9.9 Ounces of Meth Located During Early Morning Traffic Stop

LEBANON (TN)-  Three people were taken into custody early this morning after a Wilson County deputy conducted a traffic stop on North Cumberland Street in Lebanon. Deputy Seth Kinslow observed a vehicle traveling on north Castle Heights Avenue around 4 a.m. with a brake light out. Upon making the initial contact with the driver, Deputy Kinslow asked for the registration of the vehicle. The driver, identified as James A. Reeves of Gainsboro, stated that he had just purchased the vehicle minutes prior to the traffic stop. Reeves could not tell Deputy Kinslow who he had bought it from. When Reeves was asked by Deputy Kinslow where he purchased the vehicle from, he stated “down the road.”

 Reeves and two other passengers were asked to exit the vehicle after the tag that was displayed did not match the vehicle they were in. During a pat down search for weapons on the front passenger, Ricky B. Bowman of Carthage, an unmarked pill bottle containing a crystal-like substance believed to be meth was located along with a crushed green pill that Bowman identified as Xanax and a broken white oval pill in his front pocket by Sgt. Chris Keyes.

 After consent was given by Reeves to search the vehicle, a wallet was located in the back seat where the second passenger, Amanda B. Elswick of Carthage, was sitting. The contents of the wallet consisted of a plastic bag with approximately 2.5 grams of a crystal-like substance believed to be meth.  Elswick’s purse contained a set of digital scales as well as another bag that contained 5 large bags filled with a crystal-like substance with a total weight of 9.9 ounces believed to be meth.

 “In the majority of our traffic stops and drug related search warrants, Methamphetamine is being located in a large percentage of those cases,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “You never know how a simple traffic stop is going to end. Deputy Kinslow relied on his training and experience which led to more drugs being taken off the street.”

 Bowman was transported to the Wilson County Jail and booked for (Manufacture, Delivery, Sale and Possession of Meth), Possession of a SCH III Drug and Possession of a SCH IV Drug. Elswick was booked on charges of (Manufacture, Delivery, Sale and Possession of Meth) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Reeves was charged with (Altering, Falsifying, or Forging Evidences of Title, Assignments or Plates).

Sheriff Bryan: “We will not be enforcing written citations or fines but we will continue to educate and communicate the necessary measures to slow the spread of the virus.”

An executive order was issued today by the Wilson County Mayor’s Office requiring face masks in public places and declared a public health emergency. Many of you have previously asked questions regarding the enforcement of wearing face masks. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will carry on with the procedures we have now been doing for weeks; and that is continuing to promote compliance through communication and education.

“My primary concern during the spread of the virus is the safety and welfare of every Wilson County citizen,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “There are many people that are at a high risk because of underlying health issues and we encourage each of you to make the right choice; as I have also encouraged all deputies and staff to do the same. We join law enforcement agencies across the state through promoting safer and healthier communities in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. We will not be enforcing written citations or fines but we will continue to educate and communicate the necessary measures to slow the spread of the virus.”

Deputies will have face masks available in their patrol units for anyone who may need additional mask(s). It is not our desire to punish; only to facilitate measures that will slow the spread of COVID-19.

Crime Stoppers is Seeking Public’s Assistance

MT. JULIET, TN – The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect responsible for burglarizing vehicles in neighborhoods throughout the northwestern areas of Wilson County. Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect attempting to burglarize vehicles. The suspect was observed driving a white Lincoln with a drive-out tag by one of the complainants.

Anyone with information which leads to the successful identification, prosecution, and conviction of the person responsible in this incident could be entitled a cash reward of up to $500.00. Please call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers at 615-444-5245 with any information that would assist in the investigation of this incident or any crime, callers can remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers is Seeking the Public’s Assistance

MT. JULIET (TN) – The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the theft of an Exmark Zero Turn Mower (60”) on a 14-foot Dovetail Trailer. The trailer has a black box in the front and running boards screwed in. Also located on the trailer were a RedMax Trimmer/Weedeater and an orange/white STIHL Blower. These items were stolen from a residence located around the 300 block of Glenwood Drive in Mt. Juliet on June 17 between the hours of 6:50 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Anyone with information which leads to the successful identification, prosecution, and conviction of the person(s) responsible in this incident could be entitled a cash reward of up to $500.00. Please call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers at 615-444-5245 with any information that would assist in the investigation of this incident or any crime, callers can remain anonymous.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

On behalf of Sheriff Robert Bryan and the WCSO’s School Resource Officers, we would like to wish the Class of 2020 graduating seniors a successful future in whatever endeavor you may pursue. Remember to always take pride in how far you’ve come, have faith in how far you can go and never forget to enjoy the journey. Congratulations!
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Sheriff Bryan: “I encourage everyone to express your constitutional right in a positive way such as the way it was done on Saturday.”

On Saturday, local citizens gathered in several locations and peacefully marched through many areas of Lebanon. We are proud of the way it was handled by the organizers who stated prior to the protest that any violent activity would not be tolerated by them. In situations like these, we appreciate their efforts in keeping the protest peaceful and exercising their constitutional rights the way it was designed to be.

Per a recent Facebook post by the Lebanon Police Department regarding an incident on Wednesday, it was stated that, “We want to thank those who have sent us pictures and a video of individuals that were demonstrating on our square Wednesday evening, displaying messages of hate and division. We had actually already been working on investigating this incident. We have video surveillance equipment on the square to protect our peaceful demonstrators, and after reviewing the footage and interviewing witnesses, we have concluded that these individuals were the same ones identified in a similar incident in Cookeville. The individuals left the area in a vehicle with California tags. Our investigation is continuing.”

“We appreciate the organizers getting the information out early regarding the peaceful protest that occurred on Saturday, which was anti-violent,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “We will continue to work with local agencies to ensure a safe environment for these types of events. I encourage everyone to express your constitutional right in a positive way such as the way it was done on Saturday. In conclusion, anyone who is instigating violence throughout our community or messages of hate will not be permitted.”

Be Mindful of Leaving Your Children/Animals Unattended in Vehicles During Heat

The problem remains that many caregivers don’t understand how quickly temperatures inside their cars can reach life-threatening levels. Children’s body temperatures rise up to five times faster than adults. People often underestimate how quickly temperatures rise in a hot car. Take a look at the rise of the inside of a car versus the outside ambient temperature:

Average elapsed time and inside vehicle temperature rise compared to ambient outdoor temperature:

• 10 minutes = 19 degree increase
• 20 minutes = 29 degree increase
• 30 minutes = 34 degree increase
• 1 hour = 43 degree increase
• Over 1 hour = 45 to 55 degree increase

Note this important fact: a body core temperature of 107 degrees is usually fatal.

Stay safe and stay responsible!

Lock It or Lose It

The weather has been nice lately and when the ☀️ is out, unfortunately so are the thieves who are depriving you of your valuables left in vehicles during all hours of the day. Recently, there have been a number of reports taken throughout Wilson County related to car burglaries. As a reminder, please take extra precautions when exiting your vehicle by taking your valuables out of them and locking your doors.

Crystal Meth; Xanax Seized during Traffic Stop by WCSO’s Directed Patrol Unit

LEBANON (TN) – A local man was taken into custody late Wednesday night after being pulled over for a traffic violation by a Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Directed Patrol Unit. James D. White (36), of Lebanon, was charged with Driving on Revoked (4th Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Theft of Property, Altering a Temp Tag and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent for Resale.

 During the traffic stop, consent was given by White for deputies to search his vehicle. During the search, a clear plastic bag filled with a crystal-like substance believed to be crystal meth was located behind the glove box. Also in the bag was a set of working digital scales, a black can that contained several clear baggies and a clear bag with (10) white pills believed to be Xanax. As deputies continued the search, a black container was located above the radio that possessed a small baggie with a clear crystal rock believed to be crystal meth, along with (2) clear smoking pipes with white residue in them.

 “Our Directed Patrol Unit was created in an effort to prevent crime before it happens, such as traffic enforcement and drug trafficking,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Since the creation of our Directed Patrol, they have been very successful by taking an abundance of opioids and weapons off the street. We will continue to show a strong presence in areas where drug trafficking is a problem.”

 As of press time, White remains in the Wilson County Jail with a total bond of $14,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 6th at 9:00 a.m.