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Man accused of drunk driving in shopping center parking lot

On just about any Saturday, men can be found aimlessly wandering around Tennessee shopping centers. Some are walking along the shopping corridors; others are waiting on nearby benches. A few even decide to wait in their car and perhaps even catch a nap or perhaps even drive around the parking lot to pass the time. The majority of these men are waiting on a wife, girlfriend, daughter or some other such person to finish shopping and finally relieve them of their boredom. The possibility of such an adventure ending in an arrest for drunk driving just doesn't seem likely.

Yet, one Johnson County Commissioner was recently arrested while sleeping in his car, which was parked in a shopping center lot. According to reports, a vehicle matching his was seen being operated in a reckless manner through the parking lot. When police arrived, they found the commissioner's car parked in two parking spaces with the man asleep at the wheel.

Juvenile crimes increasing in Tennessee neighborhood

Crime can occur across the state of Tennessee in any neighborhood, regardless of its socio-economic status. Residents in some affluent neighborhoods have even assumed they were immune from crime since very little had occurred in their areas in the past. However, one Nashville community has seen a recent increase in felonies, particularly juvenile crimes.

West Nashville police report an increase in car theft. One resident in the area discovered that his car had been stolen when he tried to leave home. A spare key had been hidden in the car, and it was assumed that someone found it after breaking the window. The owner was surprised at the theft since the area is very well-patrolled by police.

2 facing drug charges after arrest in Nashville

Heroin trafficking is becoming a serious problem in the state of Tennessee, according to law enforcement agencies. Police officers in Nashville have participated in an ongoing investigation of drug operations over the past six months. Two men were recently arrested and now face a variety of drug charges.

A 40-year-old man driving a rented sport utility vehicle was stopped by the Metro Nashville Police. Following a search of the car, officers reportedly found a handgun, four cell phones and $58,000 in cash. The man supposedly told the officers that he had received the cash in a transaction involving marijuana.

3 frequently asked questions about immigrant detention

Numerous factors put undocumented immigrants at risk of detention and deportation, but none more so than committing a crime. Whether you or a loved you lack papers, you might feel scared about detainment centers and the thought of deportation when criminal activity is involved. Especially in the political climate today, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what it entails. 

Because there are a lot of questions about immigrant detention and deportation, here are some answers that can help you understand the process. 

Juvenile crimes require specialized attention

Virtually everyone makes mistakes during their youth. While some transgressions are understandably more serious than others, being accused of committing juvenile crimes should not lead to life-long repercussions. Tennessee parents should treat any type of legal indiscretion seriously, as their children's futures are on the line. Often, the best approach is to contact an experienced juvenile law attorney who best understands the complicated matter at hand.

We understand that many of the charges that minors face are the result of peer pressure or inexperience with the world. These pressures can be fueled by children's uncertainty when it comes to finding their place in life and their community. Unfortunately, even minor mistakes such as theft or vandalism can lead to very serious repercussions.

Man arrested on drug charges following search of home

Several counties in Tennessee have reported that drug trafficking is a significant problem in their respective areas. Many local law enforcement agencies routinely work with various task forces and other regional groups to combat the issue. As the groups work together, more arrests are being made throughout the state. An arrest for drug charges in Tennessee can have a long-lasting effect on someone's life. Two Decatur County men were recently arrested for alleged drug-related activities following the search of a home.

The Decatur County Sheriff's Department reported that a search warrant had been issued for a residence outside Decaturville. Upon the search, officers apparently found marijuana, methamphetamine and an unspecified amount of cash. The homeowner, a 33-year-old man, was arrested, as well as a 27-year-old man who was also in the house at the time.

Columbia man charged with drunk driving in hit-and-run incident

Driving while intoxicated in the state of Tennessee can result in some serious consequences. Someone could lose a license, be required to pay fines or even spend time in jail. However, if a person is injured or dies in an accident involving drunk driving, the consequences could be much more dire. A Columbia man was recently charged for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run fatality that occurred in Dec. 2016.

According to police reports, a 50-year-old man from Columbia had been riding his bicycle when he was hit by a vehicle from behind. The man was discovered at the scene with several injuries. Medical personnel treated him at the site of the accident, but he later died.

5 arrested in Nashville on drug charges

Police officers in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country often rely on tips from citizens to aid them in their work. Information received may lead to further investigation or possible arrests. A tip from a citizen recently led to the arrest of five people in Nashville for a variety of alleged drug charges.

After receiving the information, undercover police officers obtained a search warrant for a Nashville home. During the search of the premises, one kilo of cocaine was discovered in a pickup truck, according to reports. Inside the house, officers apparently found 5.3 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of marijuana, packaging materials and digital scales.

3 phrases to remember when pulled over

From moving violations to equipment problems, there are numerous reasons why traffic stops take place. The Illinois Department of Transportation recently released a study with a breakdown of how many traffic stops take place between people of different races. 

All people, particularly immigrants and people whose first language is not English, need to be careful of what they say during a traffic stop. It is not unheard of for people to simply answer "Yes" to a police officer's questions. This can come back to bite the person later in court. Here are some phrases to keep in mind in the event of a future traffic stop. 

Juvenile crimes: Nashville teen arrested for alleged carjacking

Teenagers in Tennessee often socialize with older teens aged 18 or over who are already considered to be young adults. In most instances, there are no problems with the associations. However, if those involved participate in any illegal activities, criminal charges could occur. Those 18 and over would be tried as adults, while minor teenagers would face charges for juvenile crimes. A teenager was recently arrested for suspected involvement in an alleged carjacking.

According to Nashville Metro Police, a 63-year-old woman was in her car after she got off work at Lipscomb Academy on Aug. 5. She had stopped to send a text when a person tapped on her car window. According to reports, the person had tapped on the window with a handgun and told her to vacate the car. The woman started to exit the car and reached for her purse, but she was supposedly told by another person that she was not to take it with her. Upon leaving the car, she spotted an additional person when she was told to run.

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