Franklin Fire Marshal: Leave fireworks to the professionals; Consumer fireworks illegal in Franklin

From the Franklin Fire Department:

The Franklin Fire Marshal is reminding residents that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional display put on by experts. Consumer fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted in the City of Franklin.

The Franklin ordinance that prohibits consumer fireworks was adopted in 1999 because fireworks present substantial risks. In addition to damaging property and causing thousands of fires annually across the U.S., every year fireworks cause thousands of eye, ear and face injuries, amputations and severe burns. Most often children and teens are the ones injured.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2014 U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 5-9, followed by children 10-19. Sparklers alone accounted for 25 percent of emergency room fireworks injuries.

NFPA research shows that from 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 18,500 fires caused by fireworks. These fires included 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 16,900 outside and other fires.

The Franklin on the Fourth celebration
will include a professional fireworks display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm,
sponsored in part by 92Q, Super Talk 99.7 WTN and WAKM AM-950.
The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. 

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ATM card theft suspect identified by tip following surveillance photo release

Jonisia Morris, 25 Millington, TN Photo courtesy Metro Police

Jonisia Morris, 25
Millington, TN
Photo courtesy Metro Police

Thanks to a tip, Franklin Police have identified the suspect in bank surveillance video as 25-year-old Jonisia Morris, of Millington. On June 6, an unknown suspect used a stolen debit card to withdraw money from a downtown Franklin ATM.

Franklin Police released this surveillance photo of the suspect on June 28, and a tip came in the next morning identifying Morris as the suspect. Detectives confirmed the information in the tip, and obtained warrants charging her with Felony Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit/Debit Card.

Morris is currently being held on a $50,000 bond, in the Metro Jail, on charges in another case. A court date for the case against her in Franklin has not yet been set. Morris is a convicted felon on probation.

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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of female ATM card theft suspect

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Franklin Police want to identify this suspect, wanted for using a stolen ATM card to withdraw money from someone else’s account. It happened on June 6, in downtown Franklin. The suspect was driving an older model gray Infinity. Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for any anonymous tip leading to the identification of this suspect.

Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
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Free FPD program takes aim on teen driver safety

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In 2014, 44% of Williamson County crashes involved a licensed driver between 15 and 24 years old. Because vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., Franklin Police and local businesses have teamed up to offer teens a unique perspective of life behind the wheel.

Bringing Awareness Through Training and Life Experiences (B.A.T.T.L.E.) is a 6.5-hour program that teaches teen drivers safe behind-the-wheel behaviors through an interactive, hands-on experience with officers. BATTLE combines the rules of the road with the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, occupant protection, and dangerous driving behaviors. The class is free and open to Williamson County teens with parental permission, and a valid Tennessee driver’s license or learner’s permit.

To apply, complete this online application
or visit FranklinTN.gov/TeenSafeDriving

A member of the FPD Traffic Unit will contact applicants
to confirm their acceptance into one of our upcoming classes: 

– July 16 and August 20, 2016 –

Classes are from 8:30am-3pm;
seating is limited, and registration is required.

BATTLE does not replace, and cannot be substituted for, traditional driver’s education training, and is made possible by Hyundai of Cool Springs, Nissan of Cool Springs, Infiniti of Cool Springs, Jet’s Pizza, and the Franklin Police Department.

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Suspect charged following investigation into Franklin fitness center disturbance

Johnny D. Roscoe, 34 Fairview, Tennessee

Johnny D. Roscoe, 34
Fairview, Tennessee

On the morning of 06/17/2016, officers were summoned to the fitness center on Shingle Way, after staff called to report a man creating a disturbance inside. Responding officers became concerned that the subject was experiencing a mental health emergency, and requested medical assistance. The subject was transported by ambulance, under police escort, to the hospital for a comprehensive mental health evaluation, and subsequently admitted. On Sunday, the subject was transferred to Middle Tennessee Mental Health, where staff there evaluated and released him, later that same day.

Franklin Police conducted an in-depth interview of the subject after information was received that the subject mentioned he was planning to join a terrorist organization. During the interview, police thoroughly questioned the man regarding his statement, and disturbing posts that he made on social media. Federal authorities also questioned the subject.

Officers who responded to the original call at the fitness center continued their investigation, conducting multiple interviews, and found probable cause that the subject, Johnny Roscoe, committed an assault by intimidation against an individual at the fitness center during the original disturbance. The officer’s affidavit indicates that, “Mr. Roscoe became irate, raising his voice and cursing. Mr. Roscoe stepped toward [the victim] telling her that he was from the Middle East and an ISIS Muslim. Mr. Roscoe raised his right hand forming what appeared to be a pistol and made two gunshot sounds while looking directly at [the victim].

The warrant charging Roscoe with Assault was obtained last night, and immediately served at his residence. Roscoe is being held in the Williamson County Jail on the $10,000 bond set by the Magistrate.

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Graduation Ceremony, Celebrating Nine New Franklin Police Officers, Friday

FPD BadgeAt 2:30pm, FridayJune 24, Chief Deborah Faulkner will personally present Franklin Police badges to the Department’s newest officers: Officer Cary Bradbury, Officer Ryan Dugger, Officer Tamela McNeal-Hampton, Officer Chris Hollingsworth, Officer Joshua Hooten, Officer Clinton Riggs, Officer John Toman, Officer John Phillip Tuck, and Officer Tyler Wiggers.

The formal ceremony is being held at Rolling Hills Community Church, 1810 Columbia Avenue. The public is invited to attend this one-hour ceremony, as we celebrate the certification of these nine officers to serve as Tennessee police officers, and welcome them as they join us in service to our community.

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Franklin PD statement on community concern following disturbance at local fitness center

At 8:10am on 06/17/2016, Franklin Police Officers were summoned to a Franklin fitness center, after staff there called to report a man creating a disturbance inside. Arriving officers located the subject in the locker room. During their assessment, officers became concerned that the subject was experiencing a mental health emergency, and requested medical assistance. The subject was transported by ambulance, under police escort, to the hospital for a comprehensive mental health evaluation. No assault or mention of violence was reported to officers who responded to the fitness center.

A short time later, the subject told hospital staff that he was planning to join a terrorist organization. The Franklin Police Department immediately investigated the statement and promptly notified the FBI, while mental health professionals continued their thorough evaluation of the subject. The Department continues our work with the FBI and other agencies, as recently as today, to further evaluate the subject and his statements.

This situation has our full attention,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will continue to act promptly and judiciously whenever there is a concern for the safety of anyone in our community.”

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