Sunday, May 26 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-05-26 04:05:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Grizzlies lost to the San Antonio Spurs Saturday in game 3 104 - 93. The Grizzlies play at home again Monday at FedExForum. Spurs lead the Western Conference Finals 3-0. CopyrightMore >>
The San Antonio Spurs used overtime for the second straight game to edge the Grizzlies 104-93, to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:49:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) - People nationwide gathered in downtown Memphis Saturday for a basketball game, music, and to enjoy to spirit of Beale Street. A street party outside FedExForum to celebrate game three of theMore >>
People nationwide gathered in downtown Memphis Saturday for a basketball game, music, and to enjoy to spirit of Beale Street. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:07:08 GMT
WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Walnut Ridge community celebrated the life of 14-year-old Sidney Randall who went missing on March 9 and was found on May 18 in the Black River. Family and friends filledMore >>
The Walnut Ridge community celebrated the life of 14-year-old Sidney Randall who went missing on March 9 and was found on May 18 in the Black River.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:56 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:56:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Four people were shot and one died at a nightclub in Clarksdale, Mississippi Saturday morning. The shooting happened in the 300 Block of West Tallahatchie Street at 12:03 a.m. John Wilson, 35,More >>
Four people were shot and one died at a nightclub in Clarksdale, Mississippi Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:31:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Many around the Mid-South flock to Cooper-Young for its unique restaurants and atmosphere, but the shortage in parking spaces sends many patrons home with parking tickets. City leaders believeMore >>
Many around the Mid-South flock to Cooper-Young for its unique restaurants and atmosphere, but the shortage in parking spaces sends many patrons home with parking tickets.More >>
ANDY'S CONSUMER PAY-OFF: THE THREE "P's" TO WARD OFF FRAUDULENT SOLICITORS
* PERMIT? - Ask if they have a city or county permit to solicit -- and ask 'em to show it!
* PERMISSION? - Ask if they have permission to solicit on private property, then check with the property owner or retailer.
* PROOF?- Ask 'em to prove they represent whom they claim to represent. ID? Phone number for corroborating contact? Copy of soliciting permit?
(WMC TV) - The cops finally cuffed "The Candy Man."
At least, they cuffed one of his cohorts.
18-year-old Christopher Green, 632 Mississippi Blvd., pleaded guilty to charges of pedestrian soliciting rides or business, criminal impersonation and criminal trespass.
According to the arrest affidavit, Green and an untold number of juveniles were "soliciting customers and asking them for money" Nov. 19 on Wolfcreek Parkway between Target and Walgreens, across Germantown Parkway from Wolfchase Galleria.
Each was carrying a folder marked with the "Memphis Magic Elite" basketball team, "...which they are not a member of and does not exist," according to the affidavit.
The affidavit says Green and the children said they were collecting money to celebrate a friend's birthday because they didn't have jobs.
Green's arrest comes four weeks after Action News 5's initial investigation of club and school impostors caught soliciting shoppers in area parking lots.
Our investigation started with several complaints about men and boys hitting up shoppers and retailers in the parking lot of Sanderlin Centre in East Memphis.
They claim they're affiliated with the White Station High School football team. Their sales pitch varies.
Sometimes, they say they're selling candy (M&M's - $10 a pouch) to raise money for the booster club.
Sometimes, they say they're selling candy to raise money for a team trip to Missouri -- and the player with the highest total gets a free 52-inch flat screen TV.
"I just hate seeing people get ripped off," said Jeff Jenkins, an East Memphis resident. He sees these 'candy men' so often, he started carrying a camera.
When he came across one of the solicitors who made the White Station sales pitch, he put the solicitor on the spot. He asked a question that would elicit a simple answer from a real White Station student.
(Jenkins) Who's the principal there?
(Solicitor) Mr. Smith.
"Actually, it's David Mansfield," said White Station High School Principal David Mansfield.
He's seen our video. He's witnessed the solicitors. He's never surprised.
"It's happened year after year," he said. "It's not actually our students (or parents). We've never solicited in front of store buildings or anything else, and we never will."
But the 'candy men' keep showing up, and consumers keep buying the candy.
In come cases, the customers are buying -- under duress.
"I've seen them use acts of intimidation," said Jenkins. "Following people right up to their cars. They don't take 'No' for an answer."
"It's been quite a nuisance," said Nicci Bucherie-Kearl, an employee of a bake shop in Sanderlin Centre. "It was almost a daily basis.
"I actually quit them to leave myself when they went as far to get very verbally abusive."
53 of our Facebook fans pinged my fan page about their confrontations with the 'candy men.' They said they've been hit up in a half-dozen locations -- from Bartlett's Post Office to Shelby Dr. and Millbranch in Whitehaven.
"Stared me down," wrote one Facebook fan.
"Called me a b#$%h," wrote another when he said he told the guy to get lost.
"Scared my 8 yr old," he added.
One actually came right up to our Action News 5 undercover vehicle. We didn't even have to come to him.
He sprinted off when he realized whom he was harassing.
But even though they are harassing, trespassing and soliciting without a city or county permit, Lt. Dennis Toll of the Memphis Police Department's Economic Crimes Bureau said they may not be violating the law.
"It's unethical. It's immoral, but as far as committing fraud under state statute, it would require a much further investigation," Toll said.
"You know, fraud is fraud," said Jenkins. "When you misrepresent yourself and what you're doing, I think that's fraud.
"Once people stop giving these guys money, it will stop."
Green was sentenced to time served: his weekend in jail.
The two days he became the poster child for illegal solicitors -- and the "candy men."
Friday, May 24 2013 10:57 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:57:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Tipton County Sheriff's Office found 32-year-old Michael Olin Holland, Jr.'s motorcycle Friday afternoon. No reports indicate that Holland was found. Holland was last seen Wednesday morning. AccordingMore >>
Investigators recovered 32-year-old Michael Olin Holland, Jr.'s body near the Covington airport Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A woman is dead and her husband is being questioned by police. The woman was reportedly shot in a domestic altercation on the 600 block of Hamilton Street in Orange Mound. Action News 5's JustinMore >>
A woman is dead and her husband is being questioned by police.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-25 21:35:53 GMT
The Shelby County Health Department has issued a Code Orange Ozone Alert for Saturday, May 25, 2013. On this day, MATA will offer 25 cent fares on bus, MATAplus and trolley rides. Seniors 65 yearsMore >>
Saturday, May 25, 2013, MATA will offer 25 cent fares on bus, MATAplus and trolley rides.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:58:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Club 152 on Beale Street has been given the OK to reopen. A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon. Since the closure, the owners have conducted backgroundMore >>
A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:32:50 GMT
(WMC-TV) - If you were not able to get a ticket to the Grizzlies matchup against the Spurs Saturday, you have one last chance to get your hands on one. The Memphis Grizzlies announced it will release aMore >>
If you were not able to get a ticket to the Grizzlies matchup against the Spurs Saturday, you have one last chance to get your hands on one.More >>
Friday, February 15 2013 11:51 PM EST2013-02-16 04:51:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Scientists at Ole Miss are generating a lot of buzz thanks to the creation of a new pain killer -- made with marijuana. Ole Miss is home to the nation's only legally grown marijuana operation.More >>
Scientists at Ole Miss are generating a lot of buzz thanks to the creation of a new pain killer -- made with marijuana.More >>
Click here to see how much you would take home depending on which state you bought your winning lottery ticket in. BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games likeMore >>
Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games like Powerball every week. We wonder what the odds actually are that you'll choose the winning combinations. WAFB's Keitha Nelson talks with an expert on numbers.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:45:01 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police. An orange circle marks the pointMore >>
A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police.More >>