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December 3, 2013, CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – Sixty inmates of the State of Tennessee’s Department of Corrections were transferred from the Montgomery County Jail to a state facility last week, said Sheriff John Fuson.
“This drops our Tennessee Department of Corrections populations to 96, and represents a significant savings to our local taxpayers,” said Fuson.
There has been much discussion of the growing state inmate population at the Montgomery County Jail and the growing costs associated with housing them here. The State prison populations are also growing which is causing a backlog for local jails all over the state.
“I understand the dilemma the state is in however; we have our own issues to deal with, and this is one of them,” said Fuson. “Maintaining a continual transfer cycle is what is going to keep our numbers down which, in turn, saves our county money,” said Fuson.
“I do appreciate the working relationship that we have with the TDOC, and will continue to work towards reducing our burden even further in the future.”
CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – On November 27th, 2013 at approximately 11:30 a.m.; the Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services responded to the 4000 block of Cumberland City Road in reference to a possible death.
The preliminary investigation indicates the death appears to be natural causes. The victim had an extensive medical history. An Autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, as is protocol on all unattended deaths.
The victim is 57 year old, Bonnie Kim Hewlett.
November 27, 2013, CLARKSVILLE, TN – The owner and operator of a local tobacco shop was charged yesterday with selling imitation illegal controlled substances from the store.
Teklit Ghilazghi, 33, who gave a Memorial Drive address, was arrested and his bond was set at $75,000.
Agents with the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Fort Campbell Criminal Investigation Command conducted several controlled buys from Ghilazghi at the Smoke 4 Less, 1728 Memorial Drive.
They conducted a search warrant on the business yesterday and seized the controlled substances and well as paraphernalia sold in the store.
November 22, 2013, CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – Only 631 people, worldwide, have graduated the National Forensic Academy. And after 10 weeks of intensive training, Sgt. Mark Wojnarek is one of them.
“I’m thankful to have been able to bring this knowledge back and put it to work for the citizens of Montgomery County,” Wojnarek said.
The program, which also trains investigators from other countries, is taught by nationally-known experts in their fields, to include forensic anthropology, odontology and numerous other fields of study relating to crime scene investigations.
Throughout the course, Wojnarek stayed in an apartment near the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where the class was held.
“Everything was hands on,” Wojnarek said. “We located and exhumed a buried body. We watched an examiner remove a jawbone and study the dental work. Also, a blood splatter specialist went into a room and created blood stain patterns for us to investigate. And if we had questions or if we wondered if a certain thing would work, we were allowed to test our theories in a lab setting.”
While Wojnarek has been to many forensics-related classes, he said this class was the pinnacle of his career. And it took him a couple of years of applying before he was accepted.
“There’s no comparison to the prior training I’ve went through,” Wojnarek said. “I now have the ability to see things at crime scenes that I would have never noticed before.”
Wojnarek said the classes were rewarding, even though the exams and practical, hands-on exams were difficult, as the classes were Master’s Degree level classes.
Perhaps his favorite part of his time at the course was at graduation, when he was given a top award for being chosen as the leader of the class.
“I had no idea that was coming,” Wojnarek said. “It was such an honor.”
He added that none of it would have been possible without the support of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, his wife, Megan and his family.
Sheriff John Fuson said he wasn’t surprised that Wojnarek was selected to attend.
“I was proud, but not surprised,” Fuson said. “He has always been dedicated to crime scene investigations, particularly evidence collection and analysis. We are proud to have people within our ranks that have the training that affords them the ability to better serve victims of crime.”
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