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Crime, justice and emergency services

Crime, punishment, the court system and emergency response.

Fuel station worker accused of stealing (09/02/15)
An employee of the fuel station at a Shelbyville grocery is accused of stealing cash, lottery tickets and merchandise. Kaitlyn Rose Pierson, 19, of Temple Ford was arrested Monday at Kroger, North Main Street, police said. Pierson allegedly took $1,403.70 between July 28 and Aug. 24, a Kroger loss prevention employee told police...
Seat belt could have kept wreck victim from dying (09/01/15)
A seat belt could have saved the life of a weekend wreck victim, according to a state trooper. Jeffrey Luna, 40, of Finley Beech Road in Marshall County was killed when his pickup rolled over him after he was thrown out on State Highway 64 near Wheel on Sunday afternoon, State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Police officer injured in head-on crash (09/01/15)
A Shelbyville police officer narrowly escaped serious injury when his patrol car was struck head-on on North Main Street at the entrance to the bypass early Sunday, Officer Jerry Lawrence suffered a fractured ankle and ligament damage, police officials said...
Man faces new charges of doctor shopping (09/01/15)
Coffee County authorities have charged a Shelbyville man with doctor shopping for prescription drugs, using TennCare as payment. Samuel L. Harris, Jr., 40, of Shelbyville was indicted by the Coffee County grand jury -- charged with two counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances by doctor shopping and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud...
Child advocacy center adds Shelbyville branch (08/30/15)
Junior's House Inc., a child advocacy center based in Fayetteville but serving Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and Bedford counties, is about to open a satellite location in Shelbyville, and has scheduled a concert Oct. 15 at Shelbyville Central High School with country singer, author and former foster child Jimmy Wayne...
Suspect eludes police after high-speed chase (08/30/15)
A man police say tried to break into a Shelbyville convenience store got away after a high-speed pursuit early Friday. Officer Cody Swift saw the man running from the front of Corner Market, North Hillcrest Drive, at 12:56 a.m., then get into a Nissan Altima and speed away...
THP plans checkpoints (08/28/15)
Several upcoming safety checkpoints have been announced by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. They include, with approximate dates as listed by the THP: l Driver's license checkpoint, 3 p.m. Sept. 2, on Highway 64 East at the 15 mile marker. l Safety belt checkpoint, 7 p.m. Sept. 9, on Highway 437 (the Shelbyville bypass) at the 1.8 mile marker...
Not a scratch: Retired officer escapes wreck (08/28/15)
A retired Shelbyville police officer escaped a wreck on Shoma Drive Thursday morning without a single injury. Jo Ann Rodgers, 66, who retired from the force in June, said this was her first accident ever. Rogders attempted to exit the vehicle, but was trapped by trees and limbs and had to be helped out by emergency personnel. "I'm blessed," Rogers told the T-G. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Four-wheeler, guns stolen Tuesday night (08/28/15)
A four-wheeler and guns were stolen from Dick Peebles Stables, Holt Avenue, overnight Tuesday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office was told. A link was cut out of a fence gate lock to gain entry to the property, the report said. The following were charged 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...
Marijuana found in truck following stop (08/27/15)
A bag containing 22.6 ounces of marijuana was found in a pickup driven by a man who was reported to police as possibly impaired Tuesday night. Michael Jacob Crosslin was stopped at a Madison Street store when officer Clint Adams found his truck and arrested him for public intoxication...
Rules on electronic devices in court go too far (08/27/15)
There's some rule changes that the Tennessee Supreme Court wishes to make that could make it much harder for the media to let you know what's going on in your courtrooms. It's centered around a proposed revision of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 30 -- adopted in 1996 to govern the use of cameras in the courtroom by news media...
Courthouse security proposal backed (08/26/15)
After some discussion, Bedford County Financial Management Committee agreed Tuesday night to send a courthouse security proposal to the full commission. County Finance Director Robert Daniel and County Mayor Eugene Ray had asked whether Bedford County Sheriff's Office could get by with hiring only two new employees rather than three, but Chief Deputy Jason Williams said all three were needed...
Sport bike stolen from Shelbyville home (08/26/15)
A motorcycle thief may be on the loose in Shelbyville. The second bike theft this month occurred overnight Sunday from the front yard of a home on Cherokee Trail. The 2007 Suzuki GSXR sport bike is black with green flames and is valued at $8,500, police said...
Pinned in by wreck (08/25/15)
Emergency personnel look over an SUV driven by Traci Davis, 61, of Pass Road after cutting the roof to remove her from her wrecked SUV Monday afternoon on Warners Bridge Road. Davis was driving toward Shelbyville when she lost control and ran across the road, striking a tree, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Marijuana discovered after driver charged with DUI (08/25/15)
Marijuana was confiscated from a vehicle after the driver was arrested for DUI early Sunday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Deputy Dillon Lipinski found Anthony Marcus McCoullough, 43, of Railroad Avenue, passed out in his vehicle in the middle of Highway 64 West near Whitaker Road at 12:48 a.m...
New flume collapse causes major damage (08/23/15)
The collapse of another portion of Shelbyville's stormwater flume Sunday morning may endanger the city's police and fire headquarters. The newest collapse begins at the end of a previously-damaged portion at the southern end of Big Springs Shopping Center and extends to the parking lot between Shelbyville Police Department and Shelbyville Fire Department. It occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday during a torrential downpour that also flooded Lane Parkway...
Hit-and-run driver being sought (08/23/15)
Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who left three people injured on North Main Street at midday Thursday. Several vehicles stopped in front of Kroger were struck by the man, described only as Hispanic, police said. James Bailey, 79, and Deborah Bailey, 63, who were in one vehicle, and Dianne Daniels, 66, of Kennedy Road were listed as injured...
City employees injured in Madison Street accident (08/23/15)
Two Shelbyville public works employees were injured when their city-owned truck was struck by a tractor-trailer that ran the traffic light at Madison and Deery streets Thursday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. The city truck's driver, William D. Powell, 59, of Fayetteville and passenger Douglas Swing, 59, of Shelbyville were treated for minor injuries at Heritage Medical Center, Lt. Trey Clanton said. The truck's driver was identified as John R. Keiser, 48, of Pennsylvania. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Vehicle hits building (08/23/15)
Emergency personnel help Fay Singletary, 72, of Fayetteville after she lost control of her van and struck the side of KFC, Madison Street, at midday Thursday. Singletary told police the brakes failed and she hit the vehlcle at left and the building. She complained of chest pain and was taken to Heritage Medical Center. Officer Michael Taylor, foreground, fills out the report. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Murder case delayed again (08/21/15)
Yet another continuance has been granted for a Franklin County man accused of murdering his wife in March. Oct. 2 is the next time that James Timothy Hall of Winchester is scheduled to appear before General Session Judge Charles Rich for a possible preliminary hearing...
Info stolen from 2nd debit card (08/21/15)
A second report of stolen debit card information was received by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. The victim said $300 worth of purchases in Nashville were charged using the card's number. A similar incident occurred in June, the victim said, and both happened after the card was used at MT Bottle Too in Unionville...
Bodybuilder doesn't get lift from bad deal (08/20/15)
Scam investigations kept Bedford County deputies busy Tuesday. l A man attempting to purchase bodybuilding equipment from a man on Facebook sent $130, then was told he'd have to send $300 more to Western Union to release holds they had on the items...
Courthouse safety plan progresses (08/19/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee voted Tuesday night to move a courthouse security plan forward, sending it to Bedford County Financial Management Committee, which will meet next week. The plan would close off the four first-floor doors of the courthouse to public entry, forcing entrance to the building through the basement, where a walk-through metal detector would be installed...
Porn suspect faces federal charges (08/19/15)
A Shelbyville man facing multiple counts of possessing child pornography has had his case continued due to similar charges in federal court. Cristian Vjede Torres, 24, has been charged locally for especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, exploitation of a minor by electronic means, solicitation of a minor (four counts), and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor...
Intruder shown inside business (08/19/15)
Police are searching for an intruder seen on video entering Southern Precision Machining, Calsonic Way. A laptop containing expensive CAD software, projector, a cordless drill, wrenches and other small items were stolen between Saturday and Monday, police said...
Grand jury indicts several suspects (08/18/15)
A number of suspects who did not have their cases heard by the Bedford County grand jury last month were indicted Monday on a variety of counts. Appearing before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard for arraignment were: l Derrion Avonte Buchanan, 29, schedule II drugs (four counts), possession of schedule II with intent to sell, delivery of schedule II, simple possession, drug paraphernalia, possession of firearm, possession of weapon, attempt...
Man attacked while walking along street (08/18/15)
A man was treated for a broken nose and a large facial cut after being attacked at Oakwood Trailer Park early Sunday. The victim said he was jumped by several men while walking along the street and struck with what may have been a baseball bat shortly after midnight. He was treated at Heritage Medical Center, Curley said...
Youth counselor accused of inappropriate conduct (08/14/15)
A substance abuse counselor has been accused of becoming too involved with a teen client. Cathleen Marie Vaughn, 38, of Lynchburg and the client, a 17-year-old boy, became close as time passed and eventually became sexually involved, Det. Sgt. Scott Jones of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Judge dismisses lawsuit against jail (08/13/15)
Another handwritten suit against the Bedford County jail has been dismissed by a federal judge. Joseph Richard Fredrickson had demanded $750,000 in damages for suffering, distress and mental and emotional pain. U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier dismissed the suit this week, since Fredrickson failed to make a filing fee or an application to proceed in "forma pauperis" -- a Latin legal term meaning "in the character or manner of a pauper."...
Scam Watch: 'Winner' scammed out of $4,400 (08/13/15)
A Shelbyville woman spent more than $4,400 sent to her as what she thought was part of a contest prize. Today she's out the $4,400 she used to pay bills -- with no way to pay it back -- after learning the check was bad. The woman received the check for $4,410.35 for "insurance" from what she thought was a firm called Citizen Brokerage and Financial Service, Shelbyville police said Wednesday. An accompanying letter said $245,589.65 in prize winnings would be mailed to her...
Chili cheese fries have unexpected effect (08/13/15)
A couple was arrested after an argument over chili cheese fries at a Shelbyville fast food restaurant Tuesday, police said. Lt. James Wilkerson said he was passing Krystal, Madison Street, and saw Bill Rex Adams, 45, of Sims Road, and Danessa Michelle Zwarton, 35, "striking each other" as their truck left the parking lot with the horn blowing. A 911 call had been received moments later...
Closing courthouse doors: Security plan proposed (08/12/15)
Law enforcement and judicial officials presented a plan to Bedford County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night for securing the Bedford County Courthouse by closing all four first-floor entrances to the public. Except for prisoners, entry to the courthouse would be through the basement, where a walk-through metal detector would be installed. ...
Fleeing drug suspect attempts to hit officer (08/12/15)
A man suspected of selling drugs allegedly tried to run over an officer attempting to arrest him. Agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force confronted Bradley Keith Sanders, 22, of Myers Street at a Temple Ford Road home late last week, Assistant Director Tim Miller said...
THP hoists injured hiker to safety (08/12/15)
An injured hiker was airlifted from a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by the Tennessee Highway Patrol last weekend. Joey Watson, 20, a college student from Eldorado, Illinois, slipped while hiking trails. Medics from the National Park Service reached Watson but determined he was injured too seriously to hike out on his own. They stayed with him until the THP's aviation division and special operations troopers could reach the area...
Residents call police as caregiver becomes ill (08/11/15)
For the second time in two weeks, Shelbyville police have been called to an Eagle Boulevard residential home due to a caregiver becoming incapacitated. A resident called 911 late Saturday morning after the woman, who has not been charged, became "ill in a way they were concerned," officer Bruce Davis said in his report...
Guns taken from Normandy home (08/09/15)
Several guns were stolen from a home on Maple Street in Normandy during the day Wednesday. A rock was thrown through a window and a screen removed to gain entry, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. The investigator was told of an unfamiliar white mid-1990s Chevrolet work van in the area during that period...
Detective headed to TBI Academy (08/07/15)
Serving the public in a job he loves makes the hard work worthwhile for Detective Sgt. Scott Jones of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. That's one reason he's looking forward to one of the biggest honors in his almost 20 years in law enforcement -- attending the TBI Academy...
Angry man rebels over lack of Confederate flags (08/07/15)
A man threw a fit in Walmart because the store no longer sells "rebel flags," Shelbyville police were told Wednesday night. Security personnel told police the man was "cursing and complaining" and struck a display filled with "American flag Mason jar style cups," knocking four to the floor and causing $35.52 in damage...
Firefighters help (08/07/15)
Shelbyville firefighters enter a small room to help a woman who fell through a floor at the Center for Family Development on the Shelbyville square Thursday afternoon. She slipped through an access cut for the building's plumbing and found herself hanging down into a 7-foot-deep hole, the fire department said. ...
Hydrant fee cut by $95K (08/06/15)
Shelbyville will be saving at least $95,000 after the city's water board voted to reduce its fire hydrant fee and make an in lieu of tax payment. A fee reduction requested by the city over a number of years was discussed during last week's meeting of the water board,...
Jail claims dismissed by federal judge (08/06/15)
A federal suit filed by two Bedford County Jail inmates citing overcrowding and a lack of medical attention has been dismissed by a federal judge. Jermaine Pillow and Christopher J. Harris Jr., demanded a jury trial and a total of $920,000 in damages last November...
Stalking suspect made video of victim, police say (08/06/15)
The man who allegedly followed a woman through Kroger, then for several miles as she drove away, was recording video of her, police said. Jesus Sanchez Romero, 38, of Sherwood Court was charged with stalking after the Sunday morning incident. "We were able to recover videos from the suspect's phone where he recorded the victim without her consent while she was shopping in Kroger," Detective Lt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Pair to prison for Civil War looting (08/06/15)
Two area men will spend 30 months in federal prison for looting Civil War era artifacts from various sites. Kenneth Stephen Fagin, Jr., 39, of South Pittsburg, and Terry Bruce Tate, 61, of Manchester were sentenced by Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve the 30 months in federal prison...
Hit-and-run suspect arrested (08/04/15)
The man charged with speeding away from a motorcycle he hit Sunday, leaving the rider lying seriously injured in the middle of Madison Street, told police he ran because he was "scared." Timothy Mark Pruett, 27, of Shelbyville was arrested by Shelbyville police Monday afternoon, Lt. Trey Clanton said...
Fear drives victim to elude stalker (08/04/15)
Fears of a possible kidnapping spun through the mind of a woman followed from Kroger to Shelbyville's east side and back to downtown Sunday morning. The woman, who asked not to be identified, feels she is "the victim of an attempted kidnapping." The T-G's policy is generally not to identify crime victims unless they are seriously injured or killed...
Marijuana found in car after driver ID'd (08/04/15)
Marijuana was found on a man police checked for allegedly "road raging" early Friday. A "green leafy bud" and glass pipe were found in a car driven by Steven Thomas Smith, 24, of Deerfield Lane as he was being arrested for driving on a revoked license and allegedly misidentifying himself while talking to officer Michael Taylor...
Inmate sues over alleged jail conditions (08/02/15)
An inmate has filed a federal civil rights suit against Bedford County Jail, demanding $2.2 million for a variety of claims. Matthew G. Cooper claims after he was taken into custody on a charge of aggravated assault, he was "issued a thin sheet of plastic, with no cushion, on which to sleep," saying that the jail refers to it "as a mattress."...
Oxygen tank stolen from vehicle (08/02/15)
An oxygen mask/bottle and GPS unit were stolen from an unlocked car at an Anthony Lane apartment overnight Wednesday, police said. Also reported to Shelbyville police: *The stereo system was stolen from a vehicle at Snatch and Grab Recovery, West Depot Street, between Tuesday and Thursday...
Bookmobile drive speeds up (07/31/15)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Library board is looking at options on replacing the bookmobile, while an official on-line fundraising drive has kicked off. Last Thursday's fire that claimed the bookmobile also consumed some 1,600 children's books, but donations for those are also pouring in...
Another flatbed trailer stolen (07/31/15)
Another in a sudden wave of flatbed trailer thefts was reported Wednesday. A black Transcraft Conestoga was stolen from D and J Leasing, U.S. 231 North, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. The trailer is valued at $16,500. A paint sprayer and hose were stolen from a storage unit on U.S. 231 North Tuesday, the BCSO was told Wednesday...
Robber points gun at clerk, demands cash (07/30/15)
An armed man held up a Shelbyville convenience store Tuesday night. The clerk at Hopps Express, Union Street, told police the man entered around 9 p.m., pointed a handgun and demanded money. "He entered the store and went around the counter with the gun pointed at the clerk," officer Chris Vest's report said...
Many porn files found in suspect's computer (07/29/15)
More details about the case involving a man accused of possessing child pornography have been released by investigators. Robert McBride, 68, of Unionville-Deason Road allegedly used a file sharing program to distribute files containing obscene images or videos of children, the report filed by Det. Tiffany Host of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office states...
Fire Department gives to Relay (07/29/15)
Shelbyville Fire Department donated $3,280 to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County. The money was raised by selling T-shirts. From left are Chief Ricky McConnell; Relay For Life county co-chairs Jennifer Smith and Sharon Wachala; city treasurer Jamey Owen; and Deputy Chief Terry Vinson. (Submitted photo)
Appeal denied in meth conviction (07/28/15)
An appellate court has upheld the conviction of a man convicted for promotion of the manufacture of meth. John Wesley Couch has appealed his four-year sentence, claiming that there wasn't enough evidence to convict him and that his punishment was excessive...
'ISIS defender' arrested for DUI after traffic stop (07/28/15)
"You have messed up now! I'm the one keeping ISIS out of Shelbyville," a DUI suspect allegedly told police while being taken to Bedford County Jail Friday night. Lawson Howard Jr., 52, of Shelbyville was "screaming and kicking" in the back seat of officer Ronnie Blankenship's patrol car, then continued "his yelling about ISIS" at the judicial commissioner's office, the report said...
Man jailed in child pornography case (07/24/15)
A Bedford County man is in custody after what investigators describe as a "large amount" of child pornography was found on his computer. Robert J. McBride of Unionville-Deason Road was charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor Friday, Sheriff Austin Swing said...
Fiery ending: Burst of flames concludes bookmobile's story (07/24/15)
Tennessee once had three bookmobiles. Now there are only two. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library's van burst into flames Thursday morning. It's been declared a total loss. Doris Seagroves was driving the 1986 Chevrolet van on U.S. 231 North when the "check engine light" came on...
'Common sense stuff': Women learn self-defense (07/24/15)
The latest in a series of women's safety and self-defense classes will be held next week under the sponsorship of Shelbyville Police Department and Bedford County Sheriff's Department. The class, taught by Det. Carol Jean of the police department and Deputy/School Resource Officer Tracey Harvey of the sheriff's office, will be 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at First United Methodist Church on the square. It's free and open to any woman...
Chief deputy will attend FBI Academy (07/23/15)
Ten years of hope and hard work are paying off with acceptance to the FBI National Academy for one of Bedford County's law enforcement leaders. Chief Deputy Jason Williams of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department will be attending for 11 weeks late this year....
Driver runs after attempted traffic stop (07/23/15)
Police are searching for a driver they say ran away after a short vehicle pursuit Tuesday night. The suspect, identified by police as Darius "Down Low" Lewis, was last seen running away from an apartment complex on Dunnaway Street. Officers were looking for Joey "Jeep" Scribner of Columbia. Authorities there said Scribner, wanted for attempted murder and aggravated robbery, might be with Lewis, who drives a white Oldsmobile Alero and lives on Jarrell Street...
Shooter's actions were part of war against U.S. (07/23/15)
When the horrid shooting of five service members went down last week in Chattanooga, I decided to wait before writing anything about it -- to try to gather facts about motives, how it happened, etc. Well, we soon learned the fellow's name, all about his family and past, and what those last messages he sent out and posted online stated before he committing the murders...
Black Angus cattle taken from farm (07/22/15)
Several Black Angus cattle were removed from property on Pearson Lane near Bell Buckle, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told. The owner said their farmland and neighbors' had been searched thoroughly with no sign of the cattle since June 16...
Military security studied (07/21/15)
Various state and federal officials are announcing legislative or policy initiatives in response to last week's shootings in Chattanooga. On Sunday, Gov. Bill Haslam issued a directive to Adjutant General Max Haston "to review security policies and procedures at National Guard armories, storefront recruiting facilities, and other installations and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of Guardsmen, citizens, and property."...
Gunshots fly across North Main (07/21/15)
Two brothers are charged in an incident where shots were fired at another vehicle in a crowded area of North Main Street early Saturday afternoon. Christopher Levon Gross, 30, of Kayden Street was seen by Shelbyville officer Chris Vest reaching out of the window of an SUV and firing four times at a car ahead of him. He allegedly bolted when officer Vest made a traffic stop on the SUV...
Chattanooga shooter was deeply troubled (07/21/15)
CHATTANOOGA -- Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was supposed to appear in court next week for driving under the influence of alcohol. Instead authorities are struggling to understand what led him to a far more heinous act: the cold-blooded assault that left four Marines and a sailor dead and a nation on edge about terrorism...
Repeat refund demander arrested again (07/21/15)
A woman already facing charges for demanding a refund for shoplifted items at a Shelbyville drug store has been charged with a similar attempt at Kroger. Security video showed Melanie Wren Carter, 51, of Belmont Avenue picking up a gallon of milk and a thermometer, then going directly to the service desk and requesting a refund, Det. Sam Jacobs said...
Many indicted by grand jury (07/21/15)
A number of persons will have to learn next month if they have criminal charges against them after the convening of this month's grand jury. Suspects will have to appear before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard on Aug. 17 to find out if their cases will move forward. Durard said that a number of cases were not heard by the jury...
Bong, pot found in 2 locations (07/19/15)
A homemade water bong and lighter were brought to a Bryant Street shed where a television set and several glass jars were smashed between Monday and Thursday, police said. The bong and lighter, which were not there previously and do not belong to the shed's owner, were confiscated by police...
BREAKING: Shots fired at vehicle on North Main (07/18/15)
A man who allegedly fired at another vehicle on North Main Street early Saturday afternoon was arrested after a foot chase. No one was struck by the shots, Shelbyville police said. "Shots fired! Shots fired!" a Shelbyville officer who saw the gunfire yelled over his radio, moments before he chased the alleged shooter to Ray Street...
New jail urged: Current facility can't be rehabbed, expert says (07/16/15)
Jim Hart of the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) threw cold water Wednesday night on a recent proposal to solve the county's jail problems by expansion at the current jail site. "I don't think that expanding the current facility ... is a feasible option," said Hart....
Vandals didn't wait for dark to damage park (07/16/15)
Vandalism in broad daylight has angered members of Bell Buckle's board of mayor and aldermen -- and once those responsible are caught, they will have an unpleasant job ahead of them. Charcoal grills were uprooted from the grounds of the town's park on Monday and heavy ADA-compliant picnic benches were flipped over, which town officials say would take more than one person to accomplish...
Suspect sought in theft, dumping of motorcycle (07/16/15)
Officers are searching for a suspect who allegedly stole a motorcycle in Smyrna and left it at the home of a friend's grandparent on Deery Street. Beau Beecham, 24, is being sought on charges of felony theft, violation of probation and failure to appear in court, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Theft victim denies looking for drugs (07/15/15)
A purse containing $50 and a cell phone valued at $200 was stolen Monday morning from a trailer at King Arthur Trailer Court, police were told. The victim told police she didn't know what trailer she had been in. The responding officer noted police were already at the park when he arrived because the victim had allegedly been going from trailer to trailer "harassing people about buying drugs." She said she was "just hanging out," the report said...
McMahon remains at large (07/14/15)
A series of unique circumstances may have contributed to the ability of inmate Tristan McMahon to escape from Bedford County Courthouse a week ago today, Sheriff Austin Swing said Monday. But lessons have been learned -- and inmate transport procedures are changing -- as a result of McMahon's flight, Swing and sheriff's Capt. Tony Barrett said...
Hargrove elected to statewide position (07/10/15)
Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference has elected Donna Orr Hargrove to serve as its secretary/treasurer for fiscal year 2015-2016. Hargrove is the District Public Defender for the 17th Judicial District, which includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties...
Hit-and-run driver tries to elude police (07/10/15)
An allegedly-intoxicated driver drove into another vehicle on North Main Street and argued with police over his arrest Wednesday, Shelbyville police said. Insults flew as Robert William Maher Jr., 56, of Fairoak Street allegedly "yelled obscenities" on the side of Blue Ribbon Parkway, in a police cruiser and at Bedford County Jail, officer Michael Taylor's report said...
Deputy distracted during escape; fugitive still at large (07/09/15)
Six other inmates were distracting a Bedford County deputy at the time Tristan McMahon escaped custody Tuesday morning at Bedford County Courthouse. McMahon, who had been sentenced to a four-year prison term a few minutes earlier, ran from the group and escaped, Deputy Tommy Boleyn said in his report, which differs slightly from information given Tuesday...
Seat belt fines won't rise until January (07/09/15)
New, higher fines for seat belt offenses don't take effect until Jan. 1, six months later than reported last week in the Times-Gazette. Circuit Court / General Sessions Clerk Michelle Murray had asked the Times-Gazette to help get the word out about the new fines, saying they took effect July 1...
Violent intruder hits victim, demands $40 (07/09/15)
An intruder may have held a gun to a woman's head while demanding money from her son Tuesday night, Shelbyville police said. A 911 caller said the man entered a Barksdale Lane home, pulled the gun and claimed he was owed $40 after punching her son in the mouth, officer Ronnie Blankenship's report said...
New car 'recipient' scammed for $599 (07/08/15)
A caller claiming a Shelbyville woman had won a new car tricked her into sending $599 to Jamaica. The woman sent the money via Western Union, police said Tuesday. He called again asking for "$800 to complete the paperwork." The woman was preparing to send the money at Kroger when a store employee told her the request was likely a scam. She was told by the employee not to send money...
Deputy finds pot plants on porch (07/08/15)
A marijuana plant -- growing in a pot amidst flowers on the front porch of a home on U.S. 231 North near Deason -- caught the eye of a Bedford County deputy Monday night. Deputy Dillon Lipinski, who said he was attempting to serve an unrelated warrant, said he smelled marijuana as he was at the front door...
Safety checkpoint locations revealed (07/08/15)
Locations of upcoming "roadside safety checkpoints" have been released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A driver's license checkpoint will be held during the week of Saturday, July 11 on State Highway 437 (the Shelbyville bypass) at the 1.8 mile marker...
Courthouse escapee had asked for delay (07/08/15)
The call of freedom was too strong to overcome for a man just sentenced to four years in jail Tuesday. Tristan David McMahon, 24, ran from Bedford County Courthouse after he was sentenced for drug-related charges and possession of a weapon, authorities say. He was last seen running, still handcuffed, from the east basement stairs about 10:30 a.m...
WITH CLARIFICATION: Head-on crash leaves 1 dead (07/07/15)
A Shelbyville man died early Sunday in a head-on crash on U.S. 41A South about a half-mile east of Mullins Mill bridge. Christopher D. Young, 44, was killed instantly, investigators said. Young was northbound toward Shelbyville about 1 a.m. when his Mazda Tribute SUV crossed into the southbound lane, striking a Toyota pickup truck driven by Zachary J. Harris, 21, of Manchester head-on, State Trooper Barry Qualls said...
Fleeing suspect stopped by taser probes (07/07/15)
Officers used a taser to stop a fleeing suspect Saturday night. A Bedford County deputy deployed the taser on Greg Maurice Marlin, 32, of Hawkins Drive as he ran from King Arthur Trailer Park toward J.G. Helton Drive shortly after 6 p.m. The entire night shift of the Shelbyville Police Department and the deputy had gone to the trailer park to serve four warrants on Marlin -- three from March 2013 for evading arrest by foot, evading arrest by motor vehicle and driving while being an habitual motor vehicle offender, and a violation of probation warrant from April 2013.. ...
Pastor finds intruders in church (07/05/15)
Two intruders were discovered inside a Shelbyville church early Thursday. The pastor of Christian Chapel, West Jackson Street, told police two men were standing in the kitchen of the church when he arrived at 2:10 a.m. to start a fire for a smoked meat sale...
Unplanned pit stop (07/02/15)
Saturday was a muddy day for brothers Angel and Anthony Silva as the two found themselves in over their heads -- almost. Venturing down to Duck River through one of the river accesses on U.S. 41-A South, Angel Silva decided to drive his Jeep down one of the side roads. Due to Friday's heavy rains, the standing water was a little deeper than Angel anticipated. Fortunately, after a little help from his brother Anthony, Angel was able to make his way from the watery pit, motor still running...
Unbelted travelers face higher fines (07/02/15)
Failing to wear your seat belt or to have the proper car insurance has just gotten more expensive, according to Circuit Court Clerk Michelle Murray. New laws which took effect July 1 raise the fines for seat belt offenses from $10 for a first offense and $20 for a second or later offense to $25 for a first offense and $50 for second or later offenses. That's more than double...
Mustang race halted by officers (07/02/15)
Two men were stopped for allegedly racing their Ford Mustangs at extremely high speeds on U.S. 231 North late Tuesday night, police said. A Mustang driven by Nicholas Guarnieri was clocked at 105 mph and one driven by James Timberlake at 98 mph by Sgt, Gregg Loyd, according to his report...
Woman pulled by hair from home, hit with pistol (07/01/15)
A man who allegedly pulled a woman to his truck by her hair, fired his pistol and threatened to shoot her neighbor Sunday night faces multiple charges. Jeffrey Wayne Haithcote, 52, of Highway 64 East arrived at a Cliffside Avenue home after 11 p.m. Sunday and insisted the woman leave with him, Shelbyville police said. The woman had hidden from him and called friends to pick her up after an argument at an Interstate 24 exit early Sunday morning, she told police...
Driver suffers 'just a scratch' after accident (06/30/15)
The driver of this truck suffered only a scratch on his forehead after losing control Sunday morning on U.S. 231 South at Chestnut Ridge. Nothamma Vong Pradith, 28, of Antioch told State Trooper Wesley Vick he was northbound when he ran off the shoulder on a sharp curve at the midway point of the steep area, hit his brakes and began sliding.The corn-loaded truck's cab, right, was totally smashed. (T-G Photos by David Melson)
Intoxicated robbery victim hardly remembers it (06/30/15)
A neighbor was able to tell Shelbyville police details of a robbery the intoxicated victim says he can hardly remember. The man who said he was robbed of $1,500 at his Bird Street home Saturday night told police he only recalls his shirt being ripped off...
Watches stolen from residence (06/28/15)
Fourteen watches were stolen from a Landers Street home between Tuesday and Thursday, their owner told police. The owner said a dead bolt and the regular door lock to his apartment both locked when he left. Police said they saw no indications of forced entry or damage...
Terrorism conviction overturned (06/25/15)
A conviction for attempted terrorism against a man who made threats of violence at a Shelbyville school in late 2012 has been overturned by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Tyrone L. Watts of Tullahoma was sentenced in 2013 to a 16-year sentence for charges of attempted terrorism and disorderly conduct after he threatened to return to Thomas Magnet School with an AK-47 and kill everyone and himself...
Suspect allegedly flushes cocaine, swallows pot (06/23/15)
Cocaine and marijuana found in a Shelbyville home Saturday morning are believed to belong to a man who allegedly flushed and swallowed additional substances as officers arrived, police said. William Ladonte Davis, 33, of Nashville allegedly ran to the bathroom and flushed the toilet, then shoved a "small baggie which appeared to have a green substance in it...and grabbed it in his mouth," officer Brock Horner said in his report...
Fake $50s fly for fast food (06/21/15)
More reports are surfacing of $50 bills being passed at area businesses. One of the bills was used for a purchase at Captain D's, Madison Street, on Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. An employee said he remembers the transaction, describing the man who passed the bill as black, standing about 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with shoulder-length dreadlocks and gold on his front teeth, and driving a blue Nissan Altima. The description is similar to those given by workers at two other firms...
Fake $50 bill passed, another detected (06/19/15)
A counterfeit $50 bill was passed at one Shelbyville store and an attempt was made to pass another Wednesday, police. The suspect paid for a bag of chips and a soft drink at one of the Family Dollar stores shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, then walked to a blue car with a license plate with red letters, police were told...
Pot found in car after disturbance (06/17/15)
Marijuana was found in a car driven to Heritage Medical Center by what police termed a "disorderly patient" Sunday night. Leigh Elizabeth Hopkins, 26, of Oreland, Pennsylvania allegedly jumped over a counter, then "kicked and yelled" with hospital personnel for about 35 minutes before being subdued, officer Jose Garza's report said...
Nicholson leaves fire department for academy position (06/14/15)
Shelbyville assistant fire chief and fire marshal Brian Nicholson is stepping down to accept a position at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy. Nicholson, who has served 16 years with Shelbyville Fire Department, will become an instructor supervisor in the codes division of the academy...
Suspect charged in statutory rape cases (06/14/15)
A Shelbyville man has been charged in connection with alleged incidents involving teenagers near his home. Richard Taylor Napper, 68, of Landers Street is charged with four counts of aggravated statutory rape and one count of violation of an order of protection...
Suspect can't get away from officer (06/12/15)
A suspect was charged with evading arrest after refusing an officer's orders to stop Tuesday night. Kirby Lashune Butcher allegedly threatened a Belmont Avenue property owner with a beer bottle when told to leave, Shelbyville police said. Butcher said he was "scared" and ran from police but was detained by officer Todd Sanders moments later...
Bad drivers lead man to speed 82 mph (06/10/15)
A driver who told police he was "upset" about poor drivers was clocked at 82 mph on Madison Street near Davis Lane on Monday afternoon. Officer Tory Moore said he heard a diesel engine at "wide open throttle" while parked running radar, then watched a truck driven by Cody Williams of Shelbyville accelerate from approximately 68 mph at the Madison Street-Bethany Lane intersection to 82 mph at his location...
Vehicle hits 3, goes on (06/09/15)
"The next thing I knew I was being struck from behind and flipped upside down," Luis Rojas told Shelbyville police after he and two other people -- one of them a child -- were hit by a vehicle as they walked on Deery Street just north of Madison Street late Sunday night...
He wasn't the Hulk...and he couldn't force way into store (06/09/15)
The Hulk didn't make an appearance in Shelbyville over the weekend. But a man who police say "must have thought he had Hulk strength" attempted to break into a Shelbyville sporting goods store early Saturday. An alarm alerted officers to glass breaking at Hibbett Sports, North Main Street, at 5:54 a.m. No glass was broken but a door lock had been obviously tampered with, officer Brock Horner's report said...
One seriously injured as truck flips in wreck (06/05/15)
A two-vehicle accident in front of Cascade Elementary School left one man critically injured and two other people hurt late Thursday morning. A Lincoln Continental driven by Dawn Brown, 50, of Shelbyville ran a stop sign at Wartrace-Bell Buckle Road (State Highway 269) in front of Cascade Elementary School while traveling north on Fairfield Pike, State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Suspect gives fake name, tries to run (06/05/15)
A woman attempted to run from officers Wednesday after being told a warrant would be served on her, police said. Sha'Para Etta Lacha Johnson, 25, of Cedar River Road was a passenger in a car stopped by police on Fairground Heights. All inside were asked their names and dates of birth and she allegedly misidentified herself, officer Jon Cooke's report said...
Tools taken from Bell Buckle home (06/04/15)
A drill, saw, lights, a sander and $260 worth of assorted tools were taken overnight Monday from a home on Cumberland Street in Bell Buckle. No signs of forced entry were found, but the resident told deputy Tim Fox all the doors had been locked. Other area thefts reported:...
Truck set on fire behind house (06/03/15)
A 1970 Chevrolet pickup burned Monday night behind a Cherokee Trail home. A neighbor told police a man walked around the house carrying a red bag, then got into the back of a dark-colored car which left with the rear door still open. The neighbor noticed a fire immediately after the man left...
Escaped serious injury (06/02/15)
Flamingo-carrying man demands cash (06/02/15)
A man carrying two decorative pink flamingos demanded money from an employee of a Shelbyville boutique Friday afternoon. "I'm not leaving without gas money...I really need money," the man said after attempting to sell the flamingos to the employee of Southern Charm Boutique, Noblitt Street...
Goodbye, 'Miss Jo' (06/02/15)
"This is Miss Jo, signing off. Thanks for all the memories!" Shelbyville police dispatcher Jo Ann Rodgers radioed at 5:45 a.m. today, ending her final all-night shift after almost 32 years of service. She was honored with a retirement ceremony Monday, receiving a Bible from police chief Jan Phillips. left, and assistant police chief Mike Rogers, right, as sheriff and former police chief Austin Swing looks on...
Driver clocked at 118 mph on North Main Street (05/31/15)
A driver was clocked at 118 mph in a 45 mph zone on North Main Street during the Thursday morning commute. Officer Michael Taylor spotted the Hyundai Elantra driven by Jonathan Michael Majors, 21, near Victory Baptist Church at 8:15 a.m. Majors allegedly passed vehicles in the center turning lane as he headed out U.S. 231 before officer Darrell Birdsong was able to catch up with and stop him past Hurricane Creek...
Late-night intruder takes computer (05/29/15)
A Scudder Drive resident said a man who entered her home and woke her up at 2:30 a.m. Thursday left with a laptop computer. The intruder asked for $50 he claimed another family member owed him before leaving in a small white car, Shelbyvile police said...
Stolen car found blazing in road (05/28/15)
A partially-stripped car was found burning in the middle of Squire Jones Road in northern Bedford County early Tuesday morning. The motor, transmission, front seats, tires and rims were removed before the car was set ablaze, Deputy Robert Filer said. The car was completely destroyed by the time Filer and firefighters arrived shortly after 7 a.m...
Expansion of current jail proposed (05/27/15)
Bedford County Sheriff's Department has proposed -- as an option, not a recommendation -- that the county consider expanding Bedford County Jail at its current location. This would be accomplished by tearing down the house which currently houses jail offices; those offices would be moved into the former state unemployment offices facing North Main Street, on a parcel adjoining the jail and sheriff's department property, if the county is able to buy the facility from the state...
Vacuum cleaner saleman suspected of taking wallet (05/27/15)
Two men attempting to sell new vacuum cleaners are suspected of stealing a wallet from an Old Center Church Road home Friday. The men talked to an older resident of the home in the den as his wife and grandson had dinner in the kitchen, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Teens charged in multiple church break-ins (05/24/15)
Two teenagers' late-night visits to Blankenship United Methodist Church are over. A Bedford County deputy woke them up Wednesday just before midnight after a security camera system was installed. The teens, a boy and girl, admitted entering the building numerous times since Monday, May 11, Deputy Trey Green said...
Stolen car found near McMinnville (05/22/15)
A car stolen from a Neeley Avenue apartment complex overnight Monday was found Tuesday afternoon in Warren County, police said. The keys to the 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo had been left in the vehicle -- in front of the console under the radio -- along with the owner's wallet and driver's license...
Motorist points gun at passing driver (05/20/15)
A woman allegedly pointed a gun at and threatened another driver Monday afternoon on Zion Hill Road near Unionville. The suspect was driving a black SUV, passed the victim driving in the otner direction, then quickly stopped and yelled at her, deputy Tim Fox's report said...
Judge denies pornographer's appeal (05/19/15)
A Shelbyville man has lost an appeal to overturn an "excessive sentence" for possession of child porn. In March 2014, Jeremiah Thomas Sullivan was given an effective 28-year sentence for distributing child pornography while making lewd requests of a mother and her young children...
Cellphone, $150 stolen as restaurant employee sleeps (05/17/15)
A cell phone, $150, cigarettes and lighter belonging to an employee of Shelby Gyros, Madison Street, were stolen as he slept on the sidewalk behind the restaurant at midday Thursday. The victim told police he suspects the items were taken by an individual who had been hanging around the store asking people for money...
Helper seduces disabled teenager (05/15/15)
An assistant on a bus for special education students has been charged with meeting and having sex with a mentally challenged 17-year-old boy on three occasions. Angela Christine French, 25, of Baker Street was arrested early Wednesday after being found with the boy, who authorities were told is schizophrenic and has the mind of a 10-year-old, behind a convenience store in rural Bedford County...
Business Destroyed (05/13/15)
Man faces major charges after assaulting friend (05/12/15)
A Shelbyville man is being held on $180,000 bond after assaulting his girlfriend late last week, police say. Michael Shaun Blackman, 36, of Sims Road attempted to rape the woman twice, refused to let her leave his home for more than 24 hours, and assaulted her twice with various objects, Shelbyville police said...
County must pay Hall $200K more (05/10/15)
Bedford County has been ordered to pay over $200,000 in legal fees and front pay to a former county corrections officer. In March, a jury awarded $385,000 to Virginia Lynn Hall for being fired in violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, determining she was owed for back pay, humiliation, and embarrassment...
Pills found on woman following arrest (05/08/15)
Drugs were found in the possession of a woman arrested after allegedly staggering along the shoulder of the roadway in the Fairfield Pike-437 Bypass area early Wednesday night, police said. A nurse at Heritage Medical Center discovered a bottle containing 25 pills of seven different types of medication in the possession of Juanita Morella, 63, of Christiana, officer Todd Sanders' report said. ...
Attacker KOs woman, steals $98 (05/06/15)
A woman said she was attacked and robbed of $98 at a South Cannon Boulevard apartment building early Saturday, police were told Monday. The victim said she got out of her car around 1 a.m., heard someone behind her as she walked to her apartment and was punched in the face as she turned around to look...
Jaws donation helps save lives (04/30/15)
MURFREESBORO -- Bedford County Fire Department has received two Hurst Jaws of Life vehicle extraction tools thanks to a grant. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation made the $20,000 grant to the fire department based on an application that Lt. Chris Reed made in January. Reed said the department was notified in March that it received the grant...
County may owe more to fired worker (04/30/15)
A former county corrections officer could receive more than $75,000 in front pay in addition to damages awarded over her firing in 2012, according to court documents. Last month, a jury found that Virginia Lynn Hall was terminated from the Bedford County Jail in violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, determining she was owed $385,000 for back pay, humiliation, and embarrassment...
Drive-by shooting suspect found with pot (04/30/15)
A suspect in an April 14 drive-by shooting possessed marijuana when he was arrested Tuesday night, Shelbyville police said. Tyias Sayvon Allison, 19, of Green Lane was found hiding in a closet by officer Cody Swift as police searched an Elizabeth Street home for a runaway juvenile. Officers found .27 grams of marijuana in his clothing as he surrendered without incident...
Two charged in Harris bomb threat (04/29/15)
The frustration of two days' worth of bomb threats to Shelbyville schools showed in the words and expressions of parents lined up for more than a half-mile outside Harris Middle School late Wednesday morning. "This is just getting ridiculous. What's the point in it?" parent Whitney Hampton said as she waited to pick up her child at nearby Learning Way Elementary, where Harris students were taken...
Large sum stolen from locked vehicle (04/29/15)
A locked car was entered and $2,500 cash and three credit cards stolen at an Anderton Road home between 1-7 a.m. Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department reported. A 20-inch wheel and tire was stolen from a Land Rover at Hockaday Auto Repair, April Lane, overnight Monday, police were told. The other wheels were left behind because wheel locks couldn't be removed...
UPDATE: Officials try to find who left Central bomb threat (04/28/15)
Shelbyville Central High School was the victim of a bomb threat Tuesday morning -- one of several apparent copy-cat incidents that have occurred at schools in Middle Tennessee over the past week. Bedford County School Superintendant Don Embry said he was informed about 7:45 Tuesday morning by school administrators that a message was left on a girls restroom wall that a bomb was planted in a backpack in the building...
Driver in fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide (04/28/15)
A vehicular homicide charge has been filed against a 74-year-old Shelbyville woman who investigators say caused a fatal accident last December. Marilyn C, Flannery of Earnhart Street ran head-on into a car in which Linda H. Talley, 66, of Shelbyville was killed Dec. 27 on U.S. 41A South, State Trooper Casey Newsom's report said...
Angry driver rams vehicle for passing him (04/28/15)
A man and his son told Shelbyville police another driver intentionally rammed their SUV after they passed him on U.S. 231 South late Sunday morning. Two additional witnesses said the other vehicle, a battered black Chevrolet Suburban, had been "driving recklessly all over road" and almost hit seven or eight other vehicles...
BREAKING: Bomb threat at Central High (04/28/15)
Shelbyville Central High students were evacuated to the football field early this morning after a bomb threat was received at the school. Watch t-g.com for further developments.
One hurt (04/26/15)
A Shelbyville man was shaken up Thursday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Fairfield Pike. Bobby Neal King of Alton Avenue was transported to Heritage Medical Center. According to witnesses, King struck a stone wall head-on and his vehicle spun in the air several times before coming to a rest across the road. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
UPDATE: Man loses life in 3-vehicle wreck (04/23/15)
A Shelbyville man was killed in a three-vehicle collision at the Madison Street-Celebration Drive intersection this morning. Jan Crowell was dead at the scene of the crash, police said. He was trapped in the truck he was driving after it was involved in a collision with two other trucks about 7:15 a.m...
Theft suspects accused of hiding items (04/23/15)
Two women were charged with allegedly walking from Dollar General Market, North Main Street, with a compact disc player, M&M candies, a Mountain Dew soft drink and bag of socks in their purses. Store employees detained Robin Louise Campbell, 32, and Victoria Ann Davenport, 28, both of an Adcock Road address, until Shelbyville police arrived Tuesday. Both were charged with theft of property and posted $250 bond each...
Hit-and-run suspect allegedly hit truck (04/22/15)
Tire tracks and an anonymous caller led police to a woman who allegedly hid her truck in a barn following a hit-and-run accident Monday afternoon. Nancy Prosser was arrested at her Knights Campground Road home Monday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. Prosser was involved in an accident with another vehicle on South Cannon Boulevard, then ran another vehicle off the road while fleeing out Highway 64 West, witnesses told officer Brock Horner...
Suspect charged in porn cases (04/21/15)
A Shelbyville man has been indicted by the Bedford County grand jury on multiple counts of possessing child pornography. Cristian Vjede Torres, 24, faces charges of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, exploitation of a minor by electronic means, solicitation of a minor, (four counts), and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor...
Rough night for Liberty in defeat (04/19/15)
It was a rough outing for the Liberty Lady Patriots on Friday evening in a 17-5 loss to visiting Moore County. Moore County drove in eight runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to the victory. Liberty was hampered by 11 errors in the field, but managed to push five runs across the plate...
Troopers saturate county (04/19/15)
A few extra motorcycle-riding state troopers were stopping drivers right and left Friday in Shelbyville and Bedford County. It was part of a "saturation of area" program designed to reduce accidents and fatalities in areas with the highest rates of potential accidents, Lt. Bill Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said...
Intruder steals money from Shelbyville church (04/19/15)
Money was stolen from a Shelbyville church Thursday, police were told. An envelope containing $80 was missing from one of several offices that had been ransacked but everything else was intact, officer Clint Adams' report said. Entry was gained by breaking a window, on which blood was found, police said...
Refrigerator, dryer stolen from home (04/16/15)
A refrigerator, dryer and two water filtration systems were stolen from a Mount Herman Road home with the past few days, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told Tuesday. Jail intake The following were arrested since Monday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Flat Creek wreck (04/16/15)
Mariya Campbell, 18, of Lynchburg was shaken up following a one-vehicle accident on Highway 82 South near the Moore County line Wednesday morning. She was taken to Heritage Medical Center for observation. (T-G Photos by Brian Mosely)
Hanging on for dear life: Kayaker survives ordeal (04/14/15)
For 30 minutes Sunday afternoon, Marty Wolfe of Moore County hung onto a tree branch in Duck River as her friends screamed for help. Wolfe's voice, and those of her friends, echoed across the isolated area just west of Three Forks Bridge near Haley after her kayak was swept from her in the fast-moving waters of Duck River...
Door slam gets burglary suspect arrested quickly (04/14/15)
A man caught allegedly breaking into a vehicle early Monday is suspected of a wave of vehicle thefts across eastern Shelbyville over the past few weeks, police say. David Michael Townley, 28, of Belmont Avenue fits the description of a man allegedly seen breaking into a vehicle at a Woodland Avenue home at 12:20 a.m. Monday. A man described as a "clean shaven male with black leather jacket and blue jeans" ran away from the car after the resident heard a door slam...
Drug agents make small dent in crystal meth 'epidemic' (04/12/15)
Crystal meth is growing more popular with drug abusers and, while law enforcement are going all out, officers wish there was more they could do. "I wish we had more people to fight it," Assistant Director Tim Miller of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force said Friday. "Right now, it's an epidemic. If anyone can help us we'd welcome it."...
House seriously damaged by drill (04/09/15)
More than $8,000 damage -- much of it with a drill -- was done to a recently-auctioned home on Sunset Street in Unionville, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. Approximately 80 holes were drilled into the walls, deputy Tim Fox said. The holes account for more than $5,400 worth of damage, including 25 more in kitchen cabinets, seven in doors and four in a bathtub...
Robbery, assault suspect allegedly tried to hide (04/08/15)
Multiple charges have been filed against a man accused of demanding guns and money from a Unionville-Deason Road resident after breaking into her home March 28. Coby Allan Davis, 24, was arrested Monday night at an apartment on Main Street in Wartrace by Deputy Chris Morton...
Refusals don't stop woman from driving away with car (04/07/15)
An allegedly-intoxicated woman took a car -- and $60 -- from a neighbor without permission Friday, police said. "Here she comes in my vehicle," the victim said as Stephanie Sherrell Harris, 29, of Wartrace Pike drove up Ligon Drive, stopped and picked a small child up from the passenger seat, officer Cody Swift said in his report...
Women injured in Friday night crash (04/05/15)
A Shelbyville woman was seriously injured in a crash on Normandy Road just outside Tullahoma in Coffee County late Friday night. Sara Norman, 27, of Shelbyville was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report...
BREAKING: More charges filed in child abuse case (04/03/15)
As a seriously-abused 9-year-old is reported in "good spirits" while recovering from her injuries, more charges have been filed against her caretakers. "After discussion with the district attorney, the decision was made to issue two more aggravated child abuse charges against Rochelle Clayton and three charges of aggravated child abuse against Maurice Clayton," Detective Sgt. Charles Merlo of the Shelbyville Police Department said Friday afternoon...
Jail lawsuit moved to federal court (04/03/15)
A civil rights suit alleging a Bedford County Jail inmate was refused medicine last year has been moved to federal court. David Gifford II is demanding at least $1,950,000 in punitive and compensatory damages, claiming that he was hospitalized after being denied medication for his condition as a insulin-dependent diabetic...
Driver faces DUI, marijuana charges (04/03/15)
A DUI/marijuana suspect told Shelbyville police, "Just arrest me, I couldn't pass your test," after he was told sobriety tests would be performed during a traffic stop early Thursday. So Shawn Lee Baffo, 26, of West End Circle, was arrested without the tests...
Driver denies alleged road rage incident (04/02/15)
The man accused of threatening to hit another driver following an alleged road rage incident Monday denies the incident happened. "I pulled my hand back to comb my hair," Christopher Taylor of Shelbyville told the T-G on Tuesday. "I never tried to hit him."...
Unplanned trip ends run to store (04/02/15)
A couple's trip to Walmart took a detour Wednesday afternoon when their Cadillac crashed into an abandoned trailer on Warners Bridge Road. Bonnie Crouch of Earnhardt Street lost control of the vehicle as she was inbound toward Shelbyville, officer Michael Taylor of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Mathis admits guilt (04/01/15)
The former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD) pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft over $10,000, making restitution to the ECD. Cathey D. Mathis made the plea before senior judge and former Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers. She was placed on three years unsupervised probation as part of her no contest plea. Summers also ruled Mathis was eligible for judicial diversion...
Multiple vehicles entered across city (04/01/15)
Vehicles were entered at three locations across Shelbyville over the past week, police report. A Springfield Arms XD9 semi-automatic pistol and sunglasses case were taken from one of two trucks at a Wall Street home overnight Wednesday of last week, police were told Monday. One of the trucks was entered through a sliding rear window...
Texts land teacher in trouble (03/31/15)
A longtime Cascade High School math teacher has been charged with solicitation of a minor in alleged texts to a student. James David Sanders, 58, of Idle Drive in Shelbyville was arrested Sunday. Sanders allegedly texted inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old girl in one of his classes, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Special needs child tied, hit by caregiver (03/31/15)
A 9-year-old special needs child is in a Nashville hospital due to injuries allegedly inflicted by a caregiver. Rochelle Lee Clayton, 38, of Tanner Circle is charged with aggravated child abuse. The child is being treated at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital...
More lawsuits allege poor jail conditions (03/31/15)
Another suit claiming overcrowding and cold food at Bedford County Jail has been filed against the county, several current officials and a former official. The handwritten federal civil rights suit was filed by Issac Scott Blanton and Bobby Jerome Merrell, who are currently housed in separate correctional facilities in Tennessee...
Man accused of TennCare fraud (03/31/15)
A Bedford County man has been charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare to go to multiple providers to obtain controlled substances. Samuel L. Harris, Jr., 40, of Shelbyville was arrested and charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by doctor shopping, which is using TennCare as payment for the prescriptions, office visit or both...
Woman returns home, finds man with gun (03/31/15)
An armed man demanding guns and money surprised a Unionville-Deason Road resident as she returned home Saturday night. "You got home sooner than I thought you would," the man told her as he came from her bedroom and pointed a "long-barrel shotgun" in her face, Deputy Monte Moore's report said...
One injured in bypass accident (03/26/15)
Another injury occurred at a Route 437 (Shelbyville bypass) intersection Wednesday night -- but not at Fairfield Pike, site of several major crashes. State Trooper Steve Sanders inspects the vehicle in which Barbara Church of Shelbyville was hurt. She was airlifted to Nashville after pulling from Horse Mountain Road into the path of the truck driven by Benjamin Burton of Shelbyville, authorities said. Burton told medical personnel he was not injured. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Road rage victim charged with reckless driving (03/26/15)
The driver accused of shooting a "bird" at a retired state trooper who allegedly pointed a gun at him Sunday was charged with reckless driving in an incident Tuesday morning, Shelbyville police said. Christopher Taylor told Sgt. James Wilkerson he was "frustrated with his vehicle because of mechanical issues," so he spun the 1999 Chevrolet Camaro's tires and slid across South Cannon Boulevard near Lewis Avenue, the intersection where Sunday's alleged incident began...
Stay alive and serve, firefighters urged (03/25/15)
Firefighter safety was stressed at a seminar held Monday night at Shelbyville Central High School, attended by several dozen firefighters. Dewey V. Woody Jr. of Tennessee Emergency Management Agency presented the program, which was hosted by Bedford County Fire Department...
Collectible dolls stolen from home (03/25/15)
Three collectible "lifelike baby dolls," a bracelet, wash rags and $50 were stolen from a Corner Mill Road home between March 3-6, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told Wednesday. No signs of forced entry were found. The tractor-trailer driver accused of pushing a car across Madison Street at Deery Street last June has been jailed after failing to appear for a court date...
Fired jailer awarded $385K (03/24/15)
A Bedford County jury has awarded a former corrections officer $385,000 in damages following a civil trial over her firing in 2012. The jury found that Virginia Lynn Hall was terminated from her position at Bedford County Jail in violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, awarding damages following a four-day civil trial last week...
Ex-trooper pulls gun on motorist (03/24/15)
A retired state trooper was charged with aggravated assault Sunday after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at another driver during a road rage incident. Russell Wayne Humphreys, 67, of Redbud Drive allegedly "pulled out a gun and pointed it" at Christopher Taylor of Shelbyville, officer Mitchell Warren's report said...
Scam Watch: 'Grant recipient' loses $250 in phone scam (03/24/15)
A scam victim lost slightly more than $250 Friday to a man who claimed she was receiving a grant. The caller, claiming to be "Edward Cole" from Washington, D.C., told her she was eligible for a $7,250 grant if she'd wire him a $250 processing fee, Bedford County deputy Trey Green said in a report...
Burglary suspect arrested driving stolen car (03/24/15)
A suspect in a burglary early Saturday at Landers Tire, South Cannon Boulevard, was arrested a few hours later in West Tennessee driving a stolen car, investigators said. Security video showed a man entering the business office at 2:36 a.m., going through the office and shop area "several times" and taking key fobs for two customers' vehicles before driving away in a 2004 Ford Taurus left at the business by Shelbyville Auto Sales, officer Jon Cooke's report said...
One joint invokes jail sentence (03/20/15)
Smoking a joint at a Super Bowl party last year was enough to send a man to jail for almost 10 years, an appeals court has ruled. David Muangkhot pled guilty in January 2005 to one count of sale of a Schedule I controlled substance and one count of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with the intent to sell...
Freeze put on ice: Crystal meth, pot off street (03/20/15)
Cooperation between area law enforcement could lead to federal charges against a pair found with a large amount of drugs and weapons Tuesday. Members of the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force, Shelbyville police and a Bedford County deputy executed search warrants at a residence on Midland Road...
Truckers smoke pot during break (03/20/15)
Two truckers were charged with smoking marijuana at the truck entrance to Wal-Mart Distribution Center on Wednesday. Police were notified that marijuana was being smoked in the cab of a tractor-trailer. Officer Michael Taylor said he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from a truck owned by Charles D. Bolt...
Inmates don't pay county for their stays (03/19/15)
Bedford County charges local inmates, as opposed to felons being held on behalf of the state, $30.77 per day to stay in the jail. "Do any of them pay it? Probably not," said Sheriff Austin Swing during his report at Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement and workhouse committee...
2 charged in meth bust (03/19/15)
One of the largest-ever amounts of crystal methamphetamine found in Bedford County was confiscated by law enforcement Tuesday at a Midland Road home. Takesta Lynne Smith, 34, and Souriya Syharath, 32, were arrested following a search of their residence, Assistant Director Tim Miller of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force said...
Kidnapper off the streets (03/19/15)
A man received a 35-year sentence for kidnaping and beating his girlfriend in 2013. Paul Brent Baxter, 43, received a 20-year sentence at 100 percent for aggravated kidnapping and 15 years at 45 percent for aggravated assault from Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard...
Scam Watch: Fake 'corporate' caller hits Walmart for $1K (03/19/15)
Many frauds involve individuals being told to purchase Green Dot cards or send MoneyGrams at Walmart. Walmart itself became a victim on Monday. A caller claiming to be from Walmart's corporate offices cheated the Shelbyville store out of more than $1,700 Monday, police said...
Fleeing man leaves behind drugs (03/19/15)
A bag dropped by a man running from police Tuesday contained two types of illegal drugs, police said. Officers answering a domestic violence call on Carter Street saw a suspect running from the home, who "screamed 'I didn't do anything'" before outrunning police, officer Ronnie Blankenship's report said...
'Crime of passion': Husband killed wife due to alleged affair, say attorneys (03/18/15)
With defense attorneys calling his alleged actions "a crime of passion," a Franklin County man accused of murdering his wife last weekend was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. James Timothy Hall of Winchester had bond set at $750,000 by General Sessions Judge Charles Rich. A preliminary hearing is set for May 28...
Several items taken, pry bar left behind (03/18/15)
A drill, grinder, wrench set and voltmeter were taken from an unlocked shed at a Roscoe Road home between Friday and Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department reported. A pry bar was left behind. The following were arrested since Monday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
$144,000 embezzled from firm (03/17/15)
Two women were charged with embezzlement from a Shelbyville business by the Bedford County grand jury Monday. Melissa Martin and Jessica Estrada were indicted on direct presentment. Martin was charged with theft over $60,000, while Estrada was charged with theft over $10,000...
Playing with gun no joke for gunshot victim (03/17/15)
A man who told police he was "just playing" with a friend's gun accidently shot him Friday afternoon at a Blue Ribbon Parkway home, police said. Kyle Lee Burnett was shot by Javier Castillo, 18, of King Arthur Trailer Park. "He told me he was just going to point it at Kyle and aim at him through the scope, but he somehow pulled the trigger," officer Tory Moore said in his report. "He said he was just messing around and did not mean to shoot his friend."...
Attempt to steal clothes, shades fails (03/15/15)
A woman allegedly concealed clothing items and put on a pair of sunglasses before attempting to walk away from Walmart on Thursday morning, Shelbyville police said. Adriana Marie Henderson, 25, of Murfreesboro allegedly walked past all pay points before being stopped by store personnel. She was charged with criminal trespassing and shoplifting and posted $1,000 bond...
Husband shoots, kills wife (03/14/15)
A Winchester woman was shot dead by her husband at a Fairfield home this morning. Kristal L. Hall, 46, of 207 Franklin Park in Winchester, died from one shot to the head, Sheriff Austin Swing said. James Tim Hall, 48, of the same Winchester address, has been charged with first degree murder and reckless endangerment. He is being held without bond pending a hearing Monday, Swing said...
3 vehicles entered in burglary spree (03/13/15)
Items were stolen from three vehicles in eastern Shelbyville during an overnight spree Tuesday and early Wednesday. A wedding band, 15 compact discs and $6 in cash were taken from the floorboard of one vehicle and a TomTom GPS unit and $9 in cash from the center console of another at adjoining Belmont Avenue homes overnight Tuesday, police said...
Camera catches alleged cattle thieves (03/12/15)
A trail camera on a Bedford County farm helped investigators round up three men suspected of stealing cattle. The camera was installed at a farm off Highway 82 South near Flat Creek after the theft of two dairy calves in January, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture said. The camera showed a third calf being taken in February...
Ex-deputies awarded $75K each (03/11/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve a settlement with former Bedford County Sheriff's Department employees David Sakich and Kevin Holton, each of whom will receive $75,000 after having been dismissed last September. Sakich and Holton had been among the plaintiffs in a high-profile wage and hour lawsuit against the county during the administration of the previous sheriff, Randall Boyce. ...
Pot found after man passes out (03/11/15)
A small bag of marijuana was found on a man arrested after he passed out while sitting in his truck outside a Shelbyville store Monday morning. Jose Francisco De La Cruz, 42, of Nashville told police he had driven to Shelbyville to meet a friend. He stopped at Wedge Market, Belmont Avenue, where police were called to check on him...
Smoking A/C unit checked (03/10/15)
Smoke coming from an air conditioning unit atop the Kangaroo store at South Cannon Boulevard and Lewis Avenue is investigated by Shelbyville firefighters shortly after noon Sunday. (T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
Thief tries to sell more than $1,000 worth of aluminum (03/10/15)
An estimated 1,300 pounds of scrap aluminum vehicle parts and accessories stolen from a salvage yard on U.S. 41A North were sold to a Shelbyville scrap dealer Friday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Department report. The buyer notified the victim after discovering the aluminum -- valued at $1,040 -- was stolen and is holding it for investigators...
Investigation reviewed (03/10/15)
Bedford County detectives, Sheriff Austin Swing and Chief Deputy Jason Williams visited Tennessee Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Nashville Wednesday to review the homicide investigation of Lois Espy with TBI agents involved. TBI Director Mark Gwyn and Austin Swing addressed the attendees on the importance of working together, especially when dealing with cases such as Espy's. (Submitted photo)
Two face charges for possessing oxycodone (03/06/15)
Two were charged with possessing oxycodone -- a schedule II drug -- in separate incidents, Shelbyville police said. Jeffrey Smith, whose age and address were not immediately available, was stopped Wednesday morning on Hillcrest Drive by Lt. Nikia Elliott and Deputy Brandon Jarrell of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, who were serving a warrant...
Gunshots from passing car hit man (03/05/15)
Shots from a passing car seriously injured a Deason-area man Tuesday night. Kenneth Davis of Unionville-Deason Road was shot several times in the leg as he stood outside his home around 8 p.m., the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. "He was in his front yard and a dark car drove by and someone shot at him," Deputy Steve Mills' report said...
Sleety blast: Another winter storm leaves roads messy (03/05/15)
Winter-weary Bedford County was hit with another wave of frozen precipitation overnight -- this time, primarily sleet and ice. Bedford County Schools and the School-Age Care Program were closed today, as were Bedford County government offices and Tennessee College of Applied Technology...
Vehicle stolen, another left behind (03/04/15)
One vehicle was stolen and an attempt was made to steal another Monday from an auxiliary Shelbyville Auto Sales parking lot on Prince Street, police said. A 2005 Kia Sorrento taken over the weekend was tracked by GPS to a home on Warners Bridge Road on Monday morning. A command to disable the vehicle's engine was sent to the vehicle's GPS, but it failed and, a few minutes later, the vehicle was tracked to Hurt Road in Marshall County...
Jail employee charged with advances toward inmates (03/03/15)
A Bedford County Jail employee accused of making unwanted advances toward female inmates is now an inmate himself. Rafael Edgardo Morales, 62, of Gant Road is charged with sexual contact with inmates. He was arrested Tuesday following questioning, Sheriff Austin Swing said...
Computer, monitor stolen from Shelbyville church (03/03/15)
A computer and monitor were stolen from a Shelbyville church Saturday night. The front door was smashed at El Roi Church, South Spring Street, between 7-8:40 p.m., police were told. Marijuana was found on a woman while bond was being set at the judicial commissioner's office Saturday morning, Shelbyville police said...
Police search for teen runaways (03/02/15)
Two Shelbyville teenagers haven't been seen since Friday, and their families and law enforcement are searching and hoping for their safe return. Brezhae Castleman, 15, and Carrie Champion, 14, may have left together, officials say. Their whereabouts were unknown as of Monday...
Suspect arrested in woman's death (03/01/15)
The neighbor of a woman found dead alongside a Bedford County roadside last Monday has been charged in her death. William Russell Brace, 60, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Lois Jean Espy, 86. Her body was discovered around sunrise Monday, Feb. 23 on Mullins Mill Road a half-mile north of U.S. 41A South...
Appeal denied in cocaine sale case (03/01/15)
A Smyrna man convicted of selling cocaine in Shelbyville has lost an appeal of his case. Rubalddi Espinoza Yoc was sentenced to nine years incarceration, with all but one year suspended on probation, following an undercover bust and trial. Yoc was found guilty by a jury of one count of possession with intent to sell 0.5 grams or more of the drug and one count of delivery of 0.5 grams or more. In the appeal, Yoc challenged the sufficiency of the evidence...
THP announces March checkpoints (02/28/15)
Three safety checkpoints are scheduled in March by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A driver's license checkpoint is scheduled during the week of March 6 at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Midland Road and Whiteside Road. A sobriety checkpoint will begin at 11 p.m. during the week of March 13 on U.S. 231 North at the 15-mile marker...
License plate taken from pickup truck (02/27/15)
The license plate was stolen from a pickup truck at a Maple Street home Wednesday or earlier, police were told. The victim said he didn't want someone to be "running around with my tag and get into something." The following were arrested since Wednesday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Murder victim identified (02/27/15)
The body found alongside Mullins Mill Road on Monday has been identified as a Murfreesboro woman. Lois Jean Espy, 86, apparently lived alone, Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said Thursday, but has family in the Nashville area. Her body was positively identified by the state medical examiner's office, said Susan Niland, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation....
Just who is she? (02/25/15)
Law enforcement officers are joining the public in frustration over not being able to discover more information on the dead woman found Monday morning alongside Mullins Mill Road. "We don't have the two key things we need -- who she is and who did it," Sheriff Austin Swing said...
Criminal case against Hord disappears (02/25/15)
The criminal case against Bedford County's former child abuse investigator, who was charged with theft, has been retired. Rebecca Hord, 59, of Shelbyville was indicted in 2013 for theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery. According to an agreed order, the theft charges have been retired for two years, and if all conditions set for Hord are completed, the court could be petitioned to dismiss the case and expunge her record...
Ex-inmate files suit against county (02/25/15)
A former Bedford County Jail inmate is demanding nearly $2 million in a civil rights suit alleging he was refused medicine while in custody last year, which he claims resulted in hospitalization. David Gifford II asks at least $1,950,000 in punitive and compensatory damages...
Two homes entered in East Side area (02/25/15)
Two unlocked homes on adjoining streets in eastern Shelbyville were entered Tuesday, police said. "Numerous" collector coins, $3,035 cash and a check for $200 were stolen from a Jarrell Street residence between 2:15 and 4 p.m. Some of the money was taken from a safe which the owner told police had been locked but was opened without damage...
Keep safe while using candles (02/25/15)
Especially during these winter months, decorative and fragranced candles are popular d├ęcor in many homes. However, candles have caused significant loss of life, injury and property damage when used improperly. On the heels of this winter's dangerous ice storm, the State Fire Marshal's Office reminds Tennesseans to always use candles with care...
Body found by roadside: Woman's identity remains unknown (02/24/15)
More than 24 hours after the naked body of an elderly woman was found alongside Mullins Mill Road east of Shelbyville, authorities still don't know her identity -- but say she was murdered. The woman -- who appeared to be in her 70s, according to Sheriff Austin Swing -- may have suffered in her final moments of life...
Shelter staff learns from experience (02/24/15)
Gene Williams, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, said that while there were no real users of the Red Cross's mass power outage shelter last week at Fair Haven Baptist Church, everyone was pleased with the effort, and it served as good experience for future outages...
Second victim dies from bypass crash (02/24/15)
Another person has died as the result of a Feb. 12 wreck at the dangerous Fairfield Pike-State Route 437 intersection. James Douglas "Doug" Smith, 71, of Manchester was riding in the rear seat of an SUV driven by his sister-in-law, Ruth Smith, also of Manchester. He died Feb, 15 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Body found alongside road; victim not identified (02/23/15)
The body of a woman was found alongside Mullins Mill Road east of Shelbyville, officials said. At mid-morning the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had joined Bedford County investigators about a half-mile north of U.S. 41A South. The body, which authorities said had "several wounds," was off the east side of the roadway near a fence...
Suspect accused of selling cocaine, pot (02/22/15)
Officers arrested a man accused of selling crack cocaine following controlled purchases, the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force said. Derrion Avonte Buchanan, 28, of Barksdale Lane was arrested Thursday at his home, DTF Assistant Director Tim Miller said...
UPDATE: Highway 64 crash victim identified (02/20/15)
One man was killed and two people -- including an infant -- were injured in a head-on collision Friday morning on Lewisburg Highway, police say. Jon Frasier, 25, of Shelbyville was killed, according to a preliminary report by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Sanders. Kenzlie Frasier, a 1-year-old in the car, was injured and was taken by ambulance to the helipad at the former Bedford County Hospital on Union Street and airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Court rules in favor of walking horse industry (02/20/15)
The Tennessee walking horse industry received news in its favor yesterday when a court reversed its opinion regarding penalties related to the Horse Protection Act. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with the district court in Texas relative to mandatory penalties, which would have impacted the industry greatly. The penalties would have given exhibitors lifetime suspensions if they received three violations...
Wallet stolen after victim pumps gas (02/20/15)
A wallet was taken from the front seat of a van at the Kroger gas pumps Thursday afternoon, Shelbyville police were told. The victim said he overpaid and walked to the cashier for change about 4:20 p.m. The wallet was gone when he returned. The following were arrested since Wednesday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. ...
Woman accused of shoplifting attempt (02/19/15)
A woman told Shelbyville police she took $47 worth of cosmetics from Kroger late Tuesday afternoon. Reanna Katherine Finnell, 24, of Lane Parkway told officer Tory Moore she is unemployed so steals things and wishes she could stop. Finnell was charged with shoplifting and, due to a warning from store personnel after an alleged previous incident, criminal trespassing. She posted $1,000 bond...
Driver crashes after fast drive (02/18/15)
An allegedly intoxicated driver escaped serious injury after a short, but wild, drive ended in a major crash Sunday night. Tashiana Rankins of Shelbyville slammed into a ditch on West Jackson Street after almost striking a tractor-trailer, police said. She was charged with DUI, reckless driving, illegal consumption and violation of the implied consent law, officer David Dye said...
Indusrial accident claims life at Tyson Foods (02/18/15)
An employee of a contract cleaning company was killed early Tuesday morning while cleaning and sanitizing equipment at the Tyson Foods poultry plant in Shelbyville. James A. Currier, 38, of Shelbyville was dead after apparently falling into a piece of machinery, Shelbyville police said Tuesday...
Ice storm leaves thousands without power (02/17/15)
More than 2,000 homes remained without power in Bedford County this morning following an ice storm, coupled with bitterly cold temperatures, which resulted in Tennessee declaring a state of emergency. At 7 this morning, Duck River Electric Membership Corp. ...
Schools, SACP closed; ice storm warning extended until 9 a.m. Tuesday (02/16/15)
Bedford County Schools, including the School-Age Care Program, will be closed Tuesday as the county remains under an ice storm warning until 9 a.m. Tuesday....
DUI arrests, wrecks on rise (02/15/15)
DUIs and other arrests increased in 2014, but so did traffic accidents, according to the Shelbyville police department's annual report. Police wrote 15 percent more citations in 2014, totaling 4,427 tickets, and saw a 25 percent increase in arrests, totaling 1,625...
Driver's license checks set for week of Feb. 20 (02/15/15)
A driver's license roadside safety checkpoint will be conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on U.S. 41A during the week of Feb. 20, according to a press release. Activity will begin at 11 p.m. nine-tenths of a mile south of the 3-mile marker, the release said...
Bypass wreck takes life; 4 injured (02/13/15)
Another life was lost Thursday morning at the dangerous Fairfield Pike-Route 437 (Bypass) intersection. Brenda Ann Burks, 61, of Shelbyville was killed instantly at about 9:30 a.m., Sgt. Mike Davis of the Shelbyville Police Department said. A passenger, her granddaughter Kyra Burks, 13, of Highway 82 South, was injured...
Gearhardt pleads guilty to reduced murder charge (02/13/15)
An Antioch man made a best interest plea Thursday for his role in a case of murder for hire. Sean Alexander Gearhardt, 22, pleaded to facilitation of first degree murder, and will serve 60 percent of a 25-year sentence before he is eligible for release...
Belted in? Officers are watching you (02/12/15)
Local officers want to make sure everyone is buckled up when driving or riding. Shelbyville Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff's Department have partnered with the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office for the 2015 Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign...
Children, heat sources are dangerous mix (02/12/15)
One of the primary causes of residential fire deaths and injuries for children under 10 is playing with a heat source, which includes lighters and matches. It's a nationwide problem that the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office hopes parents will address by following some simple safety tips...
Scam Watch: 'Grandson' scams victim of $1,300 (02/12/15)
"We just wanted to do the right thing," a Bedford County woman scammed out of $1,300 said Wednesday. "I got a phone call from who I thought was my grandson," who teaches in Korea, she said. "He said he was on vacation and was driving in the Dominican Republic, hit the back of a car and was in jail," the victim said. "He asked me to send $1,300."...
Scam Watch: Victim finds eBay deal was fake (02/10/15)
A Shelbyville woman discovered the hard way over the weekend she'd been the victim of a fake eBay transaction. The victim attempted to buy a 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup over the Internet from a buyer who said they wanted to make the purchase through eBay Motor Vehicle Protection Service, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Driver pulls over after 131 mph pursuit (02/10/15)
A driver allegedly clocked on radar at 131 mph on U.S. 231 North early Sunday was charged with evading arrest and reckless endangerment. Dwayne Arthur Vaughn, 39, of Dunnaway Street told a Bedford County deputy he was late for work after a chase starting near Coop Road, where Vaughn was allegedly initially clocked at 84 mph, and ending when he pulled into the median at the intersection of Polly Thicket Road in Rutherford County shortly after 7 a.m...
Text leads to suspect's arrest (02/08/15)
A man accused of sending a text of a sexual nature to an underage girl has been charged by police Joshua Lee Locke, 30, of Oakwood Trailer Park is charged with solicitation of a minor and sexual battery by an authority figure. He posted $20,000 bond...
Thief snatches purse from store checkout (02/06/15)
A man stole a purse from under the checkout counter at the Dollar General Store in the old Kmart shopping center on Madison Street Wednesday night, Shelbyville police said. Security video showed a man wearing a blue jacket with red stripes on the sleeves and a tattoo that read "R.I.P. ...
Blaze destroys apartment unit (02/05/15)
No one was living in a Hoover Street apartment unit destroyed by fire early Wednesday night, investigators said. "I saw fire coming out the back side of the building," officer David Curley said. "Smoke was coming out the Hoover Street side. The apartment was fully engulfed. I cleared the building and kicked the west side doors in."...
Mathis asks for judicial diversion (02/03/15)
A special judge has delayed accepting an plea agreement from the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD), who is accused of theft. Cathey D. Mathis was to stand trial Monday for theft of property over $10,000. However, senior judge and former Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers said while there was no need for a jury trial and both sides had reached an agreement, one legal matter remained -- if Mathis qualified for judicial diversion...
Meth, pot found on suspect during traffic stop (02/03/15)
Meth and marijuana were found on a passenger in a car stopped because the driver was driving on Madison Street without headlights Sunday night, Shelbyville police said. An estimated 0.5 grams of meth and crystal meth, 0.6 grams of marijuana and three packets of suboxone -- a form of methadone -- without a prescription were found in the clothing of Timothy Lee Beal, 39, of Lynchburg by officer David Curley, according to a report...
Engine parts taken from building (02/01/15)
More than $5,000 worth of items were taken from a shop building on Dunnaway Road between Wednesday night and midday Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. A plasma cutter, spray gun painter, two motor head assemblies, carburetor, engine rebuild kit and ignition were taken from a truck parked inside the building...
Jury duty 'fines' are just a scam (01/30/15)
If you've been told that you must pay a fine for not reporting to jury duty, relax. The Bedford County Sheriff's Department is not placing such calls, officials say. The calls are the latest wave of a scam going around the area. "We've had several complaints about phone calls from people claiming to be working for the Bedford County Sheriff's Department or the district attorney's office," Chief Deputy Jason Williams said. ...
Trailer hitches, spare tire taken off truck (01/30/15)
Two three-way trailer hitches, pneumatic nailers and the spare tire were stolen Tuesday or Wednesday from a truck parked in front of a shop on East Highland Street, Shelbyville police were told. The truck's tool box was also entered. *A package containing prescription medication was stolen Tuesday night from an unlocked vehicle at Taco Bell, North Main Street, police said...
Resisting suspect receives taser shock (01/29/15)
A suspect who allegedly refused an officer's orders was subdued with a taser Tuesday night, Shelbyville police said. Colt Wayne Sanders, 32, of Pickle Road "received one cycle from the taser in a drive stun mode," officer David Curley said in a report. "Drive stun mode" is an electric shock from the end of the taser placed against a suspect...
Child safety seat use taught at TFACA (01/28/15)
Lt. Chris Reed of Bedford County Fire Department was among 19 students from across Tennessee attending a course on child safety car seats held last week at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) on Unionville-Deason Road. Reed and the other students were certified as National Child Passenger Safety Technicians, meaning they can conduct child safety seat inspections, speak about child seat safety and advise parents or guardians on the proper purchase, installation and use of child safety seats.. ...
He helped her out, she helped herself (01/28/15)
A woman allowed to stay at a new male friend's East Lane Street home took two pairs of his new jeans and returned them to a store, receiving a refund as if she had purchased them, said. The victim said his bank card was also stolen by the woman, who he allowed to spend the night Sunday after she said she had no place to stay...
2 charged, 1 sought in home invasion (01/27/15)
Two men have been charged in a Carter Street home invasion Saturday night, and Shelbyville police are seeking another suspect. "Trevakias Vondez Rankins is wanted for aggravated burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent felony," Detective Lt. Brian Crews said. "Rankins is considered armed and dangerous."...
Officers avoid suspect's attempts to kick, bite (01/25/15)
Police say an allegedly-intoxicated woman tried to kick and bite officers as she was being arrested early Friday. Christy Louise Henley, 50, of Myers Street was looking for a relative at a Bethany Lane mobile home park and went to the wrong trailer, threatening to attack a resident who refused to open the door, the report said...
Six indicted by grand jury (01/25/15)
Bedford County's newest grand jury was sworn in Thursday, producing six sealed indictments. Indicted and brought before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard were: *Kyle Matthew Hamlin, possession of schedule II drug for resale (two counts), controlled substance analogue, possession of schedule VI drug for resale, possession of schedule VI drug for delivery, possession of a firearm during felony...
One lucky driver (01/23/15)
Nicole Neff of Shelbyville walked away from this accident on Fairfield Pike Friday morning without a scratch and was laughing as paramedics checked her for injuries. Emergency workers had to place braces around the truck that was impaled by a utility pole on the underside of the vehicle before helping Neff out of the truck...
20 years for 2 deaths (01/23/15)
A driver charged with the deaths of two of his passengers in a car crash accepted a plea deal Thursday that results in a effective 20-year sentence. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide/driver intoxication and vehicular homicide in connection with the Aug. 14 deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva...
Truck thief leaves behind stolen bus (01/23/15)
A 1997 Ford pickup owned by Tyson Foods was stolen from a parking lot at a breeding facility on Depot Street overnight Wednesday, police said. The employee who usually drives the truck said it contained a Dosatron livestock medicator and personal items...