Franklin Tomorrow Honors Police Volunteer; Craig Owens, 2014 Volunteer Spirit Award Recipient

Chief Deborah Faulkner and Craig Owens (center)

Chief Deborah Faulkner and Craig Owens (center)

Franklin, TN – At a ceremony last night at the Franklin Theatre, Franklin Tomorrow honored Police Volunteer Craig Owens with the Volunteer Spirit Award. Owens, who started calling Franklin home in 1996, is a long-time fan of law enforcement. “As a kid playing with friends in the backyard, I was always the cop in Cops and Robbers,” said Owens. “When I was eight or nine, I actually called the local police department of the city we lived in and asked if I could join the force. While they chuckled a bit when they told me no, my dream was revived in 2011 when the FPD said yes.”

There are 15 Franklin Police Volunteers. Each is a graduate of the Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy, an 8-week program designed to give residents an up-close look at the FPD, and the men & women who dedicate their lives to protecting Williamson’s biggest city. Franklin Police Volunteers undergo training in patrol, traffic direction, and customer service. These non-sworn representatives of the Franklin PD assist at special events, especially in and around downtown. In 2013 alone, Franklin Police Volunteer Craig Owens donated more than 240 hours of his time to the Department, in service to his community.

“The Franklin Police Department is incredibly fortunate to have the support of our Police Volunteers,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner who attended last night’s event. “Mr. Owens is a great representative of the volunteer spirit. The hard work, dedication, and camaraderie of our volunteers helps the FPD reach our mark of service with excellence.”

Last night marked Franklin Tomorrow’s eighth Exemplary Community Volunteer & Volunteer Spirit Awards. Franklin Tomorrow is a community visioning nonprofit that seeks to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin.

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Williamson County Fair Begins Friday; Traffic and parking information to help reduce congestion

home_graphicFranklin, TN –Williamson’s World-Class County Fair is set to begin Friday. While the Fair Board has been hard at work ensuring a great time for families, police have put together a plan to minimize traffic congestion while maximizing safety and security for attendees. The use of alternate routes by fairgoers will ease congestion for families trying to get there, and make the I-65 commute easier for those just passing through.

From the East: Take SR840 to Peytonsville-Trinity Rd. (Exit #34); turn right off the exit; go one block and turn left at Glenn’s Grocery to Peytonsville Rd. Proceed approximately 4.6 miles; turn right on Long Lane to the fairgrounds. Livestock enter at Gate #3 for unloading.

From the West: Take SR840 to I-65 North to Peytonsville Rd. (Exit #61); turn right off the exit; go one block and turn left on Long Lane; fairgrounds is just ahead. Livestock enter at Gate #3 for unloading.

From the North: Take I-65 South to McEwen Lane (Exit #67); turn left off the interstate to Carothers Parkway. Take a right and proceed to SR96. Turn left, proceeding east on SR96, approximately 1.25 miles; take a right to Arno Rd., proceeding approximately 3.2 miles; turn right on Gosey Hill Rd., proceeding approximately 1.1 miles; take a right on Long Lane to the fairgrounds. Livestock enter at Gate #3 for unloading.

From the South: Take I-65 North to Peytonsville Rd. (Exit #61); turn right off the exit; go one block and turn left on Long Lane; fairgrounds is just ahead. Livestock enter at Gate #3 for unloading.

Overflow Parking Information: Police officers and volunteers will direct arriving attendees to available parking. Police urge pedestrians to cross only at designated crosswalks. Courtesy carts will shuttle anyone who wants or needs a ride from overflow parking areas to and from the fair’s main entrance.

The Fair concludes Saturday, August 9th at midnight. For more information about the Williamson County Fair, visit WilliamsonCountyFair.org.
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Rise in Recent Phone Scams by IRS Pretenders; Police warn residents: hang up, report

Franklin, TN – Along with several law enforcement agencies across the U.S., the Franklin Police Department has received several citizen reports of IRS impostors threatening arrest and property seizures unless they pay up.

Fact: These calls are not coming from the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service will never demand payment over the telephone. Typical IRS communication comes in the form of U.S. Mail. If you receive a phone call that you suspect is a tax scam, hang up and report it to your local law enforcement agency and the US Treasury, Office of Inspector General: (800) 366-4484.

To help avoid becoming the victim of a scam, Franklin Police recommend never transferring funds through third-party wire or card services before first calling an official, listed telephone number for the company you are doing business with.Scam

 

‘Coffee with the Clergy’ Brings Police & Pastors Together; Pastors invited to meet the Chief, August 12

Franklin, TN – The Franklin Police Department invites community clergy to be our guest for coffee at Police Headquarters, Tuesday, August 12th. This unique, 1-hour opportunity to meet with the City Administrator and get to know FPD’s Top Cop will start at 7:45am in the Community Room at Headquarters, 900 Columbia Avenue.

You must RSVP to secure your seat. Franklin religious leaders can register by email or phone to donna.thorpe@franklintn.gov, (615) 550-6802.

 

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California Women Arrested at Franklin Hotel for Prostitution; Chief’s message: not in our city

Destiny Carrier Date of Birth: 09/29/1991 234 W. Adams Blvd #302 Los Angeles, CA 90007

Destiny Carrier
Date of Birth: 09/29/1991
234 W. Adams Blvd #302
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Franklin, TN – Franklin Police arrested two prostitutes from California at a Murfreesboro Road hotel last night during a special operation. Acting on a tip yesterday afternoon, officers from FPD’s Flex Unit set up surveillance around Murfreesboro Road hotels. Officers zeroed in on the Quality Inn and Suites, 1307 Murfreesboro Rd, after activity there caught their eye.

During the course of the investigation, officers discovered a sexually explicit add on Backpage.com linking to the women and their hotel room. Inside, officers discovered four cell phones, two tablet computers, 24 reloadable credit cards, and more than $1,300 in cash. The women admitted to having sex with multiple men for $100 a piece at the Franklin hotel prior to being arrested.

Seaisia Clark Date of Birth: 11/26/1990 501 Rivergate Way, #168 Sacramento, CA 95831

Seaisia Clark
Date of Birth: 11/26/1990
501 Rivergate Way, #168
Sacramento, CA 95831

The Chief’s message to prostitutes, pimps, and their Johns: go somewhere else. “This is a special community,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Prostitution is an ugly and illegal business, and one that the Franklin Police Department will aggressively combat. Zero-tolerance is the only acceptable approach, here.”

Destiny Carrier, 22 of Los Angeles, and 23-year-old Seaisia Clark of Sacramento each remain jailed on a $70k bond. Both women, charged with Promoting Prostitution, are due in court 08/07/2014 at 1:00pm.

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.

Female Felons Jailed on Burglary Charges; Thursday SWAT op yields trio in two burglaries

2014-07-24 14.56.20Franklin, TN – Three home burglary suspects remain behind bars this morning following their arrest during a SWAT operation at a West Main Street house, Thursday.

Mollie Luffman, 35, and 47-year-old Tamara Price were identified as suspects during the investigation of a May home burglary where, in the 1300 block of W. Main Street, more than 20 guns were stolen. Some of those guns have since been recovered, and detectives are working to recover others that the two women have sold. Luffman and Price, charged with Aggravated Burglary and Theft, each remain jailed on a $50k bond.

Krystle Berry, 31 of Thompson’s Station, was found hiding in a closet where Luffman and Price were arrested. On 07/19/2014, she broke through a window of an acquaintance’s home in the Brentwood Pointe Condominiums and stole belongings from inside. Also charged with Aggravated Burglary and Theft, Berry remains behind bars on a $10.5k bond. All three women are due in court 08/07/2014 at 1:00pm.

“Home is a special place,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “That’s why we work harder than ever to identify and arrest suspects who break into and violate someone else’s dwelling.”

Mollie E. Luffman Date of Birth: 09/29/1978 391 Glendower Drive Franklin, TN 37064

Mollie E. Luffman
Date of Birth: 09/29/1978
391 Glendower Drive
Franklin, TN 37064

Tamara R. Price Date of Birth: 07/23/1967 1339 W. Main Street Franklin, TN 37064

Tamara R. Price
Date of Birth: 07/23/1967
1339 W. Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064

Krystle Ann Berry Date of Birth: 07/28/1982 2828 Sutherland Drive Thompson's Station, TN 37179

Krystle Ann Berry
Date of Birth: 07/28/1982
2828 Sutherland Drive
Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

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
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Detectives Seeking ‘Sophisticated’ Crooks; Pair stole wallet from purse, made fake ID to get cash from bank

Franklin, TN – A customer at a local restaurant was surprised to find that her wallet had been stolen right out of the purse she hung over the back of her chair while she ate. Following the theft, the victim’s ATM card was used by a male suspect to make cash withdrawals from two different ATMs, and an in-person withdrawal by a female suspect – all totaling more than $3,000. Most troubling of all, the female suspect was able to quickly make a fake Oklahoma driver’s license in the name of the victim, and then use it to make a $2,500 cash withdrawal at the victim’s bank.

To help avoid becoming a victim, Franklin Police say that women should always keep their purses in sight, and closed so that thieves cannot easily see or remove their contents.

If you recognize these suspects or have information about the case, you could cash in on a reward of up to $1,000 with a call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

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Suspect $300 ATM withdrawal

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
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Aggravated Burglary Suspect Arrested During Unrelated SWAT Op

Franklin, TN – Krystle Ann Berry, wanted for a 7/19 break-in at a Brentwood Pointe condo has just been taken into custody. SWAT was used to execute arrest warrants at a West Main Street home for felony suspects wanted on unrelated charges. While checking the residence, officers found Berry hiding in a closet. No one was injured during the arrests, and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Female Felony Suspect Wanted by Franklin Police; Williamson woman on the run following burglary

Update, 07/24/2014: Berry has been located and arrested.

July 22, 2014, Franklin, TN – Franklin Police want a Thompson’s Station Woman for Aggravated Burglary & Theft, and information on her whereabouts is worth up to $1,000. Krystle Ann Berry, 31, reportedly broke out the bedroom window of an acquaintance in the Brentwood Pointe Condominiums early Saturday morning, stealing belongings from inside the home. Investigators identified her as the suspect, but Berry failed to turn herself in after initially agreeing to do so; now, police cannot locate her. If you know where Krystle Berry is, that information is worth cash with a simple call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

Berry

Krystle Ann Berry
Date of Birth: 07/28/1982
2828 Sutherland Drive
Thompson’s Station, TN

 To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411),
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Franklin Police to Offer Self-Defense Series for Women; Register Now for Free Rape Aggression Defense Training (RAD)

ShowImageFranklin, TN – According to statistics, 78 women are forcibly raped every hour in the United States. Just as startling: One out of four college women reported being sexually assaulted sometime during their four years of school.

The Franklin Police Department is proud to offer free self-defense training to women who live or work in Williamson County. The training incorporates awareness building, prevention, risk reduction & avoidance, as well as hands-on self-defense training by experienced police officers.

This four-part series will meet on Tuesday 08/19/2014, Thursday 08/21/2014, Tuesday 08/26/2014, and Thursday 08/28/2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Franklin Police Headquarters. The 12-hour program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training. Mothers & daughters are encouraged to attend this free training together.

Helping to provide this training is something that I always look forward to,” said RAD Instructor, Officer Rose Steagall. “Participants walk away from this experience with a renewed feeling of confidence that they can avoid or overcome an attacker, we just show them how.”

For more information or to register, contact Officer Rose Steagall at (615) 794-2513.  Download a RAD registration form here.

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