogger

Eliza Fletcher, 34, apparently was forced into an SUV while on a morning run

(Newser) - Police said they're receiving tips in the abduction of a 34-year-old Memphis woman who was apparently forced into an SUV while on an early morning jog. Eliza Fletcher was seized on the University of Memphis campus just before 4:30am Friday, per the Commercial Appeal , and reported missing at...

This Is the No.1 Stressed City in the US

Cleveland might have your stomach in knots, per WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - If you've been feeling a little overwhelmed lately, you're not alone—especially depending on where you live. WalletHub wanted to see what parts of the country were more frazzled than others, and so the site looked at more than 180 of the most populated US cities, examining more...

KFC Worker Calls 911 After Customer Writes Note for Help

Woman told Memphis police that her boyfriend was holding her against her will

(Newser) - A Memphis woman told police her partner was holding her against her will, had confiscated her phone, and punched her in the face when she tried to leave. That she was able to speak to police was thanks to her quick thinking, and a KFC worker who took action. The...

Arrest Warrant Issued After Murder of Rapper Young Dolph

Authorities are seeking Tenn. man Justin Johnson, 23, in connection with fatal November shooting

(Newser) - Update: An arrest warrant has been issued for a Tennessee man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph, who was gunned down in a daylight ambush at a popular cookie shop in November in his hometown of Memphis, authorities said Wednesday. A first-degree murder warrant was...

Boy Critically Injured in Memphis School Shooting

Classmate of his at K-8 school is arrested

(Newser) - A teenage boy was shot and critically wounded Thursday at a school in Memphis, Tennessee, and police detained a second boy believed to be the shooter, per the AP . The K-8 school was placed on lockdown and students were taken by bus to a nearby church to be reunited with...

Loud Music Allegedly Led to Black Man's Death

Unlicensed gas station security guard charged with shooting Alvin Motley Jr. in Memphis

(Newser) - A Black man who traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to visit with his niece and nephew ended up dead at a Kroger gas station where he was allegedly shot by a security guard upset about his loud music. That's according to an affidavit claiming 54-year-old Gregory Livingston, who is white,...

10 Most, Least Stressed US Cities
10 Most, Least
Stressed US Cities

10 Most, Least Stressed US Cities

Per WalletHub, Cleveland needs a chill pill, while S. Burlington in Vermont is kicking back just fine

(Newser) - It's been a tough 16 months, and stress levels have been high—though in some cities across the country, that stress has been tougher to contend with than in others. WalletHub wanted to see which places have been dealing with things best (and which not so much), so it...

Remains of Confederate General, Wife Being Exhumed

Bodies of Nathan Bedford Forrest, wife will be relocated

(Newser) - The Confederate general whose statue was already removed from a Memphis park will soon exit the park himself. Workers started the process Tuesday of digging up the bodies of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife, the AP reports. The graves will be moved to Tennessee's National Confederate Museum hundreds...

Bridge Inspector Fired for Missing Crack—Twice

Every inch of span on Mississippi River was supposed to be checked

(Newser) - In 2019 and 2020, the same inspector led teams checking the condition of a bridge that spans the Mississippi River, connecting Arkansas and Tennessee. Both times, the teams failed to notice a crack that has now shut down the bridge for repairs, the New York Times reports. There's no...

Crack in Major Bridge Could Lead to Monthslong Shutdown

Closure of Memphis' Hernando DeSoto Bridge connecting Tenn. to Ark. is causing a big headache

(Newser) - A big crack in the steel framework of a bridge over the Mississippi River has led to the bridge's closure, throwing traffic and shipping into disarray for the indefinite future. On Tuesday, the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which connects Memphis, Tenn., and West Memphis, Ark., was shut down for emergency...

Storms, Tornadoes Roll Across South

Forecast calls for more severe weather Tuesday

(Newser) - Severe storms spawning multiple tornadoes moved across the South on Monday, damaging homes and uprooting trees from Mississippi to Kentucky. A tornado spotted in Atlanta forced thousands to seek shelter, and one man was killed when a falling tree brought power lines onto his vehicle. The motorist was pronounced dead...

Burger King Customer Accused of Drastic Measure at Drive-Thru

Cops seeking woman they say was angry over wait time, shot into drive-thru window in Memphis

(Newser) - An incident at a Burger King drive-thru in Tennessee last week has police asking for the public's help. FOX13 reports on a shooting Tuesday at one of the fast-food chain's Memphis locations after a customer apparently didn't appreciate the wait time on the drive-thru line. According to...

Twitter Suspended People Over the M-Word

'Memphis' was briefly outlawed, in error

(Newser) - If you live in Memphis, have been planning a trip to Memphis, or just like chatting about Memphis online, you may have recently found yourself getting a slap on the wrist from Twitter. CNET reports that users on the social media platform who mentioned the Tennessee city over the weekend...

Tennessee's Also Struggling to Keep Water On

Memphis distributes thousands of bottles while crews work

(Newser) - Crews in Tennessee raced Sunday to fix water mains that failed in freezing temperatures, as the region worked to recover from winter weather that paralyzed parts of the nation. Ten inches of snow fell in Memphis last week, followed by a sustained cold snap. With the forecast calling for temperatures...

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