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Crime, justice and emergency services

Crime, punishment, the court system and emergency response.

Nearby jail loses status (12/08/16)
Tennessee Corrections Institute's decision on Wednesday to decertify the Rutherford County jail hits close to home, as Bedford County officials work to avoid a similar fate here. Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray said decertification is a crisis for any county...
Bank deposit gone when bag is opened (12/07/16)
Money intended for deposit into a Shelbyville pawn shop's account was missing when an employee arrived at a bank Monday, Shelbyville police said. The employee said she left work Saturday and went to Walmart, then home where she placed the money bag into another bag without checking it...
Crash takes man's life (12/06/16)
A Murfreesboro resident was killed early Sunday when he went through a stop sign at the U.S. 231 North-State Highway 82 intersection, which many have called dangerous, into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Joshua Brandon, 26, was westbound around 9 p.m. when he failed to stop at the Highway 82 stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Shandell Hardin, 25, also of Murfreesboro, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Shooting victim's truck left just before flames (12/06/16)
Little new information has been released in the investigation of a Friday night shooting death on Deason. The burned body of Robert Timothy Perkins, 51, was found just inside the doorstep of burning home on U.S. 231, investigators said. Perkins' Chevrolet Silverado was seen leaving the scene shortly before the fire, investigators said. An all-points bulletin has been released...
Highway checkpoints announced (12/06/16)
Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct roadside sobriety checkpoints this month: During the week of Dec. 9 on State Route 437; During the week of Dec. 23 on U.S. 231; During the week of Dec. 30 on State Route 64 East. All three checkpoints will start at 11 a.m...
Body found in blazing home (12/04/16)
The body of a man was found just inside the front door of his burning house early Friday night and authorities say they suspect he was murdered. "We got the first call on the fire about 7 to 7:30 p.m.," Sheriff Austin Swing said of the blaze on U.S. 231 North at the front of the Joy Vail property. "The first responding deputy was Willie Castleman. He saw bloody sheets piled up at the front door and had trouble opening the door."...
Store clerk charged with embezzling (12/02/16)
An employee of two Shelbyville convenience stores has been charged with stealing hundreds of dollars from cash registers. Channing Desiree Griffey, 29, of Barksdale Lane was confronted by a Circle K store manager and admitted taking $650-$700 from one store and $600 from another location in Shelbyville, police said. Griffey also admitted taking several hundred dollars from a Circle K in Manchester, the report said...
Smokies fires could affect tourism hard (11/30/16)
Local travel agent Nakai Waynick said early Tuesday afternoon that it was too soon to tell what impact the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires might have on holiday travel to Gatlinburg, which is a popular destination for many in Bedford County. "I think it could go two ways," she said. ...
Finchum guilty of embezzlement (11/30/16)
A man accused of embezzling a Shelbyville trucking firm out of $2 million over a six-year period has entered a guilty plea, officials said. Danny Wayne Finchum will serve 15 years in prison at 30 percent and has agreed to make restitution of $1.8 million after entering the plea before Judge Forest Durard. He will begin serving his sentence Jan. 8, 2017...
Residents, tourists flee Gatlinburg fires (11/29/16)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Raging wildfires fueled by high winds forced the evacuation of thousands of people and damaged hundreds of buildings in a popular resort town on the border of the Smoky Mountains National Park as National Guard troops arrived early this morning to help overwhelmed firefighters...
Double taser jolts needed to subdue raging suspect (11/29/16)
It took two taser jolts to stop a suspect Saturday night, police said. Rodney Sylvester Dillard, 26, of Belmont Avenue was objecting to being arrested on a domestic assault charge when officer Todd Sanders administered the jolts. Dillard was also charged with assault on an officer, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was being held on $13,000 bond Monday...
Park vandalized (11/27/16)
"I don't know why anyone would do this," former Shelbyville resident Cindy Stephenson said as she looked over graffiti and an overturned, damaged table at Our Town Community Park on Friday. She returned to Shelbyville for the first time in over a year Friday to discover the damage. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Modern Woodmen members honor a hometown hero (11/24/16)
Local volunteer Rickey Lamb of Unionville was recently recognized for countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America member event on Oct. 13. Lamb was honored through Modern Woodmen's Hometown Hero Program for his service to our country and his continued volunteer efforts in the community...
Trailer containing $18K worth of mattresses taken (11/24/16)
A trailer containing 81 queen size mattresses from Corsicana Bedding on Cedar King Road was stolen sometime since Friday, Shelbyville police said Monday. The mattresses are valued at $18,000 and the trailer at $10,000, police said. A small amount of crystal meth was confiscated from the passenger in a vehicle stopped for a light violation late Monday night, authorities said...
More info wanted before courthouse access choice (11/24/16)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee, meeting Tuesday night, deferred action on courthouse security recommendations, waiting on some additional information. The courthouse safety committee has proposed hiring one additional officer so that the county can implement the long-discussed recommendation of installing a walk-through metal detector in the basement of the courthouse. ...
Angry woman takes 2 officers down with her (11/22/16)
A woman angry about being arrested, among other things, knocked two officers to the ground and kicked the door handle mechanism off a patrol car Saturday, police said. Cynthia Elaine Mayer, 34, of Earnhart Street tripped at one point while being escorted to the car, taking officers Jerry Lawrence and Chris Vest down with her shortly after hitting Vest in the chest. She hit Vest in the chin with a foot moments later, the report said...
Lynchburg pharmcist charged with theft (11/22/16)
An investigation by special agents with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Moore County pharmacist on a charge of theft. TBI special agents and agents with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, along with the Moore County Sheriff's Office, began investigating Robert Gray in January 2015. Gray, a pharmacist, owns Lynchburg Drug Store...
Thousands of dollars worth of tools taken from building (11/20/16)
More than $5,000 of construction tools have been stolen from a storage building on Deery Street, Shelbyville police were told. A suspect was named. The victim said the thefts have been ongoing since July but most of the items were taken around Nov. 1...
Marijuana found inside high school student's car (11/18/16)
Drug dogs alerted on three vehicles at Community High School's parking lot during a search conducted Wednesday morning by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Department of Corrections. One of the cars was driven by an adult, 18-year-old Austin Lewis Moody of Pierce Place in Rover. ...
Family hopeful for info on Smelcer (11/18/16)
Bobby Smelcer, 52, disappeared on Nov. 21, 2010. Although his wallet, keys and cell phone were found in his home on East Lane Street in Shelbyville, Bobby was nowhere to be found. Two agonizing years passed as his family wondered whether he was alive or dead. That question was answered in April of 2010 when a partial skull was found by a fisherman in Duck River near Wolf Meadows. Dental records confirmed it was the missing man...
Quick moves result in arrest (11/17/16)
Alleged fast driving led to a driver being arrested on drug charges Tuesday. Deputy Chris Morton said he was passed at a high rate of speed on South Cannon Boulevard by Dannie Lee Pickering, 42, of Highway 64 West, who allegedly ran the traffic signal at the Lewis Avenue intersection.
Girl survives being hit twice by father's truck (11/15/16)
A little girl is fortunate to be alive today after being struck by her father's truck twice in her yard Saturday morning. Sophie Smith suffered only minor injuries when the accident occurred during a yard sale at her family's Gregory Mill Road home Saturday morning, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Depot St. site will not return to jail list (11/09/16)
The Depot Street-Holland Street site pushed by several downtown Shelbyville merchants as a potential site for a new county jail-justice center will not go back on the short list of finalists. County commissioners Linda Yockey and Billy King had the request placed on Tuesday night's commission agenda, but commissioners tied 8-8 when the matter came to a vote. Julie Sanders, Tony Barrett, John Brown, Mark Thomas, Bob Davis, Janice Brothers, Jimmy Patterson and Chuck Heflin were against re-adding the site.
Armed invaders rob two men at gunpoint (11/09/16)
Two armed men burst into a Neeley Avenue apartment and robbed two men at gunpooint early Tuesday night, Shelbyville police said. The victim said they heard a door open and the armed men ran into the living room. One of the men banged the wall with a fist and demanded their money as both suspects pointed guns at their heads...
DUI suspect, whoever he is, leaves two injured (11/08/16)
An intoxicated driver carrying several false IDs allegedly tried to run away from the scene of an injury crash at mid-morning Saturday on West Jackson Street.
Police dispatch may be upgraded (11/03/16)
The City of Shelbyville may upgrade its emergency communications system next year. The city council discussed the proposed upgrades during a study session Tuesday. The plan calls for expanding the room occupied by city dispatchers and upgrading the equipment...
Police group's aim is to help (11/03/16)
The newly-formed Shelbyville Police Benevolent Association stands ready to help more than just officers and their families in need. "The primary mission is to offer assistance to police officers and support staff who hold a current membership in the PBA," a statement released by the group said. ...
Drunk stranger runs from home (11/03/16)
An intoxicated man who showed up at the residence of a Couch Lane woman he doesn't know and refused to leave was arrested after a short foot chase Tuesday night. The man, later identified as Lucas Crandall, 36, of West End Circle, ran from the home into a nearby wooded area when told police had been called...
Theft suspect takes the money and runs (11/01/16)
A Murfreesboro woman lost $130 to a man who reached into her vehicle and grabbed a pouch containing the cash in Bell Buckle Sunday night. The victim and a friend had agreed to meet the man in a store parking lot, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. The women tried to follow him but he eluded them, according to the report...
Sunday Conversation: Lopez battles blazes, proclaims Gospel (10/30/16)
Yram Lopez is a retired Anchorage, Alaska fire department chief and now works as a pastor at Shelbyville United Pentecostal Church. He is a chaplain and volunteer firefighter with the Shelbyville Fire Department. Got a suggestion for Sunday Conversation? E-mail it to sfowler@t-g.com...
Quick preparation (10/27/16)
Learning Way Elementary student Jay Hise gets help donning turnout gear from Charles Armstrong (red shirt) and Brian Nicholson (white shirt) of Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road, who gave a presentation for fifth graders on Tuesday. In an emergency, a firefighter must don 60 pounds of protective clothing and equipment in about 45 seconds; it took 10 minutes for Armstrong to walk the youngster through the process. Armstrong explained that a fire can double in size every minute, so time is of the essence. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Beer-toting shoplifter: Don't jail me (10/27/16)
A man who allegedly stole a can of beer from Rite-Aid, Madison Street on Tuesday morning told police he should not be jailed, but cited and possibly banned from the store. Officer Mitchell Warren charged Kyle Benjamin Burgett, 35, of White Street with theft of property after finding the beer can in his clothing. He was jailed on $500 bond Wednesday...
Men grab money from taxi driver's bank bag (10/26/16)
A taxi driver said two men took $36 from a bank bag while being transported to a Cedar River Road home Monday night. One was described as white, wearing a white shirt with screen print and black gym pants, and the other as black wearing all-black clothing...
Money taken from car on White Street (10/21/16)
Money was taken from an unlocked vehicle at a White Street residence between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday, police were told. Approximately $30 in bills and change are missing, the victim said. A "slight smell" of marijuana led to the arrest on drug charges of a man stopped for allegedly not dimming his vehicle's lights for an oncoming officer Thursday morning...
Jail decision down to 3 possibilities (10/20/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and property committee voted Tuesday night to recommend a short list of three jail sites -- Hart's Chapel Road, Green Lane and Madison Street -- to the full county commission. The committee eliminated the fourth site it had been considering, the former Shelbyville Central High School on Elm Street, and was not swayed by the most recent pitch for the Deery/Depot site favored by downtown merchants...
Neighbor fired up over firing range (10/20/16)
A neighbor of the county-owned, city-managed firing range used by law enforcement for training purposes has complained about the noise from the facility. The firing range is located near the county tire disposal facility on State Route 82 near the Duck River south of Shelbyville...
Fired Tyson employee returns to eat (10/20/16)
A former Tyson Foods employee has been charged with theft of services and criminal trespassing after allegedly stealing food from the cafeteria. Hunter Keatts was fired Sept. 21, but failed to turn in his badges, entered illegally and ate approximately $180 worth of food in the cafeteria on "multiple occasions between Sept. 24 and Oct. 17, a Shelbyville police report said...
Officer cleared in death (10/19/16)
The police officer who shot and killed a suspect aiming a gun at him Aug. 24 has been exonerated by the October term of the Bedford County grand jury. Lt. Fred Harvey of the Shelbyville Police Department was leading a group of officers into an East Lane Street travel trailer where Jeffrey Darren Hosea, 53, was holding his teenage son at gunpoint, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Shelbyville police...
Jail intake (10/19/16)
The following were charged since Monday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Suspect tased after attacks on woman, 2 rescuers (10/18/16)
A man who allegedly attacked three people Friday afternoon was tased to bring him under control, a Shelbyville Police Department report says. Officers were told a man identified as Robert Leon Nevels II, 25, attacked his girlfriend and was chasing her on foot on South Cannon Boulevard. A man stopped to help the woman and was struck repeatedly in the face by Nevels, police said and witness video confirmed, and the man's wife attempted to help her husband and was attacked as well...
THP lists November traffic checkpoints (10/18/16)
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced safety belt and sobriety checkpoints for November. Safety belt checkpoints will be held the week of Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. on State Highway 82 at the 9-mile marker and the week of Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. on U.S. 231 North at the 15-mile maker...
Passerby steals bags from car (10/16/16)
hree bags containing clothing, a Canon camera and lenses, a computer and related equipment were stolen from the front seat of a car at a Bethany Lane home between 3:15-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Shelbyville police said. Grabbed and ran A man in a maroon four-door car stopped next to a car at Walmart and a man got out, went to the other vehicle and took a backpack containing $2, a sweater and jeans, police were told Thursday...
'I need help! I need help!': Emergency personnel take part in drill (10/14/16)
An active shooter mass casualty drill was held Thursday at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville on Madison Street, bringing together personnel from local emergency agencies to sharpen their skills and identify potential problems that might occur in a real crisis situation...
Student sees classmate walking in his stolen shoes (10/14/16)
A Central High School student who stole a pair of new Nike Jordan shoes from a locker room Tuesday didn't walk far with them. The victim, a fellow student, saw the suspect in the shoes and notified school resource officer Alethia Rawn. The suspect admitted taking the shoes, police said, and is charged with theft of property...
Career week speaker (10/13/16)
Shelbyville Firefighter Michael Smith with daughter second-grader Kealey Smith. Smith was at Thomas Magnet School for Career Week. (Submitted photo)
Masked clown doesn't amuse breakfast crowd (10/13/16)
Customers at McDonald's, Madison Street, weren't amused by the clown confronting them at the drive-through window Tuesday morning. Neither were Shelbyville police, who arrested Bryan Colby Lane, 32, of County Farm Road in Manchester on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal impersonation...
Firefighters offering free smoke detectors (10/12/16)
The Shelbyville Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors. The department, in partnership with the American Red Cross, has installed more than 800 devices since this time last year, said Fire Marshal Jason Richardson. That includes smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and bed shakers, or safety devices for the hard of hearing...
Bow hunting equipment stolen from outside home (10/12/16)
A bow hunter's equipment was stolen from outside his Brookhaven Circle home overnight Sunday, Shelbyville police said. A $1,200 compound bow, four arrows, a rangefinder and a spotting scope, along with a skill saw, are gone. They had been left outside to acclimate and avoid unnatural odors, police said...
Three taser shots calm man who hit officers (10/11/16)
Two police officers were struck by a man they say was possibly trying to enter the Eye Care Clinic, Colloredo Boulevard, around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. A cleaning worker notified police he heard noises at the rear of the building, which was broken into and vandalized a few weeks ago, checked and saw a man...
Crash victim thrown from car; charge may be filed (10/08/16)
A Nashville woman was killed when she was thrown out of the car in which she was riding Thursday afternoon on U.S 41A just south of Shelbyville. Amanda Ashley died as she was being transported to Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. Ashley was riging in a Subaru station wagon driven by Amanda Locurcio, also of Nashville, which was nortbound toward Shelbyville just north of the Mullins Mill bridge...
Inmates smash jail window to smuggle cigarettes inside (10/08/16)
Two Bedford County Jail inmates have been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony after allegedly smashing a cell's window. Thomas Coleman and Derrick Brigman, who shared a cell with two other men who were not involved, allegedly broke an outside window and pried a metal screen to smuggle cigarettes into the jail, said a report fied by deputy Ramon Castillo...
Hay baler fire (10/07/16)
A hay baler caught fire Thursday afternoon in a field behind Wendy's. The blaze spread to bales of hay. The Shelbyville Fire Department responded to the scene. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Unwanted advances send suspect to jail (10/07/16)
A man who allegedly attempted to force himself on a Belmont Avenue neighbor found himself arrested Wednesday, The victim, a woman who has just moved into the neighborhood, told police Anthony Walker "Tony" Lewis Jr., 42, had been pursuing her for several days despite being told she's not interested...
Reading, writing and 'rescuing' (10/06/16)
EMS Capt. Brian Bruce of the Bedford County Technical Rescue Team shows 5th-grade students tips about river safety Tuesday at River Bottom Park. The annual Duck RiverFest provides students an opportunity to learn about river safety, wildlife, conservation and other topics. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/28311. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Parts car stolen from fire site on Coney Island Road (10/06/16)
An unregistered 1999 Kia parts car was stolen last Saturday or Sunday from property where a home recently burned on Coney Island Road, police said. Several other items have gone missing since the blaze, a family member said. An iPhone dropped Tuesday in the parking lot of J. Tobacco and Beer, South Cannon Boulevard, was apparently picked up by someone else, according to a report...
Suspect caught stealing from neighbor's mailbox (10/04/16)
A man seen on surveillance video taking mail from a neighbor's mailbox told police he was putting the box back up because it had fallen. No mention of the box having fallen is made in the police report, which indicates Clifford Ray Farrar, 67, of Ligon Drive looked around to see if anyone was watching before taking the mail...
UT Extension office is latest gunshot target (10/02/16)
Bullets tore through the University of Tennessee Extension office on Midland Road overnight Thursday as the wave of gunshots being fired into buildings in Bedford County entered the Shelbyville city limits. The bullets, from what was obviously a high-powered rifle, went through walls and well into the building, Shelbyville police said...
Thief grabs $3,500 worth of jewelry (10/02/16)
Almost $3,500 worth of jewelry was stolen from a Bridlewood Drive home after the front door was pried, according to Shelbyville police. Two cell phones, approximately $110 and a hair trimming tool were taken overnight Wednesday by someone who also vandalized a bathroom...
Suspect in gunfire incidents arrested (10/04/16)
A suspect in this week's shootings of church buildings and utility boxes is in custody. Wendell Buchanan, 35, of Shelbyville was arrested Saturday afternoon shortly after he was seen driving by Horse Mountain Church of Christ on Horse Mountain Road, which was hit on at least three separate occasions by gunfire...
More gunshots leave damage across county (09/30/16)
Bullets tore through the University of Tennessee Extension office on Midland Road overnight Thursday as the wave of gunshots being fired into buildings in Bedford County entered the Shelbyville city limits. The bullets, from what was obviously a high-powered rifle, went through walls and well into the building, Shelbyville police said...
National certification earned (09/30/16)
Community High School SRO Tracey Harvey was awarded a pin and certificate from National Association of School Resource Officers for her successful achievement of the status of National Resource Officer Practitioner. The designation places Harvey within an elite group of SROs. With it she will be looked to as a source of information and advice for other SROs both locally and nationally. (Submitted photo)
Church struck by 20 bullets (09/30/16)
Churches and utilities were targets of vandalism in overnight shooting sprees over the past three mornings in rural Bedford County. The worst damage occurred at Horse Mountain Church of Christ, Horse Mountain Road, where 16 bullets were fired into the building from what Sheriff Austin Swing describes as an "assault rifle."...
Drivers buckle up past goals (09/29/16)
A year-long grant-funded program to boost seat belt use in Bedford County has succeeded beyond the goals set last year by organizers, according to discussion at a wrapup meeting held Wednesday. Tennessee Highway Patrol was selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a pilot program in seat belt enforcement in Bedford and Hawkins counties, each of which had a large number of fatalities linked to unrestrained motorists. ...
Woman takes drugs to jail after wild afternoon drive (09/29/16)
A woman allegedly seen by a Bedford County deputy driving recklessly through two road construction zones and a school zone Tuesday was charged with taking drugs into Bedford County Jail later in the night. Jenny Yvonne Davis, 45, of Lewisburg almost struck a road worker and stopped vehicle at the construction areas on Highway 130 West -- at one point getting out of her car and kicking it -- and sped past Liberty School on Snell Road at 40 to 50 mph as classes dismissed before pulling into the parking lot at a high rate of speed, deputy Ramon Castillo said. ...
Downtown not added to jail sites (09/28/16)
Proponents of a downtown site for the jail and justice center continue to champion the site east of Deery Street and north of Depot Street. But Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee -- at least, the three members present Tuesday night -- voted 2-1 to keep the current short list of four sites, which does not include that site...
Alleged shoplifter says actions meant 'survival' (09/28/16)
"I understand survival, because if a man has no money and has to eat, he has to do what he has to do," Dakota Johnston allegedly told police after being arrested Monday for shoplifting. Johnston, 22, and Kimberly Lee Stone, 26, both of West End Avenue, allegedly took hair gel, a roast beef sandwich,, a grinder, toothpaste, hair dye, potato chips and body mist from Walmart Tuesday morning. ...
Angry driver strikes North Main road crew worker (09/25/16)
A 77-year-old man who allegedly intentionally struck a road crew worker on North Main Street with his truck Thursday has been charged with aggravated assault. An employee of Wright's Paving had just placed a barricade at the main entrance of Burger King and began directing drivers already in the parking lot to come in through the rear entrance, Shelbyville police said...
Police videos caught in crossfire (09/23/16)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Two police shootings, both recorded by police. In one city, the police recordings were released almost immediately and protests remained calm. In the other, the chief has so far refused to provide the videos to the public and violent protests have wrought destruction in the heart of the city. Two different outcomes that raise some key questions: How soon are police obligated to release the recordings and why might they keep a lid on it?...
Trusty smokes pot on jail grounds (09/23/16)
A Bedford County Jail trusty isn't so trusted anymore after being caught smoking pot in the vehicle wash bay next to the sheriff's office on Lane Parkway. Wayne Jeffrey Teal allegedly rolled a marijuana cigarette, then tried to hide 12 more ounces in a shoe wedged between the main jail and the wash bay, a report filed by deputy Garcia Jordan said...
No decisions, lots of opinions (09/21/16)
The discussion of where to put a jail and justice center continued Tuesday night at an unconvened meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee. Only two of the committee's five members could be present Tuesday night, so there was no quorum and the committee could not officially do business. ...
Women rip outlet from holding cell (09/21/16)
Two Bedford County Jail inmates allegedly vandalized an electrical outlet box in the women's holding cell at Bedford County Courthouse Monday morning. Amy Williams was seen walking away leaving the box dangling from a wall while Esther Miriam Arroyo pulled on the box approximately an hour later, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. Arroyo was handcuffed to a bench to get her away from the box and allegedly complained, "Just for trying to look through a hole in the wall?"...
Fired up for barbecue (09/20/16)
Susan and Benita McGee go through the dinner line at the Firehouse Barbecue Monday evening at the Tennessee Fire & Codes Academy. More photos will appear in a future edition of the Times-Gazette. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Deputy accuses bystander of interfering with traffic stop (09/20/16)
A man was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly interfering with a traffic stop outside his Fairoak Street home Friday night. Anthony Joseph Bryant, 35, of Fairoak Street demanded that Bedford County deputy Ramon Castillo turn off his patrol car's blue lights because they were disturbing his wife, a report filed by Castillo said...
Thief takes $5 from locked house (09/16/16)
A U.S. 231 North resident told the Bedford County Sheriff's Department $5 in change was stolen from his locked home between 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. Thursday. No signs of forced entry were found. Two wedding bands were taken from a vehicle left parked on Maplewood Drive due to a malfunction...
Jail site reveal nearing? (09/16/16)
County Mayor Eugene Ray said on Thursday that architect James Langford of Spirit Architecture LLC has visited the four proposed sites for a jail and justice center, and will attend Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee...
Fake websites target consumers' cash (09/16/16)
Many consumers are aware of common email scams such as those informing you of foreign lottery winnings or a request from your "bank" that does not look quite right, but the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs warns Tennesseans about another online scam tactic: fake websites...
Large amount of jewelry taken from home (09/16/16)
"Everything was missing" from an armoire filled with jewelry in a home left unlocked with the garage door open on Adams Road open Wednesday morning, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. The home was ransacked between 8:30 a.m.-noon, the report said...
Remembering 9/11 (09/13/16)
Various city and county emergency departments participated in this tribute display on the east side of the courthouse Sunday in memory of those who perished in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Firehouse Barbecue tickets available (09/13/16)
Get your Firehouse Barbecue tickets while you can. The popular annual barbecue will be held Monday, Sept. 19, but there are a limited number of tickets remaining for the event. Tickets are $12 for both adults and children. Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m., said Stephanie Crosslin Price, the chamber's member services director...
Drunk driver causes serious accident (09/13/16)
A Community High School student was seriously injured when the car she was riding in was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Madison Street early Saturday night, police said. Taylor Gregory was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment after the accident, reported at 7:31 p.m. in front of Eastside Church of Christ. Her sister, Sydney Gregory, who was driving, was treated and released from Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville...
Motlow graduates second EMS class (09/11/16)
Motlow State Community College's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education program recently graduated its second class, according to Drew Hooker, EMS program director. "I am extremely proud of this group and the accomplishments that were obtained throughout the year," said Hooker...
Parent company of local nursing home sued by government (09/09/16)
The federal government has filed a lawsuit against the Brentwood-based parent company of Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation and five other Tennessee nursing homes alleging that they submitted false claims to Medicare and TennCare and that they failed to properly care for their residents between January 2010 and December 2015...
Man, teens caught breaking in to West End Circle home (09/09/16)
An adult and two teenage boys were caught by police allegedly breaking into a West End Circle home Wednesday afternoon. The adult suspect, Clinton Michel Reed, 23, of Oak Street was ordered out of the home at gunpoint by officer Jon Cooke, police said...
Restaurant owner struck by fleeing suspects' car (09/08/16)
The owner of Casa Mexicana restaurant, Madison Street, was knocked to the ground by a vehicle containing two men who allegedly left without paying for meals Tuesday night, Shelbyville police say. The car's driver, Ryan Michael Shawver, 26, of Railroad Avenue, admitted to officer David Curley he had driven the car from the restaurant and that money was owed but denied hitting anyone, police said...
Fallen firefighter memorial service (09/08/16)
The Tennessee Fallen Firefighters Memorial annual ceremony will be held 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tennessee Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the campus of the Tennessee Fire Service & Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) on Unionville Deason Road. The memorial commemorates Tennessee firefighters killed in the line of duty. ...
Truck stolen from local home recovered in Texas (09/07/16)
A three-quarter-ton Chevrolet pickup taken from a Mullins Chapel Road home was found in Ballinger, Texas over the weekend. The driver was listed as Jeffrey Lee Snow, who the truck's owner said he is familiar with. Two flat-screen televisions, an XBox 4 and three Playstations are missing from the home as well...
Man, teens charged with breaking into vehicles (09/03/16)
A man and two teenagers have been charged with a large number of burglaries from vehicles in the Cliffside Drive and Warren Circle areas. Shelbyville police made a traffic stop Thursday on two juveniles who mentioned the name of John Henry Richards, 28, of Landers Street, Detective Cody Swift said...
Normandy crash kills motorcyclist (09/02/16)
A Manchester man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle near Normandy early Thursday. Matthew Waylon Oakley, 21, was southbound toward the town on State Highway 269, State Trooper Jackie Smith said. Oakley struck a road sign and the motorcycle slid down an embankment and struck a tree...
Cats take over home (09/02/16)
Bedford County Animal Control Officers Dani Yost and Josie Lowery check on a cat and kittens in a pet carrier. They, and director Jack Cooper removed 17 cats from a Cliffside Avenue home Thursday. Seventeen cats and kittens from one home were voluntarily surrendered Thursday to animal control officers, and an official said there are more cats on the loose...
Woman punched, man's cellphone stolen (09/02/16)
Two women forced their way into a Ranchero Drive home, demanded the keys to a car parked outside, charged and punched a woman in the home shortly before midnight Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. The confrontation stopped when a male resident handed the woman -- his ex-girlfriend -- the keys, police said. They have broken up but the car remains jointly registered in their names and he makes the payments, authorities were told...
Help ready if disaster strikes (09/01/16)
In years past, the parking lot behind Bedford County Schools' headquarters building on Madison Street has served as an emergency command post for the last three nights of the Celebration, when championships are awarded and crowds are at their peak. In some years, if there was drama taking place in the sometimes contentious relationship between the horse industry, government regulators and activists, passers-by would see the collection of serious-looking vehicles and wonder if it was some sort of harbinger. ...
Murfreesboro woman raped in car bearing Bedford Co. plate (09/01/16)
A man from Shelbyville may have raped a woman in a Murfreesboro parking lot last Sunday, police say. The woman, 33, was allegedly approached by a man described as Hispanic while in the Walmart on South Rutherford Boulevard. When she left the store, Murfreesboro police say, the man grabbed her arm and forced her into a car where she was raped...
Woman accused of stealing jewelry (08/31/16)
A Shelbyville woman has been charged with stealing $60,000 worth of jewelry from a Signal Mountain psychiatrist, according to a report by The Chattanoogan news website. Elizabeth Jo Christmas, 60, was charged with theft over $60,000 by Hamilton County authorities. She has denied the charges, investigators said...
Taser doesn't stop man from evading pursuers (08/30/16)
Deployment of a taser wasn't enough to stop a fleeing suspect early Saturday. The man, who gave his name as John Hall, was asked by officer Letisia Butler why he was in the parking lot of S & A Machine, Prince Street, at 4:32 a.m. Hall ran when hearing over police radio that there was an active warrant against him., police said. Officers David Curley and Jerry Lawrence joined the chase, and Curley used his taser with one probe striking Hall in the leg. He kept running, evading police...
Car stolen, others entered by thieves (08/28/16)
A 2006 Chevrolet Impala was stolen from a Cherokee Lane home between 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office was told. Keys had been left inside the car, according to the report. Other thefts reported to city and county authorities:...
Violent act on shooter's record (08/26/16)
The man shot and killed by a Shelbyville police officer Wednesday night had a record of domestic violence in Rutherford County, court records show, that led to a conviction and approximate 6-month jail sentence in 2014. A family friend of the this man says he was a troubled person who struggled in the past, facing issues such as addiction and domestic violence...
DREMC warns of electric bill scam (08/26/16)
Duck River Electric Membership Corp. is warning its members and others of a new scam which falsely claims to be connected to both DREMC and Walmart. The scheme has been reported in Lincoln County, and DREMC officials say they fear it will be attempted elsewhere...
State: Scams targeting immigrant investors (08/26/16)
The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance's (TDCI) Securities Division joins the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) in issuing an investor fraud alert concerning the federal government's EB-5 Program, an initiative aimed at stimulating the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors...
'Officer Cam' feels the love (08/25/16)
A grateful crowd of Community Middle and Elementary students recognized their school's own Cam Farrell last Friday for his honor as Tennessee School Resource Officer of the Year. "Wow, these folks are so good to me and it just makes me want to give my all every chance I get," Farrell, the schools' SRO for five years, said. "The assembly was amazing. I spent most of my time trying not to cry. The love in that gym was unreal."...
UPDATED: Officer kills suspect who refuses order to drop weapon (08/25/16)
A Shelbyville police officer shot and killed a man allegedly pointing a gun at him at an East Lane Street residence late Wednesday night. Jeffrey Darren Hosea, 53, had been holding his son at gunpoint, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said....
Items stolen from former dealership (08/25/16)
Many items including an air conditioner, mini refrigerator, pressure washer, floor jack and two security cameras were taken from the former Fast Track Auto Sales, Madison Street. The items could have been taken at any time over the past several months, police were told. A side door was found open...
Be wise while being generous to Louisiana victims, says TEMA (08/24/16)
From the Great Tennessee Flood of 2010 to the many localized disasters since, Tennesseans are very familiar with the great amount of effort needed to help communities and citizens recover from disasters. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is providing guidance and resources on how Tennesseans can provide the most meaningful assistance to those recovering from the severe flooding in Louisiana...
Two suspects arrested in home, truck burglary (08/23/16)
Two suspects have been charged in the burglary of a vehicle in Beech Grove and a home on Sarvis Ridge Road. David Cash, 30, and Jaime Brazelton, 37, both of Hillsboro, are charged with aggravated burglary and theft. The two allegedly were involved in stealing a briefcase from a truck in Beech Grove and using information from personal documents to break into the owner's home a few days later...
Suspected store robber charged in 2015 holdup (08/19/16)
The man charged with robbing Hopps Express No. 2, Union Street, on July 29 now faces charges of robbing the same store in 2015. Evidence was found from the 2015 robbery as Christopher Rayvon Starks, 29, of Germantown Road was being arrested Tuesday night, Detective Lt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said...
Holdup may not be first one (08/18/16)
A man on parole for an aggravated robbery has been charged with committing another aggravated robbery. Christopher Rayvon Starks, 29, of Germantown Road was arrested Tuesday night after a search warrant was executed at his home, Detective Lt. Brian Crews said...
Man attacks woman, isolates her from help (08/17/16)
A man who allegedly attempted to strangle his girlfriend and threw a flower pot at her head was charged with aggravated domestic assault and interference with emergency calls Monday. The woman told the Bedford County Sheriff's Office that Billy Travis Mills, 28, of Buzzard Roost Road took away her cellphone after the incident and refused to let her contact anyone...
Workhouse trusty's friend delivers dose of heroin (08/16/16)
A woman whose allegedly brought heroin to a Bedford County Workhouse trusty working at the city garage on Industrial Boulevard was arrested Friday. An ambulance was called late Friday morning due to fears that the user, who survived, had stopped breathing...
Address from stolen briefcase leads thieves to home (08/14/16)
Thieves who stole a briefcase from a truck at Beech Grove Market on Monday are thought to have found the owner's address, broken into his home, stolen credit cards and gone on a spending spree. A couple driving a red van -- which was seen at the victim's home earlier in the day Thursday -- charged $3,000 to a stolen credit card at Jared's in Murfreesboro and a stolen check was cashed in Winchester for $1,000, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Inmate injures jailer during angry rampage (08/12/16)
A Bedford County jailer was injured when attacked by an inmate Wednesday night at Bedford County Jail. Amanda Catherine Fisher, 39, of East Lane Street is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly kicking Sgt. Kailey Jackson in the stomach and a leg, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Assisted living homes' owner allegedly misuses EBT card (08/11/16)
The owner of several assisted living homes in Shelbyville has been charged with fraudulent use of an EBT card. Shelbyville police were told Mary Katherine Young, 65, of Mullins Chapel Road took a new EBT card mailed to a resident of an Acts of Faith Assisted Living home on Fairway Green Drive and used it to buy groceries for all of the homes she owns...
Firehouse Barbecue tickets go on sale (08/10/16)
Get your Firehouse Barbecue tickets before they go up like smoke. The popular annual barbecue will be held Monday, Sept. 19, but the limited number of tickets are now on sale for $12 for both adults and children. Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m., said Stephanie Crosslin Price, the chamber's member services director...
Pipe bombs were actually sparkler bombs (08/10/16)
Two white cylinders thought to have been pipe bombs found in a field in Buzzard Roost Road were actually sparkler bombs -- homemade fireworks -- but it took a visit from the state bomb squad to find out for sure. The cylinders were found at the edge of a hay field Sunday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Residents of a nearby home and their plumber cut it open, saw what looked like gunpowder and called for help...
FEMA app provides safety tips (08/10/16)
Take steps now to prepare your family for disasters by downloading the FEMA smartphone app, according to an agency press release. Much of the region has been under heat advisories from the National Weather Service over the past few weeks. While it has cooled down in recent days, summer continues for several more weeks. ...
Prayer shawls stolen from Wartrace church (08/09/16)
Approximately 40 prayer shawl blankets have been stolen from Wartrace United Methodist Church. A member of the church's prayer shawl club told deputy Brianna Hernandez of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department the shawls were last seen July 31. No signs of forced entry were found...
False IRS agent scams man for 3K in iTunes cards (08/07/16)
A man falsely claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service agent convinced a Shelbyville resident to pay him in $3,200 worth of iTunes cards. The victim, who actually does owe $1,000 in back taxes, was called by a man falsely claiming to be "Allen Foster" and stating he owed $8,000, Selbyville police said...
Scam Watch: 'Soldier' scams victim of $5,000 (08/05/16)
Don't believe every pitch you hear for donations to military personnel and veterans. Two Shelbyville women sent more than $5,000 to a man who falsely claimed he was in the Army stationed in Nigeria, according to police. One of the women received a Facebook friend request in April from a man using the name "Donnie James."...
Truck 'borrower' wanted statewide (08/05/16)
A man newly named to the state's Ten Most Wanted list hasn't returned a truck he borrowed from a Bedford County man Sunday night, investigators say. The Sims Springs Road resident said James Bryan Miller and a woman Miller claimed was his wife took the 1990 Ford Ranger truck early Sunday night, promising its return by 8 a.m. Monday...
Suspect takes woman's car after she jumps out (08/04/16)
A man who sped off with a friend's car after attempting to keep her from jumping out Tuesday was later arrested after a car and foot chase in Tullahoma. The woman, from Fayetteville, told police Edward Worthy was driving her car when he began arguing, struck her in the head and grabbed her as she attempted to get out at the Union Street-Colloredo Boulevard intersection. She was able to get out on a second try, with Worthy allegedly still trying to grab her, and called 911 from a nearby store...
National Night Out held Tuesday (08/03/16)
Det. Carol Jean of the Shelbyville Police Department shoots bubbles at passers-by during Tuesday's National Night Out observance at H.V. Griffin Park. National Night Out is designed to build relationships between law enforcement (and other emergency responders) and the community. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/night-out-2016. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Officers corner jail escapee (08/03/16)
The woman accused of breaking into an ambulance Sunday was charged with jail escape after running from Bedford County Jail on Monday. Officials said Erika Amber Robb, 26, of Shelbyville was in a temporary holding room in a hallway about 10:30 a.m. when she ran out an unlocked door to the jail's "sally port" and across the street to a tanning salon owned by her mother...
This is only a test... Webb to be ready if disaster hits (08/02/16)
The Webb School is preparing students and staff in the event that a disaster strikes campus. Five students and one parent completed a 60-hour emergency medical responder (EMR) training class on Saturday, said dean of students Andrew McRady. The program was intense, with six 10-hour days cramming in all the information they need to become certified first responders, he said...
Robber grabs dollars, runs out of store (08/02/16)
An armed man robbed a Union Street convenience store of cash and lottery money Sunday night, Shelbyville police said. The suspect entered Hopps Express No. 2 wielding a black handgun shortly before 9 p.m., went behind the counter and ordered the clerk to open the cash register and give him the money, officer David Curley said...
National Night Out takes place tonight (08/02/16)
Jody Shelton of Shelbyville Police Department shows his K-9 partner to two attendees at last year's National Night Out event. This year's event will be held 5-8 p.m. today at H.V. Griffin Park. The event features fun activities and displays designed to foster connections between law enforcement and the community, including an inflatable, child identification kits and child seat safety checks. (T-G File Photo by John I. Carney)
Ambulance intruder fights off arrest tries (08/02/16)
A woman accused of breaking into a Bedford County Emergency Medical Services ambulance Sunday night fought off attempts to arrest her, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Erika Amber Robb, 26, of Shelbyville, whose address is listed as "homeless" on deputy Chris Morton's incident report, allegedly entered the ambulance as it was parked on High Street in Wartrace. ...
Storage unit left near-empty (07/31/16)
The entire contents of a storage unit -- furniture, home decor items, pictures and personal documents -- except for a broken picture frame were stolen since early June, the renter discovered Thursday. The unit at Shelbyville Self Storage, Bethany Lane, was locked when the renter, who didn't have her key, asked an employee to cut off the lock. She had bought the lock, which she described as one commonly used at the units, from the business, she told Shelbyville police...
Highway 64 accident (07/29/16)
This pickup, being inspected by State Trooper Chris Judd, ran off U.S. Highway 64 east of Wartrace near mile marker 25 Thursday. Judd said he did not have much information on the driver, a woman, at press time, although he did say she was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Cortner Road homelost, daughter found (07/29/16)
A Wartrace-area man can find some relief despite losing his home to fire after finding his adult daughter wasn't there at the time. The home of Mark Taylor, Cortner Road, burned early this morning, according to the Bedford County Fire Department. First calls of the fire were received around 1:20 a.m. The home was "fully involved" when firefighters arrived moments later, the BCFD said...
Intruder injured while stealing medicine (07/29/16)
Prescription medication was stolen from a Buzzard Roost Road home Wednesday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office was told. Entry was gained by breaking a window with a brick. The suspect was cut in the process; blood drops were found on the floor of the kitchen, the report said...
Patient's pills stolen at doctor's office (07/28/16)
Two people were charged with allegedly stealing pills from another patient's purse at a doctor's office Tuesday morning. Witnesses told Shelbyville police Sean Robert Presley, 23, of Morrison allegedly put a purse belonging to the patient, who had fallen asleep in the waiting room of Dr. Alex Fider's Bethany Lane office, into a larger purse belonging to his aunt, Terri Susan Phillips, 51, of the same Morrison address...
And now, it's down to four jail sites (07/27/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee narrowed its list of potential jail and justice center sites to four Tuesday night. The committee had whittled a previous list down to five sites, but as a result of recent publicity about the county's decision to build a jail and justice center, other property owners had come forward offering to sell the county property. ...
Over $15,000 in jewelry stolen from home (07/27/16)
More than $1,500 worth of jewelry was stolen from a home on Hilltop Road outside Flat Creek Monday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Office report. A window air conditioning unit was temporarily removed while the residents were gone, with a piece of metal used to pry it out, the report said...
Duo charged in vehicle burglary spree (07/26/16)
"Oh, .... my bad," said a suspect in a series of auto burglaries as he looked at a victim who caught him breaking into a vehicle. He was right. Based on a detailed description the victim gave Shelbyville police, officers arrested James Donald McBride, 25, of Turning Leaf Court moments later at a North Main Street convenience store. McBride and Trenton Carlos Ransom, 35, of Scotland Heights are suspects in 13 vehicle burglaries early Saturday...
Fire marshal reminds: Stop, drop, roll (07/26/16)
With a new school year around the corner, the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) is bringing attention to the first fire safety lesson many of us are taught: "Stop, drop, and roll." While people of all ages are familiar with the classic phrase, it is common for children to mistakenly believe that they should use stop, drop, and roll as a reaction to all fire situations. The SFMO encourages parents, caregivers, and teachers to ensure kids know both how and when to stop, drop, and roll...
Bicycle rider speeds away with stolen purse (07/24/16)
A bicycle rider grabbed a customer's purse at Dollar General Market, North Main Street, and sped away late Thursday night. The victim was placing items into her vehicle when she felt her cart roll away and saw the man, described as around 40 years old and wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans, riding a dark colored bicycle with blue basket behind the building...
Officer discovers vehicle had been burglarized (07/22/16)
A Shelbyville police officer discovered two vehicles had been entered at a Fairway Green Drive home early Thursday. Officer Letisia Butler noticed an interior light on inside a ttruck at 3:49 a.m., checked it and noticed the glove box appeared to have been entered along with the glove box of an adjacent car...
Police work to stop DUI drivers, speeders (07/21/16)
Shelbyville police continue to organize saturation patrols against speeders and DUI offenders with help from a grant by the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office. But statistics included in a spring 2016 grant application show much work remains to be done, according to department accreditation manager Aimee Davis...
Stolen wallet, other scattered items found (07/21/16)
A speaker and iPod were stolen from an unlocked car on Eventine Drive overnight Sunday, Shelbyville police were told Tuesday. The victim found his wallet, also stolen from the car, in a fence row Monday. A laptop computer, two tablets, two iPods, eight video games, two watches. jewelry and clothing were among items dumped on the porch of a home on Seventh Street in Bell Buckle around 1 a.m. Wednesday...
Unique thanks for police officers (07/20/16)
Local law enforcement agencies are receiving food and thanks daily by the public showing support following shootings of officers in large cities. This unique balloon sculpture given the Shelbyville Police Department includes "flowers" and smiley faces, each representing a different aspect of law enforcement. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Locking down a jail location (07/20/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee discussed how to proceed in selecting a site for a new jail and justice center, and agreed to meet again next Tuesday night for a more formal process. The committee wants to have a ranking of potential jail sites so that it can ask its architect, James Langford of Collierville-based Spirit Architecture, begin assessing its two or three top choices...
Former coach receives probation (07/20/16)
A former teacher and coach who allegedly made inappropriate contact with Community School students in 2013 has accepted a sentence of four years' probation. James W. Tankersley, 27, of Lewisburg, who had initially been charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, entered a "best interest" plea of guilty to a reduced charge of felony reckless aggravated assault, according to a press release from District Attorney General Robert J. Carter's office...
Leaf blower stolen from storage unit (07/20/16)
A backpack-style leaf blower was taken from one of several storage units entered at Deason Self Storage, U.S. 231 North, last Thursday. The victim initially told a Bedford County deputy nothing was taken but discovered Monday the blower was gone. Locks were cut off the victim's unit and left in a box inside...
Seventeen indicted by county grand jury (07/19/16)
Seventeen suspects were arraigned Monday by the July session of the Bedford County grand jury. Among them are Harley Edward Caffee, 20, and Fredrick Buford, 19, both of Barksdale Lane, who are both charged in a burglary spree of several buildings in eastern Shelbyville over Thanksgiving weekend 2015. Caffee allegedly broke into Musgrave Pencil Co. himself shortly afterwards...
Driver hits fire truck after smoking pot (07/19/16)
A woman who told police she'd smoked marijuana an hour earlier was charged after backing into an oncoming Shelbyville Fire Department truck on an emergency run Sunday morning. A witness told officers he saw Deshon Antoniette Mason, 18, of Barksdale Lane back up in front of the truck, which had its emergency lights and siren on, shortly before 7 a.m...
Hargrove elected to serve PD conference (07/19/16)
The Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference has elected Donna Orr Hargrove to serve as its vice president for fiscal year 2016-2017. As vice president, Hargrove will also serve as a member of the conference's Executive Committee. Hargrove is public defender for the 17th Judicial District, which includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties. ...
Police pursuits limited locally (07/17/16)
Deadly vehicle pursuits like those originated by Manchester and Coffee County officers over the past month that resulted in deaths of innocent people would be unlikely locally due to established -- and restrictive -- pursuit procedures in place. "I just sent a briefing to all officers this week to make sure we're familiar with our policies and refresh their memories," Shelbyville Police Chief Jan Phillips said...
Marijuana found on suspect following traffic stop (07/17/16)
Marijuana was discovered by a Bedford County deputy on a passenger in a vehicle stopped due to an alleged traffic violation Thursday night. Christopher Lavante Stovall, 27, of Estill Springs allegedly admitted having a bag of marijuana in his pants as deputies prepared to transfer him to jail following the traffic stop on U.S. 231 North...
Cookies delivered to police department (07/15/16)
Celebration Way residents and staff recently delivered cookies to the Shelbyville Police Department to show their support after the Dallas shootings. Pictured are Celebration Way residents Will Hall, Bob Fullerton and Ed Bomar; lifestyles coordinator Yolanda Flick; and Deputy Chief Mike Rogers. (Submitted photo)
Wartrace churches hit by vandalism (07/15/16)
Graffiti was scrawled on the outside of three Wartrace churches overnight Sunday the Bedford County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday. An estimated $5,000 in damage was done to Wartrace Baptist Church, Vine Street. "Anti-religious signs, pentagrams, satanic symbols, upside down crosses and profanlty" were painted on the outer walls and parking lot, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. said...
Respondents to sex ad arrested on arrival (07/13/16)
Thirteen men who responded to an Internet sex ad placed by Shelbyville police have been charged with patronizing prostitution. "More than 50 people responded to the undercover ad placed on backpage.com," Detective Lt. Brian Crews said. "Those arrested include a registered sex offender and a Cornersville Middle School coach and teacher."...
Gunshots lead officers to 2 suspects, stolen gun (07/12/16)
Two suspects were charged after taking target practice in a residential area early Sunday night, police said. Brian Christopher Pittman, 35, and Kelly Marie Gooch, 37, were allegedly "rapidly" firing shots at a paper target behind their Couch Lane home, officer David Dye's report said...
Taser threat stops alleged attacker (07/10/16)
A man was charged with assault and domestic violence Thursday after allegedly refusing to let a woman leave an apartment on Green Lane. Brock Jordan Smith, 27, and the woman had been arguing over rent money when he took her phone and tried to keep her from leaving, police were told...
'I'll be back,' says woman still missing 3 days later (07/08/16)
A Unionville-area woman who left her home Tuesday afternoon hasn't been seen since. Michele Robinette, 43, told her family about 5 p.m. she was going to the post office, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. "I'll be back," she said in a note left for her husband, the BCSO said...
Suspect can't get away after stealing gas (07/07/16)
A man allegedly drove away without paying for $50 worth of gasoline at Bedford Market, Highway 64 West, Tuesday morning. Lewisburg police arrested Alonso Joaquin Gonzalez, 39, of Shelbyville after spotting his vehicle, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Pill found after car crash (07/06/16)
One unprescribed hydrocodone pill found in a car following a traffic accident led to the arrest of Deidre Marie Tapp, 26, of River Ranch Road on a charge of possession of a schedule II drug. Tapp originally told Shelbyville police she was driving her car late Friday night at the intersection of Deery and East Lane streets...
Driver in fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide (07/03/16)
A vehicular homicide charge has been filed against a man who allegedly fled the scene of an fatal accident, leaving the victim underneath his vehicle, early Saturday on Narrows Road. Jose F. Castro, 20, of Shelbyville was thrown from a vehicle driven by Rivas A. Gonzalez, 22, also of Shelbyville, in the crash, reported at 2:50 a.m...
Pit bull confiscated after 2 attacks in 2 days (07/03/16)
A pit bull was captured Thursday after attacking a boy on his bicycle twice in two days on College Street in Normandy. The dog scratched the boy Wednesday and bit him Thursday, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. Bedford County Animal Control took the dog...
New Cascade High, justice center, jail officially on way (07/01/16)
The meeting lasted a mere 20 minutes, with no debate, little discussion, no raised voices and a series of unanimous votes. And yet, Thursday night's special called meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners was a milestone, paving the way for a new jail, a new justice center and a new Cascade High School, and paying for it with a hefty tax increase after holding the line on county property tax rates for more than a decade...
Pot found in vehicle during traffic stop (07/01/16)
Marijuana was discovered in a vehicle stopped because one headlight was out early Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Approximately 1.8 grams of marijuana was found in a bag in the center console after Michael Jay Couch, 43, of Greer Road was told by Deputy Ramon Castillo the vehicle would be searched because he smelled marijuana...
Taser shots don't stop angry pit bull (06/30/16)
A pit bull that allegedly bit a Moody Street resident was tasered by a police officer twice and was still going -- running away from the officer this time -- when its owner arrived and calmed it down Tuesday night. Police were called after the pit bull bit the knee of a man walking on Moody Street and attacked his dog...
High achievers: SROs among state's best (06/28/16)
Two of the three top awards given by the Tennessee School Resource Officers Association this year have been awarded to Bedford County deputies. Cam Ferrell of Community Middle and Elementary School has been named statewide Student Resource Officer of the Year. Alethia Rawn of Shelbyville Central High School received the President's Award for her handing of an incident involving an armed student...
Brothers arrested on pot-related charges (06/28/16)
Two brothers face drug-related charges after being found by a deputy behind New Hope Chapel, New Hope Road, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Jeremy David Hall, 25, of Keenan Lane was charged with possession of marijuana. Hall and his brother, Andrew Coty Hall, 23, of El Bethel Road, were both cited for possession of drug paraphernalia...
Suspect charged with breaking boy's arm (06/26/16)
A Wartrace man who allegedly kicked his 9-year-old son in the arm, breaking it, has been charged with aggravated child abuse. Terry Michael Coleman, 30, was arrested Friday, a day after a doctor told family members that the boy's arm was broken and two weeks after the alleged incident, the Bedford County Sheriff's office said...
'Give me your money!' attacker demands (06/24/16)
An attacker repeatedly demanded, "Give me your money," and "Give me what you got," as he knocked a Shelbyville man to the ground late Wednesday night. The victim told Shelbyville police he was tackled outside his Woodbury Street shop around 11 p.m. by a man he described as black, in his mid-20s to mid-30s, approximately 6-feet-2 and 200 pounds and wearing all black...
Thief returns, grabs tobacco on 2nd try (06/23/16)
A thief who authorities suspect was testing law enforcement response time broke into Three Corners Market, Longview Road, early Tuesday shortly after a deputy left following a previous alarm. The second time around, tobacco products were taken after a window was broken around 2:45 a.m., deputy Dillon Lipinski said in his report...
Stolen truck stopped, driver arrested (06/22/16)
Police arrested a man driving a pickup reported as stolen from Florida early Monday night in Shelbyville. Officers were notified that the truck and the suspect, who was visiting relatives, was in the area. Sgt. Cody King saw the truck being driven on Madison Street and stopped it, with driver Harry Levoied Tigue III, 44, of Land O'Lakes, Florida being arrested...
Drugs behind many charged by grand jury (06/21/16)
Sixteen suspects were indicted by the Bedford County grand jury at its June session Monday. Drug charges, especially meth, dominate, with nine of those arraigned having at least one charge involving a substance. Those indicted are: l Ray Keith Adams, 60, Shapard Street -- possession of schedule II drug...
Suspect lying in street suddenly bursts into action (06/21/16)
It didn't take long for a man found lying in the middle of Shelbyville Mills Road late Saturday night to awaken. Marvin Ramirez Zavarias, 24, of West Jackson Street fought off officers and tried to break out a patrol car window with his head during and after being arrested, Shelbyville police said Monday...
Suspect seen near vehicle caught nearby by deputy (06/19/16)
A man who allegedly attempted to enter a car in Bell Buckle shortly after midnight Friday morning has been charged with criminal trespassing. The suspect, Joseph Camaron Perez, 27, of Rockwood Drive in Shelbyville was driving a red Chevrolet Blazer identified as seen speeding away from an Abernathy Street home in Bell Buckle, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office...
Rutherford commission seeks advice from Bobo (06/17/16)
A Shelbyville attorney has been hired to advise the Rutherford County Commission on possible action against Sheriff Robert Arnold. John T. Bobo, who serves as Bedford County attorney, will help the commission determine whether an ouster suit against Arnold will be pursued...
Midstate pot bust hits one locally (06/16/16)
A Shelbyville man is among 11 arrested following a two-year investigation of a large marijuana trafficking operation covering much of Middle Tennessee, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday. Luis Orlando Rego Jr., 32, of Shelbyville was arrested with the help of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the TBI said. Three guns were found at his home...
Guns, radar detectors stolen (06/16/16)
Guns and radar detectors were stolen from three vehicles at separate Narrows Road homes overnight Monday, Shelbyville police said. A Glock 27 pistol, Kimber Super Carry Ultra HD pistol, automotive diagnostic scanner and radar detector had been in two unlocked vehicles at one home and two radar detectors and four bank receipts in one truck at another, reports said...
Jail, justice center approved (06/15/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night in favor of a combined 400-bed jail, justice center and workhouse, giving direction to the architect for the project as it moves forward. The county is under a mandate from the state to build a new jail, but due to overcrowding and security concerns at Bedford County Courthouse some officials had recommended that a judicial center also be built...
Batman the rat taken from residence (06/15/16)
Batman is missing. Not that one. This Batman, a pet rat, was taken along with his cage and food from a Landers Street home during the past few days, Shelbyville police were told. A suspect was named. Three stereo speakers were stolen Tuesday from a home on Moody Street, police said...
Restraint urged on jail project (06/14/16)
A small group of citizens gathered in sweltering heat on Monday to discuss the issues surrounding a proposed jail and justice center with several county commissioners. Commissioners Chuck Heflin, Bill Anderson and P.T. "Biff" Farrar have been among those with reservations about the idea of a combined jail and justice center, and have been skeptical of some of the claims made about the need for a certain size jail or a jail laid out a certain way...
'They saved my life': Officers rescue woman from clutches of pit bull (06/14/16)
More than 60 stitches. Eighteen bites. One life saved. Barbara Helms will be forever grateful to two Shelbyville police officers who saved her from the grip of an angry pit bill protecting its seven puppies on May 28. "If I hadn't grabbed the dog's collar I'd be dead," said Helms, 72, who was on her back being bitten in the arms and hands when officers Bobby Peacock and Bruce Davis distracted and shot the pit bull at a Fairfield Pike home. "Those policemen saved my life."...
'Ice' discovered in vehicle occupied by Kentucky men (06/14/16)
Two Kentucky residents are being held on high bonds following their arrest on drug charges Friday. Methamphetamine "ice" was found in a vehicle occupied by Jewell Ray Sorrells, 39, of Greenville, Kentucky and Charles Allen Avery, 36, of Central City, Kentucky, according to court documents filed by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force...
Jealousy leads to attack on girlfriend (06/12/16)
A man who accused his girlfriend of cheating on him left her bleeding and injured following an attack early Friday. The woman said Michael Anthony Sales, 48, of Sevier Street threw her cell phone in her face, then hit her with his fist, severing her right nostril and busting her upper lip...
Man in wrecked car denies he crashed (06/10/16)
The man police found hiding in the floorboard of a wrecked car Tuesday night told police he hadn't been in a wreck. Sebastian Francisco Baltazar, 20, of Saddlewood Drive allegedly left part of his front bumper assembly behind after striking a mailbox on East Cedar Street about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said...
Jail, school savings found (06/09/16)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee got a little good news Tuesday night -- but also handed out some potential bad news to county departments and non-profit agencies. First, the good news: County Finance Director Robert Daniel said that, based on quotes from the state's loan pool, the payments on a new jail and justice center and a new Cascade High School would be less than originally thought...
Robbers take $50 from pedestrian (06/09/16)
Three men attacked and robbed a pedestrian at the corner of Quarry and Lipscomb streets late Monday night, police said. The victim said one of three black men who ordered him to stop about 11 p.m. struck him in the face with a fist while all grabbed at his pockets, gaining $50...
Thief helps self to wallet, bouquet (06/08/16)
A wallet, flashlight and flower arrangement were stolen from a possibly-unlocked vehicle at a Mockingbird Drive home between Sunday morning and Monday night, police were told. Other thefts reported: l A purse was stolen from a vehicle at Madison Street BP around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.'...
Box outside home leads officers to stolen TV (06/07/16)
The man who allegedly stole a large-screen television from Walmart didn't realize leaving its empty box by the street would signal police. Johnny McCandless, who Shelbyville police say pushed a 50-inch television set out of Walmart in a shopping cart without paying Sunday night was arrested after an officer spotted the box in front of his Alta Avenue home....
Combined jail-justice center recommended by committee (06/05/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee, meeting Friday night, recommended that the county build a 400-bed jail and workhouse combined with a justice center. The recommendation was broken down into four separate votes -- one of them unanimous, the other three passing by 3-2 margins...
Jail recertified for another year (06/05/16)
The Tennessee Corrections Institute has recertified Bedford County Jail for another year based on improvements made over the past few months, Sheriff Austin Swing said Friday. But the jail remains under a "plan of improvement" demanded by the state...
Store burglars run off with...nothing (06/05/16)
Two men who forced their way into the Marathon convenience store on U.S. 41A in Unionville early Friday got nothing for their efforts. Both cash registers were empty, a report filed by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Security cameras show a man forcing and climbing through the drive-through window at 2:32 a.m., almost immediately followed by another man, deputy Ramon Castillo's report said...
Suspect rides off on stolen horse (06/03/16)
An Illinois man attempted to ride away on a horse after wrecking a stolen truck on White Road in eastern Bedford County late Wednesday afternoon, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Brandon Robinson, 30, of Mattoon, Illinois, was found and arrested a few minutes later, but not before struggling with deputy Garcia Jordan and Wartrace police chief Danny Odeneal...
Speeding biker tracked down by county deputy (06/03/16)
A motorcyclist officials say was driving more than 100 mph on U.S. 231 and State Highway 82 Wednesday told a pursuing deputy he sped away due to being "scared" because he didn't have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver's license. Christian Tate Atkins, 22, of South Brittain Street was initially seen driving northbound just north of the Highway 437 bypass by deputy Garcia Jordan at 6:17 a.m...
Sky's saga leads to policy change (06/02/16)
"Sky" is home -- and the result of the saga of the missing dog is a change in city policy. The blue heeler escaped after being left in a fenced area outside the Shelbyville Animal Control shelter on Sunday night, May 22. The area, under a carport, is open on two sides. Sky got out overnight but found a temporary home with a nearby family, police say...
County's numbers don't lie (06/01/16)
If Bedford County were to fund a new high school plus a new jail and justice center, plus a tax increase for county road paving, plus all of the budget requests made by various county departments and non-profit agencies, it would require raising the county property tax rate by more than a third...
Firefighters awaken man in burning home (05/29/16)
Good work by Bedford County firefighters may have saved the life of a man whose home caught fire as he slept early Saturday. Arriving firefighters knocked on the front door of the home of Joseph Calabrese, Highway 64 West, shortly after midnight. Calabrese was awakened by the knocks, the Bedford County Fire Department said...
Hit-and-run suspect cuts, kicks 2 officers (05/29/16)
Two police officers were struck Thursday night by a man attempting to avoid a blood draw following a hit-and-run accident, Shelbyville police said. Anthony E. Moore, 42, of Barksdale Lane allegedly cut officer David Curley's arm, causing "deep scratches and bleeding," while being removed from the back seat of a patrol car for allegedly slamming his head on the "cage" behind the front seat. ...
Jail decision urged soon (05/27/16)
In a nearly two-hour study session Thursday night, Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and property committee, along with other county officials and concerned citizens, continued the discussion of what to do about the county jail and judicial system...
Officers halt attempt to pass pot into jail (05/27/16)
A man allegedly attempted to pass marijuana through a broken window of Bedford County Jail before he was stopped by officers Wednesday night. "I can't put it in the window because two cops are watching," Brian Keith March, 46, of Parker Road allegedly said on his cellphone, overheard by approaching officers David Curley and Jody Shelton...
Speeding biker can't overcome nearby neighbors' teamwork (05/27/16)
The man who sped from two pursuing Shelbyville police officers on a motorcycle Wednesday morning thought he'd gotten away. He didn't. Two residents of a subdivision told officers where police say Eric Michael Rogers, 26, of Gordon Road turned and attempted to hide his black 2008 Yamaha R6 sports bike...
Plea deal nets abuser prison term (05/26/16)
A woman accused of torturing a 9-year-old girl last year accepted a plea bargain as the third day of her trial was set to begin Wednesday in Circuit Court. Rochelle Clayton, 39, accepted a 20-year-sentence to be served at 85 percent. Clayton has been jailed since her arrest in March 2015...
Camper catches fire (05/25/16)
Leo Wilcox of Bedford County Fire Department sprays what's left of a camper trailer that caught fire in the back yard of the Todd Sudberry home on Fox Run Road early Tuesday afternoon. Sudberry said he didn't know how the fire started. Flames singed one side of a nearby outbuilding before firefighters arrived. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Mobile home, car possibly hit by arson (05/25/16)
One room of a vacant mobile home on Sims Road burned Friday, and Shelbyville police say arson is possible. A neighbor reported the blaze at 11:26 p.m. The mobile home had been moved to the property approximately 6 weeks ago and was not connected to a power source, according to police...
911 needs studied by city council (05/24/16)
The Shelbyville City Council held its second in a series of budget hearings on Monday. Line items were discussed regarding police and public works, among others. Some of the discussion centered on 911 needs and whether the city would take over dispatch duties from the county 911 center...
Nashville suspects sell crack to undercover agent (05/24/16)
Two Nashville residents were arrested on drug charges Friday in Shelbyville. Allen Keith Jackson, 25, of Nashville allegedly sold an "8 ball" -- 3.5 grams -- of crack cocaine to a 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force undercover agent for $275, according to arrest warrants...
Patriot Award (05/24/16)
Bedford County Workhouse administrator Ted Hewell received the Patriot Award last week from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve office. Patriot Awards honor employers who offer flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed for National Guard or Army Reserve members. Hewell joined the Bedford County Sheriff's Office after 22 years with Rutherford County's workhouse. From left are Sheriff Austin Swing, Hewell and Mary Sons, area ESGR representative. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Auto burglary suspect fires gun, runs (05/22/16)
A man accused of seven vehicle breakins on Lantern Lane overnight Wednesday allegedly shot into the air before running away as a victim approached, police said. Cory Allen Frazier, 21, of Locust Street is charged with seven counts of auto burglary and one count of aggravated assault...
Thief walks away with stolen iPad (05/22/16)
An iPad Pro left in a shopping cart at Kroger about 7:30 p.m. Thursday was gone when the owner returned looking for it 20 minutes later, police said. A chain saw was stolen from the tool box of a truck owned by a Laurelwood Drive resident between May 7-14, police were told Thursday. A suspect was named...
Remembering Gary Smotherman (05/20/16)
The Bedford County Emergency Medical Services Unionville station dedicated a flagpole Thursday in memory of Gary Smotherman. He died May 19, 2015 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident two weeks earlier. Smotherman had 23 years' service as a paramedic, EMS director Ted Cox said. With the plaque is Smotherman's family: son, Jonathan, daughter Shelby, and wife, Patsy. At left. a closer view of the plaque's inscription...
Sports apparel taken as kids play (05/19/16)
Several pieces of sports apparel were taken from Hibbett Sports, North Main Street, Tuesday by at least one of a group of three women accompanied by six "disruptive," unsupervised children who were pulling items from shelves onto the floor. Empty hangers were noted in the area where the woman had been after they left, police were told. No arrests have been made...
Justice center should be in safe location (05/19/16)
No matter what the final decision is about a new jail and justice center for Bedford County, security should remain atop the list. Over the past few weeks I've heard judges and law enforcement personnel explain concerns about safety around the courthouse and a need for a jail/justice center built with today's security in mind. That security would be hard to obtain by retrofitting the 1935-vintage courthouse, rebuilt similar to the 1870s building that was burned by a mob in 1934...
Confinement and revitalization: Economic benefits of jail, justice system stressed to committee (05/18/16)
Discussion during Tuesday evening's Bedford County Board of Commissioners committee meetings centered around the county's jail plans. During the law enforcement committee meeting, Commissioner Bill Anderson questioned whether it made sense to make Bedford County Workhouse a part of the new jail project as opposed to leaving the current workhouse where it is on Lane Parkway...
Sheriff asks county for 23 new employees (05/18/16)
Bedford County commissioners have been talking for months about the possible need for a tax increase to pay for a state-mandated jail and a badly-needed high school. But those are capital expenses -- there are also regular operating expenses, the day-in, day-out costs of operating county government, and several county department heads said during budget hearings on Tuesday that they, too, need additional money...
Bookkeeper accused of swindling $3 million (05/18/16)
A Fayetteville bookkeeper has been accused of diverting more than $3 million from her employer. Valorie Diane Bradley, 47, allegedly took the money from Palatec Manufacturing for her own purposes between May 2007 and January 2016, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation...
Store cashier accused of theft (05/18/16)
A cashier at Walmart has been charged with taking more than $2,500 from the store through the use of Green Dot money cards. Anferenee Isiah Allen, 19, whose home address is listed as a Shelbyville motel, cashed out six cards totalling $2,512.64 between May 7-15, the store's asset manager told Shelbyville police Monday...
Suspect tries to grab boy (05/17/16)
A man who allegedly tried to grab a young boy near a creek off Madison Street was charged with attempted kidnapping Saturday morning. Cecil Darnell Holland, 58, met the description given by the boy and his friends when police saw him a short time later walking on Depot Street, a report filed by officer John Cooke said...
Eighteen indicted by county grand jury (05/17/16)
Drug and theft suspects are among 18 indicted by the Bedford County grand jury on Monday. Kendrick Devon Akins and Austin Davante Riley, both of Nashville, were among four men arrested with a total of 46.7 grams of cocaine in a traffic stop Jan. 3. Akins faces both drugs and weapons charges while Riley is charged only with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon...
Officer cut by woman refusing blood-alcohol test (05/17/16)
A Shelbyville police officer was slightly injured by an irate, allegedly-intoxicated woman resisting a blood-alcohol test and an CAT scan Friday night. Officer Todd Sanders suffered "broken skin and bleeding" on the back of his neck when Jennifer Sue Wortham, 42, of Old Columbia Road allegedly scratched him after raising a telephone receiver in the CAT scan room, as if she was going to attack him, at Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville...
Drug paraphernalia, pills discovered in traffic stop (05/15/16)
A suspect was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after his car was stopped for an alleged violation of the vehicle light law Thursday night. Alan Michael Boone, 22, of Deer Point Road allegedly had plastic tubing in his car's left rear floorboard, a butane lighter fluid container on the rear seat, a glass bowl with hash residue on it and two pipes, White Owl cigarillos and a butane torch, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Project hits bullseye (05/13/16)
Two Tennessee Tech students have developed a new type of duelling tree for Shelbyville Police Department to use for firearm practice. Chase Adcock and Todd Baker, who graduated last Saturday from TTU, presented the device to the department on Thursday...
Not-for-profits line up to seek county funds (05/12/16)
Not-for-profit agencies serving Bedford County presented their contribution requests to Bedford County Financial Management Agency during a hearing Tuesday afternoon at Bedford County Business Complex. The county contributes to a number of different non-profits. ...
Suspect pulls joint, pills, grinder from clothing (05/12/16)
A woman asked if she had marijuana in her vehicle responded by pulling a joint and grinder from her shirt and four alprazolam tablets from her pants, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Myleah Shanell Jordan, 20, of Cedar River Road was stopped on Rabbit Branch Road for driving with a broken, but working, taillight covered with electrical tape, deputy Ramon Castillo's report said...
Crystal meth found after suspect tries to run away (05/11/16)
Drugs were found in the purse of a woman who allegedly tried to run from a deputy during a traffic stop Monday night, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Office report. Haley Elizabeth Vincent, 21, of Kingdom Road falsely identified herself and claimed the Social Security card bearing her name belonged to a friend, deputy Ramon Castillo said in a report...
Robber grabs woman's purse (05/10/16)
A man accused of ripping a purse from a woman's hands Sunday outside Walmart was arrested Monday, one day after two alleged accomplices were taken into custody. Justin Oliver "J Rock" Scott, 32, of Cedar Grove Road is charged with robbery and theft of property, Shelbyville police said. He is being held on $100,000 bond at Bedford County Jail...
'There goes everything': Family escapes after truck fire incinerates home (05/10/16)
"There goes everything that we worked to get," Nicholas "Nick" Hill said as he watched his home on Highway 64 between Shelbyville and Wartrace burn late Sunday afternoon. The house and contents burned after his work truck "blew up" as he turned the key while working on it, Hill said. The truck was in a garage attached to the side of the house...
Pot discovered in vehicle following traffic stop (05/10/16)
Marijuana was found in a car during a traffic stop on U.S. 41A at Normandy Road on Saturday morning, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. A vehicle matching one that reportedly ran someone off the road in Tullahoma was stopped by Deputy Ramon Castillo, who was directing traffic along the route of the Strolling Jim 40 marathon...
Drug takeback (05/10/16)
Detective Lt. Jason Kennedy loads part of several barrels of expired prescription drugs, turned in to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office at a recent collection, onto a state drug enforcement truck. The disposed drugs were to be destroyed in a safe place. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Police HQ, other locations struck by gunshots (05/08/16)
Shelbyville police headquarters was among several buildings and homes hit early Thursday by what investigators say appear to be shots from a pellet gun. A window in Chief Jan Phillips' office was struck by what appeared to have been caused by a high-powered pellet rifle or small-caliber firearm, officer Tory Moore's report said. Similar bullet damage or holes were described at other places throughout Shelbyville...
Domestic assault suspect resists attempts at arrest (05/06/16)
A suspect in a domestic assault case fought off two officers' attempts to handcuff him as he was arrested Wednesday night, Shelbyville police said. DeJuan Terell McKnight, 31, of Baker Street continued to berate officers as he was taken to Bedford County Jail from a Lane Parkway home where he was arrested, according to officer Todd Sanders' report...
Burglary suspect present when Kibble murdered: TBI (05/05/16)
One of the men suspected in being in the home of Angela Kibble on the night she was murdered has been charged with especially aggravated burglary. "During the course of the investigation, special agents developed information that Danny Terrill Allen, 21, of Tullahoma was among several individuals who had entered the victim's home and were present at the time of her death," the TBI said in a press release...
Water rescue training (05/04/16)
Underwater diver Daniel Dye of the Bedford County Fire Department (bottom at right) can hear and speak to Shelbyville police officer Tory Moore (left) with a specialized mask during scuba training at Shelbyville Recreation Center. Shelbyville firefighter Kenneth Holley monitors Dye from the surface. Shelbyville police Lt. Trey Clanton (not pictured) led the members of the Bedford County Tech Team. The partnership between Bedford County Emergency Medical Services and Bedford County Emergency Management Agency includes members from all local public safety departments. They conduct water rescue and recovery operations and cave and high angle rescues. (T-G Photo by Hugh Jones)
Suspect finds he will be charged (05/04/16)
Drugs were discovered in a vehicle driven by a man stopped for allegedly following a woman and her friend from Warners Bridge Road into Shelbyville early Monday. Officer Jerry Draine noticed a container of marijuana in the car driven by Andrew Chase Williams, 19, of Robinwood Drive, who was being told to temporarily avoid contact with the woman, who he'd been with earlier...
Small fire hits Wartrace hotel (05/03/16)
Quick work by Wartrace and Bedford County firefighters may have averted major damage to the historic Walking Horse Hotel in downtown Wartrace on Monday night, "We had the fire out in five to seven minutes," Wartrace fire chief Robert Dye said. A small fire broke out in a second floor room, Dye said, with damage from the blaze itself confined to that area...
New law prevents funding thefts (05/03/16)
State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, said a bill passed this year by the General Assembly would have prevented the theft of $162,000 in grant funds meant to feed hungry children. A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office has found that Jeannette Jives-Nealy stole $162,165 in federal grant funds...
THP announces May checkpoints (05/03/16)
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced its roadside checkpoints for May. Driver's license: Friday, May 27, 2 p.m., Highway 64 East at the 15-mile marker. Driver's license/Sobriety: Friday, May 6, 11 p.m. Highway 64 East at the 15-mile marker; Friday, May 20, 11 p.m., U.S. 231 North at the 15-mile marker...
Officers shock, spray resisting suspects (05/03/16)
A fleeing suspect was tased twice after allegedly refusing to follow a police officer's orders to stop Sunday night. Officer Todd Sanders was pursuing Tony Dewayne Williams, 24, of Maplewood Drive on foot behind businesses on South Cannon Boulevard. Williams allegedly refused an order to stop and began to run when Sanders used the taser...
Tullahoma football player killed in 41A crash (05/03/16)
A team captain and quarterback of the 2015 Tullahoma High School football team was killed in a head-on accident on U.S. 41A east of Shelbyville late Saturday afternoon. Eli B. Grow, 17, died at the scene just east of the highway widening project and just east of the Carr Creek Road intersection, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said...
Champions of safety: Community High wins seat belt promotion (05/01/16)
Community High School can now be considered Bedford County's champion of seat belt safety for the 2015-2016 school year. Their impressive Seatbelt Challenge championship belt -- for the drama club's video, "The Empty Desk," depicting the tragic effect of not wearing seat belts, and an increase in seat belt use -- is now on display at the school...
Stolen car recovered in Lewisburg (04/28/16)
A "trip to the doctor" Tuesday turned out to be a trip to Lewisburg and resulted in a charge of theft of property for the driver, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Mary Elizabeth Henson, 29, of Lewisburg was told by a Warners Bridge Road resident she could drive a friend to a doctor's office, then return the car...
Matheson brings additional hope for the missing (04/27/16)
Kristy Matheson is a perfect example of how to turn tragedy into hope. After her brother, Bobby Smelcer, went missing Nov. 21, 2010 and his partial skull was found on April 16, 2013, she decided to use her experience to move forward -- in a big way...
Church burglary suspect recognized in Facebook post (04/27/16)
A burglary suspect at First Baptist Church-Depot Street pictured in security camera video posted on Facebook was recognized by Lincoln County and Fayetteville officers, police say. Quinn Randalle Hutchison, 31, of Fayetteville is known for breaking into closed businesses and buildings, Lincoln County deputy Nathan Massey and Fayetteville officer Kostyantyn Afisov told Shelbyville police detective Cody Swift after seeing the post on the SPD's Facebook page...
Child-elderly IDs to be offered at Moose Lodge (04/27/16)
The Shelbyville Moose Lodge and Safe Surfin' Foundation will provide a child/elderly identification event during the lodge's ninth annual Barbecue Cook-off on Saturday. This free event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the lodge, 1104 Highway 82 South...
THP: Seat belt effort saves lives (04/26/16)
Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say they're happy with the progress so far of a grant-funded program to increase seat belt use in Bedford County. "We couldn't be more pleased with the grassroots effort that we've created here," said Capt. Wayne Sellers of the THP's Lawrenceburg district. He said Bedford County has four fewer fatalities so far this year than at the same point last year...
Suspect taken down after attempt to elude police (04/26/16)
A man arrested for DUI was "taken to the ground" after allegedly attempting to elude officers attempting to break up a large fight outside Calsonic Arena following a rodeo late Sunday night. Leo Martinez, 21, of Woodland Drive was allegedly seen speeding away on Celebration Drive by officer David Curley, Shelbyville police said. ...
Three charged with shoplifting from store (04/24/16)
Three people were arrested for allegedly shoplifting items from Dollar General Market, North Main Street, Thursday morning. Store personnel told police they saw Melissa Ann Littrell, 30, of Woodbury opening items on a shelf and placing them into her purse. As they detained her when she attempted to leave they saw Alyssa Charlene Rudder, 27, of Manchester attempting to dump items from her purse, checked it and found some allegedly-stolen items inside, police said...
Man narrowly escapes with $7.5K from forged checks (04/22/16)
A man suspected of passing forged checks narrowly got away Wednesday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. Two of three checks stolen from a Shelbyville business, made out for $3,860 and $3,680, were accepted at two First Community Bank branches. A teller at one location asked the suspect to show a state identification card before the transaction, police said. Moments later the bank contacted the business owner who discovered the checks had been stolen...
County jail likely to be recertified (04/21/16)
Miller Meadows of Tennessee Corrections Institute, following his recent re-inspection of Bedford County Jail, still says the jail does not meet minimum standards for certification but is still recommending that the jail be re-certified, provided that re-certification is tied to a plan of action for replacing the jail...
Suspect jailed over alleged $40 demand (04/21/16)
An alleged demand for $40 led to the arrest of a Shelbyville man early today. Police said Justin Keith Martin, 26, of Wade Drive told a Shelbyville woman late Tuesday night, while sitting in her car outside his home, to give her $40 or he'd tell who police describe as her "other boyfriend" that she was cheating on him...
Suspect throws fit after missing work (04/20/16)
A man smashed the windshield of a girlfriend's car with a child's scooter, threw her clothes out of their Candy Lane home and poured bleach on them in a rage Monday because he missed work after she allegedly turned his alarm off, Shelbyville police said...
Scam Watch: Casting the 'net' for love (04/19/16)
Seeking love online has its advantages -- but it can also get you in deep trouble. A Shelbyville man told police he joined the Plenty of Fish dating site Monday of last week and quickly received a text from someone claiming to be a woman in Georgia...
Suspect arrested with stolen flea market items (04/19/16)
Items allegedly stolen from a flea market on Madison Street were found in the possession of a man two blocks away in a Deery Street parking lot Saturday morning, Shelbyville police said. Officer Bobby Peacock said he spotted Charles Antwain "Putt" Smith, 39, of Smith Street stacking boxes atop each other at 6:51 a.m...
Theft reported 3 months later (04/17/16)
A chain saw, drill and rifle were taken approximately three months from a home on Horse Mountain Road, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. The theft was not reported until this week, when the property owner noticed the door was open in a storage area. No new thefts were noticed...
Five charged in home burglaries (04/15/16)
Five people have been charged with the wave of daytime home burglaries occurring in Bedford and three other counties beginning in February. Three suspects -- Brittany King, 24, of Smyrna, John Paul Williams, 27, and Danny Phillips III, 20, all of Murfreesboro, are being held in Bedford County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bonds, Detective Lt. ...
Drugs found in truck following stop (04/14/16)
A strip containing a controlled substance and a bag of marijuana were found in a truck following a traffic stop Tuesday night, the BCSO said. Deputy Ramone Castillo said in his report he stopped Michael Joseph Bingham, 38, of Monterey because he allegedly failed to stop behind the white stop line as the traffic light changed at the Lane Parkway-North Main Street intersection, and because the light over his truck's license plate was out...
Security on minds of judges (04/13/16)
Bedford County's judges entered pleas for a more secure courthouse -- or future judicial center -- in comments during Tuesday night's county commission meeting. General Sessions Court Charles Rich says he understands nearby merchants' concerns about courts being possibly moved from the square to a proposed judicial center, but the state's orders for a new jail are "a done deal....we have to deal with the reality of the situation."...
Scammers falsely claim seniors are lottery winners (04/13/16)
A devious lottery scam involving the promise of cash prizes to winners in exchange for "small" payments threatens to make losers out of unsuspecting Tennessee senior citizens. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) has commenced an investigation into the alleged wrongdoing and is warning senior citizens, their families, and caretakers about the lottery scam. The incident in question occurred in the Clarksville area but may also be occurring elsewhere in Tennessee...