Identity of Person-Of-Interest Sought in Stolen Wallet Case

Mt. Juliet, Tenn.  – Investigators with the Mt. Juliet Police Department are looking to identify a man who may know the whereabouts of a stolen wallet that contained a large amount of cash. On June 12, 2014, an officer was summoned to the Mapco gas station, located at 11247 Lebanon Road, for a stolen wallet report. The victim stated that he left his wallet on the top of his vehicle and drove away. When the victim returned to the gas station to locate his wallet, a store clerk stated a man came into the store to report he found a wallet in the parking lot. However, he never gave the wallet to the clerk nor returned it to the victim.

The person-of-interest is described as a white male, with an average body-build, in his mid-20’s, and having a beard. On the day the wallet was stolen, video surveillance shows him wearing a gray t-shirt with a landscaping company logo and khaki pants. The man was seen getting in and out of a white landscaping-style work truck.

Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize this person-of-interest from the surveillance video so they can be questioned about the stolen wallet.

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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 http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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New Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters Open House & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony this Friday

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The community is cordially invited to celebrate the official opening of the new Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony this Friday, July 18.

The Mt. Juliet Police Department has been in a few different locations since they began serving in 1972, but for the first time, the new police headquarters is permanent and was renovated specifically to accommodate a fully-functional police department. After a $1.5 million dollar building purchase and $380 thousand dollar renovation project, the department now has their own place that they can call home.

“A free-standing police department is a first for Mt. Juliet Police, and we are very proud to have the opportunity to serve our community out of our new building,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “I encourage our residents and community to join us this Friday for coffee and refreshments as we celebrate the official opening of Mt. Juliet’s new police headquarters.”

The debut of the new headquarters, at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway, is this Friday morning with a special Coffee With a Cop and Open House from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m.

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  • Who: Mt. Juliet Police Department
  • What: Open House/Coffee With a Cop and Ribbon-Cutting
  • When: Friday, July 18, 2014
    • Open House & Coffee With a Cop: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Ribbon-cutting Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters, 1019 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

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Mt. Juliet Police to Ignite Additional Patrols Over Independence Day Weekend

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Starting tomorrow evening, additional Mt. Juliet Police officers will hit the streets this holiday weekend in an effort to deter and decrease the number of impaired and intoxicated drivers. Officers will saturate the city with roving patrols to monitor vehicular traffic and look for signs of impaired driving. An extra enforcement emphasis will be placed on speeding, seat belt, and alcohol-related violations.

“The Mt. Juliet Police Department will not tolerate those who make the poor decision to drive while impaired, and putting more police officers on the road will help prevent a needless tragedy,” said Police Captain Michael Mullins.

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, there were 158 alcohol-related crashes in Wilson County and over 6,000 state-wide in 2013. Every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in an impaired driving crash in the United States.

Mt. Juliet Police simply want to ensure that roadways are safe for motorists. Driving while impaired can be easily prevented with common sense. Don’t drive while impaired. If you plan to drink alcohol, then plan to have a sober driver and safe way home.

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Mt. Juliet Police Successfully Transfer All Operations to New Headquarters

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police are now in their new home, which is geared to better serve the public and adds more resources to the department. This afternoon around 2:30 p.m., the Mt. Juliet Police Department finalized the transfer of all operations to the their new headquarters, located at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway.

The department started moving into the new headquarters building two weeks ago, which was finalized by the move of the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) today. To ensure there was no interruption in emergency services, the ECC was moved in a very delicate manner. The headquarters is now fully operational, 24/7. Anyone needing police services will no longer have to visit the old location at City Hall.

“We are excited to be in our new home, which was renovated to better-serve our community,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “Our new headquarters is something our community can truly be proud of.”

Renovations to the former Joy Church building introduced additional offices, a larger evidence storage room, secure armory, additional interview rooms, locker room for officers, fitness room for police employees, larger courtroom, larger training room, better foot-traffic pattern, and updated security features.

“It is such a major change from where we were. In the history of our department, we never had our own place to call home.” stated Police Captain Michael Mullins. “We’ve endured a lot of long, hot days moving in, but everybody was grinning with excitement.”

The department still has much to unpack and organize, along with finishing the courtroom and minor touch-ups. However, the building is ready for use, and the remaining small tasks should be finished soon.

A ribbon-cutting and open house is scheduled for Friday, July 18 with Coffee With a Cop beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ribbon-cutting at 9:00 a.m. Throughout the morning, the public will be able to tour the new headquarters.

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Traffic Stop for Littering Leads to Wanted Persons

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Around 8:30 a.m. this morning, Sergeant Mang witnessed trash blowing out from the bed of a 1993 Chevrolet Pickup travelling down Lebanon Road. After stopping the truck on Lebanon Road near N. Greenhill Road, a computer check revealed that the driver and passenger in the truck had active warrants from nearby agencies.

The driver, Bruce Tibbs, 45, of Old Hickory, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear out of Wilson County. The passenger, Shonn Tibbs, 43, of Old Hickory, was arrested on a felony warrant for Theft of a Motor Vehicle out of Metro-Nashville.

Both were booked into the Wilson County Jail without incident.

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Bruce Tibbs, 45, of Old Hickory

Shonn Tibbs, 43, of Old Hickory

Shonn Tibbs, 43, of Old Hickory

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Mt. Juliet’s July 4th Firework Celebration Security & Traffic Control Plan Announced

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The plans are set, and Mt. Juliet Police are ensuring public safety is a top priority for the Fourth of July Celebration in Providence. The firework presentation will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 4 and will launch from the field directly behind Target. Mt. Juliet Police are expecting a large amount of people to attend the event, and a large amount of exiting traffic out of the Providence MarketPlace area after the fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. With safety being a top priority, a large amount of police officers will be present during the event. A traffic plan has been established, and police officers will be controlling some intersections. This is a large gathering of people, so the police department is asking attendees to be vigilant for suspicious activity. The police department relies on the public for help, and attendees are reminded to say something if they spot anything suspicious. To contact the police department’s non-emergency line, attendees can simply dial 311. Please remember, during this event, our roadways will see a major increase in traffic, so delays should be expected.

“Our officers will be prepared and tasked with ensuring public safety is a priority during this event. We are working in partnership with Providence MarketPlace management, and they are footing the bill for even additional police officers.” stated Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “This is always a great event for our community, and Mr. Needham does a fantastic job in his fireworks display.”

The following intersections will have their traffic pattern adjusted during & after firework show:

  • Belinda Parkway: CLOSED between Providence MarketPlace & Providence Parkway
  • Adams Ln @ S. Mt. Juliet Rd: Traffic turning off Adams Ln will be forced to go southbound.
  • Crossing Circle @ S. Mt. Juliet Rd: Traffic turning off Crossing Circle will be forced to go southbound.
  • Providence MarketPlace Exit adjacent to Chick-fil-A/Wendy’s: Traffic coming out of Providence will be forced to go northbound.
  • Providence MarketPlace Exit adjacent to Wasabi: CLOSED

The Mt. Juliet Police Department is encouraging people to use alternate parking locations to watch the firework celebration. The fireworks will be launched from the field behind Target. Therefore, the fireworks will be visible from parking areas along Pleasant Grove Road near the Paddocks shopping development.

Personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages, barbecue grills, and parking on roadway medians are prohibited.

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1-Year Anniversary of Coffee With a Cop program this Friday

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Police continue to build trust with the community, one cup at a time, 1-year after the first Mt. Juliet Police Coffee With a Cop began at Chick-fil-A in Providence MarketPlace.

“Coffee With a Cop continues to be really successful because the community continues to come out and join us,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “It is about conversing with people and not waiting for them to call us in an emergency. I really look forward to each Coffee With a Cop.”

Mt. Juliet Police will be celebrating their 1-year Anniversary Coffee With a Cop at Chick-fil-A in Providence MarketPlace, where it all began, this Friday (6/20/14) from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Chick-fil-A is sponsoring free meal cards for the first 25 attendees of Friday’s Coffee With a Cop, and coffee is always free to inside visitors. In addition, Cow will be dressing up for the special 1-year celebration- so bring the kids out, too.

“At each Coffee With a Cop, I get to meet new faces and have great conversation,” said Police Captain Michael Mullins. “We have all types of conversations, too. It’s not just about our police-work.”

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 top Department leadership, in an informal setting to ask questions or address concerns. Mt. Juliet Police continue to receive requests to host a lunch or evening Coffee With a Cop, and they plan to fulfill those requests in their 2nd year of the program.

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Mt. Juliet Emergency Telecommunicator Honored at National Emergency Number Association Conference

Nashville, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Emergency Communications Center Telecommunicator Richard Frankich received the Everyday Heroes award this evening at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference at the Music City Center. The award, presented by the 911 Cares project, recognizes two emergency communication professionals a year who demonstrate an exemplary action while handling an emergency incident.

Richard Frankich was recognized at the NENA Award Ceremony by 911 Cares Project CEO Kevin Willet for his actions during a June 2013 Officer-Needs-Help call.  During the call, Frankich was the lone dispatcher in Mt. Juliet’s emergency communications center who worked purposefully to ensure an officer had the proper resources and back-up while dealing with a group of individuals who began to surround the officer.

Richard Frankich Speaks at Award Ceremony

Richard Frankich Speaks at Award Ceremony

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Mt. Juliet Emergency Communications Supervisor Kinnie Long, Richard Frankich, NENA President Bernard Brown, & Mt. Juliet Lieutenant Tyler Chandler

Frankich was only one of two Telecommunicators selected nationally to receive the Everyday Heroes award, and he is the first Mt. Juliet Telecommunicator to be honored with this award.

Video of Award Presentation:

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Feathery Situation Halts Interstate 40 Traffic

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. - A Mt. Juliet Police Officer responded to Interstate 40 Eastbound around the 229 MM at 12:18 p.m. to assist a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper with a feathery situation. A mother duck and 5 of her ducklings were stuck on the inside wall, and they needed to cross traffic to get to a nearby pond. So, the officers safely closed the travel lanes of Interstate 40, and the family of ducks walked across the roadway to the pond. The roadway was closed for approximately 3 minutes. Passing motorists, who witnessed the kind rescue, cheered and praised the officers for assisting the feathered family to safety so they did not have to duck in and out of traffic. Video of the incident was captured on the police vehicle’s dash-cam.

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Mt. Juliet Merchants Pass Compliance Checks

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Last week, undercover Mt. Juliet Police detectives sent an underage informant to area businesses that sell beer for off-premise consumption to see if they could purchase beer. Detectives were pleased with the results because the underage informant was properly checked for proper age each time while trying to make the purchase. No merchant was willing to sell beer to the informant, who was under the age of 21.

The undercover sting sent a 19-year-old to all 39 stores in the city to buy beer. Each of the stores denied the sale to the underage informant.

“It is imperative that our merchants do not sell beer to underage persons,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “I’m satisfied to know that every clerk properly ensured that our informant was of proper age prior to the sale.”

Compliance checks are used to ensure businesses are adhering to city ordinance and state law governing the sale of alcoholic beverages and to prevent sales to under-aged individuals. Checks are conducted throughout the year, and this check was planned to coincide with graduation season.

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