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 >>
Friday, December 13 2013 12:02 AM EST2013-12-13 05:02:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - One person is dead after a CSX train accident in Haywood County, according to Brownsville police. Tennessee Highway Patrol is working the accident at Shaw Chapel Road. Stay with WMCTV.COMMore >>
A fatal train crash took the life of a family man.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:56 PM EST2013-12-13 04:56:29 GMT
Will Furlong doesn't meet many strangers."I go to Walmart, and he high five's people, they say 'hey Will.' I don't even know who they are," says Will's Dad Morgan. So when he saw the chance to get upMore >>
Will Furlong doesn't meet many strangers. So when he saw the chance to get up close and personal with his favorite Grizzlies star, he took it.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:40 PM EST2013-12-13 04:40:32 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Two inmates attacked a Shelby County Corrections Deputy Thursday leaving him with a broken nose and a deep cut on his head. Deputy Stanley Jones remains in the hospital but is stable. MedicalMore >>
Two inmates attacked a Shelby County Corrections Deputy Thursday leaving him with a broken nose and a deep cut on his head.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:15 PM EST2013-12-13 04:15:16 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Officials removed one of 52 so-called unsafe bus companies from the road in Memphis after a nationwide sting. The buses in GWC Enterprises' parking lot on Crump Road are curbed Thursday followingMore >>
Officials removed one of 52 so-called unsafe bus companies from the road in Memphis after a nationwide sting.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.
Thursday, December 12 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-12 23:29:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) – The Action News 5 newsroom has just learned that longtime Memphis radio deejay Captain Curtis Lee has died. We understand he passed on Wednesday. Action News 5 is working on getting more informationMore >>
The Action News 5 newsroom has just learned that longtime Memphis radio deejay Captain Curtis Lee has died.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:27 PM EST2013-12-12 04:27:21 GMT
The hype of the Auburn Tiger's SEC win has not died down and one Auburn fan is celebrating the big win in a unique way.In Fayetteville GA, Robert Fulton is celebrating the Tiger's big SEC win by displayingMore >>
The hype of the Auburn Tigers' SEC win hasn't died down and one Auburn fan is celebrating the big win in a unique way.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:31 PM EST2013-12-12 04:31:23 GMT
A 5-year-old is making waves on the Internet, thanks to some signing she did for her deaf parents. A video posted by the mother of Claire Koch has had more than 70,000 views in two days. It shows ClaireMore >>
A video posted by the mother of Claire Koch has had more than 70,000 views in two days.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:03 PM EST2013-12-11 23:03:22 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A young girl took the witness stand Wednesday to testify against her own mother in a child abuse case. Prosecutors say the little girl was beaten for anything and everything, especially as sheMore >>
A young girl took the witness stand Wednesday to testify against her own mother in a child abuse case.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 5:18 AM EST2013-12-12 10:18:49 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 7:19 PM EST2013-12-12 00:19:40 GMT
After University of Alabama kicker Cade Foster missed two field goals and one was blocked in the Iron Bowl he received threatening messages on social media. Foster's teammates and many Alabama studentsMore >>
Former President George W. Bush sent an encouraging letter to University of Alabama kicker Cade Foster who received backlash and threats after the Iron Bowl.More >>
The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial told a local newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices.More >>
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial says he suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinated and saw angels while gesturing incoherently just 3 feet away from President Barack Obama and other world...More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 5:40 AM EST2013-12-12 10:40:23 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man arrested on child abuse charges claims the 2-year-old victim got hurt when he was dancing with her. Stacey Liddell, 35, is charged with Haley's Law Aggravated Child Abuse andMore >>
A Memphis couple is on trial for punishing a little girl. Officers say they beat her with paddles.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:53 AM EST2013-12-12 15:53:27 GMT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial has told The Associated Press that he has schizophrenia, had visions of angels comingMore >>
The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial has told The Associated Press that he has schizophrenia, had visions of angels coming into the stadium and was trying not to panic because there were "armed policemen around me." Thamsanqa Jantjie also said he has been violent in the past.