Franklin Police: Lock your car doors

Another recent auto theft has Franklin Police, again, urging drivers to remove their valuables, lock their car doors, and take their keys with them.

Detectives are investigating after another unlocked car with the keys left inside was stolen. This one from a Gillespie Dr. apartment complex, Monday morning. The owner of the car left it unlocked with the keys inside, returning a short time later to find her car missing. The stolen vehicle was found about a mile away, later that same morning. The person who stole the car is believed to have burglarized other unlocked vehicles in the area. 

Franklin Police say that crime prevention is a shared responsibility and are, again, asking citizens to remove their valuables, lock their cars, and take their keys with them … every trip, every time.

Crime Prevention:
Not just police business – it’s everyone’s business
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Kentucky man held after attempted stabbing

Victor Hugo Ortiz
Age: 45
Lexington, KY

A Kentucky man remains jailed in Franklin after trying to stab a bouncer. Officers were summoned to the Tin Roof 2 at 1:10 am, Sunday, after 45-year-old Victor Ortiz tried stabbing a bouncer who had asked him to leave, in the neck. The bouncer was armed with a handgun and ordered Ortiz to drop the knife. Arriving officers found Ortiz, and the knife, in his car in the parking lot and arrested him.

Charged with Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct, Ortiz remains jailed on a $70,000 bond. His first court appearance is today.

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Impaired, fleeing driver arrested after running over pedestrian

An impaired driver remains jailed this morning after running over a man and then leaving the scene, last Thursday.

At 4 p.m. on June 3, Officers were summoned to the business at 303 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. after 39-year-old Bianca Bankston ran over another worker who was trying to keep her from driving impaired. Bankston then crashed into another vehicle before fleeing.

A nearby Franklin Police Officer spotted the orange Hummer Bankston was driving, moments later, as it was turning onto Murfreesboro Rd. After stopping Bankston, the officer determined that she was impaired, and arrested her. Bankston is due in court today, and remains jailed on a $35,000 bond. Her charges are as follows:

Bianca Bankston
Age: 39
Nashville, TN

  • DUI — Second Offense
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon
  • Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash
  • Leaving the Scene of a Crash and Failing to Give Aid or Information
  • Violation of the Implied Consent Law
  • Driving Without Insurance
  • Driving While Suspended

The man Bankston ran over was very seriously injured, and remains hospitalized.

Booze It & Lose It!
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Franklin Police urge drivers not to leave cars running; not to leave guns in unlocked vehicles

Police in Franklin are investigating after a car was stolen from a Cool Springs gas station.

At 11:00 Sunday night, a man left his car running during a quick trip into the Twice Daily at 501 Cool Springs Blvd. In a matter of seconds, a silver Ford Fusion pulled up next to it. A passenger got out and entered the running Kia K5, and stole it.

The Kia was later found abandoned in Nashville, but two handguns that were left inside are missing. Officers determined that the Ford Fusion had been stolen earlier from another city.

Franklin Police urge gun owners never to leave unattended firearms in an unlocked vehicle. Police also say drivers need to turn their vehicle off and lock their car doors, even for a quick trip inside.

Crime Prevention: Not just police business, it’s everyone’s business.
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Hit & Run driver charged after crashing into Franklin home

Alona Sanford
Age 18
Franklin, TN

At 11:50, Sunday night, officers responded to reports that a car had struck a home in the 300 block of Battle Avenue, and that the driver had fled. Arriving officers found the vehicle unoccupied. There was significant damage to both the vehicle and the home.

A Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy, who had responded to the area to assist, found a person walking nearby. That person, 18-year-old Alona Sanford, of Franklin, was determined to be the driver who fled after crashing into the house. No one inside the home was injured, and Sanford suffered only minor injuries.

Charged with  Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Sanford is free on the $2,000 bond set by the magistrate. She is due in court on August 24.

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Franklin PD Now Hiring: Police Officers

Through June 30, the Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Officer. Testing will be held on July 12 & 13. Qualified applicants will be contacted with test day instructions upon successful completion of their application.

  • $47,500 for P.O.S.T. Certified Officers, increasing to $50k after probation
  • $44,000 for entry-level, non-P.O.S.T. Certified Officers
  • Take-home car program
  • 4-day work week
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Vacation & sick leave, paid personal days, and paid holidays
  • Shift differential pay
  • Annual uniform & equipment allowance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits
  • TCRS enhanced retirement

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Police investigating overnight auto burglaries and shots fired, in Franklin

This morning, Franklin Police are investigating multiple overnight auto burglaries. About a dozen unlocked cars were entered and rifled through. Areas impacted include the Royal Oaks and W. Main Street corridors, including Carter St. Forrest St, and Champions Circle.

Several shots were fired on Champions Circle by two black males in a silver Ford Escape. No one was injured by the gunfire, and it is unclear if there was an intended target. The suspects who fired the shots are believed to be responsible for some of the burglaries.

Detectives are asking area residents to check their Ring doorbells and other home surveillance for overnight activations, and to call if they find anything that might help. Franklin Police also want to remind residents to lock their cars & homes, and to leave an outside light on, every night, as part of the nationwide crime prevention strategy: The #9PMRoutine.

Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or 
click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Franklin PD Now Hiring: Police Records Technicians

The Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Records Technician.

Records Technicians are full-time employees who maintain Department records, and work closely with members of the community: in person, on the phone, and online.

The ideal applicant is proficient with computers and committed to ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction.

Starting pay is $16.44/hour
Paid time off, excellent benefits

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Excessive noise from music & mufflers comes with $126 fine, in Franklin

Drivers who have recently traveled through downtown Franklin may have noticed electronic message boards reminding drivers of Franklin’s noise ordinance. Downtown residents are reporting an increase in noise from the drivers of vehicles with modified exhaust systems revving their engines, and loud music coming from cars. Both are a violation of the City’s noise ordinance.

Over the past several weeks, Franklin Police have worked to remind downtown drivers about the ordinance. Now, violators can expect to see increased enforcement. Citations for excessive noise come with a $126 fine.

Police are hoping that drivers who may not realize that they are in violation, and disturbing area residents, businesses, and patrons, will travel with greater care through downtown Franklin.

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Franklin Fire & Police team up to fight hunger with “Badges Give Back” Food Drive, through June 14

The Franklin Fire and Police Departments are teaming up to help fight hunger. “Badges Give Back” kicks off today, and non-perishable food donations are being accepted at FPD and FFD Headquarters, and at all eight of the city’s fire stations. Between now and June 14th, you can drop off:

  • Canned fruits and vegetables, especially corn and green beans
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Soups
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Jelly

“Badges Give Back” benefits One Gen Away, a Franklin-based non-profit that distributes healthy food to Middle Tennessee families in need. According to One Gen Away, donations typically decline in the spring and summer months, and Franklin Police Officers and Firefighters want to team up with their community to help bridge that gap. 

Donation Locations

  1. Franklin Police HQ – 900 Columbia Ave. (M-F between 8am & 5pm)
  2. Franklin Fire HQ – Franklin City Hall (2nd Ave. side at the flagpole entrance)
  3. Station 1 – 500 New Highway 96 West
  4. Station 2 – 907 Murfreesboro Rd.
  5. Station 3 – 298 Mallory Station Rd.
  6. Station 4 – 2039 Fieldstone Pkwy.
  7. Station 5 – 215 Noah Dr.
  8. Station 6 – 1061 Cool Springs Blvd.
  9. Station 7 – 1972 John Fitzgerald Dr.
  10. Station 8 – 200 Front St.

For more information visit www.onegenaway.com.
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