The members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to protecting life and property. We are committed to providing all citizens with the highest quality full-service law enforcement in an effective and efficient manner. While providing the traditional services of the Office of Sheriff, we stand ready to support and augment all other law enforcement agencies.
We recognize that the ability to successfully complete our mission is based on shared mutual respect and responsibility between the Sheriff's Office, other law enforcement agencies, and the citizens we serve.
As professionals, we will enforce the laws in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of our police authority, and at all times respecting and protecting the constitutional rights of every individual.
Two men were arrested early Friday morning after they were caught with several items that had been stolen from construction sites in the Liberty Park subdivision.
Carl Martin, 37 and Stephen Williford, 38, were arrested on a burglary charge and their bond was set at $30,000.00 each.
Around 3:30 a.m., Deputy James Derico saw a vehicle leaving the Liberty Park area, and pulled over the suspect on suspicion of driving under the influence. Upon investigating, Derico noticed several items that seemed to have come from a construction site.
Investigators contacted a contractor for the site, who verified that over $10,000 worth of items were stolen, and that the items the two men were carrying were among those items.
“We have a very strong case against these two,” said Investigator Geoff Blanchard, who added that other charges are pending in this case. “In one of the homes where a major item was taken, buyers were set to close on the house today, but because of this, they weren’t able to.”
Sheriff John Fuson said he is proud with the quick results, due to quick response and a thorough investigation.
“Thanks to the attentiveness of Deputy Derico and an investigation well-done, we were able to get these two men off the streets and get these expensive items back to their rightful owner,” Fuson said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Citizens of Montgomery County should be aware of a nationwide scam occurring, where victims are made to believe they’ve won large amounts of money through “Global Sweepstakes.”
“While we haven’t seen any reports about this here at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, we still want our citizens to know it’s out there, and it could end with a devastating hit to your bank account if you get involved,” said Sheriff John Fuson.
According to reports from other law enforcement agencies, victims find themselves involved after signing up for what they believe to be Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes on the internet.
Later, the victim will receive a phone call from someone saying they have won a large sum of money from “Global Sweepstakes,” but before they can receive their prize, they must first pay applicable taxes and fees in cash.
In one instance in Colorado, the victim was asked to send $6,500 in cash into the pages of a magazine and mail it to an Oklahoma address via next day air.
The victim was then asked to send more money, and by the time they had cashed out two IRA’s and sent eight checks, they ended up losing $78,400 in the scam.
Investigators found that the money had been sent to a man who was told if he opened several accounts in which to put this money, he could keep a portion of the funds, with another portion being sent to another man who was convinced to do the same.
“The key thing to remember with online and telephone contests and sweepstakes is that you should never have to pay them money to redeem a prize,” Fuson said. “That’s a huge red flag. Also, if someone asks you to handle large amounts of money by sending funds out or creating accounts for them, you should contact police, or you might find yourself an unwitting partner in a money laundering scheme.”
If any citizens have been contacted by such companies, they should alert law enforcement with any information they may have.
As part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s new SAFE Campaign, Deputies will be conducting extra patrols this summer looking for seat belt violations.
“We see the benefits of seatbelt usage firsthand and will do whatever it takes to lower the critical injury and fatality rate here in Montgomery County,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “It is especially heartbreaking for us when we see a life lost when it could have been prevented by something as simple as wearing your seatbelt.”
The Seatbelts Are for Everyone campaign is looking to increase seat belt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is one of 169 law enforcement agencies that have agreed to participate.
“Seatbelts save lives,” said Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office in a press release. “Nationally, seatbelt usage rates have increased steadily over time. However, in 2013, more than half of Tennessee traffic fatalities were unbelted. This SAFE Campaign will help to educate all drivers across the state about the importance of wearing seat belts.”
For more information on the campaign, visit the Web site at www.tntrafficsafety.org.
One of the suspects in a Thursday robbery was arrested Sunday, while the second suspect remains at large.
Michael Connor, 21, was booked Sunday on robbery, evading, traffic and drug charges. His bond was set at $50,500.
Authorities are still looking for 21-year-old Drevon Green. If anything in the public sees him, they are asked to call 911. The original story follows.
Those interested in owning a one-of-a-kind piece of Montgomery County history have an excellent opportunity in the form of an online auction to benefit charity.
The original lock and key from the door of the main holding cell form the original jail will be on auction throughout the month of April through online auction site Auction32.com. All proceeds will benefit the MCSO Relay for Life team.
“Every criminal that passed through the jail from when it was built in 1957 to when it was demolished in 2004 went through that door,” said Assistant Chief Deputy Doug Tackett of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
When the contractors demolished the building, they gave the lock to Tackett
“I was talking to the contractors about how many people had gone through that door,” Tackett said, adding that he can’t even count how many times he locked and unlocked the door. “A few days later, it was sitting on my desk. It’s pretty neat.”
Those looking to place a bid can follow the link on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Web site at www.mcsotn.org, the Facebook page at facebook.com/mcsotn or directly at 32auctions.com/mcsotn.
“We think this would be a great piece for a lawyer or a judge to keep in their office, or even for historians out there who want to own a piece of history,” Tackett said.
Sheriff John Fuson said he is proud of what his employees are doing to raise money for the cause.
“Cancer has touched many of our lives here at the Sheriff’s Office and we are just excited to do anything we can to raise money for this year’s Relay for Life campaign,” Fuson said.
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