law enforcement

Indictment against two TBI agents for alleged illegal search dismissed

Dyer County Circuit Court Judge Roy B. Morgan has dismissed indictments handed down in March against TBI Agents Mark Reynolds and Jeff Jackson with approval of the current local district attorney general and with grumbling from those who made allegations that they conducted an illegal search, reports the Dyersburg State Gazette.

Continue reading

List for appointment as new TBI director narrowed to ten

About 45 people submitted applications to become the next director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after current Director Mark Gwyn retires, reports WTVF. The TBI Nominating Commission cut the list down to ten persons on Wednesday. The ten will all be interviewed at a public meeting by the panel May 15 before it submits three final nominees to Gov. Bill Haslam, who will then appoint one.

Continue reading

Legislators unanimously approve overhaul of TN forfeiture laws

A bill providing new protections for people to regain property and cash seized by Tennessee law enforcement officials is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk after receiving state Senate approval Thursday, reports the Times Free Press.

The bill (HB2021) was sponsored by Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) and Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah). It passed both the House and Senate unanimously.

Continue reading

Tennessean: Nashville mayor to announce resignation

The Tennessean reports that Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation in the aftermath of an extramarital affair with her police bodyguard.

Meanwhile, one assumes that Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd might have hoped for less prominent ad placement on The Tennessean’s website this morning.

Gummy bear bust goes sour with TBI testing

District Attorney General Jennings Jones is dropping all charges against more than 20 Rutherford County business owners who were arrested and saw their stores padlocked earlier this month in what officials called “Operation Candy Crush,” reports the Murfreesboro Post. Officers thought the businesses were selling gummy bears and other candies coated with marijuana-laced cannabis oil, but Jones says TBI testing of the products was “inconclusive.”

Continue reading

TN woman arrested trying to break into White House — again

A Tennessee woman who was convicted last year of trying to climb a White House barrier was arrested again Friday after authorities said she drove a vehicle into a barricade near the executive mansion and was found with a gun in her hand, reports the Washington Post.

Continue reading

Nude photos of Nashville mayor found on lover/bodyguard ‘s cell phone?

Photographs of a woman’s nude body were found on the cell phone of former Metro Nashville police Sgt. Rob Forrest, who had an acknowledged sexual affair with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, reports The Tennessean, citing a TBI affidavit filed in seeking a court order mandating access to Barry’s personal cell phone.

Continue reading

Legislators spurn new restrictions on bounty hunters

Legislation designed to crack down on bounty hunters following a fatal shooting in Clarksville last spring has died quietly in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, reports the Leaf-Chronicle.

Continue reading

More than 3,700 probation or parole violators now at large in TN

More than 3,700 convicted criminals under the community supervision of the Tennessee Department of Correction are now at large, according to state records reported by WJHL-TV. TDOC confirmed all of those people are in “warrant status” for violating the terms of their probation or parole.

Continue reading

Gwyn stepping down after 14 years as TBI director

Director Mark Gwyn announced on Thursday that he will step down from his leadership of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on June 1. Gwyn had served as head of the TBI for 14 years.
Continue reading