Investigation underway after woman found dead in hospital parking lot

101799-city-of-franklin-police-department_3x3logo-02Franklin Police are investigating after a woman was found deceased in a car at the Williamson Medical Center. A visitor contacted hospital security about the unresponsive woman in the driver’s seat at 1:20 this afternoon. Responding paramedics pronounced the woman dead. Franklin Police Detectives and the Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating. There are no immediate signs of foul play. A small portion of the parking lot is closed for the investigation.


Woman held on $35,000 bond following Cool Springs shoplifting arrest

Deandrea Grace Age: 25 Nashville, TN

Deandrea Grace
Age: 25
Nashville, TN

A Nashville woman remains jailed after her arrest yesterday afternoon for shoplifting. At 3:30, Thursday, officers were summoned to the Cool Springs Target for an in-progress theft. Deandrea Grace, 25, of Nashville, loaded a large plastic container with more than $1,000 in shoes, clothing and baby formula. Undercover Franklin Police Officers arrested Grace while she was loading the stolen merchandise into her car.

During the investigation, Grace was identified as the same suspect who committed a similar theft at this Target on September 9. The loss in that theft was nearly $900. Grace, charged with two counts of Felony Theft, is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $35,000 bond. She is due in court 10/13/2016.

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Spring Hill woman facing DUI after causing 3-car injury crash, Tuesday

Anna G. Leitschuh Age: 28 Spring Hill, TN

Anna G. Leitschuh
Age: 28
Spring Hill, TN

A Spring Hill woman is facing a DUI charge after causing a 3-car injury crash on Murfreesboro Road near I-65, Tuesday. Officers were summoned to the scene at 7:30 pm after 28-year-old Anna Leitschuh struck a car from behind, pushing it into a third vehicle. The driver of the vehicle Leitschuh hit was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.

Leitschuh, charged with DUI and Failure to Exercise Due Care, is free on the $2,500 bond set by the Magistrate. She is due in court 10/06/2016.


Franklin Police arrest suspect in Tuesday home burglary

Keafer S. Copeland Age: 19 Spring Hill, TN

Keafer S. Copeland
Age: 19
Spring Hill, TN

A Spring Hill man is behind bars following his arrest for a Franklin home burglary. On 09/27/2016, Franklin Police began investigating the break-in of a home in the 700 block of West Meade Boulevard. Entry into the home was made, in the middle of the day, through a window while no one was home. A variety of electronics and prescription medication valued at more than $1,000 was stolen. Keafer Copeland, 19, of Spring Hill, was developed as a suspect. He was arrested outside of a home on Franklin’s Banwell Circle, yesterday. Copeland was found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest.

Charged with Aggravated Burglary, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Copeland is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is due in court 10/13/2016. Much of the property Copeland stole during Tuesday’s burglary was recovered at the time of his arrest. Detectives are working to determine if Copeland may be connected to other crimes in the area.

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Teen who crashed into Health Department charged with DUI


Felipe Villanueva Perez Age: 18 Franklin, TN

Felipe Villanueva Perez
Age: 18
Franklin, TN

Toxicology confirms that the teen who crashed into the Williamson County Health Department at 10:55 pm on June 11 was under the influence of alcohol.

Arriving officers found 18-year-old Felipe Perez unconscious on the ground. Officers determined that Perez, who was traveling on West Meade Boulevard, left the roadway, drove down the sidewalk, and over a row of mailboxes before crashing into the Health Department. Damage to the building was significant. Perez, charged with DUI, was arrested late last night. He is free on the $2,500 bond set by the Magistrate, and due in court 10/13/2016.

According to MADD, teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people every year

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Update on I-65 crash that left 18-year-old critically injured

The driver in Tuesday morning’s crash at W. McEwen Drive and I-65 S remains in critical condition this afternoon at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Department has received several inquiries regarding the model and year of the single-involved vehicle, which is a 2009 Lexus RX350. Certified crash reconstructionists from the Franklin Police Department’s Critical Incident Response Team are investigating.

Things such as the vehicle’s onboard event data recorder (similar to an aircraft black box), driver toxicology, and witness accounts will be thoroughly examined as part of the investigation.

Anyone who may have seen the maroon Lexus SUV on I-65 South,
prior to Tuesday morning’s crash at 9:15,
is asked to call
Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513
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High speed a factor in I-65 crash that left 18-year-old critically injured

Drury Plaza Hotel Parking Lot, McEwen Drive

Franklin Police continue to investigate the extremely violent, rollover crash that seriously injured an I-65 driver this morning. At 09:15 am, the 18-year-old female driver was exiting I-65 S at an extremely high rate of speed. She lost control of her Lexus SUV, barreling across two westbound lanes and five eastbound lanes of traffic, and jumping two medians before careening down the onramp embankment adjacent to the Drury Plaza Hotel. The impact between the vehicle and ground at the bottom of the embankment was so great that the two front seats, center console, and engine dislodged from the rest of the vehicle, and landed 80 feet away in the hotel parking lot.

The driver, an 18-year-old Brentwood female, was found unconscious in the tree line. She was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition. Unbelievably, no one else was hurt. Investigators are working to determine if alcohol may have been a factor in this crash.

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Drunk driving to blame for two weekend, I-65 crashes in Franklin

Bobby Boshears Age: 27 Jacksboro, TN

Bobby Boshears
Age: 27
Jacksboro, TN

Drunk driving is to blame for two weekend crashes on I-65 in Franklin. Bobby Boshears, 27, of Jacksboro, was arrested for DUI after wedging his convertible under a semi-trailer at 7pm Sunday night. The crash occurred on I-65 N near Peytonsville Road. The semi driver told officers that he pulled over after feeling his truck lurch forward, and was shocked to find a vehicle wedged under his truck. Amazingly, no one was injured. Boshears remains jailed on a $7,500 bond.

Zachary Davis Age: 30 Culleoka, TN

Zachary Davis
Age: 30
Culleoka, TN

Zachary Davis, 30, of Culleoka, is free on bond after his arrest Friday night following a DUI crash on I-65 S near Peytonsville Road. Officers responded to the crash on 09/23/2016 at 11:15 pm. Davis was ultimately arrested for DUI after colliding with another vehicle when he approached an unanticipated traffic backup. Davis, charged with DUI, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, and Following Too Closely, is free on the $2,500 bond set by the Magistrate. Boshears and Davis are both due in court 10/06/2016 at 1:00 pm.



Credit card company fraud alert, quick-thinking victim led to weekend fraud arrest

Chloe Cartwright Age: 26 Atlanta, GA

Chloe Cartwright
Age: 26
Atlanta, GA

An Atlanta woman was arrested over the weekend after a credit card fraud alert and quick-thinking victim led police to her Cool Springs hotel room. Franklin Police responded to the Embassy Suites Saturday morning after an Alabama woman’s credit card company detected fraudulent activity on her account. The victim, who was still in possession of her card, was surprised to learn that an apparent cloned card was being used to pay for a hotel room in Tennessee.

Officers found 26-year-old Chloe Cartwright of Atlanta in that hotel room, along with several store gift cards, pre-paid credit cards, receipts, and nearly $1,500 in cash. Cartwright is formerly from the middle Tennessee area. Charged with Identity Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Cartwright is free on the $12,500 bond set by the Magistrate. She is due in court on October 6. An investigation is underway that could result in additional charges. Had it not been for the credit card company fraud alert and quick-acting victim, Saturday’s arrest would not have been possible.

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Crime Stoppers tip solves violent Franklin robbery

williamson Square 12-30-15 #2A Crime Stoppers tip has led to the identification of Mark Alexander Smith as the suspect in a violent Franklin bank robbery. At 9:09 a.m. on December 30, 2015, Smith entered the SunTrust Bank at 1109 Murfreesboro Road wearing a mask and holding a gun. Once inside, he immediately approached the teller counter demanding money.

Mark Alexander Smith Age: 37 Birmingham, AL

Mark Alexander Smith
Age: 37
Birmingham, AL

A federal grand jury indicted Smith yesterday, charging him with Bank Robbery. Franklin Police and the FBI investigated the case, which will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Nashville. Smith is currently in custody in Birmingham after committing a pharmacy robbery. An arrest in the Franklin case would have been unlikely without an anonymous tip to Williamson County Crime Stoppers.

Williamson County Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that pays cash to tipsters who anonymously provide information that leads to an arrest in cases like this. The cash for tip payouts are possible only through giving by generous donors.

Anonymous tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 by calling (615) 794-4000. Learn more about making a tax-deductible donation to Williamson County Crime Stoppers.

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