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1. Last Word: Hotel on the Mall, The Twist in Council Day and Rallings on Surveillance -

At this point, the second convention center hotel is a bit like the Pyramid was at one point. Before the first dirt was turned on the Pyramid in the late 1980s, there was the discussion about where it should go and there were a lot of ideas on that covering a lot of territory – so much so that then-Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris had a model of a pretty generic looking Pyramid on his desk that had some lego wheels attached to it.

2. Last Word: Bigger Goodlett, Collierville's Dilemma and Ronnie Grisanti's at Regalia -

Shelby County Schools officials breaking ground Monday evening on the new Goodlett Elementary School to open a year from now on the grounds of the current Goodlett Elementary at 3001 S. Goodlett. The bigger Goodlett will allow for nearby Knight Road Elementary to close and its students to attend the new Goodlett. GOODLETT.

3. Hickory Hill Strip Club Ordered Closed as Public Nuisance Following Two Deaths -

The main event of Memphis rapper Yo Gotti’s birthday was a Thursday, June 28, show at FedExForum featuring numerous special guests. But an after party scheduled for a strip club in Hickory Hill was cancelled.

4. Hickory Hill Strip Club Ordered Closed As Nuisance -

The main event of Memphis rapper Yo Gotti’s birthday was a Thursday, June 28, show at FedExForum featuring numerous special guests. But an after party scheduled for a strip club at Mendenhall and Winchester in Hickory Hill was cancelled.

5. State and Federal Corruption Charges Against Two Cops Prompt Review of Their Cases -

The District Attorney General’s office is reviewing arrests and criminal cases in which two former Memphis Police officers played a major role. The review comes after officers Terrion Bryson and Kevin Coleman were indicted by the Shelby County grand jury and a federal grand jury on state and federal drug conspiracy, robbery and corruption charges.

6. Major Violent Crime Drops In Latest Crime Stats -

Major violent crime for the first quarter of 2018 was down 5.1 percent in Memphis compared to a year ago and down 4.9 percent countywide over the same period.

The crime statistics from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission and the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute released Tuesday, April 17, show major property crime was up 2.8 percent in the city and increased 4.5 percent countywide from the first three months of 2017.

7. Major Violent Crime Drops In Latest Crime Stats -

Major violent crime for the first quarter of 2018 was down 5.1 percent in Memphis compared to a year ago and down 4.9 percent countywide over the same period.

The crime statistics from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission and the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute released Tuesday, April 17, show major property crime was up 2.8 percent in the city and increased 4.5 percent countywide from the first three months of 2017.

8. Major Violent Crime Drops In Latest Crime Stats -

Major violent crime for the first quarter of 2018 was down 5.1 percent in Memphis compared to a year ago and down 4.9 percent countywide over the same period.

The crime statistics from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission and the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute released Tuesday, April 17, show major property crime was up 2.8 percent in the city and increased 4.5 percent countywide from the first three months of 2017.

9. Duran Arrest Highlights Uncertain Immigration Nexus -

Nine people were arrested by Memphis Police last week during MLK50 protests. One of those arrests has focused new attention on the nexus between federal immigration policies and local law enforcement.

10. Strickland Jeered Over Duran Arrest During MLK50 Event -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was jeered Saturday, April 7, and called a “coward” and “liar” at a rally as part of a “Cathedral to City Hall” MLK50 event outside City Hall.

11. Prescription for Tragedy -

He has his own GPS, an internal shield that keeps him from driving anywhere near 637 Poplar Ave. Home to the Memphis morgue. That’s where they showed Jerry Davidson his 22-year-old son, Oliver, his eyes closed and his lips purple.

12. Last Word: EDGE In The Middle, More Voices in Nichols Matter and Opioid Tension -

The battle between Graceland and the Grizz over Graceland expansion plans involving some kind of venue in Whitehaven isn’t over. In fact, it seems to have intensified with the latest plan by Elvis Presley Enterprises that went before the EDGE board Wednesday. The EDGE board delayed it again with one EDGE board member saying each side in the dispute has threatened to sue depending on the decision EDGE makes.

13. Sexual Misconduct Allegation at Playhouse Could Trigger Report to Authorities -

Playhouse on the Square will not be making public the details of its investigation or a report it commissioned on an allegation of “sexual misconduct” by theater founder Jackie Nichols. But the theater’s board could be required to report the allegation to authorities if it hasn’t already, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich confirmed Tuesday, March 20.

14. Clean-Up Contractor Indicted for Littering -

The owner of a business that has contracts with city and county governments to clean up blighted properties has been indicted on aggravated littering charges.

The indictment of Vontyna Durham – the owner of Durham Housing Services, a former city code enforcement employee and an independent candidate in the upcoming Shelby County Commission election – was announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, by District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

15. Memphis Blight Contractor Indicted on Littering Charges -

The owner of a business that has contracts with city and county governments to clean up blighted properties has been indicted on aggravated littering charges.

The indictment of Vontyna Durham – the owner of Durham Housing Services, a former city code enforcement employee and an independent candidate in the upcoming Shelby County Commission elections – was announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, by District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

16. Last Word: Shutdown Round Two, The Pastner Charges and 1968 Virtual Reality -

The federal government technically shutdown at midnight in Washington, D.C., Friday for the second time in 17 days. But the House and Senate were still going for a vote on a two-year budget compromise before dawn Friday morning as this is posted.

17. Lepone Tapped as New Deputy District Attorney -

Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court Magistrate Ray Lepone will become deputy district attorney general for Shelby County effective Feb. 16, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced Friday, Jan. 19.

18. Lepone Tapped as New Deputy DA -

Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court Magistrate Ray Lepone will become deputy district attorney general for Shelby County effective Feb. 16, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced Friday, Jan. 19.

19. Shot Fired From Memphis Ignites Civil War Rematch -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

In fact, the state Legislature is set to reignite the Civil War – to some degree – in 2018. We hope no gunshots are fired.

20. Mayor Says Memphis 'Will Be Prepared' for Statue Protests -

If opponents of the removal of the city’s two most visible Civil War monuments follow through on plans for a Memphis protest Jan. 6, Mayor Jim Strickland said city government will be ready.

21. Authorities Arrest, Charge Suspect in Wright’s Murder -

More than seven years after former University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies basketball star Lorenzen Wright was shot to death, authorities announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, they have charged a suspect with first-degree murder.

22. Authorities Arrest, Charge Suspect in Wright’s Murder -

More than seven years after former University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies basketball star Lorenzen Wright was shot to death, authorities announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, they have charged a suspect with first-degree murder.

23. Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Lorenzen Wright Murder -

Seven years after being shot to death, authorities announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, they have charged a suspect with first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of former University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies basketball start Lorenzen Wright.

24. Last Word: Rape Kits Deposition, Pre-K Kickoff and Parkside Gets Company -

A retired Memphis Police Lieutenant was deposed Wednesday in East Memphis as part of the ongoing civil lawsuit in Circuit Court over the city’s 12,000 untested rape kits. Cody Wilkerson had been a detective in the police sex crimes unit and said Wednesday in the deposition that police brass, including Col. Marcus Worthy – his supervisor in sex crimes – oversaw cases in which rape kits were routinely shelved and forgotten about.

25. Run Women Run -

In 2018, Shelby County voters will be presented with a long ballot as candidates compete for most county offices, many school board and suburban government positions and congressional and legislative seats.

26. Man Sentenced to 15 Years in 1990 Memphis Killing -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors in Tennessee say a man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole in the 1990 shooting death of a Memphis liquor store owner.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says in a news release that 61-year-old Stanley Owens was sentenced Wednesday in Shelby County Criminal Court in the fatal shooting of 47-year-old Edward Askew.

27. Memphis Business Owner Sentenced on Tax Fraud, Theft Charges -

The owner of Memphis-based West Stone Works Co. Inc. has been sentenced on felony sales-tax fraud and theft charges after being indicted in February.

28. Adams Gets Life Without Parole For Bobo Murder in Sentencing Deal -

UPDATE: After a jury in Savannah, Tennessee convicted Zachary Adams Friday of first degree murder, kidnapping and rape, prosecutors and the defense announced a sentencing agreement Saturday that means Adams will serve life in prison without parole plus 50 years for the 2011 murder of Holly Bobo.

29. Memphis Marks International Overdose Awareness Day -

As opioid painkiller abuse rises across the nation, Memphians are preparing to mark International Overdose Awareness Day Thursday, Aug. 31.

A ceremony is set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Martyr’s Park Downtown, followed by a lighting of the Harahan Bridge and a candlelight procession to Big River Crossing. Guest speakers include Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Memphis Police Department chief of special operations Michael Hardy, and names of individuals who have died as a result of addiction will be read.

30. Last Word: Primary Care, Weirich On Twitter and Tigers Offense -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has been responding by Twitter for the last two days to the New York Times Magazine article about the Noura Jackson case that went up online earlier this week. Using the hashtag “ProCrimeNYTimes,” Weirich @ShelbyCountyDA -- tweeted Wednesday that the long read is “a blatant effort to create sympathy for the defendant while demonizing prosecutors.”

31. ‘Fed Up’ Campaign Warns Of Tougher Gun Penalties -

The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and the city of Memphis have launched a marketing campaign to warn would-be offenders about tougher state penalties and possible federal prosecution for violent criminals in possession of a gun.

32. Last Word: The Old Auto Inspection Station, Beale Field Trip and Re-Democrating -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has a different version of his 2016 plan to build two youth development centers for juvenile offenders to go to instead of detention at the Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville. About a year ago, Herenton had tentative plans for two of the New Path centers in Shelby County that would be centers where the offenders could live.

33. No Charges for Deputies Who Shot Knife-Wielding Man -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two deputies who fatally shot a man last year.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Monday the deputies fired only after 48-year-old Jimmy Lee Lawson ran at them with a knife and refused to obey orders to drop the weapon and get on the ground.

34. ‘Fed Up’ Campaign Warns Of Tougher Gun Penalties -

The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and the city of Memphis have launched a marketing campaign to warn would-be offenders about tougher state penalties and possible federal prosecution for violent criminals possessing a gun.

35. Two Men Indicted In Heroin Overdose Death -

Two men have been indicted on second-degree murder and drug charges for their roles in the death last year of a 28-year-old man who died of a fatal overdose of heroin and other drugs, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office.

36. Two Men Indicted In Heroin Overdose Death -

Two men have been indicted on second-degree murder and drug charges for their roles in the death last year of a 28-year-old man who died of a fatal overdose of heroin and other drugs, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office.

37. Century Mark -

During a visit to Memphis in April, Andrew Young was talking with reporters about his lengthy public history – being part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s inner circle, a congressman, mayor of Atlanta, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. It was as he talked about King’s death in Memphis that Young, without any prompting, talked about a trio of Memphis attorneys – Benjamin Hooks, Russell Sugarmon and A. W. Willis – that were the key to his and King’s efforts to get things done in Memphis and the surrounding region.

38. Crime & Punishment -

Federal prosecutors have the discretion to pass on charging a defendant with every possible criminal charge that can be made.

But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a room full of federal prosecutors in Memphis Thursday, May 25, that he will enforce his directive that they pursue “the most serious, readily provable offense … with judgment and with fairness.”

39. Major Violent Crime Rate Up in City and County -

Major violent crime in Memphis and across Shelby County during the first four months of the year increased 4.4 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively, compared to January-April 2016, according to numbers released Thursday, May 18, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

40. Memphis, Shelby County See Bump in Major Violent Crime Rate -

Major violent crime in Memphis and countywide increased from January to April by 4.4 percent and 4.2 percent respectively compared to the first four months of 2016, according to numbers released Thursday, May 18, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

41. Local Democratic Party Organizers Grapple With Activism -

Once the new bylaws and a new executive committee is in place for the reconstituted Shelby County Democratic Party this summer, there will still be a fundamental question about the political strength of the new organization.

42. Former Banker Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft -

A former lead bank teller pleaded guilty Thursday, May 4, to systematically walking out of the bank with concealed cash that eventually totaled some $266,000 over a three-month period in 2009, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

43. Former Banker Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft -

A former lead bank teller pleaded guilty Thursday, May 4, to systematically walking out of the bank with concealed cash that eventually totaled some $266,000 over a three-month period in 2009, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

44. Last Word: DNA Unit Trouble, 100 Years After Ell Persons and Gas Tax Hike Redux -

The suspension of Ouita Knowlton, the Memphis Police detective overseeing the MPD's DNA Unit, appears to involve more than alleged violations of police policies. The unit oversees testing and processing of all current rape kits and those left unprocessed for decades that the city is currently working its way through five years after the admission. The District Attorney General’s office is part of the investigation of Knowlton, the office confirmed Monday. There are no specifics about what is involved here. But the police investigation will go to District Attorney General Amy Weirich who will then determine if criminal laws were violated and if there is a case to be made.

45. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

46. Former MATA CEO Placed on Diversion in Prostitution Case -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The former CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority has been placed on six months' diversion after entering a plea to charges of patronizing prostitution.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich's office said in a news release Friday that 60-year-old Ronald Garrison entered an Alford plea, which is a guilty plea that does not admit wrongdoing but concedes there is enough evidence to prove charges in court.

47. Local, Federal Authorities Target Southwest Memphis Gang Activity -

When two men were shot to death in January in front of a house at 477 Delta St. in a drive-by shooting, it was part of spike in homicides to start the new year.

48. Last Word: No More Lottery Balls, The Voucher Bill Advances and UCLA -

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Overton Park Greensward controversy is back on. Just this past weekend, I was in the park noting the metal barrier that separates Greensward pedestrians from Zoo parkers and that the barrier was not “decorated” with save the greensward paraphernalia as much as it has been the previous three springs.

49. Private Reprimand Ends Jackson Case Aftermath -

The private reprimand for District Attorney General Amy Weirich issued by the state Board of Professional Responsibility is probably the last formal word on the way the prosecutor’s office tried Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.

50. Corker To Keynote Dunavant Awards -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Memphis East’s annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

Co-sponsored by The Daily News, the awards luncheon is 11:30 a.m., April 18, at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

51. Last Word: 'Ono Poke and the Ghost of The Luau, Council Day and $3 Concerts -

The ghost of the Luau lives on. Loeb has a new tenant for the Shops of Chickasaw Gardens called ‘Ono Poke that features Hawaiian cuisine. And the restaurant will be just about on the other side of Poplar Avenue from where the Luau used to stand with its large concrete Easter Island head, Polynesian dishes and Hawaii Five-O era architecture – not the remake, the real Five-O and the real McGarrett.

52. Weirich Accepts Private Reprimand 3 Days Before Professional Conduct Hearing -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Monday, March 20, she is accepting a private reprimand admitting an error, thus ending a review of her conduct in the murder trial of Noura Jackson by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

53. The Week Ahead: March 20-26 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…

54. Haslam Commits State to DUI Prosecution Funding -

NASHVILLE – The governor’s office is promising $5.6 million in yearly funding and grants to maintain DUI enforcement prosecution across the state, money that would have been jeopardized by passage of an open container law.

55. Editorial: Jackson Case Spotlights Prosecutorial Problems -

Five days after Noura Jackson was convicted of murdering her mother, one of the prosecutors filed a notice with the court saying he had not turned over a note from a key prosecution witness that might have helped the defense.

56. Last Word: Bar Louie's Corner, Chucalissa and Shark Tank for Ag -

The key corner at the intersection of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street is the southwest corner where since the opening of a renovated Overton Square several years ago Bar Louie has had the corner. And the restaurant chain wants to keep the corner although its landlord wants to make a change. That’s the bottom line in bankruptcy reorganization court documents filed in February.

57. State Panel Says No Censure of Prosecutor in Noura Jackson Case -

A panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility says a Shelby County assistant district attorney did not intentionally hide evidence that might have helped the defense in the 2009 murder trial of Noura Jackson.

58. Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies -

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

59. State Panel Says No Censure of Prosecutor In Noura Jackson Case -

A panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility says a Shelby County Assistant District Attorney did not intentionally hide evidence that might have helped the defense in the 2009 murder trial of Noura Jackson.

60. State Panel Says No Censure of Prosecutor In Noura Jackson Case -

A panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility says a Shelby County Assistant District Attorney did not intentionally hide evidence that might have helped the defense in the 2009 murder trial of Noura Jackson.

61. Last Word: The Governor's Race, Beale Street Complications and Southern Avenue -

A close one for the Tigers Sunday at the Forum but Houston still wins 72-71. One more home game Thursday against Tulane and a road game Saturday against SMU before March Madness begins. As that was happening here, better results in Denver Sunday where the Grizz beat the Nuggets 105-98.

62. Federal Appeals Court Rules Due Process Violations in Memphis Death Row Case -

A federal appeals court ruled Friday, Feb. 24, that Shelby County prosecutors violated the due process rights of a Memphis death row inmate by suppressing evidence that a key witness in the murder trial had been paid $750 by the FBI.

63. White Station Nightclub Will Remain Closed -

A White Station nightclub closed as a public nuisance by an Environmental Court order last week will remain closed for at least another six months.

The court order against the Las Vegas Bar and Grill, 745 N. White Station Road, was extended this week by General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.

64. White Station Nightclub To Remain Closed -

A White Station nightclub closed as a public nuisance by an Environmental Court order last week will remain closed for at least another six months.

The court order against the Las Vegas Bar and Grill, 745 N. White Station Road, was extended this week by General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.

65. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

66. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

67. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

68. No Charges to be Filed Against Officer in Off-Duty Shooting -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed against a Memphis police officer who was off-duty when he fatally shot a man last year.

In a statement, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Wednesday that the officer, identified previously as Marshall Smith, was not the aggressor in the April 10 shooting of Luis Felipe Soto at a gas station in Memphis.

69. Road for Haslam’s Fuel-Tax Plan Has Many Twists and Turns -

Three major West Tennessee road projects, including Lamar Avenue in Memphis, are part of a wish list Gov. Bill Haslam sent to the Trump administration as it weighs the start of an aggressive infrastructure program.

70. Last Word: Connecting Downtown, Tranquil Treasure and Gas Tax Complexities -

Temple over the Tigers Wednesday in Philadelphia 77-66. East Carolina at the Forum is coming up Saturday. Grizz and Raptors at the Forum Wednesday evening and the Grizz win 101 – 99. The Grizz are on the road starting Friday against the Trail Blazers.

71. No Charges Against Officer in Shooting of Memphis Man -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The top prosecutor in Memphis, Tennessee, says no criminal charges will be filed against a police officer who fatally shot a man during a confrontation inside a home last year.

72. City Begins Forums On Youth Violence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration begin a set of four meetings Saturday, Jan. 21, to address the problem of young violence.

The sessions, which will include elected and religious leaders, are billed as a “citywide peace forum” by the city’s Office of Youth Services.

73. City Begins Forums On Youth Violence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration begin a set of four meetings Saturday, Jan. 21, to address the problem of young violence.

74. Major Violent Crime Up in 2016, Driven by Growth in Murder Rate -

Major violent crime in Memphis for 2016 was up 3.2 percent from 2015 fueled by a 23.9 percent increase in the murder rate and a 4.3 percent rise in aggravated assaults from a year ago.

The year-end numbers from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission show an increase countywide in the major violent crime rate – 4.3 percent from 2015 with a 29.1 percent increase in the murder rate and 5.6 percent in aggravated assaults.

75. Herenton's First New Year's Remarks In A Decade Stir Pot -

It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.

76. Strickland, Herenton Seek Larger, More Focused Volunteerism Efforts -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton pointed to a better coordinated form of volunteerism in 2017 at Strickland’s first annual New Year’s Prayer Breakfast.

77. Lawmakers Address Prosecutors, ASD -

The majority and minority leaders of the Tennessee Senate say there is political pressure to break the link in funding for prosecutors and public defenders.

“I think it takes both efforts,” state Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said on ‘Behind The Headlines,’ the WKNO/Channel 10 program. “I think we need more prosecutors. I think we also need more public defenders.”

78. Weirich Opens ‘Community Prosecution’ Unit in Frayser -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is preparing to open a satellite prosecutor’s office for the Frayser-Raleigh area.

79. Memphis Adopts Version of Ceasefire -

A gun and gang violence program pioneered in Boston 20 years ago is coming to Memphis in the wake of a record year for homicides.

What is known nationally as Operation Ceasefire will be called the “Group Violence Initiative” in Memphis, said Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

80. Weirich Opens ‘Community Prosecution’ Unit in Frayser -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is preparing to open a satellite prosecutor’s office for the Frayser-Raleigh area.

81. City Budget Season on the Way With Concerns -

One of the highlights of 2016 for the Memphis City Council that took office in January with six new members was a budget season in which there were no significant changes in the proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who also took office in January.

82. Frayser Store Closed As Nuisance Will Reopen -

A Frayser convenience store closed last week as a public nuisance because of ongoing drug trafficking and other criminal activity will be allowed to reopen after taking steps to improve security, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, Dec. 14.

83. Frayser Store Closed As Nuisance Will Reopen -

A Frayser convenience store closed last week as a public nuisance because of ongoing drug trafficking and other criminal activity will be allowed to reopen after taking steps to improve security, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, Dec. 14.

84. TBI File Details Critical Points in Police Bratcher Shooting -

There were several points at which the encounter between Memphis Police and Jonathon Bratcher at South Parkway and Mississippi Boulevard this past January might have gone differently.

At one point, the officer following Bratcher, after he saw him driving erratically, considered breaking it off. But then Bratcher veered into a car in front of St. Andrew AME Church.

85. TBI Report Details Critical Points in Police Bratcher Shooting -

There were several points at which the encounter between Memphis Police and Jonathon Bratcher at South Parkway and Mississippi Boulevard this past January might have gone differently.

At one point, the officer following Bratcher after he saw him driving erratically considered breaking it off. But then Bratcher veered into a car in front of St. Andrew AME Church.

86. Fatal Police Shooting Report Will Go Public -

One of two Memphis Police officers involved in the Jan. 27 fatal shooting of Jonathon Bratcher in South Memphis said Bratcher fired repeatedly at them and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun that “sounded like a ‘machine gun’ and was ‘non stop,’” according to an October memo from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

87. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.

88. Memo In Fatal Police Shooting Details South Memphis Gun Fight -

One of the two Memphis Police officers involved in the January 27 fatal shooting of Jonathon Bratcher in South Memphis said Bratcher fired repeatedly at them and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun that “sounded like a ‘machine gun’ and was ‘non stop,’” according to an October memo from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

89. Justice Department Begins Yearlong Investigation of MPD -

In some ways, a year and a half of local protests, turbulence and questions about police conduct came full circle Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Hickory Hill.

A U.S. Justice Department panel investigating the Memphis Police Department heard from more than two dozen people among a room of 50 at Hickory Hill Community Center.

90. Violent Crime Increase Goes Through October -

The major violent crime rate in Memphis and across Shelby County remained higher year to date through October compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest crime statistics from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

91. Major Violent Crime Increase Continues Through October -

The major violent crime rate in Memphis and across Shelby County remained higher year to date through October compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest crime statistics from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

92. Major Violent Crime Increase Continues Through October -

Major violent crime citywide and countywide remained higher for the year through October than it was a year ago at the same time, according to the latest crime statistics from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

93. Memphis-Area Leaders Unveil Five-Year Crime-Fighting Plan -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is anticipating a “net increase” in the size of the Memphis Police Department a year from now, as officers complete training and the city can begin to address a department he says is “hundreds of officers short.”

94. New, More Compact 5-Year Anti-Crime Plan to Be Unveiled -

When local law enforcement and criminal justice system leaders unveil a new five-year plan Tuesday, Nov. 10, for reducing crime and making Shelby County safer, it will be more focused than their previous effort.

95. No Criminal Charges In Bratcher Police Shooting -

The Shelby County district attorney general’s office will not pursue criminal charges against Memphis police officers who shot and killed Jonathon Bratcher this past January in South Memphis.

96. Memphis Legislators Challenge Tennessee Law Banning Polling Place Selfies -

On the last day of early voting in Shelby County Thursday, Nov. 3, Democratic state Rep. G. A. Hardaway walked into the early voting site at Glenview Community Center in South Memphis.

Once he was at a voting machine, Hardaway took a selfie of himself with his smartphone, admittedly in violation of the state law prohibiting “the use of mobile electronic or communication devices at polling places.”

97. Memphis Legislators Call For Repeal of Polling Place Selfie Ban -

On the last day of early voting in Shelby County Thursday, Nov. 3, Democratic state Representative G. A. Hardaway walked into the early voting site at Glenview Community Center in South Memphis.

Once he was at a voting machine, Hardaway took a selfie of himself with his smartphone, admittedly in violation of the state law against “the use of mobile electronic or communication devices at polling places.”

98. Last Word: The Curses, Early Voting's Last Day and Midtown Kroger's First Day -

The goat, the curse, whatever you choose to call it – it’s over for the Cubs who are baseball’s world champions. And even in this basketball town, there is something about the tradition of baseball that commands attention. But alas October belongs to the political surprise in Presidential races exclusively as once again the World Series is decided in November.

99. No Criminal Charges In Bratcher Police Shooting -

The Shelby County district attorney general’s office will not pursue criminal charges against Memphis police officers who shot and killed Jonathon Bratcher this past January in South Memphis.

100. No Charges In Bratcher Police Shooting Case -

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s office will not pursue criminal charges against Memphis police officers who shot and killed Jonathon Bratcher this past January in South Memphis.

District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced the decision Wednesday, Nov. 2, after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report on the incident and a review of the report by her office.