Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 940 New Salem Highway, Murfreesboro, 37129 TN
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Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is located at 940 New Salem Highway, Murfreesboro, 37129 TN. The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office phone number is (615) 898-7720.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office News

Sheriff’s Office thanks Madison for giving back Siegel High School senior Madison Levi wanted to show how much she appreciated the SWAT Team members leave their families and search for two escapees from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center last week. Madison is the daughter of Sgt. Jon Levi, who serves on the Sheriff’s SWAT Team. “I felt like I needed to show how much I appreciate them keeping my daddy safe and how much I trust them,” Madison said Thursday. With the help of her mother, Kristi, they prepared hamburgers, chips and cookies to nourish the SWAT Team after they spent more than 12 hours searching for the escapees Oct. 10. “I thank all the police officers and everyone else involved” in keeping the community safe, Madison said, adding, “They’ve got my daddy’s back.” SWAT Team members brought the two escapees back into custody the next day.

Rodgers named 'Officer of the Year' by Noon Exchange Club Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Michael Rodgers was recognized as the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club’s Officer of the Year Thursday. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said Rodgers is dedicated to traffic safety as the sheriff’s office’s traffic enforcement coordinator. He uses enforcement and education to reduce traffic deaths and crashes. “His life-saving efforts are working because fewer people died from traffic fatalities this year in Rutherford County,” Fitzhugh said. “Cpl. Rodgers is a highly-motivated and dedicated officer who is an asset to the sheriff’s office and Rutherford County.” The Tennessee Highway Safety Office recognized Rodgers’ work, earning him first place in the Law Enforcement Challenge and capturing the THSO Championship award for overall traffic safety in the state. Because of his efforts, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office awarded the sheriff’s office an extra $15,000 to combat traffic safety in the county. Rodgers studies and identifies high traffic areas. He directs extra deputies to patrol those roads to slow down speeders and remind drivers to pay attention to traffic laws. He has coordinated several seatbelt checkpoints to educate drivers about saving lives by wearing belts, resulting in a higher use of seat belts. Photo: Cpl. Michael Rodgers accepts the Officer of the Year Award from the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club from Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Exchange Club member Shirley Schuette.

‘We love the ’Boro’ lunch Franklin Road Baptist Church members served up a delicious barbecue lunch Wednesday at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. The event was part of the church’s “We Love the ’Boro” community event. Sheriff’s Office employees thank you for your generosity.

Detention deputy disciplined in inmate escape A Rutherford County Adult Detention Center employee who enabled two inmates to escape last Wednesday was suspended for two weeks without pay from Oct. 19-30, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. Deputy Beth Miles was also placed on probation one year. Miles was serving as the Central Control operator when inmates Dewayne Halfacre and Jonathan Baxter were accused of assaulting another detention deputy about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 10. The injured deputy could be heard calling out for assistance on her radio and another employee alerted co-workers who rushed to help the injured deputy. Also, the escapees pulled the fire alarm to cause an additional distraction. While operating the doors for deputies responding to the injured deputy, Miles opened the exterior door at the bottom of the fire escape that exited onto the back loading dock of the warehouse. Miles failed to properly identify the people requesting entry into the secure area and the operator error allowed the inmates to escape. Halfacre and Baxter were returned to the jail Thursday after a 35-hour manhunt from local, state and federal law enforcement officers and emergency responders. Miles is being disciplined for failing to identify people requesting entrance into a secure area of the jail and maintaining the custody of inmates, which jeopardized the protection of citizens. The order for jeopardizing standard security measures is defined as an intentional or unintentional action that violates standard security measures designed to maintain custody and containment of inmates and to provide protection for inmates, staff and citizens. As part of the duties, the Central Control operator is responsible for operating secured doors and keeping a log of movement throughout the jail. The operator shall require identification of any person requesting entrance to a secure area. Miles may be terminated for any future infractions. She has worked at the sheriff’s office nine years.

Celebrate Halloween safely at the Sheriff's Office Ninjas, Disney princesses and movie characters are expected to parade at the Trunk or Treat event Halloween night at the Sheriff’s Office. Events include a SWAT Bearcat vehicle, Mounted Patrol horses, emergency vehicles and food vendors so parents don’t have to cook supper. The event will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 940 New Salem Highway. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh invited children and parents to enjoy the annual event. “Trunk or Treat gives parents a safe place with a family atmosphere to bring their children for Halloween,” Fitzhugh said. “The children enjoy petting the horses and touring the emergency vehicles.” Halloween music will be playing throughout the evening. Several businesses and organizations will pass out candy. Slim Chickens will be serving up chicken tenders. People interested in participating are asked to call Sgt. Jimmy Cassidy at 615-904-3019 or send email to jcassidy@rcsotn.org.

Update: Justin has returned home safely. We thank you for sharing this post. The Sheriff's Office relies on our citizens to help locate missing people and solve crimes. Have you seen this missing man? Justin Dickey, 43, of Stewarts Creek Road was reported missing from his camper one week ago, said Detective Josh Anderson. “He lives in a camper there but has not been seen,” Anderson said. His family has not heard from him since he sent a text message Oct. 9. Dickey is driving a 2009 Silver KIA Rio with Tennessee license plate P15-21M. He may be in Tullahoma. Dickey has a tattoo on his upper left arm with the name “Kim” and the letters “JD” on his upper right arm. He is about 6-feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. If you have information about his location, please call the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 615-898-7770.

Family seeks justice for Gregg Hawkins’ 2015 murder; reward set at $50,000 Gregg Hawkins’ wife, daughters and brother want justice for his murder and appealed Monday for information to solve the case three years ago Tuesday. Hawkins, 53, of Murfreesboro was fatally shot Oct. 16, 2015 at Mona Boat Ramp on Jefferson Valley Road. He was fishing with his adult daughter, Brandi, who waited in the boat when he went to retrieve his truck. Sheriff’s detectives believe he was killed by someone breaking into cars parked at the boat ramp. During a press conference Monday, wife Janet Hawkins, daughters Brandi Jackson and Logan LeRese and Gregg’s brother, Darren, asked for information along with Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Detective Capt. Britt Reed. Wife Janet Hawkins said she hopes people will provide information, especially in light of a $50,000 reward. “Gregg did not deserve not one ounce of this,” the wife said. “He deserves justice. He was a good man and he deserves justice.” Brother Darren Hawkins said Gregg’s death affected family, friends and co-workers. “It’s been a difficult situation and so if you do as the sheriff said, if you do have any information, no matter how little you think it is, please share that information,” Darren Hawkins said. “This person or persons took Gregg away from us but they can’t take our memories.” Jackson said many people have interacted with the person who killed her dad over the past three years. “It’s your duty to this community to get that person off the street, do the right thing and come forward,” Jackson said. LaRese said the suspect is still out there. “No piece of information is too small,” LaRese said. “Please come forward so we can bring this case to justice.” Fitzhugh said detectives have worked on the murder for three years. He asked people who have information, no matter how insignificant, to please call Detective Steve Kohler at 615-904-3046 or Detective Kyle Norrod at 615-904-3076. “It may be the one piece that we are missing,” Fitzhugh said. “It may lead us in a direction that we have not been led in before.” Reed said he is reaching out to the community for information, especially: • People who may have heard someone talking about details on the case. • Descriptions of people who might have been seen entering or leaving the boat dock between 10:30 and 11 a.m. the morning of Oct. 16, 2015 or in the days previous to the murder. • Descriptions of anyone acting suspicious in the area during that area or a vehicle speeding or driving recklessly in the area that day or previous to the murder. Hawkins was a Nissan engineer and a member of World Outreach Church.

Thanks to restaurants who nourished teams of officers The Sheriff's Office expresses thanks to restaurants who supplied meals to teams of local, state and federal officers who searched for missing inmates. Pizza Inn prepared pizzas for lunch Wednesday. Sylvan Park restaurant donated meals Wednesday night. Mission BBQ delivered barbecue plates for lunch Thursday. And Mrs. Rooker from Rooker Road brought boxes of donuts and Gatorades to the officers searching in the area. Your donations allowed the teams of officers to search continuously to locate the fugitives. We thank you.

Sheriff's Office thanks everyone who helped in fugitives' capture Two fugitives who escaped Rutherford County Adult Detention Center were captured within 35 hours Thursday near Smyrna, said Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. Dewayne Halfacre, 43, of Lynchburg and Jonathan Baxter, 28, of Smyrna were apprehended by teams of multi-agency law enforcement officers about 11:20 a.m. Thursday at U.S. Highway 41/70 South and the overhead bridge, Fitzhugh said. Halfacre and Baxter will face additional charges. “We are grateful for the law enforcement partners who joined us in searching tirelessly for the fugitives,” Fitzhugh said. “We sincerely thank our citizens who called with information. Our citizens and their tips made our job easier. We appreciate the cooperation with the Rutherford County Schools in keeping the students safe with the code yellow.” Agencies joining the Sheriff’s Office in the search were Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Aviation Unit, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Fusion Center, the U.S. Marshal Service, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services, the communications centers who coordinated with citizens and the search and the Rutherford County Emergency Communications District. During the search, law enforcement agencies always had a good idea of the area where the fugitives were hiding, the sheriff said. They focused around the area so they could respond instantly. Both Halfacre and Baxter will be charged with aggravated assault of a first responder and felony escape. “There will be other charges as the investigation unfolds,” Fitzhugh said. “This is still a very active investigation.” Halfacre was being held on charges of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon in a commission of a felony, possession of a prohibited weapon and vandalism. Baxter was held for failing to appear in court on felony burglary and theft charges.

Two fugitives in custody Escaped inmates Dewayne Halfacre and Jonathan Baxter were taken into custody just moments ago, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. "The case still remains very active," Fitzhugh said.

If you have information on these fugitives, please call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Officers still searching for fugitives Teams of law enforcement officers are diligently searching for two fugitives who escaped Wednesday from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. Dewayne Halfacre, 43, of Lynchburg and Jonathan Baxter, 28, of Murfreesboro were being sought by teams of law enforcement officers. “It’s a very active investigation,” said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. “We will continue looking for these two individuals until there is a successful outcome.” Halfacre has a tattoo with wings on the side of his neck and Baxter has a tattoo of an interstate sign with 615. Officers followed leads all night and continue to search for the suspects today. Agencies working with the Sheriff’s Office include Murfreesboro Police, Smyrna and La Vergne Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshal Service and the FBI. Citizens are asked to remain on alert.

Update: Fugitives were not located on Old Nashville Highway Teams of officers are searching for fugitives #DewayneHalfacre and #JonathanBaxter on Old Nashville Highway near Smyrna. Sheriff's deputies and our local, state and federal law enforcement partners continue to search for these fugitives. Please be vigilant and pass on any sighting or information to the Sheriff's Office at 615-898-7770. Thank you for your interest in keeping our community safe.

Reward for inmates capture set at $6,000 A female deputy assaulted by two inmates during an escape was treated for minor injuries Wednesday at St. Thomas Rutherford and released, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. Inmates Dewayne Halfacre, 43, of Lynchburg and Jonathan Cody Baxter, 28, of Murfreesboro, remain on the run. Halfacre is awaiting trial for aggravated robbery in January of Almaville Market. He fled to Marion County where he was captured five days later. Baxter is awaiting trial on a theft charge. They are considered dangerous fugitives. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation placed Halfacre and Baxter on the Tennessee Top Ten Most Wanted list. TBI is offering a reward up to $2,500, the U.S. Marshal Office is offering a $2,500 reward and Rutherford County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for a potential $6,000. The U.S. Marshal Service, FBI, TBI, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Murfreesboro Police joined the Sheriff’s office in searching for the inmates who escaped about 12:40 this morning. They were believed armed with a handmade weapon. Preliminary reports were the inmates climbed over the fence to escape. They fled with the deputy’s radio. The deputy did not carry keys or a Taser, contrary to media reports that keys and a Taser were stolen from her. “The investigation reveals another detention officer failed to follow proper procedures after the deputy was assaulted, resulting in the inmates escaping through an outside door,” Fitzhugh said. “The investigation on the improper procedure is ongoing.” THP’s helicopter pilot and K-9s were searching for the suspects along with teams of officers. Halfacre has a large tattoo of wings on the side of his neck. Baxter has a tattoo of what appears to be an interstate sign reading “Tennessee 615.” Reports were received of a Honda Civic being stolen from a Murfreesboro car dealer. The car was later recovered. It has not been determined if the inmates took the car. “We are actively following any leads that are coming to our attention,” Fitzhugh said. “Should anyone see anything suspicious, please call 615-898-7770 or 1-800-TBI FIND.”

Update on escapees' search Officers searched McFadden and Riverdale High School this morning. School Resource Officers will be on duty at both schools.

Please share Officers searching for escapees by land, K-9 and THP copter Teams of local and state officers are searching for two inmates who overpowered a detention officer and escaped about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. Dewayne Lee Halfacre, 43, of Lynchburg and Jonathan Cody Baxter, 28, of Geneses Lane in Murfreesboro, assaulted the detention officer, climbed over the razor wire and escaped, the sheriff said. Sheriff’s deputies and Murfreesboro Police were searching throughout the area along with K-9 tracks and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter. Detectives are investigating. The detention officer was treated by Emergency Medical Services paramedics. Both Halfacre and Baxter were last wearing white T-shirts and orange pants. Halfacre is being held for aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. Baxter is being held for failing to appear in court on a theft charge. If anyone spots the escapees, please call 911 immediately. Do not approach them. Please give a description of where they are located. Also, if anyone has any information about their location, please call the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office at 615-898-7770.

Attention: Officer on Duty New signs let community know about armed SROs protecting schools Each of Rutherford County’s 47 schools has protection from highly trained, armed and experienced school resource officers. Now, there’s a sign at the entrances to ensure everyone outside the school knows it. “Attention, officer on duty,” the signs state in bold letters. “This school is protected by an armed and trained school resource officer. These individuals are provided to you and your children by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.” The SRO signs were recently provided through a generous donation from County Commissioner Pettus Read and his son, Shane. Commissioner Read first brought the idea to the School Board and other county leaders last spring during a safety meeting, and he later offered to cover the full cost — more than $3,000 — to produce them. His son designed the signs with input from Read, the school district and the sheriff’s office. “We just wanted to have something to show as people enter and leave that our schools are led and protected by our SROs,” Commissioner Read said. “It’s like a symbol to show that they are here.” Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said, “We appreciate Shane and Commissioner Read in their efforts to join forces with law enforcement in protecting our children while they are at school. It’s through efforts like theirs that helps us to keep our schools safer.” Director of Schools Bill Spurlock thanked Commissioner Read and noted how simple solutions often times can have a lasting impact. “These signs will serve to reassure parents of our commitment to safety and to deter those who seek to harm our students and employees,” Director Spurlock said. Commissioner Read believes a community of schools, law enforcement and parents should unite to keep students safe. “We should help as parents, grandparents and families of our children,” Commissioner Read said. The signs are yet another element of the security plan for Rutherford County Schools, which includes a robust partnership with the sheriff’s office and its School Resource Officer program; controlled access to school buildings; and a comprehensive set of safety protocols that are practiced and refined throughout the school year. Photo: Bringing attention to the new “Officer on Duty” signs at each county school are, from left, Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh, Director of Schools Bill Spurlock, sign creator Shane Read, Commissioner Pettus Read, who bought the signs, Rockvale Middle School Principal Fred Barlow, Assistant Principals Kelly Newberry and April Sneed and School Resource Officer Barry Jones.

All in a Day’s Work Deputies never know what to expect when responding to an emergency call. When Deputy Dallas Huling answered a 911 call Tuesday on Bradyville Pike, he found a child accidentally dialed 911. Huling told the child 911 was for emergencies only. He showed the child and friends the Sheriff's Office patrol cruiser. “The kids told me that every time they see police cars go by with sirens they pray for them,” Huling said. “I thought that was really nice.”

SRO offers boating class for fishing license School Resource Officer Mark Logsdon is teaching the Tennessee Boaters Safety course, a Coast Guard accredited class that teaches boat and water safety. The class is mandatory for anyone born after January 1989 to operate a boat. Logsdon’s class is geared for students from 8th to 12 grades because that age group is where most drownings occur in Rutherford County. The next class is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Riverdale High School. One parent may also take the course with a child. Watch the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for information on the next class. To register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084baba82aa2f94-october For more information, contact SRO Logsdon at logsdonm@rcschools.net.

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UPDATE: SRO resigned in lieu of termination A Rutherford County school resource officer was charged with public intoxication Wednesday by Murfreesboro Police. SRO Daniel Thomas was assigned to Holloway High School. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said Thomas resigned in lieu of termination. Thomas was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and was released on $250 bond. A hearing is set Jan. 24 in General Sessions Court.

Dispatcher Arrington earns 'Saved by the Belt' Award Dispatcher Ashley Arrington watched in her rear-view mirror as an alleged speeding driver crashed into her car, then “very clearly” saw his car strike three people standing in the median. The impact forced her car into a semi-truck, but wearing a seat belt prevented her from being hurt. “It was chaos for sure,” Arrington said, remembering as she hopped out of her car to check on the three injured people. “It was definitely not a good day.” The three injured people survived the crash June 16 on Interstate 24 near La Vergne. They were standing in the median because the church van they were riding in had a flat tire. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s crash report showed speeding by the driver who struck Arrington and the three people was a factor in the crash. Sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Rodgers responded to the crash with THP and learned Arrington wore her seat belt. “If she wasn’t wearing her seat belt, she may not have survived,” Rodgers said. Rodgers nominated Arrington for the Tennessee Highway Safety Office’s “Saved by the Belt” Award. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Rodgers presented the award to Arrington Tuesday. The award commended Arrington for a “lifesaving choice and for the strong example you provide to others on the importance of wearing safety belts. You are living proof that safety belts save lives.” Arrington always wears her seat belt. “My car dings if I don’t,” Arrington said. “I do it for safety.” Arrington works as a dispatcher for Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. She was returning to work after visiting with her boyfriend, Murfreesboro Police Officer Devin Sorensen. Photo: Ashley Arrington receives a “Saved by the Belt” award from Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Cpl. Michael Rodgers. Arrington wore her seat belt when a vehicle crashed into her car and forced her into a semi-truck. She was not injured.

Raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Sheriff's deputies joined the Chili's restaurant staff Monday to raise donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. St. Jude's hospital staff treats children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Deputies exceeded the goal set by Chili's at the Medical Center Parkway restaurant. Deputies who helped collect contributions were Major Steve Spence, Sgt. Monica Fonseca, Deputy Teresa Reed, Deputy Janiece Johnson and Deputy Bobby Pearson.