Saturday, May 25 2013 11:16 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:16:54 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. Story includes blocked off roads. 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 >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:46 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:46:52 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man is charged with raping a teenager he met on Craigslist. Police pulled over 23-year-old Cartez Horne during a routine traffic stop Friday. Horne had a 16-year-old in the car withMore >>
A Memphis man is charged with raping a teenager he met on Craigslist.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – The tragedy at Sandy Hook has prompted an overwhelming demand for bulletproof backpacks. It is protection that Action News 5 Investigators have been tracking for years.
Do they really work?
Tragedy at Sandy Hook – students and teachers killed in a Connecticut elementary school shooting; students running to escape gunmen at Columbine in 199; the massacre at Virginia Tech: horrifying instances that gave two fathers from Massachusetts the idea to start a company called Bulletblockers.
One of their hottest items: bulletproof backpacks.
The backpack maker claims it can actually stop bullets if your student is ever under fire.
Andy Gerrish is a parent to a high schooler and two college students.
"It's always in the back of your mind. You want your kids to be safe," he said.
If his children are ever under fire, he's not sure if a bullet blocking backpack is the answer.
"You're carrying a backpack at school, if something pops up like a Columbine thing, I think a backpack full of books is enough to stop or deflect a bullet," Gerrish said.
We headed to the shooting range to test Andy's theory.
Will Abbot, a certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor helped us test the pack.
"Looks normal. Let's see how it stops bullets," he said.
Our first shot was from a 44 caliber revolver. The largest type of bullet the manufacturer claims the bag can stop.
"We had some blunt trauma," Abbot said.
Abbot says the blunt trauma ripped the target's shirt, could have shattered a rib and caused massive bruising. But as for stopping the round?
"No penetration," he said.
So during this test, the bulletproof backpack worked. But can you get the same results from a much cheaper ordinary backpack with nearly five inches of books and school supplies inside?
"Pretty much destroyed, and did nothing to stop the bullet except maybe slow it down a little," Abbott said.
Abbot says that's enough proof the backpack's worth the investment.
"Because if you're going to carry a book bag anyhow, why not carry one that stops bullets in addition to just carrying books?" he said.
While our instructor's convinced, students are far from sold on the idea.
We caught up with grad students Erika Pond and Katelyn Galloway walking in front of the college of nursing, the same area that was a crime scene seven years ago.
"I think I've got just as much chance getting hit by a car when I ride home on my bike today, you know chance things happen," Pond said.
As tragic as the nursing shootings were, they say they don't fear chance events and just don't see the need to invest in a bulletproof backpack.
"I just think these things are rare and they're rare for a reason because most of the time you're pretty safe," said Galloway.
Bulletproof backpacks typically retail from one hundred-fifty to three hundred dollars
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 >>