LEBANON, TN- The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote motorcycle safety during the month of May, which is nationally recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Agencies participate by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.
“Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan. “All motorists need to know how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists to avoid crashes.”
Here are a few safe driving tips to prevent crashing with a motorcycle:
- Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
- Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
- If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Motorcycle signals are often non-canceling. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
- Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
- Always allow ample follow distance – three to four seconds – when driving behind a motorcycle. This gives riders more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
According to preliminary data, there were 2,988 crashes involving a motorcycle statewide last year. Of those crashes, Tennessee experienced 134 motorcycle fatalities.
On Friday, drug detecting canines from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department and the 18th Judicial Task Force conducted a random search at each of the four high schools in Wilson County. An eighteen year old student from Mt. Juliet High School, Jacob J. Kachinko, was arrested after officers discovered approximately a quarter pound of Schedule VI (Marijuana) in the trunk of his vehicle. Mr. Kachinko was transported to the Wilson County Jail where he later posted a $2,000.00 Bond for Possession with Intent for Resale. There were also three other juveniles that were cited through Juvenile Court throughout the county on drug related charges.
“This was a joint effort, that we conduct periodically, to help keep drugs out of our school systems. Schools are designed to be a learning environment for students, not for drug use and trafficking. Canines alerted on several vehicles throughout the county and a large amount of Schedule VI was located during those searches,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “We will continue to be vigilant at all of our schools in keeping them a drug-free zone. We appreciate the working relationships we have with both of our school systems and will work daily on providing all students and staff with a safe environment.”
3 pygmy/dwarf type goats accompanied by Great Pyrenees/possibly Pyr mix, FOUND Sunday 4.1.18 in LEBANON on MARTHA-LEEVILLE RD. near POWELL GROVE RD. – off 109 not far from 109/70 interchange/Mt. Juliet line. Appear to be from same property/family, follow each other everywhere. Someone has to be missing them! They are safely in the care of a Hickory Hill Farm foster. If you live in the area, please share with your neighbors. We are worried the owners may not be on Facebook. If owner is not found, they will be available for adoption in 30 days. Proof of ownership required to claim. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 615-975-7168.
Detective Mike Barbee was selected as the “Unsung Hero” of the month award sponsored by Don Scott Insurance in Lebanon. Sheriff Robert Bryan had this to say about Det. Barbee, “Detective Mike Barbee is a great example of an unsung hero who comes into work every day and takes great pride in his duties and attention to detail. His selfless service to this community has been instrumental for this office in developing a great relationship with our citizens.”
Congratulations, Det. Barbee- well deserved!
Sheriff’s Citizens Academy to begin taking applications for Class #10
The WCSO Sheriff’s Citizens Academy will be accepting applications from now until March 6 for Class #10. The academy will hold up to 25 citizens who will complete a twelve week course which will start on Tuesday, March 6, and run from 6pm-9pm every Tuesday for the twelve week duration. All applicants must pass a background check. There are no minimum physical requirements. Every citizen that lives or works in Wilson County are welcome!
The purpose of the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is to foster better communications between citizens and deputies through education and cooperation. A well-informed citizen is more likely to share their experience with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizens understanding of the role and function of the Sheriff’s office.
You can find the application form by picking up a copy from our dispatch center located at the WCSO front entrance and mail them in to: Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, C/O Lt. James Lanier, 105 East High Street, Lebanon, TN 37087 or drop them off at our dispatch. You can also access the fillable PDF application online at http://wcso95.org.
If you start noticing our deputies wearing beards, your eyes aren’t deceiving you! No, there’s no shortage of razors at the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Robert Bryan has challenged his deputies to grow their beards to raise money for Veterans. We’re celebrating No Shave November by raising money for the Wilson Warriors Organization, a nonprofit organization helping military veterans of Wilson County.
Any information on the whereabouts of Scott Ray Damon may be rewarded up to $500. Please see attached flier for more information.
Please join us in sending good luck wishes to four of our correctional officers as they begin the twelve week Basic Police School at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA) on October 1st. These candidates were selected from a group of twenty-two correctional officers who applied for the open positions. Each candidate had to go through an oral interview and physical agility testing. On top of their current assignment inside the jail, the four candidates have participated in weekly training to prepare for the twelve week basic course. Training consisted of weekly fitness assessments, legal, ethics, policy and procedure, traffic stops, searching techniques, and firearms training.
All four candidates will transfer from the Corrections Division and will be assigned to the Patrol Division upon completing the Basic Police School at TLETA.
The four candidates that were selected were Kevin Beaty, Chris Corley, Hunter Pryer and Hunter Warren. The WCSO wishes you the best of luck as you begin another journey in your career!
LEBANON, TN – Five juveniles were taken into custody early Monday morning as a brief chase eventually led deputies to the capture of suspects linked to multiple auto thefts in Wilson County and surrounding areas. Around 1:45am, a patrol deputy observed a Maroon Dodge Durango that matched the description of a stolen Durango from the Gladeville area, which took place recently. Deputies gave chase to the fleeing vehicle which ended in Lebanon along with the assistance of the Lebanon Police Department. While the investigation is ongoing, it is believed that some of the juveniles are persons of interest in several auto thefts that have taken place in Wilson County and surrounding areas. Among the items that were confiscated from the juveniles included a small handgun, marijuana, and a digital scale.
“There has been a rise in auto thefts in this county where vehicles are not being secured and keys are being left in them causing the vehicles to become a primary target,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “I cannot stress enough the importance of securing your vehicle each time you leave it unattended; by taking your keys and any valuables out of your vehicle that may give suspects the opportunity to take them. The officers paid attention to small details, along with the assistance of the Lebanon Police Department, which led to the arrest of several suspects involved with this recurring problem.”
The suspects are being held at a juvenile detention center pending their initial court appearance. One of the juveniles was an escapee of the Department of Children’s Services. Some of the charges that were filed, but not limited to; auto theft, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a weapon, and possession of a Schedule VI drug with intent to resale.
LEBANON, TN – A Macon County man was taken into custody last Monday night after he attempted to free a Wilson County inmate from jail. Scott Ronald Dorris, 54, was charged with Criminal Attempt to Facilitate an Escape and Criminal Impersonation of a Police Officer. Dorris came to the Wilson County Jail dressed as a law enforcement officer; wearing a Macon County Sheriff’s Office polo shirt, presenting himself as an employee of the MCSO and proffered false documentation to Correctional Officers in an attempt to free inmate Richard Wayne Bohanan. Correctional Officers recognized the false documents as well as other inconsistencies in Dorris’s appearance and demeanor.
Investigators and Deputies responded immediately and Dorris was promptly taken into custody. “The officers who made contact with Scott Dorris displayed incredible awareness,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Training, for situations like these, proved beneficial in maintaining a safe and secure correctional facility. This case will remain active while Dorris and other individuals may be charged as a result of this incident.”
Dorris is currently being held in the Wilson County Jail on a $200,000 secure bond with his first initial court appearance on August 22, 2017. The investigation is on-going and there may potentially be more individuals charged as a result of this incident. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office to determine how Dorris was able to obtain the uniform shirt.