Franklin Police Lieutenant Celebrated for 25 Years of Service; Lieutenant Rob Lenters Retires

Franklin Police Lieutenant Rob Lenters bids farewell to a career of service that he started more than 25 years ago. Since his first day on the job, February 3, 1992, Lt. Lenters’ distinguished career has included assignments in Patrol, K9, Criminal Investigations, the Community Oriented Policing Unit, Bike Patrol, Underwater Recovery Team, SWAT, and as the Crisis Negotiation Team Leader. Lenters has held the rank of Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, most recently overseeing Special Operations.

Lt. Lenters said that his most enjoyable moments came during his time as the Department’s Field Training Coordinator. “After joining the FPD in 1992, the Chief challenged me to strive for a legacy,” said Lt. Lenters. “I wanted mine to be the success of this Department’s future leaders, many of whom I had the opportunity to help train. Their success – that’s my legacy.”

Lt. Lenters is a proud graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Service Executive Management Program. “Lt. Lenters has served this Department and our community for the last 25 years of his life,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He has much to be proud of. We will miss him, and wish him the very best in the next chapter of his life.”

Franklin Police Department
Professional, Progressive, Responsive
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Petersburg Man Dies Following I-65 Motorcycle Crash

Officers were summoned to I-65 South near 840, at 9:50 am, for an injury crash involving a motorcycle. Arriving officers found a severely injured 40-year-old Petersburg, TN man on the ground. Paramedics transported the driver to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

For reasons unknown, the driver lost control of the motorcycle near mile marker 59.4, where he collided with the cable barrier. No other vehicles were involved. Traffic Reconstructionists from the Franklin Police Department’s Critical Incident Response team are investigating. The driver’s identity is being withheld to allow family additional time to notify loved ones. Our hearts are saddened by the family’s tragic loss.

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Dangerous driver arrested for felony after reckless departure from Cars and Coffee event at Cool Springs theatre

Tahj Turnley
Age: 19
Brentwood, TN

Franklin Police have identified and arrested a Brentwood man for the felony offense of Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon. The arrest comes after 19-year-old Tahj Turnley lost control of his vehicle while showing off for the crowd as he was leaving a Cars and Coffee event held in the Thoroughbred 20 Theatre parking lot on March 4.

In this video, Turnley is seen driving with total disregard for the safety of bystanders, many of whom had to take evasive action to avoid being run over. The vehicle Turnley was driving can be seen here, leaving the roadway and skidding onto the grass where a crowd had gathered. Franklin Police Officers used this video, posted on social media, to help identify Turnley.

Charged with Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, Turnley is free on the $5,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court 05/04/2017 at 1:00 pm.

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Got Drugs? Get them out of your home & into safe hands; Prescription take-back event, April 29

On Saturday, April 29, Franklin Police will take part in a national initiative to help prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. This event is an opportunity for residents to rid their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medicine.

The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked. Franklin Police Officers will be on hand to assist participants at this drive-up and drop-off event in the parking lot of Franklin Police Headquarters, located at 900 Columbia Avenue.

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Saturday, April 29 | 10am – 2pm
Drive up, drop-off

 -Dispose of your pills or patches-
Franklin Police Headquarters Parking Lot
900 Columbia Avenue, Franklin

Liquids, needles, and sharps will not be accepted

Franklin Police Department
Professional, Progressive, Responsive
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Crime Stoppers cash offered for info on counterfeiters

Franklin Police are working to identify these suspects, wanted for passing counterfeit $100 bills in Cool Springs.

It happened at the Mallory Lane Walmart on 04/10/2017. After passing the counterfeit currency in separate transactions, the suspects left together in a white 4-door car.

Information about these suspects
is worth up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
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Indecent exposure suspect arrested on Main Street

Cosme Villa-Gonzalez
Age: 34
Franklin, Tennessee

An indecent exposure suspect is free on bond after his arrest, yesterday, in downtown Franklin.

At 11:30 Monday morning, officers were summoned to the 400 block of Main Street to investigate the report of a man masturbating inside of his vehicle. Arriving officers determined that the report was accurate, and arrested 34-year-old Cosme Villa-Gonzalez for Indecent Exposure. Villa-Gonzalez is free on the $2,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court 04/27/2017 at 1:00 pm.

Franklin Police are working to determine if Villa-Gonzalez or his black Ford F-150 pickup are connected to other cases. Anyone with information is asked to call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513.