Category: Tennessee

‘Meth gators?’ Tennessee police warn against flushing drugs down toilet

LORETTO, Tenn. – Police in Tennessee are cautioning against flushing drugs down the toilet out of concern for the animals in local waterways.

The warning comes from a Loretto Police Department Facebook post where officers say they found a suspect trying to flush meth and several items of paraphernalia.

Police arrested the man.

“On a more or less serious note: Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay,” police wrote.

They said flushed drugs end up in retention ponds for processing before going downstream.

“Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth. Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do,” the Facebook post says.

Police say “meth-gators” could be created in Tennessee and Alabama if the meth made it far enough downriver.

“They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help,” the Facebook post says.

Police say they will properly dispose of drugs if called.


Woman tracks down stolen iPhone, is met with gun

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A young woman is warning others not to do what she did after someone stole her iPhone at a Memphis gas station.

A 26-year-old woman who did not want to be identified, said she took matters into her own hands – tracking down the suspect who turned out to be armed. Police ultimately made an arrest in the case, but she said in hindsight it wasn’t worth the risk.

She said the theft happened a few nights ago after she stopped to fill her car up with gas at a gas station in Hickory Hill, a neighborhood on the city’s southeast side.

“I felt eerie the whole time I pulled up because I never stop to get gas at night,” she told WREG. “My mother has always told me that.”

Brushing her instincts aside, she went inside to pay.

After filling up, she got back in her vehicle and drove away. She noticed her phone wasn’t connecting to her car’s Bluetooth or her Apple Watch. After a search of the car, she still couldn’t find her iPhone XR.

She used the Find My iPhone feature to track the phone down.

“It showed me exactly where it was at,” she said.

The phone was at an apartment complex minutes away from the gas station.

“I remembered I did not lock my doors when I got out of my car,” she said.

She said she was caught off-guard by some men watching her from a nearby pump when she went to pay. She remembered their truck and what they looked like, and the young woman and two friends set off to the complex.

“I felt as if I get this tag number, I’m just going to call the police,” she said.

Sure enough, she quickly spotted the truck.

“As soon as they noticed my car, they flee the scene,” she said.

She wasn’t able to get the tag number, so they began to follow the truck. She said at one point, the vehicle spun out and a passenger pointed a gun at them.

“I got the tag,” she said. “I met the police, and I gave them my whole report. They were actually shocked that I did that.”

A few days later, officers arrested a man named Kevin Mack, who later admitted to the crime, according to court documents.

“I would never do this again,” the woman said.

She said it wasn’t worth the risk.

Her advice to others; follow your instincts if you don’t think a situation is safe. And lock your doors.

“Don’t do what I did,” she said. “I’m very thankful that I didn’t get hurt. No one else got hurt in the process.”

Mother finds man living in crawlspace above 14-year-old daughter’s closet

MT. JULIET, Tenn. – Police officers arrested a man who they say was secretly living in a Mt. Juliet family’s attic, according to WTVF. But he didn’t stop there, he was arrested a second time when he returned more than a week later.

A mother returned home last weekend and found a stranger standing at the top of the stairs in the home.

She yelled for him to get out of the house and called police, but that’s when he ran into her daughter’s bedroom.

He hid in an attic space in the daughter’s bedroom, refusing to come out. Officers had to crawl in after him to pull him out of the confined space.

Matthew C. Castro was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and was warned not to have contact with the daughter. (Mt. Juliet Police Department)

He was later identified as Matthew C. Castro, a man who’d been involved with the woman’s minor daughter.

Police say he had been living in the attic space and coming down at night when she was in her room and had locked her bedroom door.

He was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and was warned not to have contact with the daughter.

But more than a week later, a neighbor called police when they saw him walking toward the house. Officers found him after an extensive search of the home, he was found hiding in the attic.

Officers used a taser to get him out of the attic and into custody. He was given additional charges of trespassing, unlawfully entering a home, and violating a protection order.

Photos show bear enjoying soak in hot tub at Tennessee cabin

GATLINBURG, Tenn. – A tourist staying near Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee found an unexpected guest in her hot tub Thursday night – a bear, accompanied by three cubs.

Elizabeth Strickland snapped a few photos of the black bear as it enjoyed a soak on the porch of her Gatlinburg cabin.

“I just had to share with y’all,” she told WBIR. “I was in that same seat 14 hours ago!”

After a dip tub and a bit of play time, Strickland said mama bear and her three cubs moved along without incident.

“Black bears are one of Tennessee’s state treasures and no other animal exemplifies the wilderness experience like them,” according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “They have been called a charismatic mega-fauna and for good reason – everyone from non-hunters, to hunters, to wildlife watchers – we all love bears in our own special ways.”

The agency urges residents and visitors to help “keep them wild and keep them alive.”

Democrats get locked in House Chamber during legislative session in Nashville

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Democrats are calling what happened a lawless act. Republicans say it was well within the law, and necessary.

The final day of 2019’s legislative session ended with a bang.

A number of contentious issues led to repeated bickering in the house, including a controversial Medicaid Bill.

Democrats staged a walkout to avoid a vote. Republican speaker Glen Casada allegedly had the doors locked to keep a qourum.

Representative Mike Stewart said Democrats were blocked from leaving. He also said Memphis lawmaker G.A. Hardaway got into a physical altercation with security.

“So what we saw today is the lawlessness and the culture of arrogance that we’ve seen demonstrated throughout this session in ways that has no precedence just was lifted to an entirely new level where you actually had a member Representative Hardaway physically restrained from exercising his right as a member to simply walk out into the hallway,” he said.

However, Speaker Casada said he had every right to lock the doors.

“It cannot be allowed. To walkout and ignore your constitutional duties,” he said.

Aside from the explosive incident, Republican Governor Bill Lee believes the session went smoothly.

“It’s been a pleasant revelation to see the commitment of folks to genuinely work together,” he said.

WREG called Representative Hardaway for comment, but he has not returned the call.

Mom accused of leaving 11-month-old baby home alone to have breakfast with friend

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A mother has been charged with child neglect after admitting to investigators to leaving her baby at home alone to have breakfast with a friend, WSMV reports.

According to the affidavit, officers went to a home early Sunday morning after a man called police to report that his ex-girlfriend should have been at the home watching their 11-month-old child and he couldn’t get in touch with her.

When officers arrived around 4:22 a.m., they tried knocking on the door and calling her phone number but did not get an answer. The woman, later identified as 25-year-old Nieghn Carey later called her ex-boyfriend and told him that she was on her way back home. She got back to the house around 5 a.m. and told officers that she did leave the baby alone because the baby was asleep and she was going to go get breakfast with a friend.

Medics arrived to check on the baby and DCS was notified. Carey was arrested on felony child neglect charges.