Franklin Police Detectives are investigating the theft of four commercial mowers (Hustler and Bad Boy brand), and a Kawasaki Mule ATV, all stolen from Dickerson Lawn Equipment, 312 Eddy Lane. Thieves cut through the fence at the business during the overnight hours of 07/29/2015, getting away with more than $18,000 in equipment.
Starting Friday, all Franklin school zones will be active as Williamson County and Franklin Special School District students attend their first day of the new school year. Extra officers will be present in designated school zones across the city. Officers will be focusing on speeding drivers, improper passing, and texting and driving.
According to statistics, most of the children killed in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by drivers illegally passing a stopped school bus. Officers across the city will be closely monitoring bus routes and citing drivers who disregard the bus’ flashing red lights and stop signs.
Motorists should anticipate slow-moving traffic in and around school zones. To avoid being late to your destination, motorists should leave earlier than usual. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about safely crossing the street and walking through parking lots.
“Our officers will be saturating school zones and surrounding areas,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will do everything possible to ensure the safety of Franklin’s children. Drivers who break the law, especially in school zones, can expect to be cited.”
The minimum finefor speeding in a school zone or illegally passing a stopped school bus: $139.75
Drivers must be aware of and comply with all directions given to them by Franklin Police School Patrol Crossing Guards. Motorists must be prepared to stop and follow their instructions.
Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school website to familiarize themselves with drop-off and pick-up information at each school.
Leo Linkov, Det. Richard Spaulding, Chief Deborah Faulkner, Kris Krabill (Toyota of Cool Springs)
Franklin Police Detective Richard Spaulding has been named Officer of the Month for his work on June 18, 2015 that resulted in the immediate capture of a bank robbery suspect.
As part of an anti-burglary operation initiated by Chief Faulkner, Detective Spaulding was patrolling nearby neighborhoods when he spotted a bank robbery suspect who had just attempted to rob the Fifth Third Bank at Fieldstone Farms. Spaulding surreptitiously tailed the suspect’s getaway vehicle while backup units closed in to help make the arrest.
The Franklin Police Department is proud to partner with Franklin Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, who awarded $150 to Detective Spaulding. Detective Spaulding, in turn, is donating the money to his favorite charity: Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, specifically for pediatric cancer research.
Detective Spaulding has served on the Franklin Police Department since 2002. Franklin Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram General Manager Leo Linkov honored Detective Spaulding with a plaque today at Police Headquarters.