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Tennessee police officer arrested for DUI

Memphis police officers are regular people who put their uniform pants on one leg at a time. They work, play, laugh, cry and make mistakes just as everyone else does. We read recently of an officer here in Tennessee who is accused of making a serious mistake: she has been arrested and charged with driving while drunk.

The 19-year veteran of the Nashville Police Department is accused of crashing her pick-up truck while driving under the influence of alcohol while she was off-duty.

On the move: Indiana woman arrested in Tennessee on robbery charge

According to law enforcement officials, a woman recently arrested in Tennessee had been on the move before she was taken into custody. She and her boyfriend had reportedly traveled from Indiana to Wakulla County, Florida.

She is accused of robbing a pharmacy there and then fleeing to Blount County, Tennessee – an area about 400 miles east of Memphis and a short distance south of Knoxville. She has been charged with robbery and grand larceny, a police spokesperson told a news source.

Six Tennessee men and women face meth charges

Perhaps best known as the home of the University of Tennessee at Martin, Weakley County is a little more than 130 miles northeast of Memphis. According to a news article, the area was recently where a half-dozen people were arrested on drug-related charges.

The Weakley County Sheriff’s Department said its officers found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia when they raided simultaneously raided two apartments in Martin.

Police: Revenge porn-related arrests on the rise in Memphis

A detective with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s sex crimes unit says the department is increasingly dealing with revenge porn allegations. While some people might think of revenge porn as a form of justice for a former lover, law enforcement does not take a similar view.

The detective said that while people might be fascinated with sex tapes and explicit photos, uploading these items without the other person’s consent can result in very serious sex crimes charges. “I cannot count the number of cases we investigate weekly,” the detective told a local news reporter.

Tennessee couple facing meth, weed possession charges

On the far side of Tennessee sits Morristown, a modest city of about 30,000 residents. Of course, no matter what size the city or where it is situated within the state’s borders, people arrested on drug charges there are subject to the same harsh punishments if convicted.

Two people in Morristown recently arrested on drug-related charges are undoubtedly pondering that stark reality right now. According to a news article, they were each arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, among other serious allegations.

Memphis firearms theft suspects arrested near Chicago

It is about a nine-hour, 500-mile drive almost due north of Memphis to get to Midlothian, Illinois. The Chicago suburb of about 14,000 residents sits southwest of the city. The village perhaps best known for its role in the development of railroad in the area recently made its way into the headlines when men suspected of stealing a shipment of guns from a Memphis freight yard were arrested on charges of possession of stolen firearms.

The men arrested are suspects in one of the biggest gun heists ever investigated by the federal government's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The firearms were taken from a United Parcel facility, according to news reports.

Garth Brooks drops singer after domestic violence arrest

There is little doubt that Garth Brooks is one of the most successful country music artists of all time. The renowned singer had last week vowed to help vocalist Michael Ketterer up the industry ladder by inviting the “America’s Got Talent” finalist to perform with him.

Brooks rescinded the offer to the singer with Tennessee ties after Ketterer was arrested on a charge of domestic violence.

What kind of evidence proves intoxication in a DUI case?

Drunk driving defendants will remain innocent of their DUI charges in Tennessee until -- and only if -- the prosecution proves them to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The way the prosecution will prove guilt in this respect is to present evidence that the defendant was indeed intoxicated.

As a part of the criminal defense process, it may be in the best interest of the defendant to try and cast doubt on the alleged evidence of intoxication that the prosecution attempts to use against the defendant.

Memphis drug raid results in three arrests

If you drive east of downtown Memphis for about 25 minutes, you’ll arrive in Cordova, which sits just north of Germantown and south of Bartlett.

A Cordova home on Glen Way Cove was recently raided by city police officers executing a search warrant. According to a news report, three people were arrested on drug-related charges after the raid.

Tennessee man accused of exposing himself to co-worker

If you drive northeast of Memphis for about three hours, you will come to the suburban Nashville town of Fairview. A man there has been accused of a sex crime after a female co-worker alleged that he exposed himself to her in the workplace.

The man manages a Fairview convenience store. According to a news report, he admits that he took his clothes off inside the truck stop housing several businesses where they both work. She works at a doughnut shop at the same location; there is no wall between the convenience store and shop.

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