Thursday, March 6 2014 11:49 PM EST2014-03-07 04:49:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Police are responding to a shooting call at the Oak Court Mall in East Memphis. Action News 5 is working to learn more. Stay with WMCTV.COM for the latest. Get the latest from Action NewsMore >>
A shooting sent security guards running through the Oak Court Mall during the dinner hour Thursday evening. Witnesses say the guards told everyone to get inside a store and take cover.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:48 PM EST2014-03-07 04:48:03 GMT
It's been a season of learning for the youthful University of Memphis Women's basketball team. But their effort has Not gone unnoticed. Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn is named to the AAC's first team All-Conference,More >>
It's been a season of learning for the youthful University of Memphis Women's basketball team.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:27 PM EST2014-03-07 04:27:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Parents living in unincorporated Shelby County learned Thursday night what schools their children could attend after six new municipal school districts form next year. "We purchased our homeMore >>
Parents living in unincorporated Shelby County learned Thursday night what schools their children could attend after six new municipal school districts form next year.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 9:21 PM EST2014-03-07 02:21:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Shelby County Schools announced during a media briefing Wednesday that its budget is about $227 million less than last year as a result of the formation of the municipal districts. SuperintendentMore >>
Shelby County Schools announced during a media briefing Wednesday that its budget is about $227 million less than last year as a result of the formation of the municipal districts.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - Funeral arrangements are set for the Memphis man who spent the last 21 years in a vegetative state.
Bert Brunson died last week at a rehabilitation center.
The case shocked the Mid-South, and resulted in a law that now prevents law officers from hog tying suspects.
When Bert Brunson first went into the hospital he was 22 years old. Just a few days ago, he died at the age of 43.
Just days before her son's Bert's funeral, his mom Patricia showed us his baby pictures and talked about the pain she is feeling.
"And what happened to me with my child I would not wish on my worst enemy," said Brunson-Ware.
It was the summer of 1991. Bert Brunson had graduated from college and was working at the airport when sheriff's deputies pulled his car over under the suspicion of driving under the influence.
"My son was Memphis' Rodney King, situation happened the same year," Brunson-Ware stated.
But Brunson-Ware says her son's situation turned out a lot worse than Rodney King's. Her son ended up in a vegetative state after being hog-tied by deputies.
"He suffered anoxic brain damage because he was hog-tied and placed in the back of the squad car face down, it was like he was crucified," Brunson-Ware said.
When he died last week, Brunson-Ware's son had been in a vegetative state for some 21 years. The family won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Shelby County but Bert was never be the same.
"The lawsuit was filed, we did get a settlement but it never brought him back, I never heard him say mom again," said Brunson-Ware.
Now Brunson-Ware looks for peace in her son's pictures: his big date for the prom, a shot of them during happier times, and his 21 years of treatment.
She says his touch is what she will miss his most.
"Touch. I won't be able to touch him or kiss him," said Brunson-Ware. "I miss that the most, that's what we like to do with our loved ones," she added.
As for the deputies charged with hog-tying her son, Brunson-Ware says she wants to show forgiveness.
"So I just asked the Lord to not let me have a bitter cup so that my son could receive every blessing that the Lord had for him and I believe he did," Brunson-Ware said. "Because we never thought he would live almost 21 years later from that night, matter of fact they all thought he was going to die that night."
Mrs. Brunson-Ware says her faith in God and support from her church and the community is helping her get through this tragedy.
Her son's funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Christ Missionary Baptist Church. His mom says it will be a celebration of her son's life.
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:50 AM EST2014-03-06 12:50:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo has a criminal history of violence. Along with various drug-related crimes, Adams has served in jail for a varietyMore >>
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo has a criminal history of violence.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:39 PM EST2014-03-06 03:39:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Traffic along Interstates 40 and 55 in Arkansas was still slow and go as of Wednesday evening. Some drivers are using alternative methods to ease their mind from standstill stress, like aMore >>
Traffic along Interstates 40 and 55 in Arkansas was still slow and go as of Wednesday evening.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:45 AM EST2014-03-06 09:45:02 GMT
(WMC-TV) - An indictment was handed down Wednesday of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder on Zachary Adams in connection to the disappearance of Holly Bobo.Watch the news conferenceMore >>
A grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday charging Zachary Adams with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in connection with the three-year disappearance of Holly Bobo.
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:46 AM EST2014-03-06 09:46:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - SCS announced all but 10 schools will be in session Thursday, March 6. Bus lots can now be accessed and power is restored to all schools. Ten schools, however, will remain closed because theMore >>
SCS announced all but 11 schools will be in session Thursday, March 6. Bus lots can now be accessed and power is restored to all schools.More >>
Friday, May 18 2012 7:17 PM EDT2012-05-18 23:17:11 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More than 1,000 Action News 5 Facebook fans are rallying around a mother who feels Facebook is discriminating against photos she posted on the social media network of her son. Grayson JamesMore >>
UPDATE: A Mid-South mother has been banned from Facebook for the photos she posted of her newborn son.
Monday, February 17 2014 3:39 PM EST2014-02-17 20:39:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Millington police are investigating a homicide at Jones Orchard Sunday. According to investigators, the victim is a baby. Police are working at the orchard on Singleton Parkway. Action NewsMore >>
Millington investigators contacted Memphis Police Department crime scene investigators knowing they had been working a missing baby case since early January. More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 5:37 AM EST2014-03-06 10:37:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Police are searching for a person who killed a man in the 1700 block of Borden Drive, near Millbranch Road in Memphis. Neighbors tell Action News 5 they heard three loud gunshots around midnight.More >>
Police are searching for a person who killed a man in the 1700 block of Borden Drive, near Millbranch Road in Memphis.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:36 AM EST2014-03-05 11:36:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) – A family is pleading for help to bury a life gone too soon. Cartrail Robertson, 13, was shot and killed just days after his family says he surrendered his life to Christ. Cartrail was killedMore >>
A family is pleading for help to bury a life gone too soon. Cartrail Robertson, 13, was shot and killed just days after his family says he surrendered his life to Christ.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 5:41 PM EST2014-03-06 22:41:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It's the photo seen around the world: Ellen Degeneres' Oscar selfie. More than two million people retweeted the photo of famous celebrities posed for a selfie Sunday night, and that sparkedMore >>
It's the photo seen around the world: Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:56 PM EST2014-03-05 23:56:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) – A suspect was shot by police in the 700 block of Ledbetter Avenue in Memphis. We understand this happened while the Bartlett Police Department was serving a warrant. Officers from Memphis andMore >>
A man was shot by Bartlett police officers, who were serving a warrant on Ledbetter Avenue in Memphis, Wednesday morning.More >>