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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.

 

 


 

Kentucky Sex Offender Apprehended in Clarksville

                 A Kentucky sex offender was arrested today in Clarksville as part of a joint operation between The Middle Tennessee USMS Fugitive Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

                Roderick R. Harper, 26, of Louisville, Ky., was arrested at a residence in St. Bethlehem for warrants from Kentucky for violations of the sex offender registry, escape and other charges.

                MCSO Investigator Jeff Morlock also charged Harper with violating the Tennessee sex offender registry and is also under investigation by the USMS for violations of the federal sex offender law.

                Harper was booked into the Montgomery County Jail.  His bond is set at $175,500.

 


 Pursuit Ends in Crash, Arrest of Felony Theft Suspect

             A Friday morning pursuit by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office ended with a non-injury crash on Shannon Street and a suspect in custody.

            After detectives from the Clarksville Police Department determined a suspect and description in relation to stolen air conditioning unit parts, they put out a “BOLO” (be on the lookout) notice and that the suspect was driving a 1993 white GMC Truck.   

Corporal Mike King said he was driving on Highway 79 when he noticed a truck matching the description and tag number with an air conditioning unit in the back of it.

King attempted to stop the driver, who fled. King and Deputy David Phillips continued the pursuit until it ended on Shannon Street where the suspect ran into a yard and hit a chain link fence.

The suspect, Josef Reed, was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.  After being interviewed by Clarksville Police Department in reference to the thefts, he will be charged and booked by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for the pursuit.

Reed’s information, charges and bond information will be available once he is booked into Montgomery County Jail.


Deputies Complete Crash Investigation School

             Two deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office today completed a basic/at-scene crash investigation class offered by Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team.Deputy Jonathan Inman (front row in blue) and Deputy Denis Bowles (back row in blue) pose with their class.

            Deputies Jonathan Inman and Denis Bowles participated in the two-week course which was comprised of lecture and hands-on exercises about measuring the crash scene, photography, report writing, crash math, speed estimates, information gathering and more.

            “These two deputies had the chance to learn information integral to wreck investigations, and at no cost to our agency,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “I congratulate them in the completion of this course.”

 

 


Former Workhouse Corporal Indicted on Drug Charges

             A former corporal with the Montgomery County Workhouse has been indicted by the grand jury on drug charges and as in custody, to be booked into the Montgomery County Jail today.

            Theodore Martin Morey, 35, who gave a Colby Cove address, will be booked on the charge of receipt of a counterfeit controlled substance. His bond will be set at $2,500.

            The 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force completed a weeks-long investigation before turning information over to the District Attorney’s Office for grand jury presentment, just as it would be for any other criminal defendant.

            At the beginning of the investigation, Morey was placed on leave.  His employment was terminated on November 17, 2014 when his actions were found to violate the law and MCSO policy.

            “This investigation had to run its course before we could make any information known, just like any other investigation,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “The fact that Morey worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office had no bearing on the job that the 19th Judicial Drug Task Force had to do. Morey made a poor decision, and now he has to face the consequences of that decision.”


Deputies Charge Man After Pursuit of Stolen ATV

             Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call for help by Houston County Sheriff’s Office yesterday in locating a stolen ATV, which led to a pursuit throughout the area.

            The first call for assistance came in at 1:15 p.m., but deputies could not track down the ATV, but around 2:09 p.m., the vehicle was spotted on Buckner Loop Road.

            Deputies Ethan Moss and Matthew Riels responded to the area, and Moss found the ATV on Williams circle, however the driver refused to stop, and both deputies chased the man.

            The driver traveled down several roads in an attempt to shake deputies, even driving through several fields and fences, before wrecking the ATV.

            The driver, identified as Jonathon Buckner, was not injured during the pursuit was released to the custody of the Erin Police Department along with the stolen ATV.

            MCSO Deputies have obtained warrants on Buckner for felony evading arrest, reckless driving and two counts of vandalism related to the damaged fences. His bond on those charges was set at $30,000. Buckner will be booked into the Montgomery County Jail after he is released by Houston County.

            “I am proud of the quick work of Deputy Moss and Riels in apprehending this thief,” Fuson said. “This is one of the many theft or burglary cases that we see during the holiday season. I was glad to see that the criminal was caught and that no serious injuries occurred when he made the choice to flee our deputies.”

 


 

Three MCSO Officials Participate in St. Jude Half Marathon

             Investigator Jeffrey Morlock, Deputy Stephanie Price and Lt. Sonny Goodowens completed the 2014 St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis last weekend raising over $7,900 for the charity. Investigator Jeffrey Morlock poses with Deputy Stephanie Price at the 2014 St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis last weekend. Lt. Sonny Goodowens was also in the race. He is not pictured.

            “Over 18,000 runners raised more than $6 million for the St. Jude Children’s hospital at this event,” Morlock said, adding that the hospital never charges families for services – it relies solely on donations to operate. “It costs about $2 million per day to run the hospital.”

            This was Morlock’s second time raising money for St. Jude, as last year’s race was cancelled due to icy weather. He plans on running in the St. Jude Full Marathon in 2015 in Chicago, Ill.

            This was Price’s first half marathon, and due to her work schedule, she couldn’t train as much as she wanted. Her longest run before the race was a little over 6 miles. The Half Marathon is 13.1 miles.

            “It was an amazing experience, especially running through St. Jude campus and seeing all the kids and their families cheer us on,” Morlock said. “They are the real heroes in this.”

            We would like to thank all of our friends and family who supported us in our fundraising efforts, the Clarksville Running Club, the Middle Tennessee Trail Runners and The Runners Hub for their encouragement as well,” Morlock said.

 


Grinch Still in Custody, to Serve Community Service at Parade

             It has been nearly a year since the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office booked the notorious Christmas thief, Mr. Grinch, into Montgomery County Jail, and now the green menace is facing the worst possible punishment for his crimes.

         This photo was snapped last year by a terrified Clarksville resident just before Mr. Grinch took off with a few gifts. The items were later returned.    “Working closely with our District Attorney’s Office and our judges, we’ve found a suitable punishment for Mr. Grinch that I’m sure will work out to everyone’s advantage,” said Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson.

            The Grinch has been ordered to distribute candy to the youngsters of the area at 5 p.m. during Saturday’s 55th Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Clarksville.

            When told of his punishment, the Grinch was nearly charged with contempt of court for his outburst.

            “This is an outrage, giving away candy, when keeping it for myself would be rather dandy!” Grinch said. “Does this punishment fit the crime? I say, ‘Neigh!’ This is far too harsh for the theft of Christmas Day!”

            Citizens, especially the younger ones, are invited to help see that the Grinch carries out his punishment, and to see that the MCSO truly does have the fiend in custody.

            “There were reports that he was apprehended in different parts of the country shortly after our deputies had picked him up last year,” Fuson said. “But fingerprinting and DNA samples proved that this Grinch was the Whoville’s Whoo. Citizens, rest easy this night, for Mr. Grinch is here, and locked up, locked up plenty tight!”

 

Pursuit ends in crash

             A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy pursued a vehicle late Friday night arising from a traffic violation.  During the course of the pursuit, Deputy Chris Bedell recognized the driver as matching the description of a man wanted in reference to an armed robbery in Clarksville.  Additionally, the suspect threw from the vehicle what was later recovered as a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. 

            The pursuit lasted a little over five minutes before the driver lost control and struck a utility pole on Cherry Tree Drive in north Clarksville.  The crash brought down electrical lines as well as started a small vehicle fire.  The hazards at the scene prevented Bedell from immediately pursuing on foot.  Clarksville Police assisted deputies with the search but at the time of this release no suspects have been taken into custody. 

            The investigation is ongoing and deputies are working to develop suspects.  Anyone having information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 931-648-0611 ext 0.

          


 Scammers Again Targeting Area Residents

             Scammers are once again targeting residents of Montgomery County, purporting to be officials of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

            Sgt. Steve Heise said the MCSO has received several complaints from victims who were told they had outstanding warrants, sometimes for failure to appear for jury duty.

            “The subject will then ask the victim to put $1,000 on a Green Dot card and then give them the number over the phone, or they will be immediately arrested,” Heise said.

            He added that the scammers are very good at what they do. They will spoof the MCSO’s telephone number and give them information about the agency obtained from the Internet. The scammers will also give the victim information about themselves they’ve researched through the internet.

            “If a victim falls for it, it’s nearly impossible to get that money back,” Heise said. “The scammer is hard to track, but we’re teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations to try and track them down.”

            The scammers might also pose as someone with another agency, or sweepstakes companies, but in all instances, they want the victim to give them money using a Green Dot card.

            “The best thing you can do, if you receive one of these calls, is to hang up and call the actual agency to verify,” Heise said. “And keep in mind, government agencies will never ask for payment over the telephone.”

            Sheriff John Fuson added: “The public should remember that no one from the Montgomery county sheriffs office will ever call them seeking money – all fees and fines for civil and criminal matters are handled by the court clerk.

Heise asks that citizens educate themselves, and spread the word about this scam to their friends and families, so no one else becomes a victim.

            


 

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