Investigation underway after hidden camera discovered in Premier Athletics girls bathroom

Franklin Police are investigating after a hidden camera was discovered inside a girls bathroom at a Cool Springs sports training facility. The General Manager of Premier Athletics, on Gothic Court in Franklin, turned the GoPro camera in after finding it hidden in a girl’s changing and restroom, Thursday.

Detectives are reviewing video that was captured and stored on the GoPro and are working closely with facility management to identify multiple victims. Once identified, the parents of those girls will be contacted by Franklin Police. The camera has been linked to an employee of the business, and charges are forthcoming.

Parents can share information they may have about this case by
emailing Franklin Police at:
concern@franklintn.gov

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Convicted felon on the run in Franklin

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information on the whereabouts of Nicholas Owens. At 9:30, Tuesday night, officers attempted to stop the car Owens was driving. After Owens pulled over, he bailed out of the car and fled on foot in the area of Liberty Pike & Sycamore Drive. He remains at large. Owens is a convicted felon who was out of custody on Community Corrections. 

Know where he is?
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

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Silver Alert: Billie Suitt Wellons missing since yesterday

Update: Billie Suitt Wellons has been found. Silver Alert Canceled

 

Franklin Police have issued a *SILVER ALERT* for 88 – year old Billie Suitt Wellons.

Wellons is missing from 1101 Downs Blvd. She may be headed to Knoxville to visit some family.  She would be driving a gray 2005 Honda Civic TN Tag P7671L.

If you see Ms. Wellons or have information on her whereabouts, call 9-1-1.

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Help the FPD identify this package thief

Franklin Police are hoping that someone may recognize a suspect who stole two delivered packages from a porch on Fair Street. There is a cash reward for information.

Recognize him?
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Help police in Franklin ID this car thief

Franklin Police are looking for information about an auto theft suspect who stole a black, 2014 Toyota Rav4 from the Eagles Glen subdivision.

The vehicle was stolen from the driveway after the owner left her keys and purse in the unlocked vehicle. This video shows the suspect lurking in the area on the morning of the theft.

There is a cash reward if you think you recognize the suspect.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of Franklin burglar

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward to anyone who can identify this December 24 burglar. At 4:00 am, he threw a landscaping rock through the glass door to McAlister’s Deli on Cool Springs Boulevard. 

Once inside, the burglar forced open two cash registers and rummaged through the business for other valuables. Responding officers were alerted to the in-progress burglary when the alarm was activated by the forced entry, but the suspect was gone before they arrived. 

Take a look at the tattoo or moles above the burglar’s right eye. 

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

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Franklin Police Lieutenant celebrated for 29 years of service; Lt. John Lawrence retires today

 

Lt. John Lawrence began his career with the Franklin Police Department February 3, 1992. Prior to achieving the rank of Lieutenant, Lawrence has enjoyed serving the Department and Franklin community as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member and commander, and Patrol Sergeant. His most recent assignments include Chief Firearms Instructor and Rangemaster.

Lt. Lawrence grew up in Arkansas before joining the Army, where he served as an Infantryman, in the 101st and Korea. Lawrence continued his service to America in The National Guard and Army Reserve for 21 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant.

Lt. Lawrence has degrees from Arkansas State University and MTSU. He is also a Class 252 graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.

“Lt. Lawrence has served both his country and the City of Franklin,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He accomplished so much as a member of the FPD. I am grateful for him and wish him the best in his retirement.”

John’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 29 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family.

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

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URGENT: Franklin / Williamson County Communication Outage

The widespread Nashville area communications outage has impacted most of Williamson County 9-1-1 lines and many of the non-emergency numbers used to reach public safety organizations throughout the county.

For police, fire, or medical assistance call: (615) 790-5550 

AT&T customers and others experiencing a cellular outage may be able to utilize their mobile phone to place calls and to send and receive text messages while connected to WiFi. To activate WiFi calling, follow the instructions below:

 iPhone Users:

  1. Be sure you are connected to a working WiFi network
  2. Go to settings and click “Cellular”
  3. Click on “Wi-Fi Calling”
  4. Slide “Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone” to ON
  5. Click “Enable” Wi-Fi Calling
  6. Follow the prompts to enter your home address and then click “Verify address. or confirm”

Android Users:

  1. Pull down the notification shade and long-press the Wi-Fi icon to enter Wi-Fi settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select “Wi-Fi Preferences”.
  3. Tap “Advanced”.
  4. Select Wi-Fi Calling and flip the switch to “On”.

If you have a monitored burglar, fire, or medical alarm – your alarm may not currently notify emergency responders. The only reliable way to currently request police, fire, or medical assistance in most of Williamson County is by calling: (615) 790-5550.

For updates, visit https://tn-williamsoncountyops.civicplus.com/340/Williamson-County-Communications-Outage

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Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Ed Baynes retires at Christmas

Officer Ed Baynes began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995 as an Emergency Dispatcher. Quickly falling in love with serving others in crisis, he soon transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer and has enjoyed serving the Franklin community ever since!

In addition to his current assignment to the Department’s Field Operations Division, Baynes was instrumental, as a Field Training Officer, in training dozens of new Franklin Police Officers. “I intentionally stayed in patrol for my entire career because that’s where I’ve loved serving,” said Baynes. “Wearing a uniform and driving a police car every day gave me an incredible opportunity to interact with some amazing citizens whom it’s been a distinct honor to serve.” 

“Officer Baynes has dedicated his life to protecting the people of Franklin,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His professionalism and caring attitude inspired all of us. We wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Officer Baynes has called the Franklin area home since he was 13. He looks forward to spending more time with family and working with his church. Ed’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 25 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family.

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

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