DUI Checkpoint, Friday

DUI TrailerNationally, one in three traffic fatalities are a result of an alcohol-impaired driving crash. Friday night, 04/24/2015, the Franklin Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Hillsboro Road.

In 2014, the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office awarded the Department with a $50,000 grant to use for anti-DUI initiatives including DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment, and overtime for officers working this checkpoint.

Lawn equipment, other garage valuables can be an easy target for crooks; How to help safeguard yours

Franklin Police are investigating the season’s first lawn mower theft. It happened Saturday in the Liberty Hills Subdivision, where someone stole the lawn mower from a homeowner’s garage while he and his wife worked in the yard, outside the view of their open garage door.

The arrival of this year’s lawn maintenance season has thieves on the lookout for unattended equipment that can be quickly loaded onto a truck. The black market profitability these items bring increases demand, and thefts.

Here are a few tips that may help to reduce your chances of becoming a victim, and some that could help to get your things back if they are stolen:

  • Home-SecurityKeep your garage doors down and the doors to your home locked, even when working in the yard
  • Secure equipment in your garage if you go inside for a break;
  • Record the make, model, and serial numbers of your equipment;
  • Beware of door-to-door salesmen and solicitors. Thieves often play these parts while in search of their next victim.

If you see something, say something. Record license plate numbers and descriptions of suspicious vehicles and people in your neighborhood, and then call police. Incorporating these tips, combined with a strong neighborhood network can be your best defense.

For information on starting a neighborhood watch in your neighborhood,
contact Franklin Police Public Affairs at (615) 794-2513

Miami Man Extradited for Franklin Fraud; Suspect already on federal probation

Llohandry Fuster Date of Birth: 09/13/1974 9035 SW 46th Terrance Miami, FL 33165

Llohandry Fuster
Date of Birth: 09/13/1974
9035 SW 46th Terrance
Miami, FL 33165

A police investigation that began in February ended last night with a Florida suspect behind Williamson County bars. On 02/21/2015, officers were summoned to the Pandora Jewelry store, in the CoolSprings Galleria, where a man attempted using a fictitious credit card to quickly purchase several pieces of high-end jewelry. During the transaction, the suspicious clerk locked herself in an office and called police – while the man stood outside beating on the door. The suspect fled prior to officers arriving.

Investigators determined that though the credit card the suspect left behind was a fake, the Florida ID he showed the clerk was real. Llohandry Fuster, 40, of Miami, was found to be on supervised federal release after being convicted of similar crimes in Florida. Fuster was not even allowed to leave the State of Florida.

Fuster was extradited from Florida; he was booked into the Williamson County Jail, last night, charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Criminal Attempt. Fuster is being held on a $150,000 bond, and is due in court 04/30/2015 at 1:00pm.

Police seeking woman who cashed “washed” check

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Franklin Police want to identify this woman, wanted for “washing” a check written to someone else, re-writing it, and then cashing it to the tune of $1,600, using a fake ID. The suspect is a Hispanic female, 5’4” tall, weighing 130 pounds. She cashed the check at the Reliant Bank on Creekstone Boulevard earlier this month.

 Information about the identity of this suspect is worth
up to $1,000 with one simple, anonymous call to

Crime Stoppers 
(615) 794-4000


Detectives seeking information about weekend burglaries; Cash in with Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

Detectives are seeking information on a rash of weekend burglaries that occurred at TJ Nails, 3046 Columbia Avenue, and Franklin Dental Care at 3016 Columbia Avenue. The burglary to the nail salon was discovered Sunday afternoon where workers found cash and high-end supplies missing. Arriving staff discovered the burglary to the dentist’s office Monday morning; cash was stolen from inside that business, as well. Several vehicles parked at businesses along the Columbia Avenue corridor were also burglarized.

Information in this case is worth up to $1,000
with one simple, anonymous call to Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

Franklin Police Raise Blue Star Flag Honoring Fellow Officer Serving in the Middle East

Today at Police Headquarters, three Franklin Police Officers with prior military service raised a Blue Star Flag to honor a fellow officer currently serving in the Middle East. This Blue Star Flag (also called the Service Flag) is to honor the work of Franklin Police Officer Leigh Ann Hester, currently serving with the United States Army. Hester is a distinguished Silver Star recipient; she is the first woman soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star.

“More than 30% of our staff is made up of U.S. Military Veterans,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “I am proud of the fact that they serve our Country, and protect our community.”

The Blue Star Flag honors active duty military members serving during a period of war or hostilities.

Police urge teen safety this prom weekend; Extra officers on patrol

IEMS-DPS_DrinkingDrivingPoster_male_finalProm and prom events for several Franklin-area schools is right around the corner. A milestone for most, proms turn tragic for others. In an effort to keep Franklin streets safe, extra officers will be on patrol this weekend.

“We will be out in force, and vigilant – with a zero-tolerance approach to underage drinking and impaired driving,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Anyone who puts themselves or others at risk because of irresponsibility will be arrested.”

Parents are warned that allowing children to drink at home parties is illegal. Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is a Class-A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Anyone wishing to report a teen drinking party in Franklin can do it anonymously, by texting 615FPD and the tip to 847411.

Police enhancing video of persons of interest in Thursday robberies; $5k for information leading to an arrest

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The hunt for two gunmen continues today, following the Thursday night robberies of two different women in Franklin. The first robbery happened at 8:30 pm in a parking lot behind Main Street businesses; the second happened about an hour later at a home in the Sullivan Farms Subdivision.

Detectives are now working to enhance two videos, provided by downtown businesses, containing persons of interest walking around the downtown area prior to the robberies. Detectives believe that the suspects walked in and around several downtown businesses, scouting victims, prior to their first robbery.

Police urge business and homeowners in the Downtown and Sullivan Farms areas with a camera system to take a close look at Thursday’s footage between 7pm and 10pm. Detectives are hopeful that someone’s security camera got a good picture of the suspects before their robbery spree.

The suspects in these robberies were described as young black males who were wearing basketball shorts, and fled in a small maroon SUV. Franklin Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of these suspects. Anyone with information is urged to call.

There are three options for reporting a tip in this case:

  1. Call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513
  2. Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
  3. Text 615FPD, along with your tip, to 847411.

Tipsters can remain anonymous; detectives want your information, not your name

Franklin Police Honored at “Knights in Blue” Gala; Country music superstar Naomi Judd guest presenter

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Saturday night, Franklin Police Officers and civilian employees were honored at the 5th Annual Knights in Blue Gala, a formal awards dinner hosted by the Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association.

The following Franklin Police employees were recognized at Saturday’s event, held at the Cool Springs Embassy:

  • The Chief Jackie Moore Service Award, given to the individual whose civic life is reflective of the service and values displayed throughout retired Franklin Police Chief Jackie Moore’s 46-year law enforcement career: Franklin Police Volunteer Craig Owens. With a service above self attitude, Mr. Owens volunteered 259 hours of his time last year in service to the citizens of Franklin and its police officers.
  • The Chief’s Award was presented to The Flex Team. “Since having the honor of joining the Franklin Police Department, this hard-working group of officers have gotten my attention and earned my respect,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “In addition to their day-in, day-out work, their special efforts in several very important cases have earned them this honor.” Members of the Flex team are Sergeant Scott Legieza, Officers Samantha Brooks, Jeff Carson, Clayton Cates, and Chris Harris. In addition to the team’s award, each member received The Chief’s Coin.
  • The Lifesaving Award is given to the employee who has engaged in a definitive action that clearly results in the saving or preservation of the life of another. On October 4, 2014, officers were dispatched to a report of an armed, intoxicated subject. The first arriving officer observed the subject place the barrel of a handgun into his mouth. He engaged the subject in conversation while a security perimeter was established, and after considerable conversation with the officer, the man put down his gun, and surrendered. That man is alive today because of Master Patrol Officer Brigham VanHook. 
  • For her role in providing invaluable assistance and support that night, Master Patrol Officer Jill Canovan was presented with a Commendation Certificate and Ribbon.
  • The Impact Award is given to the officer who demonstrates creative and innovative thinking and implements a plan of action that has a notable impact on the law enforcement profession. Williamson County resident and Country Music Icon Naomi Judd co-presented the award with Chief Faulkner. “It was an honor to have recently met this Officer at the Tennessee Legislature, where we both had the opportunity to testify on behalf of the Bill: Aron’s Law,” said Judd.

In 1998, Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer Terry Burnett, and his dog, Aron, encountered an armed & dangerous bank robber. During an exchange of gunfire, K9 Aron was shot several times; he later died. Officer Burnett attended Saturday’s awards ceremony.

Aron’s Law, prompted by Franklin Police K9 Officer Brett Spivy, is sponsored by Representative Jeremy Durham. If passed, the Bill will make the intentional killing of a police, fire, or search and rescue animal, a felony offense. “These animals are courageous, and extremely special to law enforcement and the communities they serve,” Judd told officers from the stage.

Chief Faulkner thanked event organizers Susan Minor, Jen Ross, and Celia Cates; event founder Charity Compton; along with dozens of sponsors and community leaders in attendance. “Your support of our officers and staff means more to us than you can possibly know. On behalf of the men and women who make up the Franklin Police Department, thank you.”


Police investigating two armed robberies, 4 miles apart; $5,000 reward for information

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Franklin Police are on the hunt for two armed suspects who robbed two women, four miles apart.

The first robbery occurred at about 8:30 Thursday night, in a parking lot behind the Main Street businesses that run between 3rd and 4th Avenues. An employee, who was leaving work, got into her car and shut the door. Two men, armed with handguns, opened her car door and, after a brief struggle, fled with her purse.

About an hour later, a second woman was robbed in the Sullivan Farms subdivision, four miles away. A resident in the 300 block of Applecross Drive was arriving home when the same two suspects walked into her garage, pointed their guns at her, and demanded money. The suspects tried forcing the woman inside of her home; during the struggle, she screamed. When a neighbor who was walking his dog approached, one of the suspects pointed their gun at him. One of the items stolen during this robbery was a Honda mini bike parked in the victim’s garage.

The suspects in these robberies were described as young black males who tied t-shirts around their face to obscure their identity. They were driving a small maroon SUV. Franklin Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of these suspects. Anyone with information is urged to call.

There are three options for reporting a tip in this case:

  1. Call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513
  2. Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
  3. Text 615FPD, along with your tip, to 847411.

Tipsters can remain anonymous; detectives want your information, not your name.