March 10, 2000 |
Memphis was a city in mourning Thursday--flags were at half-staff, bouquets of flowers were placed on fire hall steps and firefighters and law officers wore black bands across their badges. All were in memory of two firefighters and a sheriff's deputy who were slain Wednesday--allegedly by one of their comrades, firefighter Fred Williams--in a rampage that has angered and saddened this Mississippi River city.
January 3, 2000 |
A man suspected of killing three people during a three-state rampage that started with the death of a 25-year-old Oklahoma woman was arrested at a motel in Union City, Tenn. Steven Ray Thacker, 29, of Chouteau, Okla., was arrested and charged as a fugitive from justice and with the theft of a vehicle, Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said. He also is considered the prime suspect in the late December death of Laci Dawn Hill of Bixby, Okla.
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November 5, 1999 |
An Irvine man was sentenced Thursday in Nashville to 10 years in prison for trying to bring a pistol and silencer onto an airplane. Gregory C. Krug of Irvine was convicted in U.S. District Court in June of possessing a silencer, attempting to take the gun on an airplane without permission and trying to take the gun across state lines with the intent to commit murder. Federal prosecutors said Krug had plans to kill up to 15 Tennessee judges, attorneys and his sister.
September 19, 1999 |
A part-time cook's murderous crime spree, which terrorized fast-food restaurant workers across Tennessee in the spring of 1997, brought two more convictions in Clarksville, Tenn., with a third trial still to go. Paul Dennis Reid was already under the death penalty for two murders before he walked into Montgomery County Criminal Court, and he's scheduled to be back before a jury to face three more murder charges in November.
August 25, 1999 |
A 15-year-old youth in Bedford, Tenn., killed his father with a rifle, then shot and wounded his mother when he fired at the bathroom door behind which she was hiding, police said. Matthew Hardrick was captured shortly after the shooting when he crashed his family's car about 25 miles from home. Police did not say whether they knew of a possible motive. The youth was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
April 2, 1999
A gun found last month along a highway was used to kill a state senator nearly six months ago, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation concluded. The agency made the finding Wednesday after firing test bullets from the gun and comparing them to the bullet that killed state Sen. Tommy Burks. Byron (Low Tax) Looper has pleaded innocent to charges of murdering his political rival two weeks before last fall's election.