Past Fugitive Again on state’s Most Wanted List

NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has again added to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Deterines Cortae Cathey, of Columbia, TN.

Deterines Cortae Cathey is now wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for Murder in Aid of Racketeering. Last week, Cathey was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for Middle Tennessee and is wanted in connection with a 2009 homicide that occurred in Columbia, TN.

In December 2013, Cathey was captured by the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force after being on the Most Wanted List for his involvement in an October 2013 incident that occurred in Columbia. He was charged by the Columbia Police Department for various felony charges which included Aggravated Assault. Currently, he is out on bond for those charges. The October incident is unrelated to the current charge from the FBI.

Deterines Cortae Cathey, aka “Weeda”, age 24, of Maury County, has a last known address of 130 Westview Drive in Columbia, TN. He is described as an African American male with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has a tattoo of “KC” on his left cheek and tattoos on both arms.

Cathey is a convicted felon and he is considered dangerous. He is a confirmed “Kitchen Crips” gang member. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Deterines Cortae Cathey, aka “Weeda” is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). Additionally, the FBI, Maury County Sheriff’s Office and the Columbia Police Department will accept information from the public regarding Cathey’s whereabouts. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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Murfreesboro Officer Facing Charges in TBI Misconduct Case

NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Murfreesboro police officer in connection to a misconduct investigation.

The TBI formally began investigating Officer Bryant Scott Smith on October 16, 2013, at the request of the police department and District Attorney General Bill Whitesell. Special agents determined that during the summer of 2013 Smith compromised ongoing vice and narcotic operations by providing the name of at least one potential confidential informant to a citizen of Rutherford County with a criminal history that includes offenses related to the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics.

The 10-year veteran officer later admitted his involvement in the incident, after which the Murfreesboro Police Department placed him on administrative leave with pay.

On Monday, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned a two-count sealed indictment against the 42-year-old, charging him with Official Misconduct and Misuse of Official Information. TBI agents arrested him this afternoon without incident at the Rutherford County Jail. After being booked, Smith was released on a $5,000 bond.

Bryant Smith



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Smithville Man Arrested, Charged in TBI Attempted Murder Case

COOKEVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Smithville man on charges he pointed a rifle at two DeKalb County deputies.

On May 23, 2013, Deputies Jeremy Taylor and Erik Russell responded to a 911 call of shots being fired at 255 Petty Road in Smithville. There, while standing at the rear of Deputy Taylor’s vehicle, Deputy Russell saw and heard something off to his side. Using his flashlight, Russell spotted Randy Petty pointing a scoped rifle at the two deputies. Both of them drew their weapons and fired, striking Petty several times in his extremities.

At the request of District Attorney General Randy York, the TBI began investigating the case on May 23, 2013. This week, the DeKalb County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Petty with two counts of Attempted Homicide in the 1st Degree. TBI agents arrested him without incident this afternoon.

At the time of this release, the 55-year-old was being held in the DeKalb County Jail on a $100,000 bond.


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Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Arrested, Charged in TBI Rape Case

KNOXVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Lieutenant from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a rape investigation.

On Tuesday afternoon, a Knox County Grand Jury indicted Dennis Mills, Jr., on a set of criminal counts, including Rape of a Child, Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, and Incest. Authorities arrested him without incident this evening.

The TBI began investigating the 43-year-old Powell resident on March 4th, at the request of District Attorney General Randy Nichols. His office, along with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, assisted in the investigation. Earlier, the Sheriff’s Office placed Mills on administrative leave without pay.

At the time of this release, Mills was being held in the Knox County Sheriff’s Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond.

Dennis Mills Jr.

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‘Crime on Campus’ Report Highlights Growth, Challenges in New TBI Study

NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its 2013 “Crime on Campus” study.

Crime on CampusThe annual report presents the nature, volume and extent of reported crime on the campuses and in the housing of Tennessee colleges and universities during calendar year 2013.

Among the report’s findings:

  • Overall, crime reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 11.6% from 2012 to 2013.
  • While offenses in the “Larceny/Theft” category decreased, reported instances of Burglary and Robbery increased in the same time period.
  • In contrast to a decrease in the previous year’s study, the overall category of “Sex Offenses –Forcible” increased by 25% in 2013.

“This report will hopefully assist law enforcement, institution administrators, and government officials in planning their effort in the fight against crime,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “The threats to society by criminal activity must be addressed by efforts from all law-abiding citizens as well as law enforcement agencies.”

The TBI’s CJIS Support Center publishes the report yearly, as required by the College and University Security Information Act, enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1989.

The full 2013 report, including breakdowns by institution, is available on our website:

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Former Psychiatric Worker Arrested in Ongoing TBI Assault Case

NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a fifth individual in an ongoing assault investigation at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

Today, deputies in Pasco County, Florida arrested 36-year-old Gregory Arnold at his Port Richey home without incident.

In May of 2013, Commissioner Doug Varney requested the TBI to open a case into an incident in which a patient was assaulted. The investigation revealed five former employees, who were psychiatric technicians at the time, kicked the patient in the face and struck the patient multiple times in the chest. The patient was housed at the facility for a court-ordered competency evaluation.

On March 21, 2014, the case was presented to a Davidson County Grand Jury, which subsequently returned indictments for all five former employees. They all have been charged with Assault and Official Oppression.

Those previously arrested and charged include Edward Fisher, age 49 of Gallatin, Jonathan Hambrick, age 33 of Lebanon, Mark Williams, age 52 of Nashville, and Charles Woods, age 48 of Old Hickory.

At the time of this release, Arnold was in the Pasco County Jail, soon to face extradition to Tennessee.

Gregory Arnold

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Investigation Nets Arrest, Child Abuse Charge in Missing Teen Case

NASHVILE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested and charged Susan Smithburg in connection to the ongoing case surrounding her son’s disappearance from their Williamson County home.

On Thursday, March 27th, 16-year-old Christopher Smithburg ran away from his home on Rocky Fork Road in Nolensville. The TBI later joined the investigation at the request of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney General Kim Helper.

During the course of the investigation, agents became aware of an incident in the family’s home, just before Christopher’s disappearance, that led agents today to arrest and charge Susan Smithburg, 52, with one count of Aggravated Child Abuse and Aggravated Child Neglect or Endangerment.

At the time of this release, Smithburg was being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $100,000 bond.


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