Dickens Cop photo contest to honor beloved, gone but not forgotten Franklin Police Sergeant

Retired Franklin Police Sergeant, Paul Arnold

The family of retired Franklin Police Sergeant Paul Arnold wants to honor his memory by combining his passion for fitness and fond memory of being the original Bobby at Franklin’s Dickens of a Christmas.

This weekend, the Department is hosting a Twitter photo contest to remember Sergeant Arnold. The winner will receive a new bicycle from his family. All you have to do is find this year’s FPD Bobbies at Dickens of a Christmas, then:

  1. If you aren’t already: follow FranklinTNPD on Twitter.

  2. Take your picture of or with a Franklin PD Bobby.

  3. Mention @FranklinTNPD in your post and include the hashtag #DickensCop.

Everyone who posts their Bobby pictures this way on Twitter will be entered into a drawing to win a new bicycle, courtesy of Sergeant Arnold’s family. The family plans to purchase and give additional bikes to needy Franklin children.

A family spokesperson said, “Paul loved Franklin, and he loved being the original Bobby at Dickens. Our family wanted to honor Paul by incorporating his love for the festival, and to share the gift of fitness that bicycles can bring because Paul loved the outdoors and staying physically fit, especially on a bike.”

Entries must be submitted by noon, Monday, December 16.

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Franklin Police Detective celebrated for 27 years of service; Detective Darren Barnes to retire, Friday

Franklin Police Detective Darren Barnes, a Williamson County native, began his 27-year career with the City of Franklin in 1992 as a police dispatcher, reserve police officer, and volunteer firefighter. In 1993, Barnes transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer. During his 15 years on patrol, he served as Field Training Officer, a member of the Department’s Community Oriented Policing Unit and Community Action Team. Barnes also served as a Crisis Negotiator. Soon after his promotion to Detective in 2007, Barnes was assigned to the FBI’s Violent Crime and Gang Task Force, where he investigated serious violent crimes, tracking down dangerous gang members and fugitives. After returning to the Franklin Police Department in 2019, Detective Barnes was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, Major Crime Unit.

His distinguished career includes recognitions for excellence in both crime-fighting and community service. Detective Barnes is a three-time recipient of the United States Attorney Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. In 2007, he received the Hope Award for his role in providing and installing an air conditioner for a Franklin resident in need. Detective Barnes is the Franklin Police Department’s 2014 Detective of the Year.

“Detective Darren Barnes has served the Franklin Police Department for over 27 years with professionalism, pride, dedication, and courage,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He has worked tirelessly to protect our citizens. He has many friends at the FPD and will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Colleagues, friends, and citizens can leave their sentiments and well-wishes for Detective Barnes by posting them in our Leave a Reply field, below. 

Franklin Police seeking information in pharmacy burglary case

Detectives in Franklin hope someone might recognize two suspects wanted for burglarizing a pharmacy. At 8:19 Sunday morning, December 1, officers were dispatched to a burglar alarm at Pharmerica, a private supply pharmacy on Seaboard Lane. Arriving officers found the front door pried open. The suspects fled with thousands in narcotics prior to officers arriving.  

A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information in this case.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

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Police investigation continues after mom, son found deceased in their Franklin home

The Franklin Police investigation into Tuesday night’s death of a woman and her son continues this morning. Officers were summoned to a home on Mealer Street, in Franklin’s Hurstbourne Park neighborhood, at 5:25 Tuesday night, after the two were found deceased inside. Both had been shot. A family member called 9-1-1 after making the discovery.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the names of the 43-year-old woman and her 12-year-old son, Rachel and Asher Narancich. Our hearts hurt with the Narancich family during this time of unimaginable pain.

Though the investigation remains active, there is nothing to indicate there is an at-large suspect.

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Police investigating after mom, son found deceased in their Franklin home

At 5:25 Tuesday night, Franklin Police were summoned to a home in the 300 block of Mealer Street, in Franklin’s Hurstbourne Park Subdivision, after a 43-year-old woman and her 12-year-old son were found deceased inside. Both had been shot. Another family member called 9-1-1 after making the discovery. At this point, nothing indicates that there is an at-large suspect.

This case brings unimaginable pain to the family, and our prayers are with them. Our detectives are conducting a thorough investigation to determine what exactly happened. Until we are certain that family and close friends have been notified about this tragedy, we are not releasing the identities of those involved or any additional information about this case.

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Officer injured, police car struck during felony shoplifting attempted getaway

Four Memphis women are free on bond after a Franklin Police Officer was injured during their attempted escape, Saturday. Plain clothes officers began watching the group after they began acting suspiciously in the CoolSprings Galleria parking lot.

Eugenia Thomas, Samora Woods, and Davianna Livingston all entered Macy’s and quickly began selecting large quantities of merchandise. Laquasha Irving, the getaway driver, pulled up to the curb when the three left the store with armfuls of stolen merchandise. While officers were attempting to arrest one of the suspects who had gotten into the car, Irving put the vehicle into reverse and accelerated, causing the car to strike a police officer’s head and knocking the officer to the ground. Irving struck a police car during her attempted getaway, as well.

Sixty-one items of clothing valued at $4,300 were recovered, as well as anti-theft tools, and marijuana. The officer was not seriously hurt. All four suspects are due in court on December 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Franklin Police are saturating the  Cool Springs area as part of Operation Not in Our Mall, which has netted more than 31 arrests and led to the recovery of more than $13,000 in stolen merchandise since Black Friday. Heavy police presence will continue in Cool Springs through Christmas.

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Franklin man indicted on multiple sex charges involving children


Samuel Sylvester, 50, of Franklin, was arrested on 12/06/2019 following a multiple-count Grand Jury indictment on sex charges involving two children, 12 and 16.

Samuel Sylvester
Age: 50
Franklin, TN

Franklin Police began investigating Sylvester after a client he worked with as a music producer came forward with disturbing allegations.

Charged with x7 counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, x7 counts of Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure, Aggravated Sexual Battery, and x2 counts of Rape of a Child, Sylvester was released after posting a $200,000 bond. Neither victim is related to Sylvester and the children have no connection to one another.

Because Sylvester has worked with children throughout the years, detectives are concerned there could be other victims. Anyone with information should contact Franklin Police.

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Franklin Police invite residents for coffee, conversation; Wednesday at Chick-fil-A



Coffee, cops, community, conversation

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
7:30 – 8:30 am

Chick-fil-A, South Franklin
2016 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, Tennessee

Residents will enjoy real conversation in a relaxed, informal environment over a great cup of joe! Join us Wednesday morning, December 11. Special thanks to Chick-fil-A, South Franklin, for hosting this event.

Let’s strengthen relationships … one cup at a time.

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Crime Stoppers cash offered for information on $5800 snatch & grab from Apple Store

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of three suspects wanted for a $5,800 snatch and grab at the Cool Springs Apple Store.  At approximately 4:40pm on November 26, the two male and one female suspects walked into the store, grabbed 10 watches from the display table, and then fled from the store.  It is believed that it may be the same group from an earlier snatch and grab on October 25.

Recognize them?
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

Counterfeiter wanted; cash reward for information

Franklin Police want to identify this female suspect who attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.  It happened at Whole Foods off McEwen Drive on December 3 at approximately 1600 hrs.  A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information in this case.

Recognize her?

Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000 or click to submit an anonymous eTip