Vehicle Stop During Shoplifting Investigation Leads to Wanted Person and Drug Charges

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Officers responded to a report of possible active shoplifting, stopped a car, and located a wanted person. During the early afternoon of Wednesday, January 28, 2015, staff at a Providence Marketplace clothing store called Mt. Juliet Police to report possible active shoplifting by three individuals. Undercover officers, with Mt. Juliet’s Crime Suppression Unit, immediately responded to the area and began to conduct surveillance on the suspected theft activity.

A traffic stop was conducted on the suspects’ Honda CRV, and an odor of marijuana was noticed by officers. A baggy of approximately 2 grams of marijuana was spotted in the CRV’s center cup holder as well

Further investigation revealed that the driver, identified as Brittany R. Ezell, 24 of Nashville, had a revoked driver’s license and an active warrant out of Williamson County for a Probation Violation, stemming from previous charges of Theft Over $1,000.00, Aggravated Robbery, and Disorderly Conduct.

Two other individuals were in the CRV during the stop, but they were not charged with a crime. The three were all on active felony probation.

Ezell was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and Driving on a Revoked Driver’s License. She is set to appear in court on March 16, 2015 on a $3,000.00 bond.

Brittany R. Ezell, 24, of Nashville

Brittany R. Ezell, 24, of Nashville

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Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Suspect Sought by Investigators

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping someone will recognize a thief who fraudulently used a stolen credit card. On Friday, December 12, 2014, the victim’s credit card went missing at Walmart, located at 300 Pleasant Grove Road. It became apparent to the victim that the card was stolen after fraudulent uses of the card began to pop up on the victim’s account until the card was cancelled.

Investigators tracked the locations where the credit card was used, and they were able to obtain surveillance video of the suspect using the card. Wearing a black “Sons of Anarchy” sweatshirt and khaki pants, the white female suspect, who appears to be in her late 20’s to late 30’s years of age, used the victim’s card at the Murphy Express and Daily’s Shell gas stations in Mt. Juliet. In one of the businesses, the suspect wore a dark-colored ball cap backwards on her head.

The female suspect arrived at the businesses in a silver or tan 1995-2003 Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma, extended cab, pickup with chrome aftermarket wheels and ground effects.

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Case #14-31052, Suspect Vehicle, Murphy USA

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspect responsible for this crime, they 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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Man Caught On Camera Burglarizing Open Garage and Unlocked Car


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping to identify an unknown man who took advantage of an open garage and unlocked car to commit a burglary. During the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the burglar noticed an open garage at a residence in the 200 block of Larson Drive. The burglar’s actions are captured on the burglarized home’s surveillance system, and the burglar does a u-turn on Larson Drive just prior to sneaking into the garage.

The burglar enters the garage and snatches a GPS device from an unlocked van. The thief attempted to enter the second, parked car in the garage, but it was locked. After committing the burglary, the thief ran back to his parked car and fled the area.

The burglar is described as a white male in his 40’s, approximately 5’10” tall, with a medium build and balding. He was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt with two lines of writing on the front.

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspect responsible for this crime, they 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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Traffic Stop for Seatbelt Violation by Crime Suppression Unit Officer Leads to Drug Arrest

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man was arrested after being stopped for not wearing a seatbelt, and officers found marijuana hidden in M&M candy containers. On Thursday, January 15, 2015 around 4:30 p.m., a Crime Suppression Unit officer stopped Miguel Rodriguez, 27, of Nashville because he was driving his 2003 Ford Escort on West Division Street near South Greenhill Road without a seatbelt on.

While the officer was speaking to Rodriguez through the driver window, he noticed that Rodriguez was extremely nervous and there was a strong marijuana odor emitting from inside the car. Rodriquez told the officer that he had a marijuana pipe and small amount of marijuana in his car, but officers found more after searching. Inside the passenger area of the car, officers found 2 grams of marijuana hidden in M&M candy containers. A large duffel bag was located in the trunk, and officers found an additional 39 grams of marijuana in multiple prepackaged baggies and plastic containers in the bag. Other items located in Rodriguez’s possession were multiple pipes, Swisher Sweet cigarillos, five home marijuana drug testing kits, and a large machete inside a black sheath.

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15-1277 Miguel Rodriguez  (4)

A check for surrounding warrants revealed that Rodriguez had an active warrant out of Metro-Nashville for Failure to be Booked.

Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Possession of Schedule VI Drug with Intent to Resale, Simple Possession of Schedule VI Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Prohibited/Unlawful Weapon. He is set to appear in court on May 28, 2015 under a $15,000.00 bond.

Miguel Rodriguez, 27, of Nashville

Miguel Rodriguez, 27, of Nashville

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Mt. Juliet Special Census Underway, Door-to-Door Visits In-Progress

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Official City of Mt. Juliet Census-Takers are out in neighborhoods and gathering info for the 2015 Special Census, an important count for state funding, city infrastructure, and emergency services planning. It is very helpful for city leaders to know the most accurate number of citizens residing in Mt. Juliet.

Census-Takers will be knocking on doors of households who did not respond to census requests by mail or electronically.

What to expect during the visit:

A knock at your door and only two questions:

What is the number of people in your home?

What are their first and last names?

Nothing else will be asked.

Census-Taker Identification:

Official City I.D. and Lime Green Reflective Vest

Door-to-Door Visit Hours:

Monday-Friday: 4P-8P | Saturday: 10A-8P | Sunday: 1P-8P | MLK Day: 10A-8P

It’s very important to the City of Mt. Juliet to get an accurate count of every citizen in Mt. Juliet. Population is how the State of Tennessee distributes funds to municipalities. Every person counted provides almost $98 to the city to be used for city services like parks, police, public works, fire, etc.

The City of Mt. Juliet appreciates everyone’s cooperation during this important count.

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Police, Students, and Parents to Visit at Coffee With a Cop at MJCA Tomorrow Morning

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police will be having Coffee With a Cop with students and parents tomorrow at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, located at 735 N. Mt. Juliet Road. The public is also invited and encouraged to attend. Police Chief James Hambrick, his leadership team, and officers will at the school and ready to enjoy simple conversation anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 16. Coffee With a Cop is an opportunity for the public to meet with officers in a relaxed environment and talk about anything  — from crime issues to neighborhood programs, public safety management to how to join the force. The public brings the questions, chat with an officer, and they get a free cup of coffee and breakfast pastries.

“The simplicity is appealing: We show up, community members show up, and then we talk over coffee. It is a great way to build relationships with people in the community and hear about the concerns residents may have,” said Chief James Hambrick.

The Coffee With A Cop program is a non-traditional way to generate conversation between the police department and community it serves. This event allows the public to interact with police officers, including the Chief of Police, in an informal setting to ask questions or address concerns with local law enforcement. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Coffee With A Cop event to say hello and enjoy free coffee and pastries provided by Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.

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Two Unknown Men Flee From Officers; Firearms Found at Scene

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – During a traffic stop for speeding, the driver sped away and later fled on foot with passenger. Around 1:00 a.m. on January 1, 2015, an officer spotted a dark blue 2008 Honda Civic travelling over 70 MPH in a 45 MPH zone on N. Mt. Juliet Road. The driver initially stopped for the officer on N. Mt. Juliet Road near Interstate 40, and the officer made contact with the driver. During their brief contact, the driver and passenger were evasive, and the officer spotted multiple open bottles of beer in the car. A backup officer was called for assistance.

Once a backup officer arrived, the driver sped away. The two officers pursued the car to Forest View Apartments, located at 119 Belinda Parkway, where the driver drove the car off the roadway and through the grass. The driver and passenger jumped out of the car once they were near a building, and they ran away.

A perimeter of multiple officers was quickly established around the area of the two suspects’ last known location. However, no one was ever located. After an extensive search of the area and notification to the public through Mt. Juliet’s text alert system and social media, the search was eventually terminated.

Items Recovered in Suspect Vehicle

Items Recovered in Suspect Vehicle

Officers discovered two revolvers, a hunting-style face mask, dark blue bandanna, gloves, live ammunition, spent ammunition shell casings, and multiple open and unopened beer bottles in the suspect vehicle.

The driver was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20’s wearing a red sweat shirt, blue jeans, and red/black ball cap. There is not a description for the passenger, except that he was male.

The investigation is ongoing, and officers are currently looking at all the available evidence to potentially identify the two unknown men that fled.

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly known the suspects responsible for this crime, they 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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Two Unknown Men Flee From Officers; Firearms Found at Scene

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – During a traffic stop for speeding, the driver sped away and later fled on foot with passenger. Around 1:00 a.m. on January 1, 2015, an officer spotted a dark blue 2008 Honda Civic travelling over 70 MPH in a 45 MPH zone on N. Mt. Juliet Road. The driver initially stopped for the officer on N. Mt. Juliet Road near Interstate 40, and the officer made contact with the driver. During their brief contact, the driver and passenger were evasive, and the officer spotted multiple open bottles of beer in the car. A backup officer was called for assistance.

Once a backup officer arrived, the driver sped away. The two officers pursued the car to Forest View Apartments, located at 119 Belinda Parkway, where the driver drove the car off the roadway and through the grass. The driver and passenger jumped out of the car once they were near a building, and they ran away.

A perimeter of multiple officers was quickly established around the area of the two suspects’ last known location. However, no one was ever located. After an extensive search of the area and notification to the public through Mt. Juliet’s text alert system and social media, the search was eventually terminated.

Items Recovered in Suspect Vehicle

Items Recovered in Suspect Vehicle

Officers discovered two revolvers, a hunting-style face mask, dark blue bandanna, gloves, live ammunition, spent ammunition shell casings, and multiple open and unopened beer bottles in the suspect vehicle.

The driver was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20’s wearing a red sweat shirt, blue jeans, and red/black ball cap. There is not a description for the passenger, except that he was male.

The investigation is ongoing, and officers are currently looking at all the available evidence to potentially identify the two unknown men that fled.

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly known the suspects responsible for this crime, they 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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Mt. Juliet Fire Chief Submits Letter of Resignation

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Chief Erron Kinney resigned from the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet this morning in a letter submitted to City Manager Kenneth Martin. Kinney was Mt. Juliet’s first fire Chief, appointed in March 2013, who oversaw the formation of Mt. Juliet’s new fire department.  His final day with the City will be January 2, 2014.

Kinney's Letter of Resignation Copy

Kinney’s Letter of Resignation Copy

Erron Kinney

Erron Kinney

“We are truly grateful for the tremendous job Chief Kinney has done in building Mt. Juliet’s first fire department,” said City Manager Kenneth Martin. “I have always appreciated his knowledge and professionalism he brought to our community, and his commitment to improving the safety of Mt. Juliet’s citizens has prepared us for further achievements in the coming years. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Jamie Luffman

Jamie Luffman

Current Assistant Chief Jamie Luffman will serve as Interim Fire Chief until a replacement Chief is selected.

The city and citizens of Mt. Juliet greatly appreciate Mr. Kinney ‘ s contributions to the city.

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Mt. Juliet Police Prepared to Crack Down on Impaired Drivers New Year’s Eve

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police will be conducting an enforcement campaign on New Year’s celebrations, focusing on unsafe driving behavior through saturation patrols. Additional officers will take to the streets and cruise areas prone to alcohol-related crashes at 10:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and continue into the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

“Driving while impaired is a terrible decision for anyone to make,” said Chief James Hambrick. “The Mt. Juliet Police Department has the duty to ensure our community remains safe, and those who decide to take part in dangerous behavior, like driving while impaired, should know that plenty of officers are going to be out and ready to find them.”

So far in 2014, Mt. Juliet Police has investigated 17 alcohol-related crashes where 12 people were injured. Thankfully, no fatalities have been investigated by Mt. Juliet Police where alcohol was a factor.

Residents should also be aware that the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is offering free, safe rides on New Year’s Eve. The program will be available until 3:00 a.m. New Year’s Day. To obtain a safe ride, you can call (615) 444-1412.

New Year’s Even Safety Tips:

If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:

  • Plan ahead by naming a “designated driver.” Make this your responsibility as the host.
  • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.
  • Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
  • Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
  • Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.

If you are attending New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations:

  • If you drink, don’t drive.
  • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up, or stay where you are until you are sober.
  • Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.
  • While it’s fun to share where you are on social media sites, beware of doing so, as you are publicly alerting others that you are not at home.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended. Finish it before you hit the restroom or dance floor.
  • If you’re attending a large party where there are crowds, travel with a group or in pairs.
  • Make sure everyone has a “buddy” who can confirm they got home safely at the end of the night.

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