Beloved Franklin Police Lieutenant (retired), Richard Verbosky, passes away

(Below obituary courtesy Williamson Memorial)

Richard Alan Verbosky, age 69 of the Bethesda Community passed away March 9, 2020.

He was a 1968 Graduate of Father Ryan High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in the Vietnam era, seeing duty overseas there and in Germany.

He joined the Franklin Police Department in 1984 beginning a career that spanned thirty years of benevolent service to the community. Richard’s assignments, prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 1996, included patrol, SWAT, and field training, serving as an officer, instructor, and sergeant, as well as sergeant over the Police Auxiliary. In his most recent assignment, Lt. Verbosky oversaw the Patrol Division’s Bravo Shift, K9 Unit, Traffic Unit, Flex Unit, Dive team, and Mounted Patrol. He was an avid equestrian and played an integral role in the resurrection of the Mounted Patrol in 2009 and subsequently organized two training classes in Franklin, which drew mounted patrol police officers from across the country.

Lt. Verbosky was active in the community and was a member of the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge. His many personal and professional accomplishments aside, Richard is most grateful for the love, companionship and support he shared with his wife, Donna. Richard exemplified the values of hard work, compassion and devotion to community that are characteristic of a true Tennessean and diligent officer of the law. Throughout his career he demonstrated the utmost professionalism, ability, and integrity, winning the unbridled respect and admiration of his colleagues, fellow officers and a grateful public.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Ralph (Patricia) Jacklin; grandchildren, Burgandy Sullivan and Robert Jacklin and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 12:00 Noon PM, March 14, 2020 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Chief Deb Faulkner and Darren Tyler will officiate. Interment will be at a later date at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


VISITATION:

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 10:00am – 12:00pm
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home
3009 Columbia Avenue | Franklin, Tennessee

 

SERVICE INFORMATION:

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 12:00pm
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home

 

Visit Williamson Memorial for more information

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Reward offered for ID of serial shoplifter wanted by Franklin Police

Franklin Police & Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information on a serial shoplifter suspected in several area Target store thefts.

Last week he tried stealing two vacuum cleaners, valued at $850, from Franklin’s Columbia Avenue Target. He left the merchandise behind and fled after resisting security who tried holding him for police. The suspect was driving the white truck, pictured here.

Recognize him?
Cash in with Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Armed, impaired driver arrested after crashing car while evading police

Justin Newman
Age: 23
Lebanon, TN

Justin Newman, 23, of Lebanon, was arrested early Sunday morning after crashing his vehicle into a fence. It happened at 3:15 am.

Newman fled down I-65 S at a high rate of speed after an officer attempted to pull him over. Witnesses called in a vehicle that crashed into a fence on Goose Creek Bypass a short time later. Arriving officers determined that Newman was the driver who had fled, and that he was impaired. Officers spotted a handgun wedged between his driver’s seat and center console.

Charged with DUI, Felony Evading, and Possession of a Firearm While Impaired, Newman is free on the $3,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on March 5.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed
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Wanted: Darius Harrison

February 25, 2020, UPDATE: Harrison has been arrested and formally charged with Aggravated Assault. He is free on the $3,000 bond set by the Magistrate. Harrison is due in court on March 5.  

Darius Harrison, 27, of Franklin, is wanted by Franklin Police for Aggravated Assault after he pushed and choked his girlfriend outside an Ambiance Way residence, Saturday night. Harrison fled before officers arrived and remains at-large. There is a cash reward for information on his whereabouts.

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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of felony shoplifters

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward to anyone who can identify these thieves. Wednesday afternoon they tried stealing 15 Apple Pencils valued at nearly $2,000. They dropped several of them after being confronted by Apple Store employees. The two left in a bright green Dodge Charger.

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

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Reward offered for ID of identity theft suspect

Detectives in Franklin are hoping someone might recognize this woman. She opened several lines of credit using someone else’s identity. There is a cash reward if you know who she is.

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