Atlanta man remains jailed after arrest for Criminal Simulation and Using False Identification

Akeem McLeod
Age: 24
Atlanta, Georgia

Officers were summoned to the Cool Springs Belk, on June 8, after a man acting suspiciously caught the eye of security. Responding officers determined that 24-year-old Akeem McLeod, of Atlanta, was in possession of 12 cloned credit cards. McLeod was attempting purchases on several of them at different registers throughout the store. In addition to the fraudulent cards, McLeod was also in possession of a fake Pennsylvania identification card.

McLeod is being held on a $26,000 bond. He is due in court 06/22/2017 at 1:00 pm.

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Franklin Police K9 Team Named Top Dog; FPD K9 Jenks, Officer Brett Spivy: Regional Champions

Officer Gibbs & Duke | Officer Spivy & Jenks

Two Franklin Police canines are standing a little taller on their four legs today after some big wins at last week’s United States Police Canine Association, Region-13 Field Trials.

Officer Brett Spivy and his partner, Jenks, were named Overall Regional Champion. Officers Spivy and Jenks also brought home 1st Place Novice Dog, 1st Place Agility, 2nd Place Criminal Apprehension, 2nd Place Evidence Search, and 3rd Place Total Search.

Officer Gibbs and his partner, Duke, won 2nd Place Novice Dog, 3rd Place Evidence Search, and 3rd Place Obedience. Eighteen teams from across Tennessee competed in the certification trials.

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Failed thieves wanted after attempted shoplifting; Crime Stoppers cash offered for information on who they are: (615) 794-4000

Franklin Police are asking for help from the public to identify two suspects wanted after fleeing from store security during their attempted theft of nearly $500 in movie DVDs. It happened at the Mallory Lane Walmart on May 27. The suspects got away, empty-handed, in a green GMC Denali.

If you know who they are, you could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

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One teen critical, one arrested following fall from moving vehicle

Seth C. Goering
Age: 19
Franklin, Tennessee

A Franklin teen was critically injured after he fell from a moving vehicle, early this morning, in the Franklin Green subdivision. Officers were summoned to Brimstead Drive at 12:15 a.m. after the victim fell off of a car being driven by 19-year-old Seth Christian Goering. The victim was rushed to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center where he is in critical condition. Investigating officers determined that the driver, Goering, was impaired and arrested him.

Goering, charged with DUI, Reckless Endangerment, Drug Possession, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, is free on the $22,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court 06/22/2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Franklin Police are asking parents with teenagers to talk with them about this incident to stress the dangers of underage drinking, drunk driving, and the improper use of motor vehicles.

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Franklin Police investigating several overnight auto burglaries in McKay’s Mill

Franklin Police Officers responded early this morning to the McKay’s Mill Subdivision after several residents awoke to find that their vehicles had been burglarized overnight. Detectives are investigating.

Franklin Police are asking McKay’s Mill residents to keep an extra eye out and report any suspicious activity to Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513. Officers in both marked and unmarked cars are providing extra patrols in the neighborhood. Removing valuables from your vehicle and locking your car doors can greatly reduce your chances of becoming the victim of this type of crime.

A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for anyone who anonymously provides information that leads to an arrest in these incidents.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

Chief Faulkner announces several new promotions

Lt. Scott Legieza , Sgt. Herman Gomez, Lt. Charlie Richards, Capt. J.P. Taylor, Sgt. Clayton Cates, Deputy Chief Greg Policastro, Chief Deborah Faulkner, Det. Bobby Dilworth, Det. Jill Canovan, Det. Leigh Ann Hester, Det. Elijah Valimont, MPO Adam Cohen

During a ceremony this afternoon at Police Headquarters, Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner promoted several sworn members of the Department. “Each of these veteran officers has demonstrated that they possess the leadership, heart, and ability to serve our citizens well,” said Chief Faulkner. “I congratulate them on this next chapter in their career and know that they look forward to serving the Franklin community in new ways.”

Promoted from Lieutenant to the rank of Captain:
J.P. Taylor

Promoted from Sergeant to the rank of Lieutenant:
Scott Legieza and Charlie Richards

Promoted from Detective to the rank of Sergeant:
Herman Gomez

Promoted from Officer to the rank of Sergeant:
Clayton Cates

Promoted from Master Patrol Officer to the rank of Detective:
Jill Canovan and Leigh Ann Hester

Promoted from Officer to the rank of Detective:
Bobby Dilworth and Elijah Valimont

Promoted from Officer to the rank of Master Patrol Officer:
Adam Cohen

Franklin Police Department
Professional, Progressive, Responsive

Three charged in reverse prostitution sting

During a reverse prostitution sting, Thursday, Franklin Police Flex Officers and Vice Detectives charged three suspects in a “John” sting. Utilizing an Internet site frequented by Johns and prostitutes, undercover officers arranged to meet the suspects who were seeking sex for hire.

Each arrived at an undisclosed Franklin hotel and offered a police informant cash for sex. All three suspects were charged with Patronizing Prostitution. One of the suspects was also charged with physically assaulting the police informant. All of the suspects are due in court 06/22/2017 at 1:00 pm.

Prostitution is not a victimless crime, and is often connected to other serious offenses.

Charged today with Patronizing Prostitution were:
1. Norman Leeper of Nashville | Patronizing Prostitution and Simple Assault
2. Surendra Kumar of Brentwood | Patronizing Prostitution
3. Charles Griffeth of Goodlettsville | Patronizing Prostitution

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Franklin Police deploy body worn cameras on some officers during field test, starting today

Five Franklin Police Officers begin wearing body cams today as Part-1 of three in a field testing initiative gets underway. The five officers who volunteered to participate in the testing work a variety of shifts and assignments. Testing will include a series of rigorous equipment performance evaluations in a controlled environment and during the officers’ course of duty. Each of the three field testing phases is expected to last about 30 days. Equipment from three different manufacturers is being tested.

Chief Deborah Faulkner has made maintaining public trust throughout the deployment of police body-worn cameras a top priority. “The use of body-worn cameras has become a part of 21st century policing. As we begin their use, we are mindful of the need to balance their use with the privacy that crime victims and others deserve. We do not cameras to ever become a barrier between us and the people who count on us.”  

 Dash cameras have been used in Franklin Police cars since the early 2000’s. Body cameras are simply an extension of that existing program. After scheduled field testing concludes, officials will begin the process of acquiring body-worn cameras for all Franklin Police Officers.

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Tips help police ID two women wanted in 2016 shoplifting case

Thanks to tips from the public, both suspects in this 2016 shoplifting case have been arrested. Angela Thomas Wright, 50, of Murfreesboro was arrested in March, 2017. Angela Bottoms, 32, of Murfreesboro, was arrested on June 1, 2017. Both suspects were released on bond.

On May 13, 2016, they unboxed electric toothbrushes, several movie DVDs, and other merchandise before stealing it from the Cool Springs Target. Surveillance video captured these images, and tips from the public led to their identification and recent arrests.

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Convicted felon arrested after failing to register as sex offender following prison release

Terry L. Weston
Age: 30
Franklin, Tennessee

A convicted felon was arrested for violating the State Sex Offender Registry, Friday night, after Franklin Police tracked him down to a home on Chickasaw Place. Terry Weston was released from prison in May and failed to notify Franklin Police, as required by law, that he is living in Franklin.

Weston is being held on the $2,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He appears in court today.

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