Officer Locates Missing Endangered Elderly Man on Motorist Assist


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Upon checking on a motorist, parked on the side of Lebanon Road, a Mt. Juliet police officer discovered a man that was reported missing in Nashville. On Sunday, August 28, around 7:00 p.m., Officer Cameron Porter observed an SUV parked on the side of Lebanon Road near North Greenhill Road. When Porter stopped to check on the motorist, she discovered an 85-year-old man, who was reported 5 hours earlier as a missing-endangered person due to his age and a medical condition.

The missing person report was filed with Metro-Nashville Police, who entered the man’s personal and vehicle information into a national database. When Porter queried the SUV’s vehicle registration, she was alerted that the vehicle was connected to a missing person. Medics with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency responded to the scene to evalate the man, and they transported him to a local hospital as a precaution. Police officers and animal control cared for the man’s dog until it could be reunited with a family member.

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Deputy Chief Completes TBI Leadership Academy


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Deputy Chief Michael Mullins has graduated from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Leadership Academy. After two weeks of extensive training, meant to enhance the leadership skills for Tennessee law enforcement executives, Mullins graduated last Friday after successfully completing the program. 

The academy, organized by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, featured well-known speakers from around the world. Mullins was exposed to a variety of topics, which included crisis management, presentation skills, proactive leadership strategies, and diversity in law enforcement. The training was offered at no cost to the department. 

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SILVER ALERT Cancelled for Missing 76-year-old Male with Health Disability, Subject Located in Chapel Hill, TN

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The Mt. Juliet Police Department has cancelled a Silver Alert for a missing 76-year-old man. Moments after an initial alert was issued, James R. Laster, Sr. was located by a family member in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. He left his home around 7:30 a.m. this morning and did not return, which concerned the family.

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Mt. Juliet Police Issues SILVER ALERT for Missing 76-year-old Male with Health Disability

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The Mt. Juliet Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for a missing 76-year-old man. James R. Laster, Sr. left his home around 7:30 a.m. this morning, and he has not returned. It is very unusual for Mr. Laster to be away from home in this manner, and he is believed to be in danger because of a health and mental disability.

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Mr. Laster is a 76-year-old white male, 5’8” tall, weighs 206 lbs, has hazel eyes, and is bald with some gray hair. He left his residence in a 2001 Red Chevrolet Silverado truck, bearing Tennessee Plate 620MLP. He is known to frequent flea markets and Goodwill stores in the Nashville area.

If you see Mr. Laster, or have information on his whereabouts, please call 911.

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Man Arrested After Brandishing, Firing Handgun During Altercation Between Juveniles

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man was arrested after officers responded to reports of man shooting a firearm during an altercation on a neighborhood street this morning. On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 around 7:25 a.m. officers arrived on an armed person, with shots possibly fired, call in the 700 block of Norwood Court in the Royal Oaks neighborhood.

Further investigation revealed that the incident began as an altercation between juveniles, where two juveniles arrived at a home in the 700 block of Norwood Court to confront and fight a another juvenile in the home, who sent a text in relation to come over and fight. The altercation escalated, and an adult male, identified as 38-year-old Tito Butler of Mt. Juliet, came out of his residence and confronted two 16-year-old females in the roadway and cul-de-sac of Norwood Court. During the confrontation, Butler blocked the roadway with his vehicle and fired one shot into the air. Many school children were outside and waiting on the bus during this incident. As officers arrived on the scene, they had to instruct the school children to find a safe location.

Thankfully, no one was injured during this incident, which remains under investigation. More charges could be forthcoming for other individuals involved in the altercation. Due to initial information received in the emergency communications center, multiple officers from the Mt. Juliet Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Butler was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail under a $1,000.00 bond, charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Reckless Endangerment.

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New Surveillance Photos Found of Garage Burglar Who Stole Bicycle

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Detectives tracked down new surveillance footage of a man who entered an open garage and stole a bicycle. The theft took place on Thursday, August 11 around 10:00 a.m. in the 2000 block of Blossom Valley Court, and it was witnessed by a neighbor. The suspect was also captured walking down the street on a nearby home’s surveillance system, and the witness confirmed that the man caught on camera was the suspect.

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The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens to late 20’s, approximately 5’11” tall, with a thin to average build. He has short, dark-colored hair, was wearing a light blue t-shirt, black gym-style shorts, black Nike tennis shoes, and white socks. The bicycle that was stolen was a blue, black, and white men’s mountain bike.

After the burglary and theft, the suspect rode away on the bike into the Deerfield at Providence apartment complex.

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspect responsible for this crime, they 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 http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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Man Caught on Camera Moments Before He Burglarizes an Open Garage and Steals a Bicycle

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Detectives are hoping to identify an unknown man, who took advantage of an open garage and stole a bicycle. The theft took place this morning around 10:00 a.m. in the 2000 block of Blossom Valley Court, and it was witnessed by a neighbor. The suspect was also captured walking down the street on a nearby home’s surveillance system, and the witness confirmed that the man caught on camera was the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens to late 20’s, approximately 5’11” tall, with a thin to average build. He has short, dark-colored hair, was wearing a light blue t-shirt, black gym-style shorts, black Nike tennis shoes, and white socks. The bicycle that was stolen was a blue, black, and white men’s mountain bike.

After the burglary and theft, the suspect rode away on the bike into the Deerfield at Providence apartment complex.

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspect responsible for this crime, they 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 http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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Evening Edition of Coffee With a Cop Planned for Next Thursday at Panera Bread

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. –  An “Evening Edition” of Coffee With a Cop has been planned for Thursday, August 18, 2016. Traditionally, the event is held on a Friday morning, but many citizens continue to request to have a Coffee With a Cop in the evening. This will be the second “Evening Edition” since the police department began Coffee With a Cop around three years ago.

The “Evening Edition” of Coffee With a Cop will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Panera Bread, located in Providence MarketPlace at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road. The public is encouraged to stop by, and enjoy free coffee with cops, provided by Panera Bread.

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.

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Detectives Seek Identity of Wallet Theft and Credit Card Fraud Suspects

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – While grocery shopping, a woman’s wallet was stolen out of her purse when she became distracted, and now police are seeking the identity of suspects caught on surveillance camera. On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 around 5:30 p.m., an officer responded to Kroger, located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, to investigate a theft of a wallet.

The investigation revealed that a female victim was distracted by a man, who assisted her with loading water into her shopping cart. During the distraction, it is believed that another suspect stole the victim’s wallet from her purse. Shortly after the theft, the suspects went to a nearby Target and charged nearly $1,500.00 on the victim’s credit card.

Investigators tracked down surveillance images of a male and female suspect, who are believed to be responsible for this crime. Detectives hope someone in the community may have information about the suspects. 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 athttp://www.mjpd.org .

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Police Remind Motorists to Be Safe as Wilson County Students Head Back to School Tomorrow

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police will be providing extra attention in school zones this week to raise awareness that school is back in session. The first day for students is Monday, August 1, and officers will be focusing on motorists who disregard laws designed to protect children in school zones. Mt. Juliet Police will have officers providing extra attention at designated school zones before and after school for the first week. In addition to the reduced speed limits in school zones, officers will be focusing on school bus stop-arm, texting while driving, seat belt, and child passenger safety laws.

“Ultimately, it is about the safety of our children,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “It is important for all drivers to be extra mindful that students will begin walking to school or the bus stop as they make their way to the classroom. Please pay attention in neighborhoods and near schools.”

Digital radar speed signs have been deployed to school zones to also raise awareness. Mt. Juliet Police have three digital speed signs that display the speed of cars and visually warn drivers if they are driving above the speed limit.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school website to become familiar with the traffic plans for drop-off and pick-up at each school. Wilson County School’s website is: http://www.wcschools.com/.

To ensure our school zones are safe this school year, Mt. Juliet Police offer the following suggestions:

  1. Give yourself plenty of time in the morning!  As traffic volumes and congestion on the roadways increase, so does the length of time it takes to travel to your destination.  Giving yourself more time, by leaving earlier, reduces stress, increases your awareness, and improves your driving. Obey the posted speed limit signs and directional signs.  This includes marked curbs.  These signs and curb markings assist in the traffic flow into and out of the schools and assist in the safety of the students who walk and bike to school. One misplaced car can disrupt the traffic flow and the safety of our students.
  2. Be patient! Impatience leads to aggressive driving, rude or unwarranted behavior, pedestrian and bicycle collisions, and it creates traffic gridlock.  Remember, everyone has the same goal in mind, to get our children safely to and from school.  Also remember, the habits you exhibit in your driving and demeanor are typically passed on to your children when they start driving.
  3. If you are driving your children to school, have them ready to leave the car, with all of their belongings, when you come to a stop at the school. Backups and delays are caused when children have to get their backpacks and other items from the trunk or back seat of a car. Explore other alternatives such as carpool, ride-sharing, walking, or biking to school.
  4. Watch and obey the school crossing guards.  Crossing guards are provided to assist with school traffic and the safe crossing of your students across the surrounding streets near each elementary school. Be on the lookout, be prepared to stop, and be prepared to follow their directions so our children can get to and from school safely.

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