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.
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.
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.
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).
An executive order was issued today by the Wilson County Mayor’s Office requiring face masks in public places and declared a public health emergency. Many of you have previously asked questions regarding the enforcement of wearing face masks. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will carry on with the procedures we have now been doing for weeks; and that is continuing to promote compliance through communication and education.
“My primary concern during the spread of the virus is the safety and welfare of every Wilson County citizen,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “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 I have also encouraged all deputies and staff to do the same. We join law enforcement agencies across the state through promoting safer and healthier communities in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. We will not be enforcing written citations or fines but we will continue to educate and communicate the necessary measures to slow the spread of the virus.”
Deputies will have face masks available in their patrol units for anyone who may need additional mask(s). It is not our desire to punish; only to facilitate measures that will slow the spread of COVID-19.
MT. JULIET, TN – The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect responsible for burglarizing vehicles in neighborhoods throughout the northwestern areas of Wilson County. Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect attempting to burglarize vehicles. The suspect was observed driving a white Lincoln with a drive-out tag by one of the complainants.
Anyone with information which leads to the successful identification, prosecution, and conviction of the person responsible in this incident could be entitled a cash reward of up to $500.00. 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) – The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the theft of an Exmark Zero Turn Mower (60”) on a 14-foot Dovetail Trailer. The trailer has a black box in the front and running boards screwed in. Also located on the trailer were a RedMax Trimmer/Weedeater and an orange/white STIHL Blower. These items were stolen from a residence located around the 300 block of Glenwood Drive in Mt. Juliet on June 17 between the hours of 6:50 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Anyone with information which leads to the successful identification, prosecution, and conviction of the person(s) responsible in this incident could be entitled a cash reward of up to $500.00. 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.