Members of Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Juliet Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Watertown Police Department and numerous city, state and county officials attended today’s solemn memorial service honoring fallen officers from Wilson County. The service coincides with National Police Memorial Week. Today’s event was held in Judge Barry Tatum’s Courtroom and hosted a large crowd of people from many walks of life on hand to honor the fallen officers. WCSO Police Chaplain Don Willis led the group in prayer before and after the law enforcement officials read the names of deceased officers from various part of Wilson County. Lebanon Police Detective David Wilmore, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 71 told the crowd the number of officers slain was up by 70 percent this year over last year while accidental deaths were down by 19 percent for a total of 36 to date in 2016. In addition, there were 12 K-9 deaths in the line of duty.
The public is invited to attend a ceremony to honor all fallen officers from Wilson County at 11 a.m. in Judge Barry Tatum’s Courtroom. The event will include reading of the names of the fallen officers by Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, Mt. Juliet Chief James Hambrick and Lebanon Police Chief Mike Justice. The program will include a presentation of colors by the Joint Honor Guard of Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department and the Mt. Juliet Police Department. Lebanon Police Detective David Wilmore, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 71 and Detective Jay Spicer Vice-President of Lodge 83 will give remarks regarding the Police Memorial Week Observation. Pastor Jim Kubic from Life Point Church will lead in prayer during the service.
WCSO Sheriff and SROs Now Taking Applications for Conflict-Resolution Camp in July
Sheriff Robert Bryan and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office SROs are taking applications now for a week-long, half-day 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 8-11 a.m. July 25-29 for 25 qualifying students. 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 2016-2017 school year will be considered.
The cost is free to any qualifying students. For more information, please contact your school’s SRO or the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.
Note: The WCSO SRO school camp is not associated with Wilson County Schools.
WCSO Deputy Patrick Seay, SRO at Walter J. Baird Middle School, directed students in the importance of pedestrian and bike safety during a recent initiative for fitness and safety at Don Fox Park. The educational event was funded by a grant Lebanon received for the Tennessee Safe Routes to School program. Lebanon Mayor Phillip Craighead along with other city and school officials participated in the event.
Sheriff Robert Bryant along with several members of his staff, state, county and local officials gathered at noon May 5 to Observe the National Day of Prayer. Department Chaplain Don Willis led the group in prayer for our country, our leaders and one another.
Lebanon’s VFW Post 5015 presents American flag pins to Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputies
Members of Lebanon’s VFW Post 5015 conducted American flag pinning ceremonies through Wilson County Monday to show solidarity between the military and law enforcement agencies. VFW Post 5015’s representatives were traveling to Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department and Watertown Police Department. They handed out hundreds of pins during roll call ceremonies to show their support of law enforcement as defenders of the people.
Several members of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson EMA and other organizations demonstrated various tasks they perform on the job and the equipment they use for an estimated 150 Cub Scouts from surrounding area. The event, Cub Scout Camporee, was held April 29-May 1 at the Stahlman Camp in the Boy Scouts Boxwell Reservation in Wilson County. Metro Nashville Police Sgt. Chris Warner, who is chairman of the camping committee for the Scouts, said they have two events each year, one for Cub Scouts in the spring and one for the Boy Scouts in the fall. In addition to camping, the cub scouts got some experience in activities such as archery, map and compass reading and ther events, culminating with a Saturday night camp fire and retirement of a tattered U.S. Flag. The Cub Scouts prepared,” Sgt. Warner said, and enjoyed all the events despite periods of rain. “That’s what Scouts do: they come prepared for anything.”
Domestic Dispute leads WSCO Detectives to Large Marijuana-growing Operation
What began as a call regarding a domestic dispute at 570 Cooks Road in Mt Juliet Wednesday led Wilson County Sheriff’s Detectives to a large growing operation of “high end” marijuana, 141 marijuana plants weapons and a large amount of cash.
Deputies responded to the home for a domestic assault report early Wednesday and arrested John Clark Woods for Aggravated Assault with a $2,000 bond. During the assault investigation, deputies located a large amount of marijuana inside the home. Narcotic detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and discovered 141 marijuana plants growing inside the garage, two hand guns, a shotgun, and several pounds of marijuana. Detectives estimated the street value of the marijuana to be over $400,000. They also seized almost $2,000 from the suspect that detectives believed was from the sale of marijuana.
Pending a grand jury investigation, one adult is expected to be charged in the case. Potential charges include Possession with Intent for Resale of Schedule VI (marijuana), Manufacture of Schedule VI (Marijuana), Possession of Firearms during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
“This was great work by our detectives and the alert patrol officers who noticed the illegal substances during their investigation,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Drug activity generally goes hand-in-hand with violence. We applaud them for their hard work toward stopping at least one drug operation location and getting these potentially dangerous items off the streets.”
Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputies and Lebanon Police Officers arrested a convicted felon for numerous charges in South Carthage in Smith County today. Assisted by South Carthage authorities, the wanted man was arrested without incident.
The 33-year-old Danvechio Cocheese Patton, of Lebanon, had outstanding warrants for charges of trespassing, leaving the scene, driving on a suspended license, possession of a weapon and drug possession charges in Lebanon.
Westmoreland Police stopped Patton for speeding in Westmoreland Saturday but he fled on foot from the scene. Wilson County and Lebanon Police located Patton at a residence at Cedar Street in Smith County. Patton, who has a lengthy history of various crimes dating back to 2001 in Lebanon and Wilson County, had been spotted twice in recent days. His last known address was1898 Africa Road in Lebanon.
“This was a team effort,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “We appreciate the cooperation with our fellow law enforcement agencies in Lebanon and Smith County who helped locate this man. This was excellent police work, a job well done.”
WCSO Hosting Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 30, at Sheriff’s Office
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Drug Take Back Initiative Saturday, April 30, 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 Criminal Justice Center located next to the WCSO Office at 105 East High Street in Lebanon.
“It’s important to properly dispose of any prescription drugs you are not longer taking or are expired,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “The medicine cabinet is often the first place young people look to begin experimenting with drugs. Unfortunately, far too many of us know the pain associated with a loved one’s drug addiction, overdoses and even deaths associated with prescription as well as non-prescription drugs.”
Sheriff Bryan encouraged people to begin now searching medication cabinets for any medicines they are no longer taking or are expired in preparation for the Drug Take Back Day. “It’s important 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 household products out of reach of children, you may even consider keeping your medications in a locked cabinet. This is especially true if you have young people in the house who you may have never even suspect might try a medication you’re taking.”
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 encourage people to take advantage of the Drug Take Back Day Initiative to help make Wilson County a safer place to live, work and visit.We appreciate cooperative efforts such as this one to enable the public to regularly, safely, and conveniently dispose of such medicines when they are no longer needed or wanted.”