Aug 11

SRO Anti-Bully Camp Scores Big with Students, Parents, other Law Enforcement Agencies

SRO Anti-Bully Camp Scores Big with Students, Parents, other Law Enforcement Agencies

The WCSO/SRO Conflict-Resolution Camp was so successful, education officials from other counties were calling Wilson County Sheriff’s Office SROs to get information to set up their own youth camps next year. This was the first ever youth camp Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan’s SRO team had ever undertaken but it won’t be the last.

Interest spiked high enough to add a second WCSO/SRO Conflict-Resolution Camp, where students were taught how to cope with bullying, peaceful conflict-resolution, dealing with peer pressure, drugs, alcohol and learning to spot online predators.

“I’m convinced this was a great success based on the reports from my SRO team, parents and students,” Sheriff Bryan said. “That says a lot when other schools want to emulate the training your SROs are offering. That’s quite a compliment, and we’re very proud of our SRO officers who participated in this program, which may provide a model for other agencies.”

SRO Lt. Scott Moore added the interest exceeded his expectations. “Response was better than I anticipated. We were a little worried if we had enough time with just a few days from the time of the camp to the start of school, getting the classes together and getting the word out that this was going to take place. This next year, we will have all year to concentrate on improving the curriculum, building upon the classes students liked and planning new classes they might enjoy.”

Interest was not a problem as the SROs found that they had to form another class in the afternoon during that week. “That’s a good problem to have,” Lt. Moore said, noting that the SROs quickly formulated a second class of 16 students for the afternoon from 1-4 p.m. following the initial morning class of 16 from 8-11 a.m. from July 25-29.

“The goal of the camp is to help our young people manage possible problems they are faced with everyday, both in and out of school,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Our young people today face many more struggles and peer pressure in a more modern and dangerous world today than many of us did in school. They are confronted with so many mixed messages regarding their core values vs. bad behavior some in our culture consider acceptable.”

Lt. Moore said he asked the students to raise their hands to determine the most popular areas of instruction. He said the most popular events were a tour of the juvenile court system with Juvenile Court Judge Barry Tatum and a tour of the jail. “But we also got a lot of students telling us they enjoyed the other classes too and felt more confident going back to school this year. The parents told us how much they enjoyed it and talked about it at home. That’s what we wanted to hear.”

Eligibility requirements included any male or female with a good disciplinary school record and good attendance record who were to be in the 6th through 8th grades during the 2016-2017 school year. There was no cost to the students who ended their camp with a pizza party.

The crowning achievement was a competition for winning poster and winning essay they turned in at the end of camp. Nathan Martinez of Tuckers Crossroads School won the essay competition while Katelyn Anderson of Carroll-Oakland Schools took first place in the poster challenge.

“The word is spreading,” Lt. Moore said. “We’re getting calls from other schools in other counties who want to do what we’re doing here. I’m right now compiling information to send them.”

Note: The WCSO SRO school camp is not associated with Wilson County Schools.



Jul 28

CRIMESTOPPERS Seeking Public’s Help Finding a Stolen Zero Turn Lawnmower

CRIMESTOPPERS Seeking Public’s Help Finding a Stolen Zero Turn Lawnmower

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help getting information regarding a stolen zero turn lawnmower from a building located on Sullivan’s Bend Road in Mt. Juliet.

The theft occurred sometime between the dates of June 9 and June 11 when an unknown person(s) entered the property of Central Tennessee Soccer on Sullivan’s Bend Rd in Mt Juliet, TN, and cut the lock off of a storage trailer door. The perpetrator(s) removed a 2008 Toro Z master 60” cut zero turn lawn mower from the property. The VIN and model number for the lawn mower are on file with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and that information has been entered into a national database. There are no known witnesses, and no other information is available at this time.



Jul 22

One-Man Crime Spree Ends Safely after DeKalb Co. Man Arrested on Multiple Charges Early Today

One-Man CrimBly, Kevine Spree Ends Safely after DeKalb Co. Man Arrested on Multiple Charges Early Today

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office had a busy night Thursday that carried into the early morning hours today following a series of crimes ending safely with the arrest of one man reported to be armed and carrying drugs. Over the course of several hours, the man is alleged to have broken into two homes, threatened a woman while armed and carrying drugs, who was captured after stealing a car in the southeastern county.

It all began when a woman called Wilson County 911 at about 8 p.m., franticly telling emergency communications that an ex-boyfriend had forced his way into her home armed with a gun, threatening her. Once inside, the male suspect began to chase the woman throughout the home and into the yard all the while threatening her with a gun. The woman fled the scene and called 911. Upon their arrival, the responding Sheriff’s Office deputies determined the suspect had fled the scene on foot. Officers immediately rendered aid to the woman and put out an alert to other officers to be on the lookout for the suspect.

Approximately three hours later, a homeowner on Cainsville Rd. called to report that a white male had entered the residents’ home. When the residents confronted the man, they said the suspect told him he was looking for an item and then immediately fled the home on foot.

Soon afterward, a deputy who had been searching in the area looking for the male suspect in the area observed a vehicle travelling at an extremely high rate of speed. The deputy caught up to the suspect and took him into custody. The driver was identified as 32-year-old Kevin Mathew Bly of Alexandria, TN. After the stop, it was determined that Mr. Mr. Bly was operating a vehicle that had been taken from another home on Cainsville Road. The vehicle was returned the owner.

Bly was transported to the Wilson County Sheriff’s office where he now faces charges of aggravated burglary, three counts of reckless endangerment, one count of vandalism, two counts of aggravated assault and a count of aggravated criminal trespassing. Other charges include one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of drug paraphernalia, one count of simple possession of a drug believed to be methamphetamine, and one count of manufacturing, delivery and sale of methamphetamine. Bly is being held on a $77,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. July 9.

“Given the nature of the offenses reported by all of the victims involved, our citizens are extremely fortunate that no one was physically harmed,” Detective Maj. Robert Stafford said. “Our deputies did an outstanding job of communicating quickly, connecting the chain of events and taking control of a dangerous situation by getting the man we believe was responsible off the streets without incident.”

Jul 22

WCSO Taking Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy Applications Aug. 1

WCSO to Take Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy Applications Beginning August 1

If you’ve ever considered what it’s like to be a sheriff’s deputy, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy may be just the place to learn what it takes to be a deputy on the road and in the jail or behind the scenes. Applications will be taken August 1 until the first class begins September 6.

The upcoming Academy, Class 7, will be extended to 12 weeks this session. Classes will meet 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office located at 105 E. High St., Lebanon, TN. All applicants must pass a background check in order attend.

There are no minimum physical requirements, only a desire to learn more about law enforcement and get exposure to day-to-day aspects of the many facets involved in enforcing the law and assisting fellow citizens.

“This class is designed to help foster a better understanding between the citizens and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Wilson County Sheriff’s Lt. James Lanier, who oversees the Academy along with along with numerous other veteran staffers at the Sheriff’s Office. “This is a valuable opportunity for the pubic to see how the department operates internally and its officers’ interaction with the public.”

Some of the classes provide training in areas such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, domestic violence, patrol procedures, Schools Resource Officers, Civil and Criminal Warrants, DUI awareness, handcuffing procedures and other law enforcement functions. The course also includes field trips including riding along with officers and a three-hour jail tour, a visit to the firing range, lectures by Communications dispatchers, a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, demonstrations in boating safety and the Special Response Team among other activities.

Leigh Mills, a past graduate of the Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy and current Academy Alumni Association President, said of the program, “I was extremely impressed with the program and believe other Wilson County residents can benefit from seeing exactly what the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office encounters each day. The Sheriff and his staff have created an excellent, intensive course that helps all of us better understand how the department serves the community. Each week, participants are taken through a series of classes that provide a close-up view of law enforcement techniques and shown exactly how much responsibility the Sheriff’s Office has with regard to the jail, courts, and process service functions we might otherwise never see. Presenters offer an entertaining and interactive way to learn the role of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and how it relates to our community. I would encourage anyone who has not done so to apply for this course. From graduation, participants are also encouraged to help serve the community by joining the Alumni Association, where they will have a chance to volunteer and support the Sheriff’s Office.”

Sheriff Robert Bryan started the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy four years ago to offer the community and business people a voluntary opportunity to get a better understanding of and full exposure to the Sheriff’s Office. The upcoming class is limited to 25 citizens. To apply, contact Elizabeth Anderson at or call at 615-444-1412, ext. 255 or email her at

Jul 22

WCSO/SRO Camp Teaching Conflict-Resolution Runs June 25-29

WCSO Sheriff/SRO Conflict-Resolution Camp Begins July 25,

Interest Increase Prompts Second Camp

Interest has spiked high enough to add a second WCSO/SRO Conflict-Resolution Camp, where students will learn to cope with bullying along with learning to spot online predators and peaceful conflict-resolution.

This is the first youth camp Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan’s SRO team has ever undertaken, and it obviously is a hit in Wilson County as the demand increased to the point that the WCSO decided to add another class. The week-long, half-day camp that runs Monday, July 25-Friday, July 29, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a second camp scheduled for the second half of the day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“The goal of the camp is to help our young people manage possible problems they are faced with everyday, both in and out of school,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Our young people today face many more struggles and peer pressure in a more modern and dangerous world today than many of us did in school. They are confronted with so many mixed messages regarding their core values vs. bad behavior some in our culture consider acceptable. Our SRO Unit wants to provide students with the tools they need to learn how to maturely manage problems and build self-confidence while avoiding becoming victims.”

Instruction areas will include such topics as: bullying; online predators; drug/alcohol awareness; confidence building, team-building exercises; a tour of the jail and examination of the juvenile court system.

“We’re really excited to receive such a tremendous response,” SRO Lt. Scott Moore said. “This is a good ‘problem’ to have so much interest. We want to accommodate as many students as possible who are interested. We are really looking forward to helping students in this camp.”

Currently, 16 are enrolled for the first class and another 16 for the afternoon class. Eligibility requirements include any male or female with a good disciplinary school record and good attendance record. Students in the camp include 23 male and 9 female students who will be in grades 6th through the 8th for the 2016-2017 school year.

The schedule includes:


*Online Predators

*Drug/Alcohol Awareness

*Tour of Jail

*Juvenile Court System

*Team Building Exercises

*Confidence Building

The cost is free to any qualifying students. For more information, please contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office SRO Division at 615-444-1412, ext. 487.

Note: The WCSO SRO school camp is not associated with Wilson County Schools.

Jun 29

WCSO to Increase Patrol on Streets and Water throughout Holiday Weekend


WCSO to Increase Patrol on Streets and Water throughout Holiday Weekend

 The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will conduct saturation patrols in addition to increased coverage on Old Hickory Lake this holiday weekend. Deputies and the WCSO Boat Patrol will concentrate enforcement efforts on impaired drivers to try to prevent a tragedy from occurring over the Fourth of July holiday.

The four-day holiday period officially begins Friday and runs through Monday at midnight. Sheriff’s patrols will be on the lookout for drivers who violate any traffic laws including impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding or not wearing a seat belt. The roadway overtime patrols are funded through a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

“I cannot emphasize enough that we want you to get out and enjoy all the festivities going on in Wilson County, but please don’t drink and drive,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “When you are impaired, you may not realize you can’t safely drive a car or boat. Have a designated driver in case you need one to keep yourself and all of us safe.”

Lt. Steve Gatlin, who heads the WCSO boat patrol, said his team would be working the entire time in alternating shifts on Old Hickory Lake since the fireworks display schedules are extended over a four-day period. In addition to fireworks displays on Old Hickory in Wilson County, fireworks enthusiasts  are likely to travel from Old Hickory Lake by boat to watch Nashville fireworks as well.

“When you have someone out on the boat who’s had too much to drink, that’s twice the problem,” Lt. Gatlin said. “First, they’re out on the water driving intoxicated and endangering lives, and then they jump into the truck and head home, driving impaired through the streets, often hauling a boat.”

Lt. Gatlin noted that there are more people out on the water for the Fourth of July celebrations than at any other time of the year, including Memorial Day and Labor Day. “Combining hot weather, alcohol and/or drugs and crowds of people on the water can be a toxic situation.”

Boat Patrol officers are essential during this time because the officers are also a resource for help if anyone is in trouble in addition to watching for dangerous activities. “We want everyone to have a good time, and most people will do what’s right, but we want to raise safety awareness on the water as well as the roads.”

Jun 23

WCSO Deputy Places Second in Service Horse Trials

Deputy Teresa Reeves and her mount, “Playboy,” beat out several fine service horses to take second place in the WHOA (Walking Horse Owners Association) Service Horse School trails held June 13 through June 17 at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park in Franklin, Tn. There were numerous participants from law enforcement and search and rescue from several states. The clinic included four days of training followed by a competition the last day. On competition day in the team obstacle course, Deputy Reeves and Playboy and their team partners Linda Vadnais and her mount, “Onyx,” earned second place awards.
“It was a great run,” Deputy Reeves said. “We feel honored to have placed so well against so many excellent horses and experienced riders.” .
The WCSO offers special thanks to J.D. Harber, chief instructor for the clinic and former Metro Police with Nashville Metro Police Department for a great clinic and thanks to the other instructors Terry Palmer, Richard Verbosky, Lawrence Beal, and Kenny Daniel, and all of whom are all retired law enforcement officers. Kenny Daniel, retired TN State Park Ranger, is the father of WCSO Detective Jonathan Daniel (who serves on WCSO’s Mounted Patrol along with Deputy Reeves and Craig Anderson).IMG_544029143800477

Jun 17

WCSO SRO, Corrections Officer Participate in Walton Trail Cub Scout Day Camp


WCSO SRO Charles Mothershed teaches safety class for Walton Trail Cub Scouts

WCSO SRO Charles Mothershed teaches safety class for Walton Trail Cub Scouts

 Learning what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer and avoiding peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol was the topic of the day Thursday when Wilson County Sheriff’s Officer SRO Charles Mothershed spoke to the Walton Trail Cub Scout Day Camp Thursday.

An estimated 90 young people from first to fifth grade attended the camp held this week at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. “This is my favorite part of the job,” said SRO Deputy Mothershed, “talking to the kids and trying to help them understand what our job entails along with trying to teach them how to keep themselves and others safe.”

WCSO Corrections Deputy Jonathan Binion and his wife, Keisha, are also active in the day camp held each year at the park. Students earn badges and awards along with learning a variety of outdoor skills such as archery, swimming, hiking and safety while having fun. Each day, the students have a guest speaker.

With the aid of coloring books and photos, SRO Mothershed teaches the youngest students about the importance of finding an adult and not touching a weapon if they find something that could hurt them or someone else in the woods or anywhere else. They are taught about “stranger danger,” and what to do if a stranger tries to lure them away from safety. And, of course, they get the opportunity to ask questions about his job and see the patrol vehicle and all its features. The older ones are given advice regarding peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol and have a chance to try on DUI goggles to see how difficult it is to navigate while under the influence of alcohol.

“It’s really rewarding,” Deputy Mothershed said, adding that if there’s one take-away he wants students to get from his class, it’s that law enforcement are here to help them, keep them safe and learn how to keep themselves safe.

Jun 15

WCSO, SCAN Mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Wilson County

WCSO Sgt. Don Witherspoon (left) and SCAN Director (right) Debbie Pare help bring awareness to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with Teresa Botts at the Lebanon Senior Center.

WCSO Sgt. Don Witherspoon (left) and SCAN Director (right) Debbie Pare help bring awareness to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with Teresa Botts at the Lebanon Senior Center.

Elder abuse happens every day all around us and many people are unaware of what it is, where it is occurring, how to report it and how to get help. Although today is officially World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Sheriff Robert Bryan through the WCSO SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network) Program is trying to raise awareness to this devastating and often life-threatening crime throughout the month of June.

“There are so many different kinds of abuse that go undetected because many people do not know it is happening, how to report it or who to contact for help,” Sheriff Bryan said. “Our SCAN program and other members of our department have been dropping off information and making appearances throughout the month to help educate people in Wilson County to this heart-wrenching crime.”

Debbie Parè and Sgt. Don Witherspoon who are in charge of the WCSO SCAN program, and all-volunteer organization designed to help seniors with a variety of problems, say they have seen and heard of many unspeakable abuses of senior citizens.

“We have the resources here at the Sheriff’s Office to investigate and evaluate reports and/or suspicions of possible elder abuse,” Parè said. “Unfortunately, many people are unaware of what constitutes elder abuse in its many forms. Sometimes violence or neglect of an elderly victim is the result of an overworked and tired caregiver. We can be a resource.”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is officially recognized June 15, but Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is bringing the much underreported crime to the forefront through a variety of events during the month. For instance, Parè, Sgt. Witherspoon and WCSO Detective Walker Woods recently appeared on the Coleman Walker Show (WANT/WCOR) to describe the crime and what people can do to help recognize it and find resources to help. WCSO officers and SCAN volunteers continue to distribute flyers and holding educational meetings with organizations most likely to come in contact with seniors to discuss elder abuse.

Tennessee is a state that mandates reporting of any elder abuse without having to prove it. “We are now seeing more reports of abuse,” Sgt. Witherspoon noted as the crime gets more attention. “It includes physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, financial abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Are you aware you can be both the instigator and victim of elder abuse simply by neglecting yourself? This occurs when someone is depressed, suffers dementia or other problems and lives in unsafe conditions such as a house that should be condemned.”

Parè noted that people often do not report abuse for fear of reprisal. “But you can report it with 100 percent confidentiality. Reporting is your only responsibility. Proving it is the responsibility of the agencies.”

Law enforcement, however, must often rely on people noticing there’s a problem with an elderly person. People who most often come into contact with an elderly person are those at the doctor’s office, grocery store, church or a neighbor.

For more information about Elder Abuse, contact the National Center on Elder Abuse at or call Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116. If you know someone is in a life-threatening situation or immediate danger, call 911. The YWCA has a 24-hour Crisis and Information Line in Middle Tennessee at 615-242-1199 or 1-800-334-3628. To get more information about the SCAN program, go to the WCSO website at or call the SCAN Office at 615-444-1412, ext. 499.

Jun 13

Suspect Arrested in Ongoing, Multi-Agency Child Pornography Investigation

Suspect Arrested in Ongoing, Multi-Agency Child Pornography Investigation

A 38-year-old Wilson County man has been arrested and is being held at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center following an ongoing, multi-agency investigation into child pornography.

Cecil Clint Woodard was arrested Saturday as a result of information regarding a suspect being involved in possession of child pornography. The intelligence was obtained during a continuing investigation by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and Metro Nashville Police Department’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at 431 Green Harbor Court in Old Hickory, where the suspect was located. Woodard is now jailed under $300,000 bond for three counts of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation involving a minor less than five years of age.

“This is a prime example of the importance of good communication among surrounding agencies working cooperatively together,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “The swift action of all agents and detectives involved not only secured vital evidence, but likely prevented other future victims from being exploited. These cases are among law enforcement’s most important because it is essential we do everything within our power to ensure to protect our children’s innocence and welfare.”

Woodard’s court date is currently scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 17 in Wilson County General Sessions Court.

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