Drunk driver stopped, arrested after heading for Franklin’s Square at 70 MPH

Willis Oothout
Age: 23
Nashville, TN

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.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed

Drunk driver arrested with two small children in car

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


Franklin Police support organization awards thousands in college scholarships for officers’ children

Lt. Eric Anderson, Faith, Hope, and Carla Anderson

Franklin PD’s Law Enforcement Assistance Partnership, a volunteer-run nonprofit officer support organization, awarded three college scholarships today at Police Headquarters.

Faith Anderson and Hope Anderson, daughters of Lt. Eric (Carla) Anderson, each received a $1,000 college scholarship. Faith is headed to Birmingham-Southern, and Hope to the University of Memphis, this fall. Another $1,000 scholarship will be presented to Macy Savage, daughter of Ofc. Scott (Kim) Savage, in the coming days

This benefit is made possible because of LEAP, the generosity of the Franklin community, all in appreciation of our Franklin Police Officers.


Franklin Police investigating smash & grab burglaries at two Cool Springs businesses


Detectives in Franklin are seeking information about two business break-ins. This video shows a masked suspect breaking into the Cool Springs Boulevard CoreLife Eatery, at 3:10 am, last Thursday, July 8. 

The suspect got away empty-handed but struck again a short time later at Just Love Coffee on Aspen Grove Drive, where the coffee shop’s safe was stolen. 

There is a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. 

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


Franklin Police seeking female check fraud suspect

Franklin Police hope that someone will recognize this check fraud suspect.  On June 25th, she used a stolen ID to cash a stolen check at a bank drive-thru on South Royal Oaks Boulevard.  She was driving the white SUV shown in the two photos.

Recognize her?
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Bomb scare believed to have been unintentional

Update: Franklin Police asked for information from the public after a lookalike bomb was found in an outdoor trash can last week at the Williamson County Recreation Center on Fulton Greer Ln, near Mack Hatcher and Hillsboro Rd. 

The facility was evacuated and the area locked down while a THP Bomb Squad worked with Franklin Police only to determine the device posed no danger. With helpful information from the public, detectives determined that that the faux TNT was a prop at a nearby church program centered on the theme of coal mining. 

The Department will never take for granted our commitment to protecting our citizens, and will, without hesitation, do all we can to protect the safety of our community. We’re thankful that there was no danger nor ill-intent related to this incident.


Detectives investigating after fake bomb closes Franklin fitness center

Detectives in Franklin are investigating after someone conspicuously placed a lookalike bomb in an outdoor trash can. It happened Tuesday afternoon at the Williamson County Recreation Center on Fulton Greer Ln, near Mack Hatcher and Hillsboro Rd. 

The facility was evacuated and the area locked down while a THP Bomb Squad worked with Franklin Police only to determine the device was a hoax. 

Detectives are investigating several leads in the case. Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information. 

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

Franklin Police announce several new promotions

Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner promoted several sworn members of the Department during a ceremony at Police Headquarters, this afternoon

“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 to the rank of Captain:
Rick Clouse

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant:
Matt Smalley, Clayton Cates, and Aaron Compton

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant:
Robert Dilworth, Brandon Sandrell, Kenneth Gibbs, and Adam Cohen

Promoted to the rank of Detective:
Samantha Brooks and Kyle Brink

Promoted to the rank of Master Patrol Officer:
Wes Johnson, Michael Oliver, and Clint Riggs

Franklin Police Department
Professional, Progressive, Responsive

Franklin Police: Lock your car doors

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

Kentucky man held after attempted stabbing

Victor Hugo Ortiz
Age: 45
Lexington, KY

A Kentucky man remains jailed in Franklin after trying to stab a bouncer. Officers were summoned to the Tin Roof 2 at 1:10 am, Sunday, after 45-year-old Victor Ortiz tried stabbing a bouncer who had asked him to leave, in the neck. The bouncer was armed with a handgun and ordered Ortiz to drop the knife. Arriving officers found Ortiz, and the knife, in his car in the parking lot and arrested him.

Charged with Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct, Ortiz remains jailed on a $70,000 bond. His first court appearance is today.