Jun 07

McDonald finishes strong during the “Murph” Challenge on Memorial Day

While many are paying tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives in the battlefield, Detective Brian McDonald honored a United States Navy SEAL officer who was killed on June 28, 2005. Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy was awarded the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his service during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.

On June 28, 2005, Murphy’s life ended on the battlefield after leaving his cover position and ventured to a clearing way from the mountains, exposing him to a hail of gunfire in order to get a clear signal to request immediate support for his team. He dropped the satellite phone after being shot multiple times but picked the phone back up and finished the call, while continuing to get shot upon, he even signed off by saying, “Thank You,” then continued fighting from his exposed position until he died from his wounds.

The “Murph” is more than just a workout, it is a tradition that helps push us, humble us, and dedicate a bit of pain and sweat to honor a man who gave everything he had. The “Murph” consists of starting off with a 1 mile run, followed by 100 pull ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and then ending on another 1 mile run, all being accomplished in less than 60 minutes and wearing a 20 pound vest or body armor. As always, we fully support the United States Armed Forces and the veterans who sacrificed their lives to maintain the freedom in our great country. Thank you!

May 10

WCSO takes part in Local, State and Nationwide Memorial Services

To see the list of law enforcement officers who were killed or lost their life while on duty is heart wrenching. Officers around the world wake up each morning while putting on their badge, giving their wives, husbands, daughters and sons a hug before going on duty not knowing if they will return home. It’s every goal of a police officer to return home safely after every shift to their respective families. Sadly, this is not always the case.

Deputy John Musice and Sgt. Jerry Mundy were and always will be heroes to Wilson County by making the ultimate sacrifice. Both officers were killed on July 9, 2003, when they attempted to stop a fleeing felon in a high-speed chase on I-40 after she fled in a stolen car from a Knoxville police officer earlier in the day. Both officers were expecting to go home that evening, but their lives were cut short by the heroics of the job they chose to do by protecting and serving their community they were sworn by oath to do.

On October 1, 1961, Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. The Proclamation that was signed is to pay tribute to the LEO’s who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battles against crime.

On May 10th, there will be a local memorial service beginning at 11:00am in Judge Tatum’s Courtroom, located at the John W. Musice Building next to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Robert Bryan will be among the speakers at the service to show reverence and homage to families of LEO’s who have fallen in the line of duty.

On May 11th, state services will be held in Nashville at 10:00am at the War Memorial Plaza as we honor those who have been killed in the line of duty both locally and statewide. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will serve as one of the lead agencies during this week’s events while we host the families of many agencies who have lost an officer during the past year.

On Friday, May 12th, Major Robert Stafford, Lieutenant Scott Moore and Deputy David Stolinsky will be attending the National Police Week services held in Washington D.C. and will attend events such as the 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Mall, the 36th Annual National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service held on the West Front of the United States Capitol and the National Law Enforcement Museum that will display a number of artifacts that the WCSO has taken to Washington D.C. in the past years including a patrol car door and motorcycle fairing.

Since 2005, officers have returned to Washington D.C. during National Police Week with one goal, to provide any needed support to the families that are affected by these tragedies that have changed their lives forever. Attending officers show their respect and appreciation to the fallen officers and their families by providing transportation or any other service needed. For first year survivors, the first year can be extremely emotional and difficult. These officers work in a support role for C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors).

The WCSO is grateful to be a part in honoring the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice by serving and protecting the citizens of their communities.

May 08

Hollywood Memorial Ride travels through Wilson County in honor of fallen officers

Cyclists from the Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department came through Wilson County this morning during their “Hollywood Memorial Ride” honoring the LEO’s who have been killed in the line of duty.

The ride started on April 25 and will end upon their arrival in Washington D.C. on May 11 for National Police Week. Members from agencies along the route will be joining them to honor officers throughout the country who have been killed protecting and serving their communities. Members from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office caught up with them this morning at the Lebanon Police Department on their way to Washington D.C. Thank you, LAPD, for allowing us to be a part of your memorial ride and be safe on your journey.

Apr 17

CAMP VICTORY To Begin July 19

WCSO Sheriff and SROs Now Taking Applications for CAMP VICTORY

Sheriff Robert Bryan and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office SROs are taking applications now for a 3 day-long, half-day nationally known camp to help students learn to cope with bullying and problems such as spotting potential online predators to peaceful conflict-resolution.

 “The goal of the camp is to help our young people manage possible problems they are faced with on a daily basis, both in and out of school,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Our young people today face so many more problems in a technologically savvy world than many of us faced in school. Our SRO Team 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.

The classes will be held from 8 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and also from 12 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on July 17-19 for 25 qualifying students in each session. Eligibility requirements include any male or female with a good disciplinary school record and good attendance record. Any male or female going into grades 6th through the 8th for the 2017-2018 school year will be considered.

The cost is free to any qualifying students. This year, students will receive lunch each day in partnership with the Lebanon Special School District’s Family Resource Center. For more information, please contact your school’s SRO or the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Note: Camp Victory is not associated with Wilson County Schools.

Mar 07

Email set up to report traffic complaints.

Wilson County citizens can now send an email to the WCSO of any ongoing traffic complaints that continue within the county. This email is set up so we can manage traffic related complaints throughout Wilson County. Citizens can email us with any traffic related concerns they have in relation to speeders, people running stop signs, etc. If you have a complaint, you can send those to trafficwcso@gmail.com. It is our goal to provide a great working relationship with our citizens and to maintain a safe environment for all.

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Mar 06

WCSO Arrests Barricaded Suspect on Multiple Charges

LEBANON, TN – The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office responded to what started off as a domestic dispute early Saturday morning and ended with the suspect barricading himself inside a local residence at 290 Phillips Lane. Upon arrival by patrol officers, the suspect was aggressively waving a sword through the front entrance of the home directed towards officers. The suspect then barricaded himself inside the residence in a closet and was armed with the sword while also threatening to burn down the residence. The WCSO’s Special Response Team (SRT) was activated and responded to the scene. Michael Chadwick Pruitte, 43, was taken into custody for Aggravated Arson, Aggravated Assault and Domestic Assault after an approximately 2 hour standoff with law enforcement before the SRT made entry into the residence and arrested him without incident.

“We were able to quickly make contact with the victim and move them into a secured area during the standoff,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “We were able to successfully apprehend Mr. Pruitte without any injuries. We train extensively for situations like these and I commend our officers for their quick response in handling the situation appropriately.”

 

Pruitte is currently being held in the Wilson County Jail with a total bond amount of $32,000. He is set to appear in Court for the Domestic Assault charge on March 8th at 9:00am and for the Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Arson charges on May 9th at 9:00am.

 

Dec 02

WCSO Arrest Wilson County Man Following Lengthy Sex Abuse Investigation

 

fanning-daniel-vA Wilson County man has been arrested for sex charges involving a minor after a lengthy investigation by WCSO detectives.

Daniel V. Fanning, 55, of Lebanon, was arrested Thursday and charged with a count of solicitation of a minor and a count of soliciting the sexual exploitation of a minor. He remains in custody under $50,000 bond. He is currently scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8.

The investigation was initiated after a concerned parent contacted the sheriff’s office after the juvenile daughter told her parent she had received several disturbing and unsolicited messages of a sexual nature. After reporting the incident to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation was initiated which soon revealed the identity of the person suspected of sending the disturbing messages.

Fanning was employed by the Rutherford Co. Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer at the time of his arrest. He is a former police officer of the Watertown Police Dept. and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Our agency wants clarify that an individual’s profession or status in society has no impact on the determination or our obligation to protect the citizens of Wilson County,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Any person who has been accused of a crime will be investigated thoroughly. If sufficient evidence exists of a criminal violation, that person will be charged accordingly. Anytime a person conducts themselves in this manner is regretful, especially when that person is in a position of public trust. We have no tolerance for this type of behavior in Wilson County.”

The sheriff commended the juvenile victim for her actions. “She did exactly as she should have and notified her parents immediately after receiving these messages,” Sheriff Bryan said. “I would just like to remind parents that their children’s mobile device is a privilege and should be monitored closely. There is a constant threat of offenders preying on children whether it is for sexual or other potentially dangerous intentions. Unfortunately, this is an every-day occurrence in our society.”

Parents are urged to closely monitor any devices in their home, especially those used by their children, and to report any suspicious or concerning activity they notice to their local law enforcement agency.

Nov 30

Barrett Firearms Donates Rifle to WCSO in TN Law Enforcement Goodwill Gesture

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Sam Shallenberger, Sr. VP Finance for Barrett, presents Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan with a complimentary REC7 DI rifle, one of 95 presented to state sheriffs.

Barrett Firearms presented Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan with a brand new REC7 DI rifle Tuesday as part of a statewide goodwill gesture provided by the Murfreesboro-based Barrett Firearms manufacturer. Barrett Firearms has been on a mission to donate one of its signature rifles to each of the 95 Tennessee sheriff’s offices and departments.

Although many people associate Barrett’s world-renowned weapons with military and civilians from all walks of life, few know the back story behind the family’s 30-year-plus history of building weapons and where it began.

“When the Barrett story is told, folks usually talk about the civilian shooters and militaries around the world that have chosen Barrett long-range precision rifles for more than three decades,” Chris Barrett, Barrett Firearms President explained in his decision for the statewide contribution to sheriffs. “Less-often mentioned is my father’s background as county sheriff’s deputy, our 5.56 carbines and rifles, and the countless law enforcement agencies that choose Barrett. We want to highlight that legacy and show our strong support for law enforcement by donating these Barrett REC7 DI rifles to the sheriffs across our state.”

Sheriff Bryan highly praised the manufacturer for its generosity and dedication to law enforcement a weapon known worldwide for its quality craftsmanship popular with military, sport shooters and gun collectors. “Barrett produces some of the finest weaponry you can find anywhere in the world,” Bryan said. “To be the recipient of such a special gift to our department is truly an honor. We are so proud Barrett has chosen our sheriff’s office to be part of this generous goodwill gesture.”

Mr. Barrett explained he was equally pleased to have Tennessee law enforcement, military and customers universally carrying his family’s product.

“As lifelong Tennesseans and builders of the Barrett Model82A1/M107, the ‘Official State Rifle of the State of

Tennessee’, we are proud to build every one of these rifles in Tennessee. We believe that the sheriffs can use these rifles as they enforce the laws around this great state.”

Barrett is a family-owned and operated company and the world leader in large-caliber rifle design and manufacturing. Barrett products are used by civilian sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, United States military and more than 70 U.S. Department of State-approved countries across the world. For more information about the company, please visit its website at: http://barrett.net/

 

Nov 28

WCSO Seeking ID on Fishing Equipment Theft Suspects

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Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identities of two male suspects believed to have stolen a variety of fishing equipment from a boat at the Misty Cove Lake Drive area. If you have information on the suspects and/or equipment, please notify the WCSO as soon as possible. The theft occurred on Nov. 4 in the northern part of the county. Please call 615-444-1412 to report any information.

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Oct 18

WCSO Hosting Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 22, at Sheriff’s Office

 

 The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Drug Take Back Initiative Saturday, Oct. 22, for anyone wanting to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription and non-prescription drugs. No questions will be asked. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at drop-off location at the courthouse next to the WCSO Office at 105 East High Street in Lebanon.

“We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and get rid of expired or medication you are not longer taking,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Your home medicine cabinet is often where young people begin experimenting with drugs. It’s important to recognize this could happen to someone in your home, including your child, your grandchild or your neighbor’s child. Please take precautions to avoid a tragedy involving your prescription drugs.”

People across Wilson County should begin checking their medical supplies in preparation for the Drug Take Back Day. “It’s a good idea to keep track of what kind of medications you have and how many tablets, pills, etc. you have used,” the sheriff said. “Just as you keep other potentially dangerous items in your house away from loved ones, please take care to keep medications out of children’s reach.” You may even consider locking your medication in a cabinet to avoid anyone abusing your medicines.”

Medications you use for legitimate reasons are often subject to theft, and can lead to addiction and ultimately even drug trafficking. Sheriff Bryan noted that there is a national epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is often the motive in numerous crimes. “We appreciate cooperative efforts such as this one, Sheriff Bryan said, noting, “We are happy to be able to provide a place where you safely and conveniently dispose of such medicines when they are no longer needed or wanted.”

Anyone who would like to drop off medication or drugs, prescription or other, can drop it off at the event on Saturday with no questions asked. No syringes are accepted, whether used or new. And no inhalers will be accepted. Thank you for your cooperation.