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Two suspects who have active felony warrants on file fled from a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy and crashed around 4:22 p.m. today.
Deputy Cody Lannom noticed Jacob Ritchie, 21, and Brandi Smith, 25 at a business at the corner of Trenton and Needmore Roads and knew they had felony warrants on file.
He identified himself to them, and the Ritchie put Chevrolet Blazer he was driving in gear and attempted to flee. When he attempted to turn left onto Lowes Drive, he lost control of the vehicle, hit a curb and overturned.
Ritchie climbed out of the vehicle and was taken into custody.
Smith had to be extricated from the vehicle by Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County EMS and was also taken into custody.
Ritchie is currently being booked into Montgomery County Jail and Smith is to be booked after being checked by Gateway Hospital. Booking information will be available later this evening.
Both suspects have been apprehended after the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted Oak Grove Police Department with a vehicle pursuit that ended in the county.
Oak Grove police had been pursuing the men for burglary and after they fired shots at their officers.
The vehicle pursuit ended behind a home shortly after midnight on Guthrie Highway. Around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 24, deputies found James Lark, 27, who gave a Nashville, Tennessee address. He faces a public intoxication charge here and is being held in the Montgomery County Jail awaiting extradition.
Around 11:30 a.m., a deputy patrolling the area spotted the second suspect in a field and took him into custody. Branden Lane, 23, of Nashville was taken to Gateway Medical Center to be treated for being outside in the cold temperatures all night and later booked into the Montgomery County Jail. He awaits extradition.
A Kentucky sex offender was arrested today in Clarksville as part of a joint operation between The Middle Tennessee USMS Fugitive Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Roderick R. Harper, 26, of Louisville, Ky., was arrested at a residence in St. Bethlehem for warrants from Kentucky for violations of the sex offender registry, escape and other charges.
MCSO Investigator Jeff Morlock also charged Harper with violating the Tennessee sex offender registry and is also under investigation by the USMS for violations of the federal sex offender law.
Harper was booked into the Montgomery County Jail. His bond is set at $175,500.
A Friday morning pursuit by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office ended with a non-injury crash on Shannon Street and a suspect in custody.
After detectives from the Clarksville Police Department determined a suspect and description in relation to stolen air conditioning unit parts, they put out a “BOLO” (be on the lookout) notice and that the suspect was driving a 1993 white GMC Truck.
Corporal Mike King said he was driving on Highway 79 when he noticed a truck matching the description and tag number with an air conditioning unit in the back of it.
King attempted to stop the driver, who fled. King and Deputy David Phillips continued the pursuit until it ended on Shannon Street where the suspect ran into a yard and hit a chain link fence.
The suspect, Josef Reed, was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. After being interviewed by Clarksville Police Department in reference to the thefts, he will be charged and booked by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for the pursuit.
Reed’s information, charges and bond information will be available once he is booked into Montgomery County Jail.
Two deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office today completed a basic/at-scene crash investigation class offered by Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team.
Deputies Jonathan Inman and Denis Bowles participated in the two-week course which was comprised of lecture and hands-on exercises about measuring the crash scene, photography, report writing, crash math, speed estimates, information gathering and more.
“These two deputies had the chance to learn information integral to wreck investigations, and at no cost to our agency,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “I congratulate them in the completion of this course.”
Scammers are once again targeting residents of Montgomery County, purporting to be officials of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Steve Heise said the MCSO has received several complaints from victims who were told they had outstanding warrants, sometimes for failure to appear for jury duty.
“The subject will then ask the victim to put $1,000 on a Green Dot card and then give them the number over the phone, or they will be immediately arrested,” Heise said.
He added that the scammers are very good at what they do. They will spoof the MCSO’s telephone number and give them information about the agency obtained from the Internet. The scammers will also give the victim information about themselves they’ve researched through the internet.
“If a victim falls for it, it’s nearly impossible to get that money back,” Heise said. “The scammer is hard to track, but we’re teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations to try and track them down.”
The scammers might also pose as someone with another agency, or sweepstakes companies, but in all instances, they want the victim to give them money using a Green Dot card.
“The best thing you can do, if you receive one of these calls, is to hang up and call the actual agency to verify,” Heise said. “And keep in mind, government agencies will never ask for payment over the telephone.”
Sheriff John Fuson added: “The public should remember that no one from the Montgomery county sheriffs office will ever call them seeking money – all fees and fines for civil and criminal matters are handled by the court clerk.
Heise asks that citizens educate themselves, and spread the word about this scam to their friends and families, so no one else becomes a victim.
Kentucky Sex Offender Apprehended in Clarksville
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