Mt. Juliet Police to Hold Full-Scale Active Shooter Training Exercise Tomorrow, after Business Hours, at Providence Marketplace


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet’s Providence Marketplace mall and theater will be the site of a full-scale active shooter training exercise tomorrow night on Wednesday, October 14 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The training will begin after the mall closes in order to not disrupt businesses in and around the site.

Participants in the training exercise will deal with an active shooter situation inside the theater and outside in the open-air mall environment. Emergency responders will rehearse their response and mitigation efforts to a mass casualty, active-shooter scenario during the training.

“It is so beneficial for emergency responders to rehearse what they learn in training, and the active shooter training exercise will allow us to evaluate our response,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “If our community ever has to deal with such a tragic incident, I want to be confident that we can provide the best possible response.”

Coordinated by Mt. Juliet Police Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, and Mt. Juliet Fire Department will all be participating in the exercise. Prior to this planned exercise, the involved agencies have been participating in workshops and tabletop drills. After the exercise, everyone involved will have an additional workshop to address any shortcomings that are discovered.

The training exercise has been scheduled to not interfere with normal mall operations, and department leadership has been coordinating the training with mall and theater management. The public should expect to see a large number of emergency responders in the area during the event. A large amount of staff will be present to ensure the training area remains safe and secure.

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Mt. Juliet Police Officers Graduate from Police Academy


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The Mt. Juliet Police Department is proud to announce that three officers have graduated from the 10-week Basic Police School at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA) in Nashville.

Mt. Juliet’s newest police officers Richard Lutz, Cody Mang, and Cameron Porter along with over 80 other law enforcement officers across the state of Tennessee took part in a graduation ceremony for Basic Police School 1771 held at TLETA today. Officer Mang was elected as the class vice-president and received one of the highest scores on the emergency vehicle operations course. Officer Lutz was a group leader and received one of the highest scores on the physical fitness course.


(L-R) Chief Hambrick, Officer Mang, Officer Porter, Deputy Chief Mullins, Officer Lutz, and Lieutenant Chandler

Prior to becoming a police officer, Officer Lutz served in the United States Navy. Officer Mang is a former police dispatcher, and he served in the United States Marine Corps. Officer Porter is a former correctional officer with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Officer Lutz, Mang, and Porter represented our department and Mt. Juliet very well while attending the police academy, “ stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “I’m proud of their achievements and to have them as a member of our family. They are ready to serve and be great servants to our community.”

TLETA provides the technical and tactical training as well as the ethical and professional standards for law enforcement that are necessary for success.

“Serving as a law enforcement officer is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers someone can choose,” stated TLETA Director Brian Grisham. “TLETA gives its graduates the training needed to make good choices in the midst of high-pressure situations. I congratulate the students of Basic Police School Class 1771 for their commitment, dedication and accomplishments.”

Starting on Sunday, October 11th, 2015, five additional Mt. Juliet police officers will begin the 10-week Basic Police School at the TLETA.


Wanted Man Runs From Officer During Traffic Stop and Gets Caught

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man wanted out of two counties ran from an officer after he was pulled over for a vehicle registration violation. Around 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, an officer pulled over a pickup truck because it did not have a license plate. During the stop, the driver jumped out of the truck and ran from the officer near the intersection of Lebanon Road and Springmont Boulevard.

The officer gave chase and apprehended the man, who was identified as Cody Buczynsky, 28, of Nashville. Officers located a hypodermic needle in Buczynsky’s pocket and brass knuckles in his glove box.

Further investigation revealed that Buczynsky was wanted out of Robertson County for a Felony Violation of Probation and Failure to Appear. He was also wanted out of Davidson County for Failure to be Booked.

Buczynsky was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving on a Revoked Drivers License.

Cody Buczynski, 28, of Nashville

Cody Buczynski, 28, of Nashville


Mt. Juliet Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Dollar General

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A lone gunman entered Dollar General this evening, demanding cash from a store clerk. Around 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2016, officers rushed to Dollar General (14390 Lebanon Road) after Mt. Juliet’s Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

A slender black male, approximately 5’10” tall, wearing a black hooded-sweatshirt, white undershirt, blue jean pants, gray Nike tennis shoes with black Nike logos, and using the sweatshirt hood to cover his face, entered the store and confronted a clerk at the front cash register. The suspect demanded cash, which the clerk complied. After retrieving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect ran out of the store, but his whereabouts after that is unknown. During the robbery, the suspect was carrying a silver semi-automatic handgun.

No one was injured during this incident. Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize the suspect and his clothing from the surveillance images.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime 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 .


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Police Arrest Armed, Intoxicated Convicted Felon Following Suspicious Person Call

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Following a suspicious person call near local businesses, officers arrested a convicted felon who was intoxicated and armed with a handgun. Around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, officers responded to the area of the Publix shopping center, located in the 600 block of S. Mt. Juliet Road, after citizens reported a man acting suspiciously. Callers to police dispatch stated that a man was wandering around the shopping center, approaching people, and stating he had just been robbed and needed help.

After arriving in the area, officers began to search for the man. He was eventually located by undercover Crime Suppression Unit officers in the parking lot of Holiday Inn with two other individuals that came to pick him up. Further investigation revealed that the man, identified as David Thornton, Jr, 36, of Lebanon, had just placed a handgun in the trunk of the car. Thornton also stated to officers that he had just been robbed and was under the influence of methamphetamine. His statements regarding a robbery were determined to be a false claim.

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Thornton is a convicted felon with a violent criminal history. He was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Public Intoxication, False Report, Possession of a Weapon While Under the Influence, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon. He is held under a $18,500.00 bond.

David Thornton, Jr, 36, of Lebanon

David Thornton, Jr, 36, of Lebanon


Theft Suspect, Wanted out of Three TN Counties & Texas, Runs from Police and Gets Held at Gunpoint by Citizen


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After a shoplifter stole from Walmart, fled and ran from officers, he was spotted and held at gunpoint by a citizen. This afternoon around 5:44 p.m., an officer gave chase of a shoplifting suspect who stole a hat and sunglasses, worth $37.00. The suspect ran into thick woods near the Triple Crown subdivision and Pleasant Grove Road, prompting officers to establish a perimeter in an effort to take the suspect into custody.

During the search, it was learned that the suspect, identified as James T. Handy, 36, of Lebanon, was wanted out of 3 Tennessee counties and Texas for various charges. A text alert message was sent via Mt. Juliet’s Nixle alert system to notify the public of the active search that included Handy’s description. Citizens began to help police spot Handy as they reported sightings during the search.

As officers pushed through the woods after the suspect, he ran into the Triple Crown neighborhood around 6:44 p.m. A citizen spotted Handy in his backyard, in the 5100 block of Citation Court, and the citizen held Handy at gunpoint until officers caught up. Handy was arrested and charged with Theft of Merchandise, Resisting Arrest, and Evading Arrest. He was also wanted out of Wilson County for Failure to Appear, Jackson County for Resisting Stop, Halt, Frisk and Evading Arrest, Smith County for Violation of Probation, and Texas for Larceny.

Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in the search, and Mt. Juliet Police Department greatly appreciates their assistance.


James T. Handy, 36, of Lebanon


Investigators Looking to Identify Suspects Involved in Credit Card Fraud

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping the public can identify suspects involved in credit card fraud where they illegally used cloned cards. The alleged suspects’ actions were captured on Lowe’s surveillance video after they spent over $2.000.00 in four different transactions, using two different cloned cards on September 14, 2015.

At the time of the fraudulent transactions, the card owners still possessed their credit cards. However, at some point, the cards were skimmed and duplicated on a fraudulent card.

Two women were captured on surveillance video using the fraudulent cards, 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 .


Shoplifting Group Apprehended After Leading Police on Short Vehicle Pursuit

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After a short vehicle pursuit, a group of 4 shoplifters were apprehended after stealing from Belk. Mt. Juliet Police were summoned to Belk department store in Providence Marketplace on Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. after loss prevention reported a shoplifting group inside the store. It was reported to police that the group was working together to actively conceal items in bags while in the fitting rooms. Upon police arriving on the scene, the group left the store, jumped into a Nissan Altima, and took off.

Officers pursued the Altima out of Providence MarketPlace and onto Mt. Juliet Road, where traffic prevented the shoplifters from going further at the Interstate 40 overpass. Once the Altima was stopped, officers successfully apprehended two juveniles and two adults. $440.00 of stolen items from Belk was recovered from inside the car and returned to the store.

Further investigation revealed an additional $400.00 is merchandise in the car that was potentially stolen from Ross, Rue 21, and Old Navy. However, it has not been reported stolen at this time.

Tashara Anderson, 20, of Nashville was arrested, charged with Theft of Merchandise, Possession of Tools to Interfere with an Anti-theft device, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (2 counts).

Donte Fentress, 20, of Nashville was arrested, charged with Theft of Merchandise, Possession of Tools to Interfere with an Anti-theft device, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (2 counts).

Anderson ($4000 bond) and Fentress ($3500 bond) were booked into the Wilson County Jail.

A male juvenile, 17, of Nashville was charged with Theft of Merchandise, Evading Arrest, and Reckless Endangerment.

A female juvenile, 17, of Nashville was charged with Theft of Merchandise.

Donte Fentress, 20, of Nashville

Donte Fentress, 20, of Nashville

Tashara Anderson, 20, of Nashville

Tashara Anderson, 20, of Nashville


Mt. Juliet Police is Turning Up the Heat Against Crime with a Community Chili Cook-off and Open House


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – In an effort to further strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, Mt. Juliet Police will be hosting an open house and community chili cook-off in October. The event, themed Turning Up the Heat Against Crime, should be a great opportunity for residents to meet and talk with neighbors, businesses, and members of the police department in a fun, friendly setting at police headquarters. The event will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters, located at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway.

Businesses and neighborhoods are encouraged to participate in the chili cook-off, and the public is invited to attend, eat chili, and check out police headquarters and equipment. There will be numerous displays of the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s resources and other law enforcement related equipment and technology. Representatives for the department will be on-hand to conduct guided tours of police headquarters during the event. Also, a DJ will be providing music for the event, and a kid’s fun zone will be out on the department’s front lawn.

Those interested in participating in the Chili Cook-off can visit for more details.


Five Car Burglaries Reported This Morning; Police Offering $500 Reward to Catch A Thief

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Overnight, Car Burglars targeted unlocked cars Mt. Juliet neighborhoods. The thieves struck the neighborhoods of Hickory Hills, Willoughby Station, Park Glen, Timber Trail, and Oak Hall. If a car was left unlocked, it was likely targeted by the unknown individuals looking to make money off whatever valuables were left in the unsecured vehicle. As of 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2015 a total of five Theft of Property from Auto reports were completed. One car had a .40 caliber Glock handgun stolen out of it.

“Car burglary is a crime of opportunity that is very easy for the thief to commit because so many people leave their car unlocked,” stated Mt. Juliet Police Lieutenant Tyler Chandler. “Car burglars typically operate in the early morning hours, hiding under the cover of darkness. Burglars run through neighborhoods, pulling on car door handles. After finding an unlocked car, the burglar then rummages through the car, looking for valuable items.”

It is believed that many of the car burglaries occur after 11:00 p.m. into the early morning hours. If a citizen sees someone acting suspiciously late at night, they are urged to call police.


It is easy to become complacent; however, residents and visitors should always take action to help prevent becoming a car burglary victim. Police offer the following advice:

  • Always lock your car doors, even for quick stops or at home.
  • Never leave valuables of any kind inside your vehicle. Hiding valuables may help, but it typically doesn’t work. If you must leave valuables in your car, put them in the trunk.
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Stay alert, and call in any suspicious activity to the Mt. Juliet Police non-emergency number at (615) 754-2550.

Mt. Juliet Police is offering a $500 Cash Reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of the car burglars operating in the community. Anyone with any information regarding the car burglars 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 .



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