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Wednesday
Oct222014

City Employee Accused of Embezzling City Funds

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Memphis City Court clerk has been indicted for allegedly embezzling approximately $24,000 from the city.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Tammy Brooks Carpenter, 41, has been indicted for allegedly embezzling monetary payments from persons coming to the City Court Clerk's office to make payments after being issued motor vehicle citations, the Commercial Appeal reported.

Authorities allege that Carpenter would accept payments from customers, enter the transaction electronically, then void the transaction, and enter a smaller amount than what was actually paid. The remaining funds would then allegedly be pocketed by Carpenter for personal use, officials said.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

State Health Officials Announce Ebola Resources for Tennesseans 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Health announced three new Ebola virus resources for state residents Wednesday, offering a toll-free number and online information to Tennesseans.

Residents with questions about the disease can call 1-877-857-2945 Monday through Friday, and additional information will be available on the TDH website, including summaries of weekly activities.

In the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in the state, the health department will make a public announcement and post information to the TDH online site, according to officials.

“We are glad there is increased awareness about this disease and we especially appreciate the efforts of our health care partners in prevention, detection and response planning,” TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner said. “We all need to have an understanding of where the current risk exists and to make sure our concerns are based on facts and not on rumors.”


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Man Indicted in Father's Stabbing Death 

Shelby County District Attorney's Office(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Officials indicted a 27-year-old man Tuesday on second-degree murder charges in the February stabbing death of his father.

Shelby County officials said Quenton Toler was working with his father, Joseph Toler, installing gas logs at a home in the 7500 block of Starfire Cove when the homeowner heard Joseph Toler call for help.

Upon entering the room, the homeowner found Quenton Toler holding a knife and standing over his father. Joseph Toler, 54, was bleeding from a neck wound, according to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.

The defendant later told investigators he stabbed his father because he was calling him names.

Quenton Toler is being held without bond and is undergoing mental evaluation.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Shelby County Makes Health Speakers Available on Ebola Questions 

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The Shelby County Health Department is making its staff available to area residents to answer questions about the Ebola virus.

Officials established the Ebola Speakers Bureau to inform citizens on how the community is preparing to combat the disease, officials announced Tuesday.

Staff members are available to speak during neighborhood meetings, family gatherings, or other events.

For more information, visit schdresponse.com.

Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr. also addressed the county's Ebola response plan Tuesday, speaking on prevention and preparedness.

“Now that people in the United States have been diagnosed with this often fatal disease, it’s important citizens know we’ll be prepared should this public health threat affect Shelby County,” Luttrell said in a statement.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

TBI Launches Program to Protect Agents from Painkiller Risks 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched a program Monday to help protect agents from painkiller risks.

Law enforcement agencies have reported an increase in exposure to fentanyl, a "powerful and potentially deadly painkiller" used in heroin recoveries.

TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin, according to officials. The drug can be absorbed through the skin and accidentally inhaled, with effects of overdose ranging from breathing problems to death.

Through the initiative, agents will receive naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdose.

“Every day, our Agents and Forensic Scientists work tirelessly to pursue justice for the people of Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “This new program better protects them from the risks they might encounter while doing that important work. It also gives them a resource to potentially save the lives of citizens who might unintentionally overdose on opioids.”


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