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Trio convicted in Bartlett meth trafficking scheme

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Two men and a woman have been convicted in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in Bartlett — a plan they carried out while the men were serving time in separate prisons. They used contraband jail phones to arrange the purchase and delivery of illegal drugs, according to Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich in a July […]

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Former AMS dance team booster treasurer indicted on felony theft charges

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The former treasurer for the Arlington Middle School Dance Team Booster Club has been indicted on felony theft charges for allegedly using thousands of booster club dollars for her personal use, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday. A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Charlene Wheeler, 44, on charges of theft of property […]

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Former Bartlett resident charged in fatal Amtrak train crash

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  A judge ordered last week that criminal charges be brought against the train engineer who caused the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured 200 others. The surprise move came just one day after Philadelphia prosecutors announced on, May 10 that they did not have enough evidence to charge him. […]

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Arlington man admits to $425K worth of network hacking

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An Arlington man pleaded guilty on April 14 to hacking a competitor’s network for data worth an estimated $425,000. Design engineer Jason Needham, 45, is the co-owner of HNA Engineering PLLC in Arlington, and his plea was for intentionally accessing a competing engineering firm’s computer network without proper authorization in order to obtain proprietary information. […]

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BREAKING: Court expunges record of former BPD officer in fatal 2014 crash

The criminal record of former Bartlett police officer Lucas Hines is now clear of his conviction in a deadly 2014 car crash. A jury found him guilty on Aug. 19, 2016, of two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving for crashing into a car while speeding through a red light during a pursuit. He was initially […]

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Shelby Countians can respond to jury summonses online

Prospective jurors in Shelby County can now respond online to reserve jury selection dates. Citizens who receive a jury summons from the Shelby County Jury Commission, can go online to reserve their jury service time without having to make an in-person visit to jury qualification events, which are often attended by hundreds of people. Go […]

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Legislative & court updates for Sept. 1, 2016

Judge challenges Nashville on delays in providing reports NASHVILLE—In what may be the first legal challenge to government delays on public records requests in Tennessee under a 2008 law, a judge has ruled that Metro Nashville violated the “prompt” provision in the statute by holding up traffic accident reports. Senior Judge Robert E. Lee Davies […]

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BPD officer convicted of 2 counts reckless driving

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It took just hours of deliberation Friday for a Shelby County jury to convict Bartlett Police Officer Lucas Hines in a high-profile case about a deadly crash. He will be sentenced for two counts of reckless driving on Sept. 23. The trial took three and a half days of testimony. In the October 12, 2014, […]

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Galilee’s future set for Aug. 17 court discussion

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The troubled Galilee Memorial Gardens of Bartlett will be the topic of a status conference Aug. 17 in Davidson County Chancery Court. The latest report indicates that years of investigation could end soon without pinpointing where all the bodies are buried and without allowing future burials for those who have already purchased plots. The document, […]

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At-a-Glance for June 23, 2016

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Ex-teacher gets 3 months in jail for statutory rape Former Bolton High School math teacher LaTorrence Bivens, 31, has pleaded guilty to the 2013 aggravated statutory rape of a teenager. It was announced Tuesday that he has been sentenced to 90 days and will be on probation for three years. He was reportedly in a […]

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THP testimony: BPD officer’s speed, other driver’s failure to yield led to fatal crash

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High speed and a victim’s failure to yield were major factors in an officer-involved crash in Bartlett October 2014 that left two citizens dead, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). The data came from a state trooper’s testimony in criminal court last Friday, explaining evidence that Bartlett Police officer Lucas […]

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Crime roundup for May 19, 2016

Memphis crime rates continue to alarm citizens. The city saw its 85th homicide of 2016 last weekend. That’s nearly three dozen more than this period last year. Memphis Police have publicly confirmed that an 11-year-old female student at Kate Bond Elementary reported being touched inappropriately by a male employee. In a prepared statement, the Shelby County […]

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