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Police: Tennessee man's DNA led to Memphis burglary arrest

According to law enforcement officials, DNA evidence recovered at the scene of a convenience store burglary in early 2016 has resulted in an arrest of a Tennessee man in June of 2017. The Alabama store is about 150 miles east of Memphis on Highway 20 in Florence.

The suspect was arrested in Memphis a few days ago. He is facing charges of burglary, theft of property, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

Parents accuse Memphis-area Scout leader of sex crimes with son

The Boy Scouts' motto is "be prepared." Law enforcement officials say a former Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother should be prepared to spend time behind bars if she is convicted on charges of sexual indecency with a child and child pornography.

A Memphis TV station reports that the 38-year-old Marion, Arkansas, allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old who was in the woman's Scout troop.

Memphis woman faces sex trafficking charges

According to law enforcement officials, a Memphis woman took a 14-year-old to area motels to have sex with people who had responded to ads she had placed online. The news article in the Commercial Appeal did not include the woman's side of the story.

The 26-year-old was recently indicted on sex trafficking charges, the Shelby County District Attorney General said in a statement.

Memphis police: Thieves ran off with Nike shoes

We do not know if the sneakers were imprinted with the name of Michael Jordan, LeBron James or even comedian Kevin Hart. All endorse Nike shoes. One thing Memphis police say they know: the shoes didn't just walk off by themselves. Someone stole the footwear from a big rig's trailer parked in a Southeast Shelby County lot.

According to law enforcement officials cited by News Channel 3, someone first cut a hole through the parking lot fence, then sawed off the trailer's lock, made their way inside and removed at least 12 cartons of Nike shoes valued at more than $14,000. At the time this blog post was written, no one had been charged with theft in the case.

Video of Tiger Woods' DUI arrest released

A few days ago, Memphis TV stations joined networks around the nation in broadcasting news that stunned the sports world: Tiger Woods had been arrested. The golf icon was arrested for driving under the influence near his Florida home.

Shortly after the news of the arrest broke, Woods released an apology along with a statement that he had not been drinking. He said he had experienced an unusual reaction from prescribed medications. Law enforcement seemed to back up his contention when police revealed that he had blown a 0.0 BAC (blood alcohol content) on a breathalyzer.

Shelby County deputies accuse man of stealing rental deposits

People in search of a nice Memphis apartment often turn for help to property management companies that can offer a variety of rental possibilities. Sometimes the assistance is not what it might seem, however.

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies recently arrested a man accused of posing as a leasing agent in order to get potential renters to give him their rental deposits. A Memphis TV station reports that he has been charged with two counts of theft of property of $1,000 to $2,500, as well as two counts of criminal simulation.

Pressure on Memphis VA to fire woman after DUI

She has been punished, but some members of the media have decided her punishment was insufficient. An employee at the Memphis Veteran Affairs facility recently completed a 60-day jail sentence for a DUI conviction.

But several media outlets -- including the Tennessean and the Daily Caller -- have run large extensive articles on the 32-year-old. Clearly, the pressure is on the VA to fire her though she paid her debt to society.

Memphis police officer arrested for domestic violence

It happens across the spectrum of society. Johnny Depp has been accused of domestic violence and so have Sean Penn and Mel Gibson. So have NFL stars such as Adrian Peterson and Adam Jones and baseball players such as Jose Reyes and Jeurys Familia. Some of those accused were later vindicated, some convicted and some came to agreements with prosecutors or accusers.

There are, of course, many ordinary people who never make the headlines who face accusations of domestic violence. Add a Memphis police officer to the list.

Memphis police accuse letter carrier of delivering drugs

The Memphis Police Department spent 7 months on the investigation they called Operation Wait A Minute Mr. Postman. The probe resulted in 25 indictments announced with the Shelby County District Attorney's Office earlier this week.

Among alleged gang members arrested on felony drug-related charges: a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. Fourteen people were arrested, while another 11 are still being sought. 

Breath test result doesn't necessarily make or break your case

How does one end up facing a DUI charge? Being arrested for suspicion of DUI probably brings to mind a night-time traffic stop and an image of someone taking a breath test. These are common lead-ups to a drunk driving arrest and charge, but the commonness of a breath test doesn't mean the test is reliable or the most important aspect of a Tennessee case.

There are at least two truths you should understand about DUI cases. First, if police investigate you for suspicion of drunk driving, an incriminating BAC doesn't mean your case is hopeless. There are effective defense strategies to combat results of a Breathalyzer device. An astute defense attorney will challenge the test results and the people who administered the tests. There is hope beyond the test results.

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