Regional News Roundup: M.L. King Jr. honored at National Civil Rights Museum

Regional News Roundup: M.L. King Jr. honored at National Civil Rights Museum

January 16th, 2018 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

In this Aug. 28, 1963, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

M.L. King Jr. honored at rights museum

MEMPHIS — Thousands of people celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with song and dance at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

The holiday weekend was a special father-and-son trip for Alan Williams and 14-year-old Alan Louis Williams. The pair from Tallahassee, Fla., visited important sites in King's life, including the Mason Temple in Memphis where he said "I've been to the mountaintop."

The Commercial Appeal reported they were among visitors Monday to the civil rights museum.

Shamika Stinson came from Holly Springs, Miss., with her twin 10-year-old daughters, Ashley and Alyssa, who were clad in bright yellow and purple for a performance in the Watoto African dance troupe. Stinson said it was great to see different cultures coming together.

King was assassinated in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel, which is now part of the civil rights museum.


Racoon caught in cellphone store

KNOXVILLE — Knoxville police officers got a surprise Monday morning when they responded to a report of a burglary at a Boost Mobile store on Magnolia Avenue.

The store was broken into but not by a human suspect.

Instead, the masked burglar was a raccoon.

The animal apparently had gotten into the store through the roof at around 3:30 a.m. and set off an alarm.

Knoxville Police Department tweeted a few photos of the "suspect," that reportedly escaped through the front door with the help of the business owner.

"The on-scene Sgt. could not confirm or deny the suspect successfully escaped with an iPhone X," the tweet said.


Man shot dead at apartment complex

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Police say a man has been fatally shot at an apartment complex in suburban Atlanta.

Gwinnett County Police Corp. Matthew Williamson told local news media that officers found 42-year-old Joe Love dead with gunshot wounds Sunday afternoon. Police said Love wasn't alone during the time of the shooting.

Williamson said the second person heard gunshots and jumped through a window to escape. The man had minor injuries and is not now a suspect.

Police do not have a motive or a suspect in custody.

Williamson said Love was a father of eight children. Love's finance, Shunique Jones, said he had just proposed in December.


Woman charged with murder

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. — A woman was charged with murder after the shooting death of her husband in Northwest Alabama.

Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Olive told that 58-year-old Michael Cody was found with gunshot wounds inside his living room Saturday night. Olive said Cody was shot once in the arm and head.

Olive said Cody's wife, Connie Mae Cody, was questioned and taken into custody after she called authorities. The couple had moved from Wisconsin within the past month.