Female Suffers Self-Inflicted Stab Wounds at Target

Spring Hill, TN- Officers were called to Target at 1033 Crossings Blvd at 5:50 PM on June 7th to a reported stabbing. Officers arrived and located a 28 year old female who, according to her driver’s license, is from Illinois. The female sustained injuries to her upper chest area. Officers reviewed the in-store video and based upon that, her injuries were determined to be self-inflicted. The female was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via Life Flight. She was in serious condition at the time of transport. The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

Summertime: Lemonade, Sunshine, Low/Medium Speed Vehicles, and Golf Carts

Recently we have noticed an uptick of low/medium speed vehicles and golf carts operating in neighborhoods. Often times they are being driven by juveniles. Here is some information regarding those type of vehicles:

TCA 55-8-101 Part Definitions

(28) “Golf Cart” means a motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and equipped with safety belts installed for use in the left front and right front seats and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 MPH. (a golf cart that has been designated and manufactured for on road use, or has been modified to meet all of the requirements and federal safety standards may be registered as a “low or medium speed vehicle.”

(36) “Low Speed Vehicle” means any four-wheeled electric or gasoline vehicle, excluding golf carts, whose top speed is greater then 20 MPH but not greater than 25 MPH, including neighborhood vehicles. Low speed vehicles must comply with the safety standards in 49 CFR 571.500 (The standard contained in 49 CFR 571.500 (Code of Federal Regulations) requires low speed vehicles to have basic safety equipment, including head lamps, stop lamps, front and rear turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflectors (one red on each side near the rear and one red on the back), parking brake, one exterior mirror mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle and one additional mirror on the passenger side or an interior mirror, a windshield meeting the standards outlined in 49 CFR 571.205, seat belts (type 1 or 2) located at each designated seating position, and a vehicle identification number (VIN) that conforms to provisions outlined in 49 CFR 565. The purpose of this standard is to ensure that low speed vehicles operated on the public streets, roads, and highways are equipped with the minimum motor vehicle equipment appropriate for motor vehicle safety.)

(38) “Medium Speed Vehicle” means any four-wheeled electric or gasoline-powered vehicle, excluding gold carts, whose top speed is greater than 30 MPH, but whose maximum speed allowed is 35 miles per hour only on streets with a 40 MPH or less posted speed limit pursuant to TCA 55-8-191(b)(1), and otherwise meets or exceeds the federal safety standards set forth in 49 CFR 571.500 except as otherwise provided in 55-4-136.

TCA 55-8-191 Operation of low speed and medium speed vehicles – prohibitions – license

(a)

(1) A low speed vehicle as defined in § 55-8-101 may be operated only on streets where the posted speed limit is thirty-five miles per hour (35 mph) or less. This subdivision (a)(1) does not prohibit a low speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit of more than thirty-five miles per hour (35 mph).

(b)

(1) A medium speed vehicle as defined in § 55-8-101 may be operated at a rate not to exceed thirty-five miles per hour (35 mph) only on streets where the posted speed limit is forty miles per hour (40 mph) or less. This subsection (b) does not prohibit a medium speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit of more than forty miles per hour (40 mph).

Any person operating a low speed vehicle or medium speed vehicle must have in possession a valid Class D driver license.

Low/Medium Speed Vehicle Registration

Individuals applying for title and registration on a low or medium speed vehicle must submit a Low or Medium Speed Affidavit that certifies the vehicle has been sufficiently modified to meet all low or medium speed vehicle requirements. The affidavit must be submitted with the registration application as a condition of registration.

Live Grenade Found at Construction Site

Spring Hill- On April 21st at about 1:20 PM SHPD Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Sercy Drive (new construction in the area of Duplex Rd and Port Royal Rd) to a report of a grenade that was found laying on top of the ground. SHPD and SHFD created a perimeter around the device. Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) from Fort Campbell was contacted and responded. The grenade was x-rayed and found to be a live grenade. The grenade was taken by EOD soldiers to Ft Campbell for disposal.

SPRING HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES “HANDS FREE TENNESSEE” DURING NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

SPRING HILL, TN – Spring Hill Police Dept. has partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Hands Free Tennessee” during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Throughout the month of April, Spring Hill Police Dept. will increase education and enforcement to reduce distracted-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

The Spring Hill Police Dept. will be saturating congested areas to enforce the #handsfreeTN law. 

WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in activities that divert the driver’s attention away from the road. There are three forms of distracted driving: cognitivevisual, and manual. Cell phone use while driving is extremely dangerous because it involves all three forms of distracted driving.

  1. Cognitive distraction occurs when the driver’s mind is not focused on driving. Examples include talking to passengers in the vehicle, thinking about stressful issues, or listening to loud music.
  1. Visual distraction occurs when the driver is not focused on looking at the road ahead. Examples include looking for items around the vehicle, looking down at a GPS device, or watching a movie/video on a mobile phone.
  1. Manual distraction occurs when the driver takes one or both hands off the wheel for any reason. Examples include eating food or drinking beverages, reaching backwards, or handling a mobile device.

HANDS FREE TENNESSEE


According to Public Chapter No. 412, it is illegal for a driver to:

(a) hold a cellphone or mobile device with any part of their body,

(b) write, send, or read any text-based communication,

(c) reach for a cellphone or mobile device in a manner that requires the driver to no longer be in a seated driving position or properly restrained by a seat belt,

(d) watch a video or movie on a cellphone or mobile device, and

(e) record or broadcast video on a cellphone or mobile device.


HELPFUL TIPS

Here are a few tips to help you plan ahead, so you remain focused and alert while driving.

  1. Put your mobile phone away. 
    Pull over if you need to make a phone call or send a text message. Never use a mobile device while driving. A hands-free device is safer to use, but the driver should still exercise caution and remain focused on the road.
  1. Set your GPS in advance.
    Program your GPS navigation before you leave the driveway. If you need to adjust your GPS, then pull over. Never operate GPS navigation while driving.
  2. Safely secure child passengers and pets.
    Make sure all passengers are properly secured before you begin driving. If child passengers or pets become disruptive within the vehicle, then pull over to address the disruptions.
  3. Eat beforehand.
    Make time in your schedule to eat before your trip. Never eat behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The month of April is nationally recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote the 4th Annual Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving campaign during this month. Agencies across the state will participate in the campaign by promoting safe driving habits and increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Each year in Tennessee there are approximately 25,000 traffic crashes were distracted driving was a contributing factor. Some of those crashes are fatal.

Please review these tips in order to plan ahead and remain focused and alert will driving.:

  1. Put your mobile phone away.Pull over, if you need to make a phone call or send a text message. Never use a mobile device while driving. A hands-free device is safer to use, but the driver should still exercise caution and remain focused on the road.
  2. Set your GPS in advance.Program your GPS navigation before you leave the driveway. If you need to adjust your GPS, then pull over. Never operate GPS navigation while driving.
  3. Safely secure child passengers and pets.Make sure all passengers are properly secured before you begin driving. If child passengers or pets become disruptive within the vehicle, then pull over to address the disruptions.
  4. Eat beforehand.Make time in your schedule to eat before your trip. Never eat behind the wheel.

“Sextortion” Reports Target Teenagers Online

We have taken several reports in the last couple months involving teenagers that have been “sextorted” online. Please see this article from the FBI for more information.

This crime occurs on various chat apps or electronic service providers such as Google, Facebook , etc. Sextortion describes a crime that happens online when an adult convinces a person who is younger than 18 to share sexual pictures or perform sexual acts on a webcam.

Sextortion can start on any site where people meet and communicate. Someone may contact you while you are playing a game online or reach out over a dating app or one of your social media accounts.

In some cases, the first contact from the criminal will be a threat. The person may claim they already have a picture or video of you that they will share if you don’t send more pictures. More often, however, this crime starts when young people believe they are communicating with someone their own age who is interested in a relationship or someone who is offering something of value. The adult can use threats, gifts, money, flattery, lies, or other methods to get a young person to produce these images.

After the criminal has one or more videos or pictures, they use the threat of sharing or publishing that content to get the victim to produce more images. (In our cases the suspect will threaten to send the illicit video to family members unless the victim pays the suspect not to).

The adult has committed a crime as soon as they ask a young person for a single graphic image.

Parents/guardians, please have a conversation about this with your teen. Make sure they know that if this happens to them and they do send video/image, they are not in trouble, they are the victim. They may be embarrassed or scared to come to you and tell you what happened. Please also tell your teen that once he/she sends a video/image that it’s now beyond their control as to where it is disseminated next.

Please report all sextortion attempts to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip line at https://report.cybertip.org/ and your local law enforcement agency.

Early Morning Burglary Call Leads to Vehicle Pursuit (Updated)

Autumn Ridge Subdivision

UPDATE: A 19 year-old and 15 year-old from Nashville were located walking on I-840 by the WCSO. It was determined that they were inside of the vehicle. There was one other subject that still has not been apprehended yet. The two subjects were charged with multiple felonies including burglary, aggravated burglary, and theft of property.

We are asking residents in the Autumn Ridge Subdivision in the above area to check home surveillance cameras for footage on Saturday (August 15th) from around midnight to 1:15 AM. At about 1:07 AM we received a call from a homeowner in the 6000 block of Trout Lane concerning a car alarm going off and a car door open. The homeowner observed several subjects run down the road. A short time later an officer located a black Mazda SUV traveling north on Main St. at a high rate of speed. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued to travel on Main St. outside of the city. SHPD officers terminated the pursuit at Interstate 840.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office located a wrecked vehicle with no occupants in the area of Highway 431 and I-840. The vehicle was found to be stolen out of Davidson County. There was also a stolen handgun inside of the vehicle. If anyone has information regarding this investigation you can submit an anonymous tip.

Email video to info@shpdnews.com.

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US Census Workers in the Area

US Census workers will be in our area working on the 2020 Census. There will be employees that have both temporary and permanent identification cards. The IDs should have the worker’s name, picture, and an expiration date. If you have a question about a worker’s authenticity, please call our non-emergency phone number at 931-486-2632 in a timely manner. You can also request to speak to a US Census representative at 1-800-262-4236. As always, they will not ask you for payment in the form of gift cards or in any other manner.