NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a former Nolensville Police Department officer accused of misconduct.
At the request of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper, TBI Special Agents began investigating Charles Nathan Terry on April 23, 2013. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information, that in 2012 and 2013, Terry solicited and received inappropriate images of a minor female on his cell phone. After being interviewed by the TBI and the FBI, investigators learned Terry attempted to have the child’s cell phone destroyed so the text messages and images could not be collected as evidence in the case. Terry subsequently resigned his position with the department on May 16, 2013.
On July 14, 2014, the Williamson County Grand Jury returned indictments for Terry, charging the Hendersonville man with one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Solicitation of Tampering with Evidence. Terry was booked into the Williamson County Jail this morning and released after posting $5,000 bond.
JACKSON – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a man accused in connection to an early-morning homicide.
With the assistance of the Camden Police Department, and at the request of 24th District Attorney General Hansel McCadams, TBI Special Agents began investigating the shooting death of a 47-year-old man this morning. Authorities found the body on Rowsey Street in Camden. Investigators arrested the subject believed to be involved in the shooting, Eddie Lee Laws, and subsequently booked him into the Benton County Jail on a charge of Felon in Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
As the case develops, the possibility exists for additional charges for Laws. At the time of this release, the 52-year-old Camden man was being held without bond until his first court appearance. The motivation, relationship between the two men, and the circumstances of the incident remain under investigation. Currently, the identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Smith County woman and an accomplice accused of participating in a far-reaching SNAP (previously known as food stamps) fraud case.
At the request of the Tennessee Department of Human Services and 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, TBI Special Agents began investigating Tracey Deshaye Timbs on April 11th. In early 2014, DHS became aware of possible fraudulent SNAP accounts being created and sold for profit out of its Lebanon office on Legends Drive, where Timbs worked as an Eligibility Counselor. Investigators further determined Timbs, who lives in Pleasant Shade, tampered with government records to create the accounts, producing EBT cards and identifying information, which were subsequently mailed to several people, including Michael Nichols, in exchange for cash and drugs. As of today, the investigation has identified more than 40 false accounts with more than $150,000 in benefits being distributed fraudulently. The Department of Human Services subsequently terminated Timbs’ employment.
On Monday, the Wilson County Grand Jury returned indictments for Timbs (TOP BELOW), charging the 43-year-old with 10 counts of Identity Theft Trafficking, one count of Official Misconduct, one count of Food Stamp Fraud, one count of Fraudulent Receipt of Temporary Assistance and one count of Tampering with Government Records. The Grand Jury also returned indictments for Nichols (BOTTOM), charging the 31-year-old Gallatin man with three counts of Food Stamp Fraud and three counts of Fraudulent Receipt of Temporary Assistance. Both subjects were booked into the Wilson County Jail tonight and released after posting bond. The investigation, alongside the DHS Office of Investigations, continues, with the possibility of additional subjects and charges in the future.
JACKSON – Following a joint investigation with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested two men in connection to the kidnapping and murder of a Linden woman in what was originally thought to be a case of hit-and-run.
On July 11th, at the request of 26th District Attorney General Jerry Woodall, TBI Special Agents joined THP in the investigation of the death of 25-year-old Brittany Lynn Simpson. On the night of July 10th, THP was dispatched to a possible hit-and-run, involving a pedestrian, on Highway 412 East in Darden. Authorities found Simpson in the left lane with severe injuries. A medical helicopter airlifted her from the scene, but she did not survive.
On Wednesday, investigators developed information which led them to identify Juan Carlos Ramirez, 28, and Luis Galvan Mendoza, 40, as the two men responsible for Simpson’s death. The investigation further revealed both suspects held Simpson against her will and were traveling on Highway 412 when she was either pushed or fell from Ramirez’s vehicle, a Ford F-150 truck.
Today, TBI Agents arrested Ramirez (TOP BELOW) and Mendoza (BOTTOM) and charged both with one count of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and Felony Murder. At the time of this release, they were being held in the Henderson County Jail without bond. Several additional agencies, including the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement assisted in the joint investigation, which remains ongoing.
CHATTANOOGA – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested three people accused of a burglary and homicide in Athens on the 4th of July.
At the request of 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump, TBI Special Agents began investigating the death of Michael W.T. Womack on July 15th. On July 4th, McMinn County deputies found the body of the 20-year-old at the Athens home of Womack’s acquaintance, which had also been burglarized. During the course of the investigation, Agents and Sheriff’s Department detectives developed information which implicated Thomas P. Odum, 48, Martha A. Thompson, 42, and Amanda L. Britnell, 34. All three subsequently admitted to their participation in the crime. At this time, the circumstances of the crime and its motivation remain under investigation.
This morning, TBI Agents, along with McMinn County deputies, arrested all three people without incident at the home shared by Thompson and Britnell. At the time of this release, all three were being held at the McMinn County Jail. Bond amounts and pictures of Odum, Thompson, and Britnell were not immediately available.
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Charlotte, Tenn. woman accused of stealing money from the paychecks of her subcontractors.
At the request of 19th District Attorney General John Carney, TBI Special Agents began investigating Sally Dawson on April 10, 2014. The 66-year-old owns Dawson & Dawson Heating and Cooling, LLC in Clarksville. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that from January 1, 2010 to February 22, 2014, Dawson, known by her employees as Sandy Dawson, took 10% of each of nine subcontractors’ paychecks to cover insurance costs. However, no insurance was purchased to cover the workers. Additionally, the necessary paperwork to exempt them from coverage had not been filed with the state. A random inspection in April by a Compliance Specialist with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development brought the issue to the attention of authorities.
On July 8th, the Montgomery County Grand Jury returned indictments for Dawson, charging her with five counts of Theft over $10,000 and four counts of Theft over $1,000. This morning, she turned herself into the Montgomery County Jail, where she was later released after posting $5,000 bond.
COOKEVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a former Grundy County Sheriff’s Department captain accused of stealing handguns from the department’s evidence room.
At the request of 12th District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor, TBI Special Agents began investigating Deke Matthew Stone on August 1, 2013. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information, that in June 2013, Stone took three handguns from the department’s evidence room. Stone left his job with the department before the TBI case began.
On Monday, the Grundy County Grand Jury returned indictments for the Altamont man, charging him with one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Theft over $1,000. Today, the 33-year-old turned himself in to TBI Agents at the Grundy County Jail, where he was released after posting $7,500 bond.