Tennessee Inspector General, Deb Faulkner, Named FPD Deputy Chief of Police

DebFranklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey and Chief David Rahinsky have selected the State of Tennessee’s Inspector General, Deb Faulkner, as the Franklin Police Department’s next Deputy Chief. Faulkner, the City’s top-pick from more than 70 applicants, will be sworn in June 10.

Deb Faulkner was the first Inspector General for the Office of Inspector General, a State criminal investigative unit that focuses on TennCare fraud. A retired Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer, Faulkner came up through the ranks, serving in Metro’s Patrol Division and various other assignments before retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. She has her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis; her master’s in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University; and, her doctorate in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University.

“Inspector Faulkner’s accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Eric Stuckey. “She will be a great addition to a thriving team who commits themselves, every day, to keeping our city safe.” David Rahinsky, Chief of Police said, “I am abundantly proud to have Deb Faulkner join me in leading the Franklin Police Department. She is the consummate professional with the relevant experience and education that give her the drive and vision we were looking for in our next Deputy Chief.”

Deb Faulkner is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, Leadership Middle Tennessee, and Leadership Franklin. She is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and past president of the Tennessee Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Faulkner has served as an adjunct faculty member at Trevecca University, Cumberland University, and Tennessee State University where she has taught classes in Sociology, Criminal Deviancy, and the Management of Law Enforcement Agencies.

Faulkner is the past President for the Fifty Forward Board, YWCA, and the Susan G. Komen Nashville Affiliate. She has also served on the boards of the Girl Scouts, Goodwill, Catholic Charities, CABLE, and Building Lives of Vets. Deb Faulkner is a recipient of the Athena Award, and was also inducted into the Academy for Women of Achievement. She received the Girl Scout’s Volunteer Award, CABLE’s Spirit of Leadership Award, the Molly Todd Cup, and the Fifty Forward Harriet Foley Leadership Award.

“Community service is my top priority,” said Deb Faulkner. “Franklin is home, and I cannot wait to serve this city, its residents, and its police officers.”

Motorcyclist Remains Hospitalized After Being Struck by Hit & Run Driver; Turn a tip into cash with Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

DiagramA Franklin man remains hospitalized after his motorcycle was rear-ended by a hit and run driver at 4:45 Tuesday afternoon. The 67-year-old victim was north on West Main Street near Brookwood Avenue, waiting to turn left, when he was struck. The driver of the white SUV who hit him fled the scene and remains unidentified. The victim suffered a fractured pelvis and bleeding on his brain. Anyone with information on this crash or the driver who fled is asked to call Franklin Police.

Anonymous information leading to the arrest of the hit and run driver is worth up to $1,000 with a call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.


Convicted Nashville Drug Conspirator Ran Portion of Operation in Franklin


Nashville, TN – Joshua Lee Alan Eichel, 32, of Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced on May 8, 2014, to 135 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Kevin H. Sharp, for conspiring to possess and distribute 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. The prison term will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Eichel was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2013 and pleaded guilty in December 2013.

As described in Eichel’s plea agreement, in a statement Eichel gave to agents following his arrest in March 2013, he claimed to have been the largest hydroponic marijuana dealer in Nashville. Eichel told agents he was the leader of a conspiracy whose members purchased large amounts of marijuana from a variety of sources in California and Oregon. Eichel also explained to agents how he and his co-conspirators would then ship the marijuana to the Nashville area in order to resell it.

Agents had previously identified and intercepted a number of packages shipped by members of the conspiracy prior to executing a search warrant at Eichel’s residence, located at 121 Grant Park Dr. in Franklin, Tenn. on March 13, 2013. During the execution of the search warrant, Agents found and seized packaging materials, shipping materials, and approximately $21,000 cash.

Prior to this conviction, Eichel had been convicted in the Middle District of Tennessee, in 2003, of distributing cocaine and conspiring to possess marijuana with intent to distribute.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Postal Inspection Service, as well as the 18th and 21st Judicial District Drug Task Forces, the Franklin Police Department, and the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent A. Hannafan.

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As released by: David W. Boling, Law Enforcement Coordinator/Public Information Officer | United States Attorney’s Office | (615) 736-5956

Help Franklin Police Put a Crook in Her Place; Reward of up to $1k for anonymous tip leading to arrest

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Franklin, TN – Detectives in Franklin want to identify a woman who used stolen credit cards to charge more than $7,000 at several Cool Springs area stores. The cards were stolen during the victim’s 04/22/2014 visit to a local rec center, and used (or attempted) less than an hour later at TJ Maxx, Macy’s, Best Buy, and Target. Two unidentified males waited in the suspect’s getaway vehicle, a maroon mini-van, while the woman pictured here made the purchases.

Information about this crime is worth up to $1,000 with a simple, anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411), or call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513. PL - Right Side #1 {AP 2014} (4_22_2014 7_06_25 PM)


TDOT Release on Mack Hatcher Project: Traffic Shift Planned on Mack Hatcher Parkway in Franklin

Franklin, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to shift traffic in the southbound lanes of Mack Hatcher Parkway (SR 397) in Williamson County. Weather permitting, crews have tentatively scheduled work for the next several days to complete the widening project.

Wednesday, May 7, through Wednesday, May 14, there will be alternating southbound lane closures on Mack Hatcher Parkway (SR 397), from south of SR 96 to SR 6, in order to pave and stripe the roadway.

Currently, both newly paved northbound lanes are open to traffic. One southbound lane will also remain open during the planned paving. This shift has created a new traffic configuration for motorists who were previously limited to the southbound lanes only.

Message boards and additional signage have been placed in the area to direct motorists to the appropriate lane of travel, but drivers are urged to slow down and be aware of the traffic shift.

Construction has been underway on this section of Mack Hatcher Parkway since September 2011. Paving marks the final stages of the nearly three-mile widening project that will expand the route from two to four lanes, adding double left turn lanes at major intersections and an adjacent pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists. The $23.4 million project is expected to be finished next week.

To learn more about the project, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/sr397/.

TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state. For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at http://www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or http://www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area.

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways. The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android.

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Heather Jensen
Community Relations Officer
Region 3

615.350.4302 (office)

Crime Down in Franklin; Sometimes success is measured by what doesn’t happen

Crime downFranklin, TN – Crime in Franklin’s growing community is down according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 “Crime in Tennessee” report, released yesterday.

Franklin Police Chief David Rahinsky credits the 4% drop in crime to vigilant police officers and an engaged community. “Population is up, local business revenue is on the rise, and crime is down,” said Chief Rahinsky. “It’s easy to see why people love calling Franklin home.” Franklin’s top-cop said that innovation, combined with the use of traditional law enforcement models and a committed, hard-working police force help to make the Franklin Police Department successful at its top priority: keeping residents safe.

See “Crime in Tennessee 2013” in its entirety for detailed information on crime in Franklin and other Tennessee communities.

Wrong-Way Driver Charged with 4th DUI; Drive Drunk, Get Nailed

Franklin, TN – A Franklin woman is out on bond after being arrested for her 4th DUI. Last night at approximately 10:30 pm, an officer observed Tamera Likens, 51 of Franklin, traveling south on Mack Hatcher, near Liberty Pike, in the northbound lanes. When the officer stopped Likens, he determined that she was impaired. Likens Tennessee Driver’s License had been revoked for a previous DUI.

Tamera K. Likens

Tamera K. Likens
Date of Birth: 08/07/1962
505 Perkins Drive
Franklin, TN 37064

Likens, charged with DUI – 4th Offense, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, and Driving on a Revoked License, is free on a $20,000 bond. She is due in court 05/15/2014 at 1:00 pm.

Impaired driving related crashes constitute one of the nation’s leading health problems. Impairment is a factor in 33% of all crashes in the United States and these events result in more deaths a year than homicides.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed
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