Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:20:39 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 issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:10:21 GMT
(WMC-TV)- Emergency crews have identified most of the 24 people who died, including 10 children, in the tornado Monday. An emergency management official said that six adults are still missing Wednesday. AboutMore >>
In Oklahoma, officials are now estimating the damage done by Monday's tornado to be around $2 billion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:05:52 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 >>
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.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:27:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis' Sarah Simmons advanced to the top eight of "The Voice" Tuesday, but other Memphian Kris Thomas is on his way home after being eliminated. Making it to the top 10 was Kris' goal. OneMore >>
Memphis' Sarah Simmons advanced to the top eight of "The Voice" Tuesday, but other Memphian Kris Thomas is on his way home after being eliminated.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:02:30 GMT
(WMC-TV) - As the clean up efforts continue in Oklahoma, many of you are looking for ways to help the victims. With their hands full, people from all over Mississippi showed up at the Landers Center inMore >>
As the clean up efforts continue in Oklahoma, many of you are looking for ways to help the victims.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South father says a man charged with the statutory rape of his daughter is using his status updates on Facebook to violate orders to stay away.
Mario Cirillo's situation is complicated. He says his daughter fell in love with a man twice her age when she was only 17.
"I consider him to be a sexual predator that preys on young girls, and I'm just trying to make sure he doesn't re-victimize my daughter," Cirillo said in a recent interview.
According an affidavit of complaint, 34-year-old David Vanlandingham is charged with aggravated statutory rape after the FBI Crimes Against Children Unit, "found numerous sexually explicit photographs of the defendant...and a known victim."
That "known victim" is Cirillo's daughter - who met Vanlandingham when she was just 16. The FBI ordered Vanlandingham to stay away from the teen, so when the couple was spotted together again, Vanlandingham landed in jail.
Vanlandingham is now out on bond, and Cirillo says he's using Facebook to keep the relationship alive...despite a restraining order against him.
"She was in a treatment center, and when she got out, he started having contact with her," Cirillo said.
It used to be clear if someone violated a restraining order. They'd contact their victim directly, be it face to face, over the phone, or by email. But through status updates, Facebook allows you to communicate with hundreds of people at once, making it virtually impossible to prove to whom a message is directed.
For example, Cirillo says Vanlandingham updates his status with lyrics to a song, and then Cirrilo's daughter updates her status with song lyrics back. Cirillo says this post is a code message to his daughter, who also responds in code.
Another post from Vanlandingham reads, "I miss you sooooo much!!" Despite Cirillo's best efforts to stop the contact, he says the FBI told him there's not much they can do besides monitor it.
"They've made comments to each other and they say there's not enough concrete evidence about who initiated it, but it's pretty clear they are communicating," he said.
According to a spokesperson at the Shelby County District Attorney's office, communication on Facebook is a violation of a restraining order.
Psychologist Dr. John Ciocca can't comment on this case in particular, but says adults can have great influence over minors.
"Certainly it's going to be difficult for any teenager to overcome the influence of an adult who's romantically interested, if that adult is still providing flattery and other kinds of psychological manipulation that goes along with those types of relationships," He said.
It's a relationship that Cirillo is dad desperately fighting.
"It is like her whole brain has been brain washed by, you know, this man who did all of this to her," he said.
Vanlandingham's attorney said his client can not comment on the charge against him. Making matters more difficult for the Cirillo in this situation is the fact that his daughter turned 18 last month, before this case was presented to a grand jury.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:32:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage. One Germantown family said it only took one infected tick to change their entire lifestyle – something they have been dealing withMore >>
It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:46:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon. Action News 5's Nick Kenney was there as Timothy McKinney was released. McKinney was accused ofMore >>
The man who pleaded guilty to killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:33:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The City of Memphis is saying "goodbye and good riddance" to blight. A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is nowMore >>
A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is now being demolished.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:48:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More jobs are coming to Memphis and city leaders are rolling out the red carpet to celebrate. Kruger Products is a leading nationwide towel and tissue manufacturer. The company announced theyMore >>
A Canadian company announced that are adding hundreds of jobs to its North Memphis office. Kruger Products rolled out the red carpet Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the expansion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:48:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered. Frances Chambers has spent the past four years and a lot of money investigating the death of her son Demond. Police in herMore >>
A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered, despite the medical examiner's report. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:10:09 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system. Action News 5's Justin Hanson is speaking to longtime MCS teachers and volunteersMore >>
Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:22:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department fired two of its officers Wednesday. Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and violate regulation. In February, thereMore >>
Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and aid to violate regulation.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetMore >>
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:49 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:49:28 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday. Inside Louise Rinhart's home is not much better. "Carpet and I got hardwoodMore >>
A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:13:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday. The firefighters offered piggyback rides to children toMore >>
Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday.More >>