Franklin Police investigating overnight stabbing at local apartment complex after disturbance between acquaintances

At 11:30, Friday night, officers responded to a stabbing at the apartment complex located at 1000 Midwood Street. Officers found a resident of the complex laying on the ground in front of the 3000 building. He had been stabbed numerous times. The man who stabbed the victim called 911 to request medical assistance immediately after the incident, and stood by for help to arrive. The victim and suspect in this case are acquaintances.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that this could be a case of self-defense. The victim is in stable condition at an area hospital, and no charges have been filed.

Murfreesboro man charged in multiple Franklin-area auto burglaries

Richard J. Hartman Date of Birth: 06/16/1994 5849 Foothills Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Richard J. Hartman
Date of Birth: 06/16/1994
5849 Foothills Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

A Murfreesboro man has been indicted by a Williamson County Grand Jury after Franklin Police and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office worked with police in Brentwood, Murfreesboro, and Nashville to solve a string of auto burglaries that plagued area communities last summer.

Twenty-one year old Richard Hartman, a convicted felon, has been charged with 13 criminal counts, in Williamson County, that include several auto burglaries and thefts. Hartman has been linked to auto burglaries in the Stream Valley, Fieldstone Farms, and Falcon Creek subdivisions in Franklin. Hartman was linked to the burglaries after Murfreesboro Police identified several items in a Murfreesboro motel room where Hartman had been staying, as belonging to Williamson County victims. Metro Police recovered additional stolen items, linking Hartman to the burglaries, from a Nashville motel room.

Hartman is being held in Davidson County. He is due in Williamson County Circuit Court 05/20/2016 at 9:00am.

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Two charged after fraudulent credit card use at Walmart

Kimberly Peterson Date of Birth: 09/01/1968 708 Sanders Street Lewisburg, TN 37091

Kimberly Peterson
Date of Birth: 09/01/1968
708 Sanders Street
Lewisburg, TN 37091

In November, detectives released this photo, asking for the public’s help to identify a woman caught on video using a stolen credit card at the Franklin Walmart. The female suspect came forward after seeing herself and her car in the news. Kimberly Peterson, 47, of Lewisburg, has been charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. She is free on a $2,500 bond, and due in court 03/03/2016 at 1:00pm.

John Snell, Jr.  Date of Birth: 05/19/1966 950 Green Street Franklin, TN 37064

John Snell, Jr.
Date of Birth: 05/19/1966
950 Green Street
Franklin, TN 37064

John Snell, 49, of Franklin, was indicted by a grand jury for his involvement. Detectives determined that Snell provided Peterson with the stolen card. Peterson purchased nearly $400 in merchandise for her and Snell, while Snell waited outside in her white Chevrolet HHR. Detectives determined that Snell made several ATM withdrawals using the victim’s card, as well. Snell remains jailed on two violation of probation charges, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

The victim’s card, used by Petersen and Snell, was in a wallet lost by the victim at another Franklin business.



Crime Stoppers cash offered in bank fraud case: (615) 794-4000

Crime Stoppers cash is on the table for anyone who can identify this man, wanted for cashing a $2,000 fraudulent check on 12/4/2015 at a Franklin Pinnacle Bank. Information on this suspect’s identity is worth up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

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Domestic assault suspect wanted by Franklin Police; Know where Denzel Ware is? Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

Update: 02/22/2016: Denzel Ware was taken into custody, this evening, at his Chestnut Lane residence after calling police, to surrender. 

Released February 22, 2016: Sunday morning, 25-year-old Denzel Ware placed a phoneArrestedcall to an ex-girlfriend, threatening to shoot her in the face. He is now being sought by police.

Last June, Ware was charged in another domestic violence incident after assaulting his mother, and firing a gun during that incident. Police are searching for Ware, now wanted for Domestic Assault – again. Because Ware knows he is wanted by police and has gone into hiding, he is considered a fugitive.

Information on his whereabouts is worth up to $1,000 with a call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

Denzel L. Ware
Date of Birth: 02/12/1991
102 Chestnut Lane
Franklin, TN 37064


Crime Stoppers reward offered for ID of female felons

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of these women, wanted for using stolen credit cards at the Cool Springs Target. On 02/11/2016, the victim’s wallet was stolen from her purse while visiting an area restaurant. Immediately following the theft, the suspects used her stolen credit cards to fraudulently purchase nearly $3,000 in merchandise. The women left in the vehicle picture here. Exterior - PL Left #3 {AP 2013} (2_11_2016 7_47_51 PM)

leading to an arrest
in this
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Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

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All southbound lanes of I-65 CLOSED at Murfreesboro Rd; All traffic must exit

A significant crash involving a semi into the Murfreesboro Road overpass has closed I-65 S. All southbound traffic must exit at Murfreesboro Road. Northbound traffic is unaffected. Since the crash, no Murfreesboro Road traffic had been allowed to cross the I-65 overpass. TDOT engineers have just deemed the overpass safe, and Murfreesboro Road has been reopened. All southbound lanes of I65 are closed at Murfreesboro Rd for the foreseeable future. Traffic backup on approach is considerable.



“No turn on red” signs are coming to two major Franklin intersections

MHP@Liberty NTOR signMotorists heading northbound on Royal Oaks Boulevard at Murfreesboro Road, as well as northbound on Mack Hatcher Parkway at Liberty Pike, will see new signs appear February 25th.  The NO TURN ON RED signs will enhance the safety of these intersections, after crash and compliance investigations revealed that updates are needed.

At Royal Oaks Boulevard and Murfreesboro Road, investigations found an excessive rate of red light crashes for the northbound right turns.  Many of these crashes involved side-by-side vehicles at this two-lane turn, and some involved crashes with southbound left turns and eastbound through vehicles who were proceeding on a green signal. The number of crashes significantly exceeded the minimum number considered by national standards to warrant the “No Turn on Red” regulation.  Engineering Department analyses of the impact on traffic flow found that the additional delays will be tolerable for the amount of crashes that will be prevented.  There will be small to medium increases in the stacking lengths for these right turns, but the overall wait times will remain below critical levels.  The safety of the green movements that conflict with the red signal right turns will also be improved.  Signs with the display shown below will be mounted near right side corner signals as well as the overhead mast arm signals on the far side of Murfreesboro Road.

At Mack Hatcher Parkway and Liberty Pike, the existing “No Turn on Red” regulation adds safety by minimizing conflicts with the adjacent Jordan Road intersection.  Compliance rates for this turn are below what they should be, so the City of Franklin Engineering Department evaluated options for improvements.  Research showed that the regulation is most effective during mostly daylight hours, and that other times the traffic volumes are so low that the occurrence of right turn conflicts with Jordan Road vehicles is very low.  Therefore the regulation will be posted to be effective only from 6 AM to 6 PM.  Research also showed that improved compliance occurs with the sign that displays the red ball shown below.  Therefore the Streets Department will upgrade the mast arm mounted sign with the improved display and time regulation.

Franklin Police will be on hand to observe the traffic flow during the first few days to make sure drivers understand the new “No Turn On Red” regulations.

This release was prepared & distributed by the City of Franklin Communications Office, and shared here for our followers. 

Detectives uncover new leads in violent armed robbery; Reward increased to over $5,000.00

The City of Franklin is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to a suspect identification and arrest in Thursday night’s violent armed robbery. This new reward money is in addition to the, already-offered, Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000. A TBI sketch artist worked with witnesses today to develop this composite drawing of one of the suspects. The second male black Img560_Cropsuspect wore a ski mask during the robbery.

At 10:15 Thursday night, officers responded to the apartments at 700 Westminster Drive, after two black males robbed and shot at a man who had just parked his car and was walking to his apartment. The suspect missed, and no one was injured.

The victim’s car keys were among the items stolen. During their getaway, one of the suspects stole the victim’s vehicle, a white 2011 Chevrolet Cruze with Tennessee license plate U 5502 S. The other suspect fled in a gray or silver PT Cruiser or similar vehicle 

The City of Franklin is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact Franklin Police Department Detectives at (615) 794-2513, or Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000. Anonymous eTips can be submitted here.

Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of credit card crook: (615) 794-4000

03/07/2016 Update: Arrest Made

Franklin Police want to identify this man, wanted for using a stolen credit card to buy a flat screen TV at the Mallory Lane Walmart. The victim reported being contacted by her bank about the February 17 transaction, and realized that her wallet and car key had been stolen from her purse while visiting a Franklin Kroger. Information about this suspect’s identity is worth up a $1,000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.