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Lender Drops Foreclosure Claim on Graceland Amid Suspicion

There are indications loan signature was fraudulent

(Newser) - The lending company that planned to auction off Graceland, Elvis Presley's former mansion and burial place, is withdrawing all claims to the property after allegations of fraud, per Reuters . Naussany Investments and Private Lending sought a public auction of the iconic Memphis property, claiming previous owner Lisa Marie Presley...

In Memphis, 600K Are on Day 4 of Boil Water Notice

Utility says advisory probably won't be lifted until Thursday

(Newser) - Memphis was on its fourth day of living under a boil water notice on Monday, as repair crews worked to fix broken pipes in the hopes of easing the stress caused by a week of sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. Memphis' water company issued an advisory on Friday that residents...

School Agrees to Rent Space to After School Satan Club

Tennessee faith leaders still condemn nonprofit's plan

(Newser) - Faith and education leaders are denouncing plans for an After School Satan Club at a Tennessee elementary school but said they would follow the law and allow the organization hosting the club to meet. Around 40 members of the faith community in Memphis stood united with leaders at Memphis-Shelby County...

Suspect in Fatal Memphis Shooting Rampage Found Dead

3 women, teen girl were killed, and another teen girl was seriously injured

(Newser) - A suspect in Tennessee died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot while on the run early Sunday after he allegedly killed four and seriously injured a fifth victim during a deadly outbreak of domestic violence Saturday night, police said. Officers found Mavis Christian Jr., 52, in his car during a manhunt...

Former Memphis Cop Pleads Guilty in Tyre Nichols Death

Desmond Mills Jr. was one of five Memphis cops charged after the fatal beating

(Newser) - A former Memphis police officer changed his plea to guilty Thursday in the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols , becoming the first of five officers charged to reverse course. Desmond Mills Jr. entered his plea during a hearing at the Memphis federal courthouse as part of a larger agreement to settle...

Fired Officers Enter Pleas in Tyre Nichols Civil Rights Case

The four also face state murder charges

(Newser) - Four former Memphis police officers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal civil rights charges in the violent beating and death of Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop nine months ago. Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills, and Justin Smith were led by US Marshals into a courtroom wearing handcuffs and...

Memphis Police Face Federal Investigation

Justice Department will examine allegations of racial bias after death of Tyre Nichols

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice said Thursday it is investigating the patterns or practices of police in Memphis, Tennessee, nearly seven months after the violent beating of Tyre Nichols by five officers after a traffic stop. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division made the announcement in...

This Is the Most Stressed City in America

Cleveland tops WalletHub's list, while Vermont's South Burlington chillaxes in last place

(Newser) - Between work, family issues, money, and life's other usual trials and tribulations, trying to tamp down on stress can seem a fruitless task. There may be some areas of the country, however, where you can surround yourself with a calmer, more carefree populace. WalletHub examined the 182 largest US...

Tyre Nichols' Family Says Autopsy Confirms 'What We Knew'

It shows he died by homicide with brain injuries from blunt force trauma, family's lawyers say

(Newser) - An official autopsy shows Tyre Nichols suffered brain damage as a result of blunt force trauma as he was beaten by Memphis police officers on Jan. 7, according to Nichols' family. The family of the 29-year-old Black man who died three days after the brutal assault for which five former...

Tyre Nichols' Family Sues Memphis Police

Lawsuit names city, 7 officers

(Newser) - The family of Tyre Nichols has sued the city of Memphis, individual officers, and emergency medical personnel involved in his case. Lawyers for Tyre Nichols’ mother, RowVaughn Wells, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Memphis. The suit, seen by the AP , seeks a jury trial and financial damages....

Judge Blocks Release of Tyre Nichols Footage

DOJ announces review of Memphis Police Department

(Newser) - The city of Memphis says it has completed its investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols after he was beaten by police—but a judge has blocked the release of 20 hours of video and audio recordings, along with personnel files. The request was filed Wednesday by an attorney for...

Ex-EMT: It's Cops' Fault I Didn't Render Aid to Tyre Nichols

Robert Long says police refused to take off Nichols' handcuffs, meaning EMTs couldn't check his vitals

(Newser) - A former Memphis Fire Department emergency medical technician told a Tennessee board Friday that officers "impeded patient care" by refusing to remove Tyre Nichols' handcuffs, which would have allowed EMTs to check his vital signs after he was brutally beaten by police. Robert Long, whose license was suspended for...

Police Search for Suspect After 11 Are Shot in Memphis

One man dies in attacks that police suspect are connected

(Newser) - One person was killed and 10 were injured early Sunday in a pair of shootings in Tennessee that police believe are connected, according to a news release from the Memphis Police Department posted on Twitter. Police responded to a shooting at a Memphis nightclub at 12:43am, according to the...

5 Memphis Cops Enter Their Pleas in Tyre Nichols' Death

All 5 plead not guilty; due back in court on May 1

(Newser) - Five former Memphis police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree murder and other charges in the violent arrest and death of Tyre Nichols , with the judge urging patience in a case that could "take some time." Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III, and...

Documents: Officer Didn't Give Tyre Nichols Reason for Stop

Newly released documents provide fullest account yet of officers' actions

(Newser) - The officer who pulled Tyre Nichols from his car before police fatally beat him never explained why he was being stopped, newly released documents show, and emerging reports from Memphis residents suggest that was common, the AP reports. The Memphis Police Department blasted Demetrius Haley and four other officers as...

After Tyre Nichols' Beating, a Pic Began Making the Rounds

Police officials now say cop Demetrius Haley, since fired, circulated pic of Nichols to at least 5 people

(Newser) - Five Memphis police officers have been fired and charged with murder in the death of Tyre Nichols , the 29-year-old Black man who died three days after a brutal beating during a traffic stop. Now, a new allegation against one of those former cops: According to documents released by the Memphis...

Le Le the Giant Panda Dies
Le Le the Giant Panda Dies

Le Le the Giant Panda Dies

Memphis Zoo defends itself from mistreatment allegations

(Newser) - Months before he was scheduled to return to China, Le Le the Giant Panda died Thursday at the Memphis Zoo. He died in his sleep with little warning, the Commercial Appeal reports, and zoo officials said the cause of death isn't known. He'd displayed signs of distress days...

Memphis Cop Who Said 'I Hope They Stomp His Ass' Is Fired

Preston Hemphill is 6th police officer booted from the force after brutal beating, death of Tyre Nichols

(Newser) - A sixth Memphis officer was fired Friday after an internal police investigation showed he violated multiple department policies in the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, including rules surrounding the deployment of a stun gun, officials said. Preston Hemphill had been suspended as he was investigated for his role in the...

Fire Dept. Lieutenant Never Left Truck for Tyre Nichols

She's among 3 Memphis Fire Department employees fired

(Newser) - The fallout continues over the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols during an arrest in Memphis:
  • Fire department: The city's Fire Department fired three employees Monday who responded to the scene, reports USA Today . EMTs Robert Long and JaMicheal Sandridge and Lt. Michelle Whitaker lost their jobs for failing to

Memphis Cop 'Relieved of Duty' Over Nichols Beating

Preston Hemphill is 6th Memphis police officer to be disciplined over the brutal arrest

(Newser) - A sixth Memphis Police Department officer has been disciplined for his involvement in the brutal beating and arrest of Tyre Nichols, a department spokeswoman said Monday. Officer Preston Hemphill was relieved of duty shortly after the Jan. 7 arrest of Nichols, who died three days later at a hospital, said...

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