Officer Rolls-up on Burglary in Progress at Market, Chases Suspects, & Apprehends One After Assault

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – One man is in-custody after he and another burglary suspect were spooked by an officer, who noticed the alarm going off at a market while on-patrol. Around 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2016, an officer on patrol noticed that the burglary alarm was sounding at the Citgo Fasttrack Market, located at 1200 S. Mt. Juliet Road. As the officer rolled-up on the market, he could see two men inside, stealing items from the store.

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Once the suspects spotted the officer, they ran, and the officer gave chase. One man jumped into a white GMC pick-up truck and sped-off westbound on Central Pike. The other man continued to run from the officer, who chased him into the woods. Once the officer caught up, the man fought and punched at the officer. Richard Black, 52, of Nashville, was eventually subdued and placed into custody. The officer did not receive any serious injuries.

The other unknown man, who sped away in the pick-up truck, was described as a middle-aged white male with a teardrop tattoo under his left eye.

Black was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Burglary, Theft of Property, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Vandalism, Resisting Arrest, Evading Arrest, and Assault.

Richard Black, 52, of Nashville

Richard Black, 52, of Nashville

“Mt. Juliet’s police officers are committed to protecting and securing our community from criminals,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “The vigilance displayed by this officer allowed him to disrupt a crime in-progress, apprehending one of the suspects.”

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Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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Investigators Looking to Identify Men Using Cloned Credit Card

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping the public can identify two men who used a victim’s credit card information on a cloned card to make three purchases, spending more than $700.00. The victim, who lives in East Tennessee and doesn’t know how her credit card information was cloned, noticed the charges on her account on January 9, 2016 after the suspects made their purchases.

In Mt. Juliet, the suspects used the card at Ross’s Dress for Less, TJ Maxx, and Publix. At the time of the fraudulent transactions, the card owner still possessed the actual credit card. However, at some point, the card was skimmed or duplicated on a fraudulent card.

Two men were captured on surveillance video using the fraudulent card, and investigators are hoping someone in the community will recognize the suspects.

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Anyone with any information regarding the suspects are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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Police Respond to Crash Involving School Bus Where 1 Adult Passenger Was Injured

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A Wilson County school bus was involved in a crash this afternoon where one adult passenger was injured. All 23 students on-board and a 79-year-old male driver were unharmed, but a 63-year-old bus aide was injured. This afternoon around 3:50 p.m., officers were summoned to Mt. Juliet Middle School to investigate a crash with reported injuries. Upon arrival, it was determined that the incident occurred at the intersection of Trailridge Circle and Woodridge Place. After the incident occurred, the bus driver drove the bus back to Mt. Juliet Middle School, where emergency responders were notified.

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Cement Culvert Struck By Bus Tires

Further investigation revealed that the crash occurred as the school bus was turning right off of Trailridge Circle onto Woodridge Place. While turning wide to make the turn, the bus driver noticed another vehicle approaching, so he quickly turned the bus sharp. During the sharp turn, the bus’s right rear tires struck a culvert causing the bus to shake and bounce. As the bus shook, the bus aide struck his head on the side window. Students also reported bouncing in their seats, but no injuries were reported by any students.

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Damage to Window by Bus Aide

School officials at Mt. Juliet Middle School quickly acted to ensure the students’ well-being was kept at a top priority, and they worked to contact parents and arrange transportation to their homes. Medics from Wilson County Emergency Management Agency checked all of the passengers out of an abundance of caution to ensure they were not harmed.

No citations were issued as a result of the crash.

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Detectives Identify Two Juveniles Responsible for Walmart Bomb Threat

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After a complete and rapid investigation into the bomb threat at Walmart, detectives have identified two juveniles responsible for the threat. This afternoon around 2:40 p.m., Mt. Juliet’s Police & Fire Communications Center was notified by Walmart management in reference to a bomb threat that was phoned in. Immediately, police and fire units responded to the scene to secure the area and ensure a safe evacuation.

Further investigation revealed that the callers phoned in two bomb threats, minutes from each other. . After Walmart was evacuated and parking lot secured, bomb detector dogs from Lebanon Emergency Services Unit responded to the scene to assist in ensuring the property was safe.

Detectives, from Mt. Juliet’s Criminal Investigative Division, also quickly responded to the scene to begin the investigation process to determine the legitimacy of the threat and who was responsible. Using technology and information from Walmart, detectives successfully tracked down two male juveniles, 10 and 11-year-old, who phoned in the bomb threats as a prank.

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Investigation Underway In Search of Caller, Who Called in a Bomb Threat at Walmart

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Detectives are actively investigating a bomb threat that was phoned into Walmart. This afternoon around 2:40 p.m., Mt. Juliet’s Police & Fire Communications Center was notified by Walmart management in reference to a bomb threat that was phoned in. Immediately, police and fire units responded to the scene to secure the area and ensure a safe evacuation.

Further investigation revealed that the caller phoned in two bomb threats, minutes from each other, and had accurate information as to the status of the evacuation process. After Walmart was evacuated and parking lot secured, bomb detector dogs from Lebanon Emergency Services Unit responded to the scene to assist in ensuring the property was safe.

Officers and bomb detector dogs searched the Walmart property, and it was deemed safe around 4:20 p.m. Detectives continue to investigate the source and are hoping to identify the caller.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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UPDATE: Controversial Group Cancels Meetup Planned for Saturday; Police To Remain Watchful

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A controversial group announced previously that a location in Mt. Juliet would be part of a global meetup this Saturday, February 6, 2016. However, the group’s founder announced this evening that the global meetups were cancelled. The original announcement of the public meetup, hosted by Return of Kings, a self-proclaimed men’s rights group, caught the attention of Mt. Juliet Police Sunday evening. In addition, the department has received multiple messages from many concerned residents regarding the activity, which is understandable given the rhetoric promoted by such group.

“This group promotes values that are against the values of our community, and I understand the public concern generated by their original announcement,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “We were aware of the group’s original planned activity, and we will continue to be watchful even though they have sent out communication cancelling their event.”

While it is not known why Mt. Juliet was selected as a location for the group. It is known that the announced location of Big Star Cigar Lounge is totally against the activity.

“The owner of Big Star Cigar Lounge reached out to the police department, with his own concerns, and met with Chief Hambrick,” stated Lt. Tyler Chandler. “This group completely goes against Mt. Juliet’s values, and they will not be popular in our community.”

Even though the meetup was cancelled, Mt. Juliet Police have plans to be in the area during the time the original meetup was scheduled to ensure public safety is a top priority.

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UPDATE: Controversial Group Cancels Meetup Planned for Saturday; Police To Remain Watchful

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A controversial group announced previously that a location in Mt. Juliet would be part of a global meetup this Saturday, February 6, 2016. However, the group’s founder announced this evening that the global meetups were cancelled. The original announcement of the public meetup, hosted by Return of Kings, a self-proclaimed men’s rights group, caught the attention of Mt. Juliet Police Sunday evening. In addition, the department has received multiple messages from many concerned residents regarding the activity, which is understandable given the rhetoric promoted by such group.

“This group promotes values that are against the values of our community, and I understand the public concern generated by their announcement,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “We are aware of the group’s planned activity, and we will be monitoring.”

While it is not known why Mt. Juliet was selected as a location for the group. It is known that the announced location of Big Star Cigar Lounge is totally against the activity.

“The owner of Big Star Cigar Lounge reached out to the police department, with his own concerns, and met with Chief Hambrick,” stated Lt. Tyler Chandler. “This group completely goes against Mt. Juliet’s values, and they will not be popular in our community.”

Even though the meetup was cancelled, Mt. Juliet Police have plans to be in the area during the time the original meetup was scheduled to ensure public safety is a top priority.

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Missing 9-year-old Located By Citizen Connected to Mt. Juliet Nixle Alerts

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The missing 9-year-old has been located safely. A citizen, connected to Mt. Juliet’s Nixle Alerts, spotted the child near Rutland Elementary school. Staff at Rutland Elementary then took the child into safety around 6:35 p.m. until police could arrive.

Police began searching for the missing 9-year-old, who left his home at Century of Providence Apartments, around 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. At the same time, many reports regarding an unclothed child running through the Providence neighborhoods began to come into the Mt. Juliet’s Police & Fire Communication Center. Officers immediately flooded the area to search for the child, and the public was alerted through Nixle text alerts and social media.

Thankfully, a connected-citizen received the text alert and spotted the child. Investigators are now looking into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

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Missing 9-year-old Located By Citizen Connected to Mt. Juliet Nixle Alerts

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The missing 9-year-old has been located safely. A citizen, connected to Mt. Juliet’s Nixle Alerts, spotted the child near Rutland Elementary school. Staff at Rutland Elementary then took the child into safety around 6:35 p.m. until police could arrive.

Police began searching for the missing 9-year-old, who left his home at Century of Providence Apartments, around 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. At the same time, many reports regarding an unclothed child running through the Providence neighborhoods began to come into the Mt. Juliet’s Police & Fire Communication Center. Officers immediately flooded the area to search for the child, and the public was alerted through Nixle text alerts and social media.

Thankfully, a connected-citizen received the text alert and spotted the child. Investigators are now looking into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

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Quick Responding Police Officers Apprehend Shoplifter, Recover Over $500 in Stolen Merchandise

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man is in-custody for shoplifting over $500.00 from Gander Mountain after retail staff witnessed him cutting open packages and hiding merchandise under his clothing. When officers were summoned to Gander Mountain on Monday, January 25, 2016 around 3:45 p.m. they quickly stopped the suspected thief as he was attempting to leave in his car. All the stolen merchandise from Gander Mountain was recovered.

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As officers searched the suspect, identified as James Woodard, Jr, 51, of Lebanon, multiple knives were located. Many of the knives were just stolen from Gander Mountain. Retail staff notified police after they watched Woodard quickly opening packages, removing the knife, and hiding the knife on his person. $527.91 of stolen merchandise was recovered off Woodard. In addition, Woodard was in possession of a pill bottle containing different types of pills.

James Woodard, Jr, 51, of Lebanon

James Woodard, Jr, 51, of Lebanon

Woodard was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft of Merchandise, Simple Possession of a Schedule II Drug, and 3 counts of Possession of a Legend Drug.

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