Wednesday, February 29 2012 7:33 PM EST2012-03-01 00:33:22 GMT
Memphis City Schools' deputy superintendent is still off the job after commenting on the breasts of a subordinate while they were in a room full of people. And every second he's off the job, Memphis taxpayers are paying for it.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:51:25 GMT
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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
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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
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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 >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – A top administrator at Memphis City Schools submitted his resignation this week after he was accused of drunkenly sexually harassing a co-worker during a party at the superintendent's home last month.
Deputy Superintendent Irving Hamer submitted his resignation Monday. He asks that his last day be April 30.
The letter became known Wednesday after Memphis City Schools released documents detailing the sexual harassment claims that led to Hamer's suspension last month.
Hamer was suspended after allegedly making several comments about a co-worker's breasts while staff members were attending a party at Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash's home
During the school system's investigation, Cash told attorneys that Hamer became so drunk he gave an incoherent toast and fell on the floor at one point during the party.
According to the report, Hamer stopped the toast to ask a colleague if he was having a sidebar discussion with the superintendent's executive assistant, Tiffany Crutchfield. Hamer went on to tell that colleague that Crutchfield had large breasts, but she is married.
Other guests tried to steer Hamer back to the toast, but then Hamer said he was distracted by Crutchfield's breasts.
Several of the guests said Hamer's comments made them feel uncomfortable.
Cash told the attorneys investigating the sexual harassment claim that employees were allowed to bring alcohol to the party. He also told them that he ordered Hamer to apologize to Crutchfield.
However, Hamer didn't do that.
Instead, according to the report, he sent Crutchfield an email apologizing for his "crude and disrespectful comments."
Hamer also denied that he was drunk during the party.
"I wish it was possible to blame my behavior on the consumption of alcohol – I cannot," he wrote in the email. "I had two small drinks that evening. There was a third that I did not consume."
Hamer wrote that his comments were due to his failure "to recognize where we were, what we were doing, who was in attendance, and being too familiar with you and our colleagues."
The internal investigation revealed Cash was shocked when Hamer did not apologize in person to Crutchfield or to the other coworkers in attendance.
Cash told investigators that when Crutchfield read the e-mail, she cried. She then sent a complaint the following Tuesday calling Hamer's comments "vulgar and degrading."
Crutchfield went on to say "Hamer is in NO WAY familiar with me." She said the word "familiar" was offensive, misleading, and present her character in a negative manner.
Cash corroborated that he did not believe Crutchfield had a romantic relationship with Hamer.
Cash's executive cabinet and administrative staff were in attendance.
According to the MCS report, at least two employees told investigators that Hamer had occasionally made sexual jokes and "comments that have been interpreted to be sexual in nature."
He was also accused of making an inappropriate comment to a school district employee in September 2011. However, the report doesn't elaborate on that claim.
After Hamer sent the apology letter, he hired an attorney and would not interview with internal investigators.
Cash gave Crutchfield time off to cope with what happened. It is unclear if she has returned to work.
MCS hasn't announced if it has accepted Hamer's resignation.
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 >>