February 26, 2021, Franklin, TN – Franklin Police are searching for 59-year-old Johnny Chafon Menifee. On Tuesday night, Menifee severely beat a family member during an argument in the home on Fairground Street. The victim is in stable condition. Menifee may be driving a white Lincoln Town Car.
If you have information on Johnny Chafon Menifee’s whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at (615) 794-4000, or click to submit an anonymous eTip.
At 1:00 Wednesday morning, officers were dispatched to Harpeth Dr., near W. Main Street, in Franklin. A passerby called to report a driver in the ditch who may need assistance.
Arriving officers found the vehicle on fire. The driver was located on foot in the area after the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. Officers determined that the driver, 22-year-old Landon Wilkinson, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested him. Wilkinson was carrying a handgun in his pocket at the time of his arrest.
Charged with DUI, Driving on a Suspended License, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, Failure to Exercise Due Care, and Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Wilkinson remains jailed on a $12,000 bond. He is due in court on May 25.
Booze It and Lose It
Daniels has been located & arrested.
February 5, 2021:
Franklin Police are asking for the public’s help to find 24-year-old Dequante Wanya Daniels. He’s wanted in a January Aggravated Assault and Attempted Robbery that happened in a Hill Estates neighborhood driveway.
There is a cash reward for information on his whereabouts.
Call Crime Stoppers:
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
Today the Department bids farewell to a long-time employee and friend, Mary Casteel.
Mary began her career with the Franklin Police Department as an Emergency Dispatcher in 2006, before transitioning into her current role as a Communications Support Specialist. Today is her last day on the job.
Mrs. Mary Casteel was born and raised in Toledo. Before joining the FPD, she served for eight years in the U.S. Navy in an administrative role and as a Gunner’s Mate. Mary plans to visit friends and family while grieving the recent loss of her beloved husband, Larry. One of the things she is looking most forward to is spending more quality time with her 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
“Mrs. Casteel has been a valued member of the Franklin Police Department for many years,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “She will be greatly missed, but we all wish her the best in her retirement.”
“I’ve loved being a part of the FPD family and the opportunities I’ve been given,” said Mary Casteel. “It’s been an incredible honor to help citizens by talking them through some of the scariest moments of their lives over the telephone, and to work with this special team of public safety professionals. I will truly miss being with my Franklin Police Department family every day.”
COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, AND CITIZENS CAN LEAVE THEIR SENTIMENTS AND WELL-WISHES FOR Mary Casteel BY POSTING THEM IN OUR LEAVE-a-REPLY FIELD.
Detectives in Franklin are investigating two recent drug overdoses from January 31 and February 1: two victims, same apartment, and in the most recent case, a 29-year-old woman died.
Franklin Police want to identify this witness, whom detectives believe may have information. Call Franklin Police if you recognize him: (615) 794-2513, or click to submit an anonymous eTip.
Now through February 15, the FPD is accepting applications from P.O.S.T. certified officers from across the U.S. who would like to join the force.
- Testing & interviews held February 22, 2021
- $50k salary at conclusion of probationary period ($47,507 to start);
- Take-home car program
- 4-day work week
- On-site fitness facilities
- Vacation & sick leave, paid personal days, and 10 additional paid holidays
- Annual uniform & equipment allowance
- Tuition reimbursement
- Medical, dental, vision benefits
Education and Experience:
The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of an Associate’s Degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education & experience.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Franklin Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of firearms from Franklin Gun Shop, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).
On January 28, 2021, Franklin Gun Shop FFL, 1214 Lakeview Drive, Franklin, Tennessee, was burglarized where approximately 41 firearms were reported stolen to the Franklin Police Department. ATF Industry Operations Investigators responded to the FFL and are in the process of conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen.
ATF is offering the reward for the amount of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $ 5,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers.
ATF Special Agent in Charge, Mickey French said, “ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms. ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence will leverage investigative resources combined with community partnerships to recover the stolen firearms.”
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), or the Williamson County Crime Stoppers (615) 794-4000.
Information can also be sent through an anonymous eTip to Franklin Police click to submit or ATFTips@atf.gov, through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.
ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.
After an in-depth examination of its policies, processes, and professionalism, the Franklin Police Department received its Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation at the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police meeting, Wednesday. The accreditation follows an exhaustive review of the Department to ensure it is operating at a level that meets or exceeds the high standards of the accrediting body.
The Franklin Police Department is among 61 Tennessee police agencies that have attained this prestigious designation. The Department has been Internationally Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 2001.
Chief Deborah Faulkner said, “Our commitment to improvement is continual. We are always striving to serve Franklin with Excellence by meeting and exceeding national best practices in law enforcement. Our community deserves that.”
Last week, the Franklin Police Department received Presidential Certification pursuant to Executive Order 13929, certifying that the Department’s Use of Force Policy meets or exceeds the recommendations of the United States Department of Justice.
“I applaud the FPD team on their commitment to serving our community at the highest level possible,” said City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “Their commitment to serving Franklin and protecting our citizens is tireless and appreciated.”
February 4, 2021: Suspect is in custody. He was arrested last night in Columbia.
Franklin Police and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information on the whereabouts of 28-year-old Trampas Sweeney. The 6’2”, 275 pound suspect is wanted in several burglary and auto theft cases, and he may be armed. If you spot him, call 9-1-1.