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Crime, justice and emergency services

Crime, punishment, the court system and emergency response.

Suspect charged with breaking boy's arm (06/26/16)
A Wartrace man who allegedly kicked his 9-year-old son in the arm, breaking it, has been charged with aggravated child abuse. Terry Michael Coleman, 30, was arrested Friday, a day after a doctor told family members that the boy's arm was broken and two weeks after the alleged incident, the Bedford County Sheriff's office said...
'Give me your money!' attacker demands (06/24/16)
An attacker repeatedly demanded, "Give me your money," and "Give me what you got," as he knocked a Shelbyville man to the ground late Wednesday night. The victim told Shelbyville police he was tackled outside his Woodbury Street shop around 11 p.m. by a man he described as black, in his mid-20s to mid-30s, approximately 6-feet-2 and 200 pounds and wearing all black...
Thief returns, grabs tobacco on 2nd try (06/23/16)
A thief who authorities suspect was testing law enforcement response time broke into Three Corners Market, Longview Road, early Tuesday shortly after a deputy left following a previous alarm. The second time around, tobacco products were taken after a window was broken around 2:45 a.m., deputy Dillon Lipinski said in his report...
Stolen truck stopped, driver arrested (06/22/16)
Police arrested a man driving a pickup reported as stolen from Florida early Monday night in Shelbyville. Officers were notified that the truck and the suspect, who was visiting relatives, was in the area. Sgt. Cody King saw the truck being driven on Madison Street and stopped it, with driver Harry Levoied Tigue III, 44, of Land O'Lakes, Florida being arrested...
Drugs behind many charged by grand jury (06/21/16)
Sixteen suspects were indicted by the Bedford County grand jury at its June session Monday. Drug charges, especially meth, dominate, with nine of those arraigned having at least one charge involving a substance. Those indicted are: l Ray Keith Adams, 60, Shapard Street -- possession of schedule II drug...
Suspect lying in street suddenly bursts into action (06/21/16)
It didn't take long for a man found lying in the middle of Shelbyville Mills Road late Saturday night to awaken. Marvin Ramirez Zavarias, 24, of West Jackson Street fought off officers and tried to break out a patrol car window with his head during and after being arrested, Shelbyville police said Monday...
Suspect seen near vehicle caught nearby by deputy (06/19/16)
A man who allegedly attempted to enter a car in Bell Buckle shortly after midnight Friday morning has been charged with criminal trespassing. The suspect, Joseph Camaron Perez, 27, of Rockwood Drive in Shelbyville was driving a red Chevrolet Blazer identified as seen speeding away from an Abernathy Street home in Bell Buckle, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office...
Rutherford commission seeks advice from Bobo (06/17/16)
A Shelbyville attorney has been hired to advise the Rutherford County Commission on possible action against Sheriff Robert Arnold. John T. Bobo, who serves as Bedford County attorney, will help the commission determine whether an ouster suit against Arnold will be pursued...
Midstate pot bust hits one locally (06/16/16)
A Shelbyville man is among 11 arrested following a two-year investigation of a large marijuana trafficking operation covering much of Middle Tennessee, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday. Luis Orlando Rego Jr., 32, of Shelbyville was arrested with the help of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the TBI said. Three guns were found at his home...
Guns, radar detectors stolen (06/16/16)
Guns and radar detectors were stolen from three vehicles at separate Narrows Road homes overnight Monday, Shelbyville police said. A Glock 27 pistol, Kimber Super Carry Ultra HD pistol, automotive diagnostic scanner and radar detector had been in two unlocked vehicles at one home and two radar detectors and four bank receipts in one truck at another, reports said...
Jail, justice center approved (06/15/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night in favor of a combined 400-bed jail, justice center and workhouse, giving direction to the architect for the project as it moves forward. The county is under a mandate from the state to build a new jail, but due to overcrowding and security concerns at Bedford County Courthouse some officials had recommended that a judicial center also be built...
Batman the rat taken from residence (06/15/16)
Batman is missing. Not that one. This Batman, a pet rat, was taken along with his cage and food from a Landers Street home during the past few days, Shelbyville police were told. A suspect was named. Three stereo speakers were stolen Tuesday from a home on Moody Street, police said...
Restraint urged on jail project (06/14/16)
A small group of citizens gathered in sweltering heat on Monday to discuss the issues surrounding a proposed jail and justice center with several county commissioners. Commissioners Chuck Heflin, Bill Anderson and P.T. "Biff" Farrar have been among those with reservations about the idea of a combined jail and justice center, and have been skeptical of some of the claims made about the need for a certain size jail or a jail laid out a certain way...
'They saved my life': Officers rescue woman from clutches of pit bull (06/14/16)
More than 60 stitches. Eighteen bites. One life saved. Barbara Helms will be forever grateful to two Shelbyville police officers who saved her from the grip of an angry pit bill protecting its seven puppies on May 28. "If I hadn't grabbed the dog's collar I'd be dead," said Helms, 72, who was on her back being bitten in the arms and hands when officers Bobby Peacock and Bruce Davis distracted and shot the pit bull at a Fairfield Pike home. "Those policemen saved my life."...
'Ice' discovered in vehicle occupied by Kentucky men (06/14/16)
Two Kentucky residents are being held on high bonds following their arrest on drug charges Friday. Methamphetamine "ice" was found in a vehicle occupied by Jewell Ray Sorrells, 39, of Greenville, Kentucky and Charles Allen Avery, 36, of Central City, Kentucky, according to court documents filed by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force...
Jealousy leads to attack on girlfriend (06/12/16)
A man who accused his girlfriend of cheating on him left her bleeding and injured following an attack early Friday. The woman said Michael Anthony Sales, 48, of Sevier Street threw her cell phone in her face, then hit her with his fist, severing her right nostril and busting her upper lip...
Man in wrecked car denies he crashed (06/10/16)
The man police found hiding in the floorboard of a wrecked car Tuesday night told police he hadn't been in a wreck. Sebastian Francisco Baltazar, 20, of Saddlewood Drive allegedly left part of his front bumper assembly behind after striking a mailbox on East Cedar Street about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said...
Jail, school savings found (06/09/16)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee got a little good news Tuesday night -- but also handed out some potential bad news to county departments and non-profit agencies. First, the good news: County Finance Director Robert Daniel said that, based on quotes from the state's loan pool, the payments on a new jail and justice center and a new Cascade High School would be less than originally thought...
Robbers take $50 from pedestrian (06/09/16)
Three men attacked and robbed a pedestrian at the corner of Quarry and Lipscomb streets late Monday night, police said. The victim said one of three black men who ordered him to stop about 11 p.m. struck him in the face with a fist while all grabbed at his pockets, gaining $50...
Thief helps self to wallet, bouquet (06/08/16)
A wallet, flashlight and flower arrangement were stolen from a possibly-unlocked vehicle at a Mockingbird Drive home between Sunday morning and Monday night, police were told. Other thefts reported: l A purse was stolen from a vehicle at Madison Street BP around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.'...
Box outside home leads officers to stolen TV (06/07/16)
The man who allegedly stole a large-screen television from Walmart didn't realize leaving its empty box by the street would signal police. Johnny McCandless, who Shelbyville police say pushed a 50-inch television set out of Walmart in a shopping cart without paying Sunday night was arrested after an officer spotted the box in front of his Alta Avenue home....
Combined jail-justice center recommended by committee (06/05/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee, meeting Friday night, recommended that the county build a 400-bed jail and workhouse combined with a justice center. The recommendation was broken down into four separate votes -- one of them unanimous, the other three passing by 3-2 margins...
Jail recertified for another year (06/05/16)
The Tennessee Corrections Institute has recertified Bedford County Jail for another year based on improvements made over the past few months, Sheriff Austin Swing said Friday. But the jail remains under a "plan of improvement" demanded by the state...
Store burglars run off with...nothing (06/05/16)
Two men who forced their way into the Marathon convenience store on U.S. 41A in Unionville early Friday got nothing for their efforts. Both cash registers were empty, a report filed by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Security cameras show a man forcing and climbing through the drive-through window at 2:32 a.m., almost immediately followed by another man, deputy Ramon Castillo's report said...
Suspect rides off on stolen horse (06/03/16)
An Illinois man attempted to ride away on a horse after wrecking a stolen truck on White Road in eastern Bedford County late Wednesday afternoon, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Brandon Robinson, 30, of Mattoon, Illinois, was found and arrested a few minutes later, but not before struggling with deputy Garcia Jordan and Wartrace police chief Danny Odeneal...
Speeding biker tracked down by county deputy (06/03/16)
A motorcyclist officials say was driving more than 100 mph on U.S. 231 and State Highway 82 Wednesday told a pursuing deputy he sped away due to being "scared" because he didn't have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver's license. Christian Tate Atkins, 22, of South Brittain Street was initially seen driving northbound just north of the Highway 437 bypass by deputy Garcia Jordan at 6:17 a.m...
Sky's saga leads to policy change (06/02/16)
"Sky" is home -- and the result of the saga of the missing dog is a change in city policy. The blue heeler escaped after being left in a fenced area outside the Shelbyville Animal Control shelter on Sunday night, May 22. The area, under a carport, is open on two sides. Sky got out overnight but found a temporary home with a nearby family, police say...
County's numbers don't lie (06/01/16)
If Bedford County were to fund a new high school plus a new jail and justice center, plus a tax increase for county road paving, plus all of the budget requests made by various county departments and non-profit agencies, it would require raising the county property tax rate by more than a third...
Firefighters awaken man in burning home (05/29/16)
Good work by Bedford County firefighters may have saved the life of a man whose home caught fire as he slept early Saturday. Arriving firefighters knocked on the front door of the home of Joseph Calabrese, Highway 64 West, shortly after midnight. Calabrese was awakened by the knocks, the Bedford County Fire Department said...
Hit-and-run suspect cuts, kicks 2 officers (05/29/16)
Two police officers were struck Thursday night by a man attempting to avoid a blood draw following a hit-and-run accident, Shelbyville police said. Anthony E. Moore, 42, of Barksdale Lane allegedly cut officer David Curley's arm, causing "deep scratches and bleeding," while being removed from the back seat of a patrol car for allegedly slamming his head on the "cage" behind the front seat. ...
Jail decision urged soon (05/27/16)
In a nearly two-hour study session Thursday night, Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and property committee, along with other county officials and concerned citizens, continued the discussion of what to do about the county jail and judicial system...
Officers halt attempt to pass pot into jail (05/27/16)
A man allegedly attempted to pass marijuana through a broken window of Bedford County Jail before he was stopped by officers Wednesday night. "I can't put it in the window because two cops are watching," Brian Keith March, 46, of Parker Road allegedly said on his cellphone, overheard by approaching officers David Curley and Jody Shelton...
Speeding biker can't overcome nearby neighbors' teamwork (05/27/16)
The man who sped from two pursuing Shelbyville police officers on a motorcycle Wednesday morning thought he'd gotten away. He didn't. Two residents of a subdivision told officers where police say Eric Michael Rogers, 26, of Gordon Road turned and attempted to hide his black 2008 Yamaha R6 sports bike...
Plea deal nets abuser prison term (05/26/16)
A woman accused of torturing a 9-year-old girl last year accepted a plea bargain as the third day of her trial was set to begin Wednesday in Circuit Court. Rochelle Clayton, 39, accepted a 20-year-sentence to be served at 85 percent. Clayton has been jailed since her arrest in March 2015...
Camper catches fire (05/25/16)
Leo Wilcox of Bedford County Fire Department sprays what's left of a camper trailer that caught fire in the back yard of the Todd Sudberry home on Fox Run Road early Tuesday afternoon. Sudberry said he didn't know how the fire started. Flames singed one side of a nearby outbuilding before firefighters arrived. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Mobile home, car possibly hit by arson (05/25/16)
One room of a vacant mobile home on Sims Road burned Friday, and Shelbyville police say arson is possible. A neighbor reported the blaze at 11:26 p.m. The mobile home had been moved to the property approximately 6 weeks ago and was not connected to a power source, according to police...
911 needs studied by city council (05/24/16)
The Shelbyville City Council held its second in a series of budget hearings on Monday. Line items were discussed regarding police and public works, among others. Some of the discussion centered on 911 needs and whether the city would take over dispatch duties from the county 911 center...
Nashville suspects sell crack to undercover agent (05/24/16)
Two Nashville residents were arrested on drug charges Friday in Shelbyville. Allen Keith Jackson, 25, of Nashville allegedly sold an "8 ball" -- 3.5 grams -- of crack cocaine to a 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force undercover agent for $275, according to arrest warrants...
Patriot Award (05/24/16)
Bedford County Workhouse administrator Ted Hewell received the Patriot Award last week from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve office. Patriot Awards honor employers who offer flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed for National Guard or Army Reserve members. Hewell joined the Bedford County Sheriff's Office after 22 years with Rutherford County's workhouse. From left are Sheriff Austin Swing, Hewell and Mary Sons, area ESGR representative. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Auto burglary suspect fires gun, runs (05/22/16)
A man accused of seven vehicle breakins on Lantern Lane overnight Wednesday allegedly shot into the air before running away as a victim approached, police said. Cory Allen Frazier, 21, of Locust Street is charged with seven counts of auto burglary and one count of aggravated assault...
Thief walks away with stolen iPad (05/22/16)
An iPad Pro left in a shopping cart at Kroger about 7:30 p.m. Thursday was gone when the owner returned looking for it 20 minutes later, police said. A chain saw was stolen from the tool box of a truck owned by a Laurelwood Drive resident between May 7-14, police were told Thursday. A suspect was named...
Remembering Gary Smotherman (05/20/16)
The Bedford County Emergency Medical Services Unionville station dedicated a flagpole Thursday in memory of Gary Smotherman. He died May 19, 2015 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident two weeks earlier. Smotherman had 23 years' service as a paramedic, EMS director Ted Cox said. With the plaque is Smotherman's family: son, Jonathan, daughter Shelby, and wife, Patsy. At left. a closer view of the plaque's inscription...
Sports apparel taken as kids play (05/19/16)
Several pieces of sports apparel were taken from Hibbett Sports, North Main Street, Tuesday by at least one of a group of three women accompanied by six "disruptive," unsupervised children who were pulling items from shelves onto the floor. Empty hangers were noted in the area where the woman had been after they left, police were told. No arrests have been made...
Justice center should be in safe location (05/19/16)
No matter what the final decision is about a new jail and justice center for Bedford County, security should remain atop the list. Over the past few weeks I've heard judges and law enforcement personnel explain concerns about safety around the courthouse and a need for a jail/justice center built with today's security in mind. That security would be hard to obtain by retrofitting the 1935-vintage courthouse, rebuilt similar to the 1870s building that was burned by a mob in 1934...
Confinement and revitalization: Economic benefits of jail, justice system stressed to committee (05/18/16)
Discussion during Tuesday evening's Bedford County Board of Commissioners committee meetings centered around the county's jail plans. During the law enforcement committee meeting, Commissioner Bill Anderson questioned whether it made sense to make Bedford County Workhouse a part of the new jail project as opposed to leaving the current workhouse where it is on Lane Parkway...
Sheriff asks county for 23 new employees (05/18/16)
Bedford County commissioners have been talking for months about the possible need for a tax increase to pay for a state-mandated jail and a badly-needed high school. But those are capital expenses -- there are also regular operating expenses, the day-in, day-out costs of operating county government, and several county department heads said during budget hearings on Tuesday that they, too, need additional money...
Bookkeeper accused of swindling $3 million (05/18/16)
A Fayetteville bookkeeper has been accused of diverting more than $3 million from her employer. Valorie Diane Bradley, 47, allegedly took the money from Palatec Manufacturing for her own purposes between May 2007 and January 2016, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation...
Store cashier accused of theft (05/18/16)
A cashier at Walmart has been charged with taking more than $2,500 from the store through the use of Green Dot money cards. Anferenee Isiah Allen, 19, whose home address is listed as a Shelbyville motel, cashed out six cards totalling $2,512.64 between May 7-15, the store's asset manager told Shelbyville police Monday...
Suspect tries to grab boy (05/17/16)
A man who allegedly tried to grab a young boy near a creek off Madison Street was charged with attempted kidnapping Saturday morning. Cecil Darnell Holland, 58, met the description given by the boy and his friends when police saw him a short time later walking on Depot Street, a report filed by officer John Cooke said...
Eighteen indicted by county grand jury (05/17/16)
Drug and theft suspects are among 18 indicted by the Bedford County grand jury on Monday. Kendrick Devon Akins and Austin Davante Riley, both of Nashville, were among four men arrested with a total of 46.7 grams of cocaine in a traffic stop Jan. 3. Akins faces both drugs and weapons charges while Riley is charged only with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon...
Officer cut by woman refusing blood-alcohol test (05/17/16)
A Shelbyville police officer was slightly injured by an irate, allegedly-intoxicated woman resisting a blood-alcohol test and an CAT scan Friday night. Officer Todd Sanders suffered "broken skin and bleeding" on the back of his neck when Jennifer Sue Wortham, 42, of Old Columbia Road allegedly scratched him after raising a telephone receiver in the CAT scan room, as if she was going to attack him, at Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville...
Drug paraphernalia, pills discovered in traffic stop (05/15/16)
A suspect was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after his car was stopped for an alleged violation of the vehicle light law Thursday night. Alan Michael Boone, 22, of Deer Point Road allegedly had plastic tubing in his car's left rear floorboard, a butane lighter fluid container on the rear seat, a glass bowl with hash residue on it and two pipes, White Owl cigarillos and a butane torch, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Project hits bullseye (05/13/16)
Two Tennessee Tech students have developed a new type of duelling tree for Shelbyville Police Department to use for firearm practice. Chase Adcock and Todd Baker, who graduated last Saturday from TTU, presented the device to the department on Thursday...
Not-for-profits line up to seek county funds (05/12/16)
Not-for-profit agencies serving Bedford County presented their contribution requests to Bedford County Financial Management Agency during a hearing Tuesday afternoon at Bedford County Business Complex. The county contributes to a number of different non-profits. ...
Suspect pulls joint, pills, grinder from clothing (05/12/16)
A woman asked if she had marijuana in her vehicle responded by pulling a joint and grinder from her shirt and four alprazolam tablets from her pants, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Myleah Shanell Jordan, 20, of Cedar River Road was stopped on Rabbit Branch Road for driving with a broken, but working, taillight covered with electrical tape, deputy Ramon Castillo's report said...
Crystal meth found after suspect tries to run away (05/11/16)
Drugs were found in the purse of a woman who allegedly tried to run from a deputy during a traffic stop Monday night, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Office report. Haley Elizabeth Vincent, 21, of Kingdom Road falsely identified herself and claimed the Social Security card bearing her name belonged to a friend, deputy Ramon Castillo said in a report...
Robber grabs woman's purse (05/10/16)
A man accused of ripping a purse from a woman's hands Sunday outside Walmart was arrested Monday, one day after two alleged accomplices were taken into custody. Justin Oliver "J Rock" Scott, 32, of Cedar Grove Road is charged with robbery and theft of property, Shelbyville police said. He is being held on $100,000 bond at Bedford County Jail...
'There goes everything': Family escapes after truck fire incinerates home (05/10/16)
"There goes everything that we worked to get," Nicholas "Nick" Hill said as he watched his home on Highway 64 between Shelbyville and Wartrace burn late Sunday afternoon. The house and contents burned after his work truck "blew up" as he turned the key while working on it, Hill said. The truck was in a garage attached to the side of the house...
Pot discovered in vehicle following traffic stop (05/10/16)
Marijuana was found in a car during a traffic stop on U.S. 41A at Normandy Road on Saturday morning, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. A vehicle matching one that reportedly ran someone off the road in Tullahoma was stopped by Deputy Ramon Castillo, who was directing traffic along the route of the Strolling Jim 40 marathon...
Drug takeback (05/10/16)
Detective Lt. Jason Kennedy loads part of several barrels of expired prescription drugs, turned in to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office at a recent collection, onto a state drug enforcement truck. The disposed drugs were to be destroyed in a safe place. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Police HQ, other locations struck by gunshots (05/08/16)
Shelbyville police headquarters was among several buildings and homes hit early Thursday by what investigators say appear to be shots from a pellet gun. A window in Chief Jan Phillips' office was struck by what appeared to have been caused by a high-powered pellet rifle or small-caliber firearm, officer Tory Moore's report said. Similar bullet damage or holes were described at other places throughout Shelbyville...
Domestic assault suspect resists attempts at arrest (05/06/16)
A suspect in a domestic assault case fought off two officers' attempts to handcuff him as he was arrested Wednesday night, Shelbyville police said. DeJuan Terell McKnight, 31, of Baker Street continued to berate officers as he was taken to Bedford County Jail from a Lane Parkway home where he was arrested, according to officer Todd Sanders' report...
Burglary suspect present when Kibble murdered: TBI (05/05/16)
One of the men suspected in being in the home of Angela Kibble on the night she was murdered has been charged with especially aggravated burglary. "During the course of the investigation, special agents developed information that Danny Terrill Allen, 21, of Tullahoma was among several individuals who had entered the victim's home and were present at the time of her death," the TBI said in a press release...
Water rescue training (05/04/16)
Underwater diver Daniel Dye of the Bedford County Fire Department (bottom at right) can hear and speak to Shelbyville police officer Tory Moore (left) with a specialized mask during scuba training at Shelbyville Recreation Center. Shelbyville firefighter Kenneth Holley monitors Dye from the surface. Shelbyville police Lt. Trey Clanton (not pictured) led the members of the Bedford County Tech Team. The partnership between Bedford County Emergency Medical Services and Bedford County Emergency Management Agency includes members from all local public safety departments. They conduct water rescue and recovery operations and cave and high angle rescues. (T-G Photo by Hugh Jones)
Suspect finds he will be charged (05/04/16)
Drugs were discovered in a vehicle driven by a man stopped for allegedly following a woman and her friend from Warners Bridge Road into Shelbyville early Monday. Officer Jerry Draine noticed a container of marijuana in the car driven by Andrew Chase Williams, 19, of Robinwood Drive, who was being told to temporarily avoid contact with the woman, who he'd been with earlier...
Small fire hits Wartrace hotel (05/03/16)
Quick work by Wartrace and Bedford County firefighters may have averted major damage to the historic Walking Horse Hotel in downtown Wartrace on Monday night, "We had the fire out in five to seven minutes," Wartrace fire chief Robert Dye said. A small fire broke out in a second floor room, Dye said, with damage from the blaze itself confined to that area...
New law prevents funding thefts (05/03/16)
State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, said a bill passed this year by the General Assembly would have prevented the theft of $162,000 in grant funds meant to feed hungry children. A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office has found that Jeannette Jives-Nealy stole $162,165 in federal grant funds...
THP announces May checkpoints (05/03/16)
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced its roadside checkpoints for May. Driver's license: Friday, May 27, 2 p.m., Highway 64 East at the 15-mile marker. Driver's license/Sobriety: Friday, May 6, 11 p.m. Highway 64 East at the 15-mile marker; Friday, May 20, 11 p.m., U.S. 231 North at the 15-mile marker...
Officers shock, spray resisting suspects (05/03/16)
A fleeing suspect was tased twice after allegedly refusing to follow a police officer's orders to stop Sunday night. Officer Todd Sanders was pursuing Tony Dewayne Williams, 24, of Maplewood Drive on foot behind businesses on South Cannon Boulevard. Williams allegedly refused an order to stop and began to run when Sanders used the taser...
Tullahoma football player killed in 41A crash (05/03/16)
A team captain and quarterback of the 2015 Tullahoma High School football team was killed in a head-on accident on U.S. 41A east of Shelbyville late Saturday afternoon. Eli B. Grow, 17, died at the scene just east of the highway widening project and just east of the Carr Creek Road intersection, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said...
Champions of safety: Community High wins seat belt promotion (05/01/16)
Community High School can now be considered Bedford County's champion of seat belt safety for the 2015-2016 school year. Their impressive Seatbelt Challenge championship belt -- for the drama club's video, "The Empty Desk," depicting the tragic effect of not wearing seat belts, and an increase in seat belt use -- is now on display at the school...
Stolen car recovered in Lewisburg (04/28/16)
A "trip to the doctor" Tuesday turned out to be a trip to Lewisburg and resulted in a charge of theft of property for the driver, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Mary Elizabeth Henson, 29, of Lewisburg was told by a Warners Bridge Road resident she could drive a friend to a doctor's office, then return the car...
Matheson brings additional hope for the missing (04/27/16)
Kristy Matheson is a perfect example of how to turn tragedy into hope. After her brother, Bobby Smelcer, went missing Nov. 21, 2010 and his partial skull was found on April 16, 2013, she decided to use her experience to move forward -- in a big way...
Church burglary suspect recognized in Facebook post (04/27/16)
A burglary suspect at First Baptist Church-Depot Street pictured in security camera video posted on Facebook was recognized by Lincoln County and Fayetteville officers, police say. Quinn Randalle Hutchison, 31, of Fayetteville is known for breaking into closed businesses and buildings, Lincoln County deputy Nathan Massey and Fayetteville officer Kostyantyn Afisov told Shelbyville police detective Cody Swift after seeing the post on the SPD's Facebook page...
Child-elderly IDs to be offered at Moose Lodge (04/27/16)
The Shelbyville Moose Lodge and Safe Surfin' Foundation will provide a child/elderly identification event during the lodge's ninth annual Barbecue Cook-off on Saturday. This free event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the lodge, 1104 Highway 82 South...
THP: Seat belt effort saves lives (04/26/16)
Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say they're happy with the progress so far of a grant-funded program to increase seat belt use in Bedford County. "We couldn't be more pleased with the grassroots effort that we've created here," said Capt. Wayne Sellers of the THP's Lawrenceburg district. He said Bedford County has four fewer fatalities so far this year than at the same point last year...
Suspect taken down after attempt to elude police (04/26/16)
A man arrested for DUI was "taken to the ground" after allegedly attempting to elude officers attempting to break up a large fight outside Calsonic Arena following a rodeo late Sunday night. Leo Martinez, 21, of Woodland Drive was allegedly seen speeding away on Celebration Drive by officer David Curley, Shelbyville police said. ...
Three charged with shoplifting from store (04/24/16)
Three people were arrested for allegedly shoplifting items from Dollar General Market, North Main Street, Thursday morning. Store personnel told police they saw Melissa Ann Littrell, 30, of Woodbury opening items on a shelf and placing them into her purse. As they detained her when she attempted to leave they saw Alyssa Charlene Rudder, 27, of Manchester attempting to dump items from her purse, checked it and found some allegedly-stolen items inside, police said...
Man narrowly escapes with $7.5K from forged checks (04/22/16)
A man suspected of passing forged checks narrowly got away Wednesday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. Two of three checks stolen from a Shelbyville business, made out for $3,860 and $3,680, were accepted at two First Community Bank branches. A teller at one location asked the suspect to show a state identification card before the transaction, police said. Moments later the bank contacted the business owner who discovered the checks had been stolen...
County jail likely to be recertified (04/21/16)
Miller Meadows of Tennessee Corrections Institute, following his recent re-inspection of Bedford County Jail, still says the jail does not meet minimum standards for certification but is still recommending that the jail be re-certified, provided that re-certification is tied to a plan of action for replacing the jail...
Suspect jailed over alleged $40 demand (04/21/16)
An alleged demand for $40 led to the arrest of a Shelbyville man early today. Police said Justin Keith Martin, 26, of Wade Drive told a Shelbyville woman late Tuesday night, while sitting in her car outside his home, to give her $40 or he'd tell who police describe as her "other boyfriend" that she was cheating on him...
Suspect throws fit after missing work (04/20/16)
A man smashed the windshield of a girlfriend's car with a child's scooter, threw her clothes out of their Candy Lane home and poured bleach on them in a rage Monday because he missed work after she allegedly turned his alarm off, Shelbyville police said...
Scam Watch: Casting the 'net' for love (04/19/16)
Seeking love online has its advantages -- but it can also get you in deep trouble. A Shelbyville man told police he joined the Plenty of Fish dating site Monday of last week and quickly received a text from someone claiming to be a woman in Georgia...
Suspect arrested with stolen flea market items (04/19/16)
Items allegedly stolen from a flea market on Madison Street were found in the possession of a man two blocks away in a Deery Street parking lot Saturday morning, Shelbyville police said. Officer Bobby Peacock said he spotted Charles Antwain "Putt" Smith, 39, of Smith Street stacking boxes atop each other at 6:51 a.m...
Theft reported 3 months later (04/17/16)
A chain saw, drill and rifle were taken approximately three months from a home on Horse Mountain Road, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. The theft was not reported until this week, when the property owner noticed the door was open in a storage area. No new thefts were noticed...
Five charged in home burglaries (04/15/16)
Five people have been charged with the wave of daytime home burglaries occurring in Bedford and three other counties beginning in February. Three suspects -- Brittany King, 24, of Smyrna, John Paul Williams, 27, and Danny Phillips III, 20, all of Murfreesboro, are being held in Bedford County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bonds, Detective Lt. ...
Drugs found in truck following stop (04/14/16)
A strip containing a controlled substance and a bag of marijuana were found in a truck following a traffic stop Tuesday night, the BCSO said. Deputy Ramone Castillo said in his report he stopped Michael Joseph Bingham, 38, of Monterey because he allegedly failed to stop behind the white stop line as the traffic light changed at the Lane Parkway-North Main Street intersection, and because the light over his truck's license plate was out...
Security on minds of judges (04/13/16)
Bedford County's judges entered pleas for a more secure courthouse -- or future judicial center -- in comments during Tuesday night's county commission meeting. General Sessions Court Charles Rich says he understands nearby merchants' concerns about courts being possibly moved from the square to a proposed judicial center, but the state's orders for a new jail are "a done deal....we have to deal with the reality of the situation."...
Scammers falsely claim seniors are lottery winners (04/13/16)
A devious lottery scam involving the promise of cash prizes to winners in exchange for "small" payments threatens to make losers out of unsuspecting Tennessee senior citizens. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) has commenced an investigation into the alleged wrongdoing and is warning senior citizens, their families, and caretakers about the lottery scam. The incident in question occurred in the Clarksville area but may also be occurring elsewhere in Tennessee...
Homeless man steals checks from church (04/13/16)
A homeless man allowed to stay in a church on cold nights allegedly stole $4,000, Shelbyville police said Tuesday. Jeffrey Carl Shields, 42, of Shelbyville forged checks from a checkbook he took from the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, East Lane Street, Detective Sam Jacobs said...
4 face marijuana charges after alert trooper's action (04/12/16)
Four suspects, one of who allegedly swallowed marijuana before his arrest, face drug charges after an off-duty state trooper noticed suspicious activity late Sunday night at a Shelbyville coin laundry. State Trooper Barry Qualls notified police after seeing two of the suspects come into the laundry without any clothing to wash and repeatedly go back and forth between a restroom and a vehicle outside...
Violent suspect attacks officers, patrol vehicle (04/10/16)
A man arrested on a domestic violence charge allegedly attacked officers and kicked the rear window out of a Shelbyville police car Thursday. Officer Bobby Peacock said he was attacked by Jason Eric Jordan, 44, after telling him to quieten down as he arrived at a Bird Street home...
Walls gets new trial (04/08/16)
The conviction of a Bedford County woman involved in the 2012 murder of her husband was reversed Thursday after the state Court of Criminal Appeals ruled the jury was held over too late on the trial's final night. A new trial date will be set for Susan Jo Walls, who allegedly teamed with her daughter Dawn Walls to pay two of Dawn's friends, Jason Starrick and Sean Gearhardt, both of Nashville, to kill Larry Walls Sr. ...
3 accused in vehicle burglaries (04/08/16)
The wave of vehicle burglaries numbering possibly in the hundreds -- as one suspect called it, "car-hopping" -- may have come to an end with the arrest of two men early Thursday. Police said they broke the case when officers David Dye and Darrell Hardison saw a vehicle with an interior light shining on Idle Drive and a man with a backpack walking nearby at 2:23 a.m...
Cab driver accused of making advances toward passenger (04/08/16)
A cab driver allegedly tried to force himself on a woman after driving her across busy North Main Street on Thursday morning. No charges have been filed as of press time. The woman told police she was on foot when the cab driver allegedly said, "Get in the car and I'll get you across the road."...
Architect explains jail options (04/07/16)
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray said the meeting Tuesday night between county officials and the architectural firm for a new jail was productive. "I was pretty impressed with him," said Ray of James Suzuki Langford, president and founder of Spirit Architecture Group LLC, the Collierville-based architectural firm that the county finance department has selected for the project. There's no official contract yet; the county and the architect are still discussing the scope of the project...
Council cold to ECD pleafor city funds (04/07/16)
Shelbyville City Council members were not receptive during a Tuesday workshop meeting to a request by the 911 dispatch service for funding and a contract. The city and Bedford County 911 Emergency Communications District have been communicating for at least three years on a proposed interlocal agreement...
State Fire Marshal urges caution with outdoor burning (04/07/16)
As fire crews contain hundreds of acres of wildfire that are currently burning in Tennessee, the State Fire Marshal's Office wants to remind the public to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions. "Negligent outdoor burning can lead to death, injury, property loss and environmental damage," said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. "Care must be taken to ensure that burnings are conducted safely."...
Georgia escapee is captured in Shelbyville (04/07/16)
A man wanted for escape in Georgia was arrested Tuesday night at a Glosson Circle home. Investigators and deputies from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Service, arrested Jerome Christopher Miller, 24, of Atlanta, who they say was wanted by the Georgia Department of Corrections...
41A homes hit hard by burglaries (04/06/16)
Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and guns were taken Tuesday from three homes along and near U.S. 41A North in the same area northwest of Shelbyville plagued by daytime residential burglaries. No additional burglaries were reported in that area Wednesday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Red Cross ready to help fire victims (04/06/16)
It's the middle of the night. Your home and possessions are in flames. You're standing in a neighbor's yard watching as firefighters battle the blaze. The only clothes you have left are the ones you're wearing. What do you do? The American Red Cross provides assistance to people affected by individual house fires, just as they would provide assistance in a large-scale disaster like a tornado or hurricane...
Lottery win leads police to burglary suspect (04/06/16)
A $50 lottery winner who cashed a stolen ticket -- in the store it was taken from -- was the key to tracking down a man suspected of stealing more than $16,000 worth of merchandise overnight Sunday. More than $14,000 worth of Tennessee lottery tickets, $2,100 worth of cigarettes and several packs of alcoholic beverages were stolen overnight Sunday from Discount Tobacco Outlet, North Cannon Boulevard, Shelbyville police said...
Thumbs down for texting and driving (04/06/16)
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the state of Tennessee is promoting a campaign it calls "Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving." The Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security have joined in the effort. They're asking social media users to post a selfie giving the "thumbs down" symbol using the hashtag #ThumbsDownTN...
Training takes to the road (04/05/16)
New equipment and classes are being added at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy near Deason, officials say. The Mobile Training Tower, which is expected to arrive this summer, will be 3.5 stories and have multi-scenario capability including bailouts, hose line, confined space, and drafting...
Training takes to the road (04/05/16)
New equipment and classes are being added at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy near Deason, officials say. The Mobile Training Tower, which is expected to arrive this summer, will be 3.5 stories and have multi-scenario capability including bailouts, hose line, confined space, and drafting...
Lower Halls Mill Road wreck (04/05/16)
Everyone involved escaped serious injury in a two-vehicle crash early Sunday afternoon on Lower Halls Mill Road. Joe Ladd of Wheel was the driver of the truck and Shirley Smith of Shelbyville was driving the SUV, investigators said. (T-G Photo by Adria Sharp)
DUI suspect's threats cause more charges (04/05/16)
Threats against a deputy allegedly uttered by a DUI suspect led to further charges of assault on an officer and retaliation for past acts early Sunday. Jesus Ezequiel Sebastian, 26, of Rockwood Drive allegedly threatened to attack arresting officer Dillon Lipinski, who said he spoke "incomprehensible statements about other nations as well as against America itself," and "stood in a combative manner trying to intimidate me as he was about to fight" when asked to sign citations for traffic offenses. ...
Suspect charged with construction tool thefts (04/03/16)
An arrest was made Friday night in connection with two thefts of equipment from a Sims Road construction site in March. David Lee Wilson, 34, allegedly took thousands of dollars worth of tools from chicken barns under construction, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office...
Jail, Cascade can combine as neighbors (04/01/16)
An architectural firm has recommended that, to save money, the county build a new jail on the same property as a new Cascade High School, so that functions such as food preparation can be combined. The two buildings would be a hundred yards away or so, and a 20-foot-high wall would be erected between them, but each would be connected by enclosed walkway to a third building which would contain Bedford County's largest kitchen. ...
THP to hold academy for youth (04/01/16)
Back by popular demand, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will hold its Youth & Junior Trooper Academy for pre-teens and teens this summer. The THP summer program will offer two sessions beginning July 11-15 for middle school grades 6-8. The second session will be July 18-22 for high school grades 9-12. ...
Scam Watch: Computer 'repair' claims only lead to more damage (03/31/16)
At least one area resident has received a message stating "60 percent" of her computer was attacked and offering to repair it -- for a fee. "My computer got a virus. It attacked my bank account and all our personal data," the victim said in a Facebook post...
Workhouse approved; jail inmates transferred (03/31/16)
The Bedford County Workhouse on Lane Parkway has passed its yearly inspection by the Tennessee Corrections Institute, Sheriff Austin Swing said Tuesday. "Only inmates who are not considered an escape risk are taken to the workhouse," Swing said. Normally about 70 inmates are kept at the workhouse at any one time. A new ceiling is being installed, Swing said...
Inmate died of natural causes: TBI (03/30/16)
A Bedford County Jail inmate found dead in a holding cell Nov. 23, 2015 died of natural causes, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday. Henry Garrett was found unresponsive by a corrections officer, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. The jail was placed on lockdown until the TBI was called, which is common in deaths within jails...
IRS scam continues to plague many Midstate residents (03/30/16)
As Tax Day (April 18) approaches, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance's (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division is warning Middle Tennessee consumers to be on alert for swindlers who make unsolicited phone calls to consumers and claim to represent the IRS...
Car theft suspect caught after chase in Manchester (03/29/16)
A Nashville man who allegedly stole a car from a Shelbyville restaurant early Sunday night was arrested in Manchester a few hours later after driving into a ditch and attempting to run on foot. Frank Johnson, 34, was allegedly spotted driving the 1993 Honda Accord recklessly on Interstate 24 by a Coffee County deputy...
Assault victim gets away after long ordeal (03/29/16)
Three days of assaults on a Shelbyville woman ended when she was able to get away from her home and call 911 from her car early Sunday, police say. The first officer responding to the victim's call for help said he found Shentonie Devan Jones, 39, of Oakdale Street on the roof of Legacy Apartments, South Cannon Boulevard, Officer Mark McKinney removed Jones from the roof...
Missing teacher's husband guilty of attempted murder (03/27/16)
The ex-husband of a missing Shelbyville teacher, who has been considered a "person of interest" by authorities since her 2011 disppearence, has been convicted of attempting to kill his girlfriend in Florida. Tyler Mook, 35, now a resident of Palm City, Florida, threw his girlfriend over the front of a boat and held her underwater in Stuart, Florida, in October 2014, authorities and an arrest report said...
Prom-bound students get graphic safety reminders (03/27/16)
As Community High School's prom Friday night approached, two events emphasized the importance of safe driving. On Friday, March 18, law enforcement officers and members of the FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) club conducted a safety belt check on vehicles arriving at school for the day...
2 firefighters prepared for hazmat emergencies (03/25/16)
Two local firefighters -- one from the city fire department and one from the county fire department -- have received the state's highest certification for dealing with hazardous materials. Blane Crump of Shelbyville Fire Department and Adam McKamey of Bedford County Fire Department have been named State Certified Hazmat Specialists. A formal presentation was made Monday by Brent Morse of Tennessee Emergency Management Agency...
Car seen at break-in attempt spotted near truck burglary (03/25/16)
The occupants of a late model white Chevrolet Camaro with black stripes seen speeding from an attempted home burglary Feb. 27 on Pepper Hill Road may have brought their activity into the Shelbyville city limits. A resident of Sun Circle told police he saw a similar car several times Wednesday morning, a couple of hours before items were taken from a truck nearby...
County tax hike of 15% needed (03/24/16)
Bedford County Finance Director Robert Daniel told Bedford County Financial Management Committee on Tuesday night that his best guess is that it will take about a 15 percent increase in the county's property tax to pay for a new jail and a new Cascade High School...
Father accused of burning, hitting 6-month-old son (03/24/16)
A Wartrace man has been charged with causing serious injuries to his 6-month-old child. Matthew Phillip Murray, 27, of High Street allegedly inflicted burns severe enough that the child was sent to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where doctors discovered six fractured ribs and burn marks, Detective Sgt. Charles Merlo of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Registered sex offender attempts to take woman's car (03/24/16)
A registered sex offender allegedly attempted to take a woman's car from a Shelbyville convenience store Tuesday night after asking for a ride, Shelbyville police said. Her yells for help caused John Roy Polly, 43, to flee on foot from the Circle K convenience store on South Cannon Boulevard, Det. Lt. Brian Crews said...
Prisons hold academy for citizens (03/23/16)
The Tennessee Department of Correction is accepting applications for the spring 2016 Citizens' Correctional Academy. The academy is a four week/six session program designed to give Tennesseans an in-depth look at the state's largest law enforcement agency. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening during the month of May in Nashville...
Inescapable problems: Too few guards to watch too many people (03/22/16)
Lack of staffing is the main reason the broken window through which items were smuggled into Bedford County Jail wasn't discovered earlier, Sheriff Austin Swing said. "Our jail is just entirely overcrowded and understaffed. It just makes it difficult," Swing said Friday. "I'm not making excuses. It's our job to have the jail secured and to do everything to protect contraband from getting into the jail."...
Inmates sneak tattoo guns, pot, more into county jail (03/22/16)
Seven people have been charged in connection with contraband including drugs, homemade weapons and cell phones being smuggled into Bedford County Jail through a broken window since January. Investigation into the phones -- including a series of raids over the past two months -- revealed more dangerous items were being brought in, Shelbyville police said...
Smuggling suspects get into fistfight (03/22/16)
Two of the inmates allegedly involved with smuggling items into Bedford County Jail caused a brief ruckus last Thursday morning as they were being led into Bedford County Courthouse. Sedrick Darion Mitchell pushed Darius Deonte Lewis against a wall, causing him to hit a window and leaving two small cuts on his head, deputy Eric West said in his report...
THP plans checkpoints for March, April (03/22/16)
Tennessee Highway Patrol checkpoints for April have been announced. Driver's license checkpoints are set for 3 p.m. Friday, April 22 on Highway 64 East at the 15 mile marker; Safety belt checkpoints will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1 on State Highway 437 (the Shelbyville bypass) a half-mile north of State Highway 64; Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. ...
Rollover on 231 (03/22/16)
A two-vehicle accident occurred about 7:15 a.m. today southbound on U.S. 231 near Tennova Healthcare. Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Mickey Marvin said a Chrysler Sebring driven by Tiffany Richardson of Shelbyville rear-ended a GMC Denali driven by Aaron Melhorn of Murfreesboro, causing the Denali to roll over. Richardson was cited for following too close, Marvin said, and she was taken to Tennova for evaluation. Melhorn said he was okay. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Anger, jealousy lead to chase, invasion (03/22/16)
A man who allegedly threatened his girlfriend and stole her car was captured after smashing into two cars, a street sign and stop sign while being pursued by Shelbyville police late Sunday. Officers found Julius Dominque Guinn, 30, of Wartrace Pike hiding under a truck on Elm Street after a foot chase...
Man punches woman in front of officer (03/20/16)
A police officer says he was forced to tase a suspect to stop his attack on a woman outside a Shelbyville store Thursday afternoon. Marquail Demon Turner ran toward the woman as she talked to officer Brock Horner and began punching her in the mouth and face before being tased outside the Dollar General Store, 524 Madison St., a city police report said...
Scam Watch: IRS doesn't threaten to sue in calls (03/18/16)
Tax season is in full swing, and the last thing anyone needs is a "taxing" problem. Scammers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service continue attempting to trick older Bedford County residents. "We have been trying to reach you," a caller told a Bedford County woman last week...
Woman, daughter injured in accident (03/18/16)
A Wartrace woman and her daughter were seriously injured in a traffic accident Thursday morning on U.S. 231 in Rutherford County near Christiana. Rhonda Jones, 40, and her daughter Lulu, 4, are hospitalized, investigators said. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Rhonda Jones was northbound when she lost control of her van, overcorrected, and ran off the right side of the roadway. The van overturned in a ditch and struck a tree, the THP said...
Board-wielding intruder strikes man (03/18/16)
A trespasser on U.S. 231 North property struck a caretaker checking on an unfamiliar light Wednesday night, authorities said. The man was exchanging vehicles when he saw a light in the distance that was different from those of the Shelbyville Municipal Airport runway, which borders the rear of the property, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Office report...
Jail repair process underway (03/17/16)
Bedford County Jail is in the process of making the repairs approved last week by Bedford County Board of Commissioners, according to discussion at Tuesday night's commission committee meetings. A representative of Shelby County's jail system visited Shelbyville late last week to assist with looking at the jail's situation...
Suspect runs away from courthouse (03/17/16)
Officers scrambled to search a wide area east of downtown Shelbyville man who literally ran out of his boots while fleeing Bedford County Courthouse on Wednesday morning. The suspect -- Nathan Todd Melton, 32, of West End Circle -- ended up at almost the last place anyone would expect: the rear parking lot of Shelbyville City Hall, within sight of the police department and Bedford County Jail...
Taser shocks don't stop golf cart theft suspect (03/17/16)
More information has been released on the attempt by Anthony McLean to escape officers on a stolen golf cart Tuesday morning. McLean, 34, of Eady Road forcibly took the cart from Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville after becoming "unruly" in the emergency room, officer Mitchell Warren said in his report...
Home gone, family safe (03/16/16)
As Tom Dalton watched the Deery Street home he and his family have lived in for two years burn, he was much calmer than one might expect. Then again, he had the right to be. His family was safe -- including his 91-year-old mother, Ruby Dalton, the only one home when the late afternoon blaze broke out Tuesday...
Deputy hit by fleeing man driving stolen golf cart (03/16/16)
A Bedford County deputy suffered minor injuries when he was struck by a stolen golf cart driven from Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville by a man who ran from the emergency room while being treated for mental issues, authorities said. Deputy Garcia Jordan was "run over" by the cart operated by Anthony McClain of Shelbyville, Police Chief Jan Phillips said. Jordan suffered road rash to his left arm and continued on duty after being bandaged, according to Sheriff Austin Swing...
Shelbyville woman charged in human trafficking case (03/16/16)
A Shelbyville woman has been arrested in connection with a human trafficking case in Montgomery County. Amy Ferrell, 24, was indicted by the Montgomery County grand jury March 7 on one count of trafficking for commercial sex acts, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday. Ferrell, who is already in jail on unrelated charges, was notified of the charge Tuesday...
Daytime home burglars back at work in same area (03/16/16)
The spree of daytime home burglaries northwest of Shelbyville has begun again. More than $5,000 worth of guns were stolen from an Old Nashville Dirt Road home Monday morning. The home's owner told the Bedford County Sheriff's Office his family had all left by 7:20 a.m. He returned at 12:30 p.m. to find the back door kicked in...
When seconds count: Smart911 can save lives (03/15/16)
Smart911, the system that allows local residents to voluntarily enter information that would be available to dispatchers during a 9-1-1 call, is being honored by the State of Tennessee this Wednesday with the first-ever "Smart911 Awareness Day." Bedford County is one of only a handful of Tennessee communities using the system, along with Nashville, Brentwood, Maury and Wayne counties...
Shoplifting suspect admits carrying meth (03/15/16)
A woman being arrested Friday for shoplifting at Walmart admitted to Shelbyville police she had meth in her purse. Lezli Renae Touchstone, 43, of Nashville had a small bag of meth, burnt spoon and a syringe, officer Mark McKinney discovered. Touchstone and Alice Rachel Cobb, 35, of Glosson Circle were both initially arrested for shoplifting after a loss prevention officer said they tried to hide a large amount of clothing in shopping bags and leave without paying...
Murder suspect's charges retained (03/13/16)
Almost a year to the day after a Winchester man shot and killed his estranged wife in the head at a Fairfield home where she had spent the night with a male friend, his case was bound over to the Bedford County grand jury following a preliminary hearing Friday...
Suspect climbs on roof, but can't escape officers (03/13/16)
A man allegedly carrying drugs in his clothing ran onto the roof of a Woodbury Street home at one point in an attempt to escape capture Thursday night. Paul Abraham Boykin, 26, of Midland Road was captured by Shelbyville officer Jerry Draine -- who had made the initial traffic stop -- when emerging from a nearby wooded area...
Suspect admits burning friend's residence, barn (03/11/16)
A Flat Creek woman has been accused of torching the Flat Creek property where she lived with her boyfriend. Katherine Danell Hoppes, 55, is charged with two counts of arson, Det. Lt. Jason Kennedy of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said this morning...
Intoxicated man drives into pond (03/11/16)
An intoxicated driver allegedly resisted arrest after driving his truck into a pond late Wednesday night. Ronald James Archibald Jr., 35, of Petersburg ran through a fence and into the pond on U.S. 231 South just to the south of the New Center Church Road intersection about 10:45 p.m., the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Evacuation worth a few cheers (03/10/16)
Community Elementary and Middle Schools tested their abilities Wednesday to safely evacuate approximately 1,000 students to Community High School, their primary evacuation location. And, just like the Community High Viqueens' 65-48 state tournament win over Perry County later in the day, the evacuation drill went smoothly...
Phone, coins taken from home (03/10/16)
A cell phone and silver coins were stolen from a Couch Lane residence Tuesday, Shelbyville police were told. The resident said she returned about 7:30 p.m. to find a door open. l Clothing and prescription drugs were taken from an apartment on South Cannon Boulevard between Dec. 9 and Tuesday, police said...
$30K going to jail to help prevent closure (03/09/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to authorize spending up to $30,000 on renovations to the current jail and passed a resolution pledging to move forward with construction of a new jail in the new fiscal year. Both moves are designed to forestall disaster in early July when Tennessee Corrections Institute's Board of Control meets to consider the county's most recent jail inspection...
Home was vandalized shortly before blaze (03/09/16)
The large older home on Highway 130 East that burned late Monday night had been vandalized a short time earlier, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Seven windows were broken from the inside out in several rooms and a glass tabletop and a television screen were broken in two rooms that had been padlocked, the BCSO was told Monday. Damage was estimated at $5,000, the report said...
Lawsuits on agenda of city meeting (03/08/16)
The closed Shelbyville City Council meeting this evening will include discussion of two lawsuits, an official said. The council will hold an executive meeting in the conference room at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. City Attorney Ginger Shofner said Monday that the meeting will include discussion of a wrongful death lawsuit and a lawsuit over an automobile accident involving a public works department truck...
Blaze destroys home (03/08/16)
An unoccupied home at 1419 Highway 130 East, just south of the Belmont Avenue bridge, burned shortly after 10 p.m. Monday. The cause has not yet been determined, fire officials said. The home, owned by Suza nne Davis-Cunningham and John Stone Jr., was to have been auctioned March 19. State real estate records show the home was built in 1942...
Wreck causes grass fire (03/08/16)
Tony Colvett of Columbia suffered minor injuries when he ran off State Highway 64 west of Wheel and snapped a utility pole Monday afternoon, setting a grass fire that was quickly extinguished by Bedford County firefighters. Colvett told State Trooper Jackie Smith he lost control when he swerved to miss a vehicle in front of him that suddenly slowed. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Drugs found in vehicle stopped because light out (03/08/16)
A deputy who stopped a car because its license plate light was out arrested the driver on drug charges late Saturday night. Taylor Rae Price, 24, of Columbia was charged with possession of schedule II, IV and VI drugs by deputy Ramone Castillo. who stopped her on Snell Road shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday...
Jail inmate throws water-powered fit (03/06/16)
An angry Bedford County Jail inmate bit, hit and threw hot water on deputies and jail personnel before being subdued early Friday, authorities say. Jail personnel had already pepper-sprayed Cecil Holland before officers arrived after he allegedly refused orders to leave his cell. Holland has been charged with assault on an officer...
Woman who seduced teen sentenced to 4 years (03/06/16)
A woman charged with seducing a mentally-challenged teenager was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday. Angela Christine French, 26, of Baker Street had been found guilty of three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. She will have to serve at least 30 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole, according to the sentence handed down by Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell...
Jail repairs ordered (03/04/16)
For the past four years, Tennessee Corrections Institute has been telling Bedford County that it would not decertify the overcrowded and run-down county jail so long as the county was making good faith progress towards resolving its issues, presumably by building a new jail...
Driver in fatal crash sentenced (03/04/16)
A Soddy-Daisy man convicted in the deaths of two men in a February 2014 crash near Bell Buckle has been sentenced to 48 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard. Wesley D. Luthringer, 30, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide in a December jury trial. He will be eligible for parole after serving approximately 30 percent of his sentence...
Bad week worsens for intoxicated, armed driver (03/04/16)
Things got worse for an allegedly-intoxicated driver, who told officers he was "having a really bad week," when a loaded gun and marijuana found in his vehicle Wednesday afternoon. Other drivers reported Mikel James Burkey, 58, of Eagleville was "all over the road" on U.S. 41A North and almost struck another vehicle head-on. Maj. Nikia Elliott of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office stopped him and attempted to perform field sobriety tests, some of which Burkey was unable to perform...
Fighting words that hurt (03/03/16)
The young woman walked nervously through the doors leading into the Haven of Hope outreach office. Her eyes were downcast as she began talking with the advocate about her life. Her husband had never hit her, yet she was desperate to escape this controlling and emotionally abusive man. Would they believe her, since he'd never physically assaulted her? Would they think she was overreacting? Would they be able to help her?...
Home burglary suspects escape when caught in act (03/01/16)
Two men attempting to burglarize a Pepper Hill Road home early Saturday afternoon narrowly escaped when the resident unexpectedly arrived. The resident fired a shot into the ground, seconds after looking through a back door and noticing guns and guitars on the floor of his home, and told the driver of an unfamiliar vehicle in the driveway, "You'd better get out of here," the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Home burglary wave suspects sighted (02/28/16)
Investigators are seeking two men who burglarized a home on Pepper Hill Road early Saturday afternoon. Residents arrived home shortly after 1 p.m. and surprised the men, one of whom pulled a gun while fleeing, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office was told...
Scam Watch: Scam try stopped just in time (02/26/16)
Scammers conned an elderly Bedford County woman into giving them her Social Security, driver's license and bank account numbers recently, then obtained a credit card in her name and attempted to transfer $5,000 from her savings into her checking account...
Youth sports volunteer faces sex charges (02/25/16)
A longtime substitute teacher and volunteer with Shelbyville Central High athletic programs for more than 20 years has been charged with sexual crimes involving children. William Gregory "Greg" Maupin, 44, of Sun Circle was charged Wednesday with two counts each of attempted rape of a child and solicitation of a minor, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Saved -- by a car horn (02/25/16)
The car horn kept blowing, incessantly. "I was asleep and I kept hearing a car horn blow," Michaele Schrock said. "I thought the horn was on TV and went back to sleep." Outside Schrock's burning Smith Chapel Road home Tuesday of last week, Martha Waldrep kept blowing her car's horn...
Three suspects take meth to river late at night (02/25/16)
Three people face meth charges after being found by a deputy at the Duck River access point near Halls Mill bridge at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday Deputy Dustin Ray noticed immediately that two of the three appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, he said in his report,...
Deputy sees drugs, smells pot during traffic stop (02/23/16)
Two people who allegedly had drugs scattered around the interior of their car face drug charges following a traffic stop Friday night on U.S. 231 North near the Rutherford County line. Bedford County deputy Ramone Castillo said he smelled marijuana and saw a partially-smoked marijuana joint on the console and a rock of crack cocaine in the floorboard of a car driven by William Anthony Owens, 20, of Goodlettsville. Owens and passenger Megan Renae Dehmlow, 20, of Springfield were charged...
Escapee back after 7 months (02/21/16)
A Shelbyville man who ran from Bedford County Courthouse last July is back in Bedford County after six months of freedom in Alabama. Tristan David McMahon was brought back to Shelbyville this week after being arrested Jan. 28 in Athens, Alabama, Bedford County Chief Deputy Jason Williams said...
Rape victim couldn't escape attacker (02/21/16)
A woman was raped by a man she invited into her home off West Lane Street in western Shelbyville Thursday night, police said. The woman said she, the suspect and another man and woman had been drinking for several hours when the others left. She told the suspect -- whose name she didn't know -- to leave, opening the front door, according to police...
Shots fired lead to shooter's arrest (02/19/16)
Gunshots allegedly fired inside the Shelbyville city limits led to a reckless endangerment charge being filed against a Reese Street resident Wednesday night. Police said Jon Craig Adams, 44, told them he had shot one or two rounds toward Fay Creek Road, Mullins Chapel Road and 437 Bypass with his AR-15 rifle from his back yard and thought he was outside the city. Officers found 56 spent .223 rounds behind the home and four matching unspent rounds in his front pocket...
Officials expect bad report from state jail inspection (02/18/16)
Bedford County Jail was inspected last week, according to jail administrator Tim Lokey's report Tuesday night to Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement and workhouse committee. "We have not received a report back yet, but it doesn't look good," said Lokey...
Tools stolen from storage building (02/18/16)
More than $3,500 worth of tools were stolen from White Associates, L. Fisher Road, Shelbyville police said. The tools were taken from a locked area within a storage building between Jan. 20 and Feb, 3, according to a report filed Tuesday. An intoxicated woman struck a pole at Kroger, North Main Street, and staggered around inside the store before her arrest Tuesday, police said...
Suspect denies taking metal found in his van (02/17/16)
A suspect accused of stealing metal from an outdoor furnace firm denied taking anything, Shelbyville police said. Officers found Cory Scott Melton, 27, of West End Circle placing metal pipes in his van at a residence next to Tennessee Outdoor Furnace, North Hillcrest Drive, early Sunday night...
Equipment donations help two fire departments (02/14/16)
MURFREESBORO -- Two Bedford County fire departments have received just more than $52,000 in donations from a charitable foundation. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated the equipment to the Bell Buckle and WBTS volunteer fire stations. The foundation is the charitable arm of Firehouse Subs restaurants...
Detective fights online child abuse (02/14/16)
A Bedford County detective is receiving advanced training in fighting cybercrime against children. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office has been accepted as an affiliate member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Detective Tiffany Host, who works child abuse cases, will be the local contact working with the agency,...
Knife threat lands suspect in jail (02/14/16)
A man who allegedly held a knife to a friend's throat and threatened to kill her Thursday night has been charged with aggravated domestic violence. Derek Skyler Sanders, 22, of Peacock Lane was described by others in the home as "extremely unstable...and very intoxicated," officer David Dye's report said...
Crash leaves man dead (02/12/16)
A Lincoln County man died Thursday afternoon when his small car ran off U.S. 231 South and struck a guard rail and utility pole. "A witness said he wasn't speeding, was doing about 55, just drifted off the right side of the road," State Trooper Barry Qualls said of James Christian Rico, 25, of Fayetteville. "He hit his brakes just before impact."...
Three face meth charges as ingredients found in car (02/12/16)
Three people who bought pseudophedrine -- an ingredient used in making meth -- were charged with promoting meth manufacture after additional ingredients were found in their car Wednesday night, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. The car's driver, Matthew Thomas Vincent, 39, of Church Street was stopped on Mullins Chapel Road by deputy Dillon Lipinski after he and DTF agent Shane Daugherty allegedly saw its tires touch and cross the median line. ...
Cold, snow take man's life (02/11/16)
A man found dead on a Midland Road farm Tuesday is thought to have died from exposure to snow and cold following a fall, investigators say. Robert Westbrook, 56, was found by a farm worker in front of a barn at 4:54 p.m., the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Investigators are uncertain how long he had been there...
Shoplifted purse found, suspect disappears (02/11/16)
A purse was shoplifted and recovered Tuesday from Shoe Show, North Main Street, but who took it is a big question mark. A caller to 911 reported the purse was taken by a man wearing a black toboggan and military-style jacket. ...
Phone smashed while victim on line with 911 (02/10/16)
A man who allegedly struck his girlfriend because his infant son was crying, then smashed his mother's cell phone as she talked to a 911 operator was charged wth two counts of domestic assault early Monday. James McKinley Jett, 44, of Adams Drive told arriving officers he had no idea why they were there, the report said...
'Drug hub' crackdown: Two suspects arrested (02/09/16)
More than $70,000 in suspected drug sales proceeds and $30-$40,000 worth of drugs were confiscated Friday night from an Elizabeth Street home termed a "major hub" for narcotics traffic in Shelbyville. Antoni Danta Hix, 30, a resident of the home, and Terrance Tyrell Hollis, 31, of Eagle Boulevard, were arrested, officials said...
Marijuana found as police search DUI suspect (02/09/16)
A bag containing four grams of marijuana was found in the clothing of a man who told police he'd consumed "four beers" when stopped for DUI late Saturday night. Roman Coronel Parra, 31, of King Arthur Court, who police said had no driver's license or proof of vehicle insurance but did possess a fake ID, was pulled over on Belmont Avenue after a report of a reckless driver in a van that matched his vehicle...
Sullivan steps in as acting fire chief (02/07/16)
Longtime Shelbyville firefighter Dwayne Sullivan has been appointed acting fire chief while chief Ricky McConnell is out on medical leave. Sullivan will step in Monday for what's expected to be eight to 10 weeks, city manager Jay Johnson said. A firefighter since January 1981, Sullivan has held the position of commander since July 2011. ...
Unsuccessful try made to enter home (02/07/16)
An attempt was made to enter a home on Drake Drive early Thursday afternoon, Shelbyville police were told. A resident told police a burglary alarm sounded at 1:04 p.m. He arrived home to find a door open, police said. Another resident, who was asleep inside, told police she saw no one but has noticed a white, four-door pickup frequently driving slowly down the street in the past few days,...
Store clerks cited for underage beer sales (02/05/16)
Two convenience store clerks were cited for selling beer to an underage buyer during a sting conducted by Shelbyville police Wednesday. "We attempted underage buys at six convenience stores," Detective Cody Swift said. "Four were in compliance. Two were not -- the Citgo on Madison Street and Hopps Express No. 2 at Elm Street and Colloredo Boulevard."...
Shoplifting suspect leaves with jewelry (02/05/16)
A suspect was charged with shoplifting Wednesday at Walmart. Gilbert Ellworth Dayton, 58, of Myers Street allegedly concealed property described as "plastic jewelry" and walked out without paying, police said. The following were charged since Wednesday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, 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...
Drug suspect can't get away (02/04/16)
A suspect who led officers on a long vehicle pursuit into western Bedford County before running into a wooded area Tuesday night got away -- but not for long. Officers of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, based on a tip, arrested David Moore as he drove on Highway 64 West early Wednesday morning...
Sizzurp sales alleged by DTF, Metro (02/04/16)
An Antioch man has been charged with distributing bottles of sizzurp -- a modified cough syrup -- in Bedford County. Chance Lyndell Norman, 27, of Antioch was charged with possession and sale of schedule II and III drugs Tuesday by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and Metro Nashville police...
Billfold stolen from vehicle at store (02/04/16)
A billfold containing $10 was stolen Tuesday from a car at Serv-N-Go Market, Madison Street, police were told. The following were arrested since Tuesday 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...
231 North crash (02/04/16)
The driver of the car at right was seriously injured following a crash on U.S. 231 North at Squire Hall Road shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday. As of Thursday morning the Tennessee Highway Patrol had not released names of those involved. Bedford County emergency crews cut the door to remove the victim, who was airlifted from the scene to a Nashville hospital. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Scam Watch: 'Slick-talking' scammer cheats woman of more than $750 (02/03/16)
A "slick-talking" persistent scammer harassed a Shelbyville woman into paying more than $750 to settle a "bad check" she didn't write. The woman told police she was fortunate -- her credit union suspected fraud and stopped the payment. A caller, claiming to be "attorney Stacy London," told the woman last week a check for $764.86 spent at a Murfreesboro business had bounced -- and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office would arrest her on bad check charges if she didn't pay up...
Computer, baseball bat taken from home (02/03/16)
A laptop computer, cell phone and baseball bat were taken from the living room of an Industrial Parkway home shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, Shelbyville police were told. The victim said he was awakened by noise, noticed the items were missing and saw a blue or black minivan leaving the area...
Scary order: 'Give... or die' (02/02/16)
"Give me the phones, money and drugs. Do you want to die? Give it to me," an armed man who broke into a Bell Buckle home early Saturday told a woman and her mother. The suspect and another man forced their way into a Hannah Street home and took two cell phones about 3:30 a.m., the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Pickle Road home burns to ground (02/02/16)
Fire destroyed a home on Pickle Road at mid-evening Saturday. The residence owned by Jerry Nichols broke into flames shortly after 8 p.m., the Bedford County Fire Department said. No one was at home at the time. Seven fire trucks with firefighters from BCSD's main Shelbyville station, Flat Creek, Wheel and Unionville responded. Their efforts were hampered by a lack of fire hydrants in the area, with trucks forced to drive to Liberty School for water...
Drug charges result from phone sale gone bad (02/02/16)
An attempt to buy a cell phone advertised on Craigslist led to three people being arrested on drug charges Sunday night. Officers smelled, and found, marijuana in an apartment on Anthony Lane while attempting to find a man who allegedly took money but failed to deliver the phone...
Loaded gun found on man in wreck (01/31/16)
A loaded gun was found in the clothing of a man whose friend allegedly began ramming the car in front of her at a fast-food drive-through before driving into a ditch Thursday night on North Main Street. Tiana Nicole Butts, 35, and Victor Wayne Beckett, 43, both of Webb Road West in Bell Buckle, allegedly attempted to flee on foot from Tractor Supply Co. when police arrived about 8:20 p.m...
Sunday Conversation: Williams thrives on serving others (01/31/16)
Chief Deputy Jason Williams of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office is the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation. A Bedford County native and graduate of Cascade High School, Williams recently graduated from the prestigious FBI Academy....
Witness follows shoplifter, calls police (01/28/16)
A witness followed an alleged shoplifter from Walmart to Bedford Manor Apartments, Barksdale Lane, where Shelbyville police arrested her Tuesday afternoon. Esther Miriam Arroyo, 30, is accused of stealing an AC adapter, portable charger, printer ink, a mini display port and one DVD, police said...
We'll build Cascade: Commission (01/27/16)
Bedford County Board of Education and school system officials presented renderings of the proposed Cascade High School to Bedford County Financial Management Committee and other interested county commissioners during a study session Tuesday night. Commissioners reassured the school board that they fully understand the need for the school and intend to build it, one way or another, regardless of the outcome of the March referendum on a county wheel tax...
Suspect fights officers during arrest (01/27/16)
A suspect being investigated in an alleged domestic assault case fought Shelbyville officers after being told he was under arrest, police said Tuesday. Ricky Jay Bolin, 33, of Enon Church Road was "restrained by placing him against a wall until he was placed into handcuffs," a report filed by officer Chris Vest said...
THP lists February checkpoints (01/26/16)
Checkpoints for February have been announced by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. l Wednesday, Feb. 3, Highway 437 (the Shelbyville bypass) at the 5.8-mile marker, 7 p.m., safety belt l Thursday, Feb. 4, Highway 82 South at the 6.5-mile marker, 7 p.m., safety belt...
Cutting 'donuts' gets intoxicated driver arrested (01/26/16)
A driver who told police he's never had a license was arrested after allegedly "cutting donuts" in the parking lot of a Shelbyville church while intoxicated Friday night. Jonathan Robert Arsenault, 24, of Enden Avenue did not have permission to drive the car, police said...
Tire store employee accused of taking money (01/24/16)
An employee of Blackwell's Tires, Madison Street, has been accused of taking money from a cash register. Surveillance video shows James Clifton Adcock, 36, of Columbia taking five $50 bills, police were told. The theft was discovered after the register came up $100 short at the end of the day, according to the report...
No seat belt? Dum-dum! (01/22/16)
Dum-Dums and Smarties are among the tools being employed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and local law enforcement as part of a grant to increase seat belt usage in Bedford County. Law enforcement and local government officials met Thursday for a three-month update on the year-long grant-funded program. ...
Burglary suspects captured in act (01/22/16)
Deputies caught two men they say were in the process of burglarizing a home on U.S. 231 North Wednesday afternoon. The suspects -- Mark Stephen Brown, 59, and Oscar Nathaniel Prickett, 43, of separate West Lane Street addresses -- told deputy Clyde Boyce and Sgt. Benjamin Burris they had been given permission to "take whatever they wanted" from the property by a man who is not the owner...
T-G clarifies photo policy re: accident victims (01/21/16)
Once again: There is NOT a victim visible in the Times-Gazette photo of a truck involved in a fatal crash Monday on U.S. 231 North. The Times-Gazette has a firm policy that we will never publish, or post online, photographs showing victims of an accident or crime...
Four charged in park vandalism (01/21/16)
Four people have been charged with the Jan. 2 vandalism of Bell Buckle Park, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Sawyer Nash George Curevich, 18, of Puncheon Camp Road, Dylan Randal Farrar, 18, of Wildcreek Road, and Kanya Taelor Renner and Jessie Hugh Rigdon, 19, of separate Country Estates Road addresses, were charged with vandalism under $500, Detective Sgt. Scott Jones said...
A little relief may be ahead for county jail (01/20/16)
The opening of a new Corrections Corporation of America-operated state prison in Trousdale County will result in most or all of the state felons being taken out of Bedford County Jail, at least for the time being -- but even without the state felons, the jail is still overcrowded...
Man forces way into home, attacks occupants (01/20/16)
Three people were allegedly assaulted by a man who broke into an Anthony Lane home Sunday morning. Justin Thomas Grisham, 18, of Deery Street attempted to fight off officers when arrested a few moments later as he walked along East Depot Street, police said...
Rainy training day (01/19/16)
Support crew trainees attach a cargo load to a helicopter, which then takes off in the rain on Friday. The Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy conducted the class to train 20 firefighters to work as helicopter crew, said instructor Scotty Myers (not pictured). The Wildland Fire Academy finished its annual training program for nearly 600 students from across the country Saturday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Victim identified in U.S. 231 crash (01/19/16)
A Flat Creek man died this morning when his pickup truck ran under the trailer portion of a tractor-trailer on U.S. 231 near the Shelbyville airport Monday morning. Phillip C. Matthews, 40, of Old Flat Creek Road died at the scene, said a report filed by State Trooper Christopher Judd...
Relax: Just a drill: Guard chemical unit trains at show grounds (01/15/16)
A military training exercise at the Celebration grounds near Calsonic Arena attracted attention from passers-by Thursday. Large trucks were surrounded by Tennessee National Guard soldiers in military fatigues and a series of tents. It was a chemical detection unit facing a scenario of a hazardous substance being found at a large stadium -- in this case, Calsonic Arena and the nearby Celebration stadium...
Wallet taken from coat at store (01/15/16)
A wallet was stolen from an employee of Rite Aid, Madison Street, Tuesday afternoon. The suspect, described only as a "white female," stole the wallet from a coat hanging near the front of the store, Shelbyville police were told. The victim said she didn't notice the wallet missing until later in the day, but after seeing the theft on security video remembered the suspect and that she had been "acting very suspicious."...
Fake IRS calls keep coming (01/14/16)
The scam attempts keep coming. For one Shelbyville-area woman, over and over and over... "He's called me five times today," she said of the man claiming he was going to forcefully collect money she doesn't owe the Internal Revenue Service. "They know everything about me," she noted. "He said he was going to take me before the magistrate. I told him he was a scam and he keeps calling."...
Stab wounds result from argument (01/14/16)
Multiple stab wounds during an argument landed a Shelbyville man in jail on assault charges Tuesday. Lawson Howard Jr., 53, of Fairgrounds Heights allegedly stabbed another man's left hand and inflicted cuts on his face and chest during an argument, Shelbyville police...
'Good person' accused of stealing from cash register (01/13/16)
An employee of Landers Tires has been charged with stealing money from the cash register. Brandon Wayne Hudson, 21, of Maple Street was shown on security video entering the register at various times, Shelbyville police said. One of the owners told police he had noticed the register was short at various times, but hadn't suspected Hudson of taking money until being tipped off by another employee...
What we need: Growth plans ... but also a jail, school and roads (01/12/16)
Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), in its annual report on infrastructure needs, has estimated Bedford County to need 149 improvement projects totalling $219 million. The TACIR report shows Bedford County's top five infrastructure needs in the following categories...
Child left in car for 45 minutes while mother shops (01/12/16)
The cries of a 14-month-old boy left alone in his mother's vehicle for 45 minutes led to her arrest on a charge of child endangerment Saturday. "That's my baby!" Amanda Jane Flum, 40, of Wesley Street yelled when a customer entered Cato's, North Main Street, and told employees a child left in a car in the parking lot was crying and screaming, according to a report filed by officer Jon Cooke of the Shelbyville Police Department. Flum immediately went to get the baby, police said...
Rocking chairs stolen from front porch (01/10/16)
Thefts have been reported at two locations in Bedford County. *Two rocking chairs were stolen from the front porch of a Perfection Drive home between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon, Shelbyville police said, *A wallet containing a substantial amount of money was taken from a Flat Creek School Road residence between Tuesday and Thursday, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. No signs of forced entry were found...
Bucket list for firefighters: Stop wildland blazes (01/10/16)
The Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy is hosting a national wildland fire training program with more than 600 students. This is the 14th year for the Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy, said Ryne Conley with the Kentucky Division of Forestry...
City-ECD pact far from ready, officials claim (01/08/16)
A new four-year interlocal agreement between Bedford County Emergency Communications District and the city of Shelbyville for Enhanced 911 service has been submitted to Shelbyville City Manager Jay Johnson for city council approval. However, Johnson said at a council study session Tuesday night, the agreement is far from ready for final discussion -- citing issues with the percentage of funding sought from Shelbyville residents vs, other areas of the county, and dissatisfaction with the quality of emergency dispatching from Bedford County Communications Center.. ...
Pig seller scammed by money hog (01/08/16)
A woman attempting to sell a pig on Craigslist ended up losing $2,150, Shelbyville police said. The victim said a man identifying himself as Richard Smith of Elk Ridge, Maryland sent a check for $2,150 instead of the sale price of $500. "Smith" told her to cash the check and wire him $1,650. The victim suspected a scam and sent the entire $2,150 back to locations in New York and Texas,...
Man accused of attacking, holding captive woman (01/07/16)
A Shelbyville man was charged with assaulting a woman at his home and holding her against her will. Manuel Jonael Quinonez, 26, of Cedar Grove Road is being held on $500,000 bond on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated domestic assault and false imprisonment, the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Tearing it down (01/06/16)
Crews were tearing down the old Daniel's Auto Repair building on Depot Street, separating scrap metal for recycling as they worked Monday afternoon. The building burned Dec. 20. From left are Darren Clement, David Reed and John Hays. Jimmy Anderton, not pictured, was operating the bulldozer. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
County's chief deputy attends FBI academy (01/05/16)
Bedford County Chief Deputy Jason Williams lived one of his dreams -- and now he's using, and passing along, the knowledge gained at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. "It was the best experience in my law enforcement career as far as learning and networking," Williams said while glancing at plaques and awards earned during his time at the academy...
Out of jail, back on the hunt for money (01/05/16)
A woman who forced her way into five residences Nov. 17 in what police called "desperate attempts" to obtain money for drugs -- and who had been held on $900,000 bond at one point -- is charged with taking money from a Shelbyville man's home Monday...
SUV, full of felons and cocaine, stopped (01/05/16)
Four convicted felons from Nashville, two armed with loaded guns, were charged with possession of cocaine after a traffic stop by a Bedford County deputy early Sunday. Searches at Bedford County Jail following the arrests revealed 46.7 grams of cocaine, deputy Chris Morton said in his report...
Vandalism strikes Bell Buckle Park (01/05/16)
Bell Buckle Park was hit hard by vandalism over the New Year's weekend. Musical notes, which vice-mayor Jenny Hunt described as "very accurate," were spray-painted all over, especially at the amphitheater, as well as a large amount of "very offensive graffiti," Hunt said...
Assault suspect claims officers were on 'Punk'd' (01/05/16)
A man tased while fighting arresting officers early Saturday allegedly claimed he was Ashton Kutcher and they were on the "Punk'd" television show, Shelbyville police said. Ricky William Rutledge, 31, Collier Avenue, grabbed a television stand and yelled, "Look, you're on TV!" as he began flipping it over in front of officers Mark McKinney and Clint Adams, according to McKinney's report...
Hospital to jail for meth blast suspect (12/31/15)
The woman burned in a meth lab explosion early Tuesday has been arrested following her release from a hospital. Amy Williams was found at a Shelbyville apartment complex Wednesday afternoon by agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. Williams, of Shelbyville, was charged with initiation of a process to manufacture meth and reckless endangerment, DTF Assistant Director Tim Miller said...
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (12/31/15)
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 9, and organizers are urging the public to show support. Organizers suggest several ways citizens can honor officers: l Fly blue ribbons on vehicle radio antennas or mailboxes l Shine blue outdoor lights from homes...
Store security officer injured by fleeing suspect (12/31/15)
A shoplifting suspect injured a Walmart security officer as he and another man fled while attempting to take almost $200 worth of merchandise late Tuesday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. Nether has been found. The suspect pushed the store's asset protection officer down, leaving her with a knee injury, as he and his companion fled into nearby woods without the stolen items...
Meth lab blast burns woman (12/30/15)
A woman was seriously burned when a meth lab exploded at a Shelbyville motel early Tuesday, police said. Amy Williams of Shelbyville was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center's burn unit after a small explosion at Bedford Motel, Madison Street, Shelbyville police said...
Suspect accused of striking ex-wife's car (12/30/15)
Charges of aggravated assault were filed against a man accused of ramming his ex-wife's car twice Monday night at two locations in Shelbyville. William Thomas Davis III, 28, of West End Circle allegedly hit the car on Lipscomb Street and in the Big Spring Shopping Center parking lot shortly after 8 p.m. as she and a friend tried to escape, she told police...
Three charged in Normandy burglary (12/29/15)
Three Moore County men have been charged with stealing several guns from a Normandy home in August. Andrew Day, 20, Matthew Day, 21, and Michael Holmes, 23, were arrested Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office aid. The guns were stolen Aug, 5 from a home on Maple Street in Normandy. The men allegedly threw a rock through a window and removed a screen to gain entry...
TOP STORIES 2015: Embezzlement, death on the list (12/29/15)
Crime takes the seventh and sixth places in our countdown of the 10 biggest news stories of 2015 as voted on by a panel of Times-Gazette staff members. (29 points) Angela Kibble, the mother of murder suspect Michael Domonic Sales, was found dead Sept. 14 in her apartment on Belmont Avenue...
Gunshots don't stop wheel/tire thief (12/29/15)
A man who stole three tires and rims from a vehicle at a Longview Road repair shop last Wednesday morning narrowly got away after being caught trying to steal the remaining tire and rim. The shop owner fired two shots -- which missed -- at the tires of a truck occupied by the suspect and another man as they sped away, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Storms ravage South (12/24/15)
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) -- In northern Mississippi, residents were beginning to take stock after fierce storms that killed at least six across the country whipped through the area. The deadly spring-like storms killed three in Mississippi, two others in Tennessee and one in Arkansas before the worst passed Wednesday night...
False IRS calls keep pouring in (12/24/15)
Calls from people falsely claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service continue to irritate Bedford County residents, many of them elderly. One woman said her father, in his mid-80s, told the caller he was going to call the (real) IRS himself. The caller hung up...
Clarification (12/23/15)
The driver killed in a Dec. 15 crash on State Highway 64 East near Beech Grove was wearing his seat belt, the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed Tuesday. Joshua D. Collings, 20, of Tracy City was killed in a collision with a car driven by Bryan A. Martin, 27, of Shelbyville, according to the THP...
Fake IRS attempts continue (12/22/15)
A new twist on the fake Internal Revenue Service calls received by many older Bedford County residents was reported Monday. "They told me two numbers and mine were 359 and 842," the recipient told the T-G. "They didn't ask me to send money. They did say they were from the IRS and were calling from Spokane, Washington."...
DUI suspect charged in restaurant incident (12/22/15)
The woman charged with her 17th DUI two weeks ago was arrested for public intoxication Friday at a Shelbyville restaurant. Police were told Dorothy Kaye Hansen, 59, of Unionville-Deason Road put two drinks into her bag, then smashed them on the floor when asked about her actions...
Burglar attempts to take TV at Union St. home (12/22/15)
A Union Street resident was shocked to find a strange car in her driveway and an attempt made to steal a television and VCR from her home. She arrived home about 5 p.m. Sunday to find a black 1970s model Chevrolet Monte Carlo with tinted windows and a man sitting inside in her driveway. Shelbyville police said...
Flames destroy Depot Street building, leave man homeless (12/22/15)
"My life is gone. Everything." Michael Beasley could only moan in despair Sunday afternoon when he wasn't motioning onlookers away from the burning Depot Street building where he had been living. "I lived in the building. Everything I've got is gone," Beasley said...
Jail escapee tried to burn stolen truck (12/20/15)
The man accused of escaping Bedford County Jail allegedly tried to burn the truck he stole while leaving Shelbyville, police say. After allegedly breaking into three convenience stores between Shelbyville and Williamson County, Harley Caffee, 20, drove to Yazoo City, Mississippi in the old Chevrolet pickup stolen from Street Rods by Michael, Detective Sam Jacobs of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Harvey honored for conseling work at Community (12/20/15)
Deputy Tracey Harvey, a 21-year law enforcement veteran, was honored by the Tennessee Counseling Association at a conference in Murfreesboro when she was presented with the Tennessee School Counselor Association's Counselor Advocate of the Year award. Harvey is the school resource officer (SRO) at Community High School, a position she has held over 15 years...
Escapee returns to jail (12/18/15)
The man who escaped Bedford County Jail on Tuesday night is back behind bars. Harley Caffee, 20, drove a truck he allegedly stole to Mississippi, then to Alabama where family members turned him in to authorities, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
IRS doesn't communicate by telephone (12/18/15)
The Internal Revenue Service will not call your home if there's a problem with your taxes. Scammers, attempting to prey on the unsuspecting, have been bombarding Bedford County homes this week with calls claiming otherwise. The Times-Gazette has received scores of calls from people who have been threatened by people with Spanish or foreign accents threatening to have them arrested if they don't send payments by Moneygram. ...