WCSO Arrests Juvenile for Making Threats at Lebanon High School Using Social Media
After a lengthy investigation, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has identified and charged a juvenile for posting threatening messages regarding Lebanon High School and students via a social media smart-phone application.
After receiving reports from the Lebanon High School faculty and school resource officers of several social media posts last week, numerous concerned students within the school notified school officials.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan wanted to ensure the citizens of Wilson County that the Office immediately took action on the information and launched an in-depth investigation. The results of this investigation were largely due to the cooperation from management of the California-based phone application. The management of the application provided vital information almost instantly which expedited the investigation and quickly led to the person responsible for the threatening posts.
“It was because of the immediate action of students, school officials, our SRO officers and detectives along with Lebanon Police Department, the social media application management that we were able to pinpoint the individual ultimately charged,” Sheriff Bryan said. “We appreciate everyone coming forward so quickly with information and cooperating so we were able to immediately begin an investigation that led to the individual responsible for posting the disturbing messages.”
On Friday Sept. 16th, the juvenile, who was a Lebanon High School student, was identified and charged in Wilson County juvenile court. “Although this was a tense situation for all parents,” Sheriff Bryan said, “we want parents to know that when this type of crime is committed it is taken very seriously. All available resources will be utilized to ensure the safety of our children, and swiftly eliminate any threat to our schools. I’m putting everyone on notice who thinks they can make anonymous threats and get away with it, you will be located and prosecuted for your actions.”
Police Benevolent Society (PBA)President Lt. James Lanier with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office presented a check on behalf of PBA to help with expenses following the tragic accidental drowning death of Caleb Long, 1, son of WCSO Deputy Mike Long and Mt Juliet PD Communications Officer Kinnie Long. Lt. Lanier made the special presentation during the WCSO Sheriff’s Citizens’ Police Academy meeting Monday night in Lebanon. The check will go to the fund established under Wilson Bank and Trust for all donations to help the family under the name Caleb Long Benefit Fund. The toddler accidentally drowned on July 25. The family has three other children, Kelly, Devin and Austin Long.
REMINDER: The benefit ride is this Saturday! Please join us to help support our Ride for Deputy Earl Dyer on Saturday, Sept.10, at the Wilson County Fairgrounds sponsored by the Lebanon Chapter of the “Roughnecks.” The benefit motorcycle ride begins at 11 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate whether you ride or not. Following a scenic ride around Wilson County, there will be a DJ, silent auction and raffle. Lunch is also available. All ride and BBQ lunch proceeds go to help Deputy Dyer during his time suffering from a difficult medical condition that keeps him from being able to support his family. Donations are greatly appreciated! For more info, call Rob Bates at 615-210-9570 or Ken Thomas at 615-730-5202. Come join us!
WCSO to Increase Patrol on Land and Water through Labor Day 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 Boat Patrol will concentrate enforcement efforts on impaired drivers to try to prevent a tragedy from occurring over the Labor Day holiday. These overtime patrols are funded through a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.
The Labor Day holiday officially begins Friday and runs through Monday. Sheriff’s patrols will be on the lookout for drivers that violate any traffic laws including impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding or not wearing a seat belt.
“I cannot stress enough that we want you to enjoy time with your friends and families during this special summer holiday, but please don’t drink and drive,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “When you are impaired from alcohol, some prescription medications or illegal drugs, you may not realize you cannot safely drive a car or boat. Plan ahead. Have a designated driver in case you need one to get home safely. Let’s do our part to keep everyone safe out there this weekend. Thank you!”
WCSO’s Lt. Robert Curtis has retired his 9-year-old K-9 partner, a Belgian Malinois named “Rocky,” who was responsible for recovering millions of dollars in cash and illegal narcotics in addition to a number of felony arrests. He retires as one of the most highly decorated dogs in Tennessee.
Sgt. Curtis said it was a difficult decision because he was such an exceptional dog. “Rocky and I have been together since 2008,” he said. “We started training when he was only nine months old, but I knew right away Ole Rock was going to be something special.”
“Special” was an understatement for the K-9 who along with his handler Lt. Curtis took first place in Criminal Apprehension, third place in Obedience and for the second time won the coveted Jimmy D. Anderson Memorial award for the highest combined scores in apprehension and obedience in 2015. Lt. Curtis and Rocky initially won the Jimmy D. Anderson award in 2012 after winning 2nd overall, 1st in Criminal Apprehension and 2nd in Obedience. In 2011 Lt. Curtis and Rocky also won 2nd in Criminal Apprehension.
Lt. Curtis said Rocky has had four felony criminal apprehensions on the street over the years in Wilson County and helping other agencies nearby. He has detected “well over a million dollars worth” of narcotics and currency in addition to performing numerous demonstrations to educate young people and adults alike about how K-9 teams work. “Rocky has an unbelievable desire to please with a huge drive to work. It’s been a great pleasure to work with a partner like Rocky. He’s a one of a kind dog.”
Almost two years ago, Lt. Curtis said he doubted he could work with another dog after racking up one of the highest awards in the state for a K-9 team. At that time, he said “I really can’t see myself working another K-9 after being with such an exceptional dog for so long. He knows what to do and what I’m thinking sometimes before I do.” But he has begun training with a new dog. “It’s gonna be tough the first time I go to work with my new partner K-9 Molly, but Rocky will have a well deserved laid-back retired life with me.”
“This Office has been extremely lucky and we are proud to have had such a talented team,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Those who benefit the most are the people of Wilson County who can be assured they have had and will continue to have a superior K-9 partnership working for them.”
WCSO SRO Lt. Scott Moore speaks with CBS NEWS about Anti-Bullying classes to help students overcome peer pressure, stop bullying, building confidence and resist the pitfalls of peer pressure. This year was the first class offered and became so popular, the SRO Team ended up adding another. It’s an intensive but fun class, which Sheriff Robert Bryan plans to offer each year with SRO Lt. Moore and the WCSO SRO team improving and adding more each year.
#WCSO SRO on Twitter: “#SRO Lt.Scott Moore speaks to CBS News about the dangers of bullying https://t.co/F0OrDeyMNl via @cbsnews”
A Silver Alert has been cancelled after WCSO found the body of a missing Watertown man. Edgar Roy Elliott, 85, was found on a gravel road off Neal Road in Watertown at approximately 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Based on the initial investigation, WCSO Sheriff Robert Bryan said it appears as if he turned over his riding lawn mower. Other details will be released at a later date.
Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Watertown Police are searching for an 85-year-old Watertown man who daily rides his yellow Cub Cadet riding lawn mower to various locations through town. Neighbors report they have not seen him since at least Friday. He was last seen leaving his home on Neal Road, located near the Watertown High School and Statesville Road areas. Edgar Roy Elliott is often seen on the mower making stops at various locations throughout the town. His neighbors report they are concerned since they have not seen him and his lawn mower is missing. If anyone has information about him, please call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-444-1412.
Convicted Drug Dealer Sentenced to 60 Years for Selling Cocaine after 8th Felony Drug Charge
A drug dealer convicted of eight prior drug-related felonies was sentenced to 60 years in prison Monday in Wilson County Circuit Court.
James K. Woods, 35, of Lebanon, was sentenced on three charges of selling Schedule II narcotics (cocaine), two of those charges resulted in consecutive 20-year sentences with one concurrent 20-year sentence, he will serve up to 40 years in the penitentiary. The Lebanon man has a history of felony drug charges dating back to 1999 when he turned 18 years old.
Woods had previously served five years in the penitentiary for drug sales just prior to Wilson County narcotics detectives making controlled buys of over ½ gram of cocaine on three separate occasions before he was arrested on an indictment Jan. 7, 2015.
“This is the epitome of arrogance in the drug business,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said following the sentencing. “He apparently has not yet learned we will not tolerate selling drugs in this county without severe consequences.”
Sheriff Bryan and his detectives agreed that drug-related offenses and addictions lead to most of the crime in Wilson County even if in an indirect way. “This is a black eye in this country and a menace to our society,” Sheriff Bryan said, noting the seriousness of drug use and sales. “If you sell drugs in Wilson County, we will find you and make sure you pay the price.”
Last year, the Tennessee Department of Health determined drug overdoses in the state had surpassed the number of people killed by motor vehicle accidents and even firearms discharges in 2014. The number of drug overdoses of both street and prescription drugs have been escalating statewide for several years.