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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Man Killed in Midtown Police Standoff

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 10:18 AM

The 31-year-old suspect in a domestic violence situation that led to a police standoff in Midtown's Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood this morning has been shot and killed by police.

Police responded to a home at 729 North Auburndale after a man said his son was armed and fired a shot inside the home. The son, who was allegedly drunk and has a history of mental illness, was sitting on the porch, holding his revolver, when police arrived. He refused to put his gun down and surrender. Residents of the area were asked by police to remain inside their homes during the standoff. Some residents on Nextdoor said they began hearing yelling and shots from inside the house around 7 a.m.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Murder by Memphis Police Officer to be Featured on TV One's Fatal Attraction

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Chancy Jones
  • Chancy Jones

In September 2008, former Memphis Police officer Chancy Jones fatally shot his mistress, Phyllis Malone, at an East Memphis gas station.

Jones was convicted of second-degree murder for the crime and sentenced to 24 years in prison without parole. 

Several years after the occurrence, Jones and Malone’s fatal fling will be profiled in an upcoming episode of TV One’s docu-series Fatal Attraction.

Entitled “Law and Murder,” the episode will highlight the relationship that Jones and Malone shared and how it turned fatal. It airs Monday, January 12th at 10 p.m. EST.

At the time of the murder, Jones had been with the Memphis Police Department for three years. According to multiple reports, the fling between him and Malone lasted several weeks before she informed him she was pregnant. She also allegedly threatened to tell his wife of their love affair.

On the night of Sept. 8th, 2008, Jones met with Malone at a Shell gas station on Whitten Road, near Interstate 40. The two reportedly got into a heated argument over Malone’s alleged pregnancy and Jones’ desire for her to get an abortion.

According to reports, Jones told investigators when Malone said, “Bye, Chancy” and began to leave, he shot her at point-blank range three times. However, in court he said he shot her out of fear she was going to run him over. 

Malone was found slumped over in her front seat lifeless the next morning. Jones reported to shift duty that same day. While on duty, he was questioned by investigators about the homicide. He eventually admitted to killing Malone, and was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

An autopsy would later reveal Malone was not pregnant.

Check out next week’s issue of the Flyer for more information on the case. And make sure to check out Fatal Attraction on TV One this Monday.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cocaine Bust Yields 23 Indictments

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

MPD Director Toney Armstrong holds seized AR-15
  • MPD Director Toney Armstrong holds seized AR-15

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong stood behind a podium overlooking a table filled with firearms and drugs seized during a recent investigation.

The displayed evidence was the result of Operation “Paradise White,” an investigation that began in April and targeted a criminal enterprise responsible for flooding the Binghampton and Mitchell Heights communities with cocaine.

During the press conference, which took place at the office of MPD’s Organized Crime Unit (OCU), Armstrong announced 23 people had been indicted for conspiracy to commit unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell more than 300 grams of cocaine and/or conspiracy to commit unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver more than 300 grams of cocaine. The people indicted range from upper-level cocaine traffickers to street-level dealers.

Search warrants executed by the OCU during the investigation resulted in the seizure of 4,126 grams of cocaine; 11.6 grams of marijuana; $200,598.34 in currency; 23 firearms; and 10 vehicles.

In November, the MPD presented its seizures and information to the Shelby County Grand Jury and indicted 23 people. At the present time, Armstrong said 17 of the 23 have been arrested.

“There are a lot of neighborhoods in Memphis tonight that are going to be a lot safer,” Armstrong said. “People are going to sleep a whole lot better knowing there will not be a war as it relates to drugs and the proceeds from drugs and the weapons that you see in front of you.”

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said those indicted face from 15 to 25 years in prison. But if any of the defendants have prior felony convictions, they face much stiffer penalties.

“Imagine kicking in a door and running into a suspect and this is what you see,” Armstrong said while holding an AR-15, one of the weapons seized during the investigation. “We sleep a lot better knowing that we put a dent in [the local drug trade]. We have a lot of work to do, and we recognize that. But these weapons won’t be used on any of my officers or on any of the citizens of Memphis.”

The criminal enterprise reportedly imported cocaine in from Texas, a known pipeline in the Memphis drug trade.

“We’re always looking for the source,” Armstrong said. “We recognize the fact that as soon as we lock up some street-level dealer on the corner, more than likely there’s somebody to take his place before we can complete the paperwork. Before we can actually see any changes in this, this is what has to happen. We have to take out criminal enterprises.”

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Two South Main Carjacking Suspects Remain At-Large; One Arrested After Police Chase

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Brandon Burnes
  • Brandon Burnes

Two suspects who carjacked a vehicle parked on South Main last night are still on the run after last being seen in West Memphis. Police arrested Brandon Burnes, one of the three suspects, last night, after a chase ended on the westbound I-40 ramp downtown.

The situation began around 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday night, when a 28-year-old female advised police that she had been carjacked at gunpoint near the National Civil Rights Museum's South Main entrance. According to a Memphis Police statement, the woman was sitting in her 2013 Chevrolet Camero when three men approached and a gun was pointed at her. She then opened her door and was removed from her vehicle by the men. She ran for safety as the suspects drove off in her car.

Memphis Police later spotted the Camero at AW Willis and North Main, but the car sped away. It turned south on Front and then west onto the I-40 entrance ramp as police pursued. Then the car smashed into the ramp's guardrail, and the driver, Burnes, jumped from the vehicle. Burnes ran up the westbound ramp armed with a shotgun.

Police on foot and in a cruiser cornered Burnes. He tried to fight officers but was eventually taken into custody. During the fight, two officers and the suspect sustained minor injuries, and all were transported to hospitals in non-critical condition.

The whereabouts of two remaining suspects remained unknown at that time, but Memphis Police notified Arkansas police agencies that they might be in West Memphis. About 30 minutes later, an Arkansas State Trooper spotted the two men walking along I-40 near the Mound City Road exit. The trooper attempted to stop them, but they fled into a nearby field. They remain at-large. No descriptions have been provided.

Anyone with information about the suspects at large should call CrimeStoppers at 538-CASH. The tipster's identity will be anonymous.

Man Indicted on Vehicular Homicide for Killing Newspaper Carrier

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Justin Click
  • Justin Click

Similar to any other morning, Angela McGhee had intentions to help her mother deliver Commercial Appeal newspapers on June 15th, 2013. It was something the two had routinely did together for years.

Unfortunately, on that particular morning around 3:30 a.m., their routine came to an end. While stopped at a red light at Elvis Presley Blvd. and Raines Road, the two were rear-ended by a drunk driver.

McGhee’s mother, Rosetta, was driving. But McGhee was seated in the backseat of the vehicle at the time of the crash. The 42-year-old was reportedly announced deceased at the scene.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, 29-year-old Justin Click has been deemed responsible for the crash and indicted on charges of vehicular homicide involving intoxication and recklessness.

Click reportedly had several drinks at Club 152 before the crash occurred. Click told investigators he was headed home when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the McGhees.

Click, who also has a previous DUI case pending, is being held on $1 million bond.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tenant Charged with Aggravated Arson for Setting Apartment on Fire

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Anthony Richardson
  • Anthony Richardson

Frustrated from issues at work, Anthony Anderson allegedly set his Providence Place apartment on fire in April.

The 30-year-old has been charged with aggravated arson for the reckless act, according to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

On April 25th, Richardson reportedly removed his bed's comforter, placed it on the kitchen stove, and turned on the burners. He then walked outside and watched the apartment burn.

Firefighters were called to the Providence Place complex around 5 p.m. Upon arrival, they entered Richardson’s apartment and extinguished flames in his kitchen and living room.

Richardson reportedly told investigators he was upset from work-related issues as well as other dilemmas when he set his apartment on fire.

Two apartments were destroyed during the fire. The case is pending action by the Shelby County Grand Jury.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Man Sentenced to Life for Killing Memphis Rapper

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Delshun Jones
  • Delshun Jones

On Easter 2012, aspiring Memphis rapper Samuel "Sam Bo” Wilkes Jr. was fatally shot in Southeast Memphis.

Delshun Jones, 29, has been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, Wilkes, 25, and Jones got into an argument early Sunday, April 8th, 2012.

Later that evening, Jones reportedly drove up to where he saw Wilkes standing on Kathy Road and Merle Street and opened fire. The rapper was struck multiple times.

Around 6:30 p.m., Memphis police officers arrived on the scene and located Wilkes lying in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses testified in criminal court that they attempted to persuade Jones not to shoot Wilkes following their disagreement. Witnesses also testified that Jones bragged about the shooting afterwards.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Report Shows Countywide Increase in Violent Crime, Decrease in Property Crime

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM


New data from the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission reveals there has been a slight increase in murders, aggravated assaults, and robberies countywide compared to 2013. However, burglaries and felony theft offenses are on the decline.

The above-mentioned information was disclosed in the Crime Commission’s latest Operation: Safe Community monthly crime trends report. Countywide crime statistics for January through September 2014 were shared in the report.

Violent crime has increased by six percent in Memphis and 6.6 percent across Shelby County compared to last year, according to the report. From January to September 2014, there were 116 murders, 303 forcible rapes, 6,405 aggravated assaults, and 2,594 robberies in Shelby County. Over the same period in 2013, there were 98 murders, 315 forcible rapes, 5,988 aggravated assaults, and 2,434 robberies.

Major property crime, however, decreased by 3.6 percent in Memphis and 3.9 percent countywide from January through September 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. In 2014, there were 9,269 burglaries, 22,049 theft offenses, and 2,417 motor vehicle thefts. However, in 2013, there were 9,807 burglaries, 22,989 theft offenses, and 2,291 motor vehicle thefts.

There are a few other offenses that have declined since 2013. Drug/narcotic violations have dropped by 28 percent and simple assaults by 11.4 percent. Furthermore, weapons law violations have decreased 10.6 percent and domestic violence 8.8 percent.

The Operation: Safe Community monthly crime trends report utilizes data reported by local enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

Operation: Safe Community was launched in 2007 and is an initiative to reduce crime in Memphis and Shelby County. Spearheaded by the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission, the initiative involves an organized network of more than 100 partner organizations.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Career Criminal Receives 27 Years for Theft of Truck, Wendy’s Chicken Breasts

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Felix Hall
  • Felix Hall

A career criminal has been sentenced to nearly three decades in prison for stealing a semi-truck and frozen chicken breasts from Wendy’s.

In May 2012, police pulled over 51-year-old Felix Hall at Brooks Road and South Third in a maroon 2005 Freightliner Columbia. The semi had been reported stolen a week earlier.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, police found a large pair of bolt cutters, a cut lock, and a cardboard box of frozen chicken breasts from Wendy’s inside the truck’s cab. During trial, it was revealed that the chicken was stolen from a Wendy’s restaurant located at 4320 Elvis Presley.

This week, Hall was sentenced to 15 years in prison for theft over $10,000 as a persistent offender. He received an additional 12 years for burglary of a building as a career offender and 11 months and 29 days for theft under $500. Hall will serve the prison sentences concurrently.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Man Indicted in Shooting Deaths of Two Motorcyclists

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Robert Taylor
  • Robert Taylor

A 35-year-old man has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men outside of the Memphis Gentlemen's Motorcycle Club.

On April 25th, Robert Taylor was reportedly involved in a fight that took place at the North Memphis nightspot. After being expelled from the premises, he returned with a gun and opened fire, according to the Shelby County District Attorney General's office.

Eric Whitaker, 52, and Jonathan Triplett, 26, both patrons at the club and motorcyclists, were struck during the shooting.

Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene. Tripplet was taken in critical condition to Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

Taylor is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Law Enforcement Issues Second Gang Injunction

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM


Members of the Dixie Homes Murda Gang (also known as the 47 Neighborhood Crips) will no longer be able to publicly congregate in an area just north of the Medical District thanks to a court-issued gang injunction.

Monday afternoon, representatives from West Tennessee’s Multi-Agency Gang Unit and other law enforcement agencies gathered in front of Byrd’s Grill (298 Decatur Street), an identified meeting location for the violent collective, for a press conference announcing the gang injunction.

The general boundaries of the newly created “Safety Zone” include I-240 on the east, Jackson Avenue on the north, North Danny Thomas on the west, and Poplar Avenue to the south.

The injunction prohibits the gang from associating in public, intimidating or assaulting witnesses to gang activity, possessing guns, and partaking in various other forms of illicit activity within the vicinity of the Safety Zone. If a member is caught violating the injunction’s terms, he or she can be arrested.

According to the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, there are several children’s health care and medical facilities, an elementary school, and a lodging facility for families with children who are receiving medical treatment in the immediate vicinity of the Safety Zone.

Residents in the Safety Zone have reported frequent shootings, fighting, drug sales, and gambling, while area hospitals have said patients and their families feel unsafe leaving at night because of loitering and harassment.

The first-ever gang injunction in Shelby County was issued in September 2013 against the Riverside Rollin’ 90’s Neighborhood Crips in South Memphis' Riverside area.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hamilton High School Student Brings Loaded Gun To School

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Semi-automatic .25 caliber pistol
  • Semi-automatic .25 caliber pistol

Earlier today, a tenth grader at Hamilton High School was found to be in possession of a semi-automatic .25 caliber pistol with one round in the chamber and two in the magazine.

The 15-year-old student, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was located in class and searched by Shelby County Sheriff's detectives after another student tipped off school administrators.

The student told a school resource officer that he brought the gun to school for protection. But after questioning, it was revealed that the student felt he needed protection because of a previous off-campus fight. Further investigation implicated a 14-year-old male, and that student was found to be in possession of brass knuckles.

Both students were taken into custody and charged with possession of a weapon on school property. They were transferred to Shelby County Juvenile Court.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Arrest Warrant Issued for Target Shooter

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Ronald Ellis
  • Ronald Ellis

An arrest warrant for first-degree murder has been issued for Memphis firefighter Ronald Ellis, 51, who is suspected in Monday's shooting in the Target parking lot on Colonial.

On Monday around 12:30 p.m., police responded to a shooting call at 601 Colonial. They found 33-year-old Torhonda Cathy suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Regional One in critical condition, but she later died from her injuries.

The police investigation has revealed Cathy was inside her vehicle when Ellis allegedly approached the driver's side of her car and fired a gun at her. Cathy then attempted to run from the vehicle but was shot several more times by the suspect.

Ellis is believed to have fled the scene in a white 2014 Ford Focus with Louisiana tag number N365353. The investigation so far has revealed that Ellis and Cathy had been involved in a troubled relationship in the past.

Ellis has not yet been located by authorities. He is described a six-foot tall black man weighing around 250 pounds. Anyone with information on Ellis' whereabouts is urged to call 901-528-CASH or the Memphis Police Department Homicide Bureau at 901-636-3100.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MATA Security Guard Indicted in Passenger Death

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Adicus Mitchell
  • Adicus Mitchell

A Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) security guard has been indicted on criminal charges following the death of a passenger who was pushed from a bus.

Adicus Mitchell, a guard for Protech, has been charged with aggravated assault resulting in death for pushing James "Semaj" Gray, 68, off of a bus on May 6th. Gray, a homeless man who suffered from mental illness, had been arguing with Mitchell over bus fare. Witnesses have said Gray landed face down, and blood began streaming from his head. Gray was transported to the Med with a severe head injury.

Gray was hospitalized in a coma and suffered seizures and strokes because of his injury. He was moved to a nursing home in July, but he never recovered from his injury. He died as a result of the injury on August 3rd. Gray preferred to be called "Semaj" rather than his given name "James." "Semaj" is "James" spelled backward.

Mitchell's offense carries a punishment of 3 to 15 years in prison. The Memphis Bus Riders Union is calling on MATA to step up sensitivity training for security guards. Since the incident, MATA has dropped its contract with Protech and is now using Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency for security.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Man Indicted On Animal Cruelty Charges For Allegedly Setting Dog On Fire

Posted By on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Brian Gillum
  • Brian Gillum

Whitehaven resident Brian Gillum faces up to six years in prison for allegedly setting his girlfriend’s miniature Doberman Pinscher on fire.

The occurrence took place on September 5th, 2012 in the 4000 block of Webbway, according to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

After Gillum, 31, and his girlfriend got into an argument over his car keys, he allegedly picked up her 2-year-old miniature Doberman Pinscher, Bentley, and walked outside onto the patio where he doused the dog with lighter fluid and set it on fire.

The dog sustained extensive burns on its legs, hindquarters, face and eyes. It had to be euthanized.

Gillum has been indicted on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals. The charge is a felony and carries a punishment of up to six years in prison.

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