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Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson

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.

 

 

Officials Worn of IRS Scam

 July 31, 2014 - Citizens in Montgomery County are beginning to report strange calls from someone purporting to be from the IRS, looking to swindle them out of money. 

Officials warn of IRS scam.  In one such report, the complainant received a call telling him that he owed the IRS $4,352.25, and he would be arrested if he didn’t pay this immediately.

The complainant was told to go to a local drug store, they would send a money order and they wanted cash.

Sgt. Jessie Nugent took the report, and told the complainant not to do so.

“Local departments cannot investigate these types of crimes,” Nugent said, adding that complaints can be filed through www.ic3.com, and the complaint would be forwarded to federal authorities.

“It is important for citizens to let local authorities know about incidents like this so we can make the public aware,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “Most people say that they know it’s a scam and hang up but there are those out there who fall for schemes like this and we want to do everything possible to get that information out there to keep that from happening.”

Those receiving these types of calls should report them to www.ic3.com and should never give cash or personal information to the caller. Simply hang up.

 In one such report, the complainant received a call telling him that he owed the IRS $4,352.25, and he would be arrested if he didn’t pay this immediately.

The complainant was told to go to a local drug store, they would send a money order and they wanted cash.

Sgt. Jessie Nugent took the report, and told the complainant not to do so.

“Local departments cannot investigate these types of crimes,” Nugent said, adding that complaints can be filed through www.ic3.com, and the complaint would be forwarded to federal authorities.

“It is important for citizens to let local authorities know about incidents like this so we can make the public aware,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “Most people say that they know it’s a scam and hang up but there are those out there who fall for schemes like this and we want to do everything possible to get that information out there to keep that from happening.”

Those receiving these types of calls should report them to www.ic3.com and should never give cash or personal information to the caller. Simply hang up.

 

 

MCSO Officials Hope to Continue Training Other Agencies in Active Shooting

 

July 30, 2014 - Investigator Jeff Morlock and Deputy Chris Montjoy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office recently taught members of several law enforcement agencies in response to active shooters.Officers from several agencies attending active shooter training, hosted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and taught by Investigator Jeff Morlock and Deputy Chris Montjoy.

            “The Sheriff (John Fuson) sent us to a ‘Train the Trainer’ course put on by ALERRT so we could host training here for our law enforcement partners in the area,” Morlock said. “He believes it is vitally important that all agencies are on the same page when responding to an active shooter situation.”

            Through the course, first responders are prepared to isolate, distract and neutralize active shooters in dangerous situation. Attendees learn about team movement, setting up for room entry, breaching doors, IEDs and more.

            The course ends with students donning protective gear and responding to a simulated active shooter situation with weapons using simulation rounds, where they can put what they they’ve learned to the test.

            Aside from several MCSO students in attendance, other agencies that took part were Austin Peay State University Police, Clarksville Police Department, 160th SOAR Security and Dickson County Sheriff’s Office.

            “We hope to host more of these courses in the future,” Morlock said.

 


 Burglary Suspect Flees, Caught Next Day

 July 30, 2014 -  All suspects have been apprehended in the burglary of an abandoned building on Old Highway 48 that occurred on Monday.

            Authorities apprehended two of the suspects shortly after the incident had been reported, and were found near the scene. The third had fled the scene.

            Yancie Montana Forgue, 24, who gave a 2350 Davidson Graveyard address was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. His bond was set at $11,000.

            Jennifer Denise Brown-Hazlett, 42, who gave an 815 Stafford Street address was charged with criminal attempt.  Her bond was set at $15,000.

            Deputy Jason Pike took over the investigation and caught the third suspect last night.

            Joseph Douglas Huggins, 32, who gave an 815 Stafford Street address was charged with criminal attempt and his bond was set at $5,000.

 


   

Man Arrested for Synthetic THC, Ecstasy

July 29, 2014 -  Officials Friday arrested a man for possession of over 2 pounds of synthetic THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), also known as “Spice,” and ecstasy.A Drug Task Force agent holds several hits of ecstasy found at Nolen’s home.

Robert Joseph Nolen, 32, who gave a 227 Old Trenton Road address was booked Friday on charges of possession of an imitation controlled substance and possession of MDMA. His bond was set at $5,000.

He was arrested after officials found the items during a search warrant at his home on Friday.

“Synthetic THC has been illegal in Tennessee for some time,” said Sgt. Kyle Darnell, Director of the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force. “The penalties for synthetic and regular THC are roughly the same in this instance.”

The 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Campbell Criminal Investigation Division were all involved in the investigation. 


 

 Authorities warn of scams asking for immediate fine payment

 June 23, 2014 - Over the past several months, citizens of Montgomery County have received several types of calls of someone posing as a law enforcement official in an attempt to swindle them out of money.

The callers have said they are a high-ranking official with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, looking for payment on a green dot card or as a sergeant looking to collect on unpaid fines from red light cameras in the county.

“We’ve received a number of calls from citizens about this, and we want to make sure everyone knows to not give the person any information or money,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will never seek fine payment over the phone or through any other method than the court system.”

Fuson went on to say that the MCSO doesn’t use red light cameras to police those running red lights.

Potential victims should gather as much information about the call as they can, including the phone number and the name of the person they are purporting to be.

“Some scammers have been able to spoof the MCSO number, making it seem as if they are calling from our office,” Fuson said. “When in doubt, hang up and call us directly.”

If anyone receives a phone call like this, please call 911 and ask to speak with an officer to file a report.

 


 

Silent Witness Project recognized in House Resolution

 

            July 21, 2014 - Representative Joe Pitts presented a House Joint Resolution Monday recognizing the Silent Witness Project to Deputy Peggy Macias and Sheriff John Fuson.Representative Joe Pitts presents a House Joint Resolution recognizing the Silent Witness Project to Deputy Peggy Macias and Sheriff John Fuson.

            The Silent Witness Project started in Minnesota in 1990, and Macias worked hard to help bring the project here to Montgomery County.

            “It may have been created for the first time in 1990, but the message is timeless,” Macias said.

            Through this program, silhouette cutouts are created representing the victims who lost their lives due to domestic violence. Each silhouette tells the victim’s story.

            “The simplicity of the display is powerful,” Pitts said, adding that when the project was brought to the Legislative Plaza in Nashville recently, it had a profound effect. “I know it spoke to those who saw it.”

            He added that through their work with the project, Fuson and Macias help raise awareness of domestic violence and the tragic endings that can come from it.

            “Although we are happy to receive this resolution, we must always remember the sadness and suffering of these victims and their families,” Fuson said. “Also, from a law enforcement perspective, it’s our job to bring these issues to the forefront, not only to our community, but to our legislative bodies as well.”

            Macias said that preparations are already being made for the next Silent Witness Project event, to be held October 11 in Veteran’s Plaza, and will again encourage the community to “Remember My Name,” in regards to the victims of domestic violence.

            Last year, 18 silhouettes were created, and 14 more will be added to the display. All represent someone killed in our community.

            There will be a silent auction to benefit Safe House, as well.

            Macias said that anyone wishing to set up an exhibit or wishing to participate in the event should contact her at 931-648-0611 ext. 13400.


 

Events in Honor of Deputy ‘Bubba’ Johnson a Success

 July 19, 2014 - Hundreds came out to support two events today in memory of fallen Deputy David “Bubba” Johnson.

A light mist had begun falling shortly after 8 a.m. when Sheriff John Fuson spoke to the crowd of hundreds of runners waiting to begin the Inaugural Bubba Johnson Memorial 5K Road Race.Members of the MCSO Tactical Team run together through the course

“I think Bubba is watching over us today,” Fuson said. “It’s the perfect weather for a run.”

He and Lt. Sonny Goodowens, who spearheaded the effort to put together the race, presented Bubba’s wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Shelby with two plaques comprised of runners bibs that were, at one time, Bubba’s call numbers and medals.

“I know you miss him, and we do too. But you will always be a part of the Sheriff’s Office family,” Fuson said.

The runners seemed to enjoy the unseasonably cool and slightly wet weather as they made their way through a route that wound through downtown Clarksville.

After the 5K, several also participated in the 1 mile Fun Run, which started and ended near Clarksville First Baptist Church, where the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Reserves had a full day of fun events planned for the David “Bubba” Johnson Community Outreach Day 2014.

Citizens got to see what several different divisions of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office do, including K-9s, Bomb Squad and the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

At one of the more popular booths, Sgt. Jimmy Brown had a game of cornhole set up, but the catch was, participants had to wear goggles that simulate intoxication. Most found it far too challenging, if not nauseating.

Runners gather at the starting line of the inaugural Bubba Johnson Memorial 5K Road RaceThroughout the day, hundreds of free hot dogs were consumed, thousands of dollars in donated door prizes were given away, and many a kid’s face was painted.

“I know Bubba is smiling down on us right now,” Fuson said. “I know he would have been overwhelmed with the support from the community. I know I am.”

Participants may find additional photos at the MCSO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mcsotn.

 

 


 Major General Robert Harris Awards Sheriff John Fuson

            Sheriff John Fuson signs the Statement of Support which was also signed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, while MG Robert Harris, CSM Dan Jennings and Deputies Michael Howard, Brandon Theis, James Owens, Marsel Gray, Theodore Rooding look on. June 16, 2014 - MG Robert A. Harris, Assistant Adjutant General, is responsible for 10,500 combat ready Soldiers who make up the Tennessee Army National Guard and he visited Clarksville to assist with the presentation of three awards to Sheriff John Fuson. Sheriff Fuson was recognized for his support of his employees who are members of the Air and Army National Guard as well as US Army Reservist. “We are very proud to be here…. a lot of times we take it for granted that our leadership in Para-military organizations (Law Enforcement Agencies) are understanding of the folks that are in the Guard and Reserve and the difficulties they have in getting off to do this mission because of their work schedule, so I am very excited to be part of this and proud to help present these awards to you and your organization” said Harris.

            Carl Lambert, State Chair for the Tennessee Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve explained to all how the ESGR represents Guard and Reservist in both seeking employment and maintaining employment of Citizen Soldiers over a full spectrum of professions. Lambert stated, “These guys are professionals who have demonstrated the attributes and skills desired by employers… but the most enjoyable part of my job is to recognize employers who do what you (Fuson) do”. Lambert read the citation of the “Patriot Award” to Sheriff Fuson and thanked him for all he has done on behalf of the guard and reservist.

            In addition, Sheriff Fuson accepted the “Above and Beyond Award” on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office for supporting Citizen Soldiers as well as their families. “This award is just what it says. You (Sheriff Fuson) know what the law says, but you have gone past that, above that especially when dealing with Guardsmen, their families and making sure that they have everything that they need…. giving them the assurance that their job is safe upon their return.”

            Some of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, have deployed as many as three times over the last ten years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and several smaller mobilizations in support of their State mission, responding to natural disasters throughout the country and overseas, as well as enhance the US Border Patrol in the South West and providing security for the Presidential Inauguration in D.C. Currently Tennessee has 350 Soldiers downrange and the majority of those scheduled to deploy are from the 117th Military Police Battalion. The 117th MP BN CSM, Sonny Goodowens, shared how great it was to hear that your boss is being recognized while you are deployed, “it is one less thing to worry about in a combat zone”.Carl Lambert State Chair for the Tennessee Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve presents Sheriff Fuson with the “Patriot Award” from the Secretary of Defense

           

After being presented the Awards, Sheriff John Fuson signed a Statement of Support, which was previously signed by the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel re-affirming his support for the guard and reserve and stated “To the people that work here, in addition to their National Guard job, it’s all about service, it’s in their hearts and minds, it’s what they want to do for our community. We are proud to have people like this is in our organization and I know you (MG Harris) are also proud to have the same folks in your organization that have service in mind. They are not doing it just for a paycheck or prestige, it’s what the feel in their heart and it’s their commitment to the values that built this country that really makes me appreciate all of you.”

           

 Patriot Award Citation

Sheriff John Fuson was recognized for:

  • Exercising his right to continue pay beyond the 20 days of military leave required by State Law for Soldiers who are activated to duty for local emergencies or State crises.
  • Hiring of Tennessee Guardsman within his agency and ensuring all Soldier employees receive adequate representation and consideration for promotions and transfers within agency divisions.
  • Ensures that concerns of guardsman and their families wither deployed or conducting traditional obligations are immediately brought to his personal attention through Command Staff representation and “Open Door” policy. 
  • Established and enforces a “Worry Free” workplace allowing Soldiers to concentrate on their Military task and not be distracted by their duties at the Sheriff’s Office when on drill status, training or activation.
  • Takes a vested interest in the Tennessee Army National Guard’s Defense Support of Civilian Agencies mission and maintains two way communications through the Homeland Security District 7, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

                  


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