Cordova home of former viral star closed as nuisance after deputies called 265 times in 2 years

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A home in a Cordova neighborhood where sheriff’s deputies have responded to 265 calls in the past two years was closed Thursday as a public nuisance, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Two residents of the address – brothers Chauncy and Timothy Black – were charged with second-degree murder last year stemming from a neighbor’s shooting death across the street.

Chauncy Black is being held on a $100,000 bond. Timothy Black died of an illness in December.

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A petition for a temporary injunction to close the residence was approved and signed by Environmental Court Judge Patrick Dandridge. A hearing is set for 10 a.m. Monday.

“This petition is filed in an effort to stop a long-term and worsening problem of criminal activity occurring at 6910 Lagrange Circle S,” DA Weirich and Asst. DA Paul Hagerman said in the filing. “The address presents an uncontrolled danger and a nuisance, serving as a haven for violence, criminal disturbances, and other dangerous behavior.”

Chauncy Black received national attention in 2016 when he offered to carry shoppers’ groceries to their car in exchange for buying him a box of donuts for dinner. One shopper who helped also started a GoFundMe campaign for Black. In just two weeks, the crowdfunding site raised more than $115,000 and went on to raise more than $300,000.

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The money was used to buy a home, fully-furnished and in a safer neighborhood.

Chauncy Black Trust owns the home. It is located off Raleigh Lagrange Road and is less than a mile from Dexter Elementary and Middle schools and two churches.

The hundreds of calls for service also include an aggravated assault shooting, 11 domestic calls, six disturbance calls, 23 ambulance calls, and multiple armed persons calls and warrants. There also have been 10 felony arrests and eight misdemeanor arrests.

On June 11, 2019, an intimidation incident involved a neighbor’s complaint that Timothy Black had threatened to kill the neighbor’s dog.

The two-year investigation involved the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Memphis Police Department, and the Multi-Agency Gang Unit.

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The second-degree murder charge was filed against the brothers following the death of 26-year-old Kaleb Wakefield, who was shot on Jan. 4, 2020, in his driveway across the street following a loud altercation at the Blacks’ residence.

According to court documents, Black and his brother told police that a group of people drove to their house after an argument and one person in the car started shooting at their house.

Deputies said Black and his brother were firing shots at people inside a car but shot their neighbor instead.