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Crime, justice and emergency services

Crime, punishment, the court system and emergency response.

Resisting suspect receives taser shock (01/29/15)
A suspect who allegedly refused an officer's orders was subdued with a taser Tuesday night, Shelbyville police said. Colt Wayne Sanders, 32, of Pickle Road "received one cycle from the taser in a drive stun mode," officer David Curley said in a report. "Drive stun mode" is an electric shock from the end of the taser placed against a suspect...
Child safety seat use taught at TFACA (01/28/15)
Lt. Chris Reed of Bedford County Fire Department was among 19 students from across Tennessee attending a course on child safety car seats held last week at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) on Unionville-Deason Road. Reed and the other students were certified as National Child Passenger Safety Technicians, meaning they can conduct child safety seat inspections, speak about child seat safety and advise parents or guardians on the proper purchase, installation and use of child safety seats.. ...
He helped her out, she helped herself (01/28/15)
A woman allowed to stay at a new male friend's East Lane Street home took two pairs of his new jeans and returned them to a store, receiving a refund as if she had purchased them, said. The victim said his bank card was also stolen by the woman, who he allowed to spend the night Sunday after she said she had no place to stay...
2 charged, 1 sought in home invasion (01/27/15)
Two men have been charged in a Carter Street home invasion Saturday night, and Shelbyville police are seeking another suspect. "Trevakias Vondez Rankins is wanted for aggravated burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent felony," Detective Lt. Brian Crews said. "Rankins is considered armed and dangerous."...
Officers avoid suspect's attempts to kick, bite (01/25/15)
Police say an allegedly-intoxicated woman tried to kick and bite officers as she was being arrested early Friday. Christy Louise Henley, 50, of Myers Street was looking for a relative at a Bethany Lane mobile home park and went to the wrong trailer, threatening to attack a resident who refused to open the door, the report said...
Six indicted by grand jury (01/25/15)
Bedford County's newest grand jury was sworn in Thursday, producing six sealed indictments. Indicted and brought before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard were: *Kyle Matthew Hamlin, possession of schedule II drug for resale (two counts), controlled substance analogue, possession of schedule VI drug for resale, possession of schedule VI drug for delivery, possession of a firearm during felony...
One lucky driver (01/23/15)
Nicole Neff of Shelbyville walked away from this accident on Fairfield Pike Friday morning without a scratch and was laughing as paramedics checked her for injuries. Emergency workers had to place braces around the truck that was impaled by a utility pole on the underside of the vehicle before helping Neff out of the truck...
20 years for 2 deaths (01/23/15)
A driver charged with the deaths of two of his passengers in a car crash accepted a plea deal Thursday that results in a effective 20-year sentence. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide/driver intoxication and vehicular homicide in connection with the Aug. 14 deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva...
Truck thief leaves behind stolen bus (01/23/15)
A 1997 Ford pickup owned by Tyson Foods was stolen from a parking lot at a breeding facility on Depot Street overnight Wednesday, police said. The employee who usually drives the truck said it contained a Dosatron livestock medicator and personal items...
United Way goals and initiatives (01/23/15)
United Way of Bedford County partnered with Membership Services Corp. in May 2006 to distribute free prescription drug discount cards to assist families who otherwise could not afford much needed prescription drugs. The cards can reduce prescription drug costs by an average of 35 percent. ...
Officials outline jail needs (01/22/15)
Bedford County officials met with state jail officials on Tuesday night as part of the continuing discussion of the need for a new county jail. Jim Hart of the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service is currently doing a study of the county's jail needs, while Bob Bass and Miller Meadows are with Tennessee Corrections Institute, the state agency that certifies local jails...
Courtrooms in bank building costly: Official (01/22/15)
Bedford County Planning & Zoning Director Chris White told the county commission's courthouse and county property committee Tuesday night that it would be "cost-prohibitive" to use the county-owned Regions Bank building for courtrooms. Commissioner Linda Yockey told the committee that the county needs to come up with a plan for using the space in the courthouse, the Regions Bank building and Bedford County Business Complex on Dover Street...
Woman shocked by sudden attack (01/22/15)
A woman was attacked in her car at CVS Pharmacy, North Main Street, at mid-afternoon Tuesday. The victim, who said she had never seen her assailant, told police she was meeting a woman to buy a shirt she had spotted on a Facebook site. A woman described as white and in her 20s got out of a blue Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am and began beating on the driver's side window of the victim's vehicle...
Gunshots fired into truck lead to suspect's arrest (01/21/15)
A Shelbyville man was jailed on $111,000 bond after allegedly shooting into a truck Monday night at Get Away Saloon, Sims Road. Shane Michael McAnally, 48, of Carney Street allegedly had argued with the truck's owner at the bar earlier in the night and was told to leave, police said. A witness said she saw McAnally shoot the truck...
Dogs waiting before going to new homes (01/20/15)
New, permanent homes aren't in the immediate future for dogs taken from a Cortner Road home Thursday. "All of them are being checked more thoroughly," said Bedford County Animal Control director Jack Cooper. Veterinarians did preliminary examinations immediately after the animals were evacuated from the property of Kellie Williams Grunder. They are now being individually checked, with a small number taken to veterinary facilities...
Man reaches into drive-through window, grabs money (01/18/15)
"He's taking money," an employee of Krystal, Madison Street, yelled as she saw a man reach through the drive-through window and grab money from the cash register Thursday night. The employee told Shelbyville police the suspect is black, approximately 5-feet-11 to 6 feet tall, thin, and wore a gray hoodie with bluish green letters on the front. He was last seen running south, police said...
Car crashes into bedroom (01/16/15)
You've heard of rude awakenings, but... For William and Connie Andrews, their night's slumber was suddenly interrupted when a Cadillac crashed into the bedroom of their Hickory Hill Road home Thursday. "My wife and I were in bed. I heard a rumble and the next thing everything came in," William Andrews said...
Ready for the wilderness (01/16/15)
Bedford County has been hosting nearly 400 firefighters this week in what organizers describe as the nation's largest wildland fire academy. This was the 13th year for the Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy, said Deanna Arthur, a business management assistant with the U.S. Forest Service's Cherokee National Forest...
Man's request for money, gold denied (01/16/15)
A man who came into Bargain Town, Lane Parkway, and allegedly demanded money and gold was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct Wednesday. John Thomas Anderson, 44, of Noblitt Street allegedly had his hand in a pocket and was cursing employees, Shelbyville police said...
100 dogs found on property, owner charged with abuse (01/16/15)
A team of veterinarians was evaluating approximately 100 animals, mostly dogs, Thursday after their owner was accused of abuse. Kellie Williams has been charged with one count of animal abuse, said director Jack Cooper of Bedford County Animal Control. "More charges may be filed," Cooper said...
Bell Buckle to spend $3,500 for police car (01/15/15)
It was a short meeting for Bell Buckle's board of mayor and aldermen Tuesday, with only three measures passed. Up to $3,500 will be bid for a replacement police car, since the current one has over 200,000 miles. The bid will include the light bar and sirens, and the money will be coming out of the town's equipment fund...
Gant denied reduction of sentence (01/15/15)
A man serving a 16-sentence for dealing crack has lost his appeal for an alternative sentence. Skylar Matthew Gant had entered guilty pleas to two counts of the sale of .5 grams or more of crack cocaine, two counts of the delivery of .5 grams or more of crack cocaine, and one count of failure to appear...
Thieves walk away with case of earrings (01/14/15)
More than $1,500 worth of jewelry was stolen from Walmart early Monday, police say. Camera footage shows two men and a woman breaking into a jewelry case and taking an entire case containing 27 earrings, security personnel told officers. The earrings are described as 10-karat and 14-karat, some hoop style, with a total value of $1,643.89. Two air guns were also stolen, officer Brock Horner's report said...
Slick roads cause accidents; schools closed (01/14/15)
Several traffic accidents occurred in the Wartrace-Bell Buckle area early this morning as freezing fog iced roads. Bedford County schools opened two hours late as a result. Most of the wrecks occurred on Wartrace-Bell Buckle road, involving vehicles sliding into ditches or bridges. Other wrecks was reported at a bridge on State Highway 64 near Beech Grove and on Fairfield Pike near Cascade School...
1 killed in head-on crash (01/13/15)
A Bell Buckle woman who officials said was driving on the wrong side of U.S. 231 North was killed in a head-on crash Monday night. Susan R. Sissom, 47, of Bell Buckle was southbound, crossed the grassy median and struck a northbound car driven by Amber S. Johnson, 25, of Murfreesboro, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Winter brings fire risk (01/13/15)
Winter weather has been rolling through Tennessee -- and its side effects can include frozen pipes, power outages and house fires. There have been several serious structure fires in Bedford County in the past week alone. The State Fire Marshal's Office has been reminding Tennesseans of the special safety concerns that exist during the winter months...
Stolen car found blazing near unoccupied home (01/13/15)
A 2011 Nissan Sentra reported stolen from a Fairway Green Drive home was found burning early Friday at a vacant house on Rattlesnake Lodge Road. Deputy Trey Green of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said he was able to recover the vehicle identification number and, as he arrived at the owners' residence, it was being reported as stolen to Shelbyville police...
2 killed in Normandy crash (01/11/15)
Two people were killed early Saturday in a single-vehicle wreck near Normandy Dam. Michelle L. Lumbley, 31, of Ragsdale Road in Manchester was driving on Huffman Road toward the dam with Raymond D. Cunningham, 33, of Front Street in Normandy as a passenger, State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Taillights stolen from pickup (01/11/15)
Two taillights were stolen overnight Thursday from a pickup in the parking lot of a Landers Street apartment, police were told. The following were arrested since Thursday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Hundreds of forestry agents train at TFACA (01/11/15)
Starting Monday, Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road will host the award-winning 13th annual Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy -- a weeklong training event drawing more than 400 new and seasoned forestry agents from across the United States...
Heating-cooling units stolen from business (01/09/15)
Two used heating and cooling units were stolen from the property of Brown's Heating & Cooling, Depot Street, overnight Tuesday. Area scrap yards were notified by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department to be on the lookout for the units. The following were arrested since Monday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Teaming to fight criminals (01/08/15)
It's the only time when crime does pay. Shelbyville's police department and the county sheriff's office are joining forces and sharing information received from the Crime Stoppers program, along with encouraging the public to use the anonymous tip line...
Fire destroys Bedford County home (01/08/15)
Bedford County firefighters battled 3-degree temperatures to combat this blaze at a home on Nashville Dirt Road, owned by Robert and Sherry Lawell, before sunrise today. Residents were able to escape without injury, authorities said. The blaze was reported before 5 a.m. The cause was undetermined at press time, when firefighters were still on scene. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Warming shelter used Wednesday night (01/08/15)
Scott Johnson of Bedford County Emergency Management Agency reported that two people used the county's new warming shelter at First Church of the Nazarene during Wednesday night's bitterly-cold temperatures. Johnson said the two were referred to the shelter by Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Be safe with portable heaters (01/08/15)
With the arrival of single-digit weather in Tennessee this week, the State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding residents to stay safe when using portable heaters to stay warm. While portable heaters are common sights during winter, they can sometimes lead to tragedy. An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration...
Serious abuse, and a need for help (01/08/15)
Amidst all the New Year's resolutions going around, it's time to make another one: Being there for others when it seems no one else is. Picture a woman, suffering sudden serious health problems at a young age, in a hospital emergency room. Add to those problems a head injury she's suffered, she says, because she was "possibly" pushed by her husband during an argument. She opened up, finally, after first saying she tripped and hit her head as she fell...
Police deserve public's thanks (01/08/15)
Our society needs to take a time out on police-bashing. I don't care what you think of the Ferguson controversy, if you fight with an officer you should expect to get shot, regardless of your race or the cop's race. Police are trained to defend themselves and others. They fear for their lives in a fight, and who can blame them. With that being said, it is a tragedy anytime a person, police officer or suspect, dies in a confrontation...
Be heard on alarms and dogs (01/06/15)
Citizens will have a chance to have their say about upcoming ordinances dealing with dogs and alarm systems Thursday. Public hearings will be held before Shelbyville's city council starting at 6 p.m. in the courtroom at the police station. Both measures are scheduled for a second reading following the hearings, and would not become law until a third and final reading tentatively set for February...
E-911 part of suit over fees (01/06/15)
Bedford County Emergency Communications District (E-911), along with districts from Blount, Bradley, Cheatham, Coffee, Hamilton, Knox and Roane counties, filed suit last week in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga against Windstream, a competitive local exchange provider of telephone services, claiming that the company has not remitted all of the 911 fees that were due to the plaintiffs...
Men suspected of taking camper from auto dealership (01/06/15)
Police are seeking two men suspected of stealing a 2001 Dutch Sport Camper from Deals on Wheels, Madison Street, on Dec. 24. Surveillance video shows the men entering the auto dealership's overflow lot across the street in a dark Dodge pickup and looking at the camper...
False utility claims are 'totally a scam' (01/06/15)
Local businesses are getting calls claiming to be from Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System stating that the business must wire money immediately to an out-of-town contact in order to keep their utilities connected. "It's totally a scam," said SPWSS general manager David Crowell. "We do not make those kinds of calls at all."...
Crystal meth discovered in vehicle during traffic stop (01/04/15)
Crystal methamphetamine was found in a vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. A search of the vehicle found 2.5 grams of a "rock-like substance" in a vehicle driven by Harold Ray Nix, 45, of Jarrell Street, the BCSD report said...
Scam Watch: 'Border patrol' scammer threatens arrest (01/02/15)
A fake arrest threat from a man claiming to be from the "Border Patrol" frightened a Wartrace woman Wednesday. The caller told her she was "the subject of an ongoing investigation" for allegedly purchasing drugs over the Internet, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Charges may be filed in fatality (12/31/14)
More details have been released about the traffic accident in which a Shelbyville woman died Saturday night on U.S. 41A South. The victim, Linda H. Talley, 66, of Shelbyville, was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Richard Talley. Their car was struck head-on by a car driven by Marilyn C. Flannery, 73, of Shelbyville, State Trooper Casey Newsom's report said. Criminal charges are "pending" against Flannery, according to the report...
Assault charge filed after alleged attack (12/31/14)
A Shelbyville man was charged with aggravated domestic assault after being accused of severely beating a woman at a North Main street motel Monday night. Shaun Gibson allegedly woke up an acquaintance and inflicted what police termed "several facial injuries" as he beat and kicked her into unconsciousness. She awakened and the attack resumed until she "played dead," officer David Curley's report said...
Woman dies in 41A crash (12/30/14)
A Shelbyville woman died Monday as the result of a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 41A South early Saturday night. Linda Ruth Talley, 66, died at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where she and her husband Richard Talley were taken after the crash...
THP announces two January checkpoints (12/30/14)
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two checkpoints in early January. A safety belt checkpoint will be held on State Route 437 (the Shelbyville bypass) at the 1.8-mile marker at 7 p.m. during the week of Jan. 13. A driver's license checkpoint is scheduled for the week of Jan. 16 at 11 p.m. on U.S. 41A just north of the 14-mile marker...
Taser calms suspect after traffic stop, struggle (12/30/14)
A taser was used on a suspect as he was being taken unto custody early Friday, police said. Eric Livingston Brooks, 24, allegedly refused to stop for State Trooper Barry Qualls, eventually turning into an apartment complex on Belmont Avenue and running from his vehicle into a nearby wooded area...
Secret Santa's surprises brighten recipients' holidays (12/26/14)
Anonymous holiday donations were made before Christmas to the Shelbyville Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. Both used the windfall to surprise unsuspecting citizens with Secret Santa gifts. Unsure of why they were being stopped, locals were all smiles when they realized it wasn't a ticket they were getting this Christmas, but a little extra cash for the holidays...
Man takes beer, runs from store (12/24/14)
A man accused of taking two bottles of beer from the cooler at Walgreens and consuming or emptying them in a bathroom was charged with shoplifting Monday. James Eric Thomas, 24, of Regent Drive allegedly took the bottles from a six-pack and headed for the bathroom, store personnel told Shelbyville police. The employees said they found the bottles in the trash moments later...
'He was just... happy': Young wreck victim's smiles remembered (12/23/14)
Smiles -- through Davin Lynch's art and his own bright outlook -- are the legacy he leaves behind. Davin, 10, lost his life Friday in a traffic accident in Tullahoma. The Southside School fifth grade student won't be forgotten. A preschool teacher who employed Davin's mother remembers him as intelligent, caring and talented...
Trailer falls on man, causes fatal injuries (12/23/14)
A Bedford County man died Saturday when a gooseneck trailer fell on him at a farm on Longview Road. Roger Boyce, 51, of Roy Moore Road was pinned under the trailer when its jack stands fell, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. "He was underneath the trailer working on the axle when the jack stands fell, pinning him," a BCSD report said...
Officers hurt in struggle with DUI suspect (12/23/14)
Two Shelbyville police officers say they were injured while attempting to arrest a DUI suspect Saturday night. Joaquin Hinojosa, 36, of Dover Street was tased by officer David Curley after allegedly refusing to give officers his right arm, on which he was lying, while being arrested, police said...
Local youth killed in Tullahoma crash (12/21/14)
A Shelbyville youth lost his life in a traffic accident Friday night in Tullahoma. Davin Lynch, 10. died when the car in which he was riding was struck in the side by another vehicle, officials said. He was a fifth grader at Southside School, where principal Reita Vaughn said Davin's smile and positive outlook on life stood out...
Jewelry, gun taken from home (12/21/14)
Jewelry, a flat screen television, drill set and a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun were stolen from a Sims Road home Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told. The face was taken from a radio in a tractor at a Barber Road home between Dec. 13-17, a BCSD report taken Thursday said...
Visitor gives himself Christmas gifts (12/19/14)
A visitor to an Elm Street home is suspected of helping himself to five Christmas gifts Wednesday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. Police were told by a resident that the man's coat appeared bulky as he left. No one had been charged as of Thursday...
Video to alert of Wartrace blockages (12/18/14)
A new project, funded by a homeland security grant, will place video cameras at the railroad crossing in Wartrace so that emergency dispatchers will know as soon as possible when the railroad tracks there are blocked. Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson reported on the project during Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee...
Paramedic charged with stealing drugs (12/18/14)
A former Marshall County paramedic has been charged with stealing drugs stored on ambulances. At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, TBI agents began investigating Scott Smith, 38, of Belfast, a former employee of Marshall County Emergency Medical Service, on Nov. 19. A Marshall County grand jury charged Smith with one count of theft and one count of official misconduct Wednesday...
Students caught with pot at school (12/18/14)
Three Cascade High School students were found smoking marijuana behind the football fieldhouse Tuesday. A school official smelled smoke and found the boys hiding beside air conditioning units, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. A pipe and bag containing a small amount of marijuana were found...
Drugs, shoes taken from county home (12/17/14)
Prescription medication, coveralls and a pair of tennis shoes were taken from a Quail Valley Road home Sunday or Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department reported. Cabinets, shelves and a water line for a refrigerator were stolen from a Sun Circle residence Monday, Shelbyvile police said...
Driver in double fatality indicted by county grand jury (12/17/14)
A man charged with the traffic deaths of two passengers in August was indicted by the Bedford County grand jury Monday. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, is charged with two counts each of vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide driver intoxication in the deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva. He will make his next appearance in court on Jan. 22...
Osler admits murder (12/16/14)
An admitted killer will spend the next 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the death of a Shelbyville man. Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 46, of Jackson made a plea appearance Monday before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard, agreeing to a sentence of three decades in jail at 100 percent...
Gearhart ruling to be released in '15 (12/16/14)
A ruling on evidence related to one of the remaining suspects allegedly involved in a conspiracy to murder a Unionville man won't come until next year. Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard stated his ruling on the pretrial motion on Sean Alexander Gearhardt will not be released until January...
Officer tases suspect following foot chase (12/16/14)
Police used a taser to stop a suspect as he allegedly reached into his front pockets following a foot chase on Landers Street early Sunday night. Kirby Lashure Butcher, 39, of Cliffside Avenue was treated and released at Heritage Medical Center after telling police he couldn't breathe, officer Jose Garza said in his report. Butcher was charged with fleeing to avoid arrest and was being held on $1,500 bond Monday at Bedford County Jail...
Youth loses life in Fairfield Pike crash (12/14/14)
A Shelbyville youth lost his life in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Fairfield Pike. William Tristan Richmond, 15, was dead at the scene, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said. Richmond was in the left rear seat of a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Kyle A. Becerra, 17, of Shelbyville...
Hodge among state fire prevention poster winners (12/14/14)
A Cascade Middle School student was one of 16 statewide winners of the 2014 Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Cody Hodge, an eighth grader sponsored by the Bell Buckle Volunteer Fire Department, will be honored with other winners at an awards event Jan. 31 at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy in Deason...
Marijuana found during traffic stop (12/14/14)
A bag containing 1.5 grams of marijuana was found in a car after the driver was charged with DUI Thursday night. Justin Martin was stopped on Madison Street and failed field sobriety tests, officer David Curley's report said. A charge of possession of a schedule VI drug was added...
Council sets hearings for dogs, alarms (12/12/14)
Public hearings are set for Jan. 8 for ordinances dealing with dogs and Shelbyville's policy on alarms. The ordinances were passed on first reading by the Shelbyville city council Thursday night. A draft submitted to the council in November limited any one property to three outdoor dogs. The current draft does not contain a limit on pets, however, it allows dogs on chains outdoors only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Under the proposed draft, the dogs will have to be housed in some fashion at night...
Be aware of scams while online (12/10/14)
Here at the T-G, we're always hearing and reporting about scams, especially around the holiday season -- warning our readers about the latest way crooks are trying to take your hard earned money. So it was a huge surprise when my financial institution called last week to tell me they had detected fraud on my account...
Two accused of shoplifting (12/10/14)
A woman was accused of concealing stolen clothing, including putting on a pair of panties, and attempting to leave Walmart without paying Monday afternoon. Kimberly Delina Vaughn, 40, of Lynchburg was charged with shoplifting, police said. She was also charged with possession of a schedule II drug after officer Mitchell Warren, while searching her purse, discovered a hydrocodone pill for which she had no prescription or bottle present. Vaughn was being held on $6,000 bond Monday...
It's a yes! from Ally (12/09/14)
She said YES! And no one doubted it would be any different as Ally Voynik got the surprise of her life -- a proposal from longtime boyfriend Matt Barnard -- during the Shelbyville Christmas Parade on Saturday. It was all in the well-laid plans for Barnard, a Shelbyville Fire Department firefighter, whose dreams since boyhood have come true. He'd always wanted to be a Shelbyville firefighter and propose during the Christmas parade. And for the past few years, he's dreamed of being Ally's husband...
Suspect sought in alleged mail theft (12/09/14)
A suspect is being sought in the theft of outgoing checks from a mailbox on U.S. 41A North last Wednesday. Joshua Jackson Dyer allegedly removed two pieces of mail, changed the payee's name to his own and passed one of the checks for a large amount of money, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Local man accused of TennCare fraud (12/09/14)
A Bedford County man has been charged with TennCare fraud in Coffee County -- his second charge for the crime. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, announced the arrest of Brian K. Tucker, 39...
Odor leads police to marijuana (12/09/14)
A report of a "suspicious odor" tipped off Shelbyville police to marijuana at a Barksdale Lane apartment Friday night. Officer David Curley, who said the odor of burnt marijuana was "very strong" in a hallway at Bedford Manor, said he found resident Betsy Ann Sawyer, 27, visitor Nichole Lee Quinlan, 29, of Madison Street, and two small children in a pot smoke-filled apartment...
Narrow escape (12/09/14)
A Tullahoma driver was fortunate to avoid major injuries after losing control of her vehicle on Wartrace-Bell Buckle Road about 9:15 a.m. Sunday and plunging into a creek. Kristi Lynn West, 25, of Tullahoma was taken to Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma. Speed was a factor, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
'Homeless' mom, son suspected of burglary (12/07/14)
A mother and son who told police they were "homeless and trying to get out of the cold" were arrested late Tuesday in an unoccupied home on West End Circle. Police doubt the story, noting they and their clothing appeared clean, and suspect they were breaking into the home...
'Homeless' mom, son suspected in burglary (12/05/14)
A mother and son who told police they were "homeless and trying to get out of the cold" were arrested late Tuesday in an unoccupied home on West End Circle. Police doubt the story, noting they and their clothing appeared clean, and suspect they were breaking into the home...
Pot's remnants found in vehicle (12/05/14)
Marijuana residue was scattered throughout a car stopped for a light law violation Wednesday night, Shelbyville police said. The driver, Deidre Tapp of Shelbyville, was charged with possession of a schedule IV drug. Officer Jody Shelton said he smelled marijuana and freshly sprayed perfume inside the car during the traffic stop on U.S. 231 North at 1...
Minkslide Road wreck (12/05/14)
At least two people were thrown from this truck on Minkslide Road just off State Highway 82 early Thursday night. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
City hits back at false alarms (12/04/14)
Shelbyville's city council will review a draft ordinance to deal with false alarms. City manager Jay Johnson said he utilized an ordinance from the Alarm Association, incorporating it into a local measure adopted in 1993 but never placed in city code...
Wallet stolen at Shelbyville store (12/04/14)
A man stole a wallet from a purse in an employees-only area at Dollar General Market in Big Springs Shopping Center on Tuesday morning, police said. The victim described him as black or mixed-race and wearing a gray hoodie with designs on the front and back, yellow shirt with dark collar and a design on the front and dark jeans...
Trip for socks leads police to marijuana (12/03/14)
Cold feet led police to marijuana in a Shelbyville man's residence early Tuesday. The marijuana -- one hand-rolled cigarette and a bag containing 2.3 grams -- was found in the bedroom of Harvey John Russell, 53, of Madison Street, police said. Police were at the home investigating an alleged domestic disturbance. Russell, who was outside in bare feet, asked if he could go inside for a pair of socks...
Crash leaves biker seriously hurt (12/02/14)
A biker was seriously injured when his motorcycle slid into a utility pole in downtown Wartrace, just a short distance from his home, Sunday night. Robert E. Marlin, 42, of Wartrace was unconscious from severe head injuries when help arrived State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Customer tries to force way past Walmart clerk (12/02/14)
A customer allegedly insistent on entering a roped-off area of Walmart on Thanksgiving night has been charged with assaulting a clerk. The clerk said Crystal Dunn of Hilltop Drive didn't stop when entering the first time and a short time later tried to enter again...
Scam Watch: Fake union, IRS agents seek money (12/02/14)
Two area residents have reported recent fraud attempts. A caller claiming to be "Jason" from the "union" at Tyson Foods told a Shelbyville woman he knew her son was a beneficiary on her life insurance policy, police said. The caller wanted to meet her at her home or a restaurant to discuss the policy...
Another suit filed over jail conditions (11/30/14)
Yet another federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed over alleged conditions at the Bedford County jail. The suit, filed by Jason L. Russo, demands a jury trial and $550,000 in damages, and is worded nearly identically to two other suits filed by inmates at the jail over the past month...
Lane murderer dies in prison (11/28/14)
Death Row inmate Gregory Thompson, who was convicted of the 1985 murder of Brenda Blanton Lane of Shelbyville, died Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Corrections said. Thompson, 52, was pronounced dead of natural causes at 5:40 p.m. at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville...
Windows smashed in Fairfield Pike burglary spree (11/28/14)
A vehicle burglary and vandalism spree occurred late Monday and early Tuesday north of Shelbyville, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. Windows were smashed to gain entry to many of the vehicles. A wallet and money clip containing $90 was taken from a car at a Fairfield Pike residence. The victim said he heard a noise outside at 1:30 a.m. but didn't see anyone. He discovered the driver's side window had been smashed when he left at 4:30 a.m...
Intruder goes to jail after lewd demand (11/27/14)
A man accused of forcing his way into a Morton Street home and asking for sex has been charged with patronizing prostitution. Abdullahi Ali Hussein, 28, of Purdy Court allegedly barged into the home without permission shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, sat on a couch and, after being asked to leave, offered the resident $100...
Partial marijuana cigarette found in truck of 'traveler' (11/25/14)
A partial marijuana cigarette was found in the ash tray of a pickup truck stopped Friday on North Thompson Street, police said. Joey Lee Miles, 32, of Central Avenue was pulled over by officer Michael Taylor due to alleged reckless driving, including squealing the truck's tires...
Tyler Mook accused of drowning attempt (11/23/14)
The former husband of a Bedford County teacher missing since February 2011 has been charged with trying to drown his girlfriend in Florida. Tyler Mook was on a boat with the girlfriend, his brother Andrew Mook and another woman in Palm City, Fla., on Oct. 4, Florida investigative reports indicate...
Armed robber denied shorter sentence (11/23/14)
A Shelbyville man convicted of an armed robbery has lost another appeal for a shorter sentence. In 2007, Richard Lowell Blanchard II pleaded guilty to five misdemeanors and was sentenced to serve nine months "day-for-day" in the Bedford County Jail, followed by three years and three months supervised probation...
Man grabs cash as woman tries to eat it (11/23/14)
A Shelbyville man was charged with domestic assault after allegedly forcibly taking a $10 bill from a woman's mouth as she attempted to eat it Thursday. John Alexander Smith, 26, of Green Lane handed her a $10 bill and pack of cigarettes and said he had taken money from her purse earlier, according to police...
Random texter arrested again on child pornography charges (11/21/14)
A Shelbyville man arrested four years ago after reaching a police officer when attempting to solicit a minor has been charged again with contacting minors. Christian Vjede Torres, 23, of Hendon Memorial Road was charged in a joint investigation by the FBI and Shelbyville police, Det. Lt. Brian Crews said...
Have you seen her? (11/21/14)
The public is being asked to help find a Shelbyville woman who walked away from Centerstone Reconnect, Woodbury Street, on Thursday afternoon. Linda K. Coldren was last seen wearing a grey sweatsuit and her hair in a ponytail. She is in need of medication. Call Shelbyville police, 931-684-5811, with information. Photo as furnished by Shelbyville Police.
CORRECTED County awaits fire insurance maps (11/20/14)
It's been more than a year, and the county still hasn't received the maps it's requested from the Insurance Services Office showing exactly which properties fall under new fire protection ratings. In 2013, the county learned that it had gotten a more favorable rating for fire protection from ISO, which is not a government agency but rather a private organization funded by the insurance industry...
More inmates sue over alleged jail conditions (11/20/14)
Another federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed by two inmates locked up in the county jail, citing overcrowding and a lack of medical attention. Inmates Jermaine Pillow and Christopher J. Harris Jr., are demanding a jury trial and a total of $920,000 in damages, making many of the same allegations detailed in litigation filed by Joseph Moody earlier this month...
Fast trip to jail for Ohio drug suspect (11/20/14)
Speeding led to the arrest of an Ohio man on drug charges Monday, investigators said. Joshua Thomas Harris, 30, of Fairfield, Ohio was clocked at 76 mph in a 50 mph zone on U.S. 231 North by Deputy Garcia Jordan. A Coleman fuel container and brake fluid containers -- described as "precursors for meth" by Jordan -- were found and Shelbyville Police Department's drug dog Julie with Officer Jody Shelton were called to the scene...
'Work things out,' lawyer's client told (11/19/14)
A man charged with murder demanded a new attorney Monday, claiming the public defender's office was "giving him the run-around." But the judge in the case ordered the attorney to try to "work things out" with his client. Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 47, faces charges of first degree murder for the slaying of Jonathan Cody Minnick, 23, of Vandy Avenue in September 2013...
Construction incident kills Shelbyville concrete worker (11/19/14)
A Shelbyville construction worker was killed Tuesday in a Brentwood construction accident. Greg Rigney, 45, of Sequatchie Concrete Co. was pinned underneath a forklift he was operating when it flipped as he unloaded concrete blocks and sand from a flatbed truck at a home., WKRN-TV reported...
Thief gains entry through the wall (11/19/14)
A thief used a hole in a wall to steal $65 worth of cigarettes from a Shelbyville market Tuesday morning. Shelbyville officers responded to an alarm call at Hopps Express on Madison Street, finding the front door unlocked on arrival. Officers discovered a large hole in the building that had several concrete blocks removed, with pieces of 2x4 wood and insulation on the ground. The hole was used for an air conditioning unit that was no longer working...
Man charged in shooting (11/18/14)
A man accused of shooting another man in September was indicted Monday on charges of attempted first degree murder. Jeffery Lee Stewart, 41, allegedly shot Matthew Cook of Shelbyville as Cook drove away from a home on Highway 82 East near Bell Buckle...
Stolen items discovered in wrecked vehicle (11/16/14)
Almost $5,000 worth of items stolen from a Warners Bridge Road home Thursday were found in a wrecked car a few miles away. Deputies investigating the crash on Stewart Road, just off Warners Bridge Road, late Thursday afternoon said they noticed items such as a television, stereo system and jewelry that "one would believe to have been stolen from a residence," the report stated The driver left the scene before deputies arrived...
Stolen items discovered in wrecked vehicle (11/16/14)
Almost $5,000 worth of items stolen from a Warners Bridge Road home Thursday were found in a wrecked car a few miles away. Deputies investigating the crash on Stewart Road, just off Warners Bridge Road, late Thursday afternoon said they noticed items such as a television, stereo system and jewelry that "one would believe to have been stolen from a residence," the report stated The driver left the scene before deputies arrived...
Fire under control quickly (11/14/14)
Firefighters from Bedford County, Wartrace and Bell Buckle responded quickly Thursday morning to a fire under the floor of a home on Arnold Road north of Shelbyville. The small blaze was under control within minutes. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Firefighter recruits to graduate today (11/14/14)
State Fire Marshal Gary West was scheduled to deliver the commencement address this morning to the Recruit Firefighter class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was unable to attend the ceremony, but offered her encouragement and praise to the recruits...
Suit adds to urgency for new jail (11/13/14)
The federal lawsuit against the county by a Bedford County Jail inmate has lent added urgency to the county's ongoing discussion of a new jail. "The biggest thing that's going on is, I'm being sued," Sheriff Austin Swing told Bedford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night...
Angry chase threatens 11-month-old passenger (11/13/14)
Charges of reckless endangerment and aggravated assault were filed against a woman who allegedly tried to force another woman, whose 11-month-old daughter was in the vehicle with her, off the road for a fight. Five witnesses told police Brittany Lucinda Ogles, 27, of Madison Street rode the back bumper of a car driven by Alexis Delois Shelton, 25, of Morton Street while swerving back and forth. One witness said he feared an accident was going to result...
False alarms keep police busy (11/12/14)
Shelbyville's police force spends an enormous amount of time answering false alarms, the city council was informed last week. The council is discussing adding a provision to the city code dealing with alarms after one sounded nonstop for three days at Roses Shopping Center in September...
Drug dealer sentenced to 15 years in prison (11/11/14)
A man arrested on drug charges in Shelbyville on Sept. 7, 2013 faces 15 years in federal prison, said the U.S. attorney's office for the Middle District of Tennessee in a press release. William Robert Humphrey, 31, of Nashville was carrying an ounce of cocaine for resale and more than $4,500 cash when stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Barn burns (11/11/14)
Smoke visible from the Shelbyville square billows from a barn at the home of Joe Ladd on Thompson Lane off Highway 64 West about 10:45 a.m. Monday. The cause of the fire has not been determined, the Bedford County Fire Department said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Former youth minister admits statutory rape (11/09/14)
A former Bedford County youth minister pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure Thursday. Joseph Todd Neill, 38, agreed to serve a sentence of four years at 30 percent, with both counts to be served concurrently. That sentence will also be served concurrent with the federal sentence Neill received in July -- three years, four months for a single charge of possessing child pornography...
Fire training (11/07/14)
A firefighter from Gilt Edge, in West Tennessee near Covington, rappels down the side of Shelbyville Fire Department's training tower Thursday. Firefighters were training for a "worst-case scenerio" -- if they have to escape a burning building to survive, said Terry Smith of Murfreesboro, a trainer with Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy who questioned firefighters about their actions throughout the exercise. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Inmate sues over jail conditions (11/07/14)
A Bedford County inmate has filed a federal civil rights against the current and former sheriff, claiming jail overcrowding and lack of medical attention. Joseph Moody is demanding $420,000 for the violation of his civil rights -- "for being housed in such cruel conditions," also alleging the jail did not provide his medication, for pain and suffering, and "not following the rules of the state."...
Burned home a total loss (11/07/14)
This home just west of the WBTS clubhouse on Highway 64 West was destroyed by fire early this morning. Bedford County fire officials say the occupants, who they knew only as the Stone family, all survived and the cause is still undetermined. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Sentence reduction denied coin thief (11/06/14)
A Bedford County man who stole a valuable coin collection will see no change in his prison sentence, according to a criminal court appeal. Roy Anthony Haley says the 15-year sentence he received was excessive for charges of theft of property valued at $10,000 or more but less than $60,000...
Girl calls 911 to help mom during man's tirade (11/06/14)
A 9-year-girl's 911 call rescued her mother in a domestic incident Tuesday morning. The mother's boyfriend, Adam Wayne Faulk, 26, of Edgemont Drive allegedly entered her Fairground Heights home intoxicated and carrying a fifth of whiskey at 5 a.m., police said...
Thief feasts on cake before departing with guns (11/05/14)
A thief ate half of a cake before leaving a Unionville-Deason Road home with four guns and a television converter box before leaving Monday. An Ithaca 12-gauge shotgun, Ruger M77 Mark II 25.06 rifle, Remington 870 12-gauge pump shotgun and CVA Wolf muzzleloader were taken from a gun cabinet, deputy Benjamin Burris said in his report...
Weak blocks suspected in collapse (11/04/14)
Uncertainties remain about the cause of Saturday's collapse of one wall of an unfinished football fieldhouse at Shelbyville Central High School. Three construction workers were injured when the south block/concrete wall of the 8,400-foot building collapsed as wooden roof trusses were being placed...
Suspect attacks officers while being arrested (11/04/14)
A man repeatedly attacked police as he was arrested on suspicion of fighting fellow residents at an Eagle Boulevard trailer park Sunday night, officers said. James Gregory Wallace, 43, is charged with assault on an officer along with additional offenses...
Refund attempt sends 3 to jail (11/02/14)
Three people were arrested Thursday in connection with alleged attempts to trick Walgreens employees into giving them gift cards as refunds for items not actually purchased. Store personnel said the suspects -- later identified as Amy Sue Teague, 40, of Woodbury Street, her daughter Brittany Nicole Teague, 23, of Castle Street and Thomas Allen Fisher, 28, of Woodbury Street -- entered the store in early afternoon and stole a men's hair product. ...
Theft suspects sought (10/31/14)
These photos from Walmart security cameras show suspects in the theft of more than $8,000 worth of iPads from the store last Sunday. The pair are also suspected in a similar incident at the Pulaski Walmart last Friday. Call the Shelbyville Police Department, 684-5811, or Crimestoppers, 685-4300.
Harassment suspect suddenly stops fleeing (10/31/14)
A suspect in a harassment case attempted to run from a deputy Wednesday, officials say. But Kevin Scott Bryan, 30, of Brookhaven Circle only got less then 100 yards -- the length of a football field -- before complying with Deputy Tim Fox's order to stop...
Bypass mess won't be sticking around (10/30/14)
A Shelbyville man has until Monday to clean up a large number of auto-related items -- including a leaking oil barrel -- alongside a heavily-traveled downtown street. The mess on Highway 82 Bypass began with an eviction last week, an arrest on Tuesday, and now junk covers a large portion of a lot next to Absolute Auto. The auto repair shop continues in business and is not affected by the eviction of John Holden, who owns the spread of old tires and boxes...
Woman grabbed while taking not-so-free items (10/30/14)
The large number of items piled up along 82 Bypass next to Absolute Auto in downtown Shelbyville aren't being given away. A passerby found out the hard way Tuesday when the items' owner allegedly struck her as she loaded goods into her vehicle after seeing a "free" sign, Shelbyville police said...
Medication catches eye of home intruder (10/29/14)
An intruder entered a Sun Circle home near H.V. Griffin Park during the day Monday, police said. Nothing was taken but the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom areas were ransacked and medication containers had been "gone through," the resident said. The back door was kicked to gain entry, leaving it damaged...
Local man charged in airport rampage (10/29/14)
A Shelbyville man faces charges after a brawl at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last Thursday. McCleish Christmas "Mac" Benham, 27, is charged with public intoxication and simple assault. Benham allegedly kicked a man in the groin and hit him in the head with his fist before three to five passengers subdued him, according to a Dallas police report. He continued to struggle with officers while being arrested, an airport police officer said in his report...
Preparing for the unthinkable (10/28/14)
MANCHESTER -- It's called a Code 207 -- named after the hospital room where patients with a contagious disease, such as the deadly Ebola virus, would receive care. On Monday, members of Coffee County's Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management Agency, along with fire departments in Tullahoma and Manchester, conducted a training exercise at United Regional Medical Center...
Voters judge court system (10/28/14)
Article VI, Section 3 of the state constitution begins as follows: "The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state." But in 1971, the Tennessee General Assembly adopted a plan for choosing Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges similar to those used by other states...
Thieves take 20 iPads from Walmart case (10/28/14)
Thieves helped themselves to 20 Apple iPads worth more than $8,500 from Walmart early Sunday morning, police were told. Loss prevention personnel said video shows a man and woman grabbing a laundry basket and bag from display shelves, using their own pry bar to force a case near a cash register and taking the iPads, according to officer Letisia Butler...
Sunday Conversation: Harvey recounts train-hopping trip (10/26/14)
Zach Harvey grew up in Bell Buckle and attended Cascade High School and The Webb School. Harvey is a musician and songwriter and, like his musical heroes Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, has traveled all across the country by hitchhiking and hopping trains. He currently resides in Bell Buckle and continues to pursue his music...
Too many inmates...but relief's near (10/24/14)
Bedford County Jail, which is rated to hold 108 inmates, housed 154 at one point last week, but the state is in the process of taking 30 felons away in hopes of relieving the overcrowding. The jail issue was discussed during Tuesday night's meetings of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' standing committees, including the law enforcement committee and the courthouse and property committee...
Repo man was loaded and ready (10/24/14)
No charges were filed, but a man from Georgia attempting to repossess a vehicle at an Enden Avenue home was told to leave by police Tuesday afternoon. The repo man allegedly entered the home wearing "a duty belt equipped with a baton, an automatic handgun and an extra dual magazine pouch with two extra magazines inside" and refused to leave the property, police were told...
Man faces 47 counts in child pornography case (10/23/14)
A Shelbyville man was indicted Monday on multiple counts of possession of child pornography. Rodger Lee Mader, 33, of Oak Street is being held under $235,000 bond after he was indicted by direct presentment on 47 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor...
Cold snaps mean more heating fires (10/23/14)
With some of the season's first frost warnings happening this week, you should be more aware of fire safety. According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, when the first cold snap of the fall season occurs, a wave of home fires usually follows. That's why State Fire Marshal Gary West is urging Tennesseans to take fire safety precautions now in preparation for the colder nights making way into the state...
Sleeping woman struck by pumpkin (10/22/14)
Pumpkins thrown through windows hit a woman and smashed a computer before sunrise Monday. One pumpkin hit a sleeping Saddlewood Drive woman as it was thrown through the glass. The woman did not report injury. "She said she was asleep in a chair in the living room. A pumpkin came through the window and struck her," officer Bruce Davis said...
Suspect charged with shooting Unionville man (10/22/14)
A suspect has been arrested in the attempted murder of a Unionville man at a Murfreesboro convenience store Sunday. Trandrius D. Womack. 27, of Murfreesboro is charged with attempted first degree murder, according to WGNS Radio. Womack allegedly robbed Samuel Davis, 40, of Unionville and his girlfriend, then shot Davis in the leg outside a Thornton's convenience store on Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro police said. Davis was airlifted to a Nashville hospital...
2 Shelbyville police officers promoted (10/22/14)
Two Shelbyville police officers have moved up in the ranks, it has been announced. Sgt. Brian Crews has been promoted to lieutenant over the Criminal Investigation Division, according to police chief Jan Phillips. That promotion was effective Tuesday, and Crews will be leading the CID. He replaces Pat Mathis, who was promoted to major...
Scam Watch: Phone scammer nets $100 from victim (10/22/14)
A caller claiming to be from a collection agency bilked a Shelbyville woman of $100 Monday, police said. The caller said he was from Global, a collection agency for Allied Cash Advance. He told the woman, who says she has never done business with the firm, if she didn't pay $100 immediately she would be arrested...
Vehicles, building entered by thieves (10/22/14)
Vehicles and an outbuilding were entered Monday in Shelbyville. An MP3 player and ash tray containing $5 were stolen from an unlocked vehicle at a Hilltop Drive home overnight Monday, police were told. The ash tray and vehicle's owner's manual were found a few houses away. Another area resident reported vehicles at her home were ransacked...
June trial set in vehicular homicide case (10/21/14)
A trial date has been picked for a Soddy-Daisy man accused of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide stemming from a double fatality in February. Wesley Howard Luthringer, 29, will stand trial on June 22, with pre-trial motions set for April 20...
Drug use drives multiple thefts from vehicles (10/21/14)
An auto burglary suspect told police she commited the thefts to feed a crack habit. Tabitha Ann Morris, 34, of South Cannon Boulevard was arrested moments after allegedly breaking into vehicles in the Oakdale Street area off Shelbyville Mills Road early Sunday, Shelbyville police said...
Three's the number at burglary on farm (10/19/14)
Thefts came in threes at a farm on Stewart Road this week. Three grain bin motors and three switch boxes were stolen and batteries were stolen from three farm implements between Monday and Thursday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Department report...
Hord trial dates reset for January (10/19/14)
Trial dates for a former Bedford County detective have been reset to early next year. On Feb. 24, a four-day trial will begin for Rebecca Hord, 58, of Shelbyville, charged in 2013 with theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery...
'If it saves one child....' Safety seat checks return to annual event (10/17/14)
After a break of several years, child seat safety checks are returning to the United Way Child Safety Day, which will be held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at H.V. Griffin Park. Josh Carney knows all too well the value of a properly used and installed child safety seat. He said his sister, Amber Poynor, was rear-ended by a drunk driver in an accident...
Police tipped off to drug suspect's location (10/17/14)
An anonymous tip led investigators to a drug suspect Wednesday afternoon. The caller told the Bedford County Sheriff's Department that Larry Allen Walls, 31, of Barksdale Lane, who was wanted for violation of probation, was outside an apartment on Barksdale Lane...
Bell Buckle fights back against meth (10/16/14)
Bell Buckle residents expressed concern about meth labs cropping up following several incidents earlier this month. Police chief Tommy Wiley told the board of mayor and aldermen that more warrants and arrests in the case are coming, saying the matter is still "an open investigation."...
Tree planting to honor victims of domestic violence (10/16/14)
Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are strong, and a ceremony Friday will make that statement, one advocate says. The Haven of Hope, a regional domestic violence center, is planting a pin oak tree Friday in Shelbyville to honor victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The planting will take place at 11 a.m. at Purdy Court Park, across from Food Lion...
Man holds ex-lover hostage (10/15/14)
A Culleoka man allegedly holding his former girlfriend hostage in Shelbyville was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Paul Brent Baxter, 44, was arrested at a Landers Street apartment complex, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a press release. Emma Christine Rowe, 35, of Lewisburg was taken to Heritage Medical Center for treatment...
Wallet, pair of glasses attract theives (10/15/14)
A wallet containing $105 belonging to an employee of McDonald's, Madison Street, was stolen while she was at work between 9-11 p.m. Sunday. The victim told Shelbyville police she was unsure if the wallet had been left in an office or restroom. A table, jewelry and pair of glasses were stolen from a home on Highway 64 East on Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told...
Practice fire safety this Halloween (10/15/14)
With fall in the air, pumpkins are on porches, and massive amounts of candy are calling! Halloween is just around the corner, and your local and state fire officials want to make sure safety is kept in mind while celebrating this popular October holiday...
Movement in van helps police discover meth lab (10/14/14)
A mobile meth lab found in a vehicle late Sunday night led to the arrests of two suspects, Shelbyville police said. Officer Gregg Loyd spotted a van occupied by five people in the parking lot of Corner Market, Eagle Boulevard, at 10:01 p.m. after business hours...
Stolen debit cards used for 10 buys (10/12/14)
Ten transactions have been made on a debit card since its theft from a pickup truck on Bridlewood Drive overnight Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. The card was used at Shelbyville businesses for $114.74 in purchases. *A Ruger Mark 77 rifle was stolen from a Highway 82 South home between Oct. 4 and Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said,...
Shelbyville police promote Mathis to major (10/10/14)
A veteran of more than 25 years in law enforcement has been promoted to the third highest rank in the Shelbyville Police Department. Pat Mathis moved up to major Monday, filling the position previously held by Police Chief Jan Phillips. He had been a lieutenant overseeing the detective division...
Normandy mayor charged with DUI (10/10/14)
The mayor of Normandy was charged with DUI last Friday in Coffee County, according to a court document. Larry Nee Jr., 62, of Poplar Street in Normandy was stopped by a Coffee County deputy on Riley Creek Road, said an affidavit filed in Coffee County General Sessions Court...
Thief steals away with city trash can (10/10/14)
Stealing is a dirty business, but a suspect carried it to a new level Wednesday by stealing at least one city-owned garbage container. A resident of Landers Street said a white woman in her 30s driving a gray dual-wheel Ford pickup truck got out and threw the large container into its bed...
Convicted meth maker loses appeal (10/10/14)
A man convicted of making methamphetamine and not showing up for court must still serve an 18-year sentence, according to a state appeals judge. Jeffery Scott Hutchinson had claimed that evidence was insufficient to convict him of drug charges leveled against him in 2012 -- one count of initiating a process intended to result in the manufacture of meth, one count of promoting making the drug, and two counts of simple possession of meth...
Officers smell pot in truck, make arrest (10/09/14)
Marijuana was found in a truck after an officer detected the smell during a traffic stop Tuesday morning, police said. Officers Michael Taylor and Darrell Birdsong said they smelled the pot after stopping Ethan Sebastian Moreno, 18, of Midland Road on an alleged traffic offense...
Fire prevention is a year-round effort (10/08/14)
October 5 - 11 is Fire Prevention Week, but local fire departments are busy raising awareness throughout the month. Due to the weather and other delays, Shelbyville Fire Marshal Brian Nicholson said events are spread out all during October. For both city and county departments, preventing fires isn't something they promote just one single week -- it's a year-long affair...
New online 'friend' takes off with purse (10/08/14)
A woman's purse was stolen by a man she met online who claimed he was helping her open a bank account, police said Monday. The victim said she met "Rico" -- as he claimed to be -- two weeks ago. "Rico" and the women met "a few days ago," she told police, and they visited several banks but were unable to open an account due to lack of funds...
Man serious after deer crashes through windshield (10/08/14)
A deer's crash through the windshield of a pickup truck left the driver seriously injured Wednesday afternoon near Bell Buckle. Michael Pethke, 21, of Murfreesboro was airlifted to a Nashville hospital after the impact on Liberty Pike about 3:30 p.m., State Trooper Todd Sanders said...
Meth labs discovered in Bell Buckle area (10/07/14)
Home and mobile meth labs were found in the Bell Buckle area last week, and one suspect faces charges. Tina Pearline Smith, 34, of Autumn Lane in Bell Buckle, was arrested after leaving a home on Coop Road where another meth lab was discovered, Assistant Director Tim Miller of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force said Monday. She was charged with initiation of a process resulting in meth and held on $50,000 bond at Bedford County Jail...
Sheriff's department official fired (10/07/14)
A high-ranking officer in Bedford County Sheriff's Department was dismissed over the weekend following an accusation of shoplifting. John Owens, who joined the department as a lieutenant when Austin Swing took over as sheriff on Sept. 1, allegedly attempted to take a computer mouse without paying from the Shelbyville Walmart on Saturday....
Intoxicated panhandler gets trip to jail (10/05/14)
A Coffee County man accused of panhandling was arrested on Shelbyville Fire Department property Thursday night. Michael Glenn Gaddis, 40, of a rural road near Manchester alleged asked several customers for money at Quick Mart, Lane Parkway, about 7 p.m...
UPDATE: Pot remnants found in burned barn; owner charged (10/03/14)
The owner of a chicken barn that burned Thursday on Longview Road was charged after remnants of marijuana were found by firefighters in the remains. Arturo Ravelo, 33, was in Bedford County Jail on $300,000 bond Friday, charged with manufacture of a schedule VI substance (marijuana)...
Sentencing delayed for child porn suspect (10/03/14)
Sentencing for a former Bedford County youth minister charged with possessing child pornography has been delayed until November. Joseph Todd Neill, 38, has had his case moved to Nov. 6 following a problem with paperwork to have him transported to Bedford County...
Prescription drug abuse is growing problem, says Tracy (10/03/14)
State Sen. Jim Tracy says a drug abuse summit held earlier this week in Murfreesboro was an eye-opener. "What hit me," he said, "is how big a problem that abuse of prescription drugs has gotten in Tennessee." He knew there was a problem, he said, but the statistics presented in a report produced by Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services drove home just how severe the situation has become...
Chicken barn burns (10/03/14)
A large chicken barn -- fortunately, empty at the time -- ignited and burned to the ground at the home of Rafael Roda, Longview Road, late Monday morning. Bedford County firefighters were able to save another adjoining barn. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, the BCSD said. Two dogs kept next to the chicken barn escaped injury. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
That blasted alarm just didn't stop!!! (10/02/14)
The city council will be looking at adding a provision to the city code dealing with alarms following an incident last month. On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 14, the alarm at Roses Shopping Center began sounding. No one on the scene could shut the alarm down. According to councilman Sam Meek, no one answered the phone number provided for the alarm company...
Yellow Dot program promoted (10/02/14)
Representatives of both Shelbyville Fire Department and Bedford County Fire Department were at Kroger on Wednesday signing up local residents for Tennessee Department of Transportation's "Yellow Dot" program. This free program can help give emergency responders any special medical information they might need in the case of an automobile accident -- drug allergies, pre-existing illnesses and so on. The participant fills out a form for each driver or passenger with the proper medical information, attaches a photo to it for proper identification, and places it in a special folder in the vehicle's glove compartment. A yellow sticker -- which gives the program its name -- on the rear window alerts emergency responders to the fact that the medical information is in the glove compartment. At Kroger, the firefighters were assisting citizens in filling out the forms and were taking photos of them to attach to the form. For more information about the program, contact local fire departments or go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/yellowdot . (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Mustang door taken to trailer (10/02/14)
A 1988 Ford Mustang door was stolen from a Shelbyville towing company and taken to a residence, police were told Tuesday. The witness said the door was taken from Bullet Towing, East Lane Street by a man driving an older Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with stickers on the rear window...
Tools, blower taken by thieves Monday (10/01/14)
Three theft reports were investigated by Shelbyville police Monday, l An estimated $450 worth of hand tools were taken from an unlocked storage shed behind a Perfection Drive home overnight Sunday. l An Echo backpack blower valued at $600 was stolen from the bed of a truck on White Street late Monday morning...
Victim 'stable' after argument-fueled stabbing (09/30/14)
An argument led to a stabbing that left one man seriously injured at a South Cannon Boulevard residence late Sunday night, police said. Mike Harper was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center for neck and stomach wounds and was in stable condition after an operation Monday morning, Det. Sam Jacobs said...
Body found in Duck River identified (09/30/14)
No signs of foul play were immediately found on a body found floating in Duck River early Monday morning, authorities say. A passerby reported seeing the body near Riverview Primitive Campground on Hopkins Bridge Road, Chief Deputy Jason Williams said...
Serious injuries (09/28/14)
CPR saved the life of a woman thrown from this vehicle on Old Nashville Dirt Road early Saturday afternoon, officials said. She was taken to Heritage Medical Center and flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Her name was not released by press time; the vehicle is registered to Amanda Council of Cedar Springs Road, authorities said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Two years of agony, hope for missing kids' mother (09/28/14)
"I'm not scared of them, I'm not scared of the devil. Good always wins one way or the other." Two years after Cheryl Daniel's children, Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel, were last seen before a fire destroyed their grandparents' home where they were staying, she made it clear she's not backing down on finding them -- and the person or persons she feels abducted them...
Two lose appeals of drug convictions (09/28/14)
Two men convicted of drug charges have lost appeals -- one claiming he was denied effective representation and the other saying his sentence was too harsh. James Oscar Mason appealed the denial of post-conviction relief from a conviction in 2012 of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, (cocaine) for which he received a sentence of 10 years...
Suspect charged in Blackberry Ridge fire (09/28/14)
Tire tracks led investgators to a suspect in the burning and burglary of Blackberry Ridge Golf Course's clubhouse last spring. Kenneth David Litchford, 36, of Shelbyville is charged with arson, burglary, theft of property under $1,000 and tampering with evidence. He was indicted by the Bedford County grand jury last week, Deputy Charles Kimbril of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Child slightly injured by fall from moving truck (09/28/14)
A 5-year-old child escaped serious injury after falling from a pickup truck Thursday afternoon, police said. The child's father, Alfonso Alvarez, was charged with violation of the child restraint law, failure to exercise due care and driving without a license...
Hot fashion helping others (09/26/14)
Shelbyville firefighters show off t-shirts and hoodies they are selling to raise funds to fight breast cancer. Fire Chief Ricky McConnell kneels in front with, standing from left, Brandon McCullough, Chris Cartwright, John Young, Matt Doak, Josh Wilson, Clint Smotherman and Tim Dixon. The shirts are available in navy and pink. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Drug disposal (09/26/14)
Outdated prescription medication drugs left in a disposal bin in the Bedford County Sheriff's Department were discarded Thursday. "Hundreds of pounds" were removed, said Detective Lt. Jason Kennedy, standing at left with Detective Tiffany Host and Lt. Nikia Elliott. The public is invited to use the bin, located next to the front door of BCSD headquarters. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Woman impersonates friend to obtain drugs (09/26/14)
A woman accused of falsely identifying herself to obtain prescription medication Sunday was arrested Wednesday by Shelbyville police. The person who the Suboxone was actually prescribed for attempted to obtain her prescription at Walgreens, North Main Street, and was told it had already picked up...
Stolen computer stuffed in shorts (09/25/14)
A man stuck a laptop computer in his shorts and walked out of Aaron's, North Main Street, Monday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. Security video shows the man breaking a security cable and sliding the computer down the front of his shorts, police said. He walked to the front counter and talked to an employee, with the computer in his pants, before leaving...
Suspect in brutal beating indicted (09/24/14)
A man accused of the brutal beating of his wife in January has been charged with aggravated kidnapping. Turon Boyd, 39, was indicted on the charges by the Bedford County grand jury on Monday, along with 23 others on a variety of crimes. His wife said that Boyd allegedly became angry because she didn't have enough money to order the meal he wanted, among other reasons, and was punched and choked until she was unconscious...
Fence pulled down for bonfire (09/24/14)
A man is accused of using a neighbor's wooden privacy fence to fuel a bonfire at a White Street home Saturday night. Troy L. Neeley Jr. allegedly pulled down the fence and started the bonfire, Shelbyville police were told. The remains of the fence were in the neighbor's yard Monday, officer Russ Grubbs said...
Man shot while fleeing attack (09/23/14)
The victim of a gunshot early Sunday was in stable condition Monday at a Nashville hospital following an operation, officials said. Matthew Cook of Shelbyville was shot in the "chest-abdomen" through the door of his vehicle as he drove away from a home on Highway 82 East near Bell Buckle, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Sad ending to new start (09/23/14)
The mother of California native Cyle Rippey, who was killed in an early-morning traffic accident Friday, says she wants local residents to know how kind and giving her son was. "I feel like he didn't live here in Shelbyville long enough for people here to get to know how special he was and how many lives he touched," Michelle Kizirian said...
Not a 'relaxing' night for suspect, officer (09/23/14)
A suspect who told police he uses drugs to feel "relaxed" was anything but relaxed while being pursued by officers Friday night. Ryan Daniel Mason, 25, of East Lane Street was jolted by a taser multiple times, moments after a Shelbyville police officer escaped serious injury as he struck a head-high cable while in foot pursuit...
Child hurt in wreck will be okay (09/23/14)
A child was flown to a Nashville hospital after a single-car crash early Monday morning on U.S. 41A south of Shelbyville. The child, whose name has not been released, is 3 to 4 years old and was strapped in a car seat that was "crushed" by the impact, State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
UPDATE: Shooting suspect in custody (09/21/14)
A critically wounded man attempted to drive himself to the hospital after being shot early Sunday, and authorities say they have a suspect. Matthew Cook of Shelbyville called 911 at 1:21 a.m. from Highway 82 west of Bell Buckle saying he was attempting to make it to Heritage Medical Center...
'Everything' lost in house fire (09/21/14)
A family lost all their possessions as fire raged through their home on Anthony Road near Wartrace late Friday afternoon. Chere Quick and children Taylar, 18, and Collin, 16, "need everything," a Facebook post said Friday night, several hours after the blaze broke out about 5:30 p.m...
UPDATE: SUV fatality tentatively identified (09/19/14)
One person died early this morning in an SUV crash on Warners Bridge Road just west of Shelbyville. Investigators said the driver of the older-model Chevrolet Suburban lost control shortly after 3 a.m. on a sharp curve in the 200 block less than a mile from the Shelbyville city limits...
Driver in double fatality was speeding, intoxicated: Police (09/18/14)
The man charged with the traffic deaths of two passengers in his car was intoxicated and driving at a high rate of speed seconds before the crash, police said. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving in connection with the Aug. 1 deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva...
Convicted murderer gets new hearing (09/18/14)
A man convicted of a 2001 slaying has been granted the right to an evidentiary hearing by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Dennis Cedric Woodard, Jr. was convicted in the April 13, 2001 shooting death of Scott Shafer near Deery Street in Shelbyville...
More than $50K drives safe roads (09/18/14)
Local law enforcement received grants this week to support highway traffic safety efforts. The Shelbyville Police Department received $30,384.29 for alcohol enforcement while the Bedford County Sheriff's Department got $19,820 for enforcement efforts...
Driver in double fatality faces homicide charge (09/18/14)
The driver of a vehicle in which two people were killed in July was charged with vehicular homicide Wednesday. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving, Lt. Trey Clanton of the Shelbyville Police Department said. He was being held on $500,000 bond Wednesday at Bedford County Jail...
Fleeing suspect runs into doctor's office (09/17/14)
A suspect attempted to escape custody by running into a physician's office Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. David Michael King, 22, of Birch Street ran into the office of Dr. Lynette Adams, North Main Street, where witnesses directed Deputy Clyde Boyce to a restroom where he was allegedly hiding...
Local EMA officer recognized (09/17/14)
Tammy Anderson, plans and operations officer for Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, was one of the two people recognized by Tennessee Office of Homeland Security from District 6, composed of Bedford, Moore, Lincoln, Coffee, Franklin, and Coffee counties. The office holds a recognition ceremony each year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; this year's ceremony was held last Thursday at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Two public safety professionals are nominated from each district to be recognized. The honorees represent a variety of emergency service agencies, such as fire protection, law enforcement, communications, emergency medical service and emergency management. Anderson was selected for her management of and work with the county schools disaster response/safety enhancement program and the unique church storm shelter program. Anderson is seen receiving her award from State Sen. Becky Massey and State Rep. Ryan Haynes. (Submitted photo)
Search on for work crew runaway (09/16/14)
Bedford County deputies are searching the Normandy area for a workhouse inmate accused of walking away from a road work crew. Robert Michael Holmes, 23, was wearing a blue shirt, bearing the letters 'BCSW,' and jeans or shorts. Homes was last seen on Normandy Road and was thought to be walking the railroad toward Tullahoma after leaving the work crew, Chief Deputy Jason Williams said...
Food helps save lives at Firehouse BBQ (09/16/14)
Organizers estimated that the Firehouse Barbecue drew a capacity crowd of approximately 350 on Monday. "We hope to make a lot of money for life-saving devices," said Dawn Holley, chairwoman of the Firehouse Barbecue Committee at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
Drug suspect can't swim away from deputy (09/16/14)
A suspect caught with a stolen marijuana plant attempted to swim from a pursuing deputy, but was captured before reaching the opposite bank of Duck River. Charlie Beauchamp-Freeman, 20, of Gant Road couldn't get away from Deputy Trey Green, who arrested him in the river off Warners Bridge Road early Friday...
Scam Watch: 'Urgent traffic court' calls are fake, say police (09/16/14)
Several area residents have received fake calls claiming they need to attend to an "urgent matter in Bedford County Traffic Court." The caller identifies himself as "Brian O'Conner" and asks callers to leave a message at 931-200-7753. No one by that name is employed by any local law enforcement agency or court-related office, police say...
Departing Liberty SRO will miss students (09/14/14)
"I'm speechless." There wasn't much more that departing Liberty School student resource officer Bob Filer could say as the students and staff held a surprise farewell party Thursday. "What can I say, you're my family," Filer said. "I'm going to miss all of you."...
Charges racked up on dropped debit card (09/14/14)
A thief used a debit card accidentally dropped Tuesday at Discount Food Mart, North Cannon Boulevard, to purchase more than $100 worth of items at that store and Walmart later in the day, Shelbyville police were told. The following were arrested since Wednesday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Sunday Conversation: Strayhorn advocates for the children (09/14/14)
Wanda Strayhorn is the new executive director of CASA Works Inc. The non-profit organization advocates for abused and neglected children in Bedford, Coffee and Franklin counties. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
Firehouse Barbecue tickets in hot demand (09/12/14)
A limited number of tickets are available for Monday's Firehouse Barbecue, organizers say. Just under 100 tickets remained as of Thursday afternoon, said Stephanie Crosslin, director of member services and development for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
Their light still shines .... (09/12/14)
Emergency services honored those whose lives were lost Sept. 11, 2001 with a large flag across from Shelbyville Fire Department on Tuesday afternoon and evening. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Scam Watch: 'Prize' winner told to be quiet (09/12/14)
A fake Publisher's Clearing House $1.5 million "prize notification" received by a Bedford County resident has a newly-noticed twist. "Your security code and prize information must be kept strictly confidential which means that you are precluded from discussing your win with 3rd parties such as (family members, friends and relatives). This is to prevent unlawful tampering and a means to reduce risks of fraud and scams from taking place."...
A closer look at fighting blazes (09/11/14)
Shelbyville's first Citizens Fire Academy will run the gamut "from practical to tactical," according to Assistant Chief Brian Nicholson of Shelbyville Fire Department. Inspired both by the Citizens Police Academy here and by Citizens Fire Academy programs elsewhere, the free four-week program will take place on Tuesday nights during October. Registration is now open by calling 684-6241...
Televisions taken from home (09/11/14)
Two reports of home burglaries were received in the area Tuesday. Two television sets were taken from a home on Mullins Chapel Road sometime before Tuesday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. Prescription medication was stolen from an unlocked Moody Street residence while the resident slept between 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, police said...
MTSU assists in creating emergency communication center (09/10/14)
Middle Tennessee State University has provided its expertise and resources to aid the creation of an emergency communications center that the State of Tennessee could use to inform the public and media during a state or local disaster or crisis. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency unveiled the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center, or MAJIC, during a news conference Monday to kickoff National Preparedness Month at the Tennessee Department of Military-TEMA headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.. ...
Taser subdues man after officers struck (09/10/14)
A taser was used to subdue a suspect allegedly resisting officers Monday night, Shelbyville police said. John McCormick of Green Lane is accused of hitting officer David Dye in the face several times and kicking officer Gregg Loyd in the leg as he was being investigated following a report of a domestic assault at his home...
A day of honor and remembrance (09/09/14)
Each year, a ceremony of honor and remembrance is held at the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial, on the campus of Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. New names are added to the memorial plaques, and friends and family place roses on those plaques as the names are called out, solemnly, each name accompanied by the ringing of a bell...
Moonshine, meth, marijuana and money found in truck (09/09/14)
Mason jugs full of moonshine were found along with meth, marijuana and money in a truck stopped by police early Sunday morning. William Mason Clanton, 20, of Narrows Road told police the items were his after being told two young men and a teenage girl in the truck would otherwise be charged as well...
Woman accused of holding knife on man (09/07/14)
A woman accused of holding a knife against a man's throat early Thursday morning in Wartrace was being held on a high bond Friday. Three calls were placed to 911 by Melissa Delynn Sanders, 43, after she allegedly chased a man 60 feet with an 8-inch blade knife before putting it to his throat as he sat in his truck outside her Sims Avenue home, Deputy Lindsey Puckett said in his report...
Long chase ends in Bedford County (09/07/14)
A routine traffic stop that began in Manchester ended up in a chase that concluded in Bedford County Thursday. Arrested was Ricky "Bo Duke" George of Manchester, who faces charges including driving on revoked license, reckless endangerment, evading arrest and aggravated assault, as well as other possible charges pending...
Team effort frees man from wreck (09/05/14)
Shelbyville citizens came to the rescue of a man pinned under a SUV following a head-on collision Thursday at the Duck River bridge on South Cannon Boulevard. Danny Thompson, 54, of Shelbyville was freed and taken to Heritage Medical Center after his Chevy Blazer struck a van, a witness said...
New guy is familiar face (09/05/14)
It has been a lot like homecoming every day for Liberty School's new student resource officer. After 19 years of investigations at the Bedford County Sheriff Department, Brian Farris is settling into his new job of protecting his four grandchildren and other relatives, not to mention all the other kids and staff who learn and work at the rural school...
Doing the 'wrong' thing lands driver in trouble (09/03/14)
A man who told police he knows "drinking and driving is wrong" was arrested after striking a vehicle twice Sunday night. The driver said a van struck her in the rear at the Madison Street-East Lane Street intersection, backed up and hit her again before fleeing. Witnesses followed Jason Leonard Hartzell, 27, of Butler Street to North Hillcrest Drive where he was stopped by Sgt. Fred Harvey...
Judicial officials sworn in for new terms (09/02/14)
Judge Lee Russell swears in Donna Orr Hargrove as the 17th Judicial District Public Defender. (Photo by Ronda Clanton)
Phillips named Shelbyville police chief (08/29/14)
A 37-year career with the Shelbyville Police Department culminated with Jan Phillips taking the reins as police chief Thursday afternoon. "We're going to move forward with the best law enforcement Shelbyville and Bedford County have ever seen," Phillips said shortly after taking the oath of office....
Auto theft suspect brought to quick halt (08/28/14)
A man confronted after allegedly breaking into a vehicle Tuesday night picked the wrong person to challenge. John Willie Stone Jr., 51, of Cherokee Trail came at East Franklin Street resident Joel Doak with an open pocket knife after being seen in a neighbor's vehicle, police said. Doak, who competes in mixed martial arts events, took the knife and pinned Stone to the ground until police arrived...
Scam Watch: Scammer claims false traffic fines (08/28/14)
A Shelbyville resident was falsely told she had been charged with a traffic offense in Sumner County and would be fined almost $1,000. The resident was informed by a caller using the name of a Bedford County deputy to pay the "fines" using a Green Dot card, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report. She was told she owed $500 for failure to appear in court and $498 for contempt of court...
Strayhorn to lead CASA Works (08/28/14)
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Works Inc. announces that Wanda Strayhorn has been named its executive director. Strayhorn has been with CASA Works over five years, including initially when it was affiliated with the Center for Family Development in Shelbyville. Now, it is an independent agency...
Pot-toting man 'pays respects' by setting fire at home (08/26/14)
A man wearing an American flag bandana on his head allegedly set a fire on the front porch of an East Franklin Street home where he later told police he had gone to "pay his respects." Marijuana and four knives were found in the clothing of Ronald Douglas Yates, 46, of Dunnaway Street, as he was being arrested by officer Jose Garza...
Three hurt in head-on crash (08/26/14)
Three people were hurt -- one critically -- in a head-on collision on U.S. 231 just north of the Shelbyville airport Sunday night. The driver accused of causing the accident, who investigators say had been drinking, was listed in "very critical" condition with severe head injuries today at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Two shoplifting attempts fall short (08/24/14)
Two attempts by a woman to leave Walmart without paying were stopped short by store personnel Thursday, police said. Tiffany Michelle Owen, 34, of Shoma Drive allegedly left two comforters and two sets of sheets under her buggy while paying for other items. After a greeter stopped her, Owen allegedly picked up a prescription, then tried to leave with the stolen items again before encountering loss prevention personnel...
Pool pays many city legal fees (08/22/14)
The Tennessee Municipal League's (TML) risk management pool -- Shelbyville's insurance carrier -- has already paid over $250,000 in legal fees due to the 10-year fight over a rock quarry. More will be paid by the pool as the case moves toward final settlement between the city and Wright Paving over the quarry site on L. Fisher Road...
Zoning board approves quarry (08/22/14)
Following a judge's order, the Shelbyville Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved a five-year conditional use of property for rock quarry activity on L. Fisher Road. A city ordinance provides that the BZA has to set a performance bond for the five-year period...
Corrections training possible in old school (08/21/14)
Tennessee Department of Corrections wants to use the old Harris Middle School / Central High School building on Elm Street for training exercises. The request was presented to Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee and to the courthouse and property committee on Tuesday night. The courthouse and property committee must approve all such requests on a case-by-case basis; the request was presented to the law enforcement committee as a courtesy...
Area man named to Most Wanted list (08/21/14)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state's Top Ten Most Wanted list, Edward William Tarras, Jr. of La Vergne. Tarras, 39, is wanted by the Smyrna Police Department and the TBI after failing to appear in court last Friday, where he faced almost two dozen sex-related charges...
Shot fired at passing driver (08/21/14)
A gunshot struck a man in the arm as he drove along Burt Street in front of Oak Hill Village apartments Tuesday afternoon. The victim told police he heard someone yelling followed by one shot which went through the driver's door of his car and hit his elbow...
'Tax refund' sent, but recipient hadn't applied (08/20/14)
A Shelbyville woman received a cashier's check for $3,743.15 for her 2013 tax return last Thursday, along with a note from her bank saying they couldn't directly deposit the money using her account information. Trouble is, she hadn't filed a return. A tax service told her someone else had filed a tax return using her name with Turbo Tax online, police were told...
'You deserve this,' robber tells victim (08/19/14)
A man seriously injured while being robbed of his cell phone early Sunday was told repeatedly "you deserve this" as he was beaten, Shelbyville police said. Franklin Dwayne Gilbert of Shelbyville was listed in "very unstable" condition Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Five indicted by county grand jury (08/19/14)
August's grand jury docket was tiny, as many cases will be returning to court next month. According to court officials, many of this month's cases from General Sessions court were bound over to the grand jury last Thursday, and there wasn't enough time to prepare those cases for presentation...
Child walks in busy street looking for mother (08/19/14)
Motorists were startled to see a 4-year-old child walking unattended in the middle of Madison Street at Bethany Lane at mid-morning Sunday. After searching for more than 15 minutes, officers found the child had been at a home at Bedford Manor Apartments...
Rader faces 9 years for hit-and-run death (08/17/14)
A Rutherford County man made a plea agreement Friday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident last year. James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County, accepted a sentence of nine years on charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident knowing that death occurred...
Theft victim pays for donating clothing (08/15/14)
Friends who asked a Barksdale Lane woman if she had clothing to donate to the homeless left with wallets belonging to her and her fiance Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. The wallets contained credit cards and driver's licenses but no money was listed as missing...
SCAM WATCH: 'Credit card' caller keeps trying (08/15/14)
A caller claiming to be from a credit card service -- and falsely claming a connection with a local real estate agent -- has been calling a Shelbyville woman multiple times a day for more than a month, she says. The woman said she always hangs up immediately and refuses to push a key on her phone as requested by the caller, fearing it would lead to more problems...
City funds didn't pay attorneys (08/14/14)
No city funds were spent over the past decade to pay for litigation surrounding the fight over a rock quarry. But an informed source told the T-G that legal fees in the case ran as much as "hundreds of thousands of dollars." A T-G reader inquired about the total legal costs and fees as a result of the 10-year legal battle between the city and Wright Paving over the quarry site on L. Fisher Road...
Suspect in 6 home burglaries spotted, arrested (08/14/14)
A home burglary suspect was in the right place at the right time Wednesday morning when a city detective, who was investigating a breakin reported a few hours earlier, spotted him. After being taken to Shelbyville Police Department, Vincent E. Salters, 51, of Sherwood Trailer Court, confessed to six home burglaries after Det. Sam Jacobs found jewelry and coins allegedly taken from a North Jefferson Street residence earlier Tuesday...
Driver survives night beside crashed car - WITH 9-1-1 AUDIO (08/13/14)
An injured Alabama man endured a 12-hour ordeal on a steep Chestnut Ridge embankment off U.S. 231 before help arrived late Tuesday morning. Jude Giblen had been reported missing after failing to arrive at his home, authorities said....
City wields the ax (08/12/14)
More than 10 years of legal battles over a rock quarry came to an end last week as the city council voted to make a $3 million out-of-court settlement to Wright Paving. But now amendments to this year's budget will have to be made to help pay for it...
Parking in unusual place leads to arrest on marijuna charge (08/12/14)
Parking in an odd location attracted the attention of police and led to a suspect's arrest on a marijuana charge Sunday night. A man, who was not charged, was in the passenger seat of a car in the parking lot of Lifestyle Staffing, Madison Street, at 11:03 p.m. He told officer Jerry Draine he was waiting for a friend who was visiting a girlfriend at a nearby motel...
Next police chief likely to be promoted from within department (08/10/14)
With Shelbyville police chief Austin Swing winning the sheriff's race Thursday, the question is -- who will replace him? Swing won with 5,474 votes over police officer Rod Stacy, who received 3,318 votes. Assistant chief Mike Rogers was unsuccessful in his bid for Circuit Court Clerk -- losing to Michelle Murray by a vote of 4,593 to 3,784...
Trial set for former ECD director (08/10/14)
A 2015 trial date has been set for the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD), who is accused of theft. Cathey D. Mathis will stand trial for theft of property over $10,000 on Feb. 2, 2015. Mathis was indicted last November by Mickey Layne, district attorney general for the 14th Judicial District...
Two Shelbyville homes burglarized (08/10/14)
Burglaries were reported at two Shelbyville homes and a business Thursday, police said. *Five rings, a Dell laptop computer, tennis shoes, a backpack and $10 change was taken at a Birch Street residence between 1:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday. The victim returned home to find a door open and its frame damaged...
City agrees to pay Wright $3M (08/08/14)
A multi-million dollar out-of-court settlement was approved Thursday by Shelbyville City Council, ending more than 10 years of controversy concerning a rock quarry. The city will pay Wright Paving $2 million within 30 days, followed by $500,000 in March 2016, then beginning in 2017 pay $100,000 or more for five years, with that total amount not to exceed $500,000...
3 charged in midstate burglary spree (08/08/14)
Three people are being held in connection with multiple home burglaries over a large portion of central Middle Tennessee. Johnny Jones and Ernest Feinstein, both of Lynchburg, and Jessica Reed of Shelbyville were arrested after a multi-county pursuit Tuesday afternoon following a burglary at a home on Bagley Hollow Road in Moore County...
TBI apprehends robbery suspect (08/07/14)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's recent fugitive, Lesandru Deniesh "Precious" Webster of Columbia, was captured Wednesday in Lewisburg. A couple of hours ago, Webster was located by agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, deputies of the U.S. ...