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 >>
CHESTERFIELD, VA -
(WWBT) - While you sit in your home with your air conditioner running, you could be feeding a teen's deadly addiction. Kids, right here in our area, are huffing chemicals from air conditioning units to get high.
It's disgusting. An addiction that chips away at brain cells is captured in homemade videos posted on YouTube. Teens out of control, caught on camera chasing a short-lived high by inhaling chemicals used to cool your home.
Wayne Frith with S.A.F.E. Chesterfield is working to keep this from becoming a disturbing trend.
We asked him to tell us why people would do something like this? "Essentially it gives you the high of being intensely drunk on alcohol," explained Frith. "Except it delivers that high in a matter of less than two seconds."
"You could die on the first try," said mother Mona Casey.
Mona Casey knows about the life-threatening danger. Her 15-year old son Charles was addicted to freon. In 2006, he picked up the habit from a friend after school. She explained the mind-killing method to us during a Skype interview from her Florida home.
"The effects of refrigerant had already dissipated so there was no clue or any indication to us that he was up to no good that day," Casey said.
Some teens are taking huffing to terrifying extremes in order to feed their addiction that begins minutes after the first huff.
"Some people, when they're doing inhalants, will put them in a plastic bag and put the bag over their head," Frith said.
Teens will pass out with a bag over their head. They can die from heart-failure, brain damage or suffocation. Mona said two weeks after her son learned to huff he was dead. His lifeless body found sprawled out on a neighbor's yard.
"We had no idea that such danger was so easily accessible," Casey said.
Unaware of huffing before her sons death, Casey created www.UproarOrg.org to educate people on the dangers lurking outside your home. Casey changed international mechanical and residential code. Beginning this year, AC units are now installed with extra security.
Air conditioning technicians in Richmond now install special AC locks on an older models. Dominion Service Company of Richmond is receiving more and more calls for the small, shiny hardware that fits around the valve where freon can be released from the AC unit.
"To date we've installed about 400 of the caps," said Chase Tunnell who runs Dominion Service Company of Richmond.
Tunnell began securing AC units after hearing of Mona Casey's painful reality. He knows the small silver caps can save lives.
"We had an area school system that actually had an incident of a student huffing refrigerant out of one of the system's there," recalled Tunnell.
He's also getting calls from concerned parents who are suspicious of their child's behavior.
"One in particular has actually seen their son hanging around their outdoor unit with plastic bags," Tunnell said.
The locks cannot be easily removed. The only ones who can remove them are licensed technicians with a key that's unavailable to the public.
"I'm very, very happy that the people there in Virginia are taking this very seriously," said Casey as we explained to her what Richmond companies were doing.
Summer is fast approaching. Teens will have more free time. Casey said you need to secure your AC units now.
"If your child dies on the first use, which many of them have, it will be too late then," Casey said.
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 >>