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Crime, justice and emergency services

Crime, punishment, the court system and emergency response.

UPDATE: SUV fatality tentatively identified (09/19/14)
One person died early this morning in an SUV crash on Warners Bridge Road just west of Shelbyville. Investigators said the driver of the older-model Chevrolet Suburban lost control shortly after 3 a.m. on a sharp curve in the 200 block less than a mile from the Shelbyville city limits...
Driver in double fatality was speeding, intoxicated: Police (09/18/14)
The man charged with the traffic deaths of two passengers in his car was intoxicated and driving at a high rate of speed seconds before the crash, police said. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving in connection with the Aug. 1 deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva...
Convicted murderer gets new hearing (09/18/14)
A man convicted of a 2001 slaying has been granted the right to an evidentiary hearing by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Dennis Cedric Woodard, Jr. was convicted in the April 13, 2001 shooting death of Scott Shafer near Deery Street in Shelbyville...
More than $50K drives safe roads (09/18/14)
Local law enforcement received grants this week to support highway traffic safety efforts. The Shelbyville Police Department received $30,384.29 for alcohol enforcement while the Bedford County Sheriff's Department got $19,820 for enforcement efforts...
Driver in double fatality faces homicide charge (09/18/14)
The driver of a vehicle in which two people were killed in July was charged with vehicular homicide Wednesday. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving, Lt. Trey Clanton of the Shelbyville Police Department said. He was being held on $500,000 bond Wednesday at Bedford County Jail...
Fleeing suspect runs into doctor's office (09/17/14)
A suspect attempted to escape custody by running into a physician's office Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. David Michael King, 22, of Birch Street ran into the office of Dr. Lynette Adams, North Main Street, where witnesses directed Deputy Clyde Boyce to a restroom where he was allegedly hiding...
Local EMA officer recognized (09/17/14)
Tammy Anderson, plans and operations officer for Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, was one of the two people recognized by Tennessee Office of Homeland Security from District 6, composed of Bedford, Moore, Lincoln, Coffee, Franklin, and Coffee counties. The office holds a recognition ceremony each year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; this year's ceremony was held last Thursday at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Two public safety professionals are nominated from each district to be recognized. The honorees represent a variety of emergency service agencies, such as fire protection, law enforcement, communications, emergency medical service and emergency management. Anderson was selected for her management of and work with the county schools disaster response/safety enhancement program and the unique church storm shelter program. Anderson is seen receiving her award from State Sen. Becky Massey and State Rep. Ryan Haynes. (Submitted photo)
Search on for work crew runaway (09/16/14)
Bedford County deputies are searching the Normandy area for a workhouse inmate accused of walking away from a road work crew. Robert Michael Holmes, 23, was wearing a blue shirt, bearing the letters 'BCSW,' and jeans or shorts. Homes was last seen on Normandy Road and was thought to be walking the railroad toward Tullahoma after leaving the work crew, Chief Deputy Jason Williams said...
Food helps save lives at Firehouse BBQ (09/16/14)
Organizers estimated that the Firehouse Barbecue drew a capacity crowd of approximately 350 on Monday. "We hope to make a lot of money for life-saving devices," said Dawn Holley, chairwoman of the Firehouse Barbecue Committee at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
Drug suspect can't swim away from deputy (09/16/14)
A suspect caught with a stolen marijuana plant attempted to swim from a pursuing deputy, but was captured before reaching the opposite bank of Duck River. Charlie Beauchamp-Freeman, 20, of Gant Road couldn't get away from Deputy Trey Green, who arrested him in the river off Warners Bridge Road early Friday...
Scam Watch: 'Urgent traffic court' calls are fake, say police (09/16/14)
Several area residents have received fake calls claiming they need to attend to an "urgent matter in Bedford County Traffic Court." The caller identifies himself as "Brian O'Conner" and asks callers to leave a message at 931-200-7753. No one by that name is employed by any local law enforcement agency or court-related office, police say...
Departing Liberty SRO will miss students (09/14/14)
"I'm speechless." There wasn't much more that departing Liberty School student resource officer Bob Filer could say as the students and staff held a surprise farewell party Thursday. "What can I say, you're my family," Filer said. "I'm going to miss all of you."...
Charges racked up on dropped debit card (09/14/14)
A thief used a debit card accidentally dropped Tuesday at Discount Food Mart, North Cannon Boulevard, to purchase more than $100 worth of items at that store and Walmart later in the day, Shelbyville police were told. The following were arrested since Wednesday 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...
Sunday Conversation: Strayhorn advocates for the children (09/14/14)
Wanda Strayhorn is the new executive director of CASA Works Inc. The non-profit organization advocates for abused and neglected children in Bedford, Coffee and Franklin counties. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
Firehouse Barbecue tickets in hot demand (09/12/14)
A limited number of tickets are available for Monday's Firehouse Barbecue, organizers say. Just under 100 tickets remained as of Thursday afternoon, said Stephanie Crosslin, director of member services and development for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
Their light still shines .... (09/12/14)
Emergency services honored those whose lives were lost Sept. 11, 2001 with a large flag across from Shelbyville Fire Department on Tuesday afternoon and evening. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Scam Watch: 'Prize' winner told to be quiet (09/12/14)
A fake Publisher's Clearing House $1.5 million "prize notification" received by a Bedford County resident has a newly-noticed twist. "Your security code and prize information must be kept strictly confidential which means that you are precluded from discussing your win with 3rd parties such as (family members, friends and relatives). This is to prevent unlawful tampering and a means to reduce risks of fraud and scams from taking place."...
A closer look at fighting blazes (09/11/14)
Shelbyville's first Citizens Fire Academy will run the gamut "from practical to tactical," according to Assistant Chief Brian Nicholson of Shelbyville Fire Department. Inspired both by the Citizens Police Academy here and by Citizens Fire Academy programs elsewhere, the free four-week program will take place on Tuesday nights during October. Registration is now open by calling 684-6241...
Televisions taken from home (09/11/14)
Two reports of home burglaries were received in the area Tuesday. Two television sets were taken from a home on Mullins Chapel Road sometime before Tuesday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. Prescription medication was stolen from an unlocked Moody Street residence while the resident slept between 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, police said...
MTSU assists in creating emergency communication center (09/10/14)
Middle Tennessee State University has provided its expertise and resources to aid the creation of an emergency communications center that the State of Tennessee could use to inform the public and media during a state or local disaster or crisis. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency unveiled the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center, or MAJIC, during a news conference Monday to kickoff National Preparedness Month at the Tennessee Department of Military-TEMA headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.. ...
Taser subdues man after officers struck (09/10/14)
A taser was used to subdue a suspect allegedly resisting officers Monday night, Shelbyville police said. John McCormick of Green Lane is accused of hitting officer David Dye in the face several times and kicking officer Gregg Loyd in the leg as he was being investigated following a report of a domestic assault at his home...
A day of honor and remembrance (09/09/14)
Each year, a ceremony of honor and remembrance is held at the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial, on the campus of Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. New names are added to the memorial plaques, and friends and family place roses on those plaques as the names are called out, solemnly, each name accompanied by the ringing of a bell...
Moonshine, meth, marijuana and money found in truck (09/09/14)
Mason jugs full of moonshine were found along with meth, marijuana and money in a truck stopped by police early Sunday morning. William Mason Clanton, 20, of Narrows Road told police the items were his after being told two young men and a teenage girl in the truck would otherwise be charged as well...
Woman accused of holding knife on man (09/07/14)
A woman accused of holding a knife against a man's throat early Thursday morning in Wartrace was being held on a high bond Friday. Three calls were placed to 911 by Melissa Delynn Sanders, 43, after she allegedly chased a man 60 feet with an 8-inch blade knife before putting it to his throat as he sat in his truck outside her Sims Avenue home, Deputy Lindsey Puckett said in his report...
Long chase ends in Bedford County (09/07/14)
A routine traffic stop that began in Manchester ended up in a chase that concluded in Bedford County Thursday. Arrested was Ricky "Bo Duke" George of Manchester, who faces charges including driving on revoked license, reckless endangerment, evading arrest and aggravated assault, as well as other possible charges pending...
Team effort frees man from wreck (09/05/14)
Shelbyville citizens came to the rescue of a man pinned under a SUV following a head-on collision Thursday at the Duck River bridge on South Cannon Boulevard. Danny Thompson, 54, of Shelbyville was freed and taken to Heritage Medical Center after his Chevy Blazer struck a van, a witness said...
New guy is familiar face (09/05/14)
It has been a lot like homecoming every day for Liberty School's new student resource officer. After 19 years of investigations at the Bedford County Sheriff Department, Brian Farris is settling into his new job of protecting his four grandchildren and other relatives, not to mention all the other kids and staff who learn and work at the rural school...
Doing the 'wrong' thing lands driver in trouble (09/03/14)
A man who told police he knows "drinking and driving is wrong" was arrested after striking a vehicle twice Sunday night. The driver said a van struck her in the rear at the Madison Street-East Lane Street intersection, backed up and hit her again before fleeing. Witnesses followed Jason Leonard Hartzell, 27, of Butler Street to North Hillcrest Drive where he was stopped by Sgt. Fred Harvey...
Judicial officials sworn in for new terms (09/02/14)
Judge Lee Russell swears in Donna Orr Hargrove as the 17th Judicial District Public Defender. (Photo by Ronda Clanton)
Phillips named Shelbyville police chief (08/29/14)
A 37-year career with the Shelbyville Police Department culminated with Jan Phillips taking the reins as police chief Thursday afternoon. "We're going to move forward with the best law enforcement Shelbyville and Bedford County have ever seen," Phillips said shortly after taking the oath of office....
Auto theft suspect brought to quick halt (08/28/14)
A man confronted after allegedly breaking into a vehicle Tuesday night picked the wrong person to challenge. John Willie Stone Jr., 51, of Cherokee Trail came at East Franklin Street resident Joel Doak with an open pocket knife after being seen in a neighbor's vehicle, police said. Doak, who competes in mixed martial arts events, took the knife and pinned Stone to the ground until police arrived...
Scam Watch: Scammer claims false traffic fines (08/28/14)
A Shelbyville resident was falsely told she had been charged with a traffic offense in Sumner County and would be fined almost $1,000. The resident was informed by a caller using the name of a Bedford County deputy to pay the "fines" using a Green Dot card, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report. She was told she owed $500 for failure to appear in court and $498 for contempt of court...
Strayhorn to lead CASA Works (08/28/14)
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Works Inc. announces that Wanda Strayhorn has been named its executive director. Strayhorn has been with CASA Works over five years, including initially when it was affiliated with the Center for Family Development in Shelbyville. Now, it is an independent agency...
Pot-toting man 'pays respects' by setting fire at home (08/26/14)
A man wearing an American flag bandana on his head allegedly set a fire on the front porch of an East Franklin Street home where he later told police he had gone to "pay his respects." Marijuana and four knives were found in the clothing of Ronald Douglas Yates, 46, of Dunnaway Street, as he was being arrested by officer Jose Garza...
Three hurt in head-on crash (08/26/14)
Three people were hurt -- one critically -- in a head-on collision on U.S. 231 just north of the Shelbyville airport Sunday night. The driver accused of causing the accident, who investigators say had been drinking, was listed in "very critical" condition with severe head injuries today at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Two shoplifting attempts fall short (08/24/14)
Two attempts by a woman to leave Walmart without paying were stopped short by store personnel Thursday, police said. Tiffany Michelle Owen, 34, of Shoma Drive allegedly left two comforters and two sets of sheets under her buggy while paying for other items. After a greeter stopped her, Owen allegedly picked up a prescription, then tried to leave with the stolen items again before encountering loss prevention personnel...
Pool pays many city legal fees (08/22/14)
The Tennessee Municipal League's (TML) risk management pool -- Shelbyville's insurance carrier -- has already paid over $250,000 in legal fees due to the 10-year fight over a rock quarry. More will be paid by the pool as the case moves toward final settlement between the city and Wright Paving over the quarry site on L. Fisher Road...
Zoning board approves quarry (08/22/14)
Following a judge's order, the Shelbyville Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved a five-year conditional use of property for rock quarry activity on L. Fisher Road. A city ordinance provides that the BZA has to set a performance bond for the five-year period...
Corrections training possible in old school (08/21/14)
Tennessee Department of Corrections wants to use the old Harris Middle School / Central High School building on Elm Street for training exercises. The request was presented to Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee and to the courthouse and property committee on Tuesday night. The courthouse and property committee must approve all such requests on a case-by-case basis; the request was presented to the law enforcement committee as a courtesy...
Area man named to Most Wanted list (08/21/14)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state's Top Ten Most Wanted list, Edward William Tarras, Jr. of La Vergne. Tarras, 39, is wanted by the Smyrna Police Department and the TBI after failing to appear in court last Friday, where he faced almost two dozen sex-related charges...
Shot fired at passing driver (08/21/14)
A gunshot struck a man in the arm as he drove along Burt Street in front of Oak Hill Village apartments Tuesday afternoon. The victim told police he heard someone yelling followed by one shot which went through the driver's door of his car and hit his elbow...
'Tax refund' sent, but recipient hadn't applied (08/20/14)
A Shelbyville woman received a cashier's check for $3,743.15 for her 2013 tax return last Thursday, along with a note from her bank saying they couldn't directly deposit the money using her account information. Trouble is, she hadn't filed a return. A tax service told her someone else had filed a tax return using her name with Turbo Tax online, police were told...
'You deserve this,' robber tells victim (08/19/14)
A man seriously injured while being robbed of his cell phone early Sunday was told repeatedly "you deserve this" as he was beaten, Shelbyville police said. Franklin Dwayne Gilbert of Shelbyville was listed in "very unstable" condition Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Five indicted by county grand jury (08/19/14)
August's grand jury docket was tiny, as many cases will be returning to court next month. According to court officials, many of this month's cases from General Sessions court were bound over to the grand jury last Thursday, and there wasn't enough time to prepare those cases for presentation...
Child walks in busy street looking for mother (08/19/14)
Motorists were startled to see a 4-year-old child walking unattended in the middle of Madison Street at Bethany Lane at mid-morning Sunday. After searching for more than 15 minutes, officers found the child had been at a home at Bedford Manor Apartments...
Rader faces 9 years for hit-and-run death (08/17/14)
A Rutherford County man made a plea agreement Friday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident last year. James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County, accepted a sentence of nine years on charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident knowing that death occurred...
Theft victim pays for donating clothing (08/15/14)
Friends who asked a Barksdale Lane woman if she had clothing to donate to the homeless left with wallets belonging to her and her fiance Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. The wallets contained credit cards and driver's licenses but no money was listed as missing...
SCAM WATCH: 'Credit card' caller keeps trying (08/15/14)
A caller claiming to be from a credit card service -- and falsely claming a connection with a local real estate agent -- has been calling a Shelbyville woman multiple times a day for more than a month, she says. The woman said she always hangs up immediately and refuses to push a key on her phone as requested by the caller, fearing it would lead to more problems...
City funds didn't pay attorneys (08/14/14)
No city funds were spent over the past decade to pay for litigation surrounding the fight over a rock quarry. But an informed source told the T-G that legal fees in the case ran as much as "hundreds of thousands of dollars." A T-G reader inquired about the total legal costs and fees as a result of the 10-year legal battle between the city and Wright Paving over the quarry site on L. Fisher Road...
Suspect in 6 home burglaries spotted, arrested (08/14/14)
A home burglary suspect was in the right place at the right time Wednesday morning when a city detective, who was investigating a breakin reported a few hours earlier, spotted him. After being taken to Shelbyville Police Department, Vincent E. Salters, 51, of Sherwood Trailer Court, confessed to six home burglaries after Det. Sam Jacobs found jewelry and coins allegedly taken from a North Jefferson Street residence earlier Tuesday...
Driver survives night beside crashed car - WITH 9-1-1 AUDIO (08/13/14)
An injured Alabama man endured a 12-hour ordeal on a steep Chestnut Ridge embankment off U.S. 231 before help arrived late Tuesday morning. Jude Giblen had been reported missing after failing to arrive at his home, authorities said....
City wields the ax (08/12/14)
More than 10 years of legal battles over a rock quarry came to an end last week as the city council voted to make a $3 million out-of-court settlement to Wright Paving. But now amendments to this year's budget will have to be made to help pay for it...
Parking in unusual place leads to arrest on marijuna charge (08/12/14)
Parking in an odd location attracted the attention of police and led to a suspect's arrest on a marijuana charge Sunday night. A man, who was not charged, was in the passenger seat of a car in the parking lot of Lifestyle Staffing, Madison Street, at 11:03 p.m. He told officer Jerry Draine he was waiting for a friend who was visiting a girlfriend at a nearby motel...
Next police chief likely to be promoted from within department (08/10/14)
With Shelbyville police chief Austin Swing winning the sheriff's race Thursday, the question is -- who will replace him? Swing won with 5,474 votes over police officer Rod Stacy, who received 3,318 votes. Assistant chief Mike Rogers was unsuccessful in his bid for Circuit Court Clerk -- losing to Michelle Murray by a vote of 4,593 to 3,784...
Trial set for former ECD director (08/10/14)
A 2015 trial date has been set for the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD), who is accused of theft. Cathey D. Mathis will stand trial for theft of property over $10,000 on Feb. 2, 2015. Mathis was indicted last November by Mickey Layne, district attorney general for the 14th Judicial District...
Two Shelbyville homes burglarized (08/10/14)
Burglaries were reported at two Shelbyville homes and a business Thursday, police said. *Five rings, a Dell laptop computer, tennis shoes, a backpack and $10 change was taken at a Birch Street residence between 1:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday. The victim returned home to find a door open and its frame damaged...
City agrees to pay Wright $3M (08/08/14)
A multi-million dollar out-of-court settlement was approved Thursday by Shelbyville City Council, ending more than 10 years of controversy concerning a rock quarry. The city will pay Wright Paving $2 million within 30 days, followed by $500,000 in March 2016, then beginning in 2017 pay $100,000 or more for five years, with that total amount not to exceed $500,000...
3 charged in midstate burglary spree (08/08/14)
Three people are being held in connection with multiple home burglaries over a large portion of central Middle Tennessee. Johnny Jones and Ernest Feinstein, both of Lynchburg, and Jessica Reed of Shelbyville were arrested after a multi-county pursuit Tuesday afternoon following a burglary at a home on Bagley Hollow Road in Moore County...
TBI apprehends robbery suspect (08/07/14)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's recent fugitive, Lesandru Deniesh "Precious" Webster of Columbia, was captured Wednesday in Lewisburg. A couple of hours ago, Webster was located by agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, deputies of the U.S. ...
Suspect can't 'get away' from police after wreck (08/07/14)
A Lewisburg man was arrested on drug charges after colliding with another vehicle and a large sign on North Main Street early Tuesday night. Witnesses said Regis Anthony Morris, 34, was southbound, crossed the center line and hit the side of a car driven by Heather Bartholomew before running into the base of a streetside sign at Kroger. Bartholomew was checked for cuts to her arms at Heritage Medical Center, police said...
Suspect charged with changing prescription (08/05/14)
A Shelbyville man was arrested for allegedly modifying a prescription Sunday. Phillip Timothy Swing, 54, of Midland Road allegedly changed the digit '1' to a '4' on an otherwise legally-obtained prescription, in an attempt to get 40 instead of 10 pills, Shelbyville police said. He was arrested at a drug store...
Attemped escape in cab doesn't work for suspect (08/05/14)
Police tracked down a man who allegedly pushed a cart loaded with food, beer and cola from Walmart late Saturday afternoon. Loss prevention employees said the man left in a cab. Officer Brock Horner had the dispatcher contact the cab company, found the address where the suspect was dropped off and arrested Rodney Lee Davis, 53, of Railroad Avenue...
Recovered property not from Bedford (08/03/14)
None of the property allegedly stolen in a one-man burglary spree covering several counties was immediately identified as being from Bedford County, according to a press release issued by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department. David Zwarton, 34, of Tullahoma, a former Shelbyville resident. ...
Another business reports stolen benches (08/03/14)
A bench thief is on the loose. Two wooden benches were taken overnight Wednesday from Ralph Allen's State Farm Insurance office on Lane Parkway, Shelbyville police said. Benches were stolen Thursday of last week from Dr. Barbara Kaczmarska's office on Colloredo Boulevard...
BREAKING: Two killed in accident (08/01/14)
Two youths died early Friday when the car they were riding in struck a building. Richard Grijalva and Tristin G. Nichols, both 17 of Shelbyville, died at the scene of the accident on Elm Street, Lt. Trey Clanton of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Council may take quarry action soon (08/01/14)
Shelbyville's city council will take some sort of action at a special called meeting next week, possibly addressing a long-standing legal fight over a rock quarry. Despite an attorney/client meeting held Thursday afternoon, city manager Jay Johnson recommended no action be taken, asking that a special session be set aside on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m....
Kids, hot cars are deadly combination (08/01/14)
Only one report of children locked in a hot car has been received by Shelbyville this year, but police say they'll do whatever is necessary to save the life of a child. The incident occurred in May at an Austin Avenue home. The police report had no details except "children locked in running vehicle," but they were quickly removed, police said...
Robbery conviction upheld on appeal (07/31/14)
A 12-year sentence for armed robbery was upheld by the state court of criminal appeals against a young Shelbyville man. Demontre Chavez Brown had challenged his conviction for aggravated robbery and the sentence he received, claiming that evidence was insufficient...
Benches, iPads attract thieves (07/31/14)
Two Apple iPads were taken from a Lentz Street home between last July 23 and Monday, Shelbyville police were told Tuesday. The iPads were hidden in a bedroom dresser, the report said. No signs of forced entry were noted. Other incidents reported to police:...
Surviving a shooter (07/30/14)
Brice Allen, a training advisor with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, delivers a speech titled, "How to Survive an Active Shooter" on Monday during teacher professional development training. Allen provided such information as red flags of a shooter. Bedford County teachers took development training at Shelbyville Central High School earlier this week in preparation for back-to-school starting Aug. 4 (an abbreviated day). (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Electric bill scam hits area (07/30/14)
A false caller claiming electricity would be cut off without immediate payment scammed a Shelbyville woman out of $320 last week, police said. After the caller, saying he was from Shelbyville Power, demanded the money she followed instructions, bought a Green Dot card at a pharmacy and gave him the security number on the back...
Swerve drives man to rage (07/29/14)
A suspect in a road rage incident allegedly attacked another driver and challenged law enforcement Sunday morning. Christopher Charles Taylor, 30, of Narrows Road struck a Shelbyville man during a confrontation over an alleged traffic violation, then attacked officer Mitchell Warren of the Shelbyville Police Department and Sgt. Andy Raby of the Bedford County Jail staff after his arrest at about 7 a.m., police said Monday...
DUI suspect kicks officer during arrest (07/29/14)
A Shelbyville police officer was allegedly kicked in the chin by a DUI suspect during an arrest early Sunday. Phillip Allen Hammermeister, 31, of Kingston Corner Road kicked officer David Dye and a patrol car's windows after being forcibly placed inside, officer Chris Vest's report said...
Planning for the worst: HazMat course held (07/27/14)
Members of the Bedford County Special Response Team, as well as emergency response personnel from the Rutherford County Special Operations and Response Team, Smyrna Fire Department, Maury County Fire Department and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency gathered in Shelbyville last week for a training event on handling of hazardous materials...
After 2 wrecks, driver passes out but recovers quickly (07/27/14)
From one extreme to another, a man accused of leaving the scene of an accident kept police busy Thursday morning. Clifford Lindsey Zilly, 40, of Kingree Road was unresponsive after police found him in his van at a Madison Street store moments after a crash at the North Main Street-Elm Street intersection. Zilly allegedly struck another vehicle at a store on North Main Street before ending up on Madison Street...
Have you seen this suspect? (07/24/14)
This woman is being sought by the Shelbyville Police Department in connection with use of a stolen credit card Tuesday. The card was used three times within an hour for more than $130 worth of purchases after being taken from the drive-through window at Walgreens. Call Det. Sgt. Brian Crews, 931-684-5811, if you can identify her. (Submitted photo)
City to discuss quarry ruling (07/24/14)
Shelbyville's city council will hold a special called meeting next Thursday, when action could possibly be taken on a recent court ruling involving a controversial quarry. Last week, the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) was ordered by Senior Judge Ben Cantrell of Nashville to issue a permit to Wright Paving for the operation of a rock quarry on L. Fisher Road...
Load of tools taken from garage (07/24/14)
Approximately $3,000 worth of items were stolen from the garage of a Lewis Avenue home overnight Monday, police were told. A planer, miter saw, two circular saws, sanding station, two power sanders, three routers and hand tools were missing along with a 12-pack of soft drinks...
Porn nets Neill 3+ years in prison (07/24/14)
A former Bedford County youth minister was sentenced Monday by a federal judge to three years, four months for a single charge of possessing child pornography. Joseph Todd Neill, 38, could have received a 20-year sentence for possessing what prosecutors had termed "violent" and "sadistic" prepubescent child pornography...
Pot or not, owner feels the heat (07/23/14)
Unique tomato plant -- or marijuana? Gary Wiker of Madison Street insisted his "tomato plant" is rare and "no one else grows that kind of tomato," officer Tory Moore said in his report. Police who found the plant say it's marijuana -- and charged Wiker, 53, with possession and sale of a schedule VI substance...
Several injured in bypass accident (07/22/14)
Several people were injured Tuesday in the latest serious accident on Fairfield Pike at the Highway 437 bypass. Ernest Ray Lyons, 70, of Shelbyville, driver of the car, was westbound and, apparently thinking the intersection was a four-way stop, turned in front of a truck driven by James Hackney, 66, of Wartrace, Lt. Trey Clanton of the Shelbyville Police Department said. Two passengers -- Sylvia Castleman, 57, in the Lyons car and Emily Wilson, 62, of Shelbyville, in the Hackney truck -- were taken to Heritage Medical Center. "I heard a screech and a bang, and here we are," said Larry Frazier, whose home is just up the bypass from the intersection. "It's all about a dollar -- no one wants to spend money to put in a traffic light." Frazier said it was the fifth or sixth accident he's seen or heard at the intersection this year.
Blasts, then blaze: Normandy home burns after explosions (07/22/14)
Several Normandy residents said they heard one or more explosions and saw flames suddenly burst from a vacant College Street home late Sunday night. No one was injured. The old, wood-frame home was destroyed, the Bedford County Fire Department said...
Head-on accident takes life (07/22/14)
A Bedford County man died when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a driver in the wrong lanes on U.S. 231 North in Rutherford County early Sunday. William A. "Bubba" Wright, 46, of Shelbyville was southbound on a 2001 Honda motorcycle about 2 a.m. when he encountered the northbound 2000 Dodge Dakota truck driven by Catlina T. Snoddy, 19, of College Grove, according to a report by State Trooper John Flemming...
Driver charged in double fatality (07/22/14)
A Soddy-Daisy man was arraigned on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide stemming from a double fatality in February. Wearing a neck brace, Wesley Howard Luthringer, 29, appeared in Circuit Court Monday before Judge Forest Durard, who set his next appearance for Aug. 18...
Trial scheduled for murder suspect (07/22/14)
Trial dates have been set for one of the remaining suspects allegedly involved in a conspiracy to murder a Unionville man. Sean Alexander Gearhardt will stand trial on March 9-13, 2015 for his alleged participation in the murder-for-hire plot that took the life of Larry Walls Sr. in August 2012...
Seven indicted Monday by grand jury (07/22/14)
A new Bedford County grand jury was sworn in Monday, returning a small number of indictments. A fresh jury is empaneled every six months. Jurors will return Aug. 18 to examine more cases. Those indicted Monday were: l Lakisha Sharees Benson, 36, theft of property (less than $10,000)...
Small bombs make big impact on Garden Drive area (07/22/14)
Two homemade bombs caused a rude awakening for residents of a northern Shelbyville neighborhood early Sunday. The men who made the "works bombs" that went off about sunrise at a Garden Drive home have been charged with possession of explosive components...
Suspect in Rafael's robbery confesses (07/20/14)
The co-owner of a popular Shelbyville restaurant was seriously wounded while being robbed of Thursday night's cash deposit, and his attacker has admitted to the crime, Shelbyville police said. Alfredo Delgadillo was found at Rafael's, Madison Street, by his wife early Friday, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews said. The deposit was missing...
Suspect in robbery of restaurant owner captured (07/18/14)
The co-owner of a popular Shelbyville restaurant was seriously wounded while being robbed of Thursday night's cash deposit, Shelbyville police said. Alfredo Delgadillo was found seriously injured at Rafael's, Madison Street, by his wife early Friday. He was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center and was listed in stable condition, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews said...
Suspect portrays officer to reach victim (07/18/14)
A man arrested on a theft charge Sunday has been arrested again after allegedly impersonating a police officer and asking the victim to drop the charge. Robert Ray Dotson, 38, of Shipman's Creek Road allegedly called the victim at her business and told the employee who answered the phone he was a police officer...
Quarry permit ordered (07/17/14)
A special judge has ordered Shelbyville's board of zoning appeals (BZA) to issue a permit to Wright Paving for the operation of a rock quarry. Senior Judge Ben Cantrell of Nashville ruled that Shelbyville's BZA "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" by denying the application for the quarry on grounds "that are not supported by any material evidence."...
Theft suspect goes to Nevada (07/17/14)
A Shelbyville man wanted for burglary and theft of property has been captured in Nevada. Sean Stephen Bess, 26 was arrested in Elko, Nevada for two counts of being a fugitive felon from another state, according to the Elko Daily Free Press. He is being held there without bail...
Suspect accused of stealing gas tank (07/16/14)
A Bell Buckle man was charged with taking a gasoline tank from a Midland Road residence Monday afternoon, according to Shelbyville police. Michael Shannon Spain, 43, of Webb Road West admitted taking the tank after initial denial, then offered to pay for the gas inside, officer Jose Garza said...
Outstanding court personnel (07/16/14)
At a recent meeting of the Bedford County Bar Association, President Kristin Green presented awards for Outstanding Court Personnel to Michelle Murray, Jennifer Little and Deputy Steve Trapp. Also recognized but not present was Deputy Tommie Boleyn. (Submitted photo)
Home lost, life saved: Women stop man from risking all (07/15/14)
As a lifetime's worth of possessions went up in flames Saturday night, Wayne Moulder had one goal: Save what he could. But two women saved what matters most: Moulder's life. Heather LaFarlette and Jessica Wilhelm were passing Moulder's flaming Lower Halls Mill Road house early Saturday night and stopped to help...
Hansen support appeal denied (07/15/14)
A child support ruling involving a former Shelbyville resident who sent her adopted child back to Russia in 2010 has been upheld by the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Appellate Judge Holly M. Kirby ruled that Torry Hansen must continue to pay support and damages. She appealed the case, claiming only that the "trial court erred in refusing to set aside the default judgment."...
Attempted homicide charged after bottle attack (07/15/14)
A Shelbyville man was arrested on a charge of attempted criminal homicide after a weekend incident starting in Murfreesboro and ending in Bedford County, officials say. Shaun Earl Gibson, 36, of Lorien Circle allegedly picked up a Shelbyville woman in Murfreesboro and attacked her with a whiskey bottle before she got out of his vehicle in Bedford County, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Shelbyville man killed in I-24 crash (07/15/14)
A Shelbyville man was killed Saturday night while driving the wrong way on Interstate 24 in Coffee County. Patrick Shane Rhodes, 35, was driving a 1992 Nissan Sentra westbound in the eastbound lanes near Manchester when his car and a van driven by a Chattanooga man collided head-on, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said...
Speeding driver says wife wants him home (07/13/14)
An allegedly-intoxicated driver clocked at 101 mph early Thursday told police he was speeding because his wife wanted him home soon. Tony Leneal Brown, 40, of West Lane Street was stopped on North Main Street at the bypass at 3:49 a.m. Thursday, officer David Dye's report said. The speed limit in the area is 50 mph...
Water suit may advance (07/10/14)
A lawsuit filed two years ago against Bell Buckle by residents of Fosterville Road over water issues may be headed to a courtroom. Mayor Dennis Webb said that discovery has been submitted to Murfreesboro attorney Jay Jackson, and they are now awaiting a trial date...
Gun found in bag of marijuana (07/10/14)
A man out on bond after a previous drug arrest was charged again with possession of marijuana. Tristan David McMahon, 23, of Barksdale Lane, was arrested after investigators discovered a bag of marijuana -- also containing a handgun -- at his home. Investigators searched the residence after marijuana was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop nearby...
Grubb in race for Circuit Court judge (07/09/14)
Brooke C. Grubb has announced his candidacy for the position of Circuit Court judge Part I for the 17th Judicial District during the Aug. 7 general election. Grubb graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1990 and the Nashville School of Law in 1998. ...
Keep kids safe from heat stroke (07/09/14)
Between 2005 and 2013, 13 Tennessee children died from heat-related causes, with nine of those deaths occurring in vehicles. In the United States, heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death for children under the age of 14...
Williams receives volunteer award (07/09/14)
Gene Williams recently received the Governor's Volunteer Stars award. Williams has volunteered with the American Red Cross since January 2004. He has been a member of the disaster action team for Bedford County since 2004 and serves as the disaster action team captain. As captain, he responds to local disasters and provides help with shelter, food and clothing. Williams has worked with several disaster response operations and is a certified emergency response vehicle driver...
Medication, money taken by thieves (07/09/14)
Minor thefts were reported to Shelbyville police Monday and Tuesday. Prescription medication and $240 were stolen from a vehicle left unlocked with windows down at a Madison Street home between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said...
Firefighters to the rescue (07/08/14)
"Hey. guys, we've got a real one here!" The yell instantly switched Shelbyville firefighters to reality mode during water training exercises Monday afternoon on Duck River at Fisherman's Park. Training for swift-water rescues involving kayakers was underway when family members of Winford Cummings, 50, of Shelbyville yelled for help...
Court date set in vehicular homicide case (07/08/14)
A Murfreesboro man charged with causing the death of a Flat Creek resident last year has an important court date set for August. On Aug. 15, James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County will have to either make a settlement in his case or have a judge set a trial date...
Aggravated suspect charged with aggravated burglary (07/08/14)
A woman demanding back a dress she says she loaned allegedly barged into a residence, took the garment and departed Saturday, Shelbyville police said. She's been charged with aggravated burglary. Rosheta Monique Jackson, 25, of Railroad Avenue was allegedly intoxicated when she arrived at a neighbor's home at Circle O Trailer Park wanting to see a woman who wasn't presemt...
Store fire (07/08/14)
Shelbyville firefighters battle a blaze in the roof of a storage area behind Piggly Wiggly, Union Street, on Sunday afternoon. The fire was contained to the roof area of an freezing unit used as a storage room, Fire Chief Ricky McConnell said, and left a small amount of smoke and fire damage with no effect on the main store area which reopened before firefighters left after two and a half hours' work. The blaze's cause is undetermined, McConnell said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Two men drown in river (07/06/14)
Two Shelbyville men drowned while fishing along Duck River at Henry Horton State Park, officials said. Cesar Basurto Armenta, 26, and a companion whose identity has not yet been released were fishing along the riverbank in Marshall County, the Tennesse Wildlife Resources Agency said...
Two homes lost in blazes (07/06/14)
Two homes burned in Bedford County between 8 and 11 p.m. Friday. A home owned by Joyce Bell on Dixon Road caught fire about 8:30 p.m. with firefighters from the main, Flat Creek and Wheel stations responding, the Bedford County Fire Department said Saturday...
City wants info on E-911 details (07/06/14)
Shelbyville's city council wants further details on a proposed interlocal agreement between the Bedford County E-911 Communications District and the city before moving forward. The county's E-911 board voted last year to begin negotiating the terms of an agreement with Shelbyville, which is required by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board...
UPDATE: Wreck victim identified (07/03/14)
A Tullahoma man died early Friday morning in a head-on collision just over the Moore County line on U.S. 41A South. He has been identified as Davy T. Wall, 26, of Tullahoma. Wall was traveling toward Shelbyville when he crossed the center line and struck an SUV driven by Velencia Whittaker, 48, of Shelbyville, witnesses told the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Suspect's run ends with arrest, charges (07/03/14)
A man was charged with evading arrest after refusing an officer's orders to stop Tuesday night, police said. Dominique Krishon Ridley, 19, of Tate Avenue was seen by officer David Dye getting out of a car on Regent Drive, a report said. Ridley allegedly ignored the blue lights on Dye's patrol car and ran behind a building...
Mom marks birthday of missing children (07/01/14)
The grieving mother of missing children Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel observed their birthdays with cakes and an awareness event Sunday. "It's like an old black and white movie that plays constantly back and forth every day," their mother, Cheryl Leverette Daniel, said to a small group present at an awareness event on Gage's 11th birthday. Chloie's 9th birthday was earlier in the week...
Victim endures 2-hour wait for help (07/01/14)
A disabled woman laid on the ground for two hours after being knocked from her wheelchair Sunday night before another resident of her Carlisle Avenue home saw her and called 911, Shelbyville police said. Gerald Scott Marise, 31, pushed her from the wheelchair then went into the home, occasionally coming out to yell at her, according to the report...
Phillips fills in as police chief (06/29/14)
Maj. Jan Phillips is being named acting Shelbyville police chief so the chief and assistant chief can take time off to campaign for office. Chief Austin Swing and assistant chief Mike Rogers will be taking vacation time from June 30 to Aug. 7, according to a memo from city manager Jay Johnson...
Detention center's future questioned (06/26/14)
In 2011, Bedford County commissioners considered closing the county's juvenile detention center, due to its high operating costs. But, after pleas from local juvenile court officials, they relented. After all, if the center were closed, the county would have to pay to house its own juveniles in some other city's or county's detention facility, along with the manpower and vehicle costs associated with taking the juveniles back and forth...
Have a blast, but be safe (06/26/14)
Tents are popping up all over Shelbyville, and that means fireworks will soon be popping as well. Shelbyville residents should be aware that city ordinances limit the days and hours for fireworks use. According to the city code, permissible hours are July 1-4 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., except on July 3, when the time is extended to 11:30 p.m....
Pot, no seat belt, and a run add up to bad luck (06/26/14)
Thirteen was an unlucky number for a man allegedly in possession of marijuana Tuesday. The 1.71 grams of marijuana was found in the clothing of Tommy Lance Bailey, 40, of Sims Road following a foot pursuit off Madison Street near Barksdale Lane, police said...
Woman strikes back after alleged insulting words (06/25/14)
A woman was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hitting a neighbor in the head with a softball bat Monday. Caroline Anita Spencer, 30, of Horse Mountain Road told officer Mitchell Warren she was retaliating due to residents of the neighboring home allegedly making insulting comments to her and family members over a period of time...
Burglary charge filed after wallet stolen (06/24/14)
Charges have been filed against a Shelbyville man after a wallet was taken from a truck at Co-Op, South Cannon Boulevard, Friday afternoon. Shawn Michael Utz, 19, of Bethlehem Church Road was arrested for burglary and theft of property, police said. A juvenile, who allegedly took the wallet from the truck and handed it to Utz, is also charged...
Mathis case awaits appointment of judge (06/22/14)
Tennessee's Supreme Court will have to name a judge to preside over the theft accusations against the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District. Aug. 7 has been set for the next appearance of Cathey D. Mathis, who was charged with theft of property over $10,000 by direct indictment following an investigation by the Coffee County district attorney's office...
Unlocked vehicle attracts thief (06/22/14)
Shelbyville police stayed busy investigating thefts Thursday. *A cell phone and wallet were taken from an unlocked vehicle during the day at Fishermen's Park. *A Samsung Galaxy tablet was taken from a Maplewood Drive residence on June 12 or 13, police were told Thursday...
Lots of chickens (06/20/14)
A chicken truck, of all things, passes by a truck involved in a wreck involving a crate similar to those on the trailer. The top crate on the trailer of a truck carrying Tyson chickens, driven by Michael Land, flew off after a strap broke and landed in Highway 64 West in front of a truck driven by Josh Lawwell of Wheel, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. No humans were hurt but approximately 240 chickens were injured or killed, McAnally said. A photo taken moments after the accident right, shows chickens covering the roadway. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
'You owe money' calls false: Police (06/20/14)
A scammer has been attempting to con people out of money using the name of a Shelbyville business. The caller falsely claims to be calling from Bedford-Moore Farmers Co-Op claiming the recipient owes money, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Home ransacked while residents away (06/18/14)
Problems mounted quickly for a Parker Avenue couple as they discovered several items stolen from their home Monday. A 55-inch large screen television, Xbox 360 and 10 games, fly wheel and pole, propane grill and a new stroller were taken while they were at a Nashville hospital for several days, Shelbyville police were told...
Walls faces life in prison (06/17/14)
Susan Walls will not see freedom again after receiving a 60-year prison term for the murder of her husband. Walls was sentenced Monday on charges of criminal responsibility to commit first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the death of Larry Walls Sr. in August 2012...
Suspect indicted in traffic fatality (06/17/14)
A Murfreesboro man has been indicted for the traffic death of a Flat Creek man last August. James Wesley Rader, 41, was charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident knowing death resulted. Rader allegedly struck and ran over a motorcycle operated by David Brown, 41, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Colloredo Boulevard-Union Street intersection...
Driver rams house and car, takes off (06/17/14)
An alleged hit-and-run driver struck and damaged the foundation of a home on Myers Street Saturday night, police said. Nasif Ghaly Mansour, whose age and address are not available, was arrested Sunday afternoon at a Depot Street market with siding from the house still embedded in his van...
Painful push still affects victims (06/17/14)
Almost two weeks later, the memory -- and the pain -- haven't passed for a driver literally pushed around by a tractor-trailer. "It was a nightmare...We thought he was going to kill us," Cathy Prouty told the T-G on Monday. Prouty's Nissan Altima was forced across the busy Madison Street-Deery Street intersection on Friday, June 6 by the tractor-trailer driven by Robert L. ...
No bomb found after threat on wall (06/15/14)
No bomb was found at Newell Rubbermaid after a bomb threat was found on a wall Thursday morning, Shelbyville police said. A handwritten note, "April 22 bomb at 12 p.m.," had been scrawled in a men's restroom, police were told by supervisors at the Railroad Avenue plant...
Nashville wreck suspect arrested in Shelbyville (06/13/14)
A man who works in Shelbyville was arrested at his job site Wednesday night in connection with a fatal accident in Nashville. Members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force took Kam Za Cin, 31, of Nashville into custody on a Davidson County grand jury indictment charging him with one count of vehicular homicide, one count of reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle and five counts of aggravated assault...
Short-lived escape try washes out (06/13/14)
An escape attempt by a newly-arrested suspect -- so new, in fact, he hadn't yet been taken to a jail cell -- ended with his capture within five minutes Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey Allen Stokes, 24, of Happy Valley Road was charged with jail escape after running from Bedford County Jail to a laundromat a block away on North Main Street, Sgt. Kevin Roddy of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Wrong move sends truck into building (06/12/14)
The bumper sticker said "stunt driver" -- but, for those inside the county-owned Regions Bank building on the west side of the Shelbyville square, it was no stunt when a truck crashed through a front window late Tuesday morning. "We heard a big boom and glass breaking," said Vickie Hull, who was working inside the building when Martha Helton of Shelbyville lost control of her truck. "It almost sounded like a bomb when it hit."...
Golf clubhouse burns (06/12/14)
Hope didn't triumph for the manager of Blackberry Ridge Golf Club as he watched the clubhouse burn early this morning. "You think you're going to stomp it out," said Dave Phillips, who arrived moments before Bedford County firefighters. "We beat the fire department by three minutes."...
Pit bulls pepper sprayed by police (06/12/14)
Two pit bulls described as "aggressive" by police were pepper sprayed for officer safety on Shadow Drive early Tuesday night. Officer Bruce Davis, responding to a report of the dogs running at large on Warren Circle, found them behind the Shadow Drive home...
Apartments targeted for auto burglaries (06/11/14)
Three vehicles were entered at three apartment complexes in three days, Shelbyville police said Tuesday. l Four fishing poles, a tackle bag and a bottle of prescription medication were taken from an unlocked vehicle at Oak Knoll Apartments, Union Street, overnight Monday...
State appeals court denies pair of pleas (06/10/14)
Two people from Bedford County serving prison sentences have lost criminal court appeals this past week. Brooke Lee Whitaker claimed she received ineffective assistance of counsel, that her guilty plea was not knowingly and voluntarily entered, and that her court-appointed lawyer had a conflict of interest as the former sheriff of Bedford County "that prejudiced his representation ..."...
Trucker shoves car out of way (06/10/14)
An impatient tractor-trailer driver shoved a car across a busy downtown Shelbyville intersection Friday afternoon, police said. Robert L. Smith, 51, of Greenville, Ohio, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of vandalism. He is being held on $120,000 bond at Bedford County Jail...
Hit-and-run suspect argues with police (06/10/14)
The alleged driver in a hit-and-run accident Sunday night was arrested after arguing with officers, police said. Flavio Martin Nillo-Rojas, 30, of Elizabeth Street allegedly struck a car at a Madison Street convenience store. The victim followed Nillo-Rojas to his home...
Dispute over photo shoot leads to shots (06/10/14)
Gunshots fired -- and a gun allegedly pointed at a bride following a wedding -- led to reckless endangerment charges being filed against a Normandy woman Saturday. Myra Neal, 56, of College Street said she "discharged the firearm two times in the air while she was in her yard" and admitted threatening to shoot a truck, a report filed by Detective Sgt. Chad Webster of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Drug suspect tosses aside pills (06/08/14)
The toss told the story -- at least, to a police officer who arrested a Belfast man for allegedly throwing away illegally-possessed pills Thursday. Leonard Boon Casteel, 39, of Belfast is accused of pouring alprazolam and oxycodone pills into his hand from a bottle, then throwing them after being told to walk to officer Jose Garza...
Church vandals 'guilty,' will pay (06/06/14)
Two teens tried as adults for the vandalism of a local church made guilty pleas and promised to pay restitution Thursday. Brian Sherman Childers, 17, and Aubrey Jean Stones IV both pleaded guilty to charges stemming from severe damage at St. William Catholic Church on Feb. 20...
Fire hall may move into 21st century (06/06/14)
Shelbyville's city council took a look at a preliminary concept plan for remodeling and making additions to Fire Hall #1 on Lane Parkway. The current year's budget allocated funds for architect John Davis to prepare a schematic and see how to bring the building in compliance with current codes...
Pot find results from not wearing seat belt (06/06/14)
A man was charged with simple possession after 8.30 grams of marijuana were found in his clothing during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon on Madison Street, Shelbyville police said. The bag of marijuana was taken from Christopher Eugene Hurt, 19, of Sulphur Springs Road, as he was being patted down by officer Cody Swift...
Move Over: It's the law, and it saves lives (06/04/14)
Each day, fire fighters, police officers, paramedics and other emergency personnel respond to calls for help. Emergency personnel are required by state law to complete annual training on the proper way to respond to calls using lights and siren, and you, as a citizen, can help make the emergency response of fire apparatus, ambulances and police vehicles safer, but first, a short quiz...
Fist-driven flying glass nicks 3-month-old (06/04/14)
A 3-month-old child was slightly injured by flying glass late Monday when a suspect, thought to be a teenage boy, put his fist through the windshield of a car outside Shelbyville. The glass left what was described as a "small laceration" on the child's head, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. An ambulance was called to the scene to check the child...
3 people, 3 carts blend for $1K theft of cooling items (06/03/14)
Three people loaded four blenders, two coffee brewers and a juicer into three shopping carts at Walmart and left without paying at mid-afternoon Saturday, police said. The haul, totalling $1,023 according to Walmart security, was placed into a black Dodge Charger by two women and a man, video showed...
Children's clothes stolen from home (05/29/14)
More than $500 worth of childrens' clothing was taken from a Kingwood Avenue residence Tuesday, police said. A suspect was named to police. The following were charged 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...
Pot found in clothing of bleeding man (05/28/14)
Marijuana was found on a blood-spattered man who had to be carried to a patrol car after refusing to walk Monday, police said. Roy Lazro Toso, 30, allegedly laid in the roadway on White Street in front of his home and inflicted what proved to be a superficial cut on his thigh, officer Todd Sanders' report said...
Cocaine discovered during traffic stop (05/23/14)
Cocaine in a vehicle led to the arrest of a Shelbyville man during a traffic stop Wednesday night. Sgt. Charles Merlo of the Shelbyville Police Department noticed Robert Joseph Wydock, 32, of Murfreesboro appeared to be nervous and asked officer Jody Shelton for backup...
Courtroom protection suggested (05/22/14)
Bedford County Sheriff's Department is recommending changes to the second floor of Bedford County Courthouse to improve security. The changes would include creating separate holding areas for male and female inmates, replacing chairs in the detention areas with benches, and giving Tasers to the sheriff's department officers assigned to the court system...
One yellow dot, one life saved (05/22/14)
City and county firefighters will be at Walmart on North Main Street Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to assist senior citizens and others with the Yellow Dot program. Participants place a yellow sticker on their rear car window to notify emergency personnel that there's a packet of medical information in the glove compartment. ...
Receipt scheme fails on 2nd, 3rd attempts (05/22/14)
A woman suspected of attempting to return clothing without receipts from area Walmart stores was denied twice this week in Shelbyville after success earlier. The woman was given a gift card for $101.20 on May 11 but turned down in attempts Monday and Tuesday, store personnel told officer Justin Smith...
Sky lanterns' hazards prevent public use (05/21/14)
To ensure that special events are celebrated safely, the State Fire Marshal's Office wants to remind Tennesseans of legislation passed in 2011 concerning sky lanterns. They are to be operated only by licensed fireworks professionals. Sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns or wish lanterns, are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by a flame. ...
Grand jury excuses 1, indicts 16 (05/20/14)
One man learned he would not be charged by the Bedford County grand jury, while others moved into the Circuit Court arena Monday. Herman Paul Cozart, 66, had been charged with aggravated assault. The jury entered a "no true bill," meaning they didn't find enough evidence to indict Cozart, and Judge Forest Durard told him he was free to go...
Tankersley motions to be heard in July (05/20/14)
Motions will be heard July 31 in Circuit Court involving a former Community Middle School teacher and coach facing charges relating to an alleged incident involving a student. On July 31, four motions filed by defense attorney Raymond Fraley on behalf of James William Tankersley, who is accused of aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, will be heard...
Info from state awaited in Mathis case (05/18/14)
There's been yet another delay in the case against the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District accused of theft. Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell said Friday one piece of information is required from the Tennessee Comptroller's Office "in order to complete a resolution" in the case against Cathey D. Mathis...
Fifteen games stolen from store (05/16/14)
Fifteen Nintendo DS games, an XBox Halo 4 and cash were stolen from Game On!, Madison Street, between 10-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Security video from an adjoining business shows "burglars" entering and leaving the back door, officers were told. No signs of forced entry were found...
Remembering the fallen (05/15/14)
Officer Jon Cooke, left, and Maj. Jan Phillips of the Shelbyville Police Department hoist a flag commemorating Police Memorial Day today. Six Shelbyville officers have lost their lives in the line of duty: officers Charles Henry and Redden Purdie, shot Oct. 31, 1911 by a man seeking revenge following his arrest earlier in the day; Chief Sumner A. Dillard, shot by a friend of a suspect being driven away from his home March 2, 1936; officer Floyd T. Collins, who died of a heart attack while on patrol Nov. 27, 1985; Sgt. G.J. Jordan, killed in an accident Jan. 22, 1995 while responding to a call; and officer Melvin Claxton, who collapsed during a foot pursuit Feb. 17, 1999. Their names are memorialized on a monument in front of police headquarters. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Woman accused of drug deal near school (05/14/14)
The Coffee County grand jury has indicted a Shelbyville woman for selling drugs in a school zone. Katrina Kay Smith, 27, of Fairground Heights, was arrested last Thursday on charges of manufacture/delivery/sell of a controlled substance and being in possession of drugs in a school zone...
Walls to learn fate June 16 (05/14/14)
A sentencing hearing has been set for a Unionville women found guilty last week of plotting to murder her husband. June 16 is the day when Susan Walls will learn what her punishment will be after being found guilty by a jury last Friday of criminal responsibility to commit first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder...
Motorcycle rider hurt in bypass crash (05/14/14)
Another person was added Tuesday to the ever-growing list of those injured in crashes at the Route 437 Bypass-Fairfield Pike intersection. Anthony Kraft, 46, of U.S. 41A South was hurt when a driver on Fairfield Pike who said she looked and saw no oncoming traffic pulled across the bypass into his path, officer Jon Cooke of the Shelbyville Poliec Department said. Kraft was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment of several broken bones, investigators said...
Two homes entered on Stanley Boulevard (05/14/14)
Adjoining homes on Stanley Boulevard were burglarized Monday, Shelbyville police said. An Apple iPod Touch, ear buds, a pair of Michael Jordan tennis shoes, a bag of Cheetos and a carton of ice cream were taken from one home where large holes were knocked in a bedroom wall, police said...
Fight leaves man with facial injuries (05/13/14)
A Moore County resident is accused of seriously injuring a man found walking along Anthony Lane after large amounts of blood were discovered in the Cedar King Road and L. Fisher Road area late Friday night. Loyd McGough of Shelbyville was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for treatment of severe facial injuries after initial treatment at Heritage Medical Center early Saturday. He was released Monday, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
New agents' oaths were for the dogs: Canines join arson squad (05/11/14)
Two new agents of the state Fire Marshal's office were commissioned on Friday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road, but as Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance Julie Mix McPeak read the oath of office, they didn't seem to be paying very close attention...
Walls found guilty (05/09/14)
Early this morning a jury found Susan Walls guilty of criminal responsibility to commit first degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the death of her husband. Paramedics wheeled Susan Walls out of court immediately after closing arguments capped off the fourth day of her murder/conspiracy trial Thursday...
Driver can't hide from police after blue lights shine (05/09/14)
A driver who allegedly tried to hide his truck from police was charged with evading arrest by motor vehicle Thursday morning. James Posey allegedly pulled the truck behind a Richdale Lane home as officer Mitchell Warren lost sight of him. Warren said he began "scanning" the neighborhood and found Posey's truck moments later...
TBI agents tell details of Walls murder (05/08/14)
Testimony from TBI agents took up most of Wednesday, the third day of the trial of Susan Walls, accused of conspiring to have her husband killed. She and her daughter Dawn Walls allegedly arranged to have Larry Walls Sr. killed on Aug. 8, 2012, by hiring Jason Starrick and Sean Gearhardt to commit the murder...
Another Walls daughter testifies against mother (05/07/14)
Day two of the Susan Walls murder-conspiracy trial Tuesday included testimony from another family member about what she heard in the days before the 2012 slaying of Larry Walls Sr. Susan is charged, along with her daughter Dawn, with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder, along with Sean Gearhardt...
Beach towel, bucket not what doctor ordered (05/07/14)
A theft suspect's "prescription" likely doesn't include a beach towel, bracelets and glassware. Those were among items Kimberly Renee Crouch, 38, of Railroad Avenue allegedly had in her possession when police confronted her as she tried to leave the Dollar General Store in the old KMart/Kroger shopping center on Madison Street early Monday night...
Walls trial opens (05/06/14)
Opening arguments began Monday in the trial against Susan Walls, accused of plotting to kill her husband Larry Walls Sr. in August of 2012. But in a surprise move late in the afternoon, Dawn Walls said she would testify on behalf of the state -- despite the fact she is charged with the same crimes as her mother...
Bike rider survives crash with vehicle (05/06/14)
A bicycle rider is fortunate to be alive today after being struck by a car on North Main Street at mid-afternoon Monday. Thomas Claxton, 21, of Shelbyville suffered a broken ankle and facial lacerations, Shelbyville Police Department accident investigator Lt. Trey Clanton said. Claxton was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center after initial treatment at Heritage Medical Center...
Hit pole, burned (05/06/14)
A driver identified as Dallas Wright lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole on Halls Mill Road just outside Unionville late Saturday night, officials said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Burglary suspect arrested at scene (05/06/14)
A man accused of burglarizing a Cypress Street home Saturday afternoon was arrested as he attempted to leave, police said. Brian Patrick Glisson, 32, of Hickory Drive was coming out the back door wearing leather gloves when officer Jeff Goodrich arrived...
What if nothing works? Team's prepared if cyber attack occurs (05/04/14)
What if you wake up one morning and nothing works? No power or water. The phones are out, both landline and cellular. You drive down to fill up the car and the pumps won't accept your credit card. Needless to say, the Internet is down too. It turns out that the nation has been the target of a cyber-attack...
Shoplifter runs away with cold medicine (05/04/14)
A shoplifter fled Family Dollar's downtown Madison Street store with 11 boxes of cold medicine Thursday night. The suspect asked a cashier about spices, then went to the medicine aisle, grabbed the boxes and ran, setting off security alarms. He was last seen on Sandusky Street...
Victim stabbed with own samurai sword (05/02/14)
The victim of a home invasion almost lost a finger after a samurai sword was forcibly taken and used to slash her hand Thursday morning, police said. Haley Henderson suffered a severe wound to her "pinky" finger while defending herself against two men who entered a Cedar River Road home, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews said...
Scam Watch: Millions, a Mercedes, and a hangup (05/01/14)
The prizes were too good to be true -- and, unlike a legitimate prize, they came at a "cost." But the recipient of a scam call Tuesday knew better. She'd been awarded $2.5 million, a 72-inch television and a 2014 Mercedes from Geico with two years' free insurance and a year's worth of gas as the alleged winner of the Megamillion Powerball contest...
Meth suspects charged after lab found (05/01/14)
Two suspects were charged after an alleged meth lab was found in an Industrial Parkway home Tuesday, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. A Rutherford County deputy was serving a warrant on Zachary David Strickland, 27, whose home address is listed as Collier Avenue, at the Industrial Parkway location, Det. Sgt. Chad Webster of the BCSD said...
'Roadside safety' checkpoints planned (05/01/14)
Three roadside safety checkpoints will be held in Bedford County during the next two weeks, law enforcement officials say. Sobriety checkpoints will be held the week of May 5 on U.S. 41A South at Mullins Mill Road by the Bedford County Sheriff's department and the week of May 9 at an unspecified location on U.S. 41A by the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Two from Shelbyville killed in crashes (04/30/14)
Two Shelbyville residents were killed in out-of-town car crashes Monday. Debbie C. Atashzay, 63, died on State Route 840 in Williamson County on Monday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Atashzay was riding in a Cadillac CTS operated by her daughter, Amber M. Atashzay, 26, also of Shelbyville, about 1:30 p.m...
Beware of contractor scams in wake of storm damage (04/30/14)
Earlier this week, storms and tornados ravaged the southeast with communities across Tennessee beginning to recover and repair the damage. Tennessee's Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak offers recovery and repair tips for individuals affected by destructive weather...
Unknown user siphons off electricity (04/30/14)
The cause of "extremely high" electricity bills plaguing a West Lane Street resident came as a surprise. She "went exploring" Monday, police said, and discovered an underground water line and electric lines buried in her yard. Shelbyville Power representatives said the lines were tied in to her residence and someone else was stealing her electricity...
Store manager hurt chasing theft suspect (04/29/14)
A Walmart manager suffered a dislocated shoulder while trying to stop a shoplifter Sunday morning. He was injured while trying to stop Chloe Denise Glenn, 20, of Nashville, who was running back into the store after allegedly trying to leave without paying with a cart containing $565.13 of merchandise...
Officer hurt while wrestling with suspect (04/27/14)
A Shelbyville police officer was injured early Thursday night while struggling with a suspect. Officer Jose Garza said his right elbow and right knee were slightly injured while on asphalt as he attempted to arrest Martin Salazar Balderas, 33, of Landers Street. He termed the injuries as "minor."...
Sunday Conversation: Children's advocate promoted to group's statewide leader (04/27/14)
Lynne Farrar on Monday is leaving her job as executive director of CASA Works Inc. to serve in the same position with Tennessee CASA. On Tuesday, she will speak at the annual CASA Works luncheon. If you have someone you would like to nominate for Sunday Conversation please contact editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
State judge denies drug case appeal (04/25/14)
A man convicted of having drugs for sale last year has lost another appeal. George Scott Mason claimed he received ineffective assistance of counsel, and that the post-conviction court erred in failing to make specific findings of fact. In February 2011, Mason was arrested on an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop, and during a search officers found marijuana and crack cocaine weighing 1.5 grams...
Trial dates set for Minnick murder suspect (04/23/14)
Trial dates have been set for a Jackson man accused of the beating death of a Shelbyville resident last September. Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 46, will stand trial from Dec. 8-11 on charges of first degree murder in the slaying of 23-year-old Jonathan Cody Minnick...
Banquet speaker beat the odds (04/23/14)
A former foster child will share her experiences during CASA Works' annual free luncheon next Tuesday in Shelbyville. Tawny Spinelli aged out of the system at age 18 after spending most of her childhood in foster care. Now, she serves as an advocate for children who share a similar experience...
Intoxicated man wrecks while driving himself to county jail (04/23/14)
A man who turned himself in at Bedford County Jail on Monday night arrived intoxicated and had a wreck on the way, officials said. John Randall Hancock, 53, of Bell Buckle-Wartrace Road left the scene of an accident near Bell Buckle while en route to the jail to serve time, police said...
Outdoor safety (04/23/14)
KABOOM! It's time for spring storms to roll through Tennessee again, and the State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding residents to keep safety in mind when lightning is imminent. "Lightning strikes can cause fires. As the spring's warmer weather gives rise to storm activity, we want Tennesseans to know what the risks and precautions are," State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said...
Starrick admits murder (04/22/14)
Jason Starrick will be 76 years old when he gets out of prison, after accepting an open plea of guilty to the charge of first degree murder. Starrick admitted guilt in the death of Larry Walls Sr., who was found dead in August 2012 in his Unionville home...
26 suspects indicted by grand jury (04/22/14)
A total of 26 defendants were indicted by Bedford County's grand jury Monday, while 16 more will have to wait until next month to learn if they have to face a judge. It took Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard Jr., nearly an hour to arraign the suspects, and the 16 cases that were not heard will be before the grand jury when they meet again May 19...
Thieves clean up on change at coin laundry (04/22/14)
A large amount of cash was stolen from a change machine at The Laundry Basket, North Main Street, early Friday morning. Video showed the locks were pulled out from the machine after midnight, Shelbyville police were told. Two black men were seen on the video leaving in a gold GMC Envoy, the laundry's owner said...
Reduced sentence denied on appeal (04/18/14)
A Shelbyville man serving a 30-year sentence for dealing crack has lost a second appeal to reduce his prison term. Eddie L. Readus claimed that he received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial and on appeal. Following an evidentiary hearing, retired Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler ruled that Readus received effective legal representation, but also ruled he was entitled to a delayed appeal in order for the appellate court to determine whether his 30-year sentence was excessive...
Flames destroy home (04/18/14)
Fire erupted in a home just north of Shelbyville late Thursday night, leaving it destroyed within minutes and shocking those who saw it. The residence of Steve and Stacy Brewer on Cartwright Heights was left in charred ashes by the blaze, reported shortly after 9 p.m...
Burglary, drug suspects arrested (04/18/14)
A woman was arrested on a charge of auto burglary and two men arrested on drug charges during one traffic stop early Thursday. A witness reported a suspect in the burglary, at a Barksdale Lane apartment complex, leaving the area in a red truck. Officer Chris Vest stopped a red truck at the Barksdale-East Lane Street intersection moments later...
Long slide on Fairfield Pike (04/17/14)
Emergency workers look over the car in which Roger Dale Hise of Shelbyville was hurt about 7:15 a.m. today on Fairfield Pike south of the bypass. Hise lost control after a wheel apparently dropped off the pavement, Sgt. James Wilkerson said, and the tire tracks show the car's path. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Man lying on flag accused of burglarizing car (04/16/14)
He just wanted a little sleep -- and, allegedly, a few other things. A man found lying on an American flag along a Shelbyville roadside, surrounded by allegedly-stolen items, was charged with burglarizing a nearby vehicle early Monday, police said. Officers found Michael Ezell Lovelace, 52, of Kingree Road lying unconscious against a fence on Mead Drive at 12:35 a.m. ...
Almost into creek (04/15/14)
Harold McGee of Mullins Hollow Road narrowly missed plunging into Flat Creek after losing control of his truck on Highway 82 South on the north side of Flat Creek community Monday afternoon. McGee, who was not seriously injured, told State Trooper Chad McAnally he fell asleep at the wheel. No alcohol or drugs were involved, McAnally said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Party ends abruptly as 2 arrested, others upset (04/15/14)
An outdoor party gone out of control on Richdale Lane early Sunday ended with two arrests. A resident of the property, Michael Darrin Hickson, 22, allegedly argued with officer Gregg Loyd when told to turn down loud music. A few minutes later, more officers arrived to do a "welfare check" and ensure all were of drinking age...
Talks continue in Mathis case (04/13/14)
Negotiations are still ongoing in the case against the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District accused of theft. Cathey D. Mathis' case has been passed until May 16, after defense attorney Greg Reed told Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell that preliminary discussions are taking place with Coffee County Assistant District Attorney Felicia Walkup...
Driver keeps going after two wrecks (04/13/14)
Two hit-and-run accidents within just a few moments didn't stop an accused driver from going until his truck was almost immobile, investigators say. Christopher John Kelly, 37, of Bethlehem Church Road allegedly struck another vehicle in front of Saddle Gait Market, drove through the parking lot and kept going early Thursday morning, officer Cody King's report said...
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: a time to heal (04/11/14)
When it comes to the subject of sexual assault, "we tend to look the other way," according to Melissa (last name withheld), a local advocate for victims of physical and sexual abuse. As residents of Tennessee, the state ranked No. 1 in violent crime in 2012 by the FBI, she fears that Bedford Countians are becoming part of a "rape culture."...
Habitual traffic offender loses plea (04/11/14)
A multiple habitual motor vehicle offender has lost an appeal which claimed he was given an excessive sentence. Last March, Kevin Lee Johnson was given an effective prison term of nine years, six months on charges of being a habitual motor vehicle offender, driving under the influence, and failure to appear after entering an open plea of guilty...
Three charged in four-wheeler theft (04/11/14)
Three men were arrested Wednesday in connection with the alleged theft of a four-wheeler from a Midland Road home early Monday. Duane Anthony Hoffman, 36, and Timothy Allen Stanley, 27, both of a U.S. 41A North address, and Thomas Wayne Owens, 35, of Deery Street are each charged with theft of property over $500, said Chief Deputy David Williams Jr. of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Fairfield Pike wreck (04/10/14)
Two were hurt when this truck overturned Wednesday afternoon on Fairfield Pike about two miles east of Cascade Schools. Jessica Cota of Highway 64 East, the driver, was airlifted from the scene (see helicopter in background) to Vanderbilt Medical Center with pelvic injuries, State Trooper Dallas Rife said, and passenger Steven McCullough was treated and released at Heritage Medical Center. ...
Total team effort in accident response (04/10/14)
It took teamwork to bring Janice Vick to safety after she lost control of her SUV on State Highway 130 south of Shelbyville and ran down an embankment early Wednesday afternoon. Bedford County firefighters cut the hood and dash of Vick's SUV as she gives information to State Trooper Steve Sanders. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Tool box, contents stolen from garage (04/10/14)
A large tool box containing more than $1,000 worth of tools was stolen from the service area of Shelbyville Automotive Group, North Main Street, overnight Monday. Police said another box had been moved but the stolen box was probably so heavy an individual couldn't move any others...
June court appearance set for rape suspect (04/09/14)
A former Bedford County youth minister already in federal custody will make his last appearance in a Bedford County courtroom in June. Joseph Todd Neill, 37, will answer on June 20 to charges of two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and 21 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor...
Drug suspect doesn't get her wish (04/09/14)
A woman arrested on drug charges allegedly asked a corrections officer to throw away a glass pipe found in her clothing as she was being booked into Bedford County Jail Monday night. The jailer turned over the pipe found on Melissa Anne Talbot, 34, of Hill Street, to police...
Pinwheels for Prevention: Child abuse awareness event planned today (04/08/14)
April is National Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, and one agency is spinning its (pin)wheels to mark the occasion. The Center for Family Development will hold a Prevent Child Abuse Awareness after hours social for the public today from 5-7 p.m. at its office, 100 East Side Square. The center will provide information about child abuse and neglect and inform people what to do to help...
Red Cross honors local volunteers (04/08/14)
During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the American Red Cross, Heart of Tennessee Chapter is celebrating its volunteers and the work they do to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. A total of 4,462 volunteers serve with the Tennessee Volunteer Region. Nationally, the Red Cross has nearly 400,000 volunteers, which represent more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce...
Taser, fall knock crack from suspect's mouth (04/08/14)
Crack cocaine fell from the mouth of a drug suspect as he fell when shocked by a Taser, Shelbyville police said. Conard Julian Harris, 33, of Cherokee Drive drove a motorcycle down the wrong side of Shoma Drive at a high rate of speed as officer Bobby Peacock was leaving an unrelated call, according to his report...
Saturation patrols may increase if city receives state money (04/06/14)
With the number of highway deaths up in Bedford County, Shelbyville will be requesting $71,000 in state grants in hopes of lowering the fatality rate. Each year, the city asks for a $5,000 grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Office to provide for overtime for DUI enforcement...
Rental employee denies chase over computer (04/06/14)
An employee of a rental firm denied chasing two people for miles in an attempt to recover a stolen laptop computer Thursday night. One of the occupants of a truck being chased said they were in a Madison Street parking lot when the rental agency rep told them to stop or he would hit them...
Federal agents raid restaurant (04/04/14)
Charges were filed against at least seven people connected with a Shelbyville restaurant Wednesday during a raid by several agencies. Casa Mexicana, Madison Street, was entered by officers from the Alcohol Beverage Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Tennessee Highway Patrol's criminal investigation division and the Shelbyville Police Department...
Cell phone left at checkout area taken (04/03/14)
A cell phone was taken from a checkout counter at Walmart between 1-1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. The victim returned home, realized the phone was missing and called the night manager. Video shows a woman picking the black Straight Talk phone up from the counter, police said...
Home burglars strike in northern Bedford (04/02/14)
Four daytime home burglaries in the past three to four days have northern Bedford County residents on edge -- and extra officers on patrol. The burglaries occurred on Midland Road, Nashville Dirt Road, Mankin Road and Minkslide Road, Sheriff Randall Boyce said...
October trial date set in Hord case (04/02/14)
An autumn trial date has been set for a former Bedford County detective. On Oct. 20, a three-day trial will begin for Rebecca Hord, 58, of Shelbyville, who was charged late last year with theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery...
Driver wrecks after almost striking police car (04/01/14)
A driver who crashed into another vehicle while being followed by police Friday morning was allegedly too intoxicated to do field sobriety tests. Jose Gaspar Lazaro, 22, of Cottonwood Drive struck a van on Quarry Street moments after almost striking a police car on North Main Street, officer Russ Grubbs said in his report...
Suspect rampages to 'prove point,' arrested in minutes (03/30/14)
A wild rampage in the front yard of a Clara Drive home early Wednesday was partially to "prove a point," the suspect told Shelbyville police. Robert Tyler McNeal, 19, of Nashville was ordered to leave the home after allegedly causing a disturbance, officer Tory Moore said in his report...
Julie visits Cascade (03/30/14)
Shelbyville Police Officer Jody Shelton and canine Julie visited Cascade Elementary School's third grade on Wednesday. Prior to the visit, the students had been reading "Arrow With Officer Mike" with their teachers, Deborah Bates, Patti Clinton, Jeanie Houle and Michelle Henke. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
County backs Cunningham zoning decision (03/27/14)
Bedford County has responded to a lawsuit against it over the zoning of Grady Cunningham's property on U.S. 231 North, saying county commissioners acted properly in denying a rezoning request. Cunningham, denied a rezoning for his property at 2506 U.S. 231 North, filed a lawsuit in January in Bedford County Chancery Court against the county, the county commission, and 17 of the 18 individual commissioners, alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act and other procedural violations...
Lawsuit over drug arrest settled (03/27/14)
A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit against county officials who were accused of searching the home of a drug suspect without a warrant and assaulting him. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Winchester, "all matters have been compromised and settled in this case" involving Troy James Neal...
Swing enters race for county sheriff (03/26/14)
Austin Swing has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Sheriff in the May 6 Democratic primary. Swing currently serves as Shelbyville Chief of Police, running and maintaining a department of more than 50 full-time employees as well as part-timers. ...
Unpaid tax calls aren't from IRS (03/25/14)
Taxpayers have sent more than $1 million to individuals falsely claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. officials say. "This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen," said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. George noted that TIGTA has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims...
Beer-toting suspect held at gunpoint after chase (03/25/14)
A suspect was held on the ground at gunpoint after allegedly attempting to evade an officer Sunday night. Rickey Clifford Campbell, 36, of Shelbyville ran though woods on Glenoaks Road after driving his truck into a ditch following an alleged incident on nearby Wesley Street, Shelbyville police said.`...
THP saturates Shelbyville with traffic stops (03/23/14)
Shelbyville was targeted for Tennessee Highway Patrol "anti-crash" saturation patrol Friday. State troopers fanned out across Shelbyville making massive numbers of traffic stops. Drivers who were texting while driving, distracted in other ways or not wearing seat belts were stopped by THP personnel from the Lawrenceburg, Chattanooga and Nashville districts, said Trooper Joe Agee...
Drug suspect, alleged accomplice charged (03/23/14)
Two men accused of drug dealing were arrested Thursday by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. Kavaris Lequan Kelso, 27, of Green Lane and William Henry Smith Jr., 35, of Lipscomb Street were arrested at a Barksdale Lane apartment complex, Asst. Director Tim Miller said...
High-tech maps lead emergency vehicles (03/19/14)
With new technology, Bedford County Fire Department -- and, soon, other emergency departments -- will be able to see real-time maps in their vehicles directing them to the site of an emergency, along with other information, such as the 9-1-1 call history, if any, from that location...
Motion scheduled for murder suspect (03/19/14)
Pretrial motions for one of four suspects changed in a murder-for hire scheme have been set for next month. Jason Starrick will appear in court before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard on April 10 at 1 p.m. with his attorney Jeff Seckler. Starrick is charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder, along with co-defendants Susan Walls, 54, the wife of murder victim Larry Walls Sr., Sean Gearhardt, and Dawn Walls, the victim's daughter...
Porn conviction nets 24-year sentence (03/19/14)
A Shelbyville man was given an effective 28-year sentence for distributing child pornography while making lewd requests of a mother and her young children. Jeremiah Thomas Sullivan told Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard he was "sorry for what I did," before the sentence was handed down on nine counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor (over 100 images) and solicitation of a minor...
Marijuana found in vehicle after stop leads to DUI charge (03/19/14)
Drugs were discovered in a vehicle during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon, police said. Officer Jon Cooke said he found .33 grams of marijuana, a glass pipe and a pack of cigarillos in the driver's seat of a Jeep driven by Jessica Dean Barrett, 19, of Manchester, after charging her with DUI...
Wartrace makes good on promise to police (03/18/14)
The Wartrace Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted last week to give police chief Danny Odeneal a $1 per hour raise, plus back pay, retroactive to July 14, 2013. As a point of new business, the question was raised among board members if all promised pay increases had actually been given out during past months. The consensus of the board was -- no...
Suspect charged in fatal accident (03/18/14)
After seven months' investigation, a suspect has been arrested in the Aug. 31, 2013 traffic death of a Flat Creek man. James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County was picked up by Shelbyville police Monday afternoon. Rader is charged with vehicular homicide and failure to render aid, accident investigator Lt. Trey Clanton said. He was being held without bond at Bedford County Jail pending a bond hearing Tuesday...
Scam Watch: Jury duty fines bogus, officials say (03/18/14)
Two people were falsely told they had failed to report for jury duty and would be charged for contempt of court if they didn't pay a fee over the weekend, officials say. Both callers falsely claimed to be representing the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Driver resists arrest after crashes, pursuit (03/18/14)
An allegedly-intoxicated driver initially refused to stop for blue lights and a siren after striking a mailbox on South Hillcrest Drive and a fence on Birch Street early Sunday, police said. Officer Jerry Lawrence said he spotted the truck driven by Larry Donald Nelson, 63, of Neeley Avenue headed outbound on Wartrace Pike about 3:45 a.m. Nelson ran a red light at Madison Street without slowing but stopped at the intersection of 437 Bypass, Lawrence said...
Serious crash (03/16/14)
Bedford County firefighter Phillip Prince inspects the motorcycle on which Floyd Green was seriously injured late Friday afternoon on Gant Road. Green was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Medical Center suffering from cuts and internal injuries after losing control on a curve, officials said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Jail intake for 3-16-14 (03/16/14)
The following were arrested between Monday and early Friday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Sunday Conversation: Graham reflects on past, future as he changes careers (03/16/14)
At the end of last month, Chad Graham left his position as director of Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, a position he'd held since 1997, to take a position administering a private medical practice. He had been full-time with BCEMS since 1991...
County sued over zoning denial (03/13/14)
Grady Cunningham, denied a rezoning request for his property on U.S. 231 North after repeated attempts, filed a lawsuit in January in Bedford County Chancery Court against the county, the county commission, and 17 of the 18 individual commissioners, alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act and other procedural violations...
Burning permits needed, say officials (03/13/14)
With Spring drawing near, residents are beginning to take advantage of the mild weather to do some outdoor work around the home or farm. However, if you are considering doing outdoor burning, a burn permit is required, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry says...
Blast cleanup costs repaid (03/12/14)
Southern Energy owner and Shelbyville native Gary King met with city officials last week to pay the costs the city incurred for its cleanup efforts after a methanol explosion and fire that occurred Nov. 18 last year at the downtown Shelbyville business. King presented a check of nearly $147,000 to the city for their work...
Mason's miracle: 2-year-old recovering, slowly (03/11/14)
Slow but steady recovery continues for 2-year-old Mason Carney, who's scheduled to make a major move this week. "He's doing better," Mason's father, Josh Carney, said Monday. Both were injured Feb. 24 when a truck slammed into the back of their car on U.S. 231 in Christiana. Mason's car seat was thrown from their vehicle after the impact severed the seat belts...
SCAM WATCH: $1 million, Mercedes? Uhhh...don't think so (03/11/14)
A million dollars and a Mercedes were too good to be true, the recipient of a scam call knew. "He wanted to deliver $1 million and a Mercedes and asked my wife if she had a Visa card," the recipient's husband told the T-G. "She told him she didn't want to fool with any of his dope and to leave her alone. He called back six times."...
Two arrests, one day (03/11/14)
A man suspected of vandalizing First Baptist Church on Depot Street unintentionally made it easy for officers to track him down. A cell phone and wallet containing identification belonging to Chad Alan Bradley, 29, of Coble Circle, along with a prescription drug bottle bearing his name, were left behind as he left...
Perfect painting day (03/09/14)
He may not be the famous painter Rembrandt, but Shelbyville firefighter Josh Carlock is getting the job done painting the top of the flagpole at the fire hall on Lane Parkway Friday aftermoon. Carlock was taking advantage of temperatures reaching near 60 degrees. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)