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Pitcher arrested in Tennessee home on domestic violence charge

He lives in Tennessee but works in Boston. He's pitcher Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox. The knuckleballer was arrested several days ago and charged with domestic assault, according to police in Williamson County.

The 33-year-old is also accused of preventing a 911 call, law enforcement officials said.

A DUI is the ultimate lump of coal for Christmas

Many people like to grumble about the Christmas season. It's too hectic, too commercial, too long and too much of this and too much of that. But most of us concede that the holiday season gives us opportunities to get together with family and friends to share food, laughs and companionship.

Let's not romanticize the dangers of the season, however: because of the heavier holiday traffic, there are increased risks of car accidents. And because of greater scrutiny of drivers by the Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, there is an increased risk of being arrested for driving under the influence.

DUI could be dismissed for controversial former Memphis cop

A controversial former Memphis police officer continues to face serious questions about the July 2015 shooting of unarmed Darrius Stewart. However, an entirely separate matter involving former cop Connor Schilling has been resolved.

Shilling's July DUI charge has been settled, the Commercial Appeal reported recently. If he pays $1,406 in fines and attends required classes, the drunk driving charge will be dismissed.

Memphis motorists urged not to drink and drive

Memphis sits at a crossroads, in between Little Rock to the west and Nashville to the east, and in between Jackson to the south and St. Louis to the north. At the same time, we're also a premier destination for travelers and vacationers. Combine these factors with a holiday and you get a lot of traffic flowing in and out of Shelby County and a lot of planes taking off and landing at Memphis International Airport over the coming few days.

This is a time of Thanksgiving and get-togethers with family and friends. It's also the time when Memphis police officers and Shelby County sheriff's deputies will be out on the roads looking for motorists suspected of drunken driving.

Middle school teacher faces DUI and drug possession charges

Just south of Memphis, a middle school teacher made headlines when she was recently arrested. The sixth grade history and science teacher has been charged with driving under the influence, news outlets reported.

The DeSoto County teacher has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance and careless driving, according to WHBQ-TV.

Former Tennessee teacher accused of sexual battery

A former Tennessee teacher has been arrested in California and has been accused of having sexual contact with an underage student. The charge revolves around allegations that the 25-year-old teacher was involved in Nashville with a then-14-year-old.

The teacher will apparently be returned to Tennessee to face the sex crime allegation, a news report stated.

Getting off of Tennessee’s sex offender registry

In most cases, the worst part of a criminal conviction in Tennessee is the jail or prison sentence. Many who have been convicted of a sex crime in our state believe the worst part is having to register as a sex offender. Registration can have a significant negative impact on family relationships, limit the kinds of jobs you can hold and also put restrictions on where you can live.

For some, a registration requirement will last a lifetime. For others, it will be possible to be removed from Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry.

Tennessee to expand mental health outreach to reduce arrests

The state of Tennessee has announced that it has received a $75,000 federal grant to develop a plan to expand the Crisis Intervention Team program across the state. The mental health and law enforcement program that got its start in Memphis three decades ago is now in 18 of Tennessee's 95 counties.

According to the Department of Corrections, more than one in four inmates -- 28 percent -- has mental health issues. Ideally, the Crisis Intervention Team model helps individuals access mental health resources and avoid being arrested on drug charges, DUI, domestic violence charges and other infractions commonly associated with mental health issues.

Former DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by greed, Congress

We have seen the opioid epidemic up close. Over the past 20 years, Memphis and communities across America have seen opioid use and addiction skyrocket. The collateral damage has been enormous with as many as 200,000 people killed by their addictions and many more addicts facing arrest and incarceration for opioid-related crimes.

According to the former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control, in its quest for ever-greater profits, the pharmaceutical industry pumped hundreds of millions of opioid pills to pain clinics and rogue pharmacies.

The group most likely to be prescribed — and addicted to — opioids

They are mothers, wives, daughters and sisters. They are accountants, professors, researchers, firefighters and more. Perhaps most surprising of all is that this group of people is most likely to be prescribed opioids when they go to an emergency room or when they leave a hospital after surgery. Who are these people? According to a recent study, they are middle-aged women.

That initial prescription can sometimes result in an opioid addiction that can compel a person to commit drug crimes in order to feed a powerful hunger.

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