Thursday, May 23 2013 11:56 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:56:10 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South community grieves the loss of a seven-year-old girl who was hit a killed by a truck while riding her bike. Neighbor Rosie Donald lives down the street from where it happened in aMore >>
A Mid-South community grieves the loss of a seven-year-old girl who was hit a killed by a truck while riding her bike.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:55:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - In Oklahoma, many residents are still cleaning up and trying to put their lives back together. An EF-5 tornado tore through Moore Monday, ripping apart the strip mall where Jim Fields spendsMore >>
In Oklahoma, many residents are still cleaning up and trying to put their lives back together.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:52:34 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department director said idle threats are uncalled for between his employees. Toney Armstrong discussed the firings of two officers accused of threatening comments to fellowMore >>
The Memphis Police Department director said idle threats are uncalled for between his employees.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:36 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:36:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphian Kris Thomas is home adjusting to life away from NBC's "The Voice" stage and constant rehearsals. He took the long flight back to his hometown of Memphis Wednesday, and Thursday he wasMore >>
Memphian Kris Thomas is home adjusting to life away from NBC's "The Voice" stage and constant rehearsals.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:15:03 GMT
(WMC TV) - PROJECT GREEN FORK RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH: Fuel Cafe, 1761 Madison Ave., Midtown Memphis, (901) 725-9025 Fuel Cafe's new Spring/Summer menu is a new dedication -- to vegetation. HealthyMore >>
Where's the beef? It takes a back seat for the summer at Andy's Project Green Fork Restaurant of the Month!More >>
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the good people trapped in an area of North Memphis infested with gangs and gunfire are desperate to Take Back Their Neighborhood.
For the past month, Action News 5 has followed a Memphis mother forced to make tough decisions to protect her children. Shawana Farmer feels like she is constantly peeking out the blinds of her unit at the Saints Court Apartments in Memphis' Klondike community.
We first met Farmer in January, when a teen was shot while walking down Vollintine. He ran to a friend's apartment for help. Since then, Farmer has taken drastic measures to protect her self and her children.
"We've been on lock down," she said.
At times, the shooting is so bad that Farmer's family sleeps in the same bedroom. Sleeping together helps Farmer take action in case bullets start flying.
"If we're all together when I first start hearing it, I have a better chance of making everybody get in the floor at one time," she said.
Sometimes things are peaceful, but not always.
"It was ongoing for a like a week straight," Farmer said. "In the daytime, in the nighttime, soon as the kids go to school, that's early in the morning, they just was shooting, driving by shooting at somebody running."
Shawana, along with Jesshawntis, 7, and Monterio, 11, spends nearly all her time in the family apartment.
Her children's play-time is divided up between homework, watching TV, and having friends over to visit. Monterio isn't fond of times when he has to stay inside, but he understands it.
"I don't think it's safe to be over here," he said, "'cause they do a whole bunch of shooting and don't nobody know where the bullets are going to go or who's going to get hit."
It's a stressful situation that is taking its toll on Shawana and her kids.
"I find myself waking up in the middle of the night, pulling the covers back, making sure everything is okay," she said. "And I stay looking out my windows. I stay in the window. From the upstairs to the downstairs, I'm peeping out of blinds."
The day after this interview with Shawana and her children, a person was shot near her apartment. The shooting, which happened near the back of Saints Court, turned into a homicide.
"I'm ready to pack up and move," Farmer said in reaction to the murder. "It makes no sense. It's constantly going on and on and on."
Farmer got away, temporarily. Neighborhood chatter about the possibility of another shooting, in retaliation for the death of a man known as "Lil Charles" a week earlier, prompted Farmer to take her kids to her mother's house for a visit.
"I can spend a little time with them and do something with them this weekend," she said. "They won't be bored and cooped up in the house. And (they'll) get away from over here."
Without a car, Farmer was forced to wait for a ride to pick up her family. She has found another place to live, but with no car, Shawana says it's too far away from Jesshawntis' and Monterio's schools.
"I'm trying to see what I can do about getting me a car so I can get them back and forth to school, cause that's a priority for everyone's life in this household right here," she said.
But after a weekend away, the family returned to Saints Court as self imposed prisoners in their own home.
"I don't know what to do, but as far as making me and my two kids safe, I'm doing the best that I can - the best that I know how - and with every stride in my body, I'm going to protect them, 'cause that's all I got," she said.
Thursday on Action News 5 at 10pm, we'll show you resources available to Shawana Farmer and others like her, and we'll hear from Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin about what's being done to take back Farmer's neighborhood.
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:52 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:52:45 GMT
(WMC-TV) - There is a major slowdown in Memphis this Thursday morning, where a tractor trailer has flipped on Interstate 240 Westbound at the Walnut Grove exit. All lanes of Westbound I-240 have beenMore >>
There is a major slowdown in Memphis this Thursday morning, where a tractor trailer has flipped on Interstate 240 Westbound at the Walnut Grove exit.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 1:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 17:22:07 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Bartlett Medal of Honor recipient has died. Vernon McGarity, a U.S. Army Veteran, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during World War II in 1952. Action News 5 spoke with McGarityMore >>
A Bartlett Medal of Honor recipient has died. Vernon McGarity, a U.S. Army Veteran, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during World War II in 1952.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:55:08 GMT
(RNN) - Dozens of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life. Charles Ramsey, the guy who famously stopped eating his Big MacMore >>
More than a dozen of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:00:22 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother defends her teenage son who is charged with murdering someone at a graduation party. Rebecca Miller and her son are anything but strangers to Action News 5. Our station helpedMore >>
A Memphis mother defends her teenage son who is charged with murdering someone at a graduation party.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:40:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night. Robert McBride II was last seen leaving his residence on foot on Jamaica Avenue. He has a mohawk, andMore >>
The Memphis Police Department canceled a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:24:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis skateboard shop was going under until the Grizzlies' big wins, that is when owner Hunter Demster started selling T-shirts. The "Grind City" shirts saved his Midtown business whichMore >>
A Memphis skateboard shop was going under until the Grizzlies' big wins, that is when owner Hunter Demster started selling T-shirts.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:50:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The U.S Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Arkansas sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud. Former WestMore >>
District Judge Kristine Baker sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:00:20 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mother of four is convinced that one of her sons was murdered. And after spending the past four years trying to prove it, she is turning to the Action News 5 Investigators. FrancesMore >>
A Mid-South mother of four is convinced that one of her sons was murdered. And after spending the past four years trying to prove it, she is turning to the Action News 5 Investigators.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:38:14 GMT
MOORE, OK - The trembling, mud-spattered dog whose photo went viral on Tuesday was not actually standing watch over her owner's body - her name is Susie, her owner is named Curtis Collins, and he's alive.ThanksMore >>
There's a happy ending to the story of the little dog who was found standing guard over a body after the EF-5 tornado that decimated her neighborhood in Moore, OK. Her owner is alive, and they have been reunited thanks to the viral photo. More >>