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 >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:51:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Small children are still recovering as of Tuesday night after a massive house fire over the weekend. The community is pitching in to help the family, now homeless, who lost everything. TheMore >>
Small children are still recovering as of Tuesday night after a massive house fire over the weekend.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:48:17 GMT
(WMC-TV) - On a warm day in February, a motorcyclist pulled over next to an orchard's closed fruits and vegetables stand to smoke a cigarette. That is when he found an infant face down in a ditch, andMore >>
The Shelby County Medical examiner ruled baby Aniston Walker's cause of death as homicidal violence, which means she was intentionally killed.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:40:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A cap ailing the state's beer industry could soon change if the governor approves a bill that allows the sale of high-gravity craft beer in supermarkets. If Gov. Bill Haslam signs it, strongMore >>
A cap ailing the state's beer industry could soon change if the governor approves a bill that allows the sale of high-gravity craft beer in supermarkets.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:15:35 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Tennessee bill is aiming to punish mothers should their child be harmed in any way during pregnancy. There is no shortage of opinions on the bill passed in the Tennessee House and SenateMore >>
A Tennessee bill is aiming to punish mothers should their child be harmed in any way during pregnancy.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.
Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:54:55 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Three arrests have been made in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in Olive Branch, Miss. According to Olive Branch Police Department, Marvellius Shipp, 19, MickeyMore >>
Three arrests have been made in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in Olive Branch, Miss.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:13:12 GMT
Police in West Memphis, Arkansas are working a home invasion case in which a elderly woman was attacked and beaten. According to friends, the woman had to be rushed to the Med after suffering a brokenMore >>
Police in West Memphis, Ark. are working a home invasion case in which a elderly woman was attacked and beaten.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:23:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Six women from Memphis are charged with 41 counts of fraud after investigators say they filed more than 800 false tax returns worth more than $1.3 million. Melissa Harris, 35, Erin Crutcher,More >>
Six women from Memphis are charged with 41 counts of fraud after investigators say they filed more than 800 false tax returns worth more than $1.3 million.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:02:23 GMT
(CONSUMER REPORTS) - There's a growing problem in our supermarkets — good food gone bad. We're not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turnedMore >>
There's a growing problem in our supermarkets — good food gone bad. We're not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turned into something that's no longer so good for you.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:06:06 GMT
It's considered a form of medical marijuana and today it has passed both the Tennessee house and senate and is expected to be signed by Governor's Bill Haslam. Action News 5 has told you about cannabisMore >>
It is considered a form of medical marijuana and Tuesday, it passed both the Tennessee House and Senate. The bill allowing it is expected to be signed by Governor Bill Haslam.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:57:27 GMT
An arrest warrant was issued for a longtime Greene County doctor, accused of felony voyeurism. Dr. Paul Becton, 68, of Paragould will be charged with five counts of voyeurism.More >>
An arrest warrant was issued for a long time Greene County doctor, accused of felony voyeurism, a class D felony. According to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Dr. Paul Becton, 68, of Paragould will be charged with five counts of voyeurism.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:17:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Tax Day is fast approaching. Americans must get their information submitted by the deadline on Tuesday. For many of us, April 15 is a day for writing a check to the government, but WMC ActionMore >>
For many of us, April 15 is a day for writing a check to the government, but WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found some Tax Day freebies to make the day a little bit brighter.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:00:17 GMT
(CONSUMER REPORTS) - Brand loyal with your toilet paper? Consumer Reports says you might want to reassess. Of the 19 different toilet papers it tested, more and more brands are skimping — fewer sheets,More >>
Brand loyal with your toilet paper? Consumer Reports says you might want to reassess. Of the 19 different toilet papers it tested, more and more brands are skimping — fewer sheets, smaller sheets and narrower rolls.More >>