Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of a couple of crooks who stole two Dyson vacuum cleaners. It happened on 03/26/2017 at 9:20 pm, at the Cool Springs Target. The total loss is $1,200. Cash in on a reward of up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers if you recognize these suspects.
Franklin Police want to identify a suspect who attempted to purchase several gift cards by swiping multiple stolen or cloned credit cards. She did not get away with anything, due to point of sale computers declining all of the cards that she tried using.
The suspect tried to mass purchase gift cards using the bogus credit cards at three Franklin stores: the Murfreesboro Rd. Kroger, the Riverside Dr. Publix, and the Cool Springs Blvd. Walgreen’s. All three attempts occurred on March 30.
At 7:45pm Friday night a citizen called in to report a reckless driver driving down the middle of Franklin Road near Mack Hatcher. An officer who spotted the vehicle in downtown Franklin witnessed the driver strike a parked car on Main St. near 4th Ave., and then leave the scene. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle and determined that the driver, 57-year-old Matthew Oddo, was impaired.
Matthew Oddo Age: 57 College Grove, TN
Oddo, charged with the offenses below, is free on the $7,500 bond set by the magistrate:
DUI – Third Offense;
Leaving the Scene of a Crash;
Failure to Report a Crash.
Oddo is due in court at 1:00 pm on March 30, 2017.
During a reverse prostitution sting today, Franklin Police Vice Detectives and Flex Officers arrested a Fairview man after he showed up at a Franklin hotel to have sex with a 16-year-old girl. Utilizing social media, 28-year-old Shawn Buford of Fairview, to his surprise, contacted undercover officers and arranged to come to the hotel to pay for sex with the ‘girl.’ Buford showed up at the undisclosed Franklin hotel where he was, instead, arrested by waiting officers.
Charged with the Class-B Felony of Patronizing Prostitution with a Minor and Solicitation of a Minor, a Class-E Felony, Buford is being held in the Williamson County Jail on the $225,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on March 23.
“Criminals who prey or attempt to prey on our community’s children will be aggressively pursued, arrested, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “These crimes are unconscionable and will not be tolerated in Franklin.”
At 4pm Tuesday afternoon, officers were advised that a dark-colored Chevy had fled the scene of a crash at Hillsboro Rd. and Mack Hatcher. An officer spotted the vehicle, a short time later, driving down the wrong side of W. Meade Boulevard. Officers determined that the driver, 43-year-old Jose Lucero, was impaired.
Lucero, charged with the offenses below, remains jailed on a $21,000 bond:
Jose Lucero Age: 43 Franklin, Tennessee
DUI – Third Offense;
Leaving the Scene of a Crash;
Failure to Report a Crash;
Driving on a Revoked License;
Violation of the Implied Consent Law;
Driving Without Insurance.
Lucero is due in court at 1:00 pm on March 23, 2017.
In 2016, 47.6% 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 our April 8 or May 6, 2017 offering. The class runs 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.
A Franklin man is free on bond after a crash prompted his second arrest for DUI. At 10:30 Monday night, officers responded to a single-vehicle injury crash on Liberty Pike at Myles Manor Court. Arriving officers determined that 74-year-old Joseph Jackson, who crashed his vehicle into the ditch, was impaired.
Charged with DUI – Second Offense and Violation of the Implied Consent Law, Jackson is free on the $7,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court 03/23/2017 at 1:00 pm.
Last night a 5:00 pm, Belk Security summoned Franklin Police Officers to respond and assist with an in-progress theft. While officers were en route, one of the suspects threatened a Belk employee with a box cutter while the other fled. Arriving officers arrested Archie Goodner, 52 of Nashville. Goodner, charged with Theft and two counts of Aggravated Assault, is being held on a $37,500 bond. He is due in court 03/23/2017 at 1:00 pm.
Archie Goodner Age: 52 Nashville, TN
Officers are searching for 36-year-old Alicia Edwards, who fled prior to the arrival of police officers. Information on her whereabouts is worth up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.
Friday night, the Franklin Police Department will conduct sobriety checkpoints on Hillsboro Road and on Royal Oaks Boulevard to help stop impaired drivers. Checkpoints are one of the many traffic safety measures the FPD uses to prevent DUI crashes. We ask Franklin drivers to exercise caution and never drive while impaired.
Through grant funding awarded by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, the FPD is provided with support and resources that help to combat impaired driving, including sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment, and overtime pay for Franklin Police Officers conducting those checkpoints and patrols.
Did you know that Tennessee law requires the pre-publication of sobriety checkpoints? Learn more.
Franklin Police are warning residents of the jury duty scam that continues making its way through the area.
Here is how the scam works:
The offender calls an unsuspecting resident, claiming to be with a local law enforcement agency. They tell the resident that they have not reported for jury duty, and then threatens their arrest unless the resident buys a prepaid card or iTunes gift card, loads it with money, and then arranges for transfer of those funds to the suspect.
This is not how the real police operate. In fact, police officers will never call you to demand payment in lieu of arrest. If you receive a phone call that you believe is part of a jury duty scam, or any other scam – hang up, and call your local law enforcement agency.
Children who have aging parents should talk with their loved ones about scams, and warn them to never give anyone numbers or codes to their credit cards, bank cards, or any personal or financial information over the telephone or in person.