Real estate agent indicted on felony charges

A Williamson County Grand Jury has indicted a Franklin real estate agent on several charges. Michael Burchyett, 42, of Franklin, was charged with Theft over $250,000, Criminal Simulation, and Money Laundering. The indictments follow an in-depth investigation by Franklin Detectives after it was reported that Burchyett used forged closing documents to trick a client from China into thinking they had purchased a $495,000 Franklin home. Burchyett diverted the victim’s money for his own use and then sold the listing to someone else.

 Burchyett is free on a $50,000 bond. He is due in criminal court on April 28.


Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of auto burglary/credit card fraud suspects

Franklin Police are hoping someone might know something about these suspects. They used credit cards stolen during a series of April 10, Westhaven Golf Club auto burglaries.

The stolen cards were used at a nearby Kroger and Target following the break-ins. There is a cash reward for information.

Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
click to submit an anonymous eTip

Convicted felon, out on bond, wanted by Franklin Police

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information on the whereabouts of 29-year-old Rantoyrea Ezell, of Nashville.

She’s a convicted felon, out on bond, now wanted for shoplifting, drug possession, and possession of burglary tools. Call Crime Stoppers if you know where police can find her.

Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
click to submit an anonymous eTip

Two Franklin Detectives honored at CPIT Picnic

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The Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT) is a multi-disciplinary group of people who work together to investigate child abuse. Organizations that make up this team include law enforcement, The Davis House, The Department of Children’s Services, Williamson County Juvenile Court, the District Attorney’s office, and Our Kids.

Two Franklin Police Detectives were honored for their work with the team, last night, at a CPIT Awards Picnic: Detective Sergio Guerra and Detective Becky Porter (Ret.).

Detective Guerra has committed the last seven years of his career to helping abused children and their families through some of the toughest times in their lives. His colleagues commend Det. Guerra for holding offenders highly accountable while helping victims and their families through the deliberate and painful recovery process.

Detective Porter worked for more than 30 years in law enforcement, dedicating 20 of those years to child abuse investigations. She’s left a lasting impact on both child abuse investigators and affected families in our community. Last night, the Child Protective Investigative Team announced the naming of their new conference room as the “Becky Porter Conference Room,” in recognition of Det. Porter’s service and legacy.

The Franklin Police Department recognizes the service and sacrifice of those who protect our community’s kids, especially the most recent honorees: Franklin Police Detectives Guerra and Porter.


Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of suspect who fled from officers

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest of a man who fled from officers attempting to arrest him for cocaine possession.

Know who or where the suspect in this baseball cap is?
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

Double-fatal crash victims’ family statement

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The family of Ed and Charlotte House asked the Department to release the following statement on their behalf, following Sunday’s tragic crash:

“The overwhelming grief over this loss is indescribable. Our family feels the love and prayers of so many. But now, and in the days ahead, we want the community to join us in directing that love and those prayers toward the other family; for their comfort, complete healing, and recovery during this unimaginable time.”

The House family, so rooted in first responder service, expressed their earnest appreciation for the first responders who worked so hard to save lives and bring hope to all eight of yesterday’s victims.


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Easter crash claims second life

Franklin Police are investigating after a 2-vehicle Easter afternoon crash at Murfreesboro Rd. and Royal Oaks Blvd. sent eight people to three different hospitals. A beloved Franklin couple, Ed and Charlotte House, died yesterday. The victims in the second vehicle, two adults and four children, were seriously hurt.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. House was traveling west on Murfreesboro Rd. when, for reasons unknown, he crashed into the rear end of the other vehicle while it was stopped for a red light, waiting to turn left onto Royal Oaks Blvd.

Mr. and Mrs. House were the parents of retired Franklin Fire Department Battalion Chief Eddie House, a 34-year member of the FFD. Chief House now serves as Deputy Chief for the Spring Hill Fire Department. Mr. House, 81, was a 20-year volunteer member of the Franklin Fire Department. Mrs. House, 77, served for 14 years in the City’s Finance Department, retiring in 2010.

Our entire city team is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. and Mrs. House, and our prayers are with their family and the other victims who were involved in this terrible crash.


Fatal crash investigation underway in Franklin

A fatal crash investigation is underway at Murfreesboro Rd. and Royal Oaks Blvd. in Franklin. Two vehicles were involved, eight people were transported to three different hospitals, and one has died. Further details will be released as they become available.

Our prayers are with the involved families and their loved ones, and our hearts are heavy with the seriousness of such tragedy on this Easter Sunday.


Impaired I-65 hit-and-run driver facing multiple charges

An impaired driver who fled from a dinnertime crash on Tuesday is facing several charges, including DUI, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, Drug Possession, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, and Failure to Report a Crash.

Donald A. Brewster, Jr. 
Age: 40
Columbia, Tennessee

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Officers were summoned to a hit & run crash on I-65 in Cool Springs. Officers located the fleeing driver, 40-year-old Donald Brewster, of Columbia, driving into a nearby parking lot after he exited the Interstate. His vehicle had heavy damage, including two flat tires. Officers determined that Brewster was impaired and arrested him. The driver of the car he slammed into from behind was shaken, but not noticeably injured.

Due in court on June 22, Donald Brewster is free on the $5,500 bond set by the Magistrate.

Drive drunk, get nailed.

Flooded roads and rising water across Middle Tennessee follow overnight downpours

Anyone who sees rising water should report it to Dispatch so an officer can be dispatched to evaluate. Sometimes there is an easy remedy, like unclogging a storm drain that’s blocked with debris. Little things like that can make all the difference. So please, do not hesitate to call and report.

Because floodwaters rise and recede so quickly, it can be difficult to keep an accurately updated list of closures. The most recent information, however, can be found here:

Flooded roadways are often closed with cones or unmanned barricades. If you encounter either, there is danger ahead that could be more serious than you think. Please do not travel through or around those closures. Turn around and find an alternate route.

If you need us, call us. That’s why we’re here.