Friday, May 21 2010 5:40 PM EDT2010-05-21 22:40:48 GMT
This Tuesday, Action News 5 is partnering with Sun Trust Bank, The West Memphis Police Department, the West Memphis Wal-Mart, Clear Channel Radio, Citadel Radio, Entercom Radio and Flinn Radio for a Fallen Officers collection drive.More >>
Friday, May 21 2010 12:25 PM EDT2010-05-21 16:25:08 GMT
Two West Memphis police officers were shot and killed Thursday during a traffic stop along a busy cross-country interstate highway. The local sheriff and his chief deputy were wounded in a later shootout that left a pair of suspects dead.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:39 PM EST2013-12-12 04:39:20 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Sheriff Office deputies are looking for an armed robber near Shelby Farms. The man reportedly tried to break into a house in the 1600 block of Showboat Lane Wednesday night. HeMore >>
Shelby County Sheriff Office deputies are looking for an armed attempted robbery suspect near Shelby Farms.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:27 PM EST2013-12-12 04:27:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man already accused of attacking a popular crossing guard is back in jail. Donell Johnson, 20, is all smiles in this mug shot, but he is facing more time after his second arrest onMore >>
A Memphis man already accused of attacking a popular crossing guard is back in jail.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:26 PM EST2013-12-12 04:26:14 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Grizzlies lost to the Clippers Thursday at the FedExForum. The final score was 101 to 81. Read more about in the game feed. If on mobile, click here. Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rightsMore >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:12 PM EST2013-12-12 04:12:24 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It is a victory for one Mid-South community. Their work paid off to save Carver High School. It took the community pulling together week after week for many months to keep the doors of CarverMore >>
It is a victory for one Mid-South community. Their work paid off to save Carver High School.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:09 PM EST2013-12-12 04:09:23 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A $20,000 pay raise for the Shelby County Schools Board District is looking more likely Wednesday. The proposal cleared its first Shelby County Commission hurdle. Shelby County CommissionersMore >>
A $20,000 pay raise for the Shelby County Schools Board District is looking more likely Wednesday. The proposal cleared its first Shelby County Commission hurdle.More >>
WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - The suspects in a double shooting Thursday that left two West Memphis police officers dead were identified Friday by Arkansas State Police as Jerry Kane, 45, and his son Joseph, 16, both of Ohio.
Despite their van's connection to the House of God's Prayer church in New Vienna, Ohio, Action News 5 learned Friday that the Kanes were traveling to Florida - most likely the St. Petersburg or Clearwater area - where Kane's widow, Donna Lee, lives.
Kane and his son toured the country, holding seminars on how there really isn't "money" or "home loans," just debt that is all the federal government's fault. They would teach that all debt contracts are the responsibility of the U.S. government, not the debt-holders because, as they taught, American currency really doesn't exist.
Kane also taught that mortgage lending is a scam, and all you have to do to get a house is sign a deed or 'quit claim' that says a home is yours. In a YouTube video, waving a deed, Kane says you don't have to get a loan.
"No, we don't have to do it, because here we're doing it," he said.
Two prosecutors on deep background, one federal and one state, said Friday this is called a 'mores' or 'Moorish' defense, used by convicted tax evaders to either fight their cases or avoid paying their debts.
Shelby County Register Tom Leatherwood said people often try that trick on foreclosures.
"We have had people recently transferring properties from themselves to themselves...on foreclosed properties," Leatherwood said.
In one seminar, Kane ranted that even a drivers license is just a debt contract.
"It's a promise to pay," Kane says in a video posted to YouTube. "It's a bond. You've committed, uh, you've already guaranteed, uh, confessed guilt on anything they want to charge you with."
Web sites touting the two Kanes reinforce their teaching that only debt exists, and the U.S. government is responsible for it because it really holds all gold and property.
For 18 years, mug shots were Jerry Kane's portraits of choice. His record shows five run-ins with authorities in Clark County, Ohio since 1992, with offenses ranging from expired tags to felonious assaults.
Last month, while Kane was touring the country, New Mexico State Police arrested him on a traffic stop for driving without a license and attempting to conceal his identity.
Friday, the Action News 5 Investigators obtained a recording where Kane railed against the arrest. "I ran into a Nazi checkpoint in the middle of New Mexico where they were demanding papers or jail - that was the option," Kane said on an Internet radio show. "You either produce your papers or go to jail."
Kane said he spent 47 hours in a Lincoln County, New Mexico jail before he was released on a $1,500 bond. He said he planned to sue the New Mexico State Police for what he called "kidnapping and extortion."
He claimed he even ran a background check on his arresting officer. Among the things he said on the show:
"I found out, um, where he lives, his address, his wife's name."
"So I'm sending them notice of an invoice for $100 per hour for the total 47 hours I was there."
"They got a sexual thrill out of it."
"They're sick in the head, that's all. So, you know, we're just going to play this silly-ass little games and go in there and, uh, uh, kill the monster under the bed, so to speak."
According to court records, Kane didn't show for his court appearance on the New Mexico charge. The court issued a bench warrant for his arrest on May 17 - just three days before Officers Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans stopped Jerry and Joe Kane on Interstate 40 in West Memphis, Arkansas.
Friday evening, Arkansas State Police confirmed the identity of the suspects to be Jerry and Joseph Kane.
The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa says a man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a...More >>
As one world leader after another paid homage to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service, the man standing at arm's length from them appeared to interpret their words in sign language. But advocates for the deaf say he...More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-10 23:15:07 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Three Memphis women had a frightful weekend on the icy roads. Pamela Byrd Davis, 47, was driving home late Saturday night when she became involved in a multi-car pileup on the Walnut GroveMore >>
Three Memphis women had a frightful weekend on the icy roads. Pamela Byrd Davis, 47, was driving home late Saturday night when she became involved in a multi-car pileup on the Walnut Grove Road-Humphreys Boulevard overpass.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:21 PM EST2013-12-11 00:21:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Action News 5 Investigators are looking into why warrants have been served for a Memphis father, labeled a deadbeat dad even though he is dead. "It's disturbing. It's emotionally distressing,"More >>
The Action News 5 Investigators are looking into why warrants have been served for a Memphis father, labeled a deadbeat dad even though he is dead.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:31 PM EST2013-12-11 04:31:54 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Crittenden County jailer was arrested for possession of drugs. Investigators charged David Polk in Shelby County Tuesday. The 52-year-old faces drug charges including the possession of cocaineMore >>
A Crittenden County jailer was arrested for possession of drugs.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:06 AM EST2013-12-11 10:06:45 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A proposal goes before the Shelby County Commission Wednesday involving a $20,000 pay raise for Shelby County Schools District Board members. That is a proposed raise of almost 600 percent forMore >>
A proposal goes before the Shelby County Commission Wednesday involving a $20,000 pay raise for Shelby County Schools District Board members. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:50 PM EST2013-12-11 23:50:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Shelby County leaders will take steps toward building a new convention center in the city of Memphis during Wednesday's county commission meeting. Former Mayor Willie Herenton and Mayor A. C.More >>
Shelby County leaders voted Wednesday in committee to not be a part of a Memphis Cook Convention Center expansion study committee.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-12-11 04:54:32 GMT
(RNN) - Gil Brandt of NFL.com and ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum are reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban is in contract negotiations with the university for a contract extension that would pay him $7 millionMore >>
Reports are swirling that Alabama football coach Nick Saban has a contract extension on his desk from Alabama. Meanwhile, conflicting reports coming from Texas say that coach Mack Brown may be on his way out this week. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 10:58 AM EST2013-12-11 15:58:35 GMT
(WMC-TV) ANDY, WILL IT WORK? Night View NV Glasses = DON'T BUY! These $9.99 pair of glasses make you look like an extra in Boogie Nights, but they promise to deliver visual clarity, particularly duringMore >>
These $9.99 pair of glasses make you look like an extra in Boogie Nights, but they promise to deliver visual clarity, particularly during night driving.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:52 PM EST2013-12-11 17:52:01 GMT
(WMC-TV) - One man is dead and another has life-threatening injuries after a shooting in Ripley early Wednesday morning. According to Ripley Police Chief Scott White, the two men were shot on Ashwood DriveMore >>
One man is dead and another has life-threatening injuries after a shooting in Ripley early Wednesday morning.More >>