Apr 27

Wilson County SO, Lebanon PD Apprehend Wanted Felon in Smith County

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.”Patton

Apr 26

WCSO Hosting Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 30, at Sheriff’s Office

 

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.”

Apr 12

WCSO Helps with Farm Days for April 12, 13 at Lebanon’s James E. Ward Agriculture Center

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WCSO Helps with Farm Days for April 12, 13 at Lebanon’s James E. Ward Agriculture Center

 An estimated 1,700 second graders are expected to learn all about rural farm work and life and how agriculture plays a vital role in our everyday lives during this week’s Farm Days.

The event, sponsored by the Wilson County Farm Bureau Woman, UT Agriculture Extension Office and Wilson County Soil Conservation is being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues and Wednesday at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center.

“It teaches them about rural living,” explained Wilson County Deputy Charles Hobson, who also raises cattle in addition to his law enforcement job. Hobson has participated in the event every year since it began 15 years ago. “The kids get to see animals, and experience things they may not see in everyday life. It also gives them a positive first impression with law enforcement. They love getting in the police vehicles and talking to the deputies.”

In addition to Deputy Hobson, three other members of WCSO, Deputy Christopher Andrews, Deputy William Dunn and Deputy Charles Mothershed show students the logistics of the Mobile Command Center, Prisoner Transport Unit and other emergency equipment, allowing them to get inside all the vehicles to see how they operate.

Diane Major, who works with Wilson County Soil Conservation, said the school children “get really excited” about the event, and described it as “their favorite field trip of the year.” which is limited to  second graders from all Wilson County Schools, Lebanon Special Schools District and some home-schooled and private school students.

Among the exhibits are farm animals (which children can touch), including goats, dairy and beef cattle, chickens, pigs, horses; a working-bee-farm; and a veterinarian who discuss how to care for the farm animals. There will be sheep-shearing, a rodeo cowboy in full dress costume. “They get all torn up about the cowboy,” Major added.

The Wilson County Farm Bureau will show the children grains and what kinds of products are made from wheat and corn seeds in addition to the importance of good nutrition and how farming is essential to healthy living. A master gardener will demonstrate gardening and present each child a seed to plant at home. The Soil Conservation employees will have a soil tunnel and explain why it’s important to conserve soil, etc.

Other exhibits include farm equipment and ATV safety. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will bring its mobile command center and allow children to look around. The Tennessee Highway Patrol will bring a patrol car and allow some children to get inside.

Major said the event began with about 700 children but that number has swollen to 1,700. “This is an all-volunteer event. We have approximately 200 volunteers who donate their times and resources to make this a success every year. We couldn’t do it without them.”

 

Apr 12

WCSO Welcomes Five New TLETA Grads to Office

2016 TLETA Graduation PictureMeet Wilson County Sheriff’s Office’s newest graduates of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. More than 80 members from across the state graduated from the TLETA at Donelson on April 1. Basic Police School Class 1787’s graduation marks the conclusion of the 10-week Basic Police School course which provides technical and tactical expertise as well as the ethical and professional standards of law enforcement necessary for success. The course began Jan. 10. Pictured here (l-r) are: Brandon Cannon, James Butler, Jason Denson (front row) James D. Smith, Sheriff Robert Bryan and Travis Donnell (second row) with Deputy Chief Mike Owen and Patrol Major Lance Howell.

Mar 31

WCSO Now Accepting Applications for New Class, First Session is 9 a.m. April 9

WCSO Now Accepting Applications for New Class, First Session is 9 a.m. April 9

Young people between ages 14 to 20 are invited to apply for the upcoming Wilson County Sheriff’s Officer Post #328 Explorers Academy.

WCSO is currently recruiting for young people interested in applying to join the new Post #328 Explorers Academy, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Sheriff’s Office Training Room. Applications may be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office located at 105 East High Street in Lebanon. Anyone interested in participating can come to the class but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration is $25. A complete list of classes and dates is available upon request.

So far, an estimated 10 students from Wilson County Schools have signed up for the program. It includes more than 60 hours of training in criminal law, officer safety and survival, arrest and search procedures, emergency management, crime prevention, CPR, report writing, crime scene investigation, riding with sworn officers and a host of other skills.

“Whether you are interested in a career in law enforcement or just exploring possibilities for a future career path, we welcome you to apply,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “The program is designed to help young men and women with opportunities in citizenship service, fitness and social responsibility.”

The Explorers is a division of Boys Scouts of America and is open to Wilson County students who have completed the eighth grade as long as they meet the requirements, have parental approval and must maintain at least a “C” average in school.

“This program is designed to teach self-discipline, respect and integrity,” said Officer Keyes. “Our advisors will help the students learn to perform just as our officers do on a daily basis with expectations that they will become role model for others whether they are in class or participating in everyday activities just as we do. I think you will find most of our recent graduates can tell you how proud they were to have completed the last academy activities and how important teamwork is being becoming successful.”

To apply, you can contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-444-1412 and ask to be connected to Christopher Keyes or Emy Bates or any Explorers’ Advisor.

 

Mar 28

Suspect Arrested for Aggravated Robbery Following Bank Robbery Friday

Suspect Arrested for Aggravated Robbery Following Bank Robbery Friday

 Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI have captured a man they believe robbed the Wilson Bank and Trust in Gladeville late Friday afternoon.

The suspect identified as Matthew W. Jones, 37, is being held at the Wilson County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery. WCSO alerted the FBI and Tennessee Highway Patrol after reports of a man coming into the bank, robbing it and throwing a suspicious device onto the counter of the bank. Witnesses told authorities the man fled in a white, older model SUV.

After the bank was evacuated and all employees and patron were moved to a secure area, Tennessee Highway Patrol retrieved the suspicious device and later determined it to be a fake device built to look like a bomb.

Meanwhile, a Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officer located the abandoned vehicle shortly after the robbery in Cedars of Lebanon. Investigators were able to identify the suspect by comparing bank footage with the vehicle and suspect’s driver’s license information.

Investigators were able to identify and track down several of the suspect’s known associates. After following numerous leads, authorities traced a vehicle belonging to one of the associates at the Super 8 Motel in Hermitage.

FBI, WCSO and Tennessee Bomb and Arson officers located Jones in one of the rooms and took him into custody at about midnight Friday night. He was booked into the Wilson County Jail at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, where he is currently being held without bond. It is anticipated he will be transferred to federal custody on Monday.

“We appreciate the cooperation of all agencies involved in apprehending the suspect,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Because of all the help from the public and good investigative tactics by all agencies involved, we were able to take this suspect off the streets without anyone getting hurt. We sincerely thank everyone for their part in this case.”

Mar 25

WCSO Seeking Suspect in Armed Bank Robbery in Gladeville

WCSO Seeking Suspect in Armed Bank Robbery in Gladeville

WCSO are asking for the public’s help finding a suspect driving a white, older model vehicle, possibly an Expedition or Explorer, with broken back window containing following an armed robbery this afternoon at Wilson Bank and Trust, Gladeville Branch, on Stewarts Ferry Pike.

Police are currently holding the perimeter because of a device left on the counter inside the bank. All bank patrons and employees have been safely evacuated from the premises. The bomb squad was called to the scene.

The suspect was described as a black male with light skin tone. He was wearing a fake wig and mustache with a UT hat and a large camouflage coat.

The white vehicle, possibly an Explorer, was last seen headed down Couchville Pike toward Weakly Lane. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the vehicle or possible suspects is urged to contact WCSO at 615-444-1412 or call 911.

 

Mar 22

WCSO, Mt. Juliet PD Explorers Graduation Scheduled March 26, Now Recruiting for New Class

 

WCSO, Mt. Juliet PD Explorers Graduation Scheduled March 26, Now Recruiting for New Class

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Mt. Juliet Police Department has scheduled a special three-day academy for WCSO Post #328 and MJPD Post #465, culminating with a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Boxwell Reservation.

Anyone interested in attending the Explorers Graduation Ceremony is encouraged to be at the Boxwell Reservation located at 1260 Creighton Lane in Lebanon by noon. There will also be numerous other events from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. including an obstacle course competition and other activities.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post #328 graduates include ten people who have been learning under the guidance of Post Advisor Christopher Keyes and associate advisers, Corporal Emy Bates and Deputy Joseph Bowen along with Post Coordinator Lt. James Lanier. Mt. Juliet Post Police Department Post #465 will have five graduates who have been under the command of Cpl. James Christensen and Officer Jennings Taylor.

WCSO is currently recruiting for young people interested in applying to join the new Post #328 Explorers Academy, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Sheriff’s Office Training Room. Applications may be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office located at 105 East High Street in Lebanon. Anyone interested in participating can come to the class but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration is $25. A complete list of classes and dates is available upon request.

So far, an estimated 10 students from Wilson County Schools have signed up for the program. It includes more than 60 hours of training in criminal law, officer safety and survival, arrest and search procedures, emergency management, crime prevention, CPR, report writing, crime scene investigation, riding with sworn officers and a host of other skills.

“We welcome all young people in our area who are interested in a career in law enforcement or just exploring opportunities to get started on a path to a professional occupation,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “It is geared to help young men and women with opportunities in citizenship service, fitness and social responsibility.”

The Explorers is a division of Boys Scouts of America and is open to Wilson County students who have completed the eighth grade as long as they meet the requirements, have parental approval and must maintain at least a “C” average in school.

“This program is designed to teach self-discipline, respect and integrity,” said Officer Keyes. “Our advisors will help the students learn to perform just as our officers do on a daily basis with expectations that they will become role model for others whether they are in class or participating in everyday activities just as we do.”

In the long run, Explorers will have the chance to compete with other explorers, including those across the country and possibly internationally.

Mar 21

WCSO Detectives Clear “Person of Interest” Who Sought Entry into Stoner Creek Elementary

WCSO Detectives Clear “Person of Interest” who Sought Entry into Stoner Creek Elementary

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said an individual who apparently sought to go inside Stoner Creek Elementary School on last Wednesday, March 16, has been cleared of any wrong-doing. The matter is closed.

The individual shown on video surveillance trying to go into the school came into the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office today to clarify the situation regarding his presence at the school.

“The individual came to the Sheriff’s Office and was fully cooperative in establishing his identity and purpose for being on the property,” said Sheriff Robert Bryant. “The investigation into this matter is closed and the individual is not believed to be a threat.”

Detectives determined the individual who said he had gone to the school in his early school years was of no threat. He told school officials at the time he “just wanted to see how much the school had grown.”

At the time, school personnel refused the man entry and notified WCSO SRO Matt McPeak about the incident. SRO McPeak immediately performed an outside perimeter check of the school but was unable to find anyone matching that description. The Sheriff’s Department issued an advisory to the public to find the person of interest along with video footage taken from the time.

“We just wanted to know who the man was and why he was there,” Sheriff Bryan said. “Our Office and Wilson County Schools want to ensure the safety of our young people. Everyone acted with an abundance of caution because we always take any incident out of the ordinary seriously.”