The 901: A recap, updates on violent crimes and suspects in Memphis
Morning, Memphis. It's finally the end of the week. Before we enjoy the sunny weekend ahead, let's recap what happened this week.
Back in February, as you may recall, a patrol officer found Danielle Hoyle's body and noticed she had been shot to death, and her daughter, two-day-old Kennedy Hoyle, was no where to be found. Later, an Amber Alert was issued for Kennedy Hoyle.
Brandon Isabelle, the boyfriend of Danielle Hoyle, allegedly told police he shot Danielle Hoyle, then took Kennedy to Mud Island and threw the newborn into the Mississippi River.
Now, Isabelle, the man accused of killing Danielle and Kennedy Hoyle, was indicted in their deaths, our Micaela Watts reports.
Man connected to killing of Eliza Fletch pleads not guilty in 2021 rape
Cleotha Henderson, the man police say abducted and killed Eliza Fletcher, entered a not guilty plea after he was indicted on charges of aggravated rape and kidnapping connected to a Sept. 21, 2021, incident, our Lucas Finton reports.
The indictment came after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said forensic scientists at the Jackson crime lab pulled a rape kit that was taken in 2021, and tested it June 24. The kit came back August 29 and a national DNA database hit for Henderson found its way back to TBI September 5.
Henderson will not appear in criminal court for the 2021 incident until early November, but will return to general sessions court Monday for the Fletcher case.
File shows new details from Collierville Kroger shooting
Newly released investigative documents, video and audio offer insight into last year's mass shooting at a Kroger store in Collierville — providing us a full picture of how the shooting happened and why.
Our Daniel Connolly takes us back to that day and breaks down the new material which includes detailed accounts of an argument that preceded the four-minutes of deadly violence, in his story for subscribers.
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MPD, Memphis City Council put pressure on schools, court system after crimes
After a week of deadly crimes that gained national attention, the Memphis Police Department and some on the Memphis City Council are pushing for a broader analysis of the criminal justice system and juvenile crime, our Samuel Hardiman reports.
Comments made signaled further efforts from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland's administration to shift the focus on the continued crime plaguing the city to other large bureaucracies: the Shelby County Juvenile Court, Memphis-Shelby County Schools and the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office.
"There are a number of problems that don’t fall in the realm of the Memphis Police Department. But we are willing to come to the table," MPD Chief C.J. Davis said.
Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony returns
Booker T. Jones, Priscilla Presley and Mavis Staples were among eight honorees inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame during an awards ceremony Thursday that ended an unhappy two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As if to make up for the gap years, Thursday's ceremony was especially celebratory, but also overlong at three hours, our John Beifuss reports.
Read John's story to hear everything that happened during the ceremony.
2022 Indie Memphis Film Festival announces lineup
Close to 50 feature films and dozens of shorts and music videos from Memphis, the Mid-South and around the world will be screened curing the 25th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, John reports.
John provides us with the full lineup of films, stars and events for the festival, which runs Oct. 19-24.
"Once again, I hope that the films in our line-up represent a collection of some of the best films of the year,” said Indie Memphis artistic director Miriam Bale.
Memphis celebrates Latinx community with 2022 Latin Soul Awards
Five Memphis community members were honored during the 2022 Latin Soul Awards, a celebration to recognize members of the Latinx community, as well as their allies, for their achievements, leadership and support.
On Saturday, Garcia won a Future Latinx Leader Award. Crystal Oceja also received a Future Latinx Leader Award. Other award winners included: Angel Estevez, Latinx Business Owner Award; Dr. Scott Morris, Friend of the Latinx Community Award; and Ivan Rivera, Latinx Community Leader Award.
“I think that being Latino, being Hispanic, is something that you put pride on yourself,” Garcia said. “It’s like pride on your chest. It’s like you feel amazing to be up there representing your community.”
The awards kicked off the list of events in Memphis as a celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month — presented by Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group. Next on the list of events includes the annual Latin Fest next week at Overton Square.
A Memphis Tiger football love story
Perhaps Jim and Becky Sharpe's love story is the most romantic tailgating story anyone will tell when Memphis and Arkansas State meet again in the Tigers’ first home game Saturday, our Mark Giannotto writes in his latest column.
Here's an excerpt:
They met on social media, and felt a spark on the phone, even though they probably should have met long before then. They had to. Becky Palmer wouldn’t have it any other way during a Memphis football game.
This was last September, the last time the Tigers played Arkansas State in Jonesboro. A tailgating call had gone out on a big Facebook group full of Tiger fans.
Who was going? Who was grilling? Who was bringing what?
Never did anyone consider someone might pop the question ...
How Britney Burse made school history with Whitehaven football
Britney Burse is new to the game of football, and there’s a new energy at Whitehaven because of her. She’s the only female football coach on the sidelines at one of the area’s top public school teams, and she’s likely the only one in all of Shelby County this season, our Wynston Wilcox reports in his story for subscribers.
Burse’s official title with Whitehaven is running backs coach, a role that also includes agility and skill training.
“(Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsbery) holds me at a standard,” Burse said. “He’s always feeding into me. He's always giving me different pointers; he’s sent me to different camps to get me in front of college coaches.
“He’s definitely opening the door for opportunities as well. He's not a person who holds back any information. He pours in and feeds into me and makes me feel as if I belong in the program.”
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Today's 901 was written by Ray Padilla. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Ray_Padilla_.
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