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Drugs, stolen items turn up in search of Tennessee vehicle

If you drive northeast of Memphis for a few hours, you will arrive in Gallatin, Tennessee, Police there recently responded to a call about an unconscious driver in a vehicle parked behind a gas station. When an officer looked inside the pick-up truck, he saw two people: the male driver behind the wheel and a woman in the backseat. Both were naked.

After the two put clothes on and got out, a search of the vehicle turned up a stolen gun, as well as other allegedly stolen items that included jewelry, watches, cell phones, DVDs, knives and keys. The two were arrested on charges of possession of drugs for resale, possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and sale of a counterfeit substance.

Police claim Memphis man went on Christmas crime spree

A Memphis has been accused of a Christmas crime spree that echoed a similar string of accusations this past fall. The 36-year-old faces new charges of robbery and carjacking, police said. It is not yet clear if he will face kidnapping charges as well.

In October, he was accused of stealing a car, wrecking it and then running from police. He was charged then with robbery, burglary, carjacking, evading arrest and more after his arrest in Midtown.

Unhappy holidays: Tennessee cop arrested for domestic violence

It's the happiest time of year, the song says. The holiday season is jolly and merry and bright. At least that is how it is portrayed in stories. For many couples going through difficult times in their relationships, the holidays can bring added stress and pressure -- and arguments.

A Tennessee police officer is on paid administrative leave after his Christmas Day arrest for simple domestic assault. As you know, state law says that a conviction on the charge can result in a year of jail time.

Former Memphis firefighter arrested on child porn charge

What had already been an undeniably wild month for former Memphis firefighter and Southhaven alderman Ronnie Hale got even wilder and worse after his recent arrest by federal agents. Hale surrendered to marshals at the Oxford, Mississippi, court house on a child pornography charge, news media outlets reported.

Hale was arrested in late November on a prostitute procurement charge. A search warrant issued in that case led to the child porn allegations, his criminal defense attorney said.

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.

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