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Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015

Police Blotter

Road rage victim charged with reckless driving (03/26/15)
The driver accused of shooting a "bird" at a retired state trooper who allegedly pointed a gun at him Sunday was charged with reckless driving in an incident Tuesday morning, Shelbyville police said. Christopher Taylor told Sgt. James Wilkerson he was "frustrated with his vehicle because of mechanical issues," so he spun the 1999 Chevrolet Camaro's tires and slid across South Cannon Boulevard near Lewis Avenue, the intersection where Sunday's alleged incident began...
Collectible dolls stolen from home (03/25/15)
Three collectible "lifelike baby dolls," a bracelet, wash rags and $50 were stolen from a Corner Mill Road home between March 3-6, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told Wednesday. No signs of forced entry were found. The tractor-trailer driver accused of pushing a car across Madison Street at Deery Street last June has been jailed after failing to appear for a court date...
Ex-trooper pulls gun on motorist (03/24/15)
A retired state trooper was charged with aggravated assault Sunday after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at another driver during a road rage incident. Russell Wayne Humphreys, 67, of Redbud Drive allegedly "pulled out a gun and pointed it" at Christopher Taylor of Shelbyville, officer Mitchell Warren's report said...
Burglary suspect arrested driving stolen car (03/24/15)
A suspect in a burglary early Saturday at Landers Tire, South Cannon Boulevard, was arrested a few hours later in West Tennessee driving a stolen car, investigators said. Security video showed a man entering the business office at 2:36 a.m., going through the office and shop area "several times" and taking key fobs for two customers' vehicles before driving away in a 2004 Ford Taurus left at the business by Shelbyville Auto Sales, officer Jon Cooke's report said...
Freeze put on ice: Crystal meth, pot off street (03/20/15)
Cooperation between area law enforcement could lead to federal charges against a pair found with a large amount of drugs and weapons Tuesday. Members of the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force, Shelbyville police and a Bedford County deputy executed search warrants at a residence on Midland Road...
Truckers smoke pot during break (03/20/15)
Two truckers were charged with smoking marijuana at the truck entrance to Wal-Mart Distribution Center on Wednesday. Police were notified that marijuana was being smoked in the cab of a tractor-trailer. Officer Michael Taylor said he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from a truck owned by Charles D. Bolt...
2 charged in meth bust (03/19/15)
One of the largest-ever amounts of crystal methamphetamine found in Bedford County was confiscated by law enforcement Tuesday at a Midland Road home. Takesta Lynne Smith, 34, and Souriya Syharath, 32, were arrested following a search of their residence, Assistant Director Tim Miller of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force said...
Fleeing man leaves behind drugs (03/19/15)
A bag dropped by a man running from police Tuesday contained two types of illegal drugs, police said. Officers answering a domestic violence call on Carter Street saw a suspect running from the home, who "screamed 'I didn't do anything'" before outrunning police, officer Ronnie Blankenship's report said...
Several items taken, pry bar left behind (03/18/15)
A drill, grinder, wrench set and voltmeter were taken from an unlocked shed at a Roscoe Road home between Friday and Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department reported. A pry bar was left behind. The following were arrested since Monday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Playing with gun no joke for gunshot victim (03/17/15)
A man who told police he was "just playing" with a friend's gun accidently shot him Friday afternoon at a Blue Ribbon Parkway home, police said. Kyle Lee Burnett was shot by Javier Castillo, 18, of King Arthur Trailer Park. "He told me he was just going to point it at Kyle and aim at him through the scope, but he somehow pulled the trigger," officer Tory Moore said in his report. "He said he was just messing around and did not mean to shoot his friend."...
3 vehicles entered in burglary spree (03/13/15)
Items were stolen from three vehicles in eastern Shelbyville during an overnight spree Tuesday and early Wednesday. A wedding band, 15 compact discs and $6 in cash were taken from the floorboard of one vehicle and a TomTom GPS unit and $9 in cash from the center console of another at adjoining Belmont Avenue homes overnight Tuesday, police said...
Pot found after man passes out (03/11/15)
A small bag of marijuana was found on a man arrested after he passed out while sitting in his truck outside a Shelbyville store Monday morning. Jose Francisco De La Cruz, 42, of Nashville told police he had driven to Shelbyville to meet a friend. He stopped at Wedge Market, Belmont Avenue, where police were called to check on him...
Thief tries to sell more than $1,000 worth of aluminum (03/10/15)
An estimated 1,300 pounds of scrap aluminum vehicle parts and accessories stolen from a salvage yard on U.S. 41A North were sold to a Shelbyville scrap dealer Friday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Department report. The buyer notified the victim after discovering the aluminum -- valued at $1,040 -- was stolen and is holding it for investigators...
Two face charges for possessing oxycodone (03/06/15)
Two were charged with possessing oxycodone -- a schedule II drug -- in separate incidents, Shelbyville police said. Jeffrey Smith, whose age and address were not immediately available, was stopped Wednesday morning on Hillcrest Drive by Lt. Nikia Elliott and Deputy Brandon Jarrell of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, who were serving a warrant...
Gunshots from passing car hit man (03/05/15)
Shots from a passing car seriously injured a Deason-area man Tuesday night. Kenneth Davis of Unionville-Deason Road was shot several times in the leg as he stood outside his home around 8 p.m., the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. "He was in his front yard and a dark car drove by and someone shot at him," Deputy Steve Mills' report said...
Vehicle stolen, another left behind (03/04/15)
One vehicle was stolen and an attempt was made to steal another Monday from an auxiliary Shelbyville Auto Sales parking lot on Prince Street, police said. A 2005 Kia Sorrento taken over the weekend was tracked by GPS to a home on Warners Bridge Road on Monday morning. A command to disable the vehicle's engine was sent to the vehicle's GPS, but it failed and, a few minutes later, the vehicle was tracked to Hurt Road in Marshall County...
Computer, monitor stolen from Shelbyville church (03/03/15)
A computer and monitor were stolen from a Shelbyville church Saturday night. The front door was smashed at El Roi Church, South Spring Street, between 7-8:40 p.m., police were told. Marijuana was found on a woman while bond was being set at the judicial commissioner's office Saturday morning, Shelbyville police said...
License plate taken from pickup truck (02/27/15)
The license plate was stolen from a pickup truck at a Maple Street home Wednesday or earlier, police were told. The victim said he didn't want someone to be "running around with my tag and get into something." The following were arrested since Wednesday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Two homes entered in East Side area (02/25/15)
Two unlocked homes on adjoining streets in eastern Shelbyville were entered Tuesday, police said. "Numerous" collector coins, $3,035 cash and a check for $200 were stolen from a Jarrell Street residence between 2:15 and 4 p.m. Some of the money was taken from a safe which the owner told police had been locked but was opened without damage...
Body found by roadside: Woman's identity remains unknown (02/24/15)
More than 24 hours after the naked body of an elderly woman was found alongside Mullins Mill Road east of Shelbyville, authorities still don't know her identity -- but say she was murdered. The woman -- who appeared to be in her 70s, according to Sheriff Austin Swing -- may have suffered in her final moments of life...
Second victim dies from bypass crash (02/24/15)
Another person has died as the result of a Feb. 12 wreck at the dangerous Fairfield Pike-State Route 437 intersection. James Douglas "Doug" Smith, 71, of Manchester was riding in the rear seat of an SUV driven by his sister-in-law, Ruth Smith, also of Manchester. He died Feb, 15 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Wallet stolen after victim pumps gas (02/20/15)
A wallet was taken from the front seat of a van at the Kroger gas pumps Thursday afternoon, Shelbyville police were told. The victim said he overpaid and walked to the cashier for change about 4:20 p.m. The wallet was gone when he returned. The following were arrested since Wednesday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. ...
Woman accused of shoplifting attempt (02/19/15)
A woman told Shelbyville police she took $47 worth of cosmetics from Kroger late Tuesday afternoon. Reanna Katherine Finnell, 24, of Lane Parkway told officer Tory Moore she is unemployed so steals things and wishes she could stop. Finnell was charged with shoplifting and, due to a warning from store personnel after an alleged previous incident, criminal trespassing. She posted $1,000 bond...
Driver crashes after fast drive (02/18/15)
An allegedly intoxicated driver escaped serious injury after a short, but wild, drive ended in a major crash Sunday night. Tashiana Rankins of Shelbyville slammed into a ditch on West Jackson Street after almost striking a tractor-trailer, police said. She was charged with DUI, reckless driving, illegal consumption and violation of the implied consent law, officer David Dye said...
Driver pulls over after 131 mph pursuit (02/10/15)
A driver allegedly clocked on radar at 131 mph on U.S. 231 North early Sunday was charged with evading arrest and reckless endangerment. Dwayne Arthur Vaughn, 39, of Dunnaway Street told a Bedford County deputy he was late for work after a chase starting near Coop Road, where Vaughn was allegedly initially clocked at 84 mph, and ending when he pulled into the median at the intersection of Polly Thicket Road in Rutherford County shortly after 7 a.m...
Resisting suspect receives taser shock (01/29/15)
A suspect who allegedly refused an officer's orders was subdued with a taser Tuesday night, Shelbyville police said. Colt Wayne Sanders, 32, of Pickle Road "received one cycle from the taser in a drive stun mode," officer David Curley said in a report. "Drive stun mode" is an electric shock from the end of the taser placed against a suspect...
He helped her out, she helped herself (01/28/15)
A woman allowed to stay at a new male friend's East Lane Street home took two pairs of his new jeans and returned them to a store, receiving a refund as if she had purchased them, said. The victim said his bank card was also stolen by the woman, who he allowed to spend the night Sunday after she said she had no place to stay...
Truck thief leaves behind stolen bus (01/23/15)
A 1997 Ford pickup owned by Tyson Foods was stolen from a parking lot at a breeding facility on Depot Street overnight Wednesday, police said. The employee who usually drives the truck said it contained a Dosatron livestock medicator and personal items...
Woman shocked by sudden attack (01/22/15)
A woman was attacked in her car at CVS Pharmacy, North Main Street, at mid-afternoon Tuesday. The victim, who said she had never seen her assailant, told police she was meeting a woman to buy a shirt she had spotted on a Facebook site. A woman described as white and in her 20s got out of a blue Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am and began beating on the driver's side window of the victim's vehicle...
Gunshots fired into truck lead to suspect's arrest (01/21/15)
A Shelbyville man was jailed on $111,000 bond after allegedly shooting into a truck Monday night at Get Away Saloon, Sims Road. Shane Michael McAnally, 48, of Carney Street allegedly had argued with the truck's owner at the bar earlier in the night and was told to leave, police said. A witness said she saw McAnally shoot the truck...
Man's request for money, gold denied (01/16/15)
A man who came into Bargain Town, Lane Parkway, and allegedly demanded money and gold was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct Wednesday. John Thomas Anderson, 44, of Noblitt Street allegedly had his hand in a pocket and was cursing employees, Shelbyville police said...
Thieves walk away with case of earrings (01/14/15)
More than $1,500 worth of jewelry was stolen from Walmart early Monday, police say. Camera footage shows two men and a woman breaking into a jewelry case and taking an entire case containing 27 earrings, security personnel told officers. The earrings are described as 10-karat and 14-karat, some hoop style, with a total value of $1,643.89. Two air guns were also stolen, officer Brock Horner's report said...
Stolen car found blazing near unoccupied home (01/13/15)
A 2011 Nissan Sentra reported stolen from a Fairway Green Drive home was found burning early Friday at a vacant house on Rattlesnake Lodge Road. Deputy Trey Green of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said he was able to recover the vehicle identification number and, as he arrived at the owners' residence, it was being reported as stolen to Shelbyville police...
Heating-cooling units stolen from business (01/09/15)
Two used heating and cooling units were stolen from the property of Brown's Heating & Cooling, Depot Street, overnight Tuesday. Area scrap yards were notified by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department to be on the lookout for the units. The following were arrested since Monday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Teaming to fight criminals (01/08/15)
It's the only time when crime does pay. Shelbyville's police department and the county sheriff's office are joining forces and sharing information received from the Crime Stoppers program, along with encouraging the public to use the anonymous tip line...
Men suspected of taking camper from auto dealership (01/06/15)
Police are seeking two men suspected of stealing a 2001 Dutch Sport Camper from Deals on Wheels, Madison Street, on Dec. 24. Surveillance video shows the men entering the auto dealership's overflow lot across the street in a dark Dodge pickup and looking at the camper...
Scam Watch: 'Border patrol' scammer threatens arrest (01/02/15)
A fake arrest threat from a man claiming to be from the "Border Patrol" frightened a Wartrace woman Wednesday. The caller told her she was "the subject of an ongoing investigation" for allegedly purchasing drugs over the Internet, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Assault charge filed after alleged attack (12/31/14)
A Shelbyville man was charged with aggravated domestic assault after being accused of severely beating a woman at a North Main street motel Monday night. Shaun Gibson allegedly woke up an acquaintance and inflicted what police termed "several facial injuries" as he beat and kicked her into unconsciousness. She awakened and the attack resumed until she "played dead," officer David Curley's report said...
Taser calms suspect after traffic stop, struggle (12/30/14)
A taser was used on a suspect as he was being taken unto custody early Friday, police said. Eric Livingston Brooks, 24, allegedly refused to stop for State Trooper Barry Qualls, eventually turning into an apartment complex on Belmont Avenue and running from his vehicle into a nearby wooded area...
Man takes beer, runs from store (12/24/14)
A man accused of taking two bottles of beer from the cooler at Walgreens and consuming or emptying them in a bathroom was charged with shoplifting Monday. James Eric Thomas, 24, of Regent Drive allegedly took the bottles from a six-pack and headed for the bathroom, store personnel told Shelbyville police. The employees said they found the bottles in the trash moments later...
Officers hurt in struggle with DUI suspect (12/23/14)
Two Shelbyville police officers say they were injured while attempting to arrest a DUI suspect Saturday night. Joaquin Hinojosa, 36, of Dover Street was tased by officer David Curley after allegedly refusing to give officers his right arm, on which he was lying, while being arrested, police said...
Visitor gives himself Christmas gifts (12/19/14)
A visitor to an Elm Street home is suspected of helping himself to five Christmas gifts Wednesday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. Police were told by a resident that the man's coat appeared bulky as he left. No one had been charged as of Thursday...
Students caught with pot at school (12/18/14)
Three Cascade High School students were found smoking marijuana behind the football fieldhouse Tuesday. A school official smelled smoke and found the boys hiding beside air conditioning units, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. A pipe and bag containing a small amount of marijuana were found...
Drugs, shoes taken from county home (12/17/14)
Prescription medication, coveralls and a pair of tennis shoes were taken from a Quail Valley Road home Sunday or Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department reported. Cabinets, shelves and a water line for a refrigerator were stolen from a Sun Circle residence Monday, Shelbyvile police said...
Officer tases suspect following foot chase (12/16/14)
Police used a taser to stop a suspect as he allegedly reached into his front pockets following a foot chase on Landers Street early Sunday night. Kirby Lashure Butcher, 39, of Cliffside Avenue was treated and released at Heritage Medical Center after telling police he couldn't breathe, officer Jose Garza said in his report. Butcher was charged with fleeing to avoid arrest and was being held on $1,500 bond Monday at Bedford County Jail...
Two accused of shoplifting (12/10/14)
A woman was accused of concealing stolen clothing, including putting on a pair of panties, and attempting to leave Walmart without paying Monday afternoon. Kimberly Delina Vaughn, 40, of Lynchburg was charged with shoplifting, police said. She was also charged with possession of a schedule II drug after officer Mitchell Warren, while searching her purse, discovered a hydrocodone pill for which she had no prescription or bottle present. Vaughn was being held on $6,000 bond Monday...
Odor leads police to marijuana (12/09/14)
A report of a "suspicious odor" tipped off Shelbyville police to marijuana at a Barksdale Lane apartment Friday night. Officer David Curley, who said the odor of burnt marijuana was "very strong" in a hallway at Bedford Manor, said he found resident Betsy Ann Sawyer, 27, visitor Nichole Lee Quinlan, 29, of Madison Street, and two small children in a pot smoke-filled apartment...
'Homeless' mom, son suspected of burglary (12/07/14)
A mother and son who told police they were "homeless and trying to get out of the cold" were arrested late Tuesday in an unoccupied home on West End Circle. Police doubt the story, noting they and their clothing appeared clean, and suspect they were breaking into the home...
Minkslide Road wreck (12/05/14)
At least two people were thrown from this truck on Minkslide Road just off State Highway 82 early Thursday night. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Pot's remnants found in vehicle (12/05/14)
Marijuana residue was scattered throughout a car stopped for a light law violation Wednesday night, Shelbyville police said. The driver, Deidre Tapp of Shelbyville, was charged with possession of a schedule IV drug. Officer Jody Shelton said he smelled marijuana and freshly sprayed perfume inside the car during the traffic stop on U.S. 231 North at 1...