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.
Members of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office raised over $2,000 Saturday, March 8th, for Big Brothers Big Sisters when they participated in BBBS Bowl for Kids' Sake. Sheriff John Fuson and 24 employees of the Sheriff's Office raised money and bowled to support this event.
Thanks to everyone who participated and contributed.
March 6, 2014 CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – Citizens transporting items, such as trash or branches, without securing their loads could face up to $1,000 in fines.
“Unsecured loads could lead to trash flying from vehicles, causing a danger to others driving on the road, not to mention dirtying up the roadways,” said Sgt. Mike Leutert of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Environmental Enforcement Unit. “The Environmental Enforcement Unit at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, along with full support of the Bi-County Landfill, has been strongly committed to keeping our community clean and, in return, safer by enforcing Tennessee’s litter laws.”
Nearly 70 percent of roadside litter comes from haulers, both commercial and residential, when transporting their trash, Leutert said.
“Tennessee State Law requires commercial haulers to transport garbage in a fully-enclosed space, securing their loads so that there is no way any debris can blow or fall onto the roadway,” Leutert said.
The “Secure Load Law” used to be referred to as the “Tarp Law,” but Leutert said tarps may not be needed to secure every load – straps may do the trick.
“The unit is often asked, when they are stopped for a violation, if anything had blown from their load, and usually nothing has, but an item doesn’t have to blow off to be in violation,” Leutert said. “If something does blow off, one could be charged with the Secure Load Law, Loose Material Law and Mitigated Criminal littering – these three violations could end up costing the violator up to $1,230 in fines and several hours of community service.”
Leutert added that bags of trash, even if they are tied off, can be a violation if not secured.
“Bags are found frequently, and when they hit the roadway at 65 miles per hour, they make quite a mess,” Leutert said. “We try to educate our citizens with this idea: If you are taking something to the landfill, transfer station or one of our centers, treat your load like you were transporting valuable antiques. This will ensure that you are following the law and keeping our community clean.”
February 23, 2014 **UPDATE**
CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – Jacob Hammond and Amber Lehman were apprehended Saturday around 10:00 pm on February 22nd, 2013, outside of a motel in Evansville, Indiana. United States Marshals and Vandenburgh County Indiana Sheriff’s deputies apprehended both Hammond and Lehman along with Jonathan Buckner, who is also from Clarksville, Tennessee. A sergeant, with the Vandenburgh Sheriff’s Office, stated that all three were in possession of firearms along with ingredients to make meth. Hammond was bitten by a K9 while trying to escape and had to be treated at the hospital for his injuries. All three were booked in to the Vandenburgh County jail; Hammond and Lehman will await extradition back to Clarksville after they face local charges in Vandenburgh County.
At the same time Hammond and Lehman were being arrested in Indiana, 19th Judicial Drug Task Force agents and Montgomery County Sheriff investigators were arresting Howard Hand. Hand was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on outstanding meth manufacturing and evading charges. Hand was the driver of the vehicle that fled DTF Agents, crashed through a fence, got stuck in a pasture and ran on foot. Hand is a known acquaintance of Hammond and Lehman and was thought to have been accompanying them.
“The apprehension of Hammond, Lehman and Hand are a testament to the hard work, great coordination, and cooperation of several agencies that worked with us on this case. Everyone worked tirelessly and did not stop until these dangerous criminals were apprehended” said Sheriff John Fuson. “I want to thank the Vandenburgh County Indiana Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service for their help.”
February 16, 2014 CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in the investigation of a fire that decimated a barn on Dunlop lane.
The fire occurred between Rollow Lane and the Hickory Wild Subdivision in a barn, where hundreds of hay bales caught on fire.
“The fire is under investigation,” said Sgt. Steve Heise. “We’re looking for information from anyone who may know how the fire started, or if anyone had seen any suspicious activity before the fire. At this time, it has not been determined if it was arson, but there are indicators that the fire had been started by someone, whether it be by accident or intentionally.”
Heise asks that anyone who may have any information about the fire to please call him at 931-648-0611, ext. 13404 or call Crimestoppers at tips line at 931-645-8477.
February 14, 2014 CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have noticed a rise in vehicle, home and construction site burglaries within the last month, and taking a proactive approach to prevent future incidents.
Sgt. Steve Heise, stated that extra patrols have also been added to combat the problem. “We will be keeping watch at all hours, and we hope to catch the thieves in the act.”
Heise reminds people to always lock their homes and vehicles, and to remove all valuables from vehicles.
“In all of the vehicle burglaries, the vehicles have been unlocked and items such as laptops, cell phones and other high-priced items have been taken,” Heise said. “We’re past the days when you could leave your vehicle or home unlocked.”
While authorities will remain vigilant in stopping this rash of burglaries, obviously, Heise said, they can’t be everywhere, and he’s asking that citizens to keep an eye out in their neighborhoods for anything suspicious.
“We want citizens to be able to be a great witness,” Heise said. “If you see suspicious activity, remember as many details as you can about the suspect, a vehicle they may be using or license plates. Write down those details and call 911.”
Heise adds that anyone who may know where recently stolen items are being taken or if they know who may be committing the crimes, please call the Crimestoppers tips line at 931-645-8477.
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