April Thompson, WREG News Channel 3

April Thompson

WREG News Channel 3

Memphis, TN, United States

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Recent articles by April:

Violent threat at church daycare puts parents on edge

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Parents at some daycare centers in Midtown are on alert Wednesday after threats of violence. The parking lot that would normally be full at First Baptist Church on East Parkway sits empty Wednesday afternoon. The daycare at the church closed after a man allegedly threatened violence. Kat Kimball, the pastor of First Baptist, […] → Read More

MS law forces woman to buy her stolen Rolex back from pawn shop

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — A Memphis woman has been trying to get her stolen Rolex watch from a pawn shop for over six months. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, had her home broken into back in April. Around 6 p.m., she noticed a car slowing down outside of her home, but thought nothing […] → Read More

Freedom Prep parent accused of threatening to shoot school officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– A Memphis school was put on lockdown after a parent allegedly threatened to shoot a school security officer Friday afternoon. Not long before school let out for the day, a parent and a school security guard at Freedom Preparatory Academy on Millbranch got into a disagreement. The report says the student’s mother got upset because […] → Read More

Downtown businesses frustrated with costly water main breaks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —- We are learning more about the damage caused by a huge water main break in downtown Memphis. Olymbec Plaza on Monroe Avenue in downtown Memphis is home to 25 businesses from law firms to Immigration Court, but all of them have been shut down for the last two weeks because of flooding […] → Read More

Man tracks stolen car with AirTag; police still haven’t found it

A man whose car was stolen while he dined at an East Memphis restaurant knows where it is thanks to an Apple AirTag, but he says that still hasn't helped police find his car. → Read More

Barges, boats affected as Mississippi River nears record low

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Mississippi River continues to drop to record low levels, and each drop has a potential impact on the prices of goods you use every day. “We’re at a minus eight on our river gauge, which is the seventh lowest and since 1954. So, it’s below average for this time of year,” said […] → Read More

Residents concerned about Audubon Park renovations

Memphis' Audubon Park is undergoing an $8 million makeover to the golf course, playground, and other areas, but the planned changes have some residents saying not so fast. → Read More

Hernando police chase lawsuit dismissed by judge

UPDATE, Sept. 27, 2022: A judge dismissed the plaintiff’s federal claims against Hernando Police with prejudice, and the state claims were dismissed without prejudice. The case is now closed. UPDATE: The FBI has opened an investigation into this case, the Hernando Police Chief said Thursday. Chief Scott Worsham said someone filed a complaint with the […] → Read More

Judge grants Brandon Isabelle defense more time to review evidence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and throwing their two-day old baby in the Mississippi River made a brief court appearance Friday. Brandon Isabelle, his hair much shorter, said little as he entered court Friday, only responding when the judge asked his name. His arraignment took only minutes as his attorney, […] → Read More

Brandon Isabelle to appear in court on murder charges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG)— The Memphis man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and throwing their 2-day-old baby in the Mississippi River is set to be back in court Friday. Brandon Isabelle was indicted in the murders of Danielle Hoyle and her baby, Kennedy. Friday, he’ll be arraigned. His attorney says Isabelle is ready. “He’s been asking […] → Read More

Teachers union files lawsuit against Memphis-Shelby County school district

Memphis' largest teachers union and the school district are at odds over a new contract, and now it has landed in court with one teacher's union saying what they are being asked to do is unheard of. → Read More

Child shot in back while sitting on couch

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– A child is recovering after he was shot in the back while he sat on a couch in his living room over the weekend. Shots rang out at the Countryview Apartments off Raleigh-Millington Road around 10:45 Saturday night. The police report said Taneisha Howard told them her 12-year-old son had been shot. Officers found him with a gunshot […] → Read More

Daughter says victim of shooting livestreamed on Facebook is in ‘good spirits’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of a man who was shot during a citywide shooting rampage, and whose shooting was broadcasted on Facebook Live, is opening up about his recovery. It was an image that shocked a city and social media: a gunman entering an AutoZone store and opening fire on the first person he sees. We […] → Read More

How can abuse victims protect themselves when laws fail?

Domestic violence is a huge problem in our community. Often victims are encouraged to get an order of protection against their abusers. But some say it doesn't really work. → Read More

Ezekiel Kelly was a Raleigh kid ‘raised’ by the streets, youth advocate says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Many are asking what went on in Ezekiel Kelly’s life that led him to allegedly go a shooting spree, killing innocent people. Youth advocate Torrey Bates remembers when he heard Kelly was the person police said was behind the mass shootings in Memphis. “I open the Facebook unknowingly and saw Ezekiel going […] → Read More

Discrimination, hostility claims led to investigation against Memphis schools leader

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– MSCS Deputy Superintendent of Operations John Barker remains on paid leave as an investigation continues into his actions. It all comes down to a letter sent to the District leaders shortly after Barker became co-interim Superintendent when then-Superintendent Joris Ray was suspended. Sources told WREG the complaints centered on claims of discrimination and hostility in […] → Read More

Driver shaken by encounter with accused killer who took his car

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One of the last people to make eye-to-eye contact with the man allegedly behind a mass shooting in Memphis said he is thankful to have walked away alive. Demetrick Porter was at a gas station in Southaven when he came face-to-face with Ezekiel Kelly, moments before Kelly was captured by police after […] → Read More

Memphis leaders push for solution to violence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The violence we are seeing in our community has many people speaking out, fed up with the crime that surrounds us. A shooter on the run, a young mother kidnapped and murdered while jogging, and a police officer shot while protecting the streets all played out in Memphis in a matter of […] → Read More

What we know about kidnapping suspect Cleotha Abston

Cleotha Abston sits in jail apparently saying very little about the kidnapping of Eliza Fletcher, but police have been able to link him to the crime, saying Abston was driving an SUV seen in surveillance video at the crime scene. → Read More

Problems pile up for one apartment building. What can residents do?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — WREG sorted out the rights and responsibilities tenants and landlords have when it comes to a decent place to live. It’s become all too familiar — high-rise apartments that have fallen into disrepair, leaving tenants frustrated and demanding help. WREG has been reporting about the problems at Serenity Towers and Memphis Towers, […] → Read More