Thursday, April 25, 2013

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN? INSTALLED A SKIMMER ON BANK OF AMERICA ATM
Metro police are hoping you'll help them identify a man who tried to rip people off at a BankofAmerica. The bank camera got great, clear photos of the guy as he installed a skimmer, meant to capture your credit or debit card information when you insert your card into the ATM. Fortunately, he's not that good at it, his skimmer broke off in a woman's hand. You can see his photo HERE. If you can identify him, please call the police or crimestoppers, at 74-CRIME.

THREE YEARS OF SUN IN THREE MINUTES
When you're taking a quick break later today, make sure to check out the COOLEST video! It's THREE YEARS of the sun in three minutes. You'll see two partial eclipses of the sun by the moon, the largest sunflare of this solar cycle, comet Lovejoy, and the transit of Venus.

LAZY EYE TREATMENT: PLAYING TETRIS
It's estimated that one in 50 children has lazy eye, or amblyopia. It happens when the vision in one eye doesn't develop right, and it makes the eye squint, or not look in the same direction as the other eye. It can eventually cause permanent vision loss in the weaker eye. Well there's a new treatment being studied: simply having people play the video game Tetris. That's the one with the falling stacks of blocks. It trains both eyes to work together, and it's fun, so it's easier to get patients to do.

MAILBOXES WILL BE BLOCKED ALONG COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON ROUTE
The Country Music Marathon is Saturday, and although the FBI says there are no known security threats, law enforcement is going to be vigilant in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last week. That includes blocking all the mailboxes along the route, just to make sure nothing dangerous can be put into one of them.

COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON TO HAVE ADDED SECURITY, SAFETY HOTLINE
Police officers and security workers will be very visible during Saturday's Country Music Marathon. Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson says there is no known threat to Nashville or the marathon, but they've put out a hotline number for you to call if you see anything suspicious this weekend... it's 880-1515. 

VIGIL TONIGHT, THURSDAY, FOR MURDERED BRENTWOOD ORTHODONTIST
A vigil will be held tonight at 7 for Brentwood orthodontist Dr. Rachel Maidens, found shot to death at her home on Sunday.  Friends, family and law enforcement officials will gather in the Maidens' driveway at 7 tonight.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN ORTHODONTIST MURDER CASE
There were a flurry of developments Wednesday in Brentwood's orthodontist murder case that include word that the suspect -- the victim's husband, Randy Maidens -- was meeting with the lawyers who represented Perry March, the Nashville lawyer convicted of killing his wife in 2006, and Byron "Low Tax" Looper, who was the Putnam County Property Assessor when he was convicted of killing his political opponent, State Senator Tommy Burks, in 1996.
 Maiden was also denied a reduction in his 2.5 million dollar bond after being called a flight risk. A substantial amount of cash was found in his car after his wife's body was found Sunday at the Governor's Club community in Brentwood. And Maidens' request to be declared indigent -- or destitute -- and in need of a public defender was also denied, since his assets include "$200,000 in a 401K, $70,000 in checking and money markets, and a new 2013 Infinity car worth $50,000.

MANY DOCTORS HAVE GIVEN VACCINES BUT NEVER TREATED OLD DISEASES
original story by Daniel Potter
We've had effective vaccines for so long now that many younger doctors in Tennessee have never seen cases of mumps or measles in person. So the state health department is working to make sure they're up to speed, and can identify the illnesses if they see them. This follows an outbreak of measles in North Carolina, and one of mumps in Virginia. These days the measles cases we see come from someone bringing them in from another country.

HASLAM SWAMPED BY RESPONSE TO ANIMAL CRUELTY BILL
by Blake Farmer
Never has Gov. Bill Haslam received so much communication on a single issue. As of Wednesday afternoon, his office counted 4,502 emails and 1,796 phone calls - almost all of them against the so-called "ag gag" bill.
The proposal that passed the Tennessee legislature by a narrow margin requires that activists turn over footage of livestock cruelty to police within 48 hours. Organizations like the Humane Society of the United States say such a law would criminalize long term investigations, like one that led to the conviction of a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer last year.
Animal rights groups have mounted a media blitz, complete with paid advertising in Nashville and Knoxville urging Haslam to veto the bill. TV personality Ellen DeGeneres - a well-known animal activist - had the Humane Society's CEO on her show to talk about Tennessee's animal cruelty bill.
"These kind of undercover cameras catch a lot of things," DeGeneres said. "It's important to keep that kind of thing going."
It's unclear how many of the calls and emails are coming from out of state, says a spokesman for Gov. Haslam. Only 16 of the fielded calls have supported the legislation.
Supporters have not had the media on their side, with celebrities and newspaper editorials coming out against the bill. But groups including the Farm Bureau and Tennessee Cattlemen's Association argue video taken on a farm can be misunderstood when viewed out of context.
The governor has 10 business days to decide what to do with a bill once it reaches his desk - sign, veto or let it go into law without his signature. That clock has not started ticking yet.
 
MURFREESBORO MOTHER ADMITS KIDS WERE OUTSIDE UNATTENDED WHILE SHE GOT HIGH
A 21 year old Murfreesboro  mother is accused of leaving her two kids, ages 1 and 2, outside alone in the cold, one child wearing only a diaper, and admitted to police it was because she was in the house, busy snorting a line of cocaine. Amber Warnack also admitted she'd taken a Lortab and vicodin that weren't prescribed to her. Her children are in custody of the Department of Children's Services, Warnack was taken to jail. 

HISTORIC BELT BUCKLE FOUND AT CARTER HOUSE IN FRANKLIN
Some history buffs are over the moon in Franklin, uncovering historic artifacts. A visitor from Ohio just found a Confederate belt buckle in the garden at The Carter House. Historians say a hard rain the day before helped uncover it. It was found in an area just inside what was the main Union Army line during the Battle of Franklin.That's the second historic find this month in Franklin. A few weeks ago, workers who were excavating land for the future driveway into Franklin's Civil War park discovered a 12-pound cannonball.

COUNTRY SINGER BILLY CURRINGTON INDICTED FOR ALLEGED THREATS
People may be wondering whether "People are Crazy" singer Billy Currington has gone a little crazy: there's an arrest warrant out for him, on charges that Currington made terroristic threats and abused an elderly man in Georgia, where Currington is from. Currington tweeted, "Unfortunately, I can't comment on this ... harrassing artists often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas all i know."  
 
"U.S. NEWS" BEST HIGH SCHOOLS RANKS 89 TN SCHOOLS AT THE TOP
Congratulations to the schools who made it to the U.S. News "Best High Schools" list of 2013. Eighty-nine high schools in the state, and the five top-ranking gold medal schools are all in the Metro Nashville School District.

64 YEAR OLD EJECTED AND KILLED IN CRASH ON I-65
A 64 year old Goodlettsville woman was killed in a crash on I-65 North near Long Hollow Pike yesterday afternoon. Police say Patricia Dauer pulled over into the lane of a tractor trailer, which then hit her. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected, then hit by another car. In the meantime her vehicle went on to hit another car, though no one else was injured. 

BELLEVUE MAN ACCUSED OF CHASING CHILD WITH PICKAXE
It got crazy in Bellevue! A man has been arrested for chasing a kid down the street with a pickaxe on Springwater drive, then kicking a police officer in the chest as cops tried to arrest him. It's not clear yet what started the pickaxe chase.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON HAS EMERGENCY SURGERY
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had to have an emergency hernia surgery this week, causing him to miss out on the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, "Pain & Gain." The day before, the star explained that he'd paid a visit to his doctor, "who had to push my intestines back thru the tear in my abdomen. Kinda romantic." But The Rock appears to be recovering well after the operation, and posted evidence to his Twitter account.  "Surgery a success!" he tweeted, along with a photo of himself in his hospital bed, wearing a Superman T-shirt and flexing his major biceps. Johnson, who turns 41 next week, is said to be at home resting.