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$300K grant boosts DUI prosecution efforts

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MEMPHIS — Shelby County’s nearly $1 million in grants from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) includes almost $300,000 for DUI prosecution efforts, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich has recently announced. The DA’s office grant of $294,217.96 covers a DUI coordinator and two assistant district attorneys for DUI prosecutions in Criminal Court. […]

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Breaking: New report on Galilee cemetery

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A new 11-page report with updates on Galilee Memorial Gardens cemetery was just released this morning. See the full report at the link below. We will be following up with a story based on the report shortly. http://bartlett-express.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/2015/10/2015-09-30-Galilee-Sixth-Interim-Report-SDR_F.pdf Galilee hit the headlines in 2013 and 2014 over allegations of land theft to bury bodies, multiple bodies […]

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‘Digging for Daddy’ chronicles search for grave

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When two Texas residents called a suburban Chicago cemetery inquiring about their loved one’s remains, the ensuing tale became so compelling, the two wrote a book about it. ary Ilic Hurst and her daughter, Lisa Lopez, residents of Fort Worth, Texas, recently visited Memphis-area locations to promote their new book, “Digging for Daddy: A Promise […]

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Tenn. AG announced $71M settlement with drug company

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Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and 48 other states, announced on Aug. 18 a $71 million nationwide settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws. Amgen Inc. is a California-based biotechnology company that manufactures and sells pharmaceutical products, […]

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Tennessee AG fighting feds on control of water

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Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced on July 23 that Tennessee has joined Ohio and Michigan in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The lawsuit asks the court to strike down a new rule, known as the “waters of the United States” rule, […]

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Update: 5th report on Galilee Memorial Gardens

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The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) released the fifth interim report today, July 15, on the status of Galilee Memorial Gardens, listing progress made to date and priorities for the remaining tasks. Some repairs have been made and one afternoon of visitation allowed, and it remains a priority to sort out claims to […]

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Former Bolton teacher: Guilty of sexual battery

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MEMPHIS — A former teacher and assistant baseball coach at Bolton High School pleaded guilty to sexual battery by an authority figure and was sentenced June 4 to six months in prison and six years of probation, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich. Michael Lewis, 32, admitted having sexual relations with a 17-year-old student […]

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Galilee’s plot owners asked to speak up

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People who bought space at Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett before its scandals became public may get a glimmer of hope from the latest news. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is urging people with claims on vacant burial plots at Galilee to contact the department’s Special Deputy Receiver to help preserve their […]

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Families pay graveside respects at Galilee

People eager to visit, resent lack of information [Editor’s note: This version of the story corrected the estimated number of attendees and adds an update about the cemetery.] LAND PURCHASE UPDATE The proposed purchase of land illegally used for burials adjacent to Galilee Memorial Gardens may ease the cemetery’s space problems. Documents filed Tuesday with […]

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Jones convicted again in 2003 Bartlett slayings

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MEMPHIS — A 51-year-old Florida man was convicted Saturday, May 16, for a second time in the 2003 slayings of an elderly Bartlett couple, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich has announced. A Criminal Court jury convicted Henry Lee Jones on two counts of first-degree murder and then sentenced him to death for killing […]

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Feedback sought on Memphis/Shelby Juvenile Court

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Countywide Juvenile Justice Consortium of Memphis and Shelby County (CJJC) will sponsor a public form on Saturday to get feedback from parents and youth regarding their experiences with the Memphis/Shelby County Juvenile Court. The event will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 16 at the Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins […]

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BPD officer indicted, loses pay in fatality case

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A Shelby County grand jury indicted Bartlett patrol officer Lucas Hines April 28 on two felony counts of vehicular homicide. An investigation found that his actions led to the deaths of two people on Oct. 12. He was speeding his patrol car through the intersection of Stage Road and Bartlett Boulevard when he slammed into […]

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