39-year-old Brian Melvin had a verbal altercation with his girlfriend, Lacey Keller, at InTown Suites on November 23rd. Keller stated the argument escalated when she started to gather her belongings and go through the laundry since she and Melvin planned on separating. Then, Melvin got in her face, pushed her, got on top of her, and placed his hands around her neck. Keller began kicking and fighting back before she was able to get out and call the police. When officers spoke with Melvin, he confirmed that he was on top of Keller but that she came at him first and hit him. Officers offered Keller counseling services, order of protection, prosecution, and shelter. Keller accepted counseling and shelter and refused all other services. Keller did not want to prosecute. However, officers observed the visible injuries she sustained and are prosecuting on her behalf. Officers placed Melvin into custody for aggravated assault.
35-year-old Victoria Martin was at JCPenney when officers conducted a business check on the afternoon of November 28th. Kenneth Payne, the loss prevention manager of JCPenney, advised officers that he witnessed Martin put on one of their beanies, tear the tag off, and put it back. Then, she put on a pair of shoes, placed her shoes into the shoebox, took off those shoes, and put on a Pair of Puma shoes before trying to leave the store without paying. Martin claimed that she was going to get her stepdad, who was outside, to pay for the shoes. Payne wanted to prosecute for shoplifting and provided officers surveillance confirming his version of events. Officers discovered Martin was previously charged with shoplifting in Sumner County in December last year. She was taken into custody for shoplifting.
31-year-old Joshua Spears had a domestic disagreement with his girlfriend, Allison Eidson-Breckey, at Aberdeen Road on November 26th. Eidson-Breckey stated that she was looking through Spears’s phone, found some things that upset her, and confronted him, which started an argument. Then, she said that Spears began to strike her in the head and mouth, leaving her with a swollen upper lip. She then complained about having knots on the top of her head. Eidson-Beckey advised them that after this, they began fighting on the floor, and she kicked him off herself in self-defense; spears then bit her on the foot. Officers observed the blood on her injured left foot and the blood on Spears’s face as they placed him in custody for domestic assault.
24-year-old Emily Dueease was on I-40 East when she was pulled over for using her cell phone while driving on November 26th. Dueease had a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside her vehicle as officers approached and asked for her driver’s credentials. Officers asked her if there was any marijuana inside the car, and she reached for a light purple backpack sitting on the passenger’s side floorboard containing 59.8 grams of marijuana, a black scale, a container with pre-rolled papers, a couple of lighters, a grinder, and a manilla envelope with cash in it. Dueease was asked if she was selling the marijuana, and she responded yes. She was taken into custody for possession with the intent to distribute.
45-year-old James McGee was found unresponsive in the Legislative Garage on State Property on the afternoon of May 12th. The building staff found McGee, called the ambulance and transported him to Centennial Hospital. McGee had a black bag that contained a loaded firearm and an alcoholic beverage. Pictures on the security camera show him drinking alcohol with the black bag on his cleaning machine. He was taken into custody for having a weapon at a posted meeting and being in possession of a firearm while under the influence.
57-year-old John Michael Beres was walking down the bike-travel lane on Commerce Street in the early hours of December 6th. Officers observed Beres move onto the sidewalk and collapse onto the ground, so they approached him for caretaking purposes. Beres was visibly intoxicated when he spoke with officers and was deemed unable to take care of himself, so he was taken into custody for public intoxication.
19-year-old Carlens Ostin left the back door of his house open on Aaronwood Drive for a couple of days, so a concerned neighbor called the police on the afternoon of December 5th. The neighbor stated the previous residents had moved out, and they believed no one had moved back in. Officers arrived and observed the lockbox attached to the front door, commonly found on homes that are for sale, had been cracked and left open without the keys. They went to the unsecured door at the rear of the home, announced themselves to ensure no one had broken in, and began to clear the residence when they located three vacuum-sealed bags full of marijuana sitting in plain view on top of a box in the upstairs bedroom, so they executed a search warrant, uncovering three additional vacuum sealed bags, weighing a total of six pounds, and a vacuum sealer. Ostin arrived at the house while the officers were on the scene and advised he had just moved in and must have left the back door open. He stated he had gotten the key out of the lockbox and accidentally damaged the box. Then, Ostin contacted his aunt, the legal renter of the property, and she confirmed that he was staying there while going to school. He told officers he was the only one who was staying there, and he knew nothing about the marijuana. Ostin was taken into custody for possession with intent to distribute and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
31-year-old Aaron Crawford Roden was involved in a quarrel with Slobodan Bjelic at Charlotte Pike over a girl they were both dating in the late hours of June 28th. Bjelic stated that after the altercation, he was sitting in his Subaru at Wilclay Drive when Roden rammed into it with his Dodge Ram at a high speed. He advised officers that he fired six rounds from his handgun at the grill of Roden’s truck as it approached a second time, rear-ending his car. Then, Roden fled the scene. Officers were provided surveillance showing Bjelic pulling out of the parking lot after the confrontation, with Roden following in the Dodge Ram. The damage to the Subaru was consistent with Bjelic’s statements. Roden’s truck was found unoccupied on Charlotte Pike. Officers spoke with Roden over the phone, and he stated he had given the Subaru a “love tap.” Roden was taken into custody for aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident on December 5th.
31-year-old Christopher Woodfin was sitting in the passenger seat of a blue Mazda with an expired tag on Murfreesboro Pike in the late hours of December 5th. Officers initiated a traffic stop; the tag showed “Not on file,” so they ran the VIN, which showed that the vehicle was reported stolen by the owner, Rudy Gonzalez. Woodfin was Mirandized and advised them that he bought the vehicle from two unknown subjects for $20.00 at the Shell Station on Murfreesboro Pike. Sherrod Burnett was the driver. He told officers that he was in the parking lot of the Shell gas station and saw Woodfin get beat up while buying drugs. Woodfin had a crack pipe in his boot when officers searched him, and he was taken into custody for theft and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
18-year-old Luis Gaspar was in possession of Harold Beachum’s vehicle at the Four Corners Marina on December 5th. Officers were dispatched regarding a stolen vehicle, recovered it, and turned it back over to Beachum when Gaspar walked up from the docks. Beachum began to demand the keys back from him and advised officers that Gaspar stayed at his residence as a guest of a guest, Angel, who stayed there for a couple of days. Gaspar was Mirandized and told officers that Angel gave him the keys to the vehicle so he could go to court in Murfreesboro and bring it back. He admitted he knew the vehicle did not belong to Angel and that he did not go to court in Murfreesboro. Gaspar was taken into custody for theft.