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2607, 2021

Man takes own life after firing at officers

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A man took his own life after shooting at officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday night, July 24. 

The incident happened at a duplex in the 1500 block of Old Lascassas Pike about 10:40 p.m.

Officers attempted to speak with David Gaither, 49, who his wife reported was acting belligerent and punching holes in the wall and doors. As officers entered the residence, Gaither exited a bedroom, pointed a handgun at one of the officers in the hallway, and pulled the trigger.  The pistol malfunctioned, and the officers retreated outside to safety. Gaither followed and fired two more shots at the officers in the front yard before closing the door and going back inside. 

The Murfreesboro Police Department Special Operation Unit (SOU) responded and attempted to get Gaither to come out. After a period with no response, the SOU breached the door around 4:30 a.m., Sunday, sent a robot in, and began to utilize gas to make the suspect exit.  Due to a lack of response, the SOU entered the residence and located Gaither in a bedroom with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

No officers discharged a weapon during the incident. 

An autopsy has been requested.

The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.

The American Red Cross assisted neighbors with housing who were displaced due to the lengthy investigation.

1706, 2021

Police searching for suspect(s) in shooting, car fire death

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department Criminal Investigations Division are searching for the suspect(s) who shot a woman, causing her vehicle to wreck and burst into flames on Monday, May 31.  Despite efforts from responding officers trying to save the woman from the burning vehicle, she died.
Officers responded to reports of a vehicle engulfed in flames in the back yard of a home in the 1600 block of Leaf Ave. around 11 p.m.  Two MPD officers used fire extinguishers to try and put out the fire, but it spread quickly.  The flames were too intense, and the officers were not able to get the woman out.
Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department firefighters arrived shortly after and put out the fire.
Once the victim was removed from the driver’s seat, it was discovered she had been shot multiple times.  The victim sustained burns over her entire body.  She was pronounced dead at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.
Police are still trying to identify the woman.
The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine how she died.
There were two passengers in the vehicle but ran from the scene to escape continued gunfire.
MFRD Fire Marshal’s Office will be investigating the car fire.
If you know who is responsible, please contact Detective Julia Cox at
629-201-5514 or email tips to crimetips@murfreesborotn.gov.
2305, 2021

Police investigating three separate road rage incidents…

… drivers urged to be patient while driving

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Murfreesboro Police Department detectives are investigating three unrelated violent road rage incidents over the past several days, one with gunshots being fired at another vehicle.

Officers responded to a road rage incident that resulted in shots fired at the intersection of NW Broad Street and Thompson Lane around 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 14.

According to the preliminary investigation, the driver of a Mitsubishi Montero Sport reported a male driver of a late model gold Toyota Camry, with possible New York license plates, pointed a handgun and fired several shots.  The victim was attempted to merge onto NW Broad from I-840.  The victim’s SUV was struck two times.  There were no injuries.

Police are still looking for the driver of the gold Camry.

There was another road rage incident involving a firearm near Pitts Lane and Dejarnette Lane Monday, May 17 around 9:15 a.m.  A grandmother was following her daughter in different vehicle when another vehicle sped up cutting off the grandmother.  The granddaughter and the other driver exchanged words.  The driver of an Infiniti SUV, identified as Morgan Garrett, allegedly displayed a handgun and cocked it back.  Officer arrested later Garrett on Memorial Blvd.  She is facing aggravated assault charges.

Another unrelated road rage incident occurred near the 1500 block of Medical Center Pkwy shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16.

The preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta, Robin Eric Rosenblum, slowed down and refused to allow another driver to pass.  The driver of a Toyota Corolla eventually pulled beside the Jetta and yelled profanities, telling the driver to speed up.  Rosenblum attempted to run the Corolla off the road, forcing the other driver to stop.  Rosenblum exited his vehicle and assaulted the other driver.

Officers were able to locate both drivers on NW Broad Street a short time later.

Rosenblum was arrested for aggravated assault and reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle.

Approximately two grams of Marijuana was found in the passenger door panel of Rosenblum’s vehicle.

Rosenblum also faces a simple drug possession charge.

Rosenblum’s passenger, Tina Allen, was issued a misdemeanor citation for simple possession of Schedule VI drug.  She was not arrested.

“All of these road rage incidents occurred in high-traffic areas where drivers where attempting to merge or change lanes,” said Traffic Sergeant Greg Walker.  “Drivers need to be patient; it’s not worth risking harm or possibly your life.  You don’t know if the aggressive driver has a firearm or not.”

If you have seen the gold Toyota Camry with New York license plates in the first road rage incident, or can identify the driver, contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 615-893-2717 or email tips to crimetips@murfreesborotn.gov.

1805, 2021

Muslim Mob Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Attacks Jewish Man

…in Midtown Manhattan


Given the ferocity of the far-left’s hatred of Israel and its increasing propensity for violence, this was perhaps inevitable: earlier this week in midtown Manhattan, right outside the New York Public Library, a Muslim mob screaming “Allahu akbar” violently assaulted a Jewish man, leaving him bleeding from a head wound. Posting video of the incident on Twitter, Times of Israel contributor Joshua Washington labeled it: “Attempted lynching of a Jewish man in New York.” Yet nothing is more certain in our morally confused age that the attackers went away thinking they were on the side of righteousness.

Another video of the incident that was posted on Rumble shows the mob that attacked the man screaming “Allahu akbar,” “F**k you, Zionist pig,” and “Palestine’s too strong for you.” Independent journalist Elad Eliahu reported that “According to one protester, a passer-by made really hateful comments towards free Palestine protesters which allegedly lead to one throwing a chair at this man as he was mobbed by others. He was eventually led into a store by an officer after being chased.” This is Bill de Blasio’s New York, and so it was no surprise that, as Eliahu noted, “According to sources the NYPD’s riot squad caught the protester who allegedly threw the chair, proceeded to not arrest and let him go.”

Of course they did. The left is on the side of the Palestinians, and so Palestinian protesters assaulting a Jew are going to have a hard time getting arrested in the far-left one-party oligarchy that New York City has become. We should just be grateful that de Blasio doesn’t give the chair-wielding thug the key to the city. After all, he and his comrades believe that the Palestinians are acting on a righteous cause.

The protesters who mobbed this Jewish man obviously believe that as well: their screams of “Allahu akbar” make that clear. “Allahu akbar” does not mean “God is great,” as the establishment media frequently claims, but “Allah is greater,” that is, the god of Islam is superior to the god of the infidels, or to any other infidel entity. It is a declaration of the victory and superiority of Islam, which is why jihad terrorists so often shout it. Its usage by the mob in New York City also underscores the fact that Palestinian activists tend to see the conflict in Islamic terms.

To read the rest of this story, please go to https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2021/05/14/muslim-mob-screaming-allahu-akbar-attacks-jewish-man-in-midtown-manhattan-n1447088


2503, 2021

What We Do Now, You and Me, Will Affect Eternity…

Geoffrey Jones
Days Gone By

It was cold and windy eight years ago at 4:45 when I began my morning walk to get my coffee. I kept singing a song under my breath, the lyrics of which had stuck in my mind and I found it made me feel a great deal warmer.

The song is one I found on YouTube and it’s by Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt. Its called “God’s counting on me, God’s counting on you.” I prefer the version they call the “Sloop mix” because it takes me back some years to when that effort to clean up the Hudson River was just starting and I was there to help out 

Anyway.. the song begins “When we look and we see, things are not what they should be, God’s counting on me, God’s counting on you.” Amen to that, I thought as the verses came back to me one by one, the next went “It’s time to turn things around, trickle up, not trickle down, God’s counting on me, God’s counting on you.:” (This reminded me of the history books where William Jennings Bryan said something like… “There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. Another idea has been that if you legislate to help make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it.” That was a great quote, advocating the struggling middle class, and that speech caused Bryan to be nominated for President,  but I think the song goes even beyond economics and means a spiritual “trickle up” as much as anything.

The chorus all through the song is, “Hoping we’ll all pull through, hoping we’ll all pull through, hoping we’ll all pull through, me and you..”

“And when Drill baby drill turns to spill baby spill, God’s counting on me, God’s countin on you.” (of course a reference to the great oil spill of a few years back)

“Yes, there’s big problems to be solved, let’s get everyone involved, God’s counting on me, God’s counting on you.” “It’s what we have to do, I thought, only our combined efforts can really get things back on track..”

“Now don’t give up, don’t give in, working together, we all can win, God’s counting on me, God’s Counting on you.” (this has to be our effort.)

“What we do now, you and me, will affect eternity, God’s counting on me, God’s counting on you.”(there’s the crux of it)

“When we sing with younger folks, then we never give up hope, God’s counting on me, God’s Counting on you.” (this made me think of my children and grandchildren.) I was just finishing the song when I arrived at the diner. 

I had a nice visit with my friend Mongo and the rest at the diner and on my way back in the cold a good hearted fellow named David asked me if I needed a ride to get out of the wind… His act of kindness made the message of the song all the more real to me. 

” ..Working together, we all can win..” It was a great start to the day.

Appreciate comments  ld_byron37086@yahoo.com

303, 2021

Officers Earn Awards from U.S. Attorney

Sheriff’s Lt. Will Holton and Murfreesboro Police CID Sgt. Tommy Massey earned awards from U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for opioid investigation where one person died and several other people suffered major injuries. From left are Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh, Holton, Cochran, Massey and Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen.

Two officers who investigated a rash of opioid overdoses leading to one death and serious injuries to seven people earned awards from U.S. Attorney Don Cochran Wednesday.

Murfreesboro Police CID Sgt. Tommy Massey and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Lt. Will Holton received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement.

Massey and Holton’s work were instrumental in the conviction of eight people in federal court, the U.S. Attorney said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Klopf, who prosecuted the case, said the investigations by Massey and Holton were models for other law enforcement agencies.

“It’s a real tribute,” Cochran said.

Massey called Klopf the “MVP of the team,” adding her words were a nice recognition for the officers.

The detective he received a call in July 2016 of a death investigation and several overdoses throughout the day in Rutherford and Bedford counties.

One person overdosing and driving almost killed a woman and her daughter, he said.

Holton said he was notified of the overdoses leading to a long 72 hours of initial investigation with Rutherford County law enforcement agencies, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“There was overdose after overdose after overdose,” Holton remembered.

In a news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported law enforcement and medical personnel were overwhelmed by the wave of drug overdoses, causing the death of one person and the hospitalization of more than 20 others in July 2016 in Murfreesboro.

The overdoses were caused by counterfeit pills that appeared to contain Percocet, but in fact contained a deadly combination of fentanyl, alprazolam, and acetaminophen.

The year-long investigation revealed the pills were manufactured by Joedon Bradley and Eric Falkowski, using fentanyl they had imported from China and a pill press they bought from Amazon. The pill press allowed them to stamp the pills with “A333,” resembling prescription Percocets.

On July 5, 2016, Bradley sold about 300 of the counterfeit pills to Johnny Williams, who sold half to Jonathan Barrett. Bradley, Williams, and Barrett then sold the pills to various users, resulting in the overdoses. Even after Barrett learned some people he sold to had overdosed, and one possibly died, he sold the remainder of his pills.

After a three-week trial in April 2018, Bradley, Williams, and Barrett were convicted of conspiring to distribute fentanyl, the use of which caused the death of one individual, and the serious bodily injury to seven other victims. Five other defendants, including Eric Falkowski, pleaded guilty before trial.

As a result of the determined efforts of the officers on this team, the perpetrators of these egregious crimes were brought to justice with Bradley, Barrett and Williams receiving prison sentences of 30, 22, and 20 years respectively, and the other co-defendants receiving substantial sentences.

2901, 2021

Operation Lookout Results

Murfreesboro Police Officer David Spell and Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Joey Story monitor drivers on Medical Center Parkway during Operation Lookout.

Sixty-four drivers were cited for texting while driving and 40 drivers were cited for not wearing a seat belt during Operation Lookout Jan. 22.

The Rutherford County Traffic Safety Task Force sponsored the enforcement event to bring awareness to drivers who are distracted and not wearing seat belts, said Murfreesboro Police Capt. Cary Gensemer.

“Our goal is to save lives,” Gensemer said.

Murfreesboro Police, Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies and Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers contacted 229 drivers during the seven-hour event.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Shawn Boyd said officers issued 27 moving violations including speeding and DUI and non-moving violations such as texting and driving.

“This was a great combined enforcement effort,” Boyd said. “I might add not everyone was upset with us during the operation. Two kids brought doughnuts for everyone.”

Results of the operation include:

Speeding: 4DUI: 1

Disregard signal/sign: 8

Other moving violations: 13

Reckless driving: 1

Child restraint: 1

Driver’s license law: 19

Financial responsibility: 28

Other non-moving: 10

Violation of registration law: 16

Failing to wear a seat belt (adults): 40

Driving on a suspended license: 2

Texting while driving: 64

2001, 2021

Wanted Fugitive arrested after skipping court

Accused of firing at a police officer last year

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Members of the Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) Directed Patrol Unit arrest a wanted fugitive – the same man accused of shooting in the direction of an officer during a standoff at a local motel last year.

Ashly DeJesus, 29, of Murfreesboro, was taken into custody at a home on Christy Court while attempting to jump out of a bathroom window on Saturday, Jan. 16.

DeJesus now faces an additional charge of simple drug possession after drugs were found inside the home.

“I want to commend each officer involved with this apprehension for their dedication and diligence to making Murfreesboro a safer city,” said Murfreesboro Police Sergeant Ricky Haley.  “Because of the officers’ actions, a violent criminal, who fired shots at one of our officers, has been taken into custody and is no longer a threat to police or the public.”

After a stand-off with MPD officers at the Knights Inn on S. Church Street in September 2020, the ATF charged DeJesus federally.  Before barricading himself inside a motel room, DeJesus fired a shot towards an officer as he arrived on the scene.  DeJesus was reportedly suicidal at the time.

DeJesus was out on bond but failed to show up for court and was on the run until his arrest.

Along with the ATF felony warrants, DeJesus was wanted out of Rutherford County for violating probation and simple drug possession.  The warrants were served Saturday when he was booked into jail.

DeJesus remains at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.  He has a hearing on Jan. 20 in Rutherford County General Sessions Court and another one on Jan. 25 in Circuit Court.

1601, 2021

Late Night Fire Displaces Six on Valley Bend Road

Rutherford County, TN—Rutherford County Fire Rescue (RCFR) officials say a total of six people were displaced from their Valley Bend Road home after a fire occurred shortly after 10:30 Friday night.

“Only four of the six were home at the time the fire broke out,” explained RCFR Lieutenant/Assistant Fire Marshal Joshua Sanders.

Crews from RCFR, Almaville Volunteer Fire Department, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services responded.

Fire crews made a defensive attack on the home and extinguished the blaze.

Fortunately, the four residents received very minor injuries to include hair-singeing and a minimal amount of smoke inhalation.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.

According to Sanders, the fire is still under investigation at this time, but appears to be accidental.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

1601, 2021

Deputy Earns State Award

Deputy Carol Stafford received the Tennessee Highway Safety Office Beyond the Traffic Stop award. Flanking her at left are Sgt. Nick Coble and Sgt. Michael Rodgers, who serves as THSO network coordinator, and at right is Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

Recovering about $17,000 worth of illegal drugs during a traffic stop for speeding earned a Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputy a state award.

Deputy Carol Stafford earned the Beyond the Traffic Stop Award this week from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh presented the award to Stafford Thursday.

Sgt. Nick Coble, who nominated Stafford, said she helped recovered Ecstasy tablets and pills believed to be Fentanyl after stopping the driver July 28 on Interstate 24 near the Buchanan Road exit.

Stafford approached the driver and noticed several air fresheners in the vehicle and carpet displaced under the legs of the back seat passenger pretending to be asleep.

Indications of illegal drugs being in the vehicle prompted Stafford to request a Sheriff’s K9 and handler to check the car, the sergeant said. The K9 indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle.

“Deputy Stafford’s attention to detail and quick actions of getting a K-9 unit on scene led to the seizure 563.9 grams of ecstasy pills, estimated street value of $10,000 and 51.4 grams of an unknown green pills suspected to be Fentanyl, estimated street value of $7,000,” Coble said.