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Crime, justice and emergency services

Crime, punishment, the court system and emergency response.

Refrigerator, dryer stolen from home (04/16/15)
A refrigerator, dryer and two water filtration systems were stolen from a Mount Herman Road home with the past few days, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told Tuesday. Jail intake 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...
Flat Creek wreck (04/16/15)
Mariya Campbell, 18, of Lynchburg was shaken up following a one-vehicle accident on Highway 82 South near the Moore County line Wednesday morning. She was taken to Heritage Medical Center for observation. (T-G Photos by Brian Mosely)
Hanging on for dear life: Kayaker survives ordeal (04/14/15)
For 30 minutes Sunday afternoon, Marty Wolfe of Moore County hung onto a tree branch in Duck River as her friends screamed for help. Wolfe's voice, and those of her friends, echoed across the isolated area just west of Three Forks Bridge near Haley after her kayak was swept from her in the fast-moving waters of Duck River...
Door slam gets burglary suspect arrested quickly (04/14/15)
A man caught allegedly breaking into a vehicle early Monday is suspected of a wave of vehicle thefts across eastern Shelbyville over the past few weeks, police say. David Michael Townley, 28, of Belmont Avenue fits the description of a man allegedly seen breaking into a vehicle at a Woodland Avenue home at 12:20 a.m. Monday. A man described as a "clean shaven male with black leather jacket and blue jeans" ran away from the car after the resident heard a door slam...
Drug agents make small dent in crystal meth 'epidemic' (04/12/15)
Crystal meth is growing more popular with drug abusers and, while law enforcement are going all out, officers wish there was more they could do. "I wish we had more people to fight it," Assistant Director Tim Miller of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force said Friday. "Right now, it's an epidemic. If anyone can help us we'd welcome it."...
House seriously damaged by drill (04/09/15)
More than $8,000 damage -- much of it with a drill -- was done to a recently-auctioned home on Sunset Street in Unionville, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. Approximately 80 holes were drilled into the walls, deputy Tim Fox said. The holes account for more than $5,400 worth of damage, including 25 more in kitchen cabinets, seven in doors and four in a bathtub...
Robbery, assault suspect allegedly tried to hide (04/08/15)
Multiple charges have been filed against a man accused of demanding guns and money from a Unionville-Deason Road resident after breaking into her home March 28. Coby Allan Davis, 24, was arrested Monday night at an apartment on Main Street in Wartrace by Deputy Chris Morton...
Refusals don't stop woman from driving away with car (04/07/15)
An allegedly-intoxicated woman took a car -- and $60 -- from a neighbor without permission Friday, police said. "Here she comes in my vehicle," the victim said as Stephanie Sherrell Harris, 29, of Wartrace Pike drove up Ligon Drive, stopped and picked a small child up from the passenger seat, officer Cody Swift said in his report...
Women injured in Friday night crash (04/05/15)
A Shelbyville woman was seriously injured in a crash on Normandy Road just outside Tullahoma in Coffee County late Friday night. Sara Norman, 27, of Shelbyville was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report...
BREAKING: More charges filed in child abuse case (04/03/15)
As a seriously-abused 9-year-old is reported in "good spirits" while recovering from her injuries, more charges have been filed against her caretakers. "After discussion with the district attorney, the decision was made to issue two more aggravated child abuse charges against Rochelle Clayton and three charges of aggravated child abuse against Maurice Clayton," Detective Sgt. Charles Merlo of the Shelbyville Police Department said Friday afternoon...
Jail lawsuit moved to federal court (04/03/15)
A civil rights suit alleging a Bedford County Jail inmate was refused medicine last year has been moved to federal court. David Gifford II is demanding at least $1,950,000 in punitive and compensatory damages, claiming that he was hospitalized after being denied medication for his condition as a insulin-dependent diabetic...
Driver faces DUI, marijuana charges (04/03/15)
A DUI/marijuana suspect told Shelbyville police, "Just arrest me, I couldn't pass your test," after he was told sobriety tests would be performed during a traffic stop early Thursday. So Shawn Lee Baffo, 26, of West End Circle, was arrested without the tests...
Driver denies alleged road rage incident (04/02/15)
The man accused of threatening to hit another driver following an alleged road rage incident Monday denies the incident happened. "I pulled my hand back to comb my hair," Christopher Taylor of Shelbyville told the T-G on Tuesday. "I never tried to hit him."...
Unplanned trip ends run to store (04/02/15)
A couple's trip to Walmart took a detour Wednesday afternoon when their Cadillac crashed into an abandoned trailer on Warners Bridge Road. Bonnie Crouch of Earnhardt Street lost control of the vehicle as she was inbound toward Shelbyville, officer Michael Taylor of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Mathis admits guilt (04/01/15)
The former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD) pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft over $10,000, making restitution to the ECD. Cathey D. Mathis made the plea before senior judge and former Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers. She was placed on three years unsupervised probation as part of her no contest plea. Summers also ruled Mathis was eligible for judicial diversion...
Multiple vehicles entered across city (04/01/15)
Vehicles were entered at three locations across Shelbyville over the past week, police report. A Springfield Arms XD9 semi-automatic pistol and sunglasses case were taken from one of two trucks at a Wall Street home overnight Wednesday of last week, police were told Monday. One of the trucks was entered through a sliding rear window...
Texts land teacher in trouble (03/31/15)
A longtime Cascade High School math teacher has been charged with solicitation of a minor in alleged texts to a student. James David Sanders, 58, of Idle Drive in Shelbyville was arrested Sunday. Sanders allegedly texted inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old girl in one of his classes, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Special needs child tied, hit by caregiver (03/31/15)
A 9-year-old special needs child is in a Nashville hospital due to injuries allegedly inflicted by a caregiver. Rochelle Lee Clayton, 38, of Tanner Circle is charged with aggravated child abuse. The child is being treated at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital...
More lawsuits allege poor jail conditions (03/31/15)
Another suit claiming overcrowding and cold food at Bedford County Jail has been filed against the county, several current officials and a former official. The handwritten federal civil rights suit was filed by Issac Scott Blanton and Bobby Jerome Merrell, who are currently housed in separate correctional facilities in Tennessee...
Man accused of TennCare fraud (03/31/15)
A Bedford County man has been charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare to go to multiple providers to obtain controlled substances. Samuel L. Harris, Jr., 40, of Shelbyville was arrested and charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by doctor shopping, which is using TennCare as payment for the prescriptions, office visit or both...
Woman returns home, finds man with gun (03/31/15)
An armed man demanding guns and money surprised a Unionville-Deason Road resident as she returned home Saturday night. "You got home sooner than I thought you would," the man told her as he came from her bedroom and pointed a "long-barrel shotgun" in her face, Deputy Monte Moore's report said...
One injured in bypass accident (03/26/15)
Another injury occurred at a Route 437 (Shelbyville bypass) intersection Wednesday night -- but not at Fairfield Pike, site of several major crashes. State Trooper Steve Sanders inspects the vehicle in which Barbara Church of Shelbyville was hurt. She was airlifted to Nashville after pulling from Horse Mountain Road into the path of the truck driven by Benjamin Burton of Shelbyville, authorities said. Burton told medical personnel he was not injured. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
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...
Stay alive and serve, firefighters urged (03/25/15)
Firefighter safety was stressed at a seminar held Monday night at Shelbyville Central High School, attended by several dozen firefighters. Dewey V. Woody Jr. of Tennessee Emergency Management Agency presented the program, which was hosted by Bedford County Fire Department...
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...
Fired jailer awarded $385K (03/24/15)
A Bedford County jury has awarded a former corrections officer $385,000 in damages following a civil trial over her firing in 2012. The jury found that Virginia Lynn Hall was terminated from her position at Bedford County Jail in violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, awarding damages following a four-day civil trial last week...
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...
Scam Watch: 'Grant recipient' loses $250 in phone scam (03/24/15)
A scam victim lost slightly more than $250 Friday to a man who claimed she was receiving a grant. The caller, claiming to be "Edward Cole" from Washington, D.C., told her she was eligible for a $7,250 grant if she'd wire him a $250 processing fee, Bedford County deputy Trey Green said in a report...
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...
One joint invokes jail sentence (03/20/15)
Smoking a joint at a Super Bowl party last year was enough to send a man to jail for almost 10 years, an appeals court has ruled. David Muangkhot pled guilty in January 2005 to one count of sale of a Schedule I controlled substance and one count of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with the intent to sell...
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...
Inmates don't pay county for their stays (03/19/15)
Bedford County charges local inmates, as opposed to felons being held on behalf of the state, $30.77 per day to stay in the jail. "Do any of them pay it? Probably not," said Sheriff Austin Swing during his report at Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement and workhouse committee...
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...
Kidnapper off the streets (03/19/15)
A man received a 35-year sentence for kidnaping and beating his girlfriend in 2013. Paul Brent Baxter, 43, received a 20-year sentence at 100 percent for aggravated kidnapping and 15 years at 45 percent for aggravated assault from Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard...
Scam Watch: Fake 'corporate' caller hits Walmart for $1K (03/19/15)
Many frauds involve individuals being told to purchase Green Dot cards or send MoneyGrams at Walmart. Walmart itself became a victim on Monday. A caller claiming to be from Walmart's corporate offices cheated the Shelbyville store out of more than $1,700 Monday, police 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...
'Crime of passion': Husband killed wife due to alleged affair, say attorneys (03/18/15)
With defense attorneys calling his alleged actions "a crime of passion," a Franklin County man accused of murdering his wife last weekend was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. James Timothy Hall of Winchester had bond set at $750,000 by General Sessions Judge Charles Rich. A preliminary hearing is set for May 28...
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...
$144,000 embezzled from firm (03/17/15)
Two women were charged with embezzlement from a Shelbyville business by the Bedford County grand jury Monday. Melissa Martin and Jessica Estrada were indicted on direct presentment. Martin was charged with theft over $60,000, while Estrada was charged with theft over $10,000...
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."...
Attempt to steal clothes, shades fails (03/15/15)
A woman allegedly concealed clothing items and put on a pair of sunglasses before attempting to walk away from Walmart on Thursday morning, Shelbyville police said. Adriana Marie Henderson, 25, of Murfreesboro allegedly walked past all pay points before being stopped by store personnel. She was charged with criminal trespassing and shoplifting and posted $1,000 bond...
Husband shoots, kills wife (03/14/15)
A Winchester woman was shot dead by her husband at a Fairfield home this morning. Kristal L. Hall, 46, of 207 Franklin Park in Winchester, died from one shot to the head, Sheriff Austin Swing said. James Tim Hall, 48, of the same Winchester address, has been charged with first degree murder and reckless endangerment. He is being held without bond pending a hearing Monday, Swing said...
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...
Camera catches alleged cattle thieves (03/12/15)
A trail camera on a Bedford County farm helped investigators round up three men suspected of stealing cattle. The camera was installed at a farm off Highway 82 South near Flat Creek after the theft of two dairy calves in January, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture said. The camera showed a third calf being taken in February...
Ex-deputies awarded $75K each (03/11/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve a settlement with former Bedford County Sheriff's Department employees David Sakich and Kevin Holton, each of whom will receive $75,000 after having been dismissed last September. Sakich and Holton had been among the plaintiffs in a high-profile wage and hour lawsuit against the county during the administration of the previous sheriff, Randall Boyce. ...
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...
Smoking A/C unit checked (03/10/15)
Smoke coming from an air conditioning unit atop the Kangaroo store at South Cannon Boulevard and Lewis Avenue is investigated by Shelbyville firefighters shortly after noon Sunday. (T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
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...
Investigation reviewed (03/10/15)
Bedford County detectives, Sheriff Austin Swing and Chief Deputy Jason Williams visited Tennessee Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Nashville Wednesday to review the homicide investigation of Lois Espy with TBI agents involved. TBI Director Mark Gwyn and Austin Swing addressed the attendees on the importance of working together, especially when dealing with cases such as Espy's. (Submitted photo)
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...
Sleety blast: Another winter storm leaves roads messy (03/05/15)
Winter-weary Bedford County was hit with another wave of frozen precipitation overnight -- this time, primarily sleet and ice. Bedford County Schools and the School-Age Care Program were closed today, as were Bedford County government offices and Tennessee College of Applied Technology...
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...
Jail employee charged with advances toward inmates (03/03/15)
A Bedford County Jail employee accused of making unwanted advances toward female inmates is now an inmate himself. Rafael Edgardo Morales, 62, of Gant Road is charged with sexual contact with inmates. He was arrested Tuesday following questioning, Sheriff Austin Swing said...
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...
Police search for teen runaways (03/02/15)
Two Shelbyville teenagers haven't been seen since Friday, and their families and law enforcement are searching and hoping for their safe return. Brezhae Castleman, 15, and Carrie Champion, 14, may have left together, officials say. Their whereabouts were unknown as of Monday...
Suspect arrested in woman's death (03/01/15)
The neighbor of a woman found dead alongside a Bedford County roadside last Monday has been charged in her death. William Russell Brace, 60, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Lois Jean Espy, 86. Her body was discovered around sunrise Monday, Feb. 23 on Mullins Mill Road a half-mile north of U.S. 41A South...
Appeal denied in cocaine sale case (03/01/15)
A Smyrna man convicted of selling cocaine in Shelbyville has lost an appeal of his case. Rubalddi Espinoza Yoc was sentenced to nine years incarceration, with all but one year suspended on probation, following an undercover bust and trial. Yoc was found guilty by a jury of one count of possession with intent to sell 0.5 grams or more of the drug and one count of delivery of 0.5 grams or more. In the appeal, Yoc challenged the sufficiency of the evidence...
THP announces March checkpoints (02/28/15)
Three safety checkpoints are scheduled in March by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A driver's license checkpoint is scheduled during the week of March 6 at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Midland Road and Whiteside Road. A sobriety checkpoint will begin at 11 p.m. during the week of March 13 on U.S. 231 North at the 15-mile marker...
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...
Murder victim identified (02/27/15)
The body found alongside Mullins Mill Road on Monday has been identified as a Murfreesboro woman. Lois Jean Espy, 86, apparently lived alone, Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said Thursday, but has family in the Nashville area. Her body was positively identified by the state medical examiner's office, said Susan Niland, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation....
Just who is she? (02/25/15)
Law enforcement officers are joining the public in frustration over not being able to discover more information on the dead woman found Monday morning alongside Mullins Mill Road. "We don't have the two key things we need -- who she is and who did it," Sheriff Austin Swing said...
Criminal case against Hord disappears (02/25/15)
The criminal case against Bedford County's former child abuse investigator, who was charged with theft, has been retired. Rebecca Hord, 59, of Shelbyville was indicted in 2013 for theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery. According to an agreed order, the theft charges have been retired for two years, and if all conditions set for Hord are completed, the court could be petitioned to dismiss the case and expunge her record...
Ex-inmate files suit against county (02/25/15)
A former Bedford County Jail inmate is demanding nearly $2 million in a civil rights suit alleging he was refused medicine while in custody last year, which he claims resulted in hospitalization. David Gifford II asks at least $1,950,000 in punitive and compensatory damages...
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...
Keep safe while using candles (02/25/15)
Especially during these winter months, decorative and fragranced candles are popular d├ęcor in many homes. However, candles have caused significant loss of life, injury and property damage when used improperly. On the heels of this winter's dangerous ice storm, the State Fire Marshal's Office reminds Tennesseans to always use candles with care...
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...
Shelter staff learns from experience (02/24/15)
Gene Williams, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, said that while there were no real users of the Red Cross's mass power outage shelter last week at Fair Haven Baptist Church, everyone was pleased with the effort, and it served as good experience for future outages...
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...
Body found alongside road; victim not identified (02/23/15)
The body of a woman was found alongside Mullins Mill Road east of Shelbyville, officials said. At mid-morning the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had joined Bedford County investigators about a half-mile north of U.S. 41A South. The body, which authorities said had "several wounds," was off the east side of the roadway near a fence...
Suspect accused of selling cocaine, pot (02/22/15)
Officers arrested a man accused of selling crack cocaine following controlled purchases, the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force said. Derrion Avonte Buchanan, 28, of Barksdale Lane was arrested Thursday at his home, DTF Assistant Director Tim Miller said...
UPDATE: Highway 64 crash victim identified (02/20/15)
One man was killed and two people -- including an infant -- were injured in a head-on collision Friday morning on Lewisburg Highway, police say. Jon Frasier, 25, of Shelbyville was killed, according to a preliminary report by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Sanders. Kenzlie Frasier, a 1-year-old in the car, was injured and was taken by ambulance to the helipad at the former Bedford County Hospital on Union Street and airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Court rules in favor of walking horse industry (02/20/15)
The Tennessee walking horse industry received news in its favor yesterday when a court reversed its opinion regarding penalties related to the Horse Protection Act. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with the district court in Texas relative to mandatory penalties, which would have impacted the industry greatly. The penalties would have given exhibitors lifetime suspensions if they received three violations...
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...
Indusrial accident claims life at Tyson Foods (02/18/15)
An employee of a contract cleaning company was killed early Tuesday morning while cleaning and sanitizing equipment at the Tyson Foods poultry plant in Shelbyville. James A. Currier, 38, of Shelbyville was dead after apparently falling into a piece of machinery, Shelbyville police said Tuesday...
Ice storm leaves thousands without power (02/17/15)
More than 2,000 homes remained without power in Bedford County this morning following an ice storm, coupled with bitterly cold temperatures, which resulted in Tennessee declaring a state of emergency. At 7 this morning, Duck River Electric Membership Corp. ...
Schools, SACP closed; ice storm warning extended until 9 a.m. Tuesday (02/16/15)
Bedford County Schools, including the School-Age Care Program, will be closed Tuesday as the county remains under an ice storm warning until 9 a.m. Tuesday....
DUI arrests, wrecks on rise (02/15/15)
DUIs and other arrests increased in 2014, but so did traffic accidents, according to the Shelbyville police department's annual report. Police wrote 15 percent more citations in 2014, totaling 4,427 tickets, and saw a 25 percent increase in arrests, totaling 1,625...
Driver's license checks set for week of Feb. 20 (02/15/15)
A driver's license roadside safety checkpoint will be conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on U.S. 41A during the week of Feb. 20, according to a press release. Activity will begin at 11 p.m. nine-tenths of a mile south of the 3-mile marker, the release said...
Bypass wreck takes life; 4 injured (02/13/15)
Another life was lost Thursday morning at the dangerous Fairfield Pike-Route 437 (Bypass) intersection. Brenda Ann Burks, 61, of Shelbyville was killed instantly at about 9:30 a.m., Sgt. Mike Davis of the Shelbyville Police Department said. A passenger, her granddaughter Kyra Burks, 13, of Highway 82 South, was injured...
Gearhardt pleads guilty to reduced murder charge (02/13/15)
An Antioch man made a best interest plea Thursday for his role in a case of murder for hire. Sean Alexander Gearhardt, 22, pleaded to facilitation of first degree murder, and will serve 60 percent of a 25-year sentence before he is eligible for release...
Belted in? Officers are watching you (02/12/15)
Local officers want to make sure everyone is buckled up when driving or riding. Shelbyville Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff's Department have partnered with the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office for the 2015 Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign...
Children, heat sources are dangerous mix (02/12/15)
One of the primary causes of residential fire deaths and injuries for children under 10 is playing with a heat source, which includes lighters and matches. It's a nationwide problem that the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office hopes parents will address by following some simple safety tips...
Scam Watch: 'Grandson' scams victim of $1,300 (02/12/15)
"We just wanted to do the right thing," a Bedford County woman scammed out of $1,300 said Wednesday. "I got a phone call from who I thought was my grandson," who teaches in Korea, she said. "He said he was on vacation and was driving in the Dominican Republic, hit the back of a car and was in jail," the victim said. "He asked me to send $1,300."...
Scam Watch: Victim finds eBay deal was fake (02/10/15)
A Shelbyville woman discovered the hard way over the weekend she'd been the victim of a fake eBay transaction. The victim attempted to buy a 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup over the Internet from a buyer who said they wanted to make the purchase through eBay Motor Vehicle Protection Service, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
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...
Text leads to suspect's arrest (02/08/15)
A man accused of sending a text of a sexual nature to an underage girl has been charged by police Joshua Lee Locke, 30, of Oakwood Trailer Park is charged with solicitation of a minor and sexual battery by an authority figure. He posted $20,000 bond...
Thief snatches purse from store checkout (02/06/15)
A man stole a purse from under the checkout counter at the Dollar General Store in the old Kmart shopping center on Madison Street Wednesday night, Shelbyville police said. Security video showed a man wearing a blue jacket with red stripes on the sleeves and a tattoo that read "R.I.P. ...
Blaze destroys apartment unit (02/05/15)
No one was living in a Hoover Street apartment unit destroyed by fire early Wednesday night, investigators said. "I saw fire coming out the back side of the building," officer David Curley said. "Smoke was coming out the Hoover Street side. The apartment was fully engulfed. I cleared the building and kicked the west side doors in."...
Mathis asks for judicial diversion (02/03/15)
A special judge has delayed accepting an plea agreement from the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD), who is accused of theft. Cathey D. Mathis was to stand trial Monday for theft of property over $10,000. However, senior judge and former Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers said while there was no need for a jury trial and both sides had reached an agreement, one legal matter remained -- if Mathis qualified for judicial diversion...
Meth, pot found on suspect during traffic stop (02/03/15)
Meth and marijuana were found on a passenger in a car stopped because the driver was driving on Madison Street without headlights Sunday night, Shelbyville police said. An estimated 0.5 grams of meth and crystal meth, 0.6 grams of marijuana and three packets of suboxone -- a form of methadone -- without a prescription were found in the clothing of Timothy Lee Beal, 39, of Lynchburg by officer David Curley, according to a report...
Engine parts taken from building (02/01/15)
More than $5,000 worth of items were taken from a shop building on Dunnaway Road between Wednesday night and midday Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. A plasma cutter, spray gun painter, two motor head assemblies, carburetor, engine rebuild kit and ignition were taken from a truck parked inside the building...
Jury duty 'fines' are just a scam (01/30/15)
If you've been told that you must pay a fine for not reporting to jury duty, relax. The Bedford County Sheriff's Department is not placing such calls, officials say. The calls are the latest wave of a scam going around the area. "We've had several complaints about phone calls from people claiming to be working for the Bedford County Sheriff's Department or the district attorney's office," Chief Deputy Jason Williams said. ...
Trailer hitches, spare tire taken off truck (01/30/15)
Two three-way trailer hitches, pneumatic nailers and the spare tire were stolen Tuesday or Wednesday from a truck parked in front of a shop on East Highland Street, Shelbyville police were told. The truck's tool box was also entered. *A package containing prescription medication was stolen Tuesday night from an unlocked vehicle at Taco Bell, North Main Street, police said...
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...
Child safety seat use taught at TFACA (01/28/15)
Lt. Chris Reed of Bedford County Fire Department was among 19 students from across Tennessee attending a course on child safety car seats held last week at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) on Unionville-Deason Road. Reed and the other students were certified as National Child Passenger Safety Technicians, meaning they can conduct child safety seat inspections, speak about child seat safety and advise parents or guardians on the proper purchase, installation and use of child safety seats.. ...
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...
2 charged, 1 sought in home invasion (01/27/15)
Two men have been charged in a Carter Street home invasion Saturday night, and Shelbyville police are seeking another suspect. "Trevakias Vondez Rankins is wanted for aggravated burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent felony," Detective Lt. Brian Crews said. "Rankins is considered armed and dangerous."...
Officers avoid suspect's attempts to kick, bite (01/25/15)
Police say an allegedly-intoxicated woman tried to kick and bite officers as she was being arrested early Friday. Christy Louise Henley, 50, of Myers Street was looking for a relative at a Bethany Lane mobile home park and went to the wrong trailer, threatening to attack a resident who refused to open the door, the report said...
Six indicted by grand jury (01/25/15)
Bedford County's newest grand jury was sworn in Thursday, producing six sealed indictments. Indicted and brought before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard were: *Kyle Matthew Hamlin, possession of schedule II drug for resale (two counts), controlled substance analogue, possession of schedule VI drug for resale, possession of schedule VI drug for delivery, possession of a firearm during felony...
One lucky driver (01/23/15)
Nicole Neff of Shelbyville walked away from this accident on Fairfield Pike Friday morning without a scratch and was laughing as paramedics checked her for injuries. Emergency workers had to place braces around the truck that was impaled by a utility pole on the underside of the vehicle before helping Neff out of the truck...
20 years for 2 deaths (01/23/15)
A driver charged with the deaths of two of his passengers in a car crash accepted a plea deal Thursday that results in a effective 20-year sentence. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide/driver intoxication and vehicular homicide in connection with the Aug. 14 deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva...
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...
United Way goals and initiatives (01/23/15)
United Way of Bedford County partnered with Membership Services Corp. in May 2006 to distribute free prescription drug discount cards to assist families who otherwise could not afford much needed prescription drugs. The cards can reduce prescription drug costs by an average of 35 percent. ...
Officials outline jail needs (01/22/15)
Bedford County officials met with state jail officials on Tuesday night as part of the continuing discussion of the need for a new county jail. Jim Hart of the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service is currently doing a study of the county's jail needs, while Bob Bass and Miller Meadows are with Tennessee Corrections Institute, the state agency that certifies local jails...
Courtrooms in bank building costly: Official (01/22/15)
Bedford County Planning & Zoning Director Chris White told the county commission's courthouse and county property committee Tuesday night that it would be "cost-prohibitive" to use the county-owned Regions Bank building for courtrooms. Commissioner Linda Yockey told the committee that the county needs to come up with a plan for using the space in the courthouse, the Regions Bank building and Bedford County Business Complex on Dover Street...
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...
Dogs waiting before going to new homes (01/20/15)
New, permanent homes aren't in the immediate future for dogs taken from a Cortner Road home Thursday. "All of them are being checked more thoroughly," said Bedford County Animal Control director Jack Cooper. Veterinarians did preliminary examinations immediately after the animals were evacuated from the property of Kellie Williams Grunder. They are now being individually checked, with a small number taken to veterinary facilities...
Man reaches into drive-through window, grabs money (01/18/15)
"He's taking money," an employee of Krystal, Madison Street, yelled as she saw a man reach through the drive-through window and grab money from the cash register Thursday night. The employee told Shelbyville police the suspect is black, approximately 5-feet-11 to 6 feet tall, thin, and wore a gray hoodie with bluish green letters on the front. He was last seen running south, police said...
Car crashes into bedroom (01/16/15)
You've heard of rude awakenings, but... For William and Connie Andrews, their night's slumber was suddenly interrupted when a Cadillac crashed into the bedroom of their Hickory Hill Road home Thursday. "My wife and I were in bed. I heard a rumble and the next thing everything came in," William Andrews said...
Ready for the wilderness (01/16/15)
Bedford County has been hosting nearly 400 firefighters this week in what organizers describe as the nation's largest wildland fire academy. This was the 13th year for the Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy, said Deanna Arthur, a business management assistant with the U.S. Forest Service's Cherokee National Forest...
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...
100 dogs found on property, owner charged with abuse (01/16/15)
A team of veterinarians was evaluating approximately 100 animals, mostly dogs, Thursday after their owner was accused of abuse. Kellie Williams has been charged with one count of animal abuse, said director Jack Cooper of Bedford County Animal Control. "More charges may be filed," Cooper said...
Bell Buckle to spend $3,500 for police car (01/15/15)
It was a short meeting for Bell Buckle's board of mayor and aldermen Tuesday, with only three measures passed. Up to $3,500 will be bid for a replacement police car, since the current one has over 200,000 miles. The bid will include the light bar and sirens, and the money will be coming out of the town's equipment fund...
Gant denied reduction of sentence (01/15/15)
A man serving a 16-sentence for dealing crack has lost his appeal for an alternative sentence. Skylar Matthew Gant had entered guilty pleas to two counts of the sale of .5 grams or more of crack cocaine, two counts of the delivery of .5 grams or more of crack cocaine, and one count of failure to appear...
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...
Slick roads cause accidents; schools closed (01/14/15)
Several traffic accidents occurred in the Wartrace-Bell Buckle area early this morning as freezing fog iced roads. Bedford County schools opened two hours late as a result. Most of the wrecks occurred on Wartrace-Bell Buckle road, involving vehicles sliding into ditches or bridges. Other wrecks was reported at a bridge on State Highway 64 near Beech Grove and on Fairfield Pike near Cascade School...
1 killed in head-on crash (01/13/15)
A Bell Buckle woman who officials said was driving on the wrong side of U.S. 231 North was killed in a head-on crash Monday night. Susan R. Sissom, 47, of Bell Buckle was southbound, crossed the grassy median and struck a northbound car driven by Amber S. Johnson, 25, of Murfreesboro, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Winter brings fire risk (01/13/15)
Winter weather has been rolling through Tennessee -- and its side effects can include frozen pipes, power outages and house fires. There have been several serious structure fires in Bedford County in the past week alone. The State Fire Marshal's Office has been reminding Tennesseans of the special safety concerns that exist during the winter months...
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...
2 killed in Normandy crash (01/11/15)
Two people were killed early Saturday in a single-vehicle wreck near Normandy Dam. Michelle L. Lumbley, 31, of Ragsdale Road in Manchester was driving on Huffman Road toward the dam with Raymond D. Cunningham, 33, of Front Street in Normandy as a passenger, State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Taillights stolen from pickup (01/11/15)
Two taillights were stolen overnight Thursday from a pickup in the parking lot of a Landers Street apartment, police were told. The following were arrested since Thursday 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...
Hundreds of forestry agents train at TFACA (01/11/15)
Starting Monday, Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road will host the award-winning 13th annual Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy -- a weeklong training event drawing more than 400 new and seasoned forestry agents from across the United States...
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...
Fire destroys Bedford County home (01/08/15)
Bedford County firefighters battled 3-degree temperatures to combat this blaze at a home on Nashville Dirt Road, owned by Robert and Sherry Lawell, before sunrise today. Residents were able to escape without injury, authorities said. The blaze was reported before 5 a.m. The cause was undetermined at press time, when firefighters were still on scene. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Warming shelter used Wednesday night (01/08/15)
Scott Johnson of Bedford County Emergency Management Agency reported that two people used the county's new warming shelter at First Church of the Nazarene during Wednesday night's bitterly-cold temperatures. Johnson said the two were referred to the shelter by Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Be safe with portable heaters (01/08/15)
With the arrival of single-digit weather in Tennessee this week, the State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding residents to stay safe when using portable heaters to stay warm. While portable heaters are common sights during winter, they can sometimes lead to tragedy. An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration...
Serious abuse, and a need for help (01/08/15)
Amidst all the New Year's resolutions going around, it's time to make another one: Being there for others when it seems no one else is. Picture a woman, suffering sudden serious health problems at a young age, in a hospital emergency room. Add to those problems a head injury she's suffered, she says, because she was "possibly" pushed by her husband during an argument. She opened up, finally, after first saying she tripped and hit her head as she fell...
Police deserve public's thanks (01/08/15)
Our society needs to take a time out on police-bashing. I don't care what you think of the Ferguson controversy, if you fight with an officer you should expect to get shot, regardless of your race or the cop's race. Police are trained to defend themselves and others. They fear for their lives in a fight, and who can blame them. With that being said, it is a tragedy anytime a person, police officer or suspect, dies in a confrontation...
Be heard on alarms and dogs (01/06/15)
Citizens will have a chance to have their say about upcoming ordinances dealing with dogs and alarm systems Thursday. Public hearings will be held before Shelbyville's city council starting at 6 p.m. in the courtroom at the police station. Both measures are scheduled for a second reading following the hearings, and would not become law until a third and final reading tentatively set for February...
E-911 part of suit over fees (01/06/15)
Bedford County Emergency Communications District (E-911), along with districts from Blount, Bradley, Cheatham, Coffee, Hamilton, Knox and Roane counties, filed suit last week in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga against Windstream, a competitive local exchange provider of telephone services, claiming that the company has not remitted all of the 911 fees that were due to the plaintiffs...
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...
False utility claims are 'totally a scam' (01/06/15)
Local businesses are getting calls claiming to be from Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System stating that the business must wire money immediately to an out-of-town contact in order to keep their utilities connected. "It's totally a scam," said SPWSS general manager David Crowell. "We do not make those kinds of calls at all."...
Crystal meth discovered in vehicle during traffic stop (01/04/15)
Crystal methamphetamine was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. A search of the vehicle found 2.5 grams of a "rock-like substance" in a vehicle driven by Harold Ray Nix, 45, of Jarrell Street, the BCSD report said...
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...
Charges may be filed in fatality (12/31/14)
More details have been released about the traffic accident in which a Shelbyville woman died Saturday night on U.S. 41A South. The victim, Linda H. Talley, 66, of Shelbyville, was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Richard Talley. Their car was struck head-on by a car driven by Marilyn C. Flannery, 73, of Shelbyville, State Trooper Casey Newsom's report said. Criminal charges are "pending" against Flannery, according to the report...
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...
Woman dies in 41A crash (12/30/14)
A Shelbyville woman died Monday as the result of a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 41A South early Saturday night. Linda Ruth Talley, 66, died at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where she and her husband Richard Talley were taken after the crash...
THP announces two January checkpoints (12/30/14)
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two checkpoints in early January. A safety belt checkpoint will be held on State Route 437 (the Shelbyville bypass) at the 1.8-mile marker at 7 p.m. during the week of Jan. 13. A driver's license checkpoint is scheduled for the week of Jan. 16 at 11 p.m. on U.S. 41A just north of the 14-mile marker...
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...
Secret Santa's surprises brighten recipients' holidays (12/26/14)
Anonymous holiday donations were made before Christmas to the Shelbyville Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. Both used the windfall to surprise unsuspecting citizens with Secret Santa gifts. Unsure of why they were being stopped, locals were all smiles when they realized it wasn't a ticket they were getting this Christmas, but a little extra cash for the holidays...
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...
'He was just... happy': Young wreck victim's smiles remembered (12/23/14)
Smiles -- through Davin Lynch's art and his own bright outlook -- are the legacy he leaves behind. Davin, 10, lost his life Friday in a traffic accident in Tullahoma. The Southside School fifth grade student won't be forgotten. A preschool teacher who employed Davin's mother remembers him as intelligent, caring and talented...
Trailer falls on man, causes fatal injuries (12/23/14)
A Bedford County man died Saturday when a gooseneck trailer fell on him at a farm on Longview Road. Roger Boyce, 51, of Roy Moore Road was pinned under the trailer when its jack stands fell, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. "He was underneath the trailer working on the axle when the jack stands fell, pinning him," a BCSD report said...
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...
Local youth killed in Tullahoma crash (12/21/14)
A Shelbyville youth lost his life in a traffic accident Friday night in Tullahoma. Davin Lynch, 10. died when the car in which he was riding was struck in the side by another vehicle, officials said. He was a fifth grader at Southside School, where principal Reita Vaughn said Davin's smile and positive outlook on life stood out...
Jewelry, gun taken from home (12/21/14)
Jewelry, a flat screen television, drill set and a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun were stolen from a Sims Road home Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told. The face was taken from a radio in a tractor at a Barber Road home between Dec. 13-17, a BCSD report taken Thursday 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...
Video to alert of Wartrace blockages (12/18/14)
A new project, funded by a homeland security grant, will place video cameras at the railroad crossing in Wartrace so that emergency dispatchers will know as soon as possible when the railroad tracks there are blocked. Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson reported on the project during Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee...
Paramedic charged with stealing drugs (12/18/14)
A former Marshall County paramedic has been charged with stealing drugs stored on ambulances. At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, TBI agents began investigating Scott Smith, 38, of Belfast, a former employee of Marshall County Emergency Medical Service, on Nov. 19. A Marshall County grand jury charged Smith with one count of theft and one count of official misconduct Wednesday...
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...
Driver in double fatality indicted by county grand jury (12/17/14)
A man charged with the traffic deaths of two passengers in August was indicted by the Bedford County grand jury Monday. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, is charged with two counts each of vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide driver intoxication in the deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva. He will make his next appearance in court on Jan. 22...
Osler admits murder (12/16/14)
An admitted killer will spend the next 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the death of a Shelbyville man. Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 46, of Jackson made a plea appearance Monday before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard, agreeing to a sentence of three decades in jail at 100 percent...
Gearhart ruling to be released in '15 (12/16/14)
A ruling on evidence related to one of the remaining suspects allegedly involved in a conspiracy to murder a Unionville man won't come until next year. Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard stated his ruling on the pretrial motion on Sean Alexander Gearhardt will not be released until January...
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...
Youth loses life in Fairfield Pike crash (12/14/14)
A Shelbyville youth lost his life in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Fairfield Pike. William Tristan Richmond, 15, was dead at the scene, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said. Richmond was in the left rear seat of a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Kyle A. Becerra, 17, of Shelbyville...
Hodge among state fire prevention poster winners (12/14/14)
A Cascade Middle School student was one of 16 statewide winners of the 2014 Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Cody Hodge, an eighth grader sponsored by the Bell Buckle Volunteer Fire Department, will be honored with other winners at an awards event Jan. 31 at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy in Deason...
Marijuana found during traffic stop (12/14/14)
A bag containing 1.5 grams of marijuana was found in a car after the driver was charged with DUI Thursday night. Justin Martin was stopped on Madison Street and failed field sobriety tests, officer David Curley's report said. A charge of possession of a schedule VI drug was added...
Council sets hearings for dogs, alarms (12/12/14)
Public hearings are set for Jan. 8 for ordinances dealing with dogs and Shelbyville's policy on alarms. The ordinances were passed on first reading by the Shelbyville city council Thursday night. A draft submitted to the council in November limited any one property to three outdoor dogs. The current draft does not contain a limit on pets, however, it allows dogs on chains outdoors only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Under the proposed draft, the dogs will have to be housed in some fashion at night...
Be aware of scams while online (12/10/14)
Here at the T-G, we're always hearing and reporting about scams, especially around the holiday season -- warning our readers about the latest way crooks are trying to take your hard earned money. So it was a huge surprise when my financial institution called last week to tell me they had detected fraud on my account...
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...
It's a yes! from Ally (12/09/14)
She said YES! And no one doubted it would be any different as Ally Voynik got the surprise of her life -- a proposal from longtime boyfriend Matt Barnard -- during the Shelbyville Christmas Parade on Saturday. It was all in the well-laid plans for Barnard, a Shelbyville Fire Department firefighter, whose dreams since boyhood have come true. He'd always wanted to be a Shelbyville firefighter and propose during the Christmas parade. And for the past few years, he's dreamed of being Ally's husband...
Suspect sought in alleged mail theft (12/09/14)
A suspect is being sought in the theft of outgoing checks from a mailbox on U.S. 41A North last Wednesday. Joshua Jackson Dyer allegedly removed two pieces of mail, changed the payee's name to his own and passed one of the checks for a large amount of money, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Local man accused of TennCare fraud (12/09/14)
A Bedford County man has been charged with TennCare fraud in Coffee County -- his second charge for the crime. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, announced the arrest of Brian K. Tucker, 39...
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...
Narrow escape (12/09/14)
A Tullahoma driver was fortunate to avoid major injuries after losing control of her vehicle on Wartrace-Bell Buckle Road about 9:15 a.m. Sunday and plunging into a creek. Kristi Lynn West, 25, of Tullahoma was taken to Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma. Speed was a factor, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
'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...
'Homeless' mom, son suspected in burglary (12/05/14)
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...
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...
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)
City hits back at false alarms (12/04/14)
Shelbyville's city council will review a draft ordinance to deal with false alarms. City manager Jay Johnson said he utilized an ordinance from the Alarm Association, incorporating it into a local measure adopted in 1993 but never placed in city code...
Wallet stolen at Shelbyville store (12/04/14)
A man stole a wallet from a purse in an employees-only area at Dollar General Market in Big Springs Shopping Center on Tuesday morning, police said. The victim described him as black or mixed-race and wearing a gray hoodie with designs on the front and back, yellow shirt with dark collar and a design on the front and dark jeans...
Trip for socks leads police to marijuana (12/03/14)
Cold feet led police to marijuana in a Shelbyville man's residence early Tuesday. The marijuana -- one hand-rolled cigarette and a bag containing 2.3 grams -- was found in the bedroom of Harvey John Russell, 53, of Madison Street, police said. Police were at the home investigating an alleged domestic disturbance. Russell, who was outside in bare feet, asked if he could go inside for a pair of socks...
Crash leaves biker seriously hurt (12/02/14)
A biker was seriously injured when his motorcycle slid into a utility pole in downtown Wartrace, just a short distance from his home, Sunday night. Robert E. Marlin, 42, of Wartrace was unconscious from severe head injuries when help arrived State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Customer tries to force way past Walmart clerk (12/02/14)
A customer allegedly insistent on entering a roped-off area of Walmart on Thanksgiving night has been charged with assaulting a clerk. The clerk said Crystal Dunn of Hilltop Drive didn't stop when entering the first time and a short time later tried to enter again...
Scam Watch: Fake union, IRS agents seek money (12/02/14)
Two area residents have reported recent fraud attempts. A caller claiming to be "Jason" from the "union" at Tyson Foods told a Shelbyville woman he knew her son was a beneficiary on her life insurance policy, police said. The caller wanted to meet her at her home or a restaurant to discuss the policy...
Another suit filed over jail conditions (11/30/14)
Yet another federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed over alleged conditions at the Bedford County jail. The suit, filed by Jason L. Russo, demands a jury trial and $550,000 in damages, and is worded nearly identically to two other suits filed by inmates at the jail over the past month...
Lane murderer dies in prison (11/28/14)
Death Row inmate Gregory Thompson, who was convicted of the 1985 murder of Brenda Blanton Lane of Shelbyville, died Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Corrections said. Thompson, 52, was pronounced dead of natural causes at 5:40 p.m. at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville...
Windows smashed in Fairfield Pike burglary spree (11/28/14)
A vehicle burglary and vandalism spree occurred late Monday and early Tuesday north of Shelbyville, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. Windows were smashed to gain entry to many of the vehicles. A wallet and money clip containing $90 was taken from a car at a Fairfield Pike residence. The victim said he heard a noise outside at 1:30 a.m. but didn't see anyone. He discovered the driver's side window had been smashed when he left at 4:30 a.m...
Intruder goes to jail after lewd demand (11/27/14)
A man accused of forcing his way into a Morton Street home and asking for sex has been charged with patronizing prostitution. Abdullahi Ali Hussein, 28, of Purdy Court allegedly barged into the home without permission shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, sat on a couch and, after being asked to leave, offered the resident $100...
Partial marijuana cigarette found in truck of 'traveler' (11/25/14)
A partial marijuana cigarette was found in the ash tray of a pickup truck stopped Friday on North Thompson Street, police said. Joey Lee Miles, 32, of Central Avenue was pulled over by officer Michael Taylor due to alleged reckless driving, including squealing the truck's tires...
Tyler Mook accused of drowning attempt (11/23/14)
The former husband of a Bedford County teacher missing since February 2011 has been charged with trying to drown his girlfriend in Florida. Tyler Mook was on a boat with the girlfriend, his brother Andrew Mook and another woman in Palm City, Fla., on Oct. 4, Florida investigative reports indicate...
Armed robber denied shorter sentence (11/23/14)
A Shelbyville man convicted of an armed robbery has lost another appeal for a shorter sentence. In 2007, Richard Lowell Blanchard II pleaded guilty to five misdemeanors and was sentenced to serve nine months "day-for-day" in the Bedford County Jail, followed by three years and three months supervised probation...
Man grabs cash as woman tries to eat it (11/23/14)
A Shelbyville man was charged with domestic assault after allegedly forcibly taking a $10 bill from a woman's mouth as she attempted to eat it Thursday. John Alexander Smith, 26, of Green Lane handed her a $10 bill and pack of cigarettes and said he had taken money from her purse earlier, according to police...
Random texter arrested again on child pornography charges (11/21/14)
A Shelbyville man arrested four years ago after reaching a police officer when attempting to solicit a minor has been charged again with contacting minors. Christian Vjede Torres, 23, of Hendon Memorial Road was charged in a joint investigation by the FBI and Shelbyville police, Det. Lt. Brian Crews said...
Have you seen her? (11/21/14)
The public is being asked to help find a Shelbyville woman who walked away from Centerstone Reconnect, Woodbury Street, on Thursday afternoon. Linda K. Coldren was last seen wearing a grey sweatsuit and her hair in a ponytail. She is in need of medication. Call Shelbyville police, 931-684-5811, with information. Photo as furnished by Shelbyville Police.
CORRECTED County awaits fire insurance maps (11/20/14)
It's been more than a year, and the county still hasn't received the maps it's requested from the Insurance Services Office showing exactly which properties fall under new fire protection ratings. In 2013, the county learned that it had gotten a more favorable rating for fire protection from ISO, which is not a government agency but rather a private organization funded by the insurance industry...
More inmates sue over alleged jail conditions (11/20/14)
Another federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed by two inmates locked up in the county jail, citing overcrowding and a lack of medical attention. Inmates Jermaine Pillow and Christopher J. Harris Jr., are demanding a jury trial and a total of $920,000 in damages, making many of the same allegations detailed in litigation filed by Joseph Moody earlier this month...
Fast trip to jail for Ohio drug suspect (11/20/14)
Speeding led to the arrest of an Ohio man on drug charges Monday, investigators said. Joshua Thomas Harris, 30, of Fairfield, Ohio was clocked at 76 mph in a 50 mph zone on U.S. 231 North by Deputy Garcia Jordan. A Coleman fuel container and brake fluid containers -- described as "precursors for meth" by Jordan -- were found and Shelbyville Police Department's drug dog Julie with Officer Jody Shelton were called to the scene...
'Work things out,' lawyer's client told (11/19/14)
A man charged with murder demanded a new attorney Monday, claiming the public defender's office was "giving him the run-around." But the judge in the case ordered the attorney to try to "work things out" with his client. Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 47, faces charges of first degree murder for the slaying of Jonathan Cody Minnick, 23, of Vandy Avenue in September 2013...
Construction incident kills Shelbyville concrete worker (11/19/14)
A Shelbyville construction worker was killed Tuesday in a Brentwood construction accident. Greg Rigney, 45, of Sequatchie Concrete Co. was pinned underneath a forklift he was operating when it flipped as he unloaded concrete blocks and sand from a flatbed truck at a home., WKRN-TV reported...
Thief gains entry through the wall (11/19/14)
A thief used a hole in a wall to steal $65 worth of cigarettes from a Shelbyville market Tuesday morning. Shelbyville officers responded to an alarm call at Hopps Express on Madison Street, finding the front door unlocked on arrival. Officers discovered a large hole in the building that had several concrete blocks removed, with pieces of 2x4 wood and insulation on the ground. The hole was used for an air conditioning unit that was no longer working...
Man charged in shooting (11/18/14)
A man accused of shooting another man in September was indicted Monday on charges of attempted first degree murder. Jeffery Lee Stewart, 41, allegedly shot Matthew Cook of Shelbyville as Cook drove away from a home on Highway 82 East near Bell Buckle...
Stolen items discovered in wrecked vehicle (11/16/14)
Almost $5,000 worth of items stolen from a Warners Bridge Road home Thursday were found in a wrecked car a few miles away. Deputies investigating the crash on Stewart Road, just off Warners Bridge Road, late Thursday afternoon said they noticed items such as a television, stereo system and jewelry that "one would believe to have been stolen from a residence," the report stated The driver left the scene before deputies arrived...
Stolen items discovered in wrecked vehicle (11/16/14)
Almost $5,000 worth of items stolen from a Warners Bridge Road home Thursday were found in a wrecked car a few miles away. Deputies investigating the crash on Stewart Road, just off Warners Bridge Road, late Thursday afternoon said they noticed items such as a television, stereo system and jewelry that "one would believe to have been stolen from a residence," the report stated The driver left the scene before deputies arrived...
Fire under control quickly (11/14/14)
Firefighters from Bedford County, Wartrace and Bell Buckle responded quickly Thursday morning to a fire under the floor of a home on Arnold Road north of Shelbyville. The small blaze was under control within minutes. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Firefighter recruits to graduate today (11/14/14)
State Fire Marshal Gary West was scheduled to deliver the commencement address this morning to the Recruit Firefighter class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was unable to attend the ceremony, but offered her encouragement and praise to the recruits...
Suit adds to urgency for new jail (11/13/14)
The federal lawsuit against the county by a Bedford County Jail inmate has lent added urgency to the county's ongoing discussion of a new jail. "The biggest thing that's going on is, I'm being sued," Sheriff Austin Swing told Bedford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night...
Angry chase threatens 11-month-old passenger (11/13/14)
Charges of reckless endangerment and aggravated assault were filed against a woman who allegedly tried to force another woman, whose 11-month-old daughter was in the vehicle with her, off the road for a fight. Five witnesses told police Brittany Lucinda Ogles, 27, of Madison Street rode the back bumper of a car driven by Alexis Delois Shelton, 25, of Morton Street while swerving back and forth. One witness said he feared an accident was going to result...
False alarms keep police busy (11/12/14)
Shelbyville's police force spends an enormous amount of time answering false alarms, the city council was informed last week. The council is discussing adding a provision to the city code dealing with alarms after one sounded nonstop for three days at Roses Shopping Center in September...
Drug dealer sentenced to 15 years in prison (11/11/14)
A man arrested on drug charges in Shelbyville on Sept. 7, 2013 faces 15 years in federal prison, said the U.S. attorney's office for the Middle District of Tennessee in a press release. William Robert Humphrey, 31, of Nashville was carrying an ounce of cocaine for resale and more than $4,500 cash when stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Barn burns (11/11/14)
Smoke visible from the Shelbyville square billows from a barn at the home of Joe Ladd on Thompson Lane off Highway 64 West about 10:45 a.m. Monday. The cause of the fire has not been determined, the Bedford County Fire Department said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Former youth minister admits statutory rape (11/09/14)
A former Bedford County youth minister pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure Thursday. Joseph Todd Neill, 38, agreed to serve a sentence of four years at 30 percent, with both counts to be served concurrently. That sentence will also be served concurrent with the federal sentence Neill received in July -- three years, four months for a single charge of possessing child pornography...
Fire training (11/07/14)
A firefighter from Gilt Edge, in West Tennessee near Covington, rappels down the side of Shelbyville Fire Department's training tower Thursday. Firefighters were training for a "worst-case scenerio" -- if they have to escape a burning building to survive, said Terry Smith of Murfreesboro, a trainer with Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy who questioned firefighters about their actions throughout the exercise. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Inmate sues over jail conditions (11/07/14)
A Bedford County inmate has filed a federal civil rights against the current and former sheriff, claiming jail overcrowding and lack of medical attention. Joseph Moody is demanding $420,000 for the violation of his civil rights -- "for being housed in such cruel conditions," also alleging the jail did not provide his medication, for pain and suffering, and "not following the rules of the state."...
Burned home a total loss (11/07/14)
This home just west of the WBTS clubhouse on Highway 64 West was destroyed by fire early this morning. Bedford County fire officials say the occupants, who they knew only as the Stone family, all survived and the cause is still undetermined. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Sentence reduction denied coin thief (11/06/14)
A Bedford County man who stole a valuable coin collection will see no change in his prison sentence, according to a criminal court appeal. Roy Anthony Haley says the 15-year sentence he received was excessive for charges of theft of property valued at $10,000 or more but less than $60,000...
Girl calls 911 to help mom during man's tirade (11/06/14)
A 9-year-girl's 911 call rescued her mother in a domestic incident Tuesday morning. The mother's boyfriend, Adam Wayne Faulk, 26, of Edgemont Drive allegedly entered her Fairground Heights home intoxicated and carrying a fifth of whiskey at 5 a.m., police said...
Thief feasts on cake before departing with guns (11/05/14)
A thief ate half of a cake before leaving a Unionville-Deason Road home with four guns and a television converter box before leaving Monday. An Ithaca 12-gauge shotgun, Ruger M77 Mark II 25.06 rifle, Remington 870 12-gauge pump shotgun and CVA Wolf muzzleloader were taken from a gun cabinet, deputy Benjamin Burris said in his report...
Weak blocks suspected in collapse (11/04/14)
Uncertainties remain about the cause of Saturday's collapse of one wall of an unfinished football fieldhouse at Shelbyville Central High School. Three construction workers were injured when the south block/concrete wall of the 8,400-foot building collapsed as wooden roof trusses were being placed...
Suspect attacks officers while being arrested (11/04/14)
A man repeatedly attacked police as he was arrested on suspicion of fighting fellow residents at an Eagle Boulevard trailer park Sunday night, officers said. James Gregory Wallace, 43, is charged with assault on an officer along with additional offenses...
Refund attempt sends 3 to jail (11/02/14)
Three people were arrested Thursday in connection with alleged attempts to trick Walgreens employees into giving them gift cards as refunds for items not actually purchased. Store personnel said the suspects -- later identified as Amy Sue Teague, 40, of Woodbury Street, her daughter Brittany Nicole Teague, 23, of Castle Street and Thomas Allen Fisher, 28, of Woodbury Street -- entered the store in early afternoon and stole a men's hair product. ...
Theft suspects sought (10/31/14)
These photos from Walmart security cameras show suspects in the theft of more than $8,000 worth of iPads from the store last Sunday. The pair are also suspected in a similar incident at the Pulaski Walmart last Friday. Call the Shelbyville Police Department, 684-5811, or Crimestoppers, 685-4300.
Harassment suspect suddenly stops fleeing (10/31/14)
A suspect in a harassment case attempted to run from a deputy Wednesday, officials say. But Kevin Scott Bryan, 30, of Brookhaven Circle only got less then 100 yards -- the length of a football field -- before complying with Deputy Tim Fox's order to stop...
Bypass mess won't be sticking around (10/30/14)
A Shelbyville man has until Monday to clean up a large number of auto-related items -- including a leaking oil barrel -- alongside a heavily-traveled downtown street. The mess on Highway 82 Bypass began with an eviction last week, an arrest on Tuesday, and now junk covers a large portion of a lot next to Absolute Auto. The auto repair shop continues in business and is not affected by the eviction of John Holden, who owns the spread of old tires and boxes...
Woman grabbed while taking not-so-free items (10/30/14)
The large number of items piled up along 82 Bypass next to Absolute Auto in downtown Shelbyville aren't being given away. A passerby found out the hard way Tuesday when the items' owner allegedly struck her as she loaded goods into her vehicle after seeing a "free" sign, Shelbyville police said...
Medication catches eye of home intruder (10/29/14)
An intruder entered a Sun Circle home near H.V. Griffin Park during the day Monday, police said. Nothing was taken but the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom areas were ransacked and medication containers had been "gone through," the resident said. The back door was kicked to gain entry, leaving it damaged...
Local man charged in airport rampage (10/29/14)
A Shelbyville man faces charges after a brawl at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last Thursday. McCleish Christmas "Mac" Benham, 27, is charged with public intoxication and simple assault. Benham allegedly kicked a man in the groin and hit him in the head with his fist before three to five passengers subdued him, according to a Dallas police report. He continued to struggle with officers while being arrested, an airport police officer said in his report...
Preparing for the unthinkable (10/28/14)
MANCHESTER -- It's called a Code 207 -- named after the hospital room where patients with a contagious disease, such as the deadly Ebola virus, would receive care. On Monday, members of Coffee County's Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management Agency, along with fire departments in Tullahoma and Manchester, conducted a training exercise at United Regional Medical Center...
Voters judge court system (10/28/14)
Article VI, Section 3 of the state constitution begins as follows: "The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state." But in 1971, the Tennessee General Assembly adopted a plan for choosing Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges similar to those used by other states...
Thieves take 20 iPads from Walmart case (10/28/14)
Thieves helped themselves to 20 Apple iPads worth more than $8,500 from Walmart early Sunday morning, police were told. Loss prevention personnel said video shows a man and woman grabbing a laundry basket and bag from display shelves, using their own pry bar to force a case near a cash register and taking the iPads, according to officer Letisia Butler...
Sunday Conversation: Harvey recounts train-hopping trip (10/26/14)
Zach Harvey grew up in Bell Buckle and attended Cascade High School and The Webb School. Harvey is a musician and songwriter and, like his musical heroes Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, has traveled all across the country by hitchhiking and hopping trains. He currently resides in Bell Buckle and continues to pursue his music...
Too many inmates...but relief's near (10/24/14)
Bedford County Jail, which is rated to hold 108 inmates, housed 154 at one point last week, but the state is in the process of taking 30 felons away in hopes of relieving the overcrowding. The jail issue was discussed during Tuesday night's meetings of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' standing committees, including the law enforcement committee and the courthouse and property committee...
Repo man was loaded and ready (10/24/14)
No charges were filed, but a man from Georgia attempting to repossess a vehicle at an Enden Avenue home was told to leave by police Tuesday afternoon. The repo man allegedly entered the home wearing "a duty belt equipped with a baton, an automatic handgun and an extra dual magazine pouch with two extra magazines inside" and refused to leave the property, police were told...
Man faces 47 counts in child pornography case (10/23/14)
A Shelbyville man was indicted Monday on multiple counts of possession of child pornography. Rodger Lee Mader, 33, of Oak Street is being held under $235,000 bond after he was indicted by direct presentment on 47 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor...
Cold snaps mean more heating fires (10/23/14)
With some of the season's first frost warnings happening this week, you should be more aware of fire safety. According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, when the first cold snap of the fall season occurs, a wave of home fires usually follows. That's why State Fire Marshal Gary West is urging Tennesseans to take fire safety precautions now in preparation for the colder nights making way into the state...
Sleeping woman struck by pumpkin (10/22/14)
Pumpkins thrown through windows hit a woman and smashed a computer before sunrise Monday. One pumpkin hit a sleeping Saddlewood Drive woman as it was thrown through the glass. The woman did not report injury. "She said she was asleep in a chair in the living room. A pumpkin came through the window and struck her," officer Bruce Davis said...
Suspect charged with shooting Unionville man (10/22/14)
A suspect has been arrested in the attempted murder of a Unionville man at a Murfreesboro convenience store Sunday. Trandrius D. Womack. 27, of Murfreesboro is charged with attempted first degree murder, according to WGNS Radio. Womack allegedly robbed Samuel Davis, 40, of Unionville and his girlfriend, then shot Davis in the leg outside a Thornton's convenience store on Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro police said. Davis was airlifted to a Nashville hospital...
2 Shelbyville police officers promoted (10/22/14)
Two Shelbyville police officers have moved up in the ranks, it has been announced. Sgt. Brian Crews has been promoted to lieutenant over the Criminal Investigation Division, according to police chief Jan Phillips. That promotion was effective Tuesday, and Crews will be leading the CID. He replaces Pat Mathis, who was promoted to major...
Scam Watch: Phone scammer nets $100 from victim (10/22/14)
A caller claiming to be from a collection agency bilked a Shelbyville woman of $100 Monday, police said. The caller said he was from Global, a collection agency for Allied Cash Advance. He told the woman, who says she has never done business with the firm, if she didn't pay $100 immediately she would be arrested...
Vehicles, building entered by thieves (10/22/14)
Vehicles and an outbuilding were entered Monday in Shelbyville. An MP3 player and ash tray containing $5 were stolen from an unlocked vehicle at a Hilltop Drive home overnight Monday, police were told. The ash tray and vehicle's owner's manual were found a few houses away. Another area resident reported vehicles at her home were ransacked...
June trial set in vehicular homicide case (10/21/14)
A trial date has been picked for a Soddy-Daisy man accused of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide stemming from a double fatality in February. Wesley Howard Luthringer, 29, will stand trial on June 22, with pre-trial motions set for April 20...
Drug use drives multiple thefts from vehicles (10/21/14)
An auto burglary suspect told police she commited the thefts to feed a crack habit. Tabitha Ann Morris, 34, of South Cannon Boulevard was arrested moments after allegedly breaking into vehicles in the Oakdale Street area off Shelbyville Mills Road early Sunday, Shelbyville police said...
Three's the number at burglary on farm (10/19/14)
Thefts came in threes at a farm on Stewart Road this week. Three grain bin motors and three switch boxes were stolen and batteries were stolen from three farm implements between Monday and Thursday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Department report...
Hord trial dates reset for January (10/19/14)
Trial dates for a former Bedford County detective have been reset to early next year. On Feb. 24, a four-day trial will begin for Rebecca Hord, 58, of Shelbyville, charged in 2013 with theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery...
'If it saves one child....' Safety seat checks return to annual event (10/17/14)
After a break of several years, child seat safety checks are returning to the United Way Child Safety Day, which will be held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at H.V. Griffin Park. Josh Carney knows all too well the value of a properly used and installed child safety seat. He said his sister, Amber Poynor, was rear-ended by a drunk driver in an accident...
Police tipped off to drug suspect's location (10/17/14)
An anonymous tip led investigators to a drug suspect Wednesday afternoon. The caller told the Bedford County Sheriff's Department that Larry Allen Walls, 31, of Barksdale Lane, who was wanted for violation of probation, was outside an apartment on Barksdale Lane...
Bell Buckle fights back against meth (10/16/14)
Bell Buckle residents expressed concern about meth labs cropping up following several incidents earlier this month. Police chief Tommy Wiley told the board of mayor and aldermen that more warrants and arrests in the case are coming, saying the matter is still "an open investigation."...
Tree planting to honor victims of domestic violence (10/16/14)
Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are strong, and a ceremony Friday will make that statement, one advocate says. The Haven of Hope, a regional domestic violence center, is planting a pin oak tree Friday in Shelbyville to honor victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The planting will take place at 11 a.m. at Purdy Court Park, across from Food Lion...
Man holds ex-lover hostage (10/15/14)
A Culleoka man allegedly holding his former girlfriend hostage in Shelbyville was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Paul Brent Baxter, 44, was arrested at a Landers Street apartment complex, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a press release. Emma Christine Rowe, 35, of Lewisburg was taken to Heritage Medical Center for treatment...
Wallet, pair of glasses attract theives (10/15/14)
A wallet containing $105 belonging to an employee of McDonald's, Madison Street, was stolen while she was at work between 9-11 p.m. Sunday. The victim told Shelbyville police she was unsure if the wallet had been left in an office or restroom. A table, jewelry and pair of glasses were stolen from a home on Highway 64 East on Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told...
Practice fire safety this Halloween (10/15/14)
With fall in the air, pumpkins are on porches, and massive amounts of candy are calling! Halloween is just around the corner, and your local and state fire officials want to make sure safety is kept in mind while celebrating this popular October holiday...
Movement in van helps police discover meth lab (10/14/14)
A mobile meth lab found in a vehicle late Sunday night led to the arrests of two suspects, Shelbyville police said. Officer Gregg Loyd spotted a van occupied by five people in the parking lot of Corner Market, Eagle Boulevard, at 10:01 p.m. after business hours...
Stolen debit cards used for 10 buys (10/12/14)
Ten transactions have been made on a debit card since its theft from a pickup truck on Bridlewood Drive overnight Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. The card was used at Shelbyville businesses for $114.74 in purchases. *A Ruger Mark 77 rifle was stolen from a Highway 82 South home between Oct. 4 and Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said,...