Man Arrested for Heroin Possession After Officer Finds Drug Hidden in Flashlight

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – An officer investigating a crash this afternoon found heroin hidden in a flashlight after the driver gave consent to have her car searched. Around 3:15 p.m. on May 20, 2015 officers were dispatched to investigate a non-injury crash, involving 2 cars, on S. Mt. Juliet Road near Providence Marketplace. During the crash investigation, an officer asked one of the car owners consent to search their vehicle, which was granted.

During the search of the vehicle, the officer located a flashlight in the center console. The officer removed the battery cap to the flashlight and discovered two small baggies containing heroin. Further investigation revealed that the heroin belonged to a passenger in the searched vehicle, who was identified as Timothy Lankford, 34, of Nashville.

Lankford admitted to officers that he was engaged in activity related to the sale the heroin. Lankford was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Possession of a Schedule I Drug with Intent for Resale. He is set to appear in court on July 9, 2015, under a $20,000 bond.

Timothy Lankford, 34, of Nashville

Timothy Lankford, 34, of Nashville

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Armed Attempted Carjacking Suspect Identified and Charged

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – An attempted carjacking suspect is in jail tonight after he was apprehended after a short search. Around 12:55 p.m. on May 19, 2015 a 16-year-old female, parked at Adams Lane Plaza (151 Adams Lane), was approached by an unknown white male with a handgun while she sat in a car’s front passenger seat with a young child sibling in the back seat. The 16-year-old noticed the suspect approaching from behind, and she immediately locked the doors.

The suspect attempted to get into the locked vehicle several times, but the suspect ran away when he was unsuccessful. Multiple witness saw the suspect run away and out of sight.

Mt. Juliet Police, with the assistance of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, searched the area for the suspect. A Nixle, text message alert, was sent to the public with the suspect’s description. After the text alert, a citizen recognized a person matching the suspect’s description at Walmart (300 Pleasant Grove Road) and called police communications.

Officers immediately responded to Walmart and attempted to stop the suspect after he was located inside the store. After a short foot pursuit and deployment of a taser, the suspect was stopped. The suspect was armed at the time he was taken into custody.

“I’m so grateful that this dangerous felon was quickly apprehended today. Our partnerships with the community and Wilson County Sheriff’s Department are invaluable,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “We may have physically apprehended this individual, but it was the connection that we have with our community that led to the suspect’s discovery. I’m thankful for all the citizens who are engaged with us on social media and Nixle, our text alert system.”

The suspect was identified as Joshua Paul Hilton Holt, 30, of Hermitage. Holt was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Attempted Carjacking, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Evading Arrest, Vandalism, and Simple Possession of a Sch. VI Drug. Holt is set to appear in court on July 9, 2015, under a $113,000.00 bond.

Holt is a convicted felon and on felony parole out of Michigan for unarmed robbery and home invasion – 2nd degree.

Joshua Holt, 30, of Hermitage

Joshua Holt, 30, of Hermitage

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Armed Attempted Carjacking Suspect Identified and Charged

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – An attempted carjacking suspect is in jail tonight after he was apprehended after a short search. Around 12:55 p.m. on May 19, 2015 a 16-year-old female, parked at Adams Lane Plaza (151 Adams Lane), was approached by an unknown white male with a handgun while she sat in a car’s front passenger seat with a young child sibling in the back seat. The 16-year-old noticed the suspect approaching from behind, and she immediately locked the doors.

The suspect attempted to get into the locked vehicle several times, but the suspect ran away when he was unsuccessful. Multiple witness saw the suspect run away and out of sight.

Mt. Juliet Police, with the assistance of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, searched the area for the suspect. A Nixle, text message alert, was sent to the public with the suspect’s description. After the text alert, a citizen recognized a person matching the suspect’s description at Walmart (300 Pleasant Grove Road) and called police communications.

Officers immediately responded to Walmart and attempted to stop the suspect after he was located inside the store. After a short foot pursuit and deployment of a taser, the suspect was stopped. The suspect was armed at the time he was taken into custody.

“I’m so grateful that this dangerous felon was quickly apprehended today. Our partnerships with the community and Wilson County Sheriff’s Department are invaluable,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “We may have physically apprehended this individual, but it was the connection that we have with our community that led to the suspect’s discovery. I’m thankful for all the citizens who are engaged with us on social media and Nixle, our text alert system.”

The suspect was identified as Joshua Paul Hilton Holt, 30, of Hermitage. Holt was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Attempted Carjacking, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Evading Arrest, Vandalism, and Simple Possession of a Sch. VI Drug. Holt is set to appear in court on July 9, 2015, under a $113,000.00 bond.

Holt is a convicted felon and on felony parole out of Michigan for unarmed robbery and home invasion – 2nd degree.

Joshua Holt, 30, of Hermitage

Joshua Holt, 30, of Hermitage

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Armed Attempted Carjacking Suspect Identified and Charged

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – An attempted carjacking suspect is in jail tonight after he was apprehended after a short search. Around 12:55 p.m. on May 19, 2015 a 16-year-old female, parked at Adams Lane Plaza (151 Adams Lane), was approached by an unknown white male with a handgun while she sat in a car’s front passenger seat with a young child sibling in the back seat. The 16-year-old noticed the suspect approaching from behind, and she immediately locked the doors.

The suspect attempted to get into the locked vehicle several times, but the suspect ran away when he was unsuccessful. Multiple witness saw the suspect run away and out of sight.

Mt. Juliet Police, with the assistance of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, searched the area for the suspect. A Nixle, text message alert, was sent to the public with the suspect’s description. After the text alert, a citizen recognized a person matching the suspect’s description at Walmart (300 Pleasant Grove Road) and called police communications.

Officers immediately responded to Walmart and attempted to stop the suspect after he was located inside the store. After a short foot pursuit and deployment of a taser, the suspect was stopped. The suspect was armed at the time he was taken into custody.

“I’m so grateful that this dangerous felon was quickly apprehended today. Our partnerships with the community and Wilson County Sheriff’s Department are invaluable,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “We may have physically apprehended this individual, but it was the connection that we have with our community that led to the suspect’s discovery. I’m thankful for all the citizens who are engaged with us on social media and Nixle, our text alert system.”

The suspect was identified as Joshua Paul Hilton Holt, 30, of Hermitage. Holt was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Attempted Carjacking, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Evading Arrest, Vandalism, and Simple Possession of a Sch. VI Drug. Holt is set to appear in court on July 9, 2015, under a $113,000.00 bond.

Holt is a convicted felon and on felony parole out of Michigan for unarmed robbery and home invasion – 2nd degree.

Joshua Holt, 30, of Hermitage

Joshua Holt, 30, of Hermitage

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NOW WITH VIDEO: Officer Stops Intoxicated Driver Going Wrong Direction on Interstate Off-Ramp, Driver Arrested for DUI

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A vigilant police officer stopped an intoxicated driver that was travelling the wrong direction on an Interstate off-ramp. Around 11:05 p.m. on May 16, 2015, a Mt. Juliet police officer noticed a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix turn off of Providence Way onto the Interstate 40 East 226-C exit ramp, going the wrong way. The officer was able to quickly stop the Pontiac prior to entering the Interstate.

After stopping the Pontiac, the officer made contact with the driver, Robert Benter, 59, of Hermitage. The officer believed Benter was possibly driving under the influence, so field sobriety testing was conducted.

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Benter was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Driving Under the Influence – 2nd Offense. He was also issued a citation for travelling the wrong direction on a one-way street and for open container. A 40 ounce open beer bottle was located in a cooler in the front passenger seat area of Benter’s car. Benter is set to appear in court on August 8, 2015.

Robert Benter, 59, of Hermitage

Robert Benter, 59, of Hermitage

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NOW WITH VIDEO: Officer Stops Intoxicated Driver Going Wrong Direction on Interstate Off-Ramp, Driver Arrested for DUI

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A vigilant police officer stopped an intoxicated driver that was travelling the wrong direction on an Interstate off-ramp. Around 11:05 p.m. on May 16, 2015, a Mt. Juliet police officer noticed a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix turn off of Providence Way onto the Interstate 40 East 226-C exit ramp, going the wrong way. The officer was able to quickly stop the Pontiac prior to entering the Interstate.

After stopping the Pontiac, the officer made contact with the driver, Robert Benter, 59, of Hermitage. The officer believed Benter was possibly driving under the influence, so field sobriety testing was conducted.

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Benter was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Driving Under the Influence – 2nd Offense. He was also issued a citation for travelling the wrong direction on a one-way street and for open container. A 40 ounce open beer bottle was located in a cooler in the front passenger seat area of Benter’s car. Benter is set to appear in court on August 8, 2015.

Robert Benter, 59, of Hermitage

Robert Benter, 59, of Hermitage

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Police Chief Applauds Retailers for Not Selling Alcohol to Underage Informant During Undercover Stings

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – In alcohol compliance checks conducted on Thursday, May 14, 2015, an underage person, supervised by members of Mt. Juliet’s Crime Suppression Unit, visited all 38 beer retailers in Mt. Juliet. In all cases, the clerk asked for an ID and refused to sell the beer to the underage person.

Alcohol compliance checks are a type of prevention that deters beer and liquor retailers from selling alcohol to underage persons. Mt. Juliet Police conduct random checks throughout the year in hopes of decreasing alcohol sales to underage persons, which hopefully reduces alcohol-related problems and crime among youth.

“It is imperative that we keep alcohol out of the hands of kids. These results show that strong efforts are being made by our alcohol retailers to ensure only those of proper age are successful at purchasing alcohol,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “I am very pleased to know that not one 1 out of 38 alcohol retailers in our community sold alcohol to the underage informant. The business owners and staff should be applauded for passing the checks.”

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Scammers Targeting the Area Using West Wilson Utility District’s Name

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police want to ensure the community is aware of a scam that is going around using the name of West Wilson Utility District. The scammers are calling individuals and businesses, identifying themselves as an employee of West Wilson Utility District. During the call, the scammer is threatening to turn off the customer’s water if they do not pay a past-due bill. The scammer then attempts to get the business or individual to make payment through a third-party processing agency.

The police department reached out to West Wilson Utility District regarding the scam. They stated that they never call and ask for businesses or individuals to remit payment through a third-party processing agency.

If anyone has any questions about their water service or West Wilson Utility District, they can be reached at (615) 758-5682 or, after hours, at (615) 758-2840. West Wilson Utility District encourages the community to never make a payment or give out their personal information unless they confirm the identity of the person they are speaking with.

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Investigators Looking to Identify Mt. Juliet Mapco Robber


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping someone in the community will recognize the suspect who robbed Mapco early this morning. On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 around 12:30 a.m. an unknown man entered Mapco, located at 11247 Lebanon Road, and demanded money from the register. During the robbery, he handed a clerk a plastic bag and told her to give him all the money in the cash drawer. The man told the clerk that he had a gun in his pocket, but he never displayed a gun. After retrieving the money, the man also told the clerk to give him cartons of cigarettes.

After the robbery, the man ran away towards Lebanon Road. Officers conducted a thorough search of the area, but they could not locate him. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash and two cartons of cigarettes. His actions were caught on Mapco’s video surveillance system, and investigators are hoping someone will recognize him.

The man was described as a tall black male, approx. 40 years-old, and he was wearing a blue stocking-cap with a long sleeve gray shirt and blue jeans.

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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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Mt. Juliet Police Join Wilson County Sheriff to Deliver Message on Distracted Driving in Mock Crashes at Two Schools

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police is joining the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office to deliver a reality-based portrayal of a distracted driving car crash and the subsequent response by first responders, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement. The first crash will take place today at 12:00 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. This event is a joint-effort with the school, Wilson County Sheriff, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, Fire Department of Mt. Juliet, and Mt. Juliet Police Department. The crash will bring the consequences of distracted driving to reality before prom season.

The first mock crash will take place today, Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. The second mock crash event will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Mt. Juliet High School. During the simulated response, the public should expect to see emergency vehicles and a medical helicopter in the area of the schools.

Agencies participating in the event are: Mt. Juliet Police Department, Fire Department of Mt. Juliet, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, and Vanderbilt Lifeflight. Hamblen’s Wrecker Service of Mt. Juliet is providing the crashed vehicles for the exercise.

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