- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015
Memphis men sentenced to life in alleged gang slaying

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Three Memphis men prosecutors accused of violent gang activity have been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Neal Oldham called the men “dangerous and brazen gang members who fire guns indiscriminately.” 22-year-old Brashard “Hotboy” Gibbs; 24-year-old Deredious Otis; and Carlos Key, 30, were convicted Friday in the 2013 killing of Robbie Webb at a car wash.

The men were also convicted of attempting to kill two other people who were shot in the same incident.

Gibbs was also convicted on multiple counts of attempted murder and employing a firearm in another 2013 shooting incident on Interstate 240. They jury found Key and Otis not guilty in that incident.

A dozen law enforcement officers were present as the verdict was read.



Chattanooga seeking spot to relocate police firing range

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The city of Chattanooga is moving a police firing range to make way for a National Park Service management plan in the area.

City officials called a committee that met for the first time on Friday to devise a plan to relocate the firing range from Moccasin Bend.

The Times Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/1LYXZf7) the city has the challenge of finding a suitable location and setting aside money to pay for it. They say they want to find a place where residents won’t be bothered by the noise.

“We’ve got to figure out what it is we need and want and where and how, and then figure out how much that costs,” said Daisy Madison, Chattanooga’s chief financial officer.

The committee is made up of representatives from the police department, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, the Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park, the National Park Service, the Trust for Public Land, the city and the county.

Keeping the range on the Tennessee riverbank at Moccasin Bend would delay the National Park Service’s long-term plans for the area. The agency plans to incorporate the 33-acre area into an existing park. Another possible complication is the buildup of lead in the soil from firing range bullets.


Car lot owner indicted on sex charges arrested in Tenn.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A Bowling Green car lot owner indicted on charges he had sex with a juvenile has been arrested in Tennessee.

Randy Huff was arrested by Gallatin police on a fugitive warrant Friday, The Daily News in Bowling Green reported (https://bit.ly/20Dcgpt).

Huff, the 49-year-old owner of Southside Auto Sales, was indicted Oct. 28 in Warren County on two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor and two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor under 18.

The investigation that led to Huff’s arrest began in June when police said they found a runaway teen girl in a Bowling Green apartment. Police say the girl was being driven around to have sex for money. One of the locations was Southside Auto Sales.

Huff’s attorney Alan Simpson declined to comment.

Two other men were indicted with Huff. Daryl K. Williams, 42, was first arrested in June after police found the girl hiding in his apartment, according to his arrest citation. He was released from jail on bond a month later. He is facing six counts of unlawful transaction with a minor and one count each of custodial interference and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Plans scrapped in Tenn. for 600-job American Standard plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Plans have been scrapped for a $22 million American Standard facility in Davidson County.

The Tennessean reports (https://tnne.ws/1NWMVQchttps://tnne.ws/1NWMVQc ) the New Jersey-based kitchen and bath products maker announced the withdrawal of the project on Friday.

The company says the decision was a response to “business consolidation plans” that make the plant “uneconomical.”

American Standard will continue to operate out of an existing facility in Nashville, said Steven Delarge, CEO of LIXIL Water Technology Americas, the company’s parent. He says American Standard would consider the Nashville area for future expansion plans.

The planned expansion was announced over the summer.

The location in La Vergne would have been American Standard’s first new U.S.-based manufacturing facility in more than 25 years.

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