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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Crime, justice and emergency services

Crime, punishment, the court system and emergency response.

Pot or not, owner feels the heat (07/23/14)
Unique tomato plant -- or marijuana? Gary Wiker of Madison Street insisted his "tomato plant" is rare and "no one else grows that kind of tomato," officer Tory Moore said in his report. Police who found the plant say it's marijuana -- and charged Wiker, 53, with possession and sale of a schedule VI substance...
Several injured in bypass accident (07/22/14)
Several people were injured Tuesday in the latest serious accident on Fairfield Pike at the Highway 437 bypass. Ernest Ray Lyons, 70, of Shelbyville, driver of the car, was westbound and, apparently thinking the intersection was a four-way stop, turned in front of a truck driven by James Hackney, 66, of Wartrace, Lt. Trey Clanton of the Shelbyville Police Department said. Two passengers -- Sylvia Castleman, 57, in the Lyons car and Emily Wilson, 62, of Shelbyville, in the Hackney truck -- were taken to Heritage Medical Center. "I heard a screech and a bang, and here we are," said Larry Frazier, whose home is just up the bypass from the intersection. "It's all about a dollar -- no one wants to spend money to put in a traffic light." Frazier said it was the fifth or sixth accident he's seen or heard at the intersection this year.
Blasts, then blaze: Normandy home burns after explosions (07/22/14)
Several Normandy residents said they heard one or more explosions and saw flames suddenly burst from a vacant College Street home late Sunday night. No one was injured. The old, wood-frame home was destroyed, the Bedford County Fire Department said...
Head-on accident takes life (07/22/14)
A Bedford County man died when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a driver in the wrong lanes on U.S. 231 North in Rutherford County early Sunday. William A. "Bubba" Wright, 46, of Shelbyville was southbound on a 2001 Honda motorcycle about 2 a.m. when he encountered the northbound 2000 Dodge Dakota truck driven by Catlina T. Snoddy, 19, of College Grove, according to a report by State Trooper John Flemming...
Driver charged in double fatality (07/22/14)
A Soddy-Daisy man was arraigned on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide stemming from a double fatality in February. Wearing a neck brace, Wesley Howard Luthringer, 29, appeared in Circuit Court Monday before Judge Forest Durard, who set his next appearance for Aug. 18...
Trial scheduled for murder suspect (07/22/14)
Trial dates have been set for one of the remaining suspects allegedly involved in a conspiracy to murder a Unionville man. Sean Alexander Gearhardt will stand trial on March 9-13, 2015 for his alleged participation in the murder-for-hire plot that took the life of Larry Walls Sr. in August 2012...
Seven indicted Monday by grand jury (07/22/14)
A new Bedford County grand jury was sworn in Monday, returning a small number of indictments. A fresh jury is empaneled every six months. Jurors will return Aug. 18 to examine more cases. Those indicted Monday were: l Lakisha Sharees Benson, 36, theft of property (less than $10,000)...
Small bombs make big impact on Garden Drive area (07/22/14)
Two homemade bombs caused a rude awakening for residents of a northern Shelbyville neighborhood early Sunday. The men who made the "works bombs" that went off about sunrise at a Garden Drive home have been charged with possession of explosive components...
Suspect in Rafael's robbery confesses (07/20/14)
The co-owner of a popular Shelbyville restaurant was seriously wounded while being robbed of Thursday night's cash deposit, and his attacker has admitted to the crime, Shelbyville police said. Alfredo Delgadillo was found at Rafael's, Madison Street, by his wife early Friday, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews said. The deposit was missing...
Suspect in robbery of restaurant owner captured (07/18/14)
The co-owner of a popular Shelbyville restaurant was seriously wounded while being robbed of Thursday night's cash deposit, Shelbyville police said. Alfredo Delgadillo was found seriously injured at Rafael's, Madison Street, by his wife early Friday. He was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center and was listed in stable condition, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews said...
Suspect portrays officer to reach victim (07/18/14)
A man arrested on a theft charge Sunday has been arrested again after allegedly impersonating a police officer and asking the victim to drop the charge. Robert Ray Dotson, 38, of Shipman's Creek Road allegedly called the victim at her business and told the employee who answered the phone he was a police officer...
Quarry permit ordered (07/17/14)
A special judge has ordered Shelbyville's board of zoning appeals (BZA) to issue a permit to Wright Paving for the operation of a rock quarry. Senior Judge Ben Cantrell of Nashville ruled that Shelbyville's BZA "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" by denying the application for the quarry on grounds "that are not supported by any material evidence."...
Theft suspect goes to Nevada (07/17/14)
A Shelbyville man wanted for burglary and theft of property has been captured in Nevada. Sean Stephen Bess, 26 was arrested in Elko, Nevada for two counts of being a fugitive felon from another state, according to the Elko Daily Free Press. He is being held there without bail...
Suspect accused of stealing gas tank (07/16/14)
A Bell Buckle man was charged with taking a gasoline tank from a Midland Road residence Monday afternoon, according to Shelbyville police. Michael Shannon Spain, 43, of Webb Road West admitted taking the tank after initial denial, then offered to pay for the gas inside, officer Jose Garza said...
Outstanding court personnel (07/16/14)
At a recent meeting of the Bedford County Bar Association, President Kristin Green presented awards for Outstanding Court Personnel to Michelle Murray, Jennifer Little and Deputy Steve Trapp. Also recognized but not present was Deputy Tommie Boleyn. (Submitted photo)
Home lost, life saved: Women stop man from risking all (07/15/14)
As a lifetime's worth of possessions went up in flames Saturday night, Wayne Moulder had one goal: Save what he could. But two women saved what matters most: Moulder's life. Heather LaFarlette and Jessica Wilhelm were passing Moulder's flaming Lower Halls Mill Road house early Saturday night and stopped to help...
Hansen support appeal denied (07/15/14)
A child support ruling involving a former Shelbyville resident who sent her adopted child back to Russia in 2010 has been upheld by the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Appellate Judge Holly M. Kirby ruled that Torry Hansen must continue to pay support and damages. She appealed the case, claiming only that the "trial court erred in refusing to set aside the default judgment."...
Attempted homicide charged after bottle attack (07/15/14)
A Shelbyville man was arrested on a charge of attempted criminal homicide after a weekend incident starting in Murfreesboro and ending in Bedford County, officials say. Shaun Earl Gibson, 36, of Lorien Circle allegedly picked up a Shelbyville woman in Murfreesboro and attacked her with a whiskey bottle before she got out of his vehicle in Bedford County, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Shelbyville man killed in I-24 crash (07/15/14)
A Shelbyville man was killed Saturday night while driving the wrong way on Interstate 24 in Coffee County. Patrick Shane Rhodes, 35, was driving a 1992 Nissan Sentra westbound in the eastbound lanes near Manchester when his car and a van driven by a Chattanooga man collided head-on, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said...
Speeding driver says wife wants him home (07/13/14)
An allegedly-intoxicated driver clocked at 101 mph early Thursday told police he was speeding because his wife wanted him home soon. Tony Leneal Brown, 40, of West Lane Street was stopped on North Main Street at the bypass at 3:49 a.m. Thursday, officer David Dye's report said. The speed limit in the area is 50 mph...
Water suit may advance (07/10/14)
A lawsuit filed two years ago against Bell Buckle by residents of Fosterville Road over water issues may be headed to a courtroom. Mayor Dennis Webb said that discovery has been submitted to Murfreesboro attorney Jay Jackson, and they are now awaiting a trial date...
Gun found in bag of marijuana (07/10/14)
A man out on bond after a previous drug arrest was charged again with possession of marijuana. Tristan David McMahon, 23, of Barksdale Lane, was arrested after investigators discovered a bag of marijuana -- also containing a handgun -- at his home. Investigators searched the residence after marijuana was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop nearby...
Grubb in race for Circuit Court judge (07/09/14)
Brooke C. Grubb has announced his candidacy for the position of Circuit Court judge Part I for the 17th Judicial District during the Aug. 7 general election. Grubb graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1990 and the Nashville School of Law in 1998. ...
Keep kids safe from heat stroke (07/09/14)
Between 2005 and 2013, 13 Tennessee children died from heat-related causes, with nine of those deaths occurring in vehicles. In the United States, heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death for children under the age of 14...
Williams receives volunteer award (07/09/14)
Gene Williams recently received the Governor's Volunteer Stars award. Williams has volunteered with the American Red Cross since January 2004. He has been a member of the disaster action team for Bedford County since 2004 and serves as the disaster action team captain. As captain, he responds to local disasters and provides help with shelter, food and clothing. Williams has worked with several disaster response operations and is a certified emergency response vehicle driver...
Medication, money taken by thieves (07/09/14)
Minor thefts were reported to Shelbyville police Monday and Tuesday. Prescription medication and $240 were stolen from a vehicle left unlocked with windows down at a Madison Street home between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said...
Firefighters to the rescue (07/08/14)
"Hey. guys, we've got a real one here!" The yell instantly switched Shelbyville firefighters to reality mode during water training exercises Monday afternoon on Duck River at Fisherman's Park. Training for swift-water rescues involving kayakers was underway when family members of Winford Cummings, 50, of Shelbyville yelled for help...
Court date set in vehicular homicide case (07/08/14)
A Murfreesboro man charged with causing the death of a Flat Creek resident last year has an important court date set for August. On Aug. 15, James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County will have to either make a settlement in his case or have a judge set a trial date...
Aggravated suspect charged with aggravated burglary (07/08/14)
A woman demanding back a dress she says she loaned allegedly barged into a residence, took the garment and departed Saturday, Shelbyville police said. She's been charged with aggravated burglary. Rosheta Monique Jackson, 25, of Railroad Avenue was allegedly intoxicated when she arrived at a neighbor's home at Circle O Trailer Park wanting to see a woman who wasn't presemt...
Store fire (07/08/14)
Shelbyville firefighters battle a blaze in the roof of a storage area behind Piggly Wiggly, Union Street, on Sunday afternoon. The fire was contained to the roof area of an freezing unit used as a storage room, Fire Chief Ricky McConnell said, and left a small amount of smoke and fire damage with no effect on the main store area which reopened before firefighters left after two and a half hours' work. The blaze's cause is undetermined, McConnell said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Two men drown in river (07/06/14)
Two Shelbyville men drowned while fishing along Duck River at Henry Horton State Park, officials said. Cesar Basurto Armenta, 26, and a companion whose identity has not yet been released were fishing along the riverbank in Marshall County, the Tennesse Wildlife Resources Agency said...
Two homes lost in blazes (07/06/14)
Two homes burned in Bedford County between 8 and 11 p.m. Friday. A home owned by Joyce Bell on Dixon Road caught fire about 8:30 p.m. with firefighters from the main, Flat Creek and Wheel stations responding, the Bedford County Fire Department said Saturday...
City wants info on E-911 details (07/06/14)
Shelbyville's city council wants further details on a proposed interlocal agreement between the Bedford County E-911 Communications District and the city before moving forward. The county's E-911 board voted last year to begin negotiating the terms of an agreement with Shelbyville, which is required by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board...
UPDATE: Wreck victim identified (07/03/14)
A Tullahoma man died early Friday morning in a head-on collision just over the Moore County line on U.S. 41A South. He has been identified as Davy T. Wall, 26, of Tullahoma. Wall was traveling toward Shelbyville when he crossed the center line and struck an SUV driven by Velencia Whittaker, 48, of Shelbyville, witnesses told the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Suspect's run ends with arrest, charges (07/03/14)
A man was charged with evading arrest after refusing an officer's orders to stop Tuesday night, police said. Dominique Krishon Ridley, 19, of Tate Avenue was seen by officer David Dye getting out of a car on Regent Drive, a report said. Ridley allegedly ignored the blue lights on Dye's patrol car and ran behind a building...
Mom marks birthday of missing children (07/01/14)
The grieving mother of missing children Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel observed their birthdays with cakes and an awareness event Sunday. "It's like an old black and white movie that plays constantly back and forth every day," their mother, Cheryl Leverette Daniel, said to a small group present at an awareness event on Gage's 11th birthday. Chloie's 9th birthday was earlier in the week...
Victim endures 2-hour wait for help (07/01/14)
A disabled woman laid on the ground for two hours after being knocked from her wheelchair Sunday night before another resident of her Carlisle Avenue home saw her and called 911, Shelbyville police said. Gerald Scott Marise, 31, pushed her from the wheelchair then went into the home, occasionally coming out to yell at her, according to the report...
Phillips fills in as police chief (06/29/14)
Maj. Jan Phillips is being named acting Shelbyville police chief so the chief and assistant chief can take time off to campaign for office. Chief Austin Swing and assistant chief Mike Rogers will be taking vacation time from June 30 to Aug. 7, according to a memo from city manager Jay Johnson...
Detention center's future questioned (06/26/14)
In 2011, Bedford County commissioners considered closing the county's juvenile detention center, due to its high operating costs. But, after pleas from local juvenile court officials, they relented. After all, if the center were closed, the county would have to pay to house its own juveniles in some other city's or county's detention facility, along with the manpower and vehicle costs associated with taking the juveniles back and forth...
Have a blast, but be safe (06/26/14)
Tents are popping up all over Shelbyville, and that means fireworks will soon be popping as well. Shelbyville residents should be aware that city ordinances limit the days and hours for fireworks use. According to the city code, permissible hours are July 1-4 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., except on July 3, when the time is extended to 11:30 p.m....
Pot, no seat belt, and a run add up to bad luck (06/26/14)
Thirteen was an unlucky number for a man allegedly in possession of marijuana Tuesday. The 1.71 grams of marijuana was found in the clothing of Tommy Lance Bailey, 40, of Sims Road following a foot pursuit off Madison Street near Barksdale Lane, police said...
Woman strikes back after alleged insulting words (06/25/14)
A woman was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hitting a neighbor in the head with a softball bat Monday. Caroline Anita Spencer, 30, of Horse Mountain Road told officer Mitchell Warren she was retaliating due to residents of the neighboring home allegedly making insulting comments to her and family members over a period of time...
Burglary charge filed after wallet stolen (06/24/14)
Charges have been filed against a Shelbyville man after a wallet was taken from a truck at Co-Op, South Cannon Boulevard, Friday afternoon. Shawn Michael Utz, 19, of Bethlehem Church Road was arrested for burglary and theft of property, police said. A juvenile, who allegedly took the wallet from the truck and handed it to Utz, is also charged...
Mathis case awaits appointment of judge (06/22/14)
Tennessee's Supreme Court will have to name a judge to preside over the theft accusations against the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District. Aug. 7 has been set for the next appearance of Cathey D. Mathis, who was charged with theft of property over $10,000 by direct indictment following an investigation by the Coffee County district attorney's office...
Unlocked vehicle attracts thief (06/22/14)
Shelbyville police stayed busy investigating thefts Thursday. *A cell phone and wallet were taken from an unlocked vehicle during the day at Fishermen's Park. *A Samsung Galaxy tablet was taken from a Maplewood Drive residence on June 12 or 13, police were told Thursday...
Lots of chickens (06/20/14)
A chicken truck, of all things, passes by a truck involved in a wreck involving a crate similar to those on the trailer. The top crate on the trailer of a truck carrying Tyson chickens, driven by Michael Land, flew off after a strap broke and landed in Highway 64 West in front of a truck driven by Josh Lawwell of Wheel, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. No humans were hurt but approximately 240 chickens were injured or killed, McAnally said. A photo taken moments after the accident right, shows chickens covering the roadway. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
'You owe money' calls false: Police (06/20/14)
A scammer has been attempting to con people out of money using the name of a Shelbyville business. The caller falsely claims to be calling from Bedford-Moore Farmers Co-Op claiming the recipient owes money, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Home ransacked while residents away (06/18/14)
Problems mounted quickly for a Parker Avenue couple as they discovered several items stolen from their home Monday. A 55-inch large screen television, Xbox 360 and 10 games, fly wheel and pole, propane grill and a new stroller were taken while they were at a Nashville hospital for several days, Shelbyville police were told...
Walls faces life in prison (06/17/14)
Susan Walls will not see freedom again after receiving a 60-year prison term for the murder of her husband. Walls was sentenced Monday on charges of criminal responsibility to commit first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the death of Larry Walls Sr. in August 2012...
Suspect indicted in traffic fatality (06/17/14)
A Murfreesboro man has been indicted for the traffic death of a Flat Creek man last August. James Wesley Rader, 41, was charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident knowing death resulted. Rader allegedly struck and ran over a motorcycle operated by David Brown, 41, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Colloredo Boulevard-Union Street intersection...
Driver rams house and car, takes off (06/17/14)
An alleged hit-and-run driver struck and damaged the foundation of a home on Myers Street Saturday night, police said. Nasif Ghaly Mansour, whose age and address are not available, was arrested Sunday afternoon at a Depot Street market with siding from the house still embedded in his van...
Painful push still affects victims (06/17/14)
Almost two weeks later, the memory -- and the pain -- haven't passed for a driver literally pushed around by a tractor-trailer. "It was a nightmare...We thought he was going to kill us," Cathy Prouty told the T-G on Monday. Prouty's Nissan Altima was forced across the busy Madison Street-Deery Street intersection on Friday, June 6 by the tractor-trailer driven by Robert L. ...
No bomb found after threat on wall (06/15/14)
No bomb was found at Newell Rubbermaid after a bomb threat was found on a wall Thursday morning, Shelbyville police said. A handwritten note, "April 22 bomb at 12 p.m.," had been scrawled in a men's restroom, police were told by supervisors at the Railroad Avenue plant...
Nashville wreck suspect arrested in Shelbyville (06/13/14)
A man who works in Shelbyville was arrested at his job site Wednesday night in connection with a fatal accident in Nashville. Members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force took Kam Za Cin, 31, of Nashville into custody on a Davidson County grand jury indictment charging him with one count of vehicular homicide, one count of reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle and five counts of aggravated assault...
Short-lived escape try washes out (06/13/14)
An escape attempt by a newly-arrested suspect -- so new, in fact, he hadn't yet been taken to a jail cell -- ended with his capture within five minutes Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey Allen Stokes, 24, of Happy Valley Road was charged with jail escape after running from Bedford County Jail to a laundromat a block away on North Main Street, Sgt. Kevin Roddy of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Wrong move sends truck into building (06/12/14)
The bumper sticker said "stunt driver" -- but, for those inside the county-owned Regions Bank building on the west side of the Shelbyville square, it was no stunt when a truck crashed through a front window late Tuesday morning. "We heard a big boom and glass breaking," said Vickie Hull, who was working inside the building when Martha Helton of Shelbyville lost control of her truck. "It almost sounded like a bomb when it hit."...
Golf clubhouse burns (06/12/14)
Hope didn't triumph for the manager of Blackberry Ridge Golf Club as he watched the clubhouse burn early this morning. "You think you're going to stomp it out," said Dave Phillips, who arrived moments before Bedford County firefighters. "We beat the fire department by three minutes."...
Pit bulls pepper sprayed by police (06/12/14)
Two pit bulls described as "aggressive" by police were pepper sprayed for officer safety on Shadow Drive early Tuesday night. Officer Bruce Davis, responding to a report of the dogs running at large on Warren Circle, found them behind the Shadow Drive home...
Apartments targeted for auto burglaries (06/11/14)
Three vehicles were entered at three apartment complexes in three days, Shelbyville police said Tuesday. l Four fishing poles, a tackle bag and a bottle of prescription medication were taken from an unlocked vehicle at Oak Knoll Apartments, Union Street, overnight Monday...
State appeals court denies pair of pleas (06/10/14)
Two people from Bedford County serving prison sentences have lost criminal court appeals this past week. Brooke Lee Whitaker claimed she received ineffective assistance of counsel, that her guilty plea was not knowingly and voluntarily entered, and that her court-appointed lawyer had a conflict of interest as the former sheriff of Bedford County "that prejudiced his representation ..."...
Trucker shoves car out of way (06/10/14)
An impatient tractor-trailer driver shoved a car across a busy downtown Shelbyville intersection Friday afternoon, police said. Robert L. Smith, 51, of Greenville, Ohio, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of vandalism. He is being held on $120,000 bond at Bedford County Jail...
Hit-and-run suspect argues with police (06/10/14)
The alleged driver in a hit-and-run accident Sunday night was arrested after arguing with officers, police said. Flavio Martin Nillo-Rojas, 30, of Elizabeth Street allegedly struck a car at a Madison Street convenience store. The victim followed Nillo-Rojas to his home...
Dispute over photo shoot leads to shots (06/10/14)
Gunshots fired -- and a gun allegedly pointed at a bride following a wedding -- led to reckless endangerment charges being filed against a Normandy woman Saturday. Myra Neal, 56, of College Street said she "discharged the firearm two times in the air while she was in her yard" and admitted threatening to shoot a truck, a report filed by Detective Sgt. Chad Webster of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Drug suspect tosses aside pills (06/08/14)
The toss told the story -- at least, to a police officer who arrested a Belfast man for allegedly throwing away illegally-possessed pills Thursday. Leonard Boon Casteel, 39, of Belfast is accused of pouring alprazolam and oxycodone pills into his hand from a bottle, then throwing them after being told to walk to officer Jose Garza...
Church vandals 'guilty,' will pay (06/06/14)
Two teens tried as adults for the vandalism of a local church made guilty pleas and promised to pay restitution Thursday. Brian Sherman Childers, 17, and Aubrey Jean Stones IV both pleaded guilty to charges stemming from severe damage at St. William Catholic Church on Feb. 20...
Fire hall may move into 21st century (06/06/14)
Shelbyville's city council took a look at a preliminary concept plan for remodeling and making additions to Fire Hall #1 on Lane Parkway. The current year's budget allocated funds for architect John Davis to prepare a schematic and see how to bring the building in compliance with current codes...
Pot find results from not wearing seat belt (06/06/14)
A man was charged with simple possession after 8.30 grams of marijuana were found in his clothing during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon on Madison Street, Shelbyville police said. The bag of marijuana was taken from Christopher Eugene Hurt, 19, of Sulphur Springs Road, as he was being patted down by officer Cody Swift...
Move Over: It's the law, and it saves lives (06/04/14)
Each day, fire fighters, police officers, paramedics and other emergency personnel respond to calls for help. Emergency personnel are required by state law to complete annual training on the proper way to respond to calls using lights and siren, and you, as a citizen, can help make the emergency response of fire apparatus, ambulances and police vehicles safer, but first, a short quiz...
Fist-driven flying glass nicks 3-month-old (06/04/14)
A 3-month-old child was slightly injured by flying glass late Monday when a suspect, thought to be a teenage boy, put his fist through the windshield of a car outside Shelbyville. The glass left what was described as a "small laceration" on the child's head, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. An ambulance was called to the scene to check the child...
3 people, 3 carts blend for $1K theft of cooling items (06/03/14)
Three people loaded four blenders, two coffee brewers and a juicer into three shopping carts at Walmart and left without paying at mid-afternoon Saturday, police said. The haul, totalling $1,023 according to Walmart security, was placed into a black Dodge Charger by two women and a man, video showed...
Children's clothes stolen from home (05/29/14)
More than $500 worth of childrens' clothing was taken from a Kingwood Avenue residence Tuesday, police said. A suspect was named to police. The following were charged since Tuesday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Pot found in clothing of bleeding man (05/28/14)
Marijuana was found on a blood-spattered man who had to be carried to a patrol car after refusing to walk Monday, police said. Roy Lazro Toso, 30, allegedly laid in the roadway on White Street in front of his home and inflicted what proved to be a superficial cut on his thigh, officer Todd Sanders' report said...
Cocaine discovered during traffic stop (05/23/14)
Cocaine in a vehicle led to the arrest of a Shelbyville man during a traffic stop Wednesday night. Sgt. Charles Merlo of the Shelbyville Police Department noticed Robert Joseph Wydock, 32, of Murfreesboro appeared to be nervous and asked officer Jody Shelton for backup...
Courtroom protection suggested (05/22/14)
Bedford County Sheriff's Department is recommending changes to the second floor of Bedford County Courthouse to improve security. The changes would include creating separate holding areas for male and female inmates, replacing chairs in the detention areas with benches, and giving Tasers to the sheriff's department officers assigned to the court system...
One yellow dot, one life saved (05/22/14)
City and county firefighters will be at Walmart on North Main Street Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to assist senior citizens and others with the Yellow Dot program. Participants place a yellow sticker on their rear car window to notify emergency personnel that there's a packet of medical information in the glove compartment. ...
Receipt scheme fails on 2nd, 3rd attempts (05/22/14)
A woman suspected of attempting to return clothing without receipts from area Walmart stores was denied twice this week in Shelbyville after success earlier. The woman was given a gift card for $101.20 on May 11 but turned down in attempts Monday and Tuesday, store personnel told officer Justin Smith...
Sky lanterns' hazards prevent public use (05/21/14)
To ensure that special events are celebrated safely, the State Fire Marshal's Office wants to remind Tennesseans of legislation passed in 2011 concerning sky lanterns. They are to be operated only by licensed fireworks professionals. Sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns or wish lanterns, are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by a flame. ...
Grand jury excuses 1, indicts 16 (05/20/14)
One man learned he would not be charged by the Bedford County grand jury, while others moved into the Circuit Court arena Monday. Herman Paul Cozart, 66, had been charged with aggravated assault. The jury entered a "no true bill," meaning they didn't find enough evidence to indict Cozart, and Judge Forest Durard told him he was free to go...
Tankersley motions to be heard in July (05/20/14)
Motions will be heard July 31 in Circuit Court involving a former Community Middle School teacher and coach facing charges relating to an alleged incident involving a student. On July 31, four motions filed by defense attorney Raymond Fraley on behalf of James William Tankersley, who is accused of aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, will be heard...
Info from state awaited in Mathis case (05/18/14)
There's been yet another delay in the case against the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District accused of theft. Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell said Friday one piece of information is required from the Tennessee Comptroller's Office "in order to complete a resolution" in the case against Cathey D. Mathis...
Fifteen games stolen from store (05/16/14)
Fifteen Nintendo DS games, an XBox Halo 4 and cash were stolen from Game On!, Madison Street, between 10-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Security video from an adjoining business shows "burglars" entering and leaving the back door, officers were told. No signs of forced entry were found...
Remembering the fallen (05/15/14)
Officer Jon Cooke, left, and Maj. Jan Phillips of the Shelbyville Police Department hoist a flag commemorating Police Memorial Day today. Six Shelbyville officers have lost their lives in the line of duty: officers Charles Henry and Redden Purdie, shot Oct. 31, 1911 by a man seeking revenge following his arrest earlier in the day; Chief Sumner A. Dillard, shot by a friend of a suspect being driven away from his home March 2, 1936; officer Floyd T. Collins, who died of a heart attack while on patrol Nov. 27, 1985; Sgt. G.J. Jordan, killed in an accident Jan. 22, 1995 while responding to a call; and officer Melvin Claxton, who collapsed during a foot pursuit Feb. 17, 1999. Their names are memorialized on a monument in front of police headquarters. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Woman accused of drug deal near school (05/14/14)
The Coffee County grand jury has indicted a Shelbyville woman for selling drugs in a school zone. Katrina Kay Smith, 27, of Fairground Heights, was arrested last Thursday on charges of manufacture/delivery/sell of a controlled substance and being in possession of drugs in a school zone...
Walls to learn fate June 16 (05/14/14)
A sentencing hearing has been set for a Unionville women found guilty last week of plotting to murder her husband. June 16 is the day when Susan Walls will learn what her punishment will be after being found guilty by a jury last Friday of criminal responsibility to commit first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder...
Motorcycle rider hurt in bypass crash (05/14/14)
Another person was added Tuesday to the ever-growing list of those injured in crashes at the Route 437 Bypass-Fairfield Pike intersection. Anthony Kraft, 46, of U.S. 41A South was hurt when a driver on Fairfield Pike who said she looked and saw no oncoming traffic pulled across the bypass into his path, officer Jon Cooke of the Shelbyville Poliec Department said. Kraft was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment of several broken bones, investigators said...
Two homes entered on Stanley Boulevard (05/14/14)
Adjoining homes on Stanley Boulevard were burglarized Monday, Shelbyville police said. An Apple iPod Touch, ear buds, a pair of Michael Jordan tennis shoes, a bag of Cheetos and a carton of ice cream were taken from one home where large holes were knocked in a bedroom wall, police said...
Fight leaves man with facial injuries (05/13/14)
A Moore County resident is accused of seriously injuring a man found walking along Anthony Lane after large amounts of blood were discovered in the Cedar King Road and L. Fisher Road area late Friday night. Loyd McGough of Shelbyville was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for treatment of severe facial injuries after initial treatment at Heritage Medical Center early Saturday. He was released Monday, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
New agents' oaths were for the dogs: Canines join arson squad (05/11/14)
Two new agents of the state Fire Marshal's office were commissioned on Friday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road, but as Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance Julie Mix McPeak read the oath of office, they didn't seem to be paying very close attention...
Walls found guilty (05/09/14)
Early this morning a jury found Susan Walls guilty of criminal responsibility to commit first degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the death of her husband. Paramedics wheeled Susan Walls out of court immediately after closing arguments capped off the fourth day of her murder/conspiracy trial Thursday...
Driver can't hide from police after blue lights shine (05/09/14)
A driver who allegedly tried to hide his truck from police was charged with evading arrest by motor vehicle Thursday morning. James Posey allegedly pulled the truck behind a Richdale Lane home as officer Mitchell Warren lost sight of him. Warren said he began "scanning" the neighborhood and found Posey's truck moments later...
TBI agents tell details of Walls murder (05/08/14)
Testimony from TBI agents took up most of Wednesday, the third day of the trial of Susan Walls, accused of conspiring to have her husband killed. She and her daughter Dawn Walls allegedly arranged to have Larry Walls Sr. killed on Aug. 8, 2012, by hiring Jason Starrick and Sean Gearhardt to commit the murder...
Another Walls daughter testifies against mother (05/07/14)
Day two of the Susan Walls murder-conspiracy trial Tuesday included testimony from another family member about what she heard in the days before the 2012 slaying of Larry Walls Sr. Susan is charged, along with her daughter Dawn, with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder, along with Sean Gearhardt...
Beach towel, bucket not what doctor ordered (05/07/14)
A theft suspect's "prescription" likely doesn't include a beach towel, bracelets and glassware. Those were among items Kimberly Renee Crouch, 38, of Railroad Avenue allegedly had in her possession when police confronted her as she tried to leave the Dollar General Store in the old KMart/Kroger shopping center on Madison Street early Monday night...
Walls trial opens (05/06/14)
Opening arguments began Monday in the trial against Susan Walls, accused of plotting to kill her husband Larry Walls Sr. in August of 2012. But in a surprise move late in the afternoon, Dawn Walls said she would testify on behalf of the state -- despite the fact she is charged with the same crimes as her mother...
Bike rider survives crash with vehicle (05/06/14)
A bicycle rider is fortunate to be alive today after being struck by a car on North Main Street at mid-afternoon Monday. Thomas Claxton, 21, of Shelbyville suffered a broken ankle and facial lacerations, Shelbyville Police Department accident investigator Lt. Trey Clanton said. Claxton was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center after initial treatment at Heritage Medical Center...
Hit pole, burned (05/06/14)
A driver identified as Dallas Wright lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole on Halls Mill Road just outside Unionville late Saturday night, officials said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Burglary suspect arrested at scene (05/06/14)
A man accused of burglarizing a Cypress Street home Saturday afternoon was arrested as he attempted to leave, police said. Brian Patrick Glisson, 32, of Hickory Drive was coming out the back door wearing leather gloves when officer Jeff Goodrich arrived...
What if nothing works? Team's prepared if cyber attack occurs (05/04/14)
What if you wake up one morning and nothing works? No power or water. The phones are out, both landline and cellular. You drive down to fill up the car and the pumps won't accept your credit card. Needless to say, the Internet is down too. It turns out that the nation has been the target of a cyber-attack...
Shoplifter runs away with cold medicine (05/04/14)
A shoplifter fled Family Dollar's downtown Madison Street store with 11 boxes of cold medicine Thursday night. The suspect asked a cashier about spices, then went to the medicine aisle, grabbed the boxes and ran, setting off security alarms. He was last seen on Sandusky Street...
Victim stabbed with own samurai sword (05/02/14)
The victim of a home invasion almost lost a finger after a samurai sword was forcibly taken and used to slash her hand Thursday morning, police said. Haley Henderson suffered a severe wound to her "pinky" finger while defending herself against two men who entered a Cedar River Road home, Det. Sgt. Brian Crews said...
Scam Watch: Millions, a Mercedes, and a hangup (05/01/14)
The prizes were too good to be true -- and, unlike a legitimate prize, they came at a "cost." But the recipient of a scam call Tuesday knew better. She'd been awarded $2.5 million, a 72-inch television and a 2014 Mercedes from Geico with two years' free insurance and a year's worth of gas as the alleged winner of the Megamillion Powerball contest...
Meth suspects charged after lab found (05/01/14)
Two suspects were charged after an alleged meth lab was found in an Industrial Parkway home Tuesday, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. A Rutherford County deputy was serving a warrant on Zachary David Strickland, 27, whose home address is listed as Collier Avenue, at the Industrial Parkway location, Det. Sgt. Chad Webster of the BCSD said...
'Roadside safety' checkpoints planned (05/01/14)
Three roadside safety checkpoints will be held in Bedford County during the next two weeks, law enforcement officials say. Sobriety checkpoints will be held the week of May 5 on U.S. 41A South at Mullins Mill Road by the Bedford County Sheriff's department and the week of May 9 at an unspecified location on U.S. 41A by the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Two from Shelbyville killed in crashes (04/30/14)
Two Shelbyville residents were killed in out-of-town car crashes Monday. Debbie C. Atashzay, 63, died on State Route 840 in Williamson County on Monday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Atashzay was riding in a Cadillac CTS operated by her daughter, Amber M. Atashzay, 26, also of Shelbyville, about 1:30 p.m...
Beware of contractor scams in wake of storm damage (04/30/14)
Earlier this week, storms and tornados ravaged the southeast with communities across Tennessee beginning to recover and repair the damage. Tennessee's Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak offers recovery and repair tips for individuals affected by destructive weather...
Unknown user siphons off electricity (04/30/14)
The cause of "extremely high" electricity bills plaguing a West Lane Street resident came as a surprise. She "went exploring" Monday, police said, and discovered an underground water line and electric lines buried in her yard. Shelbyville Power representatives said the lines were tied in to her residence and someone else was stealing her electricity...
Store manager hurt chasing theft suspect (04/29/14)
A Walmart manager suffered a dislocated shoulder while trying to stop a shoplifter Sunday morning. He was injured while trying to stop Chloe Denise Glenn, 20, of Nashville, who was running back into the store after allegedly trying to leave without paying with a cart containing $565.13 of merchandise...
Officer hurt while wrestling with suspect (04/27/14)
A Shelbyville police officer was injured early Thursday night while struggling with a suspect. Officer Jose Garza said his right elbow and right knee were slightly injured while on asphalt as he attempted to arrest Martin Salazar Balderas, 33, of Landers Street. He termed the injuries as "minor."...
Sunday Conversation: Children's advocate promoted to group's statewide leader (04/27/14)
Lynne Farrar on Monday is leaving her job as executive director of CASA Works Inc. to serve in the same position with Tennessee CASA. On Tuesday, she will speak at the annual CASA Works luncheon. If you have someone you would like to nominate for Sunday Conversation please contact editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
State judge denies drug case appeal (04/25/14)
A man convicted of having drugs for sale last year has lost another appeal. George Scott Mason claimed he received ineffective assistance of counsel, and that the post-conviction court erred in failing to make specific findings of fact. In February 2011, Mason was arrested on an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop, and during a search officers found marijuana and crack cocaine weighing 1.5 grams...
Trial dates set for Minnick murder suspect (04/23/14)
Trial dates have been set for a Jackson man accused of the beating death of a Shelbyville resident last September. Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 46, will stand trial from Dec. 8-11 on charges of first degree murder in the slaying of 23-year-old Jonathan Cody Minnick...
Banquet speaker beat the odds (04/23/14)
A former foster child will share her experiences during CASA Works' annual free luncheon next Tuesday in Shelbyville. Tawny Spinelli aged out of the system at age 18 after spending most of her childhood in foster care. Now, she serves as an advocate for children who share a similar experience...
Intoxicated man wrecks while driving himself to county jail (04/23/14)
A man who turned himself in at Bedford County Jail on Monday night arrived intoxicated and had a wreck on the way, officials said. John Randall Hancock, 53, of Bell Buckle-Wartrace Road left the scene of an accident near Bell Buckle while en route to the jail to serve time, police said...
Outdoor safety (04/23/14)
KABOOM! It's time for spring storms to roll through Tennessee again, and the State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding residents to keep safety in mind when lightning is imminent. "Lightning strikes can cause fires. As the spring's warmer weather gives rise to storm activity, we want Tennesseans to know what the risks and precautions are," State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said...
Starrick admits murder (04/22/14)
Jason Starrick will be 76 years old when he gets out of prison, after accepting an open plea of guilty to the charge of first degree murder. Starrick admitted guilt in the death of Larry Walls Sr., who was found dead in August 2012 in his Unionville home...
26 suspects indicted by grand jury (04/22/14)
A total of 26 defendants were indicted by Bedford County's grand jury Monday, while 16 more will have to wait until next month to learn if they have to face a judge. It took Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard Jr., nearly an hour to arraign the suspects, and the 16 cases that were not heard will be before the grand jury when they meet again May 19...
Thieves clean up on change at coin laundry (04/22/14)
A large amount of cash was stolen from a change machine at The Laundry Basket, North Main Street, early Friday morning. Video showed the locks were pulled out from the machine after midnight, Shelbyville police were told. Two black men were seen on the video leaving in a gold GMC Envoy, the laundry's owner said...
Reduced sentence denied on appeal (04/18/14)
A Shelbyville man serving a 30-year sentence for dealing crack has lost a second appeal to reduce his prison term. Eddie L. Readus claimed that he received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial and on appeal. Following an evidentiary hearing, retired Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler ruled that Readus received effective legal representation, but also ruled he was entitled to a delayed appeal in order for the appellate court to determine whether his 30-year sentence was excessive...
Flames destroy home (04/18/14)
Fire erupted in a home just north of Shelbyville late Thursday night, leaving it destroyed within minutes and shocking those who saw it. The residence of Steve and Stacy Brewer on Cartwright Heights was left in charred ashes by the blaze, reported shortly after 9 p.m...
Burglary, drug suspects arrested (04/18/14)
A woman was arrested on a charge of auto burglary and two men arrested on drug charges during one traffic stop early Thursday. A witness reported a suspect in the burglary, at a Barksdale Lane apartment complex, leaving the area in a red truck. Officer Chris Vest stopped a red truck at the Barksdale-East Lane Street intersection moments later...
Long slide on Fairfield Pike (04/17/14)
Emergency workers look over the car in which Roger Dale Hise of Shelbyville was hurt about 7:15 a.m. today on Fairfield Pike south of the bypass. Hise lost control after a wheel apparently dropped off the pavement, Sgt. James Wilkerson said, and the tire tracks show the car's path. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Man lying on flag accused of burglarizing car (04/16/14)
He just wanted a little sleep -- and, allegedly, a few other things. A man found lying on an American flag along a Shelbyville roadside, surrounded by allegedly-stolen items, was charged with burglarizing a nearby vehicle early Monday, police said. Officers found Michael Ezell Lovelace, 52, of Kingree Road lying unconscious against a fence on Mead Drive at 12:35 a.m. ...
Almost into creek (04/15/14)
Harold McGee of Mullins Hollow Road narrowly missed plunging into Flat Creek after losing control of his truck on Highway 82 South on the north side of Flat Creek community Monday afternoon. McGee, who was not seriously injured, told State Trooper Chad McAnally he fell asleep at the wheel. No alcohol or drugs were involved, McAnally said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Party ends abruptly as 2 arrested, others upset (04/15/14)
An outdoor party gone out of control on Richdale Lane early Sunday ended with two arrests. A resident of the property, Michael Darrin Hickson, 22, allegedly argued with officer Gregg Loyd when told to turn down loud music. A few minutes later, more officers arrived to do a "welfare check" and ensure all were of drinking age...
Talks continue in Mathis case (04/13/14)
Negotiations are still ongoing in the case against the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District accused of theft. Cathey D. Mathis' case has been passed until May 16, after defense attorney Greg Reed told Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell that preliminary discussions are taking place with Coffee County Assistant District Attorney Felicia Walkup...
Driver keeps going after two wrecks (04/13/14)
Two hit-and-run accidents within just a few moments didn't stop an accused driver from going until his truck was almost immobile, investigators say. Christopher John Kelly, 37, of Bethlehem Church Road allegedly struck another vehicle in front of Saddle Gait Market, drove through the parking lot and kept going early Thursday morning, officer Cody King's report said...
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: a time to heal (04/11/14)
When it comes to the subject of sexual assault, "we tend to look the other way," according to Melissa (last name withheld), a local advocate for victims of physical and sexual abuse. As residents of Tennessee, the state ranked No. 1 in violent crime in 2012 by the FBI, she fears that Bedford Countians are becoming part of a "rape culture."...
Habitual traffic offender loses plea (04/11/14)
A multiple habitual motor vehicle offender has lost an appeal which claimed he was given an excessive sentence. Last March, Kevin Lee Johnson was given an effective prison term of nine years, six months on charges of being a habitual motor vehicle offender, driving under the influence, and failure to appear after entering an open plea of guilty...
Three charged in four-wheeler theft (04/11/14)
Three men were arrested Wednesday in connection with the alleged theft of a four-wheeler from a Midland Road home early Monday. Duane Anthony Hoffman, 36, and Timothy Allen Stanley, 27, both of a U.S. 41A North address, and Thomas Wayne Owens, 35, of Deery Street are each charged with theft of property over $500, said Chief Deputy David Williams Jr. of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Fairfield Pike wreck (04/10/14)
Two were hurt when this truck overturned Wednesday afternoon on Fairfield Pike about two miles east of Cascade Schools. Jessica Cota of Highway 64 East, the driver, was airlifted from the scene (see helicopter in background) to Vanderbilt Medical Center with pelvic injuries, State Trooper Dallas Rife said, and passenger Steven McCullough was treated and released at Heritage Medical Center. ...
Total team effort in accident response (04/10/14)
It took teamwork to bring Janice Vick to safety after she lost control of her SUV on State Highway 130 south of Shelbyville and ran down an embankment early Wednesday afternoon. Bedford County firefighters cut the hood and dash of Vick's SUV as she gives information to State Trooper Steve Sanders. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Tool box, contents stolen from garage (04/10/14)
A large tool box containing more than $1,000 worth of tools was stolen from the service area of Shelbyville Automotive Group, North Main Street, overnight Monday. Police said another box had been moved but the stolen box was probably so heavy an individual couldn't move any others...
June court appearance set for rape suspect (04/09/14)
A former Bedford County youth minister already in federal custody will make his last appearance in a Bedford County courtroom in June. Joseph Todd Neill, 37, will answer on June 20 to charges of two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and 21 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor...
Drug suspect doesn't get her wish (04/09/14)
A woman arrested on drug charges allegedly asked a corrections officer to throw away a glass pipe found in her clothing as she was being booked into Bedford County Jail Monday night. The jailer turned over the pipe found on Melissa Anne Talbot, 34, of Hill Street, to police...
Pinwheels for Prevention: Child abuse awareness event planned today (04/08/14)
April is National Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, and one agency is spinning its (pin)wheels to mark the occasion. The Center for Family Development will hold a Prevent Child Abuse Awareness after hours social for the public today from 5-7 p.m. at its office, 100 East Side Square. The center will provide information about child abuse and neglect and inform people what to do to help...
Red Cross honors local volunteers (04/08/14)
During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the American Red Cross, Heart of Tennessee Chapter is celebrating its volunteers and the work they do to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. A total of 4,462 volunteers serve with the Tennessee Volunteer Region. Nationally, the Red Cross has nearly 400,000 volunteers, which represent more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce...
Taser, fall knock crack from suspect's mouth (04/08/14)
Crack cocaine fell from the mouth of a drug suspect as he fell when shocked by a Taser, Shelbyville police said. Conard Julian Harris, 33, of Cherokee Drive drove a motorcycle down the wrong side of Shoma Drive at a high rate of speed as officer Bobby Peacock was leaving an unrelated call, according to his report...
Saturation patrols may increase if city receives state money (04/06/14)
With the number of highway deaths up in Bedford County, Shelbyville will be requesting $71,000 in state grants in hopes of lowering the fatality rate. Each year, the city asks for a $5,000 grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Office to provide for overtime for DUI enforcement...
Rental employee denies chase over computer (04/06/14)
An employee of a rental firm denied chasing two people for miles in an attempt to recover a stolen laptop computer Thursday night. One of the occupants of a truck being chased said they were in a Madison Street parking lot when the rental agency rep told them to stop or he would hit them...
Federal agents raid restaurant (04/04/14)
Charges were filed against at least seven people connected with a Shelbyville restaurant Wednesday during a raid by several agencies. Casa Mexicana, Madison Street, was entered by officers from the Alcohol Beverage Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Tennessee Highway Patrol's criminal investigation division and the Shelbyville Police Department...
Cell phone left at checkout area taken (04/03/14)
A cell phone was taken from a checkout counter at Walmart between 1-1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. The victim returned home, realized the phone was missing and called the night manager. Video shows a woman picking the black Straight Talk phone up from the counter, police said...
Home burglars strike in northern Bedford (04/02/14)
Four daytime home burglaries in the past three to four days have northern Bedford County residents on edge -- and extra officers on patrol. The burglaries occurred on Midland Road, Nashville Dirt Road, Mankin Road and Minkslide Road, Sheriff Randall Boyce said...
October trial date set in Hord case (04/02/14)
An autumn trial date has been set for a former Bedford County detective. On Oct. 20, a three-day trial will begin for Rebecca Hord, 58, of Shelbyville, who was charged late last year with theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery...
Driver wrecks after almost striking police car (04/01/14)
A driver who crashed into another vehicle while being followed by police Friday morning was allegedly too intoxicated to do field sobriety tests. Jose Gaspar Lazaro, 22, of Cottonwood Drive struck a van on Quarry Street moments after almost striking a police car on North Main Street, officer Russ Grubbs said in his report...
Suspect rampages to 'prove point,' arrested in minutes (03/30/14)
A wild rampage in the front yard of a Clara Drive home early Wednesday was partially to "prove a point," the suspect told Shelbyville police. Robert Tyler McNeal, 19, of Nashville was ordered to leave the home after allegedly causing a disturbance, officer Tory Moore said in his report...
Julie visits Cascade (03/30/14)
Shelbyville Police Officer Jody Shelton and canine Julie visited Cascade Elementary School's third grade on Wednesday. Prior to the visit, the students had been reading "Arrow With Officer Mike" with their teachers, Deborah Bates, Patti Clinton, Jeanie Houle and Michelle Henke. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
County backs Cunningham zoning decision (03/27/14)
Bedford County has responded to a lawsuit against it over the zoning of Grady Cunningham's property on U.S. 231 North, saying county commissioners acted properly in denying a rezoning request. Cunningham, denied a rezoning for his property at 2506 U.S. 231 North, filed a lawsuit in January in Bedford County Chancery Court against the county, the county commission, and 17 of the 18 individual commissioners, alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act and other procedural violations...
Lawsuit over drug arrest settled (03/27/14)
A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit against county officials who were accused of searching the home of a drug suspect without a warrant and assaulting him. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Winchester, "all matters have been compromised and settled in this case" involving Troy James Neal...
Swing enters race for county sheriff (03/26/14)
Austin Swing has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Sheriff in the May 6 Democratic primary. Swing currently serves as Shelbyville Chief of Police, running and maintaining a department of more than 50 full-time employees as well as part-timers. ...
Unpaid tax calls aren't from IRS (03/25/14)
Taxpayers have sent more than $1 million to individuals falsely claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. officials say. "This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen," said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. George noted that TIGTA has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims...
Beer-toting suspect held at gunpoint after chase (03/25/14)
A suspect was held on the ground at gunpoint after allegedly attempting to evade an officer Sunday night. Rickey Clifford Campbell, 36, of Shelbyville ran though woods on Glenoaks Road after driving his truck into a ditch following an alleged incident on nearby Wesley Street, Shelbyville police said.`...
THP saturates Shelbyville with traffic stops (03/23/14)
Shelbyville was targeted for Tennessee Highway Patrol "anti-crash" saturation patrol Friday. State troopers fanned out across Shelbyville making massive numbers of traffic stops. Drivers who were texting while driving, distracted in other ways or not wearing seat belts were stopped by THP personnel from the Lawrenceburg, Chattanooga and Nashville districts, said Trooper Joe Agee...
Drug suspect, alleged accomplice charged (03/23/14)
Two men accused of drug dealing were arrested Thursday by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. Kavaris Lequan Kelso, 27, of Green Lane and William Henry Smith Jr., 35, of Lipscomb Street were arrested at a Barksdale Lane apartment complex, Asst. Director Tim Miller said...
High-tech maps lead emergency vehicles (03/19/14)
With new technology, Bedford County Fire Department -- and, soon, other emergency departments -- will be able to see real-time maps in their vehicles directing them to the site of an emergency, along with other information, such as the 9-1-1 call history, if any, from that location...
Motion scheduled for murder suspect (03/19/14)
Pretrial motions for one of four suspects changed in a murder-for hire scheme have been set for next month. Jason Starrick will appear in court before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard on April 10 at 1 p.m. with his attorney Jeff Seckler. Starrick is charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder, along with co-defendants Susan Walls, 54, the wife of murder victim Larry Walls Sr., Sean Gearhardt, and Dawn Walls, the victim's daughter...
Porn conviction nets 24-year sentence (03/19/14)
A Shelbyville man was given an effective 28-year sentence for distributing child pornography while making lewd requests of a mother and her young children. Jeremiah Thomas Sullivan told Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard he was "sorry for what I did," before the sentence was handed down on nine counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor (over 100 images) and solicitation of a minor...
Marijuana found in vehicle after stop leads to DUI charge (03/19/14)
Drugs were discovered in a vehicle during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon, police said. Officer Jon Cooke said he found .33 grams of marijuana, a glass pipe and a pack of cigarillos in the driver's seat of a Jeep driven by Jessica Dean Barrett, 19, of Manchester, after charging her with DUI...
Wartrace makes good on promise to police (03/18/14)
The Wartrace Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted last week to give police chief Danny Odeneal a $1 per hour raise, plus back pay, retroactive to July 14, 2013. As a point of new business, the question was raised among board members if all promised pay increases had actually been given out during past months. The consensus of the board was -- no...
Suspect charged in fatal accident (03/18/14)
After seven months' investigation, a suspect has been arrested in the Aug. 31, 2013 traffic death of a Flat Creek man. James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County was picked up by Shelbyville police Monday afternoon. Rader is charged with vehicular homicide and failure to render aid, accident investigator Lt. Trey Clanton said. He was being held without bond at Bedford County Jail pending a bond hearing Tuesday...
Scam Watch: Jury duty fines bogus, officials say (03/18/14)
Two people were falsely told they had failed to report for jury duty and would be charged for contempt of court if they didn't pay a fee over the weekend, officials say. Both callers falsely claimed to be representing the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Driver resists arrest after crashes, pursuit (03/18/14)
An allegedly-intoxicated driver initially refused to stop for blue lights and a siren after striking a mailbox on South Hillcrest Drive and a fence on Birch Street early Sunday, police said. Officer Jerry Lawrence said he spotted the truck driven by Larry Donald Nelson, 63, of Neeley Avenue headed outbound on Wartrace Pike about 3:45 a.m. Nelson ran a red light at Madison Street without slowing but stopped at the intersection of 437 Bypass, Lawrence said...
Serious crash (03/16/14)
Bedford County firefighter Phillip Prince inspects the motorcycle on which Floyd Green was seriously injured late Friday afternoon on Gant Road. Green was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Medical Center suffering from cuts and internal injuries after losing control on a curve, officials said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Jail intake for 3-16-14 (03/16/14)
The following were arrested between Monday and early Friday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Sunday Conversation: Graham reflects on past, future as he changes careers (03/16/14)
At the end of last month, Chad Graham left his position as director of Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, a position he'd held since 1997, to take a position administering a private medical practice. He had been full-time with BCEMS since 1991...
County sued over zoning denial (03/13/14)
Grady Cunningham, denied a rezoning request for his property on U.S. 231 North after repeated attempts, filed a lawsuit in January in Bedford County Chancery Court against the county, the county commission, and 17 of the 18 individual commissioners, alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act and other procedural violations...
Burning permits needed, say officials (03/13/14)
With Spring drawing near, residents are beginning to take advantage of the mild weather to do some outdoor work around the home or farm. However, if you are considering doing outdoor burning, a burn permit is required, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry says...
Blast cleanup costs repaid (03/12/14)
Southern Energy owner and Shelbyville native Gary King met with city officials last week to pay the costs the city incurred for its cleanup efforts after a methanol explosion and fire that occurred Nov. 18 last year at the downtown Shelbyville business. King presented a check of nearly $147,000 to the city for their work...
Mason's miracle: 2-year-old recovering, slowly (03/11/14)
Slow but steady recovery continues for 2-year-old Mason Carney, who's scheduled to make a major move this week. "He's doing better," Mason's father, Josh Carney, said Monday. Both were injured Feb. 24 when a truck slammed into the back of their car on U.S. 231 in Christiana. Mason's car seat was thrown from their vehicle after the impact severed the seat belts...
SCAM WATCH: $1 million, Mercedes? Uhhh...don't think so (03/11/14)
A million dollars and a Mercedes were too good to be true, the recipient of a scam call knew. "He wanted to deliver $1 million and a Mercedes and asked my wife if she had a Visa card," the recipient's husband told the T-G. "She told him she didn't want to fool with any of his dope and to leave her alone. He called back six times."...
Two arrests, one day (03/11/14)
A man suspected of vandalizing First Baptist Church on Depot Street unintentionally made it easy for officers to track him down. A cell phone and wallet containing identification belonging to Chad Alan Bradley, 29, of Coble Circle, along with a prescription drug bottle bearing his name, were left behind as he left...
Perfect painting day (03/09/14)
He may not be the famous painter Rembrandt, but Shelbyville firefighter Josh Carlock is getting the job done painting the top of the flagpole at the fire hall on Lane Parkway Friday aftermoon. Carlock was taking advantage of temperatures reaching near 60 degrees. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Thief takes city-owned leaf blower (03/09/14)
A Stihl leaf blower left behind while City of Shelbyville workers edged sidewalks along Madison Street on Thursday was gone when they returned to pick it up after 2 p.m., police were told. The following were arrested since Thursday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Fake kidnap claim leads to $5K fine (03/07/14)
A woman who claimed she was kidnapped at gunpoint late last year pleaded guilty Thursday to fabricating the entire episode. Melissa Seibers Martin, 42, will pay $5,000 to the Shelbyville police equipment fund and was placed on pre-trial diversion until her probation is concluded...
Saving 'Pup': Firefighters rescue dog from smoke-filled house (03/07/14)
A smoke detector saved the life of a Blue Ribbon Parkway resident after his home caught fire Thursday morning. If his dog could talk, he'd thank Shelbyville firefighters and an emergency medical supervisor for saving his life. A kitchen fire quickly filled the home of Kirby Bannister with smoke, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Nicholson said...
Police answer 12,000-plus calls in 2013 (03/06/14)
Shelbyville's police department had another busy year in 2013, according to the annual report from Chief Austin Swing. Swing reported a total of 12,829 calls, with the force issuing 4,236 citations and making 1,419 arrests. A total of 824 accidents were reported within the city limits, followed by 1,532 incidents that were checked, as well as 537 domestic cases looked into...
Drugs found in car after pursuit (03/04/14)
Drugs and money were found in possession of a man who eluded an early morning pursuit but was found a few minutes later Monday. Leonard Allen Richardson, 31, of Huntsville, Ala. was stopped by Deputy Jimmy Rhodes on New Center Church Road after city police were ordered to stop a pursuit out South Cannon Boulevard. Richardson allegedly threw a large amount of money at his girlfriend, who was in the front passenger seat, as he was being arrested, Rhodes said; $2,416 was found in the vehicle...
Burglary suspect grabs iPad, flees in his PJs (03/04/14)
The man suspected in a wave of auto burglaries across parts of Shelbyville was arrested after allegedly stealing an iPad from a woman's hands Friday morning. Xavien Cortez Eisom, 19, of Barksdale Lane was in a vehicle at a Madison Street motel with two women, Officer Darrell Birdsong said in his report...
Fraud Watch: 'Loan company' takes $680 in scam (03/04/14)
An alleged online loan company scammed a Shelbyville man out of $680, police were told Friday. The man attempted to obtain a $2,400 loan from a website claiming to be Easy Finance Co. He was asked to give information on his bank account, including his Social Security number, "to make sure he could lake the payments" and must have a minimum balance of $180...
Auto burglary suspect arrested (03/02/14)
A man suspected of breaking into scores of vehicles since last fall is in custody. Xavien Eisom, 19, was arrested Friday night at a Barksdale Lane apartment complex, Shelbyvlle police said. "He admitted to over 50 counts of burglary to an automobile," Det. Sgt. Brian Crews said. "He has also confessed to several home burglaries as well."...
Appeals court reduces damages against firm (03/02/14)
Punitive damages against the parent company of a Shelbyville assisted living facility have been reduced in a wrongful death suit. In 2010, a jury returned a verdict against various defendants, including Americare Systems, Inc., the management company of Celebration Way in Shelbyville, for $5,015,000 in punitive damages in favor of the daughters of Mable Farrar...
Pills stolen from apartment (03/02/14)
More than 100 prescribed pills were taken from a Neeley Avenue apartment during the day Thursday, Shelbyville police said. The victim said she had left her front door unlocked. 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...
Appeal denied in dispute over gunshots (02/27/14)
A man who fired several shots outside a local nightspot in 2011 lost his court appeal this week. Dejuan Koshief Roberts was sentenced to 13 years for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and being a felon in possession of a handgun. However, Roberts claimed the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions and that prosecutors violated the rules of discovery...
Dark-clad man steals purse from vehicle (02/27/14)
A man described as wearing "a dark hoody and pants" stole a purse from a vehicle at a Maplewood Drive home early Tuesday night, police said. The victim said she'd left her car unlocked with the engine running for 5 to 10 minutes while picking up her children from a babysitter's residence...
Support boosts Carney family (02/26/14)
"We are humbled by the outpouring of support," Josh Carney said Tuesday night from the bedside of his 2-year-old son Mason, who faces a long recovery from injuries sustained in a traffic accident Monday in Christiana. "It's a long road ahead but we're hoping for full recovery."...
Boat, trailers stolen at Woodbury Street business (02/26/14)
A flat bottom boat and trailer, trolling motor, three fishing reels, four fishing rods, a tackle box and fuel cell were taken from behind a Woodbury Street business between Saturday and Monday, police were told. A gate was cut to gain entry, the owner said...
2-year-old injured as seat thrown from car (02/25/14)
A Shelbyville man and his young son are fortunate to be alive after a Monday night crash on U.S. 231 in Christiana. Two-year-old Mason Carney's car seat was thrown approximately 60 feet from the Nissan Maxima driven by his father Josh Carney, 35, due to what the Tennessee Highway Patrol calls a 'seat belt failure" when the car was struck in the rear...
SpongeBob to the rescue as drug suspect arrested (02/25/14)
SpongeBob SquarePants helped apprehend a drug suspect over the weekend -- and he didn't have to do a thing. Jared Cornelius Hill, 31, of Moreland Avenue began yelling at a relative for eating SpongeBob Gogurt purchased for children living at a Sevier Street home...
Two killed in wreck near Bell Buckle (02/25/14)
Two people were killed and another seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash east of Bell Buckle early Monday. Ronald K. Neely Jr., 27, of Sparta and Donald J. Lazas III, 25, of Brentwood died when the van in which they were riding ran off State Highway 82 on a sharp curve at Dye Road and struck trees, according to State Trooper Barry Qualls...
Neill admits possessing child porn (02/23/14)
A former Bedford County youth minister has admitted in federal court to possessing child pornography described as "sadistic" and "violent." Joseph Todd Neill, 37, made a plea agreement on charges of possession of the images found on his cell phone last year. He could face up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000...
Teen vandals severely damage church (02/21/14)
Two teenagers who severely damaged the facilities of St. William Catholic Church weren't able to stop God's work. Mass will be held at the church as scheduled this weekend, secretary Luci Taylor said Friday afternoon. "Religious education classes have been cancelled but he said he has to do masses," Taylor said...
Coach indicted on sex charge (02/21/14)
A former Community Middle School teacher and coach was indicted Thursday on a sexually related charge relating to an alleged incident involving a student. James William Tankersley has been charged with aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, and is set to appear again before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard on March 17...
Graham will resign as EMS director (02/21/14)
Chad Graham has announced that he will resign as director of Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, a position he's held since 1997, at the end of this month in order to take a position as administrator for a local medical practice. Graham had been full-time with BCEMS since 1991...
Robbery victim tricked by woman's cries for help (02/21/14)
Five people have been charged in connection with a robbery at a Shelbyville motel Wednesday. The victim told police he was robbed and attacked at America's Best Value Inn, North Cannon Boulevard, after answering a woman's scream for help from an adjoining room. Two men attacked and robbed him of $200, police said...
Investigators eye fatigue in jet crash that killed Fanning (02/20/14)
WASHINGTON -- Pilot fatigue is among several issues being eyed by accident investigators as possible factors in the fatal predawn crash of a UPS cargo jet in Alabama last August that killed Shelbyville native Shanda Carney Fanning. The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a hearing for Thursday on the accident, which killed both pilots. ...
Chase suspect found after 2 months (02/20/14)
After two months, a man accused of threatening a man with a gun and leading police on a chase from Shelbyville to Flat Creek in was arrested Tuesday. Beau Dawson Beecham, 23, of La Vergne allegedly entered a Landers Street home on Dec. 18 and argued with the residents before pointing a handgun as he left, Shelbyville police said...
El Bethel wreck (02/19/14)
Adriana Vincent of Old Hickory was injured in a wreck on El Bethel Road about a half mile off U.S. 41A about 7 a.m. today, State Trooper Jackie Smith said. She was pinned in for several mintues. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Man charged with attacking child (02/19/14)
Six charges of rape of a child have been filed against a Shelbyville man being held on $1.2 million bond. Martin Martinez Barillas allegedly committed sexual acts against the victim, who is not his child, over a 13-year period. The girl confided in a friend, who notified police...
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 16 (02/16/14)
To my fellow Tennesseans: This letter is in regards to the disturbing statistics concerning our children. My name is Sharonita Liles and I am an active advocate for grandparents' rights. For too long, we as a society have watched quietly while our young children have been, and still are, mentally and physically abused, neglected and abandoned. ...
Man fends off robbery attempt (02/14/14)
Two men attempted to rob a Couch Lane man Wednesday night, police were told. A translator, speaking for the victim, said he was taking out the trash and noticed two men following him home. As he reached the front steps one of the men pushed him -- cutting his lip -- and demanded his money, officers were told...
Safety day, concert set next weekend (02/13/14)
A two-part event -- a community-wide safety day followed by a Christian pop and rock concert -- returns Feb. 22 to Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. "This year we're taking it to a whole new level," said Jason Barber, one of the organizers...
Driver, 91, doesn't stop, charged with evading arrest (02/13/14)
A 91-year-old driver was charged with evading arrest Tuesday after being followed several miles by a police officer for allegedly failing to stop for blue lights. Shelbyville officer Darrell Birdsong said he clocked Leecil Robertson Sudberry of Unionville-Deason Road at 65 mph in a 45 mph zone on Union Street at 9:33 a.m...
Propane fire burns home (02/11/14)
Attempts to cut heating costs may have led to a fire that destroyed a Moulder Road home Sunday afternoon, investigators say. The home of Marcos Tubela and all contents were totally lost in a mid-afternoon fire thought to have been caused by propane gas being used for heat, Bedford County Fire Chief Mark Thomas said...
Hangup on 911 alerts police to sexual assault (02/11/14)
A man who allegedly attempted to force a woman to have sex was charged with domestic assault, sexual battery and false imprisonment early Saturday. The woman managed to call 911, but hung up without saying anything. Officers responded to the King Arthur Court home, as is normal protocol on 911 hangup calls, and Anthony Walker Lewis Jr. allegedly refused to let them inside...
Judge appointed in Hord case (02/07/14)
Tennessee's supreme court has appointed a special judge to hear charges against a former Bedford County detective. Senior judge Don R. Ash of Murfreesboro will hear the case against Rebecca Hord, 58, of Shelbyville, who was charged in December with theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery...
Scam Watch: E-mail account request is a scam (02/07/14)
Ignore any emails received from the "Email! Verifications Team." The "team" sent emails to T-G accounts stating, We are undertaking some essential, but extensive maintenance to improve all personal and business email services. During this general maintenance period, all users of active personal and business emails are required to update the email registration data or have the email account automatically suspended indefinitely...
Punch to officer's face nets arrest (02/07/14)
A suspect punched an officer in the face before being subdued Wednesday night at an Alta Avenue residence, Shelbyville police said. The suspect -- Michael Kenneth Hudson, 26, of the residence -- was allegedly arguing with a relative when a family member called police, fearing "something bad" was going to happen...
Human trafficking highlighted in film (02/07/14)
To help raise awareness and encourage involvement in the fight against human trafficking, Middle Tennessee citizens are invited to attend a showing of the "Every Day in Cambodia," a CNN Freedom Project documentary in Brentwood. The showing will be hosted by Fellowship Bible Church, 3Strands and Agape International Missions (AIM) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the church, which is at 1210 Franklin Road in Brentwood...
Suit vs. local officials dismissed (02/06/14)
A federal suit filed in 2012 against Bedford County Sheriff's Department and several others has been dismissed with prejudice. Brian Keith Milstead had filed a complaint for violation of civil rights against the sheriff's department, retired Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler, public defenders Andrew Jackson Dearing III and Donna Hargrove, assistant district attorneys Mike Randles and Ann Lacy Filer, along with April Hernandez...
Prescription drugs stolen from home (02/06/14)
A Shelbyview Drive resident told police 45 pills of prescription medication were stolen from his home Tuesday. The victim said half the contents of a 90-count bottle were missing a day after his prescription had been filled. A tow dolly last seen at U-Haul, South Cannon Boulevard, on Oct. 28, 2013 was reported stolen Tuesday...
Officers discover pills in van (02/05/14)
Drugs were confiscated from a man police were told was digging through garbage cans at a North Main Convenience store early Tuesday. Robert Joseph Wydock Jr. was asleep in a van when officer Todd Sanders arrived shortly after 2 a.m. Wydock passed field sobriety tests, but officer Jody Shelton inspected the van and found several syringes, four containing a "white powder substance," bottles containing 37 pills of various types, several empty pill bottles and drug paraphernalia including a pill crusher and a spoon with burn marks.. ...
Judge hears quarry claims (02/04/14)
A special judge heard evidence involving a 10-year dispute over a rock quarry in Chancery Court, but made no rulings Monday. Senior Judge Ben Cantrell of Nashville conducted the hearing over last April's rejection of a proposed rock quarry by Shelbyville's Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)...
Child's parents arrested following DUI accident (02/03/14)
The parents of a 7-year-old boy were arrested on child endangerment charges after a DUI crash Sunday night. Venus Denise Reed, 32, was driving on Union Street when she was involved in the collision, police said. She allegedly admitted taking Xanax and drinking half a beer and was "having difficulty waking due to her level of intoxication," officer Chris Vest's report said...
Pot discovered during arrest (02/02/14)
Bongs and small plastic bags containing pot were found in the bedroom of a Landers Street home by police Thursday. Officers arresting Davon Eugene High, 28, of Railroad Avenue on a charge of aggravated domestic assault said they smelled marijuana and asked where it was...
Scam try targets previous victim (02/02/14)
The cousin of a man convicted of scamming an elderly Shelbyville woman three years ago is accused of targeting her with a similar offense. Jerry Dewayne Herring, 38, of Murfreesboro is charged with criminal attempt to commit theft over $1,000. He was being held on $25,000 bond Friday at Bedford County Jail...
Fairfield pike accident (02/02/14)
Three were injured Friday night on Fairfield Pike about a mile north of Minkslide Road intersection when the driver of this car lost control and slid down a treeline. Two of the people were being questioned by Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers at the scene and at least one was handcuffed. Further details were not available at press time Saturday.
Playstation theft isn't a game (01/31/14)
A Playstation 3, seven Playstation 3 games, two Playstation 3 controllers and a tablet were stolen from a Sunset Drie home between 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, Shelbyville police were told. No one has been charged, but the resident named a suspect who has allegedly visited the home on multiple occasions...
Expensive skid loader, trailer driven away (01/28/14)
Expensive items were stolen in and near the downtown Shelbyville area over the weekend, Shelbyville police said Monday. A skid loader valued at $13,000 and the flatbed trailer it was on were taken from behind a Deery Street storage building behind Friday and Monday, police said...
Grand jury indicts murder suspect (01/28/14)
First degree murder charges were bought against a Jackson man for the beating death of a Shelbyville resident. The Bedford County grand jury indicted Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 46, for the murder of Jonathan Cody Minnick, 23, of Vandy Avenue. According to testimony from TBI Special Agent Caleb Utterback last week, Osler allegedly admitted to killing Minnick with a brick...
Pinned in (01/26/14)
Utility lines were down after this van slid off Warners Bridge Road into a tree Saturday morning. Jerome Neeb of Collier Avenue in Shelbyville was injured, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Neeb's legs were pinned under the dashboard before emergency personnel could arrive. He was taken to Heritage Medical Center. A thin layer of ice covered some county roads at the time of the crash. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Thief eats meal, leaves with chairs (01/26/14)
A thief enjoyed a pack of pork chops and a box of macaroni before leaving a Carter Street home with the kitchen chairs and a coffee pot last week, Shelbyville police were told Thursday. One of the victims said she knew who stole the items -- and used most of her cooking grease for the meal -- and had seen some of them at his home...
Warren admits thefts from vets (01/24/14)
Gordon Warren, Bedford County's former veterans service officer, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of funds from the United Veterans Council and the American Legion. Criminal information was submitted to Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard, bypassing the grand jury, and Warren waived his right to go through that process...
'Kidnapping' didn't happen: investigators (01/24/14)
"Folks can breathe a whole lot easier." Those were the words of Shelbyville police detective Sam Jacobs after a woman who claimed she was kidnapped at gunpoint last month was charged with filing a false report. Melissa Martin was indicted by direct presentment by the Bedford County grand jury Thursday...
Scam Watch: Too good to be true? Avoid it (01/24/14)
It seems sometimes that those calls never stop. Scam artists support a multi-billion dollar business in the United States and every year, thousands of consumers lose their hard-earned money to these thieves. According to Department of Commerce and Insurance Deputy Commissioner and Acting Consumer Affairs Director Steve Majchrzak, Tennesseans need to be very critical of anyone promising a 'too good to be true' prize, offer or investment...
Several burglary attempts occur in eastern Shelbyville (01/22/14)
Attempted burglaries in eastern Shelbyville kept police busy over the weekend and Monday. A man arrested for breaking a window in a garage in the area Monday night denied any thefts and has not been charged. All the attempts -- between Woodland Avenue and Depot Street -- occurred within a relatively small area...
County may get break on new jail (01/21/14)
The consensus is still that Bedford County will need to build a new jail, and the county intends to continue to work in that direction, but it's possible that the state mandate on the county may become slightly less restrictive, according to County Mayor Eugene Ray...
EPA concludes cleanup efforts (01/21/14)
The Environmental Protection Agency has completed oversight of cleanup efforts from a Nov. 18 explosion at Southern Energy in downtown Shelbyville, according to Steve Spurlin, EPA on-scene coordinator. Spurlin said the EPA will produce a summary report for the response in the next 30-45 days...
Lack of judge delays Hord arraignment (01/21/14)
A delay in appointing a new judge has delayed the arraignment for a former Bedford County detective who is facing charges until next month. Rebecca Hord, 58, of Shelbyville, will have her next day in court on Feb. 6, Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell said Friday, even though he will not be involved in the case...
Garage burns (01/21/14)
Shelbyville firefighters battle a blaze in a garage at the Mary Dean home on Fairground Heights at 10:15 p.m. Saturday. Initial callers told authorities the home itself was on fire. Smoke spread over much of eastern Shelbyville at the height of the fire. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Burning desire to lead: Wildnerness firefighters endure realistic training (01/19/14)
Wilderness firefighters developed leadership training last week while attending an academy in northern Bedford County. This was the 12th year for the Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy, the largest such program in the nation, said Deanna Hayes, a business management assistant with the U.S. Forest Service's Cherokee National Forest...
Purse snatched from shopping cart (01/19/14)
A man grabbed a purse from a shopping cart outside Kroger, North Main Street, and ran away Thursday night, police said. "She apparently thought he was collecting the cart," Det. Sam Jacobs said. "He took the purse and ran toward the back of the store."...
DAs push for stringent child sex abuse laws (01/19/14)
The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference will continue during the 2014 legislative session to push for changes in state laws which it says will better enable prosecution of serial child sexual abusers and increase punishment for child neglect...
Firefighter speaks to Lions (01/19/14)
Shelbyville Deputy Fire Chief Brian Nicholson spoke to a recent meeting of Shelbyville Lions Club. He discussed fire hazards and fire preparedness in the home. The fire department has smoke detectors available for those who don't have them in their home. He said 3,000-5,000 people nationally die in house fires each year...
Murder suspect goes to grand jury (01/17/14)
A Jackson man was bound over Thursday to next week's session of the Bedford County grand jury in connection with the beating death of a Shelbyville resident last September. A preliminary hearing was held before General Sessions Judge Charles Rich for Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 46, who is charged with criminal homicide for the murder of Jonathan Cody Minnick, 23, of Vandy Avenue...
Dalton enters race for public defender (01/17/14)
Robert Dalton of Lewisburg has announced his candidacy for 17th Judicial District public defender in the Aug. 7 general election. Dalton is an attorney with an office in Lewisburg. The 17th Judicial District consists of Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties...
Scam Watch: Fake 'bills' plague DREMC customers (01/17/14)
Attempts by email and telephone to bilk Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) members out of money and identity information continue and seem to be picking up in number and weirdness. The latest is the PG&E scam. DREMC members have received bogus email invoices for electricity and natural gas charges. These "bills" even include past-due amounts. The messages are fraudulent attempts to obtain credit card, bank account and personal identity information...
Suspect accused of burglarizing 3 homes (01/17/14)
A man accused of breaking into three homes northeast of Shelbyville early Wednesday afternoon was arrested within hours after a short police chase. Gabriel Lee Bogle, 31, of Idle Drive was taken into custody outside an Eagle Boulevard store, Sheriff Randall Boyce said...
Mom charged with assault after drugs detected in newborn (01/16/14)
A newborn boy has tested positive for three drugs, and his mother was charged with aggravated assault as a result Tuesday. Jamie Rebecca Ryan, 22, of Mankin Road also tested positive for the drugs, Det. Chad Webster of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Woman escapes after brutal beating; suspect arrested (01/16/14)
A woman who said she had endured a brutal beating by her husband managed to escape after he left the room for a moment early Tuesday, police said. The victim ran into the Kangaroo store on South Cannon Boulevard naked and bleeding about 3:15 a.m., locked herself into a restroom and asked the clerk to call police, officer David Curley said in a report...
Unplanned drive (01/16/14)
A wrapped Christmas present appears little the worse for wear after an accident on Highway 82 South at mid-morning Wednesday. Steven Thomas Wilson, 47, of Shelton Road in Moore County was northbound when he overcorrected and his truck plunged down an embankment, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. Wilson was taken to Heritage Medical Center, but investigators said he was not seriously injured. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Scam Watch: Fake satellite deal nets scammer $290 (01/15/14)
A caller falsely claiming to represent Dish Network scammed a Shelbyville man out of $290, police said Tuesday. The caller repeatedly called asking the victim to upgrade his satellite package and, after agreeing, was told to pay with a pre-paid credit card...
Lack of pay drove robbery, suspect claims (01/14/14)
The suspect in a purse snatching Friday night told police he did it because he wasn't paid for delivering a package. Kirby Lashune "K.B." Butcher, 38, of Elizabeth Street was arrested moments after allegedly pulling away from the grip of two women trying to stop him from leaving a Depot Street home, officer Cody Swift said in a report...
Anti-meth efforts have little impact: State report (01/12/14)
An updated report on methamphetamine production in Tennessee shows it remains a serious issue for the state, and two methods aimed at stopping it have so far shown inconclusive results. Meth is an illegal, highly addictive drug which can be made from household ingredients and certain types of cold and allergy medicines -- primarily pseudoephedrine...
Convicted sex offender was too near school: Police (01/12/14)
A convicted sex offender accused of staying too close to a school and day care center was charged Thursday with two counts of violation of the sex offender registry. Willie Leon Robertson, 45, of Morton Street admitted spending several nights at his sister's home on Elm Street, Det. Sam Jacobs of the Shelbyville Police Department said in a report...
Sunday Conversation: Police chief looks back at long career of service (01/12/14)
Austin Swing is a Shelbyville native who serves as the city's police chief. He's married to Karen Swing and they have two children, Michelle and Ben, and three grandchildren, Cassie, Cale and Ella. Shortly after attending Motlow, Swing began his career with the Shelbyville Police Department. He's been there about 38 years...
Billboard reminds public of Shelbyville Missing (01/10/14)
A newly-posted billboard across the street from Shelbyville and Bedford County law enforcement headquarters is helping give hope to family members of five missing persons. "We're looking for a killer," Sherry Meeks, brother of Leon McClaran Sr., who died with his wife Mollie in a September 2012 house fire near Rover, said Thursday. The bodies of Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel, who were staying with their grandparents, have not been found...
Cold-hearted thief takes warming car (01/10/14)
Tuesday morning's near-zero temperatures didn't stop a thief from stealing a vehicle as it was left to warm up. A 1997 Buick Skylark was stolen from a Jarrell Street residence between 5:40-5:55 a.m., Shelbyville police were told. The owner's purse and contents were taken with the unlocked car, police said...
Scam Watch: Calls hit DREMC customers (01/09/14)
Telephone scammers appear to be at work again in the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) service area. Co-op members in the Lewisburg area reported several attempts to convince them that, because they had not paid their electric bills, a DREMC representative was on the way to disconnect their power. However, they knew their bills were up-to-date and suspected the caller had an ulterior motive...
Scam Watch: Texts seek debit card numbers (01/08/14)
Texts falsely claiming debit cards have been blocked were received by many residents of Shelbyville and Tullahoma Monday. AT&T and Verizon users were told card numbers and other information were needed to reactivate the cards, according to Facebook comments...
Ten arrested at checkpoint (01/08/14)
Ten persons were arrested in a DUI saturation checkpoint held for six years New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. One person was charged with fifth offense DUI and two for simple possession, Chief Deputy David Williams Jr. said. The checkpoint was held from 10 p.m.-4 a.m...
City police drive toward safer streets (01/05/14)
City departments, including police and fire, have laid out goals for 2014 in efforts to make Shelbyville safer. But some requests could be held back by a limited revenue stream, City Manager Jay Johnson said. Goals for the police department include increased patrols for DUIs, seat belt and other safety violations due to the county's fatality count rise to 15 in 2013...