Detectives seek credit card fraud suspect

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Mt. Juliet detectives hope someone will recognize a suspect who fraudulently used stolen credit card information.

Mt. Juliet detectives hope someone will recognize a suspect who fraudulently used stolen credit card information.

On May 24, the victim noticed fraudulent activity on his credit card statement, and it was apparent the card information was fraudulently used at Publix at 11207 Lebanon Road to buy more than $2,000 worth of items the previous day.

Detectives tracked when the credit card was used and were able to get surveillance video of a suspected man who used the card.

If anyone has a feeling they possibly know the suspect responsible for the crime, they are encouraged to call Mt. Juliet police at 615-754-2550. Information may also be given anonymously by calling 615-754-8477 or at mjpd.org.

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Police aim to increase safety, awareness in first week of school

In an effort to keep children safe while heading to and from school this week, Mt. Juliet police will provide extra attention in school zones to raise awareness that school is back in session.

Officers have been assigned designated school zones before and after school for the first week, and they will focus on reduced speed limits in school zones, school bus stop-arm, texting while driving, seat belt and child passenger safety laws.

“The safety of children is our main priority,” said Chief James Hambrick. “Our officers will be focused on motorists who disregard laws that have been designed to protect children in school zones.”

Police officials encourage parents to visit their child’s school website to become familiar with the traffic plans for drop-off and pick-up at each school. Wilson County School’s website is wcschools.com.

To ensure school zones are safe this school year, Mt. Juliet Police officials offer the following suggestions:

• Allow for plenty of time in getting to school in the morning. As traffic volumes and congestion on the roadways increase, so does the length of time it takes to travel to a destination. Allowing more time by leaving earlier will help reduces stress, increases awareness and improve driving. Obey the posted speed limit signs and directional signs. This includes marked curbs. These signs and curb markings assist in the traffic flow into and out of the schools and assist in the safety of the students who walk and bike to school. One misplaced car can disrupt the traffic flow and the safety of students.

• Be patient. Impatience may lead to aggressive driving, rude or unwarranted behavior, pedestrian and bicycle collisions, and it creates traffic gridlock. Remember, everyone has the same goal in mind: to get children safely to and from school. Also remember, the habits exhibited in one’s driving and demeanor are typically passed on to children when they start driving.

• If driving children to school, have them ready to leave the car, with all of their belongings, when the car comes to a stop at the school. Backups and delays are caused when children have to get their backpacks and other items from the trunk or back seat of a car. Explore other alternatives such as carpool, ride-sharing, walking, or biking to school.

• Watch and obey the school crossing guards.  Crossing guards are provided to assist with school traffic and the safe crossing of students across the surrounding streets near each elementary school. Be on the lookout, be prepared to stop, and be prepared to follow their directions so children can get to and from school safely.

• Stopping for a school bus law: On two-lane roads, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop. On multi-lane roads that are paved across, vehicles traveling in each lane in both directions must stop. On a divided highway with unpaved space or any median or physical barrier, vehicles behind the bus in each lane must stop, while vehicles traveling in the opposite direction may proceed with caution.

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New police dog trained, ready to serve

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After many weeks of training, Majlo, a 12-month-old Belgian Malinois-German shepherd mix, will join Cpl. James Owens on patrol.

The Mt. Juliet Police Department has welcomed a new furry, specially trained member to the department.

After many weeks of training, Majlo, a 12-month-old Belgian Malinois-German shepherd mix, will join Cpl. James Owens on patrol.

Last week, the two successfully completed their training.

Majlo is known as a “dual purpose” dog that has the capabilities of performing building searches, tracking missing persons or suspects, article searches, narcotics detection and criminal apprehensions. 

Owens and Majlo will work a flexible shift, designed to cover peak activity times within the city. They will patrol in a specially equipped SUV, outfitted with equipment to ensure Majlo is comfortable during his workday.

“Our police officers deserve the best possible tools to help them in their efforts to keep Mt. Juliet safe,” said Chief James Hambrick.

“Adding Majlo to our ranks improves our response capabilities and allows our officers to more effectively serve the community.”

Local Harvey Freeman Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 181 donated a bullet resistant vest.

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Police receive kits to help in opioid overdoses

Mt. Juliet police officers are now equipped with opioid overdose kits to administer to suspects, people or fellow officers when necessary.

The nasal spray is designed to reverse an opiate overdose within minutes, according to police officials.

“Nationwide, we are losing too many individuals from the opioid epidemic,” said Chief James Hambrick. “Our goal with the kits are to ensure officers are better prepared to respond to overdose incidents and have the tools they need to save another officer’s life if they become exposed to dangerous substances like fentanyl.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioids are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999.

Tennessee Department of Health data revealed 1,451 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2015, which included 37 from Wilson County.

Personnel from the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency trained officers on how to identify the signs of an opioid overdose and how to property administer the nasal form of naloxone.

Anyone who suspects someone is suffering from an overdose should call 911.

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Police seek suspects using fake $100 bills

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Mt. Juliet police seek to identify two men who tried to use fake $100 bills recently.

Mt. Juliet police seek to identify two men who tried to use fake $100 bills recently.

The suspects tried to use two fake $100 bills at Walgreens two weeks ago to buy Visa gift cards and other items.

Store employees called police, but the suspects left the store before officers arrived. Surveillance cameras captured footage of the incident.

Anyone with information about the suspects should contact Mt. Juliet police at 615-754-2550. Information may also be given anonymously by calling the tip line at 615-754-8477 or at mjpd.org.

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Police seek suspect in two burglaries

Mt. Juliet police seek to identify a suspect in two vehicle burglaries that happened May 28 in a restaurant parking lot.

During the burglaries, the suspect busted windows to steal purses left in plain view in the cars, according to police officials.

Credit cards stolen from the victims’ purses were quickly used at two gas stations in Lebanon before the victims cancelled them.

Detectives released photos taken from surveillance cameras that show the suspect using a victim’s credit card. Another person was seen in the suspect’s vehicle, which was possibly a 2000-2002 model tan Kia Optima.

According to police officials, vehicle burglary is often a crime of opportunity that can be prevented if there is no opportunity for the thief. Police encourage residents to never leave valuable items in plain view and to never leave their vehicle unlocked.

Anyone with information about the suspect should contact Mt. Juliet police at 615-754-2550. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the tip line at 615-754-8477 or at mjpd.org.

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Changes in state’s ‘Move Over Law’ take effect

Tennessee drivers have a new law for driving state roadways with a shoulder as of Saturday as changes in the state’s “Move Over Law” took effect.

The “Move Over Law,” passed in 2006, requires drivers to motorists to move over into the adjacent lane of traffic, when safe to do so, or alternatively to slow down for emergency vehicles. The law was expanded in 2011 to include utility service equipment and vehicles.

The new law adds to the list any stationary motor vehicle that is on the shoulder, emergency lane or median when the vehicle has on flashing lights.

There were 131 citations issued in Wilson County for failure to move over from 2005-2014, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The penalty for violating the “Move Over Law” in Tennessee is a maximum fine of up to $500 and possibly up to 30 days in jail.

By Xavier Smith 

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

Police announce security, traffic plan for Mt. Juliet’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration

A grand Fourth of July celebration is planned, and Mt. Juliet’s fireworks will launch at 9 p.m. from the Paddocks of Mt. Juliet shopping center.

Mt. Juliet police and fire will be on site. The fireworks presentation, presented by local nursery owner Tom Needham, will begin around 9 p.m. The fireworks will launch from the field between Academy Sports and Culver’s restaurant. The fireworks show can be visible along all parking lots connected to Mt. Juliet Road between Weston Driver and Providence Parkway; however, the best viewing area will be in the Paddocks of Mt. Juliet shopping center and surrounding area.

Mt. Juliet’s public safety teams expect large attendance and increased traffic. Several police officers will be present during the event for patrols and traffic control. With any large event, attendees should always be vigilant for suspicious activity. If anything suspicious is spotted, attendees are encouraged to say something and call police. To contact the police department’s non-emergency line, attendees can dial 311. In addition, the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet will have extra firefighters on hand near the fireworks launch site.

The fireworks show should end around 9:45 p.m., and a large amount of traffic will begin to exit out of parking lots along Mt. Juliet Road near the Interstate 40 interchange. Police officials developed a traffic plan, and advanced traffic signals will adapt to the increased traffic.

Pleasant Grove Road will be closed at Old Pleasant Grove Road to westbound traffic only during and after the fireworks show. Residents and visitors will be allowed access so they can get to neighborhoods along Pleasant Grove Road. Traffic will not be allowed to access Central Pike from Pleasant Grove Road.

During this event, roadways will see a major increase in traffic, so delays should be expected. Personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages, barbecue grills and parking on roadway medians won’t be allowed.

Lebanon will hold its fireworks show at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The fireworks show will begin at dusk at around 9 p.m. All pre-fireworks festivities will not be held this year.

Watertown will be have its annual Stars, Stripes and Squirtguns Parade, sponsored by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, on July 4 at 3 p.m. Parade participants should line up at 2 p.m. at Watertown Elementary School or Round Lick Baptist Church. The parade will continue through Main Street in Watertown.

Watertown’s fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. prior to the ballgames at Three Forks Community Park. Concessions will be available. There will be free watermelon and freeze pops.

When celebrating the Fourth of July at home, all three municipalities in Wilson County basically have the same laws regarding fireworks. The following are rules released recently by Lebanon police:

• Sales and use of fireworks are only permitted from June 20 through July 5. In Watertown, the dates are July 1-7.

• The use of fireworks are restricted to the hours of 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

• The sale and use of fireworks is restricted for anyone less than 18 years old.

• When posted, fireworks may be banned during dry weather conditions.

• It is unlawful to explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, hospital, funeral home, public or private school or within 200 feet of where fireworks are stored, sold or offered for sale.

• Fireworks shall not be launched or fired onto the property of anyone who have not given permission.

• No person shall ignite or discharge any fireworks within or throw from a motor vehicle or at a motor vehicle or group of people.

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School employee victim in murder-suicide

Husband, suspect in the apparent crime, later dies; daughter critically injured

Metro Nashville police are investigating a Hermitage fire that killed one person and critically injured two others as a murder-suicide, according to police officials.

Suzanne Daugherty, 48, was killed in the fire. Police officials said her husband, Gary Daugherty, 55, and the couple’s 9-year-old daughter, Crystal Daugherty, were both injured in the fire.

Police said they considered Gary Daugherty as a suspect in the apparent crime, however, Gary Daugherty later died.

According to Wilson County schools officials, Suanne Daugherty worked at West Elementary School’s daycare.

According to police officials, the Nashville Fire Department responded to the home on Leesa Ann Lane at about 12:13 a.m. Friday after a neighbor reported the house was on fire.

Suzanne Daugherty was found dead in one room, and police officials said she suffered from obvious trauma unrelated to the fire. Gary and Crystal Daugherty were found together unresponsive in a bedroom with severe fire-related injuries.

Through their investigation, police and fire officials discovered an accelerant was used throughout the home. Plastic was taped over the windows, and the home’s smoke detectors were apparently disabled.

Handwritten contact information for extended family was found in a vehicle parked outside the home, according to police officials.

The police’s department’s domestic violence division and the Nashville fire marshal’s office are assisting with the investigation. The police department had no previous reports of domestic violence incidents with the family.

Suzanne Daugherty worked with the Wilson County school system since 2011, and Crystal Daugherty was a fourth grade student at W.A. Wright Elementary School. Counselors will be made available for students and staff, who are distraught over the news of the incident, according to school system officials.

“It’s always a sad day when something happens to a member of our school family, and the circumstances surrounding this situation have made it even more difficult,” said Donna Wright, director of schools. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Suzanne’s extended family as they process this horrible tragedy.”

By Jake Old 

jold@lebanondemocrat.com

Handguns, rifle part stolen in gun store burglary

Mt. Juliet police are investigating a burglary at Guns and Ammo on North Mt. Juliet Road last Wednesday in which 15 handguns and a rifle part were stolen.

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Mt. Juliet police are investigating a burglary at Guns and Ammo on North Mt. Juliet Road last Wednesday in which 15 handguns and a rifle part were stolen.

Officers were dispatched to the gun store after the burglar alarm system activated at about 12:30 a.m. Police arrived within moments of the initial dispatch to find damage to the front glass of the business.

Police believe unknown suspects burst through the front glass of the store and stole the weapons.

Detectives responded to the scene to gather evidence in hopes of leading them to the suspects. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.

Surveillance footage showed possible suspects parking across the street from the gun store near Suntrust Bank before the burglary. Police hope someone in the community will recognize the vehicle, which appears to be a white Kia Optima four-door sedan.

Police will release more information about the incident as the investigation continues.

The ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms.

The ATF reward is up to $2,500, and that will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $5,000. The reward is part of a larger national cooperation initiative.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact Mt. Juliet police at 615-754-2550 or the ATF at 800-283-4867. Information may also be given anonymously by calling the tip line at 615-754-8477 or at mjpd.org.

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Stolen truck chase ends in crash

Driver runs away, leaves injured passenger behind

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A stolen truck chase ended in a crash Saturday night on Hobson Pike near Smith Springs Parkway.

A stolen truck chase ended in a crash Saturday night on Hobson Pike near Smith Springs Parkway, according to Mt. Juliet police.

Mt. Juliet police dispatch received a call at 7:38 p.m. from a concerned citizen about a woman running away from Target at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road with a lot of merchandise. The caller told police he felt as if the woman had just stolen the items, and she jumped into the passenger side of a truck in the Target parking lot.

The caller described the truck and gave its tag number to dispatchers, who found the truck was stolen Saturday from Robertson County.

Dispatchers then relayed the information to officers in the area, and one officer spotted the stolen truck.

After spotting the stolen struck on South Mt. Juliet Road near Providence Parkway, the officer tried to stop it. However, the driver did not stop and ran from the officer at high speeds. The truck’s driver continued to drive recklessly as the officer continued to chase it. At one point, the driver crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a car head on. The stolen truck driver ran away from the crash scene and left an injured woman passenger behind, according to police.

Metro-Nashville officers immediately responded to the scene and assisted in the search of the driver who fled. The driver was not found. The woman passenger in the stolen truck was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s emergency room in stable condition. The man driving the car that was hit head on was taken to Vanderbilt in critical condition.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene. Troopers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Mt. Juliet police officers continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the stolen truck and apparent theft at Target.

Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick announced Monday afternoon he tasked the department’s investigative division with the case.

“I’ve assigned this case to our investigative division because I want to ensure the complete resources and capabilities of our department are utilized to quickly identify and apprehend the driver,” Hambrick said. “It is obvious that this individual is dangerous and has no regard to safety of our community. He needs to be apprehended and held responsible.”

Video footage of the pursuit was captured on the pursuing officer’s in-car camera system, and police officials plan to release the video as soon as possible and when deemed appropriate as not to hinder the ongoing investigation.

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City honors Run for the Wall participants

More than 500 veterans ride motorcycles to Washington

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Mt. Juliet fire Chief Jamie Luffman and his department’s firefighters set up on the Beckwith Road overpass at Interstate 40 to honor participants in Run For the Wall, a group of more than 500 veterans who ride motorcycles from California to Washington, D.C.

Mt. Juliet firefighters, police officers and citizens gathered to honor members of Run For the Wall on May 22.

Ride For the Wall consists of more than 500 veterans who ride motorcycles from California to Washington, D.C. to honor veterans killed while serving, as well as promote awareness to those missing in action.

A post was set up on the Beckwith Road overpass at Interstate 40, the route used by the motorcyclists. All those who came out waved to the veterans as they rode past.

Run For the Wall was started in 1989 by James Gregory and Bill Evans, two Vietnam veterans who traveled across American on motorcycles.

There’s a small charge for those who participate in the run, plus they pay their own expenses such as lodging. Organizations and people met along the way often offer support in the form of donations or free meals.

The trip is a 10-day ride from Ontario, Calif. to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., where the ride officially ends.

During the journey across the country, the group makes stops at memorials, veterans’ hospitals and schools.

Participants range in age from 8 to 80, and include fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers; veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan; active duty military; supporters; friends and family.

For more information about Run For the Wall, visit rftw.us.

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Shepard trial set for November

Ex-Wilson Central coach’s case granted continuance previous six times

Michael Shepard

A criminal trial date was set May 23 in the case of Michael Shepard, a former teacher and softball coach at Wilson Central High School who was charged last summer with statutory rape.

The trial is scheduled for Nov. 15-17, with motions set for July 11.

Shepard, 36, previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure.

A continuance was granted in Shepard’s case the previous six times he was scheduled to appear before Judge Brody Kane in Wilson County criminal court.

Shepard was arrested at his home in July 2016. The Wilson County Board of Education accepted resignation during a July 2016 special called meeting, which was held to bring charges against Shepard for termination since he was a tenured teacher at the school.

Shepard was relieved of his coaching duties after he became the center of an investigation.

According to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, the criminal investigation also involved a student at the school, but the details weren’t released.

Shepard taught algebra and geometry at Wilson Central from 2009-2016. His first season as head coach of the softball team was 2010.

The Lady Wildcats had a state championship appearance in 2014 and won the Class AAA state championship in 2015 with Shepard as head coach.

By: Jake Old

jold@lebanondemocrat.com

Investigation complete in bicyclist struck by car incident

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Officers completed their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a bicyclist who was struck by a car Thursday on North Mt. Juliet Road.

Officers completed their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a bicyclist who was struck by a car Thursday on North Mt. Juliet Road.

Officers were called at about 5:10 p.m. to the intersection of North Mt. Juliet Road and Charlie Daniels Parkway, regarding a crash that involved a bicyclist.

The investigation revealed the bicyclist, Phillip Harrell, 54, of Mt. Juliet, was crossing across North Mt. Juliet Road at the intersection at Charlie Daniels Parkway with a green light. While the bicyclist was crossing the intersection, a car driven by Mary Leaver, 29, of Mt. Juliet, was turning from Charlie Daniels Parkway to head south on North Mt. Juliet Road with a green light. While turning south, Leaver hit Harrell with her car, which caused him to fall off the bicycle, strike the windshield and land on the pavement. Leaver was cited for failure to yield.

Paramedics took Harrell by ambulance to TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Chief talks opioids with chamber

Xavier Smith • Mt. Juliet News
Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick speaks to the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday about opioid abuse in the city and county. Hambrick said the department is committed to curb use and abuse of deadly opioids.

Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick discussed deadly opioid use Wednesday with the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce in hopes of curbing the issue in the area.

“We do have something today to talk about that impacts all of us. Unfortunately, if I were at a church talking to a church group, we’d be saying the same thing, because what we’re talking about today impacts us all,” Hambrick said.

He said opioid abuse is prevalent in the country, state, county and Mt. Juliet.

“It has no boundaries as it relates to a social or economic standing. No barriers as it relates to race, church affiliation or anything like that. It’s real and prevalent in Mt. Juliet and Wilson County,” he said.

Hambrick said Mt. Juliet has seen several overdose deaths in recent years as drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the country. Hambrick said there were about 52,000 in 2015, with about 20,000 related to prescription pain relief and about 13,000 related to heroin.

“We know we’ve been on some calls where individuals still have the needle in their arm. People are crying out for help. They need help,” said Hambrick, who said he believes the 2016 figures will show an increase in deaths.

Hambrick said another danger people don’t think about is leftover prescription pills in homes. He said any medication that won’t be used in the future should be disposed of, noting the Mt. Juliet police station has a collection bin in their lobby.

He said officers have to be more careful now when dealing with drugs because the dangers of accidental exposure to drugs, such as fentanyl, has increased dramatically.

Hambrick said the number individuals making their own pills – many of which contain deadly fentanyl – and selling them as others has increased recently, as well. He said the department is committed to taking down drug dealers and getting help for those who need it.

“Our goal is to certainly get people the help they need,” he said. “We’re committed as the Mt. Juliet Police Department. I’m committed as your police chief to trying to get folks help.”

By Xavier Smith

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com

One killed in Thursday night wreck

One fatality and one injury were reported in a single-vehicle accident on Saundersville Road in Mt. Juliet on Thursday night, according to a preliminary report from Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Joshua Kerns, 39, of Joelton, was killed in the crash and Kimberly Bateman, 42, of Mt. Juliet was injured. The incident was reported at about 11:23 p.m.

According to the report, the 2005 Chevy Colorado, driven by Kerns, was traveling westbound on Saundersville Road and going around a curve. The vehicle crossed the center lane and traveled off the left side of the roadway.

After going off the road, the vehicle hit a utility pole head on, where it came to a stop.

Neither person in the vehicle wore a seatbelt. According to the report, the responding officer believed the use of a seatbelt would have made a difference.

Next of kin was notified. According to the report, there are no plans for a follow-up report or further investigation into the incident.

By Jake Old

jold@lebanondemocrat.com

Coach indicted on child sex crimes

He faces statutory rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, other charges

Darin Plumlee

A Wilson County grand jury indicted Darin Plumlee, a teacher and wrestling coach at Mt. Juliet High School, on child sex charges.

Plumlee faces three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and one count each of unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Plumlee turned himself in Friday at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked in at the Wilson County Jail and released on $10,000 bond.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office launched an investigation into Plumlee in April after a student made complaints about inappropriate behavior.

According to Jennifer Johnson, spokesperson for Wilson County Schools, a student called in a tip to the school April 13 and said it was believed Plumlee was having inappropriate relationships with some of his students and/or wrestlers.  The human resources department and school resource officer were notified at that time.

Plumlee resigned immediately. The school system notified the state, and his license was put on hold, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Plumlee was hired in 2000 to be a wrestling coach and teacher at Lebanon High School. In June 2011, Plumlee resigned to work for another school system.

In July 2014, Plumlee was hired to be a special education teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Mt. Juliet High School.

Plumlee’s disciplinary record was clean, except for a written reprimand that he received for going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone in September 2010.

By Jake Old

jold@lebanondemocrat.com

Police leaders jump with Golden Knights

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In show of support for the U.S. Armed Forces, Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick jumps out of a perfectly good airplane with members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team.

In show of support for the U.S. Armed Forces, Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick and Lt. Tyler Chandler jumped out of a perfectly good airplane with members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team.

Both Hambrick and Chandler skydived April 24 with members of the Golden Knights. Prior to the jump, Hambrick and Chandler underwent introduction, training, and a fitting for a jumpsuit.

“The purpose of this event is to recognize individuals in the community who represent the Army values and create lasting partnerships to support both organizations,” said U.S. Army Recruiting Co. Nashville Cmdr. Anita Brooks prior to the jump. “This event will allow community leaders to participate in a tandem jump with the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army Parachute Team.”

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In show of support for the U.S. Armed Forces, Mt. Juliet police Lt. Tyler Chandler jumped out of a perfectly good airplane with members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team.

Hambrick and Chandler were nominated by the Nashville Recruiting Battalion to represent the Mt. Juliet Army Recruiting Center. The event took place at Outlaw Field in Clarksville.

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Man arrested after charging reporter and news crew with ax

A suspect is out on bond after Mt. Juliet police said he charged a reporter and accompanying news crew with a large ax.

An officer was summoned to Mt. Juliet police headquarters Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. concerning an incident that happened in the front yard of a home at 1440 Nonaville Road. Three men who work with News Channel 5 investigates team, wanted to ensure local police were aware about a dangerous encounter they just experienced while working on a story about a squatter.

The investigation revealed the victims attempted to question a man, identified as Jude Pischke, 46, of Mt. Juliet, in the front yard of a home at 1440 Nonaville Road. During the brief encounter, Pischke became angry, aggressive and threatened the victims.

A video recording of the incident further revealed Pischke retrieved a large ax from the bed of a nearby pickup truck, lifted the ax back in a swinging position and aggressively charged toward the victims. The victims also said as they rushed to leave in their vehicle, Pischke got into his vehicle and drove it aggressively toward them. The victims immediately drove to police headquarters to report the incident after the encounter.

Officers received warrants for Pischke’s arrest, and he was found at about 6:15 p.m. while leaving 1440 Nonaville Road. Officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested Pischke without incident.

He was booked in at the Wilson County Jail, charged with three counts of aggravated assault and three counts of reckless endangerment. He was released on $6,000 bond Wednesday evening.

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Agencies team to curb Wrecks on prom night

Local emergency service agencies and Mt. Juliet High School officials teamed up Thursday to highlight the dangers of distracted and intoxicated driving as the school prepared for prom Saturday.

Mt. Juliet police and firefighters, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and Vanderbilt University Medical Center LifeFlight, along with Mt. Juliet High School future health professionals class and drama students, put on a reality-based portrayal of a car crash and the subsequent response by first responders, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement.

The students received a firsthand experience of what they could be responsible for, including killing someone, possibly one of their friends, as well as arrested for crimes as serious as vehicular homicide.

The mock crash is also meant to serve as a reminder for parents and guardians to talk to their teens about the consequences of bad driving behavior.

“This weekend is supposed to be the best night of your life. This is not how you want it to end. I hope that each one of you will take a lesson from this exercise, use good judgment and do not drink,” said Mt. Juliet fire Chief Jamie Luffman.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, 10 percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. Teens are the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes.

By Xavier Smith

xsmith@lebanondemocract.com