July 30, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Central Precinct detectives late last night arrested 14-year-old Donquise Alexander on a charge of criminal homicide for the July 8th fatal shooting of 14-year-old Vincent Lewis outside an apartment building at 1611 6th Avenue North.
Three weeks of continuous investigation by Detective Robert Anderson and his colleagues, which included numerous interviews, led to the identification of Alexander as the suspected gunman. Upon learning of last evening’s issuance of a Juvenile Court arrest order, Alexander’s mother surrendered her son to detectives at .
The investigation into the homicide is continuing. Robbery may have been a motive.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Senator Henry has had people at the intersection of Thompson Lane and Nolensville Rd all week, wearing blue t-shirts and waving at people with signs.
I stopped and spoke with one of them this morning. They are working through a temp service and being paid by the hour. The man I spoke with didn’t know who Mr. Henry is or what he is running for.
It seems pretty pathetic to have to pay pretend supporters ....
In these times of high unemployment, I would not begrudge people for getting paid where they can, but Senator Henry passing off relatively low-paid employees (who probably don't get benefits) as enthusiastic campaign volunteers does seem pathetic.
Monday, July 26, 2010
That being said, keep in mind that EPA estimates of dumped toxins have been contested by reputable sources in the past.
it’s impossible to know how much leaked into flood water, but soil and water testing has raised no serious concerns for the EPA.
When the Cumberland River rose well above its banks, riverside industrial buildings were some of the first to go under. On Nester Street near Nashville’s MTA headquarters, first responders helped pump 25,000 gallons of oil-contaminated water out of a drainage system. Otherwise, Spurlin says the spills were minor.
“We didn’t see large releases. It essentially was either potential releases from the containers that had not spilled or minor releases of chemicals or oils that could be readily addressed without causing any long term issues.”
With flood waters threatening to overwhelm the levee that protects the MetroCenter commercial district from the Cumberland River, police were ordering a complete evacuation of the 800-acre development. But on his cell phone, the president of the company Jones worked for was telling him to instruct employees to evade the cops and get to work.
Jones says he did as the cops told him to do — and that his boss responded by summarily dismissing him from his production supervisor position at Shared Hospital Services Corp.
The president of SHSC is not named in the lawsuit Jones filed against the hospital laundry service July 21 in Davidson County Circuit Court, but documents in a prior lawsuit identify him as George W. Wade, the name currently listed with the Tennessee Register of Deeds as registered agent of the company.
The legal complaint says Jones let the president know that Metro Police safety cones were blocking off access to SHSC’s Mainstream Drive facility. The boss nevertheless told Jones “to inform all employees to come to work” and to get around the traffic cones by driving through the Comcast parking lot across the street and then turning in behind the barriers.
Friday, July 23, 2010
FBI raid on former Metro Council Member Pam Murray's house? [Correct: Secret Service raided Murray's home]
I live around the corner on 800 block of N 2nd.
In the last two weeks, Metro PD prescence has gone crazy. Round the clock patrols, harassing anyone on the street, my neighbor (who helped Hollin get elected) was mowing my lawn and the police told him he had no business being there. Its been like a mini police state. Pam's been cruising the street ever since this has been going on, and has been behind at least some of the complaint calls to Metro. When my previously mentioned neighbors house was raided by SWAT, finding a really dangerous small bag of pot, Murray was outside watching.
UPDATE: The Tennessean has the story:
Agents were at the Stockell Street home Thursday evening, "Retrieving some items related to our investigation," said Keith Perrigan, assistant special agent in charge for the Secret Service's Nashville field office. Perrigan declined to detail the nature of the probe but said nobody had been arrested Friday.
Murray said the agents were investigating her son, who was on probation for a credit card fraud conviction out of Oklahoma. "I really think it's where my son violated his probation," she said. "His probation officer came there." Her son, Patrick Merriweather, 22, was convicted last year after he and two other men were caught in Sequoyah County, Okla., trying to use a stolen credit card at a country store. Investigators later found cash, a laptop computer, several credit cards and a credit card encoding machine in his car.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Terminal pain: CM Erica Gilmore still catching heat for her handling of community concerns about Greyhound
Councilwoman Erica Gilmore said it was her understanding that Greyound [sic] would not move to its temporary location at 11th and Charlotte until a future permanent site was selected ...
“I heard they were moving into a temporary station soon, which I guess would mean they found a permanent location,” Gilmore said. “I think they did a good job of keeping their word. It’s a relief.”
How can you simply assume, or in your words “guess” that Greyhound has secured a permanent location? Have you called Greyhound, MDHA, the Mayor’s Office, or the MCC to ensure that they have kept their assurances to our communities? Quite, in fact, Greyhound told us that there would be a public announcement of their permanent location before they moved to the temporary one. NO PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE!
Once again, I think the future of our neighborhood is too important to leave up to your “guesswork”. You may be “relieved”, but I assure you that many of your constituents are still deeply concerned. Any first hand information that you might be able to share with us in the coming days would be greatly appreciated.
Always feel free to discus [sic] any of the issues or concerns you have anytime. As it relates to Greyhound, I will forward on the information so that they can provide you with the information as it relates to the announcement.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
CM Buddy Baker has to break out of his huddle with the lawyers tonight to pass an unpopular alley abandonment
Constituent #1: Lots of neighbors are now doing neighborhood watch, dumping watch. They are pulling together as a neighborhood association and group to keep the community safe and clean.
CM Baker: I'm glad they're finally doing it!
Constituent #2: Do you know that there is an order in to get Metro Public Works to put a camera in this alley should dumping continue? And the dumping sign that's on the tree at the end of the alley which appeared this week is due to the community contacting Metro Public Works to get it done?
CM Baker: Well, 'bout time y'all done something!
Constituent #2: Why did you not consider these options instead of driving around and acting like there is nothing to be done but, "Oh, let's abandon this alley and give him the land?"
Constituent #3: I been picking up dump here for ... years.
The public sees clear winners and losers from the economic policies the government has implemented since the recession of 2008. Most Americans say these policies have helped large banks, large corporations and the wealthy, while providing little or no help for the poor, the middle class or small businesses.I believe Americans expected better from Democrats in charge in Washington. The latter have failed to sustain any pretense of champions of common folk.
Fully 74% say that government policies over the past two years have done a great deal (53%) or a fair amount (21%) to help large banks and financial institutions. Majorities also say that large corporations (70% great deal/fair amount) and wealthy people (57% great deal/fair amount) have been helped.
By contrast, 68% say government policies have helped small businesses not at all (29%) or not too much (39%); 68% also say middle-class people have received little or no help from these policies. And about the same percentage (64%) says poor people have not been helped.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
At his community meeting on Saturday, CM Buddy Baker denied the connection between alley abandonment and rezoning. The 43rdrezoning website has video. Here's an excerpt of CM Baker's comments that contradict Metro Planning's construal of his support for rezoning:
A lot of y'all think this is a zone change. This is not a zone change. I have nothing to do with a zone change.
If it is rezoned it'd be Mr. Hunter. That would not be me .... I did not know anything about the zone change until Wednesday or the Thursday before we went to the Planning Commission. If Mr. Hunter wants a zone change that is up to Mr. Hunter. That's not up to me.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
From a neighbor in the Nations. Note that we are 6 blocks from the site and received no notice, so the notification must be very selective.
"Mr. Baker has sent notice dated July 9, 2010 of a "District 20 Neighborhood Meeting" to discuss Metro Council Ordinance No. BL2010-682.
For those who did not get the letter, it reads in part: "It is not required that I hold a public meeting on an alley closure. I have followed all the rules of the Metropolitan Government as relates to alley closures. However, out of loyalty to my constituents, I am holding this meeting to provide an opportunity to allow for feedback on this issue."
The meeting is set as follows:
Saturday, July 17, 2010
4300 Georgia Avenue"
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The 8th Avenue Greyhound bus station is finally moseying its sweet self down to a temporary location on Charlotte so that crews can get on with the Music City Center construction. The bus station was pretty much the last thing standing in the way of the construction site.Blogger Christy Frink makes the situation sound like the terminal has the project itself in gridlock. It's been my understanding that the Greyhound terminal only blocked construction on a small corner of the Music City Center site. Other than that patch, construction has gone on as planned. I confirmed this with the City Paper editor, Stephen George. CP journo Joey Garrison gave a more accurate reporting of the scope of the delays than Nashvillest did.
Is Christy's mistake heinous? Not by any means. But popular content scrapers should be a lot more judicious about conveying the news content they are scraping. Christy's spin on the story has the potential to create the impression that slow-walk deliberation of the relocation of Greyhound throws a wrench in the MCC project wholly, not partially. Because of its large following, Nashvillest has a long reach and can multiply misperception.
The lineage of Nashvillest posts on Greyhound terminal relocation hints that they are positively disposed to moving it anywhere but the Music City Center site. Along the way they have seemed displeased with delays. The bloggers are entitled to their opinions on this, but this reader wishes that they would not let their predisposition cloud the facts in this news. It is not too much to ask that the content scrapers be as detached to the relocation story as they were to the news that North End neighbors were upset about the furtive moves to spirit the blighted terminal closer to us.
UPDATE: Salemtown's Hutch points out that the Nashvillest coverage of the Greyhound move is also misleading insofar as the bloggers insinuate that Greyhound was lolly-gagging.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Come Wednesday, the company will operate its Nashville terminal at the former Hansen Chrysler location at 1022 Charlotte Ave. ....I suppose that those of us who were affected by clandestine moves that Metro took to spirit the blighted terminal out of Downtown and closer to residential neighborhoods in the north can breathe a sign of relief that it will not be permanent. Hopefully locals understand the lengths to which the Mayor's Office will go to accommodate the business interests Downtown. We also witnessed the limitations of our council member to speak up for us against the powers that be. Knowing what Ms. Gilmore cannot or will not do gives us a head start next time.
Greyhound secured the temporary bus terminal site in May. The move stalled because Greyhound and Metro Development Agency officials had failed to land a permanent site for the company’s long-term relocation.
According to sources, an announcement for Greyhound’s eventual move to property at Lafayette Street and Fifth Avenue is expected in the coming weeks.
Friday, July 09, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro police are working to find the person or people responsible for shooting and killing a 14-year-old boy in downtown Nashville. The teenager has been identified as Vincent Lewis.This is a particularly jarring event for our local community, but the media deserves praise for not sensationalizing this shooting, which word on the street says is gang-related. NewsChannel5 underscored the rarity of the crime, as did the Tennessean, which reported that such a shooting has not happened in at least a year. It wasn't long ago that the local media reported gang-related issues in North Nashville (if reported at all) with a stereotypical sensationalism that did not serve to enhance public safety.
Police said a maintenance worker found Lewis' around 3:15 p.m. in the fenced backyard of a house at 1611 6th Ave North. They believed the body had been there for a couple of hours.
Police reported he had been shot in the stomach and head.
Dozens of police officers and several detectives knocked on doors to figure out what exactly happened.
6th Avenue was shut down while they investigated. Police say shootings are rare in that area.
Anyone who has information about Vincent's murder is urged to contact Central Precinct detectives at 862-7049 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Police work with Hope Gardens on serving nuisance document on residence that was site of drive-by shooting
There was a drive by shooting again late Tuesday night on 11th Avenue North. The shooting was related to the ongoing problems at 1010 11th Avenue North. Commander Huggins has asked us to have a petition signed ASAP in order to move forward on ending this nuisance. This is the next step as a follow-up to the letters everyone signed earlier in the year.
Below is a police description and some correspondence from Commander Huggins:
Shooting, 1010 11th Ave North (10-577710), this is a reoccurring 10-78 location. A small gold/gray vehicle drove by the location and fired multiple shots at the residence. A female victim was on the porch and was grazed on her lower leg by one of the rounds. A neighbor approached officers and gave a partial tag of a similar vehicle that sped off from the area running a red light. ID was called to recover shell casings and some possible rounds in the residence, Precinct detectives were notified. The victim was treated at the scene by MNFD.
Here is Commander Huggins latest messages about the nuisance ordinance:
"Please gather the signature documents from community members. I would like to get what you have. This latest incident may be critical in the application of the nuisance document that we are wanting to attempt on this residence.
Please remind everyone that this is very rarely used and not tested in all aspects and will be a first in many regards to its application. It will may take some time to get everything into place; if it can be applied here.
There has been some recent legislation on civil actions by governments to restrict certain activities in certain areas that may support this now as well.
We will be working on it.
* (Council lady Gilmore has also signed and sent to me a waiver supporting any civil nuisance action we take at this location as well.)"
Then this message:
"I do not want to be too optimistic, but I think we may have everything lined up right on this to make it happen.
You should also see an increase in our police activity as we want to avoid or try to prevent any retaliatory actions. Please have everyone be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and report to us at 862-8600 or 911 as needed."
Thank you for your assistance. The bottom line is that our neighborhood association will stop at nothing to remove this problem as quickly as possible.
Please, please do attend tonight, this is critical! If you can't make it then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you the document to print and sign and make arrangements to pick it up from you.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
After getting interview responses from abandonment critics on crime, she linked the rezoning proposal to the disturbing find not on 43rd itself, but a block away in CM Edith Langster's district.
"Problems could be solved through neighborhood watch and better coordination with Metro Police. If they can successfully coordinate with police department, then they can make this a safer area, but closing the alley will not solve this."There is no indication that CM Langster is trying to close down 42nd in response to this crime, so why is CM Baker using it as pretext to help a campaign donor consolidate his commercial real estate? Because this really has less to do with crime and more to do with investment opportunity.
A school bus driver found the dead body of Montgomery Bell Academy custodian Malith Wiek, 33, propped against a fence near 42nd Avenue North and Indiana Avenue on April 21. He had been shot multiple times.
It is not too much to expect reporter Cousins to be more neutral and to avoid adding to the spin that CM Baker has already put on abandonment.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Same players who tried to force English Only on Nashville try to flip residential neighborhood industrial
Monday, July 05, 2010
The invoice in question is from the Civic Design Center, who the mayor hired to run the meetings. Apparently no one on the Metro staff is capable of the task, so it was outsourced.I have been slow to take sides in the debate over what to do about the fairgrounds, but it is hard not to pull for the underdogs in the latest episode of mayoral melodrama. The preservationists do not seem to stand a ghost of a chance. However, it is pathetic that Mayor Dean passed on the costs for a task force that was his idea to the trustees of the fairgrounds. It looks like a gambit to saddle the fairgrounds spreadsheet with random expenses so that later someone in Metro Finance might be enlisted to ride in and save the fairgrounds from skyrocketing costs. I cannot see it saved for anyone beyond some wealthy developers to convert into private property.
The CDC, apparently also entered into the job with the understanding that it was the mayor's task force, and sent their invoice to Alexia Poe at the Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development, who forwarded it to the fair board's office for payment.
Additionally, a look at past Fair Board meeting minutes indicates that this project has not been presented to, nor approved by, the Fair Board of Commissioners.
This seems to be another part of the on-going effort to drain the profits of the Fairgrounds operation. Put this in the same category as other "service fees" that Metro charges to the Fairgrounds, such as the $300,000 annual "Personal, professional and legal fees" or the "Indirect LOCAP expense" of $157,000 or over $8,000 per year for "Vehicle Maintenance" (among others).