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Tennessee has open primaries, so whether you consider yourself a Democrat, Republican or Independent, if you want to vote for judicial and other seats, you should request a Democratic ballot. There are no Republicans or Independents running for any office, thus this primary is actually the finale for all these races. Per our Metro charter, races for mayor, vice-mayor and city council are non-partisan, but County races remain partisan. To vote, you must present a Federal or State issued Photo ID (Passport, Driver’s License, etc). You do NOT need to show your voter’s registration card. Early voting continues at multiple locations through April 26th. On May 1st, you may only vote at your assigned precinct, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. You can find your assigned precinct, based on your home address, at nashville.gov/vote. Note for District 34 residents who usually vote at Forest Hills Baptist Church: your precinct has temporarily moved to Forest Hills City Hall diagonally across the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Hillsboro Pike. Be sure to make a plan to vote early this week or on May 1.
Percy Warner Golf Course Informational Meeting Proposed Renovations & New Programming The nine-hole golf course on Forrest Park Drive and Page Road is an important part of the adjacent neighborhood and the Metro Parks system. http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Golf-Courses/Percy-Warner-Golf-Course.aspx Come hear about potential changes and a partnership being proposed by the Tennessee Golf Foundation & Metro Parks. Please join me on Monday evening at the golf course club house pavilion for a presentation by the TN Golf Foundation. I look forward to your questions and suggestions. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at 615-260-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CRIME & SAFETY UPDATE from Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. February 28, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Officers assigned to the Juvenile Crime Reduction Task Force tonight arrested two 16-year-olds, one of them an alleged carjacker, and a 17-year-old who fled from them in a Toyota Camry that was stolen on Sunday from the 4100 block of Hillsboro Pike. Officer Benjamin Spees spotted the stolen Camry on Wedgewood Avenue near 12th Avenue South and attempted to follow it until unmarked support units could arrive in the area. However, the 16-year-old driver noticed Spees’ police car and fled. Given the weather conditions, Spees did not engage in a pursuit. A short time later, a Midtown Hills Precinct undercover detective saw the Camry in an alley near the 2100 block of 11th Avenue North. As officers approached, the three teens ran. They were all apprehended after a short foot pursuit. The 16-year-old driver of the Camry was already wanted for an armed carjacking that occurred at 1:10 a.m. on Sunday where a woman was robbed of her Nissan Sentra near 2000 Belcourt Avenue. That 16-year-old is being charged tonight with aggravated robbery, unlawful gun possession and vehicle theft. The two teens with him tonight are charged with joyriding. The carjacked Sentra was recovered at 9:20 a.m. Sunday after North Precinct Officer Raymond Heymann spotted it on 17th Avenue North. Two other 16-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were by themselves in the car and were arrested. He was charged with vehicle theft. She was charged with joyriding. The continuing investigation led to the identity of the 16-year-old alleged carjacker arrested tonight. In an unrelated case from Friday night, the Juvenile Crime Reduction Task Force stopped a van on Buena Vista Pike near Clarksville Pike for having an expired tag and an inoperable brake light. The 17-year-old driver, when asked whether anything illegal was in the vehicle, replied that there was a pistol. A .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine containing 19 rounds was found underneath the seat along with a nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol loaded with 11 rounds. Both pistols had been reported stolen. Also in the car was a baggie containing 1.7 grams of marijuana. The 17-year-old was taken to juvenile detention and charged with multiple offenses. ###
WEST PRECINCT ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEETING at 6:30 PM, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at the West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. CRIME & SAFETY UPDATE: We had standing room only for last week’s crime & safety discussion in Green Hills. Thank you to everyone who came out. Midtown Hills Precinct - Metropolitan Nashville Police Departmentalong with West Precinct shared that Police Chief Steve Anderson had established a 16-officer task force to focus specifically on and address the recent increase in area crimes and armed incidents by groups of male youth in stolen vehicles in and around Nashville. Good to see several press releases from MNPD last week after this meeting that various juveniles thought to be involved or possibly associated with these crimes have been apprehended. Investigations are ongoing. As always, please: 1) remain aware of your surroundings, especially in the evenings, walk only in well lit areas and do so with a companion whenever possible. Report street light outages to hub.nashville.gov or dial 311 or 615-862-5000. 2) don’t hesitate to call Metro Police’s non-emergency number at 615-862-8600, if someone or something looks out of place or suspicious in your neighborhood or place of business. By calling you are not accusing those you’ve observed of illegal behavior, you are simply providing a potential piece in a larger puzzle. This is helpful to police. Be sure to provide police with color, make and model of vehicle and license plate when possible. 3) lock your cars. Even in your driveway. Make sure your home lighting shines on your parked car(s) or is motion activated. Remove all visible things of value from your car, including spare change, sunglasses, running shoes, shopping bags. DO NOT keep a house key or gun in your car. Lock all doors and windows into your garage. Again, there is another opportunity to meet with MNPD at the annual WEST PRECINCT COMMUNITY MEETING at 6:30 PM, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at the West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. Bring your questions and concerns, meet other neighborhood leaders interested in crime and safety, and hear from detectives, patrol officers, community affairs and Commander Marlene Pardue. Hope to see District 34 neighbors living west of Hillsboro Pike (served by West Precinct) there.
CRIME & SAFETY ALERT: There have been a series of unusual and concerning armed robberies in the Bellevue & Green Hills area over the last week. As District 34 is served by both the Midtown Hills Police Precinct (east of Hillsboro Pike) and the West Police Precinct (west of Hillsboro Pike), I am combining tips and information from both into this post. The West Precinct’s annual community meeting will be on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 PM at the West Precinct at 5500 Charlotte Pike. Councilman Pulley will also have added time for questions with MNPD at his previously scheduled District 25 meeting on February 21st at 5:00 PM at the Hillsboro High School Library. From Sgt. Steve Linn of Metro’s West Police Precinct: “Chief Steve Anderson ordered the formation of a multi-component task force to interdict what may be two separate groups of armed teenagers responsible for auto thefts, violent carjackings and personal robberies in various parts of the city over the past several days. The task force will deploy both overt and covert strategies.” “Nashville and its police department will not tolerate the violent gun crime being exhibited by these teens,” Chief Anderson said. “While we ramp up enforcement strategies, it is time for parents, extended families and other stakeholders to take notice of what is occurring and do their part to stop it.” West Precinct detectives this afternoon are charging Isaiah Lewis, 16, with Wednesday night’s robbery of a 22-year-old female Crestmoor Road salon employee who was confronted while taking out the trash at 8:25 p.m. by two armed black teenagers. They demanded her belongings and pistol whipped her when she refused. Lewis is also being charged with two counts of aggravated robbery by East Precinct detectives. He is accused of taking part in the 8:50 p.m. robbery of a woman at N. 12th Street and Forrest Avenue as she was getting into her vehicle. He is also charged with the 9:25 p.m. robbery of a woman in the 3900 block of Gallatin Pike as she was walking to her car. Lewis was apprehended at 3 a.m. today after Madison Precinct officers saw a stolen Honda Accord in the area of 310 Old Hickory Boulevard. Five teenagers were in the car and fled in multiple directions when they saw police. Officers gave chase and set up a perimeter. Lewis was taken into custody. The other four were not located. A pistol was left in the Honda as well as potential evidence from area robbery cases. Investigations are continuing into three other cases in the Green Hills and surrounding areas last night, including the shooting of a 32-year-old man outside the Green Hills Library on Benham Avenue at 7 p.m. That victim reported that he was approached by two armed black teenagers who demanded his property. He complied, yet was shot in the upper abdomen. The victim’s wife said he frequently went to the library to study. At 8 p.m., a 29-year-old man was robbed by two teenagers with guns as he walked along Horton Avenue near Capers Avenue. After getting his belongings, the teens fled on foot. At 8:35 p.m., two victims, a man and woman, ages 25 and 28, were walking on Benton Avenue when they were approached from behind by two gun-carrying teens with similar descriptions who demanded their belongings. They complied and the teens fled from them on foot. While detectives work to identify all of the teens involved in the rash of robberies, officers throughout the city continue to be on the lookout for 14-year-old Rico Ransom, the suspected shooter in last Friday afternoon’s wounding of Demario Crowder across from Pearl Cohn High School. A Juvenile Court arrest order in relation to an outstanding charge of attempted murder has been issued. Anyone seeing Ransom or knowing where he is staying is asked to immediately contact 615-742-7463 or 615-862-8600. Detectives believe Ransom has at least loose ties to one of the robbery groups. West Precinct detectives are also continuing the investigation into Monday’s shooting of a 26-year-old man during an attempted robbery on Highway 100 at Old Hickory Boulevard, and whether it is related to the other robberies. In that case, the victim’s car was struck from behind by a dark gray sedan. When the victim got out to check on the damage, the gunman, described as a black teenager, got out of the passenger side of the gray car and demanded his belongings. It appears the victim was shot as he attempted to push away from the gunman. The police department has become increasingly concerned at the actions and attitudes of suspected teenage criminals. At 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 15-year-old who was preparing to gas up a car that was taken earlier this month in an armed carjacking attempted to draw a fully loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on an approaching East Precinct Flex officer. The officer struggled with the 15-year-old over the gun, ultimately gaining control of it. The teen ran and was apprehended a short time later by another officer. The 15-year-old and a 17-year-old who remained in the passenger seat of the car remain under investigation in regard to other crimes. From West Precinct: “We understand the growing concern in the community. As always, we ask that community members adhere to the following recommendations: · Pay attention to your surroundings when going to or exiting your parked vehicle. · If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, and do not feel safe in exiting your vehicle, contact 911 immediately. · If you see individuals or activity that you believe are suspicious, please contact the Emergency Communication Center at 615-862-8600 immediately.” From Midtown Hills Precinct: “MNPD will always encourage citizens to Park Smart (this includes locking your vehicle's doors and rolling up the windows AT ALL TIMES, removing ALL items out of sight from your vehicle (including grocery store bags, loose change, phone chargers, jackets, backpacks, etc), take spare keys & handguns into your home, and NEVER leave your vehicle running unattended or with the doors open while you are away from it.” “Be mindful that while waiting for a ride share service (if you are outside) or walking/running please be vigilant. Put your phone down, take your headphones out and focus on your surroundings even if you are with someone. NEVER walk in unlit areas if someone or something makes you feel uneasy, leave the area.” The Council Members of the Green Hills and Bellevue area appreciate that MNPD is intently engaged to address this recent rash of youth crime. Please encourage your neighbors to remain vigilant and stay posted to local news sources for updates from MNPD.
NOV 30 & DEC 6: Community meetings for District 34 residents and west Nashvillians to learn more about the mayor's proposed transit plan. Thursday, Nov. 30 at BELLEVUE Middle School, 655 Colice Jeanne Road and Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the WEST POLICE PRECINCT, 550 Charlotte Pike. Both are 5:30 - 7:30 PM with an open-house format, so stop by anytime to ask questions of the mayor's staff. If you are unable to attend and have questions, concerns, ideas that you would like me to share, please comment here, or contact me at email@example.com. A reminder that the Council will not be voting on the plan itself but rather on whether to put the plan on the ballot for a referendum in May 2018. That said, I and fellow Council members are researching and thinking critically about the plan and the financial model to support it, so that hopefully what the mayor chooses to finally put on the ballot will be something that best serves Nashville now and in the future and that the community is willing to support.