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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Former City Record Arrested, Charged in TBI Theft Case

NASHVILLE-Special Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested the former City Recorder of Collinwood, Melissa Dawn Broome, for theft.

On January 7, 2014, at the request of District Attorney General Mike Bottoms, the TBI began an investigation into possible theft of money from the City of Collinwood. The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury conducted an audit and determined approximately $100,000 in cash payments had been collected by the City of Collinwood, but were never deposited into the city’s bank accounts.

Broome, 38, admitted that from December 2011 to July 2013, she stole the cash payments for her personal use from the Collinwood City Hall during her employment as the City Recorder. Broome ended her employment with the city in July 2013.

Broome has been charged with one count of Theft over $60,000. At the time of this release, she is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Melissa Broome

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TBI Drug Case Nets Arrest, Charges

MEMPHIS-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Haywood County woman, following a four-month drug investigation.

In May 2013, at the request of the Brownsville Police Department and District Attorney General Garry Brown, the TBI began investigating Karen Beaird King.

On several occasions, from May to September of 2013, an undercover TBI agent made multiple purchases of Oxycodone from King.

On Monday, March 31st, the Haywood County Grand Jury returned indictments on the 50-year-old, charging her with two counts of Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone) and two counts of Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone). King was arrested Monday night by the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department.

At the time of this release, King was being held in the Haywood County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Karen King

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