June 11, 2010
News from the Chief
When it comes to public safety, the most important piece of legislation to pass the
Tennessee General Assembly during the session just ended is a bill to make first-time convicted
armed robbers serve 74% of their sentences before achieving parole eligibility. The bill more
than doubles the time a first-time convicted armed robber would spend in custody before being
considered for release. Under the legislation, a defendant sentenced to eight years would spend
nearly six years behind bars, instead of as a little as 2 ½ years.
This legislation overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate. Despite very difficult
financial times, our lawmakers were able to significantly add to the Crooks with Guns law of a
few years ago. I am very grateful to the Davidson County legislative delegation, particularly
Representatives Gary Odom and Beth Harwell, and Senator Douglas Henry, for their
sponsorship of this bill that will, once signed by Governor Bredesen, make Nashville a safer
place by keeping convicted violent criminals away from innocent citizens much longer.
Thank you to all who attended and/or supported last Saturday’s Shoney’s 5K Family Fun
Run that benefited the Nashville Police Support Fund. Nearly $21,000 was raised for the fund,
which is housed within the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Once sufficient
capital is received, the fund will be used primarily to provide financial assistance to officers
wanting to complete or continue their higher education.
I am very appreciative of all your work and crime fighting efforts as we get into the heat
of the summer months. I am proud of this department and everything our officers and
professional support staff do to enhance the safety of our city.
Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run
Danita Marsh, who is currently earning a Masters degree in Criminal
Justice, announces the start of the Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run.
Session 63 sets the pace.
The balloon booth proves to be a big hit with the kids.
Special Operations Division Officer Ken Elkins showcases a rescue boat.
Armored S.W.A.T vehicle.
Sgt. James Johnson shows a youngster the interior of the police helicopter.
Chief Steve Anderson thanks participants and Shoney’s for their generous support.
Shoney's Chairman & CEO David Davoudpour (right) presents a check for $20,800 to Chief Steve
Anderson at the conclusion of the second annual Shoney's Family Fun Run on June 5. Joining
Davoudpour and Anderson is NewsChannel 5 Sports Director Hope Hines, who emceed Saturday's event.
Pastors’ Intervention Program
Chief Steve Anderson and a core group of Nashville ministers June 4th announced the
creation of the Pastors’ Intervention Program, a unique collaboration between the clergy and
police department to stem youth/young adult violence at the neighborhood level.
Under the program, officers investigating an incident involving teenage/young adult
violence will contact the on-call pastor to join them at the scene or for intervention guidance.
The responding pastor will work to offer counseling and mentorship to the involved parties and
their families in a proactive effort to prevent the dispute from escalating.
Cricket Communications, recognizing the importance of this project to Nashville’s
families and neighborhoods, is donating cellular telephones to the pastors to aid in their on-call
Pictured (l-r) are Chief Steve Anderson, Captain Mike Hagar, Captain Mike Alexander, Cricket
Communications Marketing Manager Julie Moncrief, Reverend William Harris, Reverend Michael
Joyner, Bishop Hal Robinson, Captain Paul Trickey and Bishop George Price.
Chief Steve Anderson announced the promotion of one new lieutenant and two new
sergeants to fill attrition vacancies in the department’s Field Operations Bureau.
Lieutenant Greg Blair, a 12-year police department veteran who most recently worked as
a sergeant on the Hermitage Precinct’s overnight shift, is now directing the South Precinct’s day
shift. Blair holds a Bachelors Degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.
Sergeant Mike Evans, a 14-year police department veteran who most recently worked as
a Field Training Officer on the East Precinct’s day shift, is now a supervisor on the West
Precinct’s overnight shift. Evans holds a Bachelors Degree from Kentucky State University.
Sergeant Kevin Lovell, a 9-year police department veteran who most recently worked as
a Domestic Violence Division detective, is now a supervisor on the East Precinct’s evening
Nearly 40 students graduated from the second-annual Hispanic Teen Academy sponsored
by the South Precinct in partnership with the El Protector Program.
During the four-day academy June 1 through 4, various police components performed
demonstrations for the students, including officers from South Precinct Investigations, Canine,
Aviation, the Special Response Team, the Bomb Squad, Background and Recruitment, Youth
Services and the Gang Unit.
The teens were also treated to a day of swimming and other activities at the Fraternal
Order of Police Youth Camp.
Students enjoy four days of activities during Hispanic Teen Academy.
Hispanic Teen Academy graduation.
Background & Recruitment Officers Attend Community Events
Over 1,000 people attended John Henry Hale Community Day at Watkins Park.
Pictured (l-r) are Officer Gerald McShepard, Harry Gilmore,
Reverend Jeffrey Hastings and Officer Mable Osemwegie.
Over 2,000 people attended the Hope Floats North Nashville
Flood Relief Bar-B-Que on West Hamilton Avenue
Memorial Day Hope Floats flood relief Bar-B-Que.
Pictured (l-r) are Officer Gerald McShepard, Metro Council Member
Lonnell Matthews, Jr., Officer Mable Osemwegie and North Precinct
Officer Jamie Underwood.
Session 63 after completing the Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run.
Field Sobriety Task/DUI training
Emergency medical training
The following persons shot perfect 50s in the last three weeks of Core In-Service firearms
Matthew Atnip, Joshua Baker, Dale Becraft, Joshua Black, Michael Blackburn, Duane Brooks,
Ben Byner, Kevin Cooley, Joe Cooper, Adam Davis, Brink Fidler, John Grubbs, Gerry Gann,
Ralph Griggers, Joseph Haislip, James Hamlet, Anthony Heil, Joe Helmintoller, Steven Jenkins,
Stephen Knight, Joshua Langlois, Nathan Lester, Chris Lo, William McKay, Scott Miller,
Darryl Morton, John Neely, Daniel Newbern, Matthew Norris, Jeff Phillips, Johnathan Rogers,
David Reuff, William Roland, Robert Shelton, William Smith, Jason Spencer, Robert Swisher,
Robert Tindall, Aaron Thomas, Bradley Turner, Kenneth Wolfe and Neil Wolfe.
The Precinct News
Outstanding police work “after the stop” led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer.
Flex officers conducted a traffic stop at Spinnaker Cove Apartments and located a small
amount of marijuana. Further investigation led officers to Lincoya Bay Apartments where a
Knock and Talk was conducted. Seized in a subsequent consent search were 50 grams of
marijuana, some packaged for resale, and drug paraphernalia. Officers also recovered credit
cards and a social security card that had been reported stolen inside the apartment.
Extra-duty roving manpower keeping watch on neighborhoods impacted by flooding is
also doing its part to solve serious crime.
Heads-up police work by Officer Brian Williams, who was on an extra-duty flood
assignment, led to the Memorial Day capture of admitted armed robber Jeremy Holt Eaton, 32,
minutes after Eaton held up the Mapco Express Market at 15109 Old Hickory Boulevard just
west of Nolensville Pike.
The Mapco clerk said Eaton referred to his drug habit when he demanded money Monday
morning. He was carrying a bag containing what the clerk believed to be a gun. After being
handed the cash from the register, Eaton fled the area in a white Chevrolet Trailblazer. Officers
Mickey Blanton, Melissa Johnson and Eric Meihls quickly arrived at the store and relayed the
descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle.
Officer Williams, who was traveling north on Nolensville Pike as part of his flood
assignment, passed the southbound Trailblazer. He turned around in time to see the SUV turn
onto Culbertson Road at Mill Creek. As Officer Williams rounded a curve approaching the
crest of a hill, he saw that Eaton had lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. Eaton
immediately raised his hands above his head and was taken into custody without incident.
Money believed to have been taken from the Mapco was recovered from the Trailblazer, as was
a toy pistol.
Eaton is being held in lieu of $80,000 bail.
Attempted murder and auto theft charges have been placed against two teenagers for
firing shots at a police officer from a fleeing stolen vehicle.
Eighteen-year-old Michael Deandre Pillow of Cleveland Street is being held in lieu of
$125,000 bail. His 17-year-old accomplice is being held in juvenile detention pending a
At 1:15 a.m., South Precinct Sergeant Phil Vincion was flagged down by a man who said
that his 2003 Dodge Durango, which he had parked in front of the Red Box video rental kiosk
outside the McDonald’s at 4041 Nolensville Pike, had just been stolen. The victim left the
engine running as he expected to quickly conduct his video transaction.
Sergeant Vincion radioed the description of the Durango to his colleagues in the South
Precinct. A short time later, Detective Alex Moore spotted the vehicle entering onto I-24 east
toward downtown. Other officers joined Moore as the Durango exited at Murfreesboro Road
and turned onto Plus Park Boulevard. When police activated their emergency equipment,
Pillow, the passenger in the Durango, pointed a pistol out of the window and fired shots in the
direction of pursuing Officer Brent Bauer. Pillow and the 17-year-old bailed from the SUV at
the dead end of Plus Park Boulevard. Pillow was quickly captured. A .380 semi-automatic
pistol was recovered.
Canine Officer Ron Black and his partner Rex tracked down the 17-year-old. He
received a dog bite to the leg and was treated and released from General Hospital.
Quick police response coupled with a citizen’s tip led to the arrest of a 14-year-old
Officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 1600 block of Comanche Run.
Citizens reported the direction of flight of the suspect who was captured a short time later. He
is charged with aggravated burglary.
A man just released from prison after serving a seven year sentence for aggravated
burglary, is back behind bars charged with entering a Gallatin Pike business and stealing the
Employees were in the process of closing Urban Active Fitness Center for the night when
Timothy Gray drove up to the business, went through the unlocked door and stole the cash
register. The employees provided an excellent description of the suspect and his getaway
vehicle. Officer Jeffrey Cason stopped Gray near Trinity Lane. Gray admitted he burglarized
Officers continue foot patrols in and around the James Cayce public housing
development and in flood affected areas where they assist citizens and prevent crime through
Proactive patrols are also being conducted in areas prone to recent residential burglaries.
Outstanding investigative work by West Precinct detectives led to the speedy arrest of
two men who burglarized the Red Rooster Bar & Music Hall at 1530 Demonbreun Street.
Officers responded to the business Sunday at 11:30 a.m. after a manager discovered a
safe, a computer and a Jack Daniel’s guitar missing. After detectives reviewed the surveillance
video, a vendor, Travis Templin, 20, was identified as one of the suspects. During an
interview, Templin identified Kyle Heggan, 20, as the second burglar. Both men admitted they
broke into the business.
The safe was recovered at Templin’s Brentwood residence. Heggan, of Nolensville,
returned the guitar and computer. Both men said they split the cash. Nearly $8,000 was
Templin and Heggan are both charged with burglary.
Flex, Crime Suppression Unit, and Investigations officers saturated high crime areas in
the West Precinct on May 29th to send a strong message that criminal activity will not be
The operation resulted in 33 arrests involving five felonies, 39 misdemeanors and six
outstanding warrants. Seized were 43.5 grams of marijuana, one gram of cocaine, one handgun
and one stolen car.
Similar initiatives will be conducted throughout the summer.
Alert police work by Central Precinct Field Training Officer Tim Sullivan and his
partner, Officer Matthew Boguskie, led to the arrest of a man suspected in the attempted
robbery of Regions Bank’s 315 Deaderick Street branch.
Officers Sullivan and Boguskie were on routine patrol when they spotted a man who
strongly resembled the bank robber, Charles Moore, Jr., 23, walking on Rosa Parks Boulevard
near Locklayer Street. Moore was taken into custody without incident. During an interview
with FBI Violent Crimes Task Force Detective Keith Sutherland, Moore admitted he attempted
to rob the bank.
Moore, of Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard, is charged federally with one count of attempted
bank robbery. He has a previous conviction for indecent exposure.
Central Precinct Lieutenant Ben Rodgers developed Park Smart guitar picks to hand out
to downtown visitors. They have been a big hit with tourists and media representatives while
providing an important message, especially during this week’s CMA Music Festival.
Park Smart guitar picks
From the District Attorney’s Office
Director of Communications Susan Niland
Frank Ancona was found guilty of felony murder, attempted especially aggravated
robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and a Crooks with Guns law violation for the
November 2008 murder of 62-year-old John Young.
Ancona faces an automatic life sentence for the murder conviction. In May, Steven
Johnson was convicted of murder for his part in the crime. Two other co-defendants are
Officer Tony Folad and his wife, Zarmina, are the proud new parents of Sabrina Folad, born
Officer Richard Clark and his wife, Amanda, are the proud new parents of Ansley Makaylin
Clark, born June 9.
Billy Joe Petty, father of Sergeant Brian Petty, Central Precinct, passed away June 8. Sergeant
Petty’s father-in-law, Willam H. Finney, Jr., father of Marlene Petty, Drug Task Force, passed
away June 4.
Elizabeth Shively Simmons, mother of retiree Jackie Watkins, Chief of Police office, passed
away May 30.
Anna Elizabeth Bennett, step-mother of Sergeant Keith McGrapth, North Precinct, passed away
Stan Lyell, father of Officer Danny Warren, South Precinct, passed away June 5.
Edith Barnes, grandmother of Officer James McDugle, West Precinct, passed away.
Betty Laymance, mother of Detective Kim Laymance, Domestic Violence Division, and Rick
Laymance, former MNPD officer, and mother-in-law of Kim Houghton-Laymance, South
Precinct, passed away June 9.