Franklin Police are warning residents of the jury duty phone scam that continues making its way through the area.
Jury Duty ScamHere is how the scam works: The offender calls an unsuspecting resident, claiming to be with a law enforcement agency. They tell the resident that they have not reported for jury duty, and then threatens their arrest unless the resident either (1) loads a prepaid card with money and then shares the card number and PIN information over the phone, or (2) meets them in person to fork over the cash.
This is not how the real police operate. In fact, police officers will never call you to demand payment in lieu of arrest. If you receive a phone call that you believe is part of a jury duty scam, or any other scam – hang up, and call your local law enforcement agency.
Children who have aging parents should talk with their loved ones about scams, and warn them to never give anyone numbers or codes to their credit cards, bank cards, or any personal or financial information over the telephone.
A former dance instructor at Franklin’s DC Dance Factory was arrested, moments ago, following a multiple-count indictment on sex charges involving a 14-year-old girl. Franklin Police began investigating 29-year-old Ross McCord on October 24, after the girl’s parents came forward with disturbing information regarding McCord and their daughter.
Charged with x4 counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, x4 counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape, Solicitation of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and Exploitation of a Minor by Electronic Means, McCord is in the process of being booked into the Williamson County Jail. A Judge has set his bond at $50,000.
McCord, of Brentwood, Tennessee, is being investigated for similar crimes in other jurisdictions. Because Ross McCord has been a teen dance instructor for the last 10 years, Franklin Detectives are concerned that he could have other victims. Anyone with information should contact Franklin Police.
A Franklin man is free on bond after pulling a gun in the parking lot of the Fifth Third Bank at 230 Public Square.
Officers were dispatched to the downtown bank at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon after 62-year-old Dennis Caudill, a disgruntled customer, pulled the gun on a bank employee in the parking lot during a dispute over bank business. Officers spotted Caudill’s vehicle a short time later and found him with a gun in his pocket. A second handgun was found in Caudill’s vehicle.
Caudill was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault. He is free on the $7,500 bond set by the Magistrate, and due in court 12/14/2017 at 1:00 pm.
Heading criminals off at the pass, finding a lost child, and keeping a watchful eye on public events is all about perspective. Ours just happens to be 38 feet in the air.
Using court-awarded money from drug dealers, the Franklin Police Department purchased a mobile sky-cam that can be deployed virtually anywhere, in a matter of minutes. Officers using this technology can monitor an area or event from two powerful cameras on their phone, tablet, or computer. Captured images can be immediately shared with officers at a scene, and camera operators can utilize an onboard 2-way public address system to communicate with crowds during an emergency.
The Department’s first deployment of this new technology was at Franklin’s Christmas Tree lighting, on December 1. “This system gives us an incredible edge on safeguarding events and protecting our citizens,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “The view from these cameras provides relevant, real-time information to officers deployed throughout a crowd or event.”
The Department routinely audits queries that officers make of law enforcement databases. Britton Cornell and Ryan Dugger, two former Franklin Police Officers, were flagged in one of those audits after it was determined they were querying information with no relevance to matters under investigation by the Department.
“After ordering an administrative investigation, I contacted District Attorney General Kim Helper to request a review of this matter by her office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner “The criminal indictments of Cornell and Dugger for Official Misconduct and Official Misuse of Information were the result. Franklin Police Officers depend on and value the trust of our citizens. Violating that trust is never an option.”
Both Dugger and Cornell resigned from their jobs as Franklin Police Officers in the midst of the Franklin PD’s internal investigation. Following that resignation, the Department immediately requested that the State of Tennessee Peace Officers Standards Training Commission (POST) decertify Cornell and Dugger, which will keep them from working as police officers anywhere in Tennessee. The ruling by POST is still pending.