January 21, 2010 News from the Chief Multiple planning processes are continuing as we prepare to open two new precincts in early 2012. The new Madison Precinct, which will be located on the site of the former Peterbilt facility on Myatt Drive, is expected to be ready next January. It is my hope that shortly thereafter, the new eighth precinct south of downtown will be completed and ready to come on line. We are presently considering locating this precinct building in the Edgehill vicinity, although the formal site selection process is continuing. As you will read in another section of this newsletter, preparations are also continuing for the establishment of our new DNA crime laboratory to be located at the former Peterbilt facility. The completion date for the lab is projected to be mid 2012. On Wednesday, I joined Sheriff Daron Hall and Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendall Poole for the official unveiling of the sheriff’s new Mobile Booking Unit. The $277,000 vehicle, which was funded by a grant from the GHSO, is equipped with an officer work area, fingerprint station, mug shot station, a video system that allows for the officer and arrestee to go before the judicial commissioner, and secure cells that can hold up to nine persons. The ability to book prisoners at or very close to arrest sites results in minimal officer down time and fewer officers driving to the Justice Center downtown. The sheriff’s staff will be working with us in coordinating the use of the mobile booking unit. He intends to use it weekly and on a full-time basis. The unit is staffed by seven deputies who will walk officers through the mechanics of its use. Over the years, Sheriff Hall has taken on several tasks related to booking and guarding prisoners at hospitals to reduce the time officers spend away from neighborhoods. I am very grateful for his strong support and partnership. I, too, am grateful to officers and professional support staff members throughout the department for everything you have done and will do to serve Nashville’s families and visitors. Thank you for your dedication. Chief Anderson speaks at the unveiling of the Sheriff's new Mobile Booking Unit. At right are GHSO Director Kendall Poole and Sheriff Daron Hall. The Mobile Booking Unit allows for officers and arrestees to appear before the judicial commissioner via a video system. The vehicle has secure cells that can hold up to nine persons. This is the officer work area. Happenings Crime Lab Project Team The Identifications Division recently completed their vendor selection & procurement for all their software for the new crime lab. On January 11th a project planning kickoff meeting was held in Nashville at the East Precinct Community Room between the MNPD implementation team and all the software vendor representatives. The new Lab Information Management System (LIMS) is a product provided by JusticeTrax Incorporated from Mesa, Arizona. The Digital Imaging System (DIMS) named ADAMS for “Authenticated Digital Asset Management System” and the Latent Case Management System (LCM) are being provided by Foray Technologies headquartered in San Diego, California. The three applications will be integrated for seamless operations between photo and latent print capture and analysis into a comprehensive case management tool for evidence tracking, analytical results and a complete lab management solution within the new crime lab. The LIMS will also be interfaced to the ARMS Property & Evidence module for maintaining and sharing the chain of command requirements for evidence handling. ID’s Technical Investigative Services – Crime Scene and Latent units plan to bring these new systems online over the next few months where they can have their new tools and processes in place well before the Crime Lab actually opens in 2012. Pictured (l-r) are JusticeTrax Project Manager Paul Tracy, Officer Robert Carrigan, Foray’s David Witzke, Officer Mike Roland, Captain Karl Roller, Foray’s Donnie McFall, Chief Steve Anderson, Ray DePriest, JusticeTrax President Simon Key, Sgt. Neil Cook, Jason Pressly from JusticeTrax, Julia Hooper, John Eslick, and Lt. Chris Blackwell. Not pictured are team members Lt. Frank Ragains and L. E. Johnson. Promotional Ceremony Mayor Dean presents Chief Anderson with a letter commemorating his appointment as the seventh Chief of Police in the Metropolitan Government’s 48-year history. Pictured (r-l) are Chief Anderson with his wife, Margaret, his father, Bobby, and Mayor Dean. Pictured (l –r) are Mayor Dean, newly promoted Finance Manager Samir Mehic, and Chief Anderson. Chief Steve Anderson last month announced the promotion of nine police department veterans into new leadership positions effective January 1st, including two new captains, two new lieutenants and five new sergeants. Those promoted to captain were: Lieutenant Kay Lokey, 44, a 14-year police department veteran. Lieutenant Ken Walburn, 34, an 11-year police department veteran. Those promoted to lieutenant were: Sergeant Carey Harris, 51, a 29-year police department veteran. Sergeant Doug Bell, 44, an 11-year police department veteran. Those promoted to sergeant were: Officer Terrence Bradley, 35, an 11-year police department veteran. Officer Tommy Meeks, 38, a 13-year police department veteran. Officer Po Cheng, 44, a 14-year police department veteran. Officer Jeff Barker, 32, a six-year police department veteran. Officer Jim Reed, 47, a 22-year police department veteran. Governor’s Inauguration Mounted Patrol participates in inaugural parade. The Precinct News Hermitage Three men, including convicted felon Dale Waggoner, 28, and parolee Tiwon Harvell, 29, are charged with aggravated robbery Thursday morning’s hold-up of the Mapco at 5400 Old Hickory Boulevard. One of the men allegedly entered the Mapco at 1:30 a.m. and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. He fled in a silver SUV driven by Harvell. Hermitage Precinct Sergeant Joshua Blaisdell spotted the suspect vehicle moments later. Harvell refused to stop but crashed into a tree on Old Hickory Boulevard and Bell Road. Harvell fled on foot but was captured a short time later. Waggoner and Deonte Davis, 27, remained in the SUV. A handgun was located on the front passenger floorboard near Waggoner. A carton of cigarettes stolen during the robbery was also recovered. Waggoner, of Hickoryview Drive, has previous convictions for aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, domestic assault, theft and drug possession. He is being held in lieu of $105,000 bond. At the time of his arrest, Harvell was on parole for a 2006 attempted second degree murder conviction. He also has previous convictions for felony cocaine possession and unlawful weapon possession. Harvell, of Dodson Chapel Road, is being held in lieu of $110,000 bond. Davis, also of Dodson Chapel Road, is being held in lieu of $90,000 bond. South A citizen’s call regarding a burglary in progress at Baker Station Apartments on Bakertown Road led to the arrest of convicted felon Robert Allen Manson, who tried to avoid capture by hiding inside a ventilation duct. South Precinct officers responded to the apartment complex’s B building at 9:05 p.m. after a man was seen breaking into the bedroom window of one of the units. Manson refused to come out and was subsequently found inside an intake vent. He was apparently getting ready to leave with two bags filled with the resident’s belongings when police arrived. Manson, 46, is being held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond on a charge of aggravated burglary. His history reflects three prior aggravated burglary convictions, an auto burglary conviction, and a conviction for aggravated assault. East East Precinct officers are hoping a Park Smart initiative will curtail vehicle burglaries by reminding citizens not to leave valuables in plain view. Officers placed more than 250 Park Smart flyers on vehicles with valuables left inside during a canvas of the Lockland Springs, McFerrin Park, Five Points and Edgefield areas last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Among the items officers saw through the windows of parked cars were purses, iPods, leather coats, a guitar, a flute, a photo printer, a medical doctor’s hospital identification badge and lab coat, GPS units, satellite radio receivers, a laptop, wrapped presents, cash, and a brand new 32” television still in the box. “Leaving enticing items in plain view, no matter where you live or visit, creates easily preventable opportunities for thieves,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “We can all reduce our chances of vehicle burglary by locking doors and leaving valuables at home or out of sight in the trunk.” North SWAT officers assigned to the Special Response Team arrested 18-year-old accused murderer Marquez Mallard as he walked in the 1000 block of Sharpe Avenue. Mallard was armed with an unloaded semi-automatic pistol at the time of his arrest. Mallard is charged with the October 27, 2010 fatal shooting of Tennessee State University student Jonathan Finley in the 2500 block of Jefferson Street. Finley, 24, was with two other men inside an SUV. When the three arrived at a Jefferson Street residence, they reported seeing a burglar, subsequently identified as Mallard, coming from the rear. Fearing for their safety, they drove off. Mallard is alleged to have fired several shots at the vehicle, killing Finley who was seated in the rear passenger seat. Mallard was convicted of aggravated burglary on October 14, 2010. He received a three- year probated sentence. Mallard is now being held without bond in the Metro Jail on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, auto theft (the car he got out of tonight was stolen), and unlawful weapon possession by a convicted felon. West Crime Suppression Unit detectives served a search warrant at an Alloway Street residence. Seized were two pounds of marijuana, 5.6 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, a loaded handgun, over $20,000 worth of electronics, two vehicles and over $50,000 cash. Two men are charged with felony drug possession in a drug free school zone and a Crooks with Guns law violation. Session 64 You are invited to attend the graduation ceremony for Session 64 on Thursday, February 3rd from 6-7 p.m. at Christ Church at 15354 Old Hickory Boulevard. Firearms training The following officers in the Field Operation Bureau were chosen Patrol, Police, and Investigator of the Month for December 2010 Patrol Officer of the Month East Precinct Officer Andrew Nash Police Officer of the Month Hermitage Precinct Officer John Jayne Investigator of the Month Hermitage Precinct Detective Matthew Atnip Special Operations Officer of the Month Special Response Team Officer Ryan Lockwood The following detectives were chosen Investigative Services Investigator of the Month for October, November, and December Detective Jason Wilkerson – October Detectives Anita Prather and James Laster – November Detective Woodrow Ledford - December The following civilians were chosen Employees of the Month for October, November and December 2010 Debra Bowser from Property and Evidence - October Cheryl Kenderdine from Fiscal - November Kim Willis from Youth Services - December Retirement Celebrations Officer William Jeffers retires after 20 years of service. Chief Anderson congratulates Officer Jeffers on his retirement. Officer Robert Deberry retires after 39 years of service. Pictured (l-r) are Chief Anderson and Office Deberry. From the District Attorney’s Office Director of Communications Susan Niland In November, James Hunt, 22, was convicted of aggravated rape, robbery, and kidnapping for his attack on a couple working at a Habitat for Humanity house. Hunt has now been sentenced to 60 years, 45 of which will be served at 100%. Last week, Jonathan Gutierrez was convicted by a jury of the gang-related shooting of Lucio Garcia. Gutierrez is a Brown Pride member; Garcia was a member of the Surenos. The two were in separate vehicles containing members of both gangs. They were engaged in a high- speed chase through parts of south Nashville when Gutierrez fired a shot out of his car, striking Garcia in the neck and killing him. Gutierrez later was interviewed for the History Channel show "Gangland" and talked about the night of the shooting. Clips from the show were aired during the trial. Gutierrez received an automatic life sentence as a result of the first degree murder conviction. William Peebles was convicted by a jury of his role in a December 2008 home invasion in East Nashville. Peebles, along with Michael and Monroe Dodson, assaulted the couple. Peebles was convicted of multiple counts, including aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. Peebles will be sentenced on February 24th. His co-defendants were previously convicted of similar charges. Congratulations: Hermitage Precinct Officer Ken Potter and his wife, Christie, have been blessed with a baby girl, Anna Kate Potter. Angela and Michael Vaughn, Central Records, welcomed their baby girl into the world on January 19th. Condolences: John Fann, the step-father of Detective Jeffery Gibson, Youth Services Division, passed away on January 9th. Robert C. Goodwin, the grandfather of Officer Robert Goodwin, East Precinct, passed away on January 8th. Barbara Ann Hummell, the wife of Officer Art Hummell, West Precinct, passed away. Roy Furlough, the grandfather of Officer Craig Reese, North Precinct, passed away on January 14th.