WILSON COUNTY JOINT COMMUNICATIONS CENTER TO BRING AGENCIES TOGETHER IN NEW JAIL EXPANSION
LEBANON (TN)- Dispatch centers from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson County 9-1-1, Wilson Emergency Management Agency (Ambulance, Fire), and Mt. Juliet Fire services will all be working together upon the completion of the new jail expansion. The Wilson County Joint Communications Center is anticipated to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2023.
Due to the ongoing expansion of the new jail facility, this will allow time for all the pieces of the puzzle to fall into place. Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan emphasized the importance of the new center in a meeting with all of the department heads by stating, “There is always room for improvement at any and all levels. We have time on our hands to get the necessary equipment and resources needed for this project. Once completed, this will open up direct communication with other agencies that will enable a more efficient response. I’m looking forward to the greater outcome this will provide to our citizens.”
The co-location will be streamlined operations and service level improvements. “We are trying to align ourselves with the industry standard to provide a more coordinated response,” Wilson County 9-1-1 Director Karen Moore said. “Public Safety analytics has shown various ways to bring faster, better-informed responses. The joint efforts of the Wilson County Sheriff and Wilson County Emergency Management with the City of Mt. Juliet Fire, in conjunction with Wilson County 9-1-1, will no doubt have an immediate impact on the citizens of Wilson County in improved response time throughout all municipalities.”
WEMA Director Joey Cooper talked about the huge impact it will have on communications having a co-location and how the quick response will play a role in saving lives. “I am really beyond words that it may become a reality regarding the new Wilson County Joint Communications Center. This progress will have so many positive effects on the whole county,” stated Director Cooper. “The benefits of having the communications of multiple agencies in one center go far beyond in getting where we need to be as a county. This Joint Communications Center WILL save lives.”
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto praised the efforts of Sheriff Bryan, Director Cooper, and Director Moore; along with the Emergency Communications District (E-911) Board for their diligence in seeing this project to fruition. “Public Safety has always ranked among the top priorities of our administration, along with education and quality of life. The Wilson County Joint Communications Center will solidify that very fact,” stated Mayor Hutto. “As one of only 4 Tennessee counties who provide 24/7 service in our rural areas, we believe this addition will increase response times and improve communication between our emergency personnel and 911 operators. Wilson County is blessed with a tremendous emergency service personnel force throughout our county and in our three cities. We have always tried to provide and improve our emergency services at all levels.”
LEBANON (TN) – Within the past 48 hours, investigators with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Lebanon Police Department worked together along with the school administration to quickly identify juveniles responsible for making threats towards Lebanon High School that occurred in three separate incidents. In all three cases, each was determined to be non-credible. However, a total of three juveniles have been charged by creating a mass disturbance at Lebanon High School as well as within the community.
“In cases such as these, even when we are able to establish that the threat is non-credible, we will continue to pursue charges on individuals making any type of threat both intentionally or jokingly,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “We take all threats seriously and school safety has always been a top priority. We will look to prosecute anyone and everyone who tries to disrupt the safety and normal daily activities of our students, faculty, and staff which also include any attempt to try and get school closed by initiating a false threat.”
The three juveniles involved, all Lebanon High School students, are being issued juvenile petitions by the LHS School Resource Officers for the following which may include additional charges:
17 year-old: Filing a False Report
17 year-old: Threat of Mass Violence on School Property
14 year-old: Threat of Mass Violence on School Property
We also urge citizens on social media platforms to contact their respective law enforcement agency if they hear or see any threat before sharing information which oftentimes is inaccurate and creates public alarm. In the event that an imminent threat is occurring, we will communicate the best available information we can.
LEBANON, TN – On 11/15/2021, Detectives with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office apprehended two suspects during the commission of an Aggravated Burglary. After a lengthy investigation, Detective Bryan McDonald developed Corey Miller and Brook Harris as suspects as a result of ongoing surveillance. While conducting surveillance, detectives witnessed the suspects casing the area and subsequently noticed the suspects leaving a property they had no known association with. Miller and Harris were detained and stolen property was recovered on the scene.
Both Harris and Miller were taken into custody and charged for the commission of the burglary which occurred in the Northeast portion of Wilson County. Brook Harris is being held at the Wilson County Jail on one count of Aggravated Burglary and Corey Miller is being held for 1 count of Aggravated Burglary, 1 count of Theft of Property, and 1 count of Vandalism. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending at this time.
“Both suspects were found to be connected to multiple burglaries in and around Wilson County,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Detectives worked hard on this case and they were able to link Miller and Harris to various burglaries that were occurring. This investigation is not over and we will continue to gather additional information of their involvement.”
After the apprehension of Corey Miller and Brook Harris, detectives executed a search warrant at the residence of Miller and Harris where additional stolen property was recovered, connecting the two suspects to additional crimes in both Wilson and surrounding counties.
In the past 48 hours, victims have reported a scam involving disturbing text messages and pictures threatening their lives and demanding cash. In one of the text messages sent by a scammer, the context reads “I’m an assassin, I was sent to terminate your life and I’ve been following for weeks and you seem to be a nice person that’s why I wanna make a deal with you”. The scammer continues by saying “I will arrange where we can meet, but first of all you need to make a payment of $4000 so I can terminate the contract from the person who sent me.”
Victims have reported that they are also receiving disturbing pictures taken from the internet of dead bodies and claiming “You’re next” if you don’t wire them some money. The number texting the victims was listed as (501) 415-3676. It’s important to know that many of these scams are likely done from overseas and the number can be manipulated. We urge you to simply not respond to these messages and to block the number.
It is with great honor to announce that Sheriff Robert Bryan has been named the “2021 Tennessee Sheriff of the Year” during the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association’s 50th Annual Conference this week in Sevierville. The award, which was voted on by Sheriffs across Tennessee, was presented to Sheriff Bryan by TSA Executive Director Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe (Ret) during a banquet held on Wednesday night.
“I am truly honored to be recognized by Sheriffs across Tennessee with this award. It was a very humbling experience for me and the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association has always held a special place in my heart,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “I can’t say enough about the support that has been given from both my family and the men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line each day from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.”
The award was given by his peers in appreciation of his many outstanding contributions to law enforcement over his 32 year career. Please join us in congratulating Sheriff Bryan on this prestigious award.
LEBANON,TN- The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the burglary and theft of several items taken from Xtreme Paintball located off of West Old Laguardo Road. On Saturday, when the owner arrived at the business, he noticed several items had been taken that included: paintball guns, HPA tanks, power tools, battery chargers, miscellaneous paintball equipment, a four wheeler, a generator, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, and food/drinks. The burglary occurred sometime between Friday evening and early morning hours on Saturday.
Anyone with information which leads to the successful identification, prosecution, and conviction of the person(s) responsible in this incident could be entitled a total cash reward of up to $1,500. 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.
MT. JULIET (TN) – Deputies were dispatched early Saturday morning to a home on Mays Chapel Road after shots were fired when a male subject driving a yellow Chevrolet Camaro pulled into the driveway and opened fire on the residence next door. The homeowner of the residence, where the subject pulled in to, heard the shots being fired and then quickly obtained his firearm returning fire back at the armed man through his bedroom window. The male subject, later identified as Caleb Lee Hughes (28) of Sumner County, fled the scene heading towards the area of Highway 109.
A BOLO was given out to surrounding counties with the description of the fleeing vehicle with a concentrated focus on Sumner County especially since Hughes resided there. The information was entered in on the ALPR cameras in Sumner County and the vehicle was immediately flagged as Hughes crossed the county line. As they made contact with the vehicle, a pursuit began as Hughes fled authorities and was eventually stopped while being taken into custody without incident.
“Deputies observed multiple holes on the outside of the targeted residence as well as the vehicles located on the property as a result from the gun shots that occurred,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “The intended target of the shooting were family members of Hughes girlfriend. Fortunately, no one was harmed and Hughes was taken into custody without incident. We appreciate the great work by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office with assisting us in capturing Hughes.”
Hughes remains in the Wilson County Jail and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and vandalism >$10,000. He is set to appear in General Sessions Court on May 19th at 9:00 a.m.
LEBANON (TN)- On May 5th, Wilson County deputies were dispatched to an address located off of Cedar Forest Road to conduct a welfare check on the living conditions of two young children. Information was also given to responding deputies that the parents of the children possibly had outstanding warrants. Upon arrival, deputies quickly surrounded the residence while finding that the back door entrance was open. While deputies were clearing the residence after making an announcement, Detective Justin Cagle heard what was believed to be a child crying from underneath the trailer. A female, later identified as Kimberly B. Blachowski (25), was located under the trailer holding a small child wearing only a diaper and wrapped in a towel.
Kimberly then advised deputies that there was a second child in the back bedroom of the residence. Upon arrival in the bedroom, deputies observed a small child lying in a clothes basket with clothes and blankets over the child except for a small opening around the facial area. A large aggressive pit bull was also discovered in the trailer alone with the child.
A second subject, later identified as Justin P. Blachowski (28), fled out the back door of the residence upon arrival by deputies and was later taken into custody.
“We quickly took both children into our custody while the Department of Children Services were responding to the home to investigate the living conditions that we observed,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Both Justin and Kimberly had outstanding warrants and were taken into custody with additional charges for child neglect. Justin also violated a conditional release as he was not to be around Kimberly due to a previous domestic incident involving the two.”
Justin and Kimberly remain in jail as of press time and are both set to appear in General Sessions Court on May 19th, 2021.
LEBANON (TN) – On Friday, April 30th, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Directed Patrol Unit made an arrest on Westview Drive in Lebanon stemming from an existing arrest warrant. Deputies made contact with the home owner at the residence and observed drug activity that led deputies in contacting the Wilson County Narcotics Division.
Through the information that was received, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant on the residence and located an ounce and a half of methamphetamine, a quarter ounce of crack cocaine, a quarter ounce of powder cocaine, THC edibles, two pounds of marijuana, and over $63,000.
“We are finding large amounts of drugs and money that are being used for trafficking almost on a weekly basis,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “These drugs that we are finding pose a high risk for addiction to those who are using it which causes a potential for overdose. We will continue to use every resource available to combat the drug trafficking within our community.”
Due to the ongoing investigation, the identity of the suspects will not be released at this time.
LEBANON (TN) – Last Friday evening, Directed Patrol Cpl. Logan Hackett initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driving erratically southbound on Hartmann Drive in Lebanon. As soon as the vehicle pulled over on the shoulder and as Cpl. Hackett began to exit, the driver took off at a high rate of speed leading deputies on a pursuit that eventually ended as the car crashed into a telephone pole on Beckwith Road. Prior to crashing, Mt. Juliet Police were able to successfully spike out the tires from the fleeing vehicle. Upon arrival by deputies, witnesses stated they observed a male running with a black bag behind a residence.
Moments later, the driver was located in the back yard hiding from deputies under an old boat. Jeremy Sharif Bender, (33) of Mt. Juliet, was taken into custody and charged with multiple crimes. Deputies found a large amount of US currency totaling over $2,000 in Bender’s wallet as well as three separate bags of a tan powder substance believed to be heroin, two bags containing suboxone strips and a digital scale with powder residue on it that was located in the black bag.
Inside the vehicle, was a clear bag that contained multiple small blue pills believed to be pressed fentanyl, a glass pipe containing crystal methamphetamine and a half bottle of Crown Royal.
“Mr. Bender is a convicted felon who has a history of drug violations and evading law enforcement,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Thankfully, no one was injured and we were able to take more dangerous drugs off the street before they got into someone else’s hands. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and is claiming lives every day because of its high risk of addiction and dependency.”
Bender remains in jail with a total bond amount of $78,500 and charged with multiple drug offenses along with driving under the influence, implied consent, evading arrest x2, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and leaving the scene. He is set to appear in court on November 10, 2021, at 9 a.m.