Author: Captain Scott Moore

Deer Season: Safety Tips To Keep In Mind While Traveling the Roadways

As deer season continues, there have been numerous vehicle related accidents involving collisions with deer across our area. Although many times they are unavoidable, here are some tips to keep in mind as you travel the roadways.

  • Buckle up! Seat belts are designed to protect you from a collision or sudden stop — which is exactly what happens when you’re faced with a deer on the highway. The easiest way to help you and your family safe is by buckling up.
  • Be observant. Deer crossings are there for a reason — to warn you that the area you’re driving in is heavily populated with deer or common areas deer cross. Be on the lookout and take extra caution when you see these signs. And remember that deer often travel in groups, so where you only see one, chances are there are more around.
  • Recruit your passengers. The more people watching for deer, the better. Tell your passengers to be on the lookout and warn you if they see any deer. Even if they see deer grazing in fields far from the road, this could potentially mean more deer are around and trying to cross over.
  • Signs of the sun — Dawn and dusk are times deer are most active because it’s when they are commonly on the hunt for food. This is also the time of day when visibility is much lower and your vision isn’t at its best.
  • Prep your horn — Deer often fixate on headlights, so it may not be effective enough to just flash your lights. Since they’re easy to spook, brake firmly and honk your horn.
  • Don’t swerve — If it’s apparent that a crash is unavoidable, whether it is a deer or other animal crossing the road, do not swerve. Studies show that more serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid an animal. Swerving could cause you to lose control of your vehicle and possibly roll over or hit another car or object.

137 Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported Saturday; Setting Single Day Record For Wilson County

As COVID-19 cases begin to rise once again, we want to encourage everyone to do their part in keeping our community safe by practicing measures to slow the spread of the virus, such as: frequent hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask, staying home when feeling sick and getting a COVID-19 test. On Saturday, November 7th, 137 positive COVID-19 tests were reported. This has been the highest number of cases in Wilson County in a single day so far.

 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 we have also encouraged all deputies and staff to do the same. By practicing these measures in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19, we remain fully committed to serving our citizens by ensuring proper steps are taken for the safety and well-being of Wilson County.

Multiple Drugs Located Within Minutes in Unrelated Traffic Stops; Two Taken to Jail by Directed Patrol

LEBANON (TN) – Blue Heroin was just one of many opioids discovered by the WCSO’s Directed Patrol Unit Tuesday night after separate traffic stops were conducted within a short amount of time and distance from each other that landed two in jail on multiple drug charges. Deputy Logan Hackett initiated both traffic stops, which were unrelated, while on routine patrol. Maurice D. Bailey (33), of Lebanon, was arrested in the first traffic stop as Deputy Hackett observed a clear baggie containing approximately 2 grams of Blue Heroin laying in the driver side door pocket. Also found on Bailey’s person was a clear baggie containing Hydrocodone pills, $580 in U.S. currency, and approximately 8 more grams of Blue Heroin located in a bag retrieved from Bailey’s pants.

 Shortly thereafter, a second traffic stop was made in which the female passenger was observed by Deputy Jake Smith placing a large bag down her pants while Hackett was talking with the driver of the vehicle. The passenger, identified as Janette L. Redd (30) of Lebanon, was asked to step out of the vehicle by Smith as Deputy Nycole Vaughn arrived on scene to search the female. Inside the large bag was approximately 2 ounces of crystal meth, 27 pills of Alprazolam, 4 pills of Oxycodone, 6 pills of Hyrdrocodone, 1 red pill identified as Morphine, and Marijuana. Deputies also located $1,644 in U.S. currency and $756 in coins.

 “These two arrests will have a fundamental impact on our fight against the opioid crisis,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Both individuals had large amounts of drugs and U.S. currency on them which indicate their intentions to supply those to people who potentially will form or have already formed an addiction. These are very dangerous drugs that are taking the lives of many people and we are going to continue to hold the ones responsible accountable for their actions.”

 Bailey was charged with Possession with Intent for Resale of Schedule I (Heroin) and Possession with Intent to Resale of Schedule II (Hydrocodone). Redd was charged with Possession with Intent for Resale of Schedule VI (Marijuana), Possession with Intent for Resale of Schedule IV (Alprazolam), Simple Possession of Schedule II (Oxycodone), Simple Possession of Schedule II (Hydrocodone), Simple Possession of Schedule II (Morphine), Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Manufacture, Deliver or Sale. Bailey has a total bond amount of $500,000 while Redd has a total bond amount of $74,000.

Burglary Suspect Apprehended by Deputies Charged with Multiple Crimes

LEBANON (TN) – After releasing a video on the WCSO’s Facebook page on October 13th of a burglary and theft that occurred from a local business on East Old Murfreesboro Road, tips started to pour in from viewers that allowed investigators to build a suspect profile on the case. Daniel Austin Duke (25), of Lebanon, was identified as the suspect and taken into custody on multiple charges after leading deputies on a chase Sunday night.

 Deputy Bryce Beaty was able to identify the suspect vehicle while patrolling on Highway 109. As Deputy Beaty caught up with the vehicle, he observed the vehicle failing to maintain its driving lane on several occasions. When Deputy Beaty activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the driver (later identified as Duke) sped off at a high rate of speed leading deputies on a chase that ended in a field located off of Beckwith Road.

 “After posting the video of a local business being burglarized on our Facebook page, we immediately started receiving tips that were consistent on one individual that enabled our detectives to investigate Duke as the possible suspect,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Detective Justin Cagle, who was assigned to the case, took the intel we received and communicated that information to our patrol division and surrounding agencies. Because of Deputy Beaty’s vigilance, Duke is now in custody on a multitude of charges.”

 Duke was transported to the Wilson County Jail and charged with: Theft of Property, Reckless Driving, Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest x2, Vandalism, Reckless Endangerment, Tampering with Evidence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II (Oxycodone), Possession of Schedule II (Hydrocodone), Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana), and Driving on a Revoked License x2. Duke remains in jail with a total bond amount of $39,500.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Hosting Drug Take Back Day October 24

LEBANON, TN – The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, October 24, for anyone wanting to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription and non-prescription drugs. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a drop-off location in the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office front parking lot located at 105 East High Street in Lebanon.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), there were a total of 21,660 pounds of medications that were collected in the state of Tennessee in October of 2019, while 937,443 pounds were collected nationwide. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
“We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and get rid of expired or medication you are no 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.”
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, October 24, with no questions asked. No syringes are accepted, whether used or new, also no inhalers or liquids will be accepted.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Over 100 Purses Located in Home of Suspect Linked to Multiple ‘Smash and Grab’ Car Burglaries

LEBANON (TN) – The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is releasing details and findings of an investigation that lasted over a 6-month period in hopes of identifying more people that were victimized through numerous vehicle burglaries that took place involving multiple jurisdictions. Deputies began noticing a spike in vehicle burglaries throughout Wilson County involving the “smash and grab” method where the suspect shattered the windows to gain entry. Through intelligence sharing, detectives throughout Middle TN began to link information about the specific methods of these crimes and soon determined that these crimes were occurring in multiple jurisdictions; almost all of them occurring at public boat ramps and/or public parks.

 Detectives with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office soon began a collaborative effort working with investigators throughout Davidson County, Smith County, Dekalb County, Williamson County, Putnam County and Rutherford County. After gathering intelligence from all jurisdictions, detectives quickly developed a suspect and identified the individual as Michael L. Ballinger, a Wilson County resident.

 “This investigation is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement agencies come together and share information,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “This investigation was well executed, and I would like to thank all of the agencies involved for their welcomed assistance. Detective Bryan McDonald spent countless number of hours on this case pursuing the suspect who victimized so many people. Due to the overwhelming amount of items discovered at Mr. Ballinger’s residence, we are still looking to link many of those to victims who have not been identified yet. We will be working together to get those stolen items back to the original owners.”

 Based on the totality of the facts and evidence in this case, a search warrant for Ballinger’s residence was executed where detectives located more than 100 purses that appear to be stolen. Although several of the victims in these cases have been identified, many items have not been linked to a specific case. Detectives want to know if you have been a victim of a vehicle burglary, particularly where there has been forced entry made into the vehicle by shattering the window, to please contact the proper law enforcement agency of which the burglary occurred. A detailed inventory that includes pictures of each recovered item will be available to each victim that has a verified theft.

WCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division Seeking Public’s Assistance in Locating Stolen Trailer

MT. JULIET (TN)- On September 26, 2020, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a victim who had a 20-foot trailer stolen from their possession. Patrol Deputy Justin Smith and Springdale Elementary SRO David Stolinsky made use of surveillance cameras from the nearby school and worked in conjunction with the Mt. Juliet Police Department in utilizing the Guardian Shield System. During the investigation, CID was able to locate two persons of interest in the theft case who would not cooperate with authorities.
Detectives then located the suspect vehicle in Davidson County where the persons of interest reside. The trailer was unable to be located at the residence. Detectives believe the persons of interest have already sold the trailer. If you believe that you know the whereabouts of the stolen trailer or any information regarding the theft, please contact Detective Justin Cagle at 615-444-1412 ext. 254.

Local Authorities Intercept Drug Trafficking Ring From Detroit

LEBANON (TN)-  In early September, the Lebanon/Wilson County Task Force assisted Gallatin Police Department with a narcotics investigation on 27 year-old Sade J. Burrow from Detroit, Michigan. Burrow was believed to be trafficking narcotics from Detroit to the Sumner/Wilson County areas.

 On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team executed a search warrant at the home of Burrow on Cedar Street in Lebanon. Burrow and 21 year-old Deon D. Sanford, also from Detroit, were located on the property. Detectives located approximately 10.5 ounces of heroin, 2.5 ounces of cocaine and 3.5 ounces of methamphetamine in their possession. Also located in Burrow’s bedroom were a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun and over $8,000.

 “The Task Force and Gallatin Police Department conducted a very thorough investigation after gathering information on drug trafficking that was occurring from Detroit to our area,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “There are several major roadways in and around Wilson County that often lead to drug trafficking to the Middle Tennessee area. We will continue to go after those who are supplying large amounts of drugs that are affecting our community.”

 Both Burrow and Sanford were charged with Possession of Schedule I (Heroin), II (Cocaine), II (Methamphetamine) with Intent to Resale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Evidence. Burrow was additionally charged with Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony.

 Gallatin Police Department also made two arrests in Sumner County related to the drug distribution organization.

Reserve Deputies Making Impact With Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Did you know that Lt. Chris Rediker and Sgt. Greg Wamack, both with the WCSO’s Reserve Deputy Program, are currently serving as members of Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight Team? Both were recently honored on the Vanderbilt LifeFlight Facebook page for their current service to the team.

Lt. Rediker, who has served with the Reserve Deputy Program since 2011, is one of LifeFlight’s Nurse Practitioners working out of LifeFlight 1 in Gallatin. Rediker (RN, MSB, FNP-BC, AEMT) has served with LifeFlight for 20 years and received his Nurse Practitioner education from Austin Peay State University.

Sgt. Wamack has served with the Reserve Deputy Program since 2013. Wamack (MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CFRN, CTRN, AEMT), also with LifeFlight 1, has been with the Vanderbilt team for 15 years. His education includes receiving his EMT certificate while attending Cleveland State and Chattanooga State Community Colleges; attended Undergraduate School at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and Graduate School from Austin Peay State University.

Both Lt. Rediker and Sgt. Wamack serve in leadership roles with the Reserve Deputy Program. They have voluntarily given countless number of hours serving in many capacities in Wilson County and are the true definition of a public servant. We wish you continued success in your established careers and thank you for the impact you make each day.

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).