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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Mt. Juliet Conditions Update & Message to Check on Neighbors, Especially Elderly & Those w/ Special Needs

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Officials continue to discourage travel as crews work to clear roadways, which remain hazardous due to the heavy snow fall and below freezing temperatures. The National Weather Service in Nashville issued a Travelers Advisory for the area, and they expect travel problems will continue across Middle Tennessee until at least Noon on Sunday.

Public Works crews with the City of Mt. Juliet, Wilson County, & TDOT continue to work hard in their efforts to clear the roads.

Since 6:00 a.m. Friday morning, Mt. Juliet Police responded to 3 injury crashes, 8 non-injury crashes, and dealt with 55 motorist assist incidents where one or more vehicles were stuck. Roadways with the most incidents are in areas with an incline or hill. The last reported crash was at 5:20 p.m. yesterday, where a motorist spun out and struck the wall on the Interstate. Police officers continue to assist motorists who are becoming stuck. Traffic is much less than it was on Friday, which has resulted in less call volume at the current moment.

During this impacting winter weather, it is important to ensure neighbors, friends, and loved ones are okay, especially the elderly and those with any special needs. If contact cannot be with neighbor, friend, or loved one, the communications center can be notified at (615) 754-2550. Once notified, a police officer will respond to conduct a welfare check.

Continuous updates about Mt. Juliet Police Department’s activity will continue to Twitter and Facebook.

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Mt. Juliet Public Safety and Public Works Focused on Approaching Winter Storm; Police Offer Safety Tips

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The attention of city public safety and public works is focused on the approaching Winter Storm, where a Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Saturday. Travel impacts should be expected Friday, Saturday, and possibly into Sunday morning. Residents should have a plan in place to not travel on roadways when conditions become hazardous, which could begin as early as Friday morning and include the morning rush-hour. Roadways will quickly become hazardous, and travel is discouraged. Mt. Juliet Police, Fire, and Public Works departments are actively monitoring the developing situation, and they are prepared for this winter-weather event.

Wilson County Schools and Kids Club Extended School Program will be closed Friday, January 22, 2016. All extracurricular activities (sports, plays, etc.) are cancelled for tomorrow, January, 22 and Saturday, January 23.

Additional police officers have been placed on standby, and they will be utilized if more staffing is necessary to respond for calls. Certain police vehicles are equipped with all-wheel drive to provide better traction and ensure officers continue to have the capability to respond.

Mt. Juliet Fire Department volunteers have been placed on standby, and additional crews have been schedule to staff all stations and all apparatuses.

Mt. Juliet Public Works will not be able to pretreat or brine city roadways due to the heavy rain prior to the wintry precipitation. However, staff has been placed on standby, and salt trucks with snow removal equipment have been readied. Public works will begin to salt and attempt to clear roadways once hazardous conditions develop. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is responsible for state roadways like Mt. Juliet Road, Lebanon Road, and Central Pike; however, Mt. Juliet Public Works will supplement TDOT to ensure the state roads are cleared as best as possible.

Mt. Juliet Police, Fire, and Public Works leadership is in constant contact with the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, and all agencies are communicating and working together to ensure everyone has the necessary resources.

Since hazardous road conditions will develop this evening and last through the week, the Mt. Juliet Police Department reminds residents to stay safe in snowy weather. Please remember the following tips throughout any winter storm:

  • Follow us on Social Media for Updates: Follow Wilson County and Tennessee public safety agencies on Twitter & Facebook. Many agencies actively communicate with the public about road closures, traffic advisories, and/or important information on Twitter and Facebook. Below is a list of area social media links:
  • Stay Informed: Anytime there is a possibility of a winter storm, it is always important to stay connected and have your communication devices charged. Consider registering for Mt. Juliet and Wilson County EMA Nixle Alerts to receive real-time text alerts on your phone. It is simple to register, simply text your zip code to the phone number “888777”.
  • Take Note of the Weather Forecast: Mt. Juliet Police encourage residents to take note of local forecasts and plan accordingly for adverse weather conditions. Motorists are reminded that they can dial 511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road conditions on Tennessee roadways. The Tennessee Department of Transportation also has a great SmartWay resource that provides up-to-date traffic information on Tennessee’s highway system. You can find more information about it at www.TNSmartWay.com .
  • Vehicle Preparation: With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving. Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels. Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth. Motorists should equip their vehicles with an ice scraper, jumper cables, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets. Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving, including all lights, for visibility. Clearing vehicles of snow and ice enhances the safety of all motorists by providing an unobstructed view to the operator and prevents snow and ice from flying off vehicles at high speeds and posing a hazard to others on the road. Motorists should also carry a charged cell phone.
  • Reduce Speed: Anticipate delays. Most snow and ice-related crashes are caused by spin-outs and vehicles sliding off the road because they are traveling at speeds too great for the road and weather conditions. Posted speed limits are set for driving under perfect, dry conditions. If road and weather conditions are dangerous, motorists should operate at a speed well below the posted limit.
  • Leave Extra Space Between Vehicles: Under perfect driving conditions, motorists should leave at least one car length for every ten miles per hour between them and the vehicle in front of them. If the road and weather conditions are dangerous, that distance should be significantly increased in order to afford for increased stopping distances.
  • Black Ice: Transparent ice may form on the roadway. If you notice ice forming on any objects, assume that it is forming on the road surface as well. Bridges are usually the first surfaces to freeze. Drive slowly and, if possible, avoid driving on iced-over surfaces.
  • Buckle Up: The single most effective thing that motorists can do to keep themselves, friends, and loved ones safe on the road is to buckle up.
  • Dial 911 in Roadway Emergencies: Motorists who become disabled in a dangerous location or encounter an emergency on the roadways should dial 911 on their cell phones to immediately be connected to emergency services. Motorists should always be aware of their location, noting the road they are traveling on and nearest cross-street or mile-marker.

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