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Two Memphis cops accused of stealing from drug dealers

Memphis police officers are paid to keep residents of our city safe. But two officers are now charged by their peers with violating not only the city's trust, but also violating its laws.

Two Memphis cops have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, distribute or sell heroin, among other accusations. The pair are accused of robbing drug dealers of drugs and money during traffic stops, according to a recent news report.

Former Tennessee teacher pleads guilty to felonies, weeps

It is about a four-hour drive east of Memphis to arrive in Culleoka. The small town is most widely known as where a high school teacher and a 15-year-old student began a cross-country journey that garnered nationwide attention last year. Fifty-one-year-old Tad Cummins has apparently changed his mind and agreed to plead guilty to two felony charges in the case, according to news reports.

Cummins cried in court after pleading guilty to a sex crime and an obstruction of justice charge in federal court in Nashville.

Tennessee Supreme Court to hear controversial DUI case

The Tennessee Supreme Court is going to hear a case that has thrown many drunk driving prosecutions in the state into uncertain territory. Last month, the Criminal Court of Appeals said that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's lab fee system is "unconstitutional."

Because of that ruling, many criminal defense attorneys believe Tennessee court can't accept blood or breathalyzer tests as evidence in DUI cases until TBI's lab stops demanding a $250 fee from defendants convicted of drunk driving.

Memphis congressman pushing national DUI reporting law

A Tennessee congressman familiar to Memphis has introduced a bipartisan bill that would change DUI reporting methods for law enforcement agencies across the country. Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. Steve Chalbot (Ohio) recently introduced the DUI Reporting Act.

The two say their measure is designed to close a loophole in drunk driving laws that allows some "repeat DUI offenders to be charged and tried as first-time offenders because of inconsistent reporting."

After drug arrest, Memphis Tigers player dismissed from team

By almost any measure, the Memphis Tigers football team had a number of successes on the field last season, finishing with 10 wins and 3 losses. Off the field, the team suffered a recent loss, however, when defensive tackle Jared Gentry was dismissed from the team.

Fans were expecting big things from the junior in the coming campaign, but will not get to see him play for the Tigers after his recent arrest on drug charges.

Grandmother arrested at Shelby County jail for drug smuggling

Most people have good and warm thoughts about their grandmothers. Lovely women who often have amusing stories about their children and their lives. They're often simultaneously the glue and the backbone of strong families.

Sometimes they err by trying to help out their children's children, however. Shelby County law enforcement officials say that is what appears to be the case with a 68-year-old grandmother who, they say, was trying to bring drugs to her grandson.

Tennessee man arrested after Facebook claims about rape, murder

Last October, a Tennessee man made a disturbing claim in social media, writing that he had killed a 5-year-old girl. When law enforcement officials investigated the messages he posted on his Facebook page, they "not find anything credible" in his murder claim, a detective who worked on the case said.

However, their investigation of his claim that he had raped a 5-year-old girl led them to evidence indicating that the Roane County man's assertions about sex crimes might be true. The 30-year-old has been arrested on charges of child rape, aggravated stalking, harassment and retaliation for past action, police said.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can result in DUI charge

A 47-year-old Tennessee man was recently pulled by police for speeding. According to a news report, the driver claimed to be working for Uber and said he had been awake and driving for 24 hours.

He told a police officer that he had taken the prescription stimulant Adderall to stay awake. He later said that he had also taken the anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax and over-the-counter cough medication Nyquil. He was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence

Memphis woman accused of shooting, killing abusive boyfriend

You can find the East Memphis Robinhood Park Apartments directly across Interstate 240 from Nash-Buckingham Park and Nonconnah Creek. Law enforcement officials say the housing complex was where a woman allegedly fatally shot her boyfriend.

The 29-year-old suspect told authorities that her 31-year-old boyfriend abused her and that the shooting was accidental. Police had been called to the apartment to investigate a domestic violence altercation.

Memphis man wrongly arrested in police mix-up

Ever wonder how you would feel if you were arrested for a crime you did not commit? Quinton Braxton knows exactly how it feels.

The 20-year-old felt "frustration" and "anger" as he recently spent two days in Shelby County Jail after being arrested for crimes that were actually committed by an identity thief. The thief stole Braxton's ID and then ran up more than $1,500 in charges at a Chattanooga hotel. Memphis police then arrested Braxton on a theft charge.

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