Shots Fired Call Leads to Arrest

On Wednesday, July 1st at around 1:40 AM officers were dispatched to the 4200 block of Port Royal Rd. for a shots fired call. When officers arrived on scene, they heard several gunshots being fired from the outside of the home. An officer observed George Hodges III, 57 years old of Spring Hill, with a rifle while walking inside of his home. Officers asked Hodges to step outside but he refused to do so. Officers entered Hodges home and found him sitting on a couch with a rifle in front of him and several other rifles on the couch. Hodges was detained without incident. Hodges stated that he was “shooting at rats.” Hodges had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. Officers located numerous bullet holes in a privacy fence in the backyard that were in the direction of other houses in the area. Officers also located two bullet holes in a neighbor’s garage. While Hodges was detained, he allegedly kicked an officer several times. Hodges was arrested and charged with the following offenses; simple assault, reckless endangerment with a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm while intoxicated, vandalism, and public intoxication. All persons enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law

Indecent Exposure Incident at Jerry Erwin Park on Kedron Rd.

On Sunday, June 21st at approximately 3 PM SHPD officers were dispatched to Jerry Erwin Park on Kedron Rd. Jerry Erwin Park is not part of the City of Spring Hill Parks and Recreation but the SHPD is often on scene first when an incident occurs. A female reported that a male subject exposed his genitals to her while she was walking on the paved walking path portion of the park. Shortly after the incident the subject fled the park area.

SHPD officers arrived and located a subject with no shirt on, matching the provided description, who was hiding in a heavily wooded area across the street from the park. The subject was detained in order to affirm or dispel his involvement in this incident. The victim was able to positively identify the subject, Ronnie Hollingsworth, 58 years old of Chapel Hill, TN, as subject who exposed himself to her. The Maury County Sheriff’s Office arrived and transported Hollingsworth to the Maury County jail. He was charged with one count of indecent exposure and his bond was set at $1500.

All persons enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.

Peace Officers Memorial Day Message from Chief Don Brite

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Today, May 15th, 2020, is National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services were cancelled.

Across our country,  146 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2019.

In 2019, eight law enforcement officers from across the State of Tennessee died in the line of duty, they are:

Master Patrol Officer Spencer Daniel Bristol

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Michael Reece

Sergeant Joseph Brian Montijo

Correctional Administrator Debra Kay Porter-Johnson

Police Officer John Ralph Anderson, IV 

Trooper Matthew Elias Gatti

Sergeant Steven Billie Hinkle

Police Officer Nicholas Scott Galinger

The Spring Hill Police Department also remembers and honors one of our own, Corporal Jeremy McLaren.   Corporal McLaren was involved in a vehicular crash while on duty and tragically lost his life on February 7th, 2010.

At this time, Please take a moment with the Spring Hill Police Department, to remember and honor all law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  May God bless the fallen officers, their families, departments and our Country.

Thank you,

Chief Don Brite and the Spring Hill Police Department.

Honoring Fallen Tennessee Officers

We would like to take a moment to honor the following Tennessee law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019:

Master Patrol Officer Spencer Daniel Bristol| Hendersonville Police Department| EOW: Monday, December 30, 2019

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Deputy Sheriff Stephen Michael Reece | Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office | EOW:  Friday, November 15, 2019

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Sergeant Joseph Brian Montijo | Chattanooga Police Department | EOW: Friday, November 1, 2019

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Correctional Administrator Debra Kay Porter-Johnson | Tennessee Department of Correction | EOW: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Police Officer John Ralph Anderson, IV | Metro Nashville Police Department | EOW: Thursday, July 4, 2019

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Trooper Matthew Elias Gatti | Tennessee Highway Patrol | EOW: Monday, May 6, 2019

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Sergeant Steven Billie Hinkle | Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office | EOW: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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Police Officer Nicholas Scott Galinger | Chattanooga Police Department | EOW: Sunday, February 24, 2019

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Thank you for serving your communities.  You will not be forgotten.

Bridge Church giving away Food for Needy Families Today Until 4:30 PM

Sorry for the short notice, we just learned of this.  The Bridge Church of Spring Hill (3005 Parkfield Loop. S. Spring Hill, TN) is giving away certain food (canned goods, rice, beans, meat, milk, eggs, etc) TODAY (May 12th) until about 4:30 PM.  Again, sorry for the short notice, we just learned of this.  Please go by the Bridge Church of Spring Hill if you, or someone you know is in need of food

.  They have enough for about 50 families.

Vehicle Burglary Suspects used Victim’s Credit Cards at area Gas Stations (Update)

The SHPD is investigating several vehicle burglaries that occurred in our city the weekend of April 24th.  The attached images of are subjects who used victim’s credit cards at the Twice Daily gas station on Moores Lane in Brentwood and also at the BP gas station in Thompson’s Station.   These subjects are also associated with other vehicle burglaries that occurred in Franklin.  If you can identify these persons, please submit a tip here.

Update: subjects have been identified and arrested outside of Atlanta, GA.

Spring Hill Fire Fighter Dies in Weather-Related Incident

It is with great sadness that we have to say that today we lost a fellow public safety brother, Fire Fighter Mitchell Earwood, to a tragic weather-related incident at his home while he was off-duty.

Our hearts go out to the Spring Hill Fire Department and the Earwood family. Fire Fighter Earwood served the City for 10 years. Rest In Peace Brother.

Burglary Investigation/Arrest at the Hampton Inn

On April 21st at 8:07 AM officers were dispatched to the Hampton Inn (2052 Crossings Circle) for a theft of money report.  A male subject was in the lobby when he went behind the front desk and took money from the cash register.  He did not display a weapon and no threats of violence were used.  The subject fled on foot and was apprehended without incident close to Cracker Barrel.  The subject is a 37 year old male with a driver’s license address in Nashville.

COVID-19 Scam Information from the IRS

IRS-CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION WARNS OF POSSIBLE COVID-19/ECONOMIC
IMPACT PAYMENT SCAMS

Nashville, TN – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will
begin distributing COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments in the next few weeks. IRS –
Criminal Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of
Tennessee are warning Tennessee taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating
to these payments as well as other malicious attempts to defraud people relating to the
COVID-19 pandemic.

For most Americans, the Economic Impact Payment will be distributed automatically
and will result in a direct deposit into the bank account designated by their 2018 or 2019
federal tax return. For eligible recipients who have traditionally received tax refunds via
paper check, they will receive their economic impact payment in this manner as well.
The IRS will calculate and automatically send the Economic Impact Payment with no
action required by most eligible recipients.

The IRS will not contact you to ask you to pay a fee or confirm personal information
prior to receiving the Economic Impact Payment. If you receive a phone call, text, or
email asking for payment or confirmation of personal or financial information, it is a
scam. Do not give out your bank account, debit account or PayPal account information,
even if the caller claims it is necessary to get your check or that by doing so you can
receive your payment faster. Additionally, don’t click on links in texts or emails relating
to Economic Impact Payments, as this could allow scammers to place tracing devices
on your electronic devices and gain access to your personal information for later use.
Don’t engage with scammers or thieves, simply hang up or delete texts/emails.

It will take a few weeks before the Treasury sends the Economic Impact Payments. If you receive a “check” for an odd amount, for instance $1,322.48, or a check that requires you to verify the check online or by calling a number, it is a fraud.

Matthew D. Line, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS-CI Charlotte Field Office, made the following statement today in an effort to prevent taxpayers in need from being victimized by criminals using the recently approved payments as an opportunity to commit a crime, “I urge the public not to fall victim to fraudsters attempting to steal Economic Impact Payments being sent out. The IRS will not call, text, email or otherwise contact you to ask for your personal information. This money is meant to help mitigate the enormous financial impact COVID-19 has had on the American public and businesses. Don’t fall victim to scammers.”

In addition to the warnings issued by IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is also actively formulating an investigative and legal response to fraud relating to COVID-19. United States Attorney’s Offices have developed task forces and appointed Coronavirus Fraud Coordinators to serve as the legal counsel for the federal judicial district on matters relating to the Coronavirus, direct the prosecution of Coronavirus-related crimes, and to conduct outreach and awareness activities.
The Middle District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran summarized DOJ’s stance, “Sadly, these unfortunate times present opportunities for low-life fraudsters to prey upon those who are struggling to get through a single day with hopes of returning to a normal life. We will not allow our current circumstances to become an open door for those who would take advantage of a temporary plight of humanity. Forty-two dedicated federal prosecutors in our office, along with our law enforcement partners, are on duty and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to bring anyone to justice who would attempt to exploit those who find themselves in extreme need during one of the most vulnerable times in our nation’s history.”

Some examples of these schemes include:
• Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
• Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Malicious websites and apps that appear to share Coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
• Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.

In these uncertain and trying times, we need to stay strong and stand together united in purpose. Don’t become a victim by allowing criminals to exploit your emotions. Stay vigilant and tell your family, friends and neighbors about these scams.

For more information, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

Reporting Concerns of the “Stay at Home” Order

The SHPD is aware of the concerns related to the Governor’s latest “Stay at Home” order.  Prior to calling our dispatch center’s non-emergency line of 931-486-2632 to report a potential violation, please read the order linked below.  Please pay special attention to Executive Order 22 Page 4, section 8 which defines essential activity and also the beginning of page 7 which defines essential servicesExecutive Order 22.  Executive order 23 is here.

If, after reviewing these sections, you still believe that a violation is occurring inside of the City limits of Spring Hill, you may report that to 931-486-2632.  Please do not call 911 unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

Please do not report violations via our Facebook or Twitter pages.  Calling the non-emergency number is the quickest way for us to respond.