HEAVY RAINS EXPECTED FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Strong storms and heavy rain are expected in Middle Tennessee on Wednesday. The main threats will be heavy rain that could lead to flooding and also damaging winds. Some will see some storms in the morning, but the heavy storms will come in the afternoon and evening.
The 19-year-old who attempted to rob a woman before he was shot by the woman’s husband has been identified as Jordan Ponce.
Metro Nashville Police say the 25-year-old woman was walking to her apartment at 9:30 Monday night when Ponce ran up from behind and grabbed her purse. As she resisted, Ponce started bashing her head into the wall of the building, causing her to scream.
The woman’s 29-year-old husband heard the screams and came out of the apartment, chasing Ponce before jumping over a railing and landing on top of Ponce. Ponce was able to flee but the husband gave chase and the two engaged in a fight.
Ponce hit the husband in the head and got up, at which time the husband drew his gun and fired. Ponce fled in what is now known to be a stolen Acura which had been stolen just 90 minutes before the attempted robbery.
Ponce was dropped off at Southern Hills Hospital by other(s) in the Acura for treatment. The wife was taken to Summit Medical Center where she was treated for cuts and bruises to her head. On Tuesday, police found the stolen Acura from an apartment complex on Piccadilly Row.
- Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, who made history Tuesday night as the first African-American woman to deliver a formal State of the Union response, slammed President Donald Trump for the government shutdown.
- Abrams called the move “a stunt… that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people–but our values.”
- Abrams reflected on her experience volunteering with furloughed workers during the sutdown and declared, “Making their livelihoods a pawn for political games is a disgrace.”
“Community Oversight Now”, the community activist group which came up with the guidelines for Nashville’s community oversight board, launched a campaign Tuesday called “Don’t Play Where You’re Not Welcome.’ asking high school student-athletes not to play for Tennessee’s colleges and universities.
The group says the campaign is in response to a proposed state bill that would put parameters on civilian oversight boards across Tennessee. If it passes, the bill would reverse powers of the oversight board that Nashville voters approved in November.
Nashville’s Community Oversight Board will investigate complaints made against Metro Police officers. The eleven members have been chosen and it is in the process of hiring a team of staff.