Apr 12

WCSO Helps with Farm Days for April 12, 13 at Lebanon’s James E. Ward Agriculture Center

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WCSO Helps with Farm Days for April 12, 13 at Lebanon’s James E. Ward Agriculture Center

 An estimated 1,700 second graders are expected to learn all about rural farm work and life and how agriculture plays a vital role in our everyday lives during this week’s Farm Days.

The event, sponsored by the Wilson County Farm Bureau Woman, UT Agriculture Extension Office and Wilson County Soil Conservation is being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues and Wednesday at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center.

“It teaches them about rural living,” explained Wilson County Deputy Charles Hobson, who also raises cattle in addition to his law enforcement job. Hobson has participated in the event every year since it began 15 years ago. “The kids get to see animals, and experience things they may not see in everyday life. It also gives them a positive first impression with law enforcement. They love getting in the police vehicles and talking to the deputies.”

In addition to Deputy Hobson, three other members of WCSO, Deputy Christopher Andrews, Deputy William Dunn and Deputy Charles Mothershed show students the logistics of the Mobile Command Center, Prisoner Transport Unit and other emergency equipment, allowing them to get inside all the vehicles to see how they operate.

Diane Major, who works with Wilson County Soil Conservation, said the school children “get really excited” about the event, and described it as “their favorite field trip of the year.” which is limited to  second graders from all Wilson County Schools, Lebanon Special Schools District and some home-schooled and private school students.

Among the exhibits are farm animals (which children can touch), including goats, dairy and beef cattle, chickens, pigs, horses; a working-bee-farm; and a veterinarian who discuss how to care for the farm animals. There will be sheep-shearing, a rodeo cowboy in full dress costume. “They get all torn up about the cowboy,” Major added.

The Wilson County Farm Bureau will show the children grains and what kinds of products are made from wheat and corn seeds in addition to the importance of good nutrition and how farming is essential to healthy living. A master gardener will demonstrate gardening and present each child a seed to plant at home. The Soil Conservation employees will have a soil tunnel and explain why it’s important to conserve soil, etc.

Other exhibits include farm equipment and ATV safety. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will bring its mobile command center and allow children to look around. The Tennessee Highway Patrol will bring a patrol car and allow some children to get inside.

Major said the event began with about 700 children but that number has swollen to 1,700. “This is an all-volunteer event. We have approximately 200 volunteers who donate their times and resources to make this a success every year. We couldn’t do it without them.”

 

Apr 12

WCSO Welcomes Five New TLETA Grads to Office

2016 TLETA Graduation PictureMeet Wilson County Sheriff’s Office’s newest graduates of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. More than 80 members from across the state graduated from the TLETA at Donelson on April 1. Basic Police School Class 1787’s graduation marks the conclusion of the 10-week Basic Police School course which provides technical and tactical expertise as well as the ethical and professional standards of law enforcement necessary for success. The course began Jan. 10. Pictured here (l-r) are: Brandon Cannon, James Butler, Jason Denson (front row) James D. Smith, Sheriff Robert Bryan and Travis Donnell (second row) with Deputy Chief Mike Owen and Patrol Major Lance Howell.

Mar 31

WCSO Now Accepting Applications for New Class, First Session is 9 a.m. April 9

WCSO Now Accepting Applications for New Class, First Session is 9 a.m. April 9

Young people between ages 14 to 20 are invited to apply for the upcoming Wilson County Sheriff’s Officer Post #328 Explorers Academy.

WCSO is currently recruiting for young people interested in applying to join the new Post #328 Explorers Academy, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Sheriff’s Office Training Room. Applications may be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office located at 105 East High Street in Lebanon. Anyone interested in participating can come to the class but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration is $25. A complete list of classes and dates is available upon request.

So far, an estimated 10 students from Wilson County Schools have signed up for the program. It includes more than 60 hours of training in criminal law, officer safety and survival, arrest and search procedures, emergency management, crime prevention, CPR, report writing, crime scene investigation, riding with sworn officers and a host of other skills.

“Whether you are interested in a career in law enforcement or just exploring possibilities for a future career path, we welcome you to apply,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “The program is designed to help young men and women with opportunities in citizenship service, fitness and social responsibility.”

The Explorers is a division of Boys Scouts of America and is open to Wilson County students who have completed the eighth grade as long as they meet the requirements, have parental approval and must maintain at least a “C” average in school.

“This program is designed to teach self-discipline, respect and integrity,” said Officer Keyes. “Our advisors will help the students learn to perform just as our officers do on a daily basis with expectations that they will become role model for others whether they are in class or participating in everyday activities just as we do. I think you will find most of our recent graduates can tell you how proud they were to have completed the last academy activities and how important teamwork is being becoming successful.”

To apply, you can contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-444-1412 and ask to be connected to Christopher Keyes or Emy Bates or any Explorers’ Advisor.

 

Mar 28

Suspect Arrested for Aggravated Robbery Following Bank Robbery Friday

Suspect Arrested for Aggravated Robbery Following Bank Robbery Friday

 Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI have captured a man they believe robbed the Wilson Bank and Trust in Gladeville late Friday afternoon.

The suspect identified as Matthew W. Jones, 37, is being held at the Wilson County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery. WCSO alerted the FBI and Tennessee Highway Patrol after reports of a man coming into the bank, robbing it and throwing a suspicious device onto the counter of the bank. Witnesses told authorities the man fled in a white, older model SUV.

After the bank was evacuated and all employees and patron were moved to a secure area, Tennessee Highway Patrol retrieved the suspicious device and later determined it to be a fake device built to look like a bomb.

Meanwhile, a Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officer located the abandoned vehicle shortly after the robbery in Cedars of Lebanon. Investigators were able to identify the suspect by comparing bank footage with the vehicle and suspect’s driver’s license information.

Investigators were able to identify and track down several of the suspect’s known associates. After following numerous leads, authorities traced a vehicle belonging to one of the associates at the Super 8 Motel in Hermitage.

FBI, WCSO and Tennessee Bomb and Arson officers located Jones in one of the rooms and took him into custody at about midnight Friday night. He was booked into the Wilson County Jail at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, where he is currently being held without bond. It is anticipated he will be transferred to federal custody on Monday.

“We appreciate the cooperation of all agencies involved in apprehending the suspect,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Because of all the help from the public and good investigative tactics by all agencies involved, we were able to take this suspect off the streets without anyone getting hurt. We sincerely thank everyone for their part in this case.”

Mar 25

WCSO Seeking Suspect in Armed Bank Robbery in Gladeville

WCSO Seeking Suspect in Armed Bank Robbery in Gladeville

WCSO are asking for the public’s help finding a suspect driving a white, older model vehicle, possibly an Expedition or Explorer, with broken back window containing following an armed robbery this afternoon at Wilson Bank and Trust, Gladeville Branch, on Stewarts Ferry Pike.

Police are currently holding the perimeter because of a device left on the counter inside the bank. All bank patrons and employees have been safely evacuated from the premises. The bomb squad was called to the scene.

The suspect was described as a black male with light skin tone. He was wearing a fake wig and mustache with a UT hat and a large camouflage coat.

The white vehicle, possibly an Explorer, was last seen headed down Couchville Pike toward Weakly Lane. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the vehicle or possible suspects is urged to contact WCSO at 615-444-1412 or call 911.

 

Mar 22

WCSO, Mt. Juliet PD Explorers Graduation Scheduled March 26, Now Recruiting for New Class

 

WCSO, Mt. Juliet PD Explorers Graduation Scheduled March 26, Now Recruiting for New Class

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Mt. Juliet Police Department has scheduled a special three-day academy for WCSO Post #328 and MJPD Post #465, culminating with a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Boxwell Reservation.

Anyone interested in attending the Explorers Graduation Ceremony is encouraged to be at the Boxwell Reservation located at 1260 Creighton Lane in Lebanon by noon. There will also be numerous other events from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. including an obstacle course competition and other activities.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post #328 graduates include ten people who have been learning under the guidance of Post Advisor Christopher Keyes and associate advisers, Corporal Emy Bates and Deputy Joseph Bowen along with Post Coordinator Lt. James Lanier. Mt. Juliet Post Police Department Post #465 will have five graduates who have been under the command of Cpl. James Christensen and Officer Jennings Taylor.

WCSO is currently recruiting for young people interested in applying to join the new Post #328 Explorers Academy, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Sheriff’s Office Training Room. Applications may be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office located at 105 East High Street in Lebanon. Anyone interested in participating can come to the class but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration is $25. A complete list of classes and dates is available upon request.

So far, an estimated 10 students from Wilson County Schools have signed up for the program. It includes more than 60 hours of training in criminal law, officer safety and survival, arrest and search procedures, emergency management, crime prevention, CPR, report writing, crime scene investigation, riding with sworn officers and a host of other skills.

“We welcome all young people in our area who are interested in a career in law enforcement or just exploring opportunities to get started on a path to a professional occupation,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “It is geared to help young men and women with opportunities in citizenship service, fitness and social responsibility.”

The Explorers is a division of Boys Scouts of America and is open to Wilson County students who have completed the eighth grade as long as they meet the requirements, have parental approval and must maintain at least a “C” average in school.

“This program is designed to teach self-discipline, respect and integrity,” said Officer Keyes. “Our advisors will help the students learn to perform just as our officers do on a daily basis with expectations that they will become role model for others whether they are in class or participating in everyday activities just as we do.”

In the long run, Explorers will have the chance to compete with other explorers, including those across the country and possibly internationally.

Mar 21

WCSO Detectives Clear “Person of Interest” Who Sought Entry into Stoner Creek Elementary

WCSO Detectives Clear “Person of Interest” who Sought Entry into Stoner Creek Elementary

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said an individual who apparently sought to go inside Stoner Creek Elementary School on last Wednesday, March 16, has been cleared of any wrong-doing. The matter is closed.

The individual shown on video surveillance trying to go into the school came into the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office today to clarify the situation regarding his presence at the school.

“The individual came to the Sheriff’s Office and was fully cooperative in establishing his identity and purpose for being on the property,” said Sheriff Robert Bryant. “The investigation into this matter is closed and the individual is not believed to be a threat.”

Detectives determined the individual who said he had gone to the school in his early school years was of no threat. He told school officials at the time he “just wanted to see how much the school had grown.”

At the time, school personnel refused the man entry and notified WCSO SRO Matt McPeak about the incident. SRO McPeak immediately performed an outside perimeter check of the school but was unable to find anyone matching that description. The Sheriff’s Department issued an advisory to the public to find the person of interest along with video footage taken from the time.

“We just wanted to know who the man was and why he was there,” Sheriff Bryan said. “Our Office and Wilson County Schools want to ensure the safety of our young people. Everyone acted with an abundance of caution because we always take any incident out of the ordinary seriously.”

 

Mar 18

WCSO Looking for Person of Interest Who Attempted Entry into Stoner Creek Elementary

WCSO Looking for Person of Interest Who Attempted Entry into Stoner Creek Elementary

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a person of interest who tried to enter Stoner Creek Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon.

School personnel notified WCSO SRO Matt McPeak that a male had tried to come into the school saying he wanted to “look around.” School officials said he had no legal business at the school and denied him access. The man told school officials he had attended the school “in the 80’s,” and that had “moved to California” and was now living in Gallatin. He stated that he “wanted to see how much the place had grown,” reports noted. Stoner Creek Elementary, however, was not opened until the late 1980s. School officials said the subject appeared to be too young to have attended the school at that time.

School staff was later notified by a parent the male subject was behind the school. When school officials contacted SRO McPeak, he immediately performed an outside perimeter check of the school but was unable to find anyone fitting the description given.

Upon reviewing the school’s surveillance system, he was determined to be a white male wearing a black jacket, red shirt, black shorts and what appeared to be black boots. School personnel described the man as looking “rough,” and acting “very suspicious” when he was denied entry.

The school personnel noted the man slowly exited the building looking up in the corners of the walls and down hallways, which are visible through the glass doors.

The following day, the male subject was observed by a parent leaving the property in a four-door maroon Toyota Corolla. The parent and witnesses told school officials and Wilson County SRO they were unable to get a license plate number.

“We just want to know who the man was and why he was there,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Our Office and the school system want to ensure our young people are safe. We do not know his motive for coming to the school, but we always take any incident out of the ordinary seriously. If you have information, please let us know.”

Anyone with information regarding the subject’s identity is asked to call WCSO at 615-444-1412.

 

Mar 18

Wilson County Grand Jury Indicts Woman for Homicide in Death of Baby Girl

Wilson County Grand Jury Indicts Woman for Homicide in Death of Baby Girl

A 19-year-old Watertown woman has been indicted for homicide in connection with her arrest following the death of her four-month-old baby girl last August.

The incident began when Wilson County Emergency Management Agency was called to a residence at 1874 Turner Road on August 18, 2015 regarding an infant girl not breathing. Preliminary investigation showed that the cause of death was unknown. Further investigation conducted by Sheriff’s Office detectives discovered inconsistent accounts given by individuals on the scene on the night of the incident.

After a lengthy investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office into the death and close collaboration with the district attorney’s office, the findings of this investigation were presented to the Wilson County Grand Jury.  Based on the findings of the grand jury, the mother of the child, Kenya Demoines Jarrett, was charged and arrested on Thursday for one count of criminally negligent homicide.

“Any time there are questions surrounding the death of a child, it is difficult for everyone involved,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan. “This arrest was made after careful and thorough investigation and consultation with the District Attorney’s Office.”

Jarret was has been released on $12,500 bond pending a court hearing before Circuit Court at 8:30 a.m. April 1.