Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival brings temporary changes to traffic patterns September 24-25

parking-mapThe Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is scheduled for September 24-25 at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The family-friendly event will have a diverse mix of music; food and merchant vendors; and a children’s entertainment stage and play area.

Festival organizers have worked with the City’s Police Department and Traffic Engineers to create the best traffic flow possible, while leaving residential and business access open.

During both days of the festival:

  • Southbound traffic only will be permitted from Harpeth Industrial Court to First Avenue;
  • The northbound lane will be reserved for pedestrians, bicycles, and festival shuttle service;
  • Two-way traffic flow will remain from Harpeth Industrial Court to Mack Hatcher;
  • The roadway will open to regular travel patterns Sunday night at approximately 10 p.m.

Franklin Police Officers will direct traffic along Franklin Road and will assist residents who need to exit or enter their driveways or affected streets. The festival will run from 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on both days and is anticipated to attract up to 12,000 residents and visitors per day. For information on the festival, visit PilgrimageFestival.com

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Franklin Police to graduate two newest canines, Friday

dog-driving-police-carAt 2pm Friday, September 23, the Franklin Police Department will celebrate two graduating canines at Police Headquarters: Jenks, assigned to Officer Brett Spivy, and Duke, assigned to Officer Kenneth Gibbs.

The four-legged officers have undergone an intensive, 28-week training program to prepare them for lives as canine crime-fighters. Jenks and Duke, two-year-old German Shepherds, both hail from Europe. Jenks was named in honor of Trooper Calvin Jenks, murdered while protecting Tennesseans in 2007.

Media representatives wishing to cover Friday’s graduation
can confirm their attendance by e-mailing
Lieutenant
cwarner@franklintn.gov

Repeat DUI offenders arrested in Franklin

Michael Baugh  Age: 31  Nolensville, TN

Michael Baugh
Age: 31
Nolensville, TN

Two repeat DUI offenders were arrested over the weekend in Franklin. At 11:30 Friday night, officers were summoned to the Wendy’s on Murfreesboro Road after a citizen reported a possible drunk driver in the parking lot. Arriving officers found 31-year-old Michael Baugh, of Nolensville, behind the wheel and impaired. Baugh had parked his truck with two of its wheels up on the curb in the parking lot. He began driving away when officers approached. Baugh was extremely belligerent with arresting officers, threatening to bite one of them. Baugh, charged with DUI – Second Offense, and Violation of the Implied Consent law, is free on the $3,500 bond set by the Magistrate.

Brianna Brock Age: 33 Franklin, TN

Brianna Brock
Age: 33
Franklin, TN

Brianna Brock, 33, of Franklin, was arrested Sunday night after officers observed her driving erratically at 7:30pm on Mallory Lane near Centennial High School. Brock nearly caused a head-on collision with another vehicle after turning onto Liberty Pike. After stopping Brock, officers determined she was impaired. While inspecting Brock’s vehicle, officers noticed that the front bumper was missing. It was determined that prior to encountering officers, Brock ran over a sign and drove through landscaping at a nearby CVS. Charged with DUI – Second Offense, Brock is free on the $4,000 bond set by the Magistrate. Both Baugh and Brock are due in court 09/29/2016 at 1pm.

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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of two felons: (615) 794-4000

 

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information leading to the identification of these suspects, wanted for using a stolen credit card on September 12 to purchase more than $1,000 in merchandise and gift cards from the Cool Springs Target. The card used was stolen from a car in the YMCA parking lot, on South Royal Oaks Boulevard, shortly before being used at Target.

Information in this case is worth up to $1,000
by calling Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

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Unidentified felon, ID’d by tip, booked into Williamson County Jail

Jonisa Morris Age: 25 Millington, TN

Jonisa Morris
Age: 25
Millington, TN

A tip from the public helped lead police to a previously unidentified suspect.

Franklin Police arrested Jonisa Morris, 25, of Millington, when she was being released by Metro Police, Wednesday. Morris is the suspect, from atm5this June release, caught on camera withdrawing money from an ATM using a stolen card. Morris, a convicted felon on probation, was arrested by Metro Police earlier this summer on similar charges.

Charged with Felony Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Morris is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $5,000 bond. She is due in court 09/29/2016 at 1:00pm. After her charges in Franklin are satisfied, authorities in Texas plan to extradite Morris back to their state for violating her probation. A hold has been placed on Morris by Texas authorities.

Advisory: Friday K9 Graduation Postponed

seal2The K9 graduation scheduled for Friday, 09/16/2016, has been postponed. The men and women of the Franklin Police Department are saddened by the loss of Franklin Firefighter-Paramedic Dimitris “JD” Fotopoulos, who died in a motorbike crash over Labor Day weekend while in Honduras on a mission trip with his church. He will be memorialized at a service open to the public at the Factory’s Jamison Hall tomorrow at 2pm.

Burglars breach wall of adjoining nail salon to break into Franklin phone store; Police release video

attDetectives in Franklin are investigating a substantial and unusual burglary at a Cool Springs business. Employees of the AT&T store, 3021 Mallory Lane, discovered the break-in shortly after 8am, when they were arriving for work. Caught on camera, three masked felons can be seen heavily damaging the inside of the business, breaching doors, breaking cameras, and working together to pull off what appears to have been a highly-planned burglary.

The burglars first pried open the front door to an adjacent nail salon. Once inside, they made their way to the bathroom where they used tools to bust through a shared wall. Once inside the phone store, the suspects moved with precision seen only in cases involving very experienced criminals.

Dozens of smartphones, tablets, and other items were stolen. A complete inventory is underway, but losses were initially estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars. The burglary is believed to have occurred sometime around 4:30am. Anyone who may have seen something suspicious around that time is asked to contact Franklin Police. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information, by calling Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

 

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Franklin Police to graduate two newest canines, Friday

dog-driving-police-carAt 2pm, on Friday at Police Headquarters, the Franklin Police Department will celebrate two graduating canines: Jenks, assigned to Officer Brett Spivy, and Duke, assigned to Officer Kenneth Gibbs.

The four-legged officers have undergone an intensive, 28-week training program to prepare them for lives as canine crime-fighters. Jenks and Duke, two-year-old German Shepherds, both hail from Europe. Jenks was named in honor of Trooper Calvin Jenks, murdered while protecting Tennesseans in 2007.

Media representatives wishing to cover Friday’s graduation
can confirm their attendance by e-mailing
Lieutenant
cwarner@franklintn.gov

FPD names Cornell Officer of the Month after he stops, identifies serial felons

Chief Deborah Faulkner, Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Ofc. Britton Cornell, Leo Linkov (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Chief Deborah Faulkner, Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Ofc. Britton Cornell, Leo Linkov (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Franklin Police Officer Britton Cornell has been named Officer of the Month. The honor follows his work to identify two serial suspects responsible for committing multiple felony thefts in the midstate.

Over the summer, several middle Tennessee cities experienced a rash of thefts of wheels and tires from parked cars. In these cases, vehicle owners would return to their car and find it up on blocks, with the wheels and tires completely removed. Franklin had two reported incidents: one at a hotel and one at an auto dealership.

On the lookout for suspects, while working the midnight shift on August 2, Officer Cornell was surveilling a Franklin dealership when he encountered a suspicious vehicle on an adjacent dead end street. The driver and passenger provided Cornell with bogus information about what they were doing in the area, and Officer Cornell saw cinder blocks, like the ones cars were left on after previous thefts, in the rear of the vehicle. Officer Cornell detained the suspects, who were ultimately identified as perpetrating previous, similar thefts in Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and Franklin.

“I am extremely proud of Officer Cornell’s work,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His professionalism and dedication to keeping Franklin safe led to the identification of two suspects who had stolen more than $50,000 worth of property.” In addition to being named Officer of the Month, Cornell was awarded a Departmental Certificate of Accommodation for demonstrating outstanding police work.

Toyota – Cool Springs and Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram are proud sponsors of the Department’s Officer of the Month Program. Each month they honor a Franklin Police Officer with a commemorative plaque and a $150 check for the officer to donate to the charity of their choice. Officer Cornell is donating the money to his favorite charity: The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services, and events for wounded veterans of military actions following September 11, 2001.

The search is over. Attempted Murder, bombing suspect in custody

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The search for an attempted murder and attempted bombing suspect is over. Mitchell Oakes was taken into custody, without incident, at 9am by ATF Agents at a home in Bledsoe County. Oakes was wanted on state and federal charges for Attempted First Degree Murder, Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Device, and Being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Weapon. He was also wanted on a felony warrant out of Virginia on an unrelated matter. Franklin Police identified Oakes as the man who placed a bomb in a NHC employee’s vehicle. The device failed to detonate when the employee was getting into her car to leave work Saturday morning.

A $7,500 reward was offered by Franklin Police and the ATF for information leading to Oakes’ arrest. This morning, the TBI added Oakes to their Top 10 Most Wanted List, bringing the reward to $8,500. Booking, bond, and court date information on Oakes is currently unavailable.

The Franklin Police Department is grateful for the support of our local, State, and Federal partners who quickly rallied to support the response, investigation, and arrest in this case. We are relieved to have this suspect off of the street.