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andria
Posted: Nov 23, 2004 3:25 am
 
Three Memphis police officers facing federal charges
By Chris Conley
Contact
November 22, 2004

FBI agents Sunday arrested three Memphis police officers accused of providing protection for vice clubs, transporting prostitutes and kilograms of high-grade methamphetamine to "high-rollers" at Tunica casinos.

Officers David Tate, Billy Scott, and John D. Vaughan face federal charges of bribery, extortion, transporting prostitutes across state lines, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, and violating civil rights.

An associate of Tate’s, April Veach, is also charged.

They are to appear in U.S. Dis trict Court in Memphis this afternoon.

The prostitutes being transported to Tunica were actually female undercover FBI agents, and the drugs were under the control of undercover FBI agents.

Tate, who was assigned to the canine unit, is the son of WREG- TV Channel 3 anchor Jerry Tate.

dtrain
Posted: Nov 23, 2004 5:03 am
 
Wow....
mary helen
Posted: Nov 23, 2004 6:24 am
 
good one andria! yikes. I knew Channel 3 would be punished for "Driving You Madd" stuff, where they'd take footage of fine Memphis folks bein' arrested for DUIs and stuff, even if it was 3 years old footage, and show it on Fri nights! AND put it on their website in case you missed the show. What's worse, old Jerry himself got a DUI back in the day, but got out of it by talking about MADD to schoolkids. I always knew that hypocritical shite would haunt him.
eric o
Posted: Nov 23, 2004 7:34 am
 
did he cover this story?
Andrew Earles
Posted: Nov 23, 2004 8:19 am
 
A fun rumour from teenhood:

A drunk Dave Brown trying to get out of a DUI by talking to the officer through the Snowbird puppet.

Maybe I made that up...don't remember.

andria
Posted: Nov 23, 2004 9:39 am
 
interestingly enough, Jerry was missing from the 10 o'clock news and Richard Ransom was filling in...
fierydrunk
Posted: Nov 23, 2004 7:46 pm
 
This is a big enough story where Jerry may need to agree to be embedded with a troop in Iraq to save face.
mary helen
Posted: Nov 23, 2004 8:23 pm
 
They actually addressed it last night, saying Jerry had taken some time off tobe with his family "during this difficult period." They then called him the consumate journalist, saying he insisted that Ch. 3 run the story.

Well, how very big of him. As if they had a choice - Ch. 3 is the media partner for the Commercial Appeal, and it would have called MORE attention to the story had they overlooked it.
I never heard the Snowbird story, but I'll see if anyone here has heard it before. Surely some of the old-timers at the magazine/flyer will know.

fierydrunk
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 7:11 am
 
The latest story in today's CA is even better. My uncle (who worked in production at Channel 3 in the 70's and did freelance camera for Channel 5 studio wrestling) had a great quote after purusing that article:

1) The Quote: "I ain't goin' out like a punk. I'll stand there and trade lead with 'em." This rings so folkloric, we may need to reopen the case of who
threw Billy Joe MacAllister off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

fierydrunk
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 7:12 am
 
I am writing my uncle now regarding the Dave Brown/Snowbird tale.

Update at 10.

andria
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 7:54 am
 
Apparently, the three were gonna rob JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER'S house too (this article just says "a house," but on the news they said it was Lawler's residence:

In addition, the complaints allege that Tate, Scott and civilian April Veach conspired to commit a burglary at a house in East Memphis, using the officers' positions with the police department and departmental equipment to accomplish the crime, which would violate the home-owner's right to be secure in his person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. During a meeting with the cooperating individual on November 6, 2004, Tate told the cooperating individual about an individual who had $200,000 in cash hidden inside two jukeboxes at his residence. According to Tate, the owner of the residence was out of town every Monday. Tate remarked that he thought this was an easy mark and that he planned to take it off in the near future. He indicated that he could have another marked police unit up the road from the residence as a lookout and would also hear any 911 calls over his scanner.

According to the affidavit, during this period, the investigators were monitoring Tate's cellular telephone, pursuant to a court order. During a series of telephone calls between Tate and Scott on November 8, 2004, the two officers discussed their surveillance of the target residence. During one of these conversations, Tate told Scott that he had the "layout of the inside of the house." On the same day, Tate also had a telephone conversation with April Veach in which they discussed plans for the burglary, Tate indicated that he would shoot the occupant if they found the occupant in the house with a pistol, and Tate offered April Veach a larger share of the expected $200,000 because the burglary was her idea.

According to the affidavit, Tate and Scott discussed the burglary plan with the undercover FBI agent on November 15, 2004. Tate indicated he wanted the FBI undercover agent to assist them in the burglary. After describing the physical particulars of the residence to be burglarized and the method to be used to gain entry to the residence, Tate indicated that he had a Pizza Hut delivery uniform that he could wear and go to the front door and check and see if any one was home without raising any suspicions.

andria
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 7:57 am
 
this from WMC Channel 5:

There's an interesting twist in the case of three Memphis cops busted. We have new details of a crime federal agents say one cop was planning that included his girlfriend, an officer and possibly a famous Memphis wrestler. The federal criminal complaint describes a house in East Memphis that was the target of the planned burglary. The complaint doesn't give an address, but describes it such narrow terms it's not difficult to figure out.

The three Memphis police officers named in the federal criminal complaint remain behind bars--Billy Scott, John Vaughan, and David Tate. It details how Tate, his 21 year old girlfriend, a former topless dancer and Scott planned to burglarize a house on Walnut Grove near White Station that fits the description of wrestler Jerry Lawler's home.

According to the criminal complaint, the homeowner had $200,000 in a juke box. Lawler has two juke boxes. Wrester Jerry Lawler said, "One of them has 100 CDs in it, but they're not the kind of CDs you keep in a bank that would be worth $200,000."

Lawler showed Action News 5 his juke boxes. He opened the side panel. It contained only an empty bag. The other juke box, the same thing, no money. And Lawler says there never was any money in the juke boxes. The criminal complaint indicates Tate was prepared to use deadly force. Lawler says he doesn't own a pistol. The complaint also indicates Tate didn't think he'd do much time if caught. Lawler says the whole thing is frightening. "It's a pretty scary situation. If that's me they're talking about, I'm concerned. I think anybody would be concerned."

The complaint does not mention a date for the burglary. All four defendants are scheduled to be in federal court Wednesday.

andria
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 6:50 pm
 
and THIS from the commercial appeal...

Suspects targeted Lawler
Officers accused of plotting burglary

By Chris Conley
Contact
November 24, 2004

Two Memphis police officers targeted professional wrestler Jerry 'The King' Lawler's home for burglary, under the impression he had $200,000 stashed in a jukebox.

But the flamboyant wrestler and one-time mayoral candidate says the would-be burglars wouldn't have gotten "anything but practice."

Lawler said he has a jukebox in his home, in the 5100 block of Walnut Grove, but it doesn't have $200,000 hidden in it.

Memphis police officers David Tate, 37, Billy Scott, 28, and a 21-year-old female accomplice, April Veach, were charged Monday with conspiring to burglarize the East Memphis home, and violate Lawler's civil rights as homeowner.

Lawler said his jukebox has about 100 CDs in it, "but not the kind you can take to the bank."

Tate was accused in an array of federal charges of taking bribes to tip off topless nightclubs when raids were coming, of taking prostitutes (actually undercover FBI agents) to "high rollers" at Tunica casinos and of protecting couriers taking Ecstasy and high-grade methamphetamine to a "buyer" in Tunica.

Fellow officer John Vaughan, 28, was charged with Tate in the drug counts.

Tate was captured on an FBI wiretap discussing the burglary, telling Veach he had the floor plan and that the owner wasn't home on Mondays.

He said he was prepared to fit Veach with a bulletproof vest because he believed the homeowner was armed and said he planned to wear a Pizza Hut uniform to case the place.

FBI agent George Bolds said Tuesday he couldn't confirm that Lawler was the intended victim. Privately, police said Lawler's home was the target.

Tate is recorded as saying "That (expletive) in that house has a pistol, I ain't goin' out like a punk. I'll light up, I'll light up their (expletive) world, doc."

He goes on to state, "I stand there, and I'll, I'll stand there and trade lead with 'em."

Lawler says he usually is out of town on Mondays.

"These guys sound so brazen," Lawler said. "It's shocking, the fact that some of our police are that corrupt. ... What kind of person would shoot somebody for $66,000?"

Lawler said he owns only an old 22-caliber rifle, and has very little of value -- other than sentimental -- in his home. "All they would have gotten is practice," he said.

andria
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 6:51 pm
 
oops, trying again:

Suspects targeted Lawler
Officers accused of plotting burglary

By Chris Conley
Contact
November 24, 2004

Two Memphis police officers targeted professional wrestler Jerry 'The King' Lawler's home for burglary, under the impression he had $200,000 stashed in a jukebox.

But the flamboyant wrestler and one-time mayoral candidate says the would-be burglars wouldn't have gotten "anything but practice."

Lawler said he has a jukebox in his home, in the 5100 block of Walnut Grove, but it doesn't have $200,000 hidden in it.

Memphis police officers David Tate, 37, Billy Scott, 28, and a 21-year-old female accomplice, April Veach, were charged Monday with conspiring to burglarize the East Memphis home, and violate Lawler's civil rights as homeowner.

Lawler said his jukebox has about 100 CDs in it, "but not the kind you can take to the bank."

Tate was accused in an array of federal charges of taking bribes to tip off topless nightclubs when raids were coming, of taking prostitutes (actually undercover FBI agents) to "high rollers" at Tunica casinos and of protecting couriers taking Ecstasy and high-grade methamphetamine to a "buyer" in Tunica.

Fellow officer John Vaughan, 28, was charged with Tate in the drug counts.

Tate was captured on an FBI wiretap discussing the burglary, telling Veach he had the floor plan and that the owner wasn't home on Mondays.

He said he was prepared to fit Veach with a bulletproof vest because he believed the homeowner was armed and said he planned to wear a Pizza Hut uniform to case the place.

FBI agent George Bolds said Tuesday he couldn't confirm that Lawler was the intended victim. Privately, police said Lawler's home was the target.

Tate is recorded as saying "That (expletive) in that house has a pistol, I ain't goin' out like a punk. I'll light up, I'll light up their (expletive) world, doc."

He goes on to state, "I stand there, and I'll, I'll stand there and trade lead with 'em."

Lawler says he usually is out of town on Mondays.

"These guys sound so brazen," Lawler said. "It's shocking, the fact that some of our police are that corrupt. ... What kind of person would shoot somebody for $66,000?"

Lawler said he owns only an old 22-caliber rifle, and has very little of value -- other than sentimental -- in his home. "All they would have gotten is practice," he said.

fierydrunk
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 7:11 pm
 
OHMIGOD! It gets better & better. Here is the follow-up on Dave Brown & Snowbird...courtesy of Ric Young:

The Dave Brown Urban Legend may be true, but the only real background I
have on this is that he was once stopped for DUI with extenuating
circumstances, some of which are a little foggy now. The DUI charges may
have come from his having an accident with a non-moving object, but the
reason for his stupor was motivated by emotional duress...and here's
where the fog rolls in: his child (daughter?) was either terminally ill
or had just died, and like the Indestructible Meteorologist Rules
require, he had deeply internalized it, which, combined with his
one-time propensity for hard drinking, led to said vehicular violation.
The Snowbird thing may have occurred another time when he was mixing
bottle and throttle, but not on the somewhat publicized story I just
unfolded for you.

eric o
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 9:09 pm
 
I have lost my copy of the Indestructible Meteorologist Rules handbook! dammit.

this thread is the best ever.

now, if only herenton, calipari, and david gest could somehow get involved....

Heckles
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 9:40 pm
 
That seems ironic if Dave Brown talked his way out of a DUI charge he got, but maybe its just bad carma.

"Dave Brown Recently celebrated 26 years with WMC-TV Chan-nel 5, where he is director of weather services and chief weathercaster. Prior to joining Channel 5, work-ed for WHBQ-TV for 13 years. Native of Trenton, Tennessee. Age 56. Bachelor’s degree from University of Memphis. Delivers speeches to civic clubs, schools, churches, and at community events against drunk driving after his daughter, Stefanie Brown Kuehl, his 6-month-old granddaughter Zadie, and unborn grandson Thomas were killed by a drunk driver. Has participated in legis-lative efforts resulting in four anti-DUI bills becoming law in Tennessee. Has been voted “Best Local Weatherman” by readers of The Memphis Flyer and Memphis magazine.

http://www.memphismagazine.com/backissues/cg2003/whoswho.asp

SAMBEAUX
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 10:07 pm
 
"killed by a drunk driver"

not ironic if <i>he</i> was the drunk driver.

fierydrunk
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 11:25 pm
 
Someone call Dave Dunlap. For some reason, I think he may know the details of ALL this Dave Brown rigamarole.

Any updates on the David Tate-Jerry Lawler thang?

Bettie Lou
Posted: Nov 24, 2004 11:46 pm
 
I know that one of those news casters were in a half way house in Oxford,Ms. for being a alcoholic.
Well I'll be.
Iraq Oblivian
Posted: Dec 5, 2004 10:10 am
 
it was the Haven House on Hwy 7
KC
Posted: Dec 5, 2004 11:16 am
 
lawler did a commercial recently where he made reference to his juke box. i think he was implicating another wrestler. didn't catch it all. did anyone else see this?
sixelsix
Posted: Dec 6, 2004 6:42 pm
 
A cop friend of mine has seen the affidavit for the indictment(s). It's 48 pages long.

He says there is much more re both Tate and others which has yet to come out. Stay tuned. ..

doorhandle
Posted: Dec 11, 2004 1:23 am
 
Cheap legal fees!
Posted: May 22, 2006 6:17 pm
 
Finally we get a peek at that famous $200K jukebox: Leave It To Lawler - Episode 4
Posted: May 22, 2006 6:40 pm
 
and to think this kingfish meathead ran fur mayor. only in memphis
Posted: May 25, 2006 5:50 am
 
That guy playing a guy with Down's Syndrome deserves an Oscar.
Posted: May 25, 2006 7:03 am
 
ha ha -- he DOES have down's syndrome

according to Nate the Rat, he's an extremely overzealous wrasslin' fan who will defend Lawler at any cost. and he allegedly does live at the Lawler compound.

I've already pitched a story to the Flyer about a "behind the scenes" at a Leave It To Lawler episode...
Posted: May 25, 2006 4:29 pm
 
"Look at this, this is disgusting!" (points to down syndrome guy choking on fried chicken)
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