MJPD to Increase Patrol Levels & Schedule DUI Checkpoint on Halloween, Trick-or-Treating Times Recommended

Safety will be a top priority for Mt. Juliet Police on Halloween night. Patrol staff levels will be increased as little witches, superheroes, and goblins fill the neighborhoods in search of the sweetest treat. Parents should be prepared, and the safety of their little ones should be their top priority, which can be achieved by following simple safety precautions. Any unsafe mischief or driving behavior should be reported to police dispatch immediately. In addition, motorists should be mindful of where they park on city streets, so they do not block emergency responders.

Trick-or-treating will be observed in Mt. Juliet on Friday, October 31, 2014. The Mt. Juliet Police Department recommends trick-or-treating to start at 5:00 p.m. and to stop by 9:00 p.m.

“From an historical perspective, Halloween is a big deal and many families hit the streets in Mt. Juliet. It has also been a very safe evening in the past,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “I want to ensure our neighborhoods remain safe during the celebrations, and extra officers will be on hand to handle the increased activity in the community.”

Officers patrolling on Halloween will also be equipped with plenty of candy, #MJCommunityStrong bracelets, and sticker badges for kiddos. The community is encouraged to stop and speak with officers on patrol.

Following simple safety precautions will ensure children are safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween than any other night of the year. There are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents, which include:

  • They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take the safer route of crossing at corners.
  • They’re poor at evaluating potential traffic threats.
  • They’re more likely to disregard their peripheral vision and are less attentive of their street surroundings.
  • They have a tendency to believe they’re indestructible and are more likely to take risks.
  • They need to be told that some people driving cars will not slow down for them.
  • They can’t cross streets as rapidly as adults.
  • They may be distracted by other children’s costumes, behaviors, and home decorations.

In addition, to Mt. Juliet Police Department’s proactive patrols in the neighborhoods, they will also be out in force monitoring sex offenders on Halloween. Under Tennessee law, any sex offender on parole or probation may not participate in any Halloween activity involving children. This would include leaving a porch light on, answering the door, or distributing candy. There are currently 8 registered sex offender living in the city limits of Mt. Juliet, and parents may access the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s website at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/ .

In an effort to curb impaired driving and impaired-related crashes, Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted in the Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet Road, West Division St, and Belinda Parkway areas on Halloween night, Friday, October 31, 2014.

From everyone at Mt. Juliet Police, we wish you a safe Halloween. The department can be contacted at (615) 754-2550 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency) to report any problems, observations, or safety concerns.

A list of Halloween Health and Safety Tips can be viewed here: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

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Juvenile Charged In Connection With Overnight Car Burglary

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Around 10:30 a.m. today, a homeowner noticed that his unsecured car was burglarized overnight in the 200 block of Spring Valley Drive. After noticing his car’s speakers, stereo amp system, and cash was removed from the car, the victim remembered seeing a 17-year-old male neighbor walking through his backyard earlier around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Through further investigation, a diligent Mt. Juliet police officer was able to track down the juvenile suspect’s residence. Much of the stolen items were located after officers spoke with the suspect’s mother, who was unaware of what had occurred. The stolen items were returned back to the victim.

The unnamed 17-year-old male was charged with Theft Over $500 and will be scheduled to appear in the Wilson County Juvenile Court.

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Sobriety Checkpoint Planned for Halloween Night in Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Additional Mt. Juliet Police Officers will hit the streets on the evening and through the night of Friday, October 31, 2014 in an effort to curb impaired driving and impaired-related crashes. Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted in the Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet Road, West Division St, and Belinda Parkway areas on Halloween night.

“The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to further educate our motorists and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of removing impaired motorists from our roadways,” said Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “Our goal is to save lives and ensure our roadways are safe.”

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Willoughby Station, Hickory Hills, and Mt. Vernon Estates Hit by Car Burglars Seeking Unlocked Cars

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Under the cover of darkness, burglars targeted three Mt. Juliet neighborhoods looking for valuables to steal from unlocked cars. Around eight reported unlocked cars were rummaged through, and the thieves made away with debit cards, cash, and GPS devices during the early morning hours on Monday, October 13, 2014.

In one incident, thieves entered an unlocked car and found a set of car keys for another car in the driveway. They used those keys to steal a 2011 Gray Honda Accord bearing Tennessee Tag K4590Z.

Willoughby Station, Hickory Hills, and Mt. Vernon Estates neighborhoods were hit by the car burglars, and police took one stolen vehicle report and six theft reports. The specific streets affected by the burglaries include Brighton Circle, Canberra Way, Greer Court, Lacie Court, Norfolk Court, Wellington Way, and Yarmouth Lane.

These crimes should be a reminder that valuables should not be left in vehicles, and residents should always lock their car doors to prevent victimization.

Those who provide information about these crimes that lead to the conviction of the offenders can receive a $500.00 cash reward.

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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Investigators Seeking Persons of Interest in Vehicle Burglaries & Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Case

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Police officers were summoned to Logan’s Roadhouse in Mt. Juliet to investigate a vehicle burglary back on August 21, 2014. During that burglary, the thief(s) stole several items from the car. An additional vehicle burglary occurred days later in the parking lot of the Providence 14 movie theater, and investigators believe the same thief(s) are responsible for both crimes.

Credit cards stolen during the first vehicle burglary were used at Electronic Express in Hermitage by the suspects on the same day, where $1,720.62 worth of merchandise was purchased.

During the purchase using stolen credit cards, three suspects were working together. Video surveillance recorded their actions, and investigators are hoping someone will recognize them.

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Suspect One: White, average-build male with short, brown hair who was wearing a white collared-shirt (Polo style), and blue athletic shorts.

Suspect Two: White, heavy-build female with shoulder length brown hair who was wearing a tan-colored, sleeveless shirt, thigh length-skirt, and dark-rimmed glasses.

Suspect Three: Light-skinned black or Hispanic male with short black hair who was wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

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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Man Apprehended Shortly After Snatching Restaurant’s Cash Drawer

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A vigilant Mt. Juliet police officer, investigating a suspicious car at a city park last night, located a man who had just grabbed the cash drawer from Cheddar’s Casual Café. Around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, a man entered Cheddar’s Casual Café and took the cash drawer from behind the bar when employees were not around. Officers immediately responded to the restaurant to investigate the theft, and a description of the man was obtained from video surveillance. The description was relayed to area patrol officers, who were on the lookout for the suspect.

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Within an hour later, around 11:20 p.m., an officer was dispatched to investigate a suspicious car parked near the water tower, located at Sgt. Jerry Mundy Memorial Park. Upon arrival, the officer located a man and woman in the suspicious car, and noticed that the male matched the description of the restaurant theft suspect. Further investigation confirmed that the man in the car was the same person who stole the cash drawer, and he was identified as Kenneth Dickerson, 36, of Mt. Juliet. The cash drawer and an undisclosed amount of cash were in Dickerson’s possession and recovered. Since the cash drawer was locked, Dickerson used a battery-powered saw to cut open the drawer to access the cash.

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Cash Drawer & Battery-power Saw

Dickerson was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft and Vandalism. He is set to appear in court on November 4, 2014. It was determined that the woman in the car with Dickerson was not involved in the theft, and she was not charged.

Kenneth Dickerson, 36, of Mt. Juliet

Kenneth Dickerson, 36, of Mt. Juliet

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Help Us Send Criminals a Message: Join Area Law Enforcement for a Night Out Against Crime on October 7

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Police are urging residents to come out to take a stand against crime at Mt. Juliet’s annual Night Out Against Crime event next week. Residents are invited to join the Mt. Juliet Police Department, Fire Department of Mt. Juliet, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol at the community’s annual night out against crime on Tuesday, October 7. The evening is a great way to connect with neighbors and promote neighborhood and police-community partnerships in the fight for safer city.

“I hope many of our residents will come out to send criminals a message,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “This event is a great way for our community to come together as a force that stands against crime in Mt. Juliet.”

Mt. Juliet’s Night Out Against Crime event allows neighbors and law enforcement to come together and become acquainted in a friendly setting. The event takes shape at Mt. Juliet’s Providence MarketPlace where the police department comes out in force to provide a friendly setting with live music, free food, children’s activities, and crime prevention initiatives. Emergency vehicle and equipment displays, free child ID photos and kits, and a distracted driving simulator will be available.

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The Night Out Against Crime is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. This is accomplished by generating support and participation in anticrime programs while strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

In addition, on October 7, Police are asking Mt. Juliet residents to turn on their porch lights and exterior home lighting as an expression of support for a safer community.

Mt. Juliet’s National Night Out Against Crime will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  in Providence MarketPlace near the Providence 14 theater.

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Mt. Juliet Police Pay-It-Forward to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Over $12,000.00 in revenues from unclaimed property were distributed to local non-profit organizations in Mt. Juliet by Mt. Juliet Police. The unclaimed property originated from antique collectable coins, jewelry, and tools where the owner was never located. The items were sent to public auction and brought in $12,621.82. The unclaimed coin collection brought in over $11,000, which was the majority of the donated funds.

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L-R: Chief James Hambrick, Bufford David- Vice President of Big Brothers, Joe Willoughby- MJ Help Center, Bob Carrizzo- MJ Help Center, Carolyn Smith- MJ Help Center, Linda McClanahan- MJ Senior Center, Dawn Cathey- Meals on Wheels, and Captain Michael Mullins.

“I’m glad that we are able to turn the unclaimed property into cash for four of Mt. Juliet’s local non-profits that directly help our community,” said Police Captain Michael Mullins. “Anytime we have an opportunity to pay-it-forward to our local non-profits, we are going to do what we can.”

The Mt. Juliet Help Center, Mt. Juliet Senior Center, MCHRA Meals on Wheels & Senior Dining, and Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County all received a check for $3,155.45. The revenue, from the auction of unclaimed property, was recently approved unanimously by the Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners to be appropriated as a donation to the four organizations. The organizations received their funds on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Chief James Hambrick and Bufford David- Vice Pres. of Big Brothers

Chief James Hambrick and Bufford David- Vice Pres. of Big Brothers

Chief James Hambrick and Linda McClanahan- Director of Mt. Juliet Senior Center

Chief James Hambrick and Linda McClanahan- Director of Mt. Juliet Senior Center

Chief James Hambrick and Joe Willoughby, Bob Carrizzo, and Carolyn Smith with the Mt. Juliet Help Center

Chief James Hambrick and Joe Willoughby, Bob Carrizzo, and Carolyn Smith with the Mt. Juliet Help Center

Chief James Hambrick and Dawn Cathey with MCHRA Meals on Wheels

Chief James Hambrick and Dawn Cathey with MCHRA Meals on Wheels

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Man Stumbles into Lebanon Road and is Struck by Pick-up Truck in Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A pedestrian was injured in Mt. Juliet after stumbling into traffic and being struck by a pick-up truck. Officers were summoned to Lebanon Road, near Matterhorn Drive, to investigate a pedestrian being struck by a pick-up truck around 7:55 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16.

The investigating officer’s initial investigation revealed that the pedestrian, a 52-year-old man from Nashville, was walking in the lane of travel at the time he was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck, driven by a 64-year-old man from Old Hickory. While officers were speaking to the pedestrian, it was obvious that he was intoxicated. The pedestrian was also wearing dark clothing and carrying a 6-pack of beer during impact.

In brief moments prior to impact, the pick-up driver saw the pedestrian and attempted to avoid the collision. Thankfully there were no serious injuries, and the 52-year-old pedestrian was transported to Summitt Medical Center’s emergency room with non life-threatening injuries.

During the crash investigation, the westbound lanes of Lebanon Road were closed approximately 30 minutes.

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Investigators Looking to Identify Home Burglars Who Broke into Home to Party

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A homeowner returned home to find out that people broke-in and partied, causing damage and trashing the home, and the culprits left a receipt behind that could lead to their identity. On August 15, 2014, Mt. Juliet Police officers were summoned to the 100 Block of Augusta Drive to investigate a home burglary. The victim returned home to find the back door kicked-in, and it appeared that people partied in the home. Pizza boxes, busted watermelon, and beer cans littered the floor. However, investigators were able to locate one piece of key evidence: a Walmart receipt.

Investigators followed up with the receipt and reviewed surveillance video at Walmart in Mt. Juliet, where investigators obtained video of the suspects. Two unknown white males and an unknown white female were captured on video in the store. A third unknown white male was waiting outside the store near their getaway vehicle. The four suspects departed Walmart in a black 2002-2006 Nissan Altima that had an unreadable out-of-state tag. In addition, it was discovered that the potential home burglars also shoplifted while in Walmart.

Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize the suspects from the surveillance images so they can be apprehended.

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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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