Update on Saturday bomb threat

After conferring with the TN Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, Franklin Police Detectives have determined that Saturday’s threat at Jamison Station was one of many received across the country via a wireless printer. We continue to work with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities involved in related investigations. We believe this was a hoax and that individuals involved were not local.

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Trespasser arrested after brutal attack on construction site manager

Gerard P. Kalbfell
Age: 43
Franklin, Tennessee

An aggravated assault suspect is free on bond after attacking a construction manager who caught him trespassing.

A police investigation led to yesterday’s arrest of 43-year-old Gerard Kalbfell, of Franklin, following the May 26 attack at a Tower Circle construction site. The victim, a site manager, challenged Kalbfell who was trespassing in the construction site at approximately 8:00 pm. During the encounter, Kalbfell choked and repeatedly punched the victim. Kalbfell then went into his own trunk where he retrieved a bottle he used to repeatedly strike the victim in the head and mouth. The victim was eventually able to run to a passing car for help. Kalbfell fled, but was arrested yesterday after an investigation led to his identification as the suspect.

Kalbfell, charged with the felony offense of Aggravated Assault, is free on the $25,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on June 8 at 1:00 pm. The victim was transported to the Williamson Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

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A reminder about golf carts, unregistered low-speed vehicles, and unlicensed teens

Now that summer break has started, Franklin Police want to remind citizens that operating a golf cart on Tennessee public ways is illegal. Area residents have reported seeing an increase in the number of unlicensed, teen drivers traveling through subdivisions on golf carts and low speed vehicles. In response to those complaints, Franklin Police want to remind the public of the law, and the Police Department’s responsibility to enforce it.

Golf Cart (55-1-123): A motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and equipped with safety belts installed for use in the left front and right front seats, and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 mph.

  •  Anyone caught operating a golf cart on a public way, except to cross at a 90 degree angle, will be cited.

Low Speed Vehicle (55-1-122): Any 4-wheeled electric or gasoline vehicle, excluding golf carts, whose top speed is greater than 20 mph but not greater than 25 mph including neighborhood electric vehicles. Low speed vehicles must comply with USDOT standards in 49 CFR 571.500.

  • Anyone caught using a low speed vehicle on a public way must be in compliance with Tennessee child restraint laws; violators will be cited.
  •  Unlicensed drivers caught operating a low speed vehicle on a public way will be cited.
  • Anyone observed operating a modified golf cart that fails to meet each of the requirements in 49 CFR 571.500 will be cited.

Low speed vehicles, registered with the State of Tennessee, may be operated only by licensed drivers, and only on streets with a 35 mph or lower speed limit. Low speed vehicles must be equipped with the following:

  • Headlamps;
  • Front and rear turn signals;
  • Tail lamps;
  • Stop lamps;
  • Red reflectors on both sides and the rear;
  • Mirrors on the driver’s side and either interior or passenger side exterior;
  • Parking brake;
  • A windshield that conforms to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on glazing materials (49 CFR 571.205);
  • A vehicle identification number that confirms to the requirements of part 565 (Vehicle Identification Number) of this chapter, and
  • A Type 1 or Type 2 seatbelt assembly conforming to Sec. 571.209 of this part, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No., 209, Seat Belt Assemblies, installed at each designated seating position.

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Fundraising phone scam making its way through Franklin

A few Franklin residents have received telephone calls requesting donations to buy bullet proof vests for police officers. This is a scam. The Franklin Police Department does not solicit donations for police equipment, and there are no fundraising campaigns underway that benefit the FPD.

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