For many, home is a place of love, safety, and comfort. For millions, though, it’s anything but.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the display on the lawn at Franklin Police Headquarters symbolizes the Department’s commitment to helping victims. Domestic violence perpetrated on an individual is a crime against our entire community.
For help, call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513. For shelter information, call (615) 599-5777 or click.
Franklin Detectives are investigating an auto burglary that occurred in the Westhaven Subdivision on August 27 at approximately 1:53am. A purse containing cash was stolen from the unlocked vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway. The suspect was caught on a Ring camera. Area residents are asked to check their home surveillance systems for anything that might help identify the suspect.
Franklin Police urge residents to always lock their car doors, and remove valuables from parked vehicles. Doing these two things greatly reduces your risk of becoming a victim. Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information, with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000. eTips can be submitted here.
A Columbia man remains behind bars for his second DUI after nearly striking a pedestrian and shattering a telephone pole on Saturday.
Shortly after 4:00, Saturday afternoon, officers responded to the hit & run crash in the 1100 block of W. Main Street. Officers found the truck on Downs Blvd and determined that the driver, 48-year-old Vasiliy Birak, of Columbia, was impaired.
Charged with DUI – 2nd Offense, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Failure to Report a Crash, and Violation of the Implied Consent law, Birak remains jailed on a $15,500 bond. His court date is pending.
At 12:40 this morning, a Franklin Police Officer spotted a car careening into Franklin’s downtown neighborhood on 3rd Avenue. Radar indicated that the driver, 23-year-old Willis Oothout, was traveling 70 in the 30 MPH zone. After stopping Oothout, officers determined that he was impaired, and arrested him.
Charged with DUI and Reckless Driving, Oothout remains jailed on a $5,000 bond. He is due in court on October 12.
A drunk driver who had two kids in the car was arrested Tuesday night. Facing several serious charges, she remains behind bars this morning.
Kelly Boyer Age: 28 Nashville, TN
At about 11:00 pm on July 20, officers began searching for the suspect’s vehicle after citizens called in to report the driver’s erratic behavior. Officers found the vehicle being driven on the wrong side of McEwen Drive near Mallory Lane. Its front bumper was missing, and other vehicle parts were being dragged from the vehicle’s undercarriage.
Officers stopped the car and determined that the driver, 28-year old Kelly Boyer, was impaired. Two children, ages 7 and 1, were found in the back seat.
Charged with DUI, Failure to Exercise Due Care, x2 counts of Child Abuse, and Felony Reckless Endangerment, Boyer remains jailed on the $34,500 bond set by the Magistrate. Her first court appearance is set for July 27.
Please, please don’t drink and drive,
– it’s a deadly combination
Another recent auto theft has Franklin Police, again, urging drivers to remove their valuables, lock their car doors, and take their keys with them.
Detectives are investigating after another unlocked car with the keys left inside was stolen. This one from a Gillespie Dr. apartment complex, Monday morning. The owner of the car left it unlocked with the keys inside, returning a short time later to find her car missing. The stolen vehicle was found about a mile away, later that same morning. The person who stole the car is believed to have burglarized other unlocked vehicles in the area.
Franklin Police say that crime prevention is a shared responsibility and are, again, asking citizens to remove their valuables, lock their cars, and take their keys with them … every trip, every time.
Crime Prevention: Not just police business – it’s everyone’s business ###
An impaired driver remains jailed this morning after running over a man and then leaving the scene, last Thursday.
At 4 p.m. on June 3, Officers were summoned to the business at 303 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. after 39-year-old Bianca Bankston ran over another worker who was trying to keep her from driving impaired. Bankston then crashed into another vehicle before fleeing.
A nearby Franklin Police Officer spotted the orange Hummer Bankston was driving, moments later, as it was turning onto Murfreesboro Rd. After stopping Bankston, the officer determined that she was impaired, and arrested her. Bankston is due in court today, and remains jailed on a $35,000 bond. Her charges are as follows:
Bianca Bankston Age: 39 Nashville, TN
DUI — Second Offense
Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon
Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash
Leaving the Scene of a Crash and Failing to Give Aid or Information
Violation of the Implied Consent Law
Driving Without Insurance
Driving While Suspended
The man Bankston ran over was very seriously injured, and remains hospitalized.
Police in Franklin are investigating after a car was stolen from a Cool Springs gas station.
At 11:00 Sunday night, a man left his car running during a quick trip into the Twice Daily at 501 Cool Springs Blvd. In a matter of seconds, a silver Ford Fusion pulled up next to it. A passenger got out and entered the running Kia K5, and stole it.
The Kia was later found abandoned in Nashville, but two handguns that were left inside are missing. Officers determined that the Ford Fusion had been stolen earlier from another city.
Franklin Police urge gun owners never to leave unattended firearms in an unlocked vehicle. Police also say drivers need to turn their vehicle off and lock their car doors, even for a quick trip inside.
Crime Prevention: Not just police business, it’s everyone’s business. ###
This morning, Franklin Police are investigating multiple overnight auto burglaries. About a dozen unlocked cars were entered and rifled through. Areas impacted include the Royal Oaks and W. Main Street corridors, including Carter St. Forrest St, and Champions Circle.
Several shots were fired on Champions Circle by two black males in a silver Ford Escape. No one was injured by the gunfire, and it is unclear if there was an intended target. The suspects who fired the shots are believed to be responsible for some of the burglaries.
Detectives are asking area residents to check their Ring doorbells and other home surveillance for overnight activations, and to call if they find anything that might help. Franklin Police also want to remind residents to lock their cars & homes, and to leave an outside light on, every night, as part of the nationwide crime prevention strategy: The #9PMRoutine.