Shots fired at the Ru-Co Juvenile Detention Center

Apr 24, 2015

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department released the following statement at 1:06 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015:

RCSO detectives and crime scene investigators spent four hours this morning recovering evidence at the county’s juvenile courts and detention facility, after several rounds were fired into it overnight.

The front entry area of the building, which houses courtrooms and clerk’s offices, was targeted. Several windows were broken.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The controversy surrounding financial dealings at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office continues to swell.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the RCSO announced that Chief Deputy Joe Russell had been placed on administrative leave with pay as a result of an investigation into financial improprieties in the Office.

The statement says that Detective Maj. Bill Sharp has also been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the “outcome of investigations currently underway.”

Visiting a Murf. Habitat homeowner 20 years later

Apr 24, 2015
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Earlier this week the charity dedicated its 125th home on Lynch Drive in Murfreesboro.

WMOT News recently had a chance to visit with Ruby Akridge. The Murfreesboro native moved into her Habitat built home in 1992.

Like every Habitat home owner, Ackridge wasn’t simply handed a set of house keys. She was required to work alongside the volunteers building her home...labor Habitat calls “sweat equity.”

.MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Police say they’ve arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting at a Murfreesboro apartment complex that left two people wounded.

Officials say 31-year-old Bandon D. Dukes has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nine students have been taken into police custody within the last month after being accused of making threats against Williamson County schools — the latest being a middle school student accused of posting a "kill list" on a school bathroom wall.

Officials say they don't remember a time when so many threats have been made involving schools in this wealthy suburban county.

UPDATE: Riverdale coach recovering after attack

Apr 23, 2015

Student charged with assaulting high school football coach

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Authorities say a high school football coach in Middle Tennessee is recovering at a hospital after a student attacked him in his office.

Tom Nolan, who is the principal at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, told The Daily News that coach Ron Aydelott suffered serious injuries to his face on Tuesday and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for surgery.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Hamilton County may continue asking local clergy to deliver prayers before commission meetings.

A Wednesday ruling by U.S. District Judge Sandy Mattice cited U.S. Supreme Court decisions that prayers offered before the meetings of legislative bodies are constitutional. Mattice said the prayers cannot be used as a pretext to promote one faith over another, but they may favor religion over non-religion.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  One of the last pieces of legislation considered before the Tennessee General Assembly ended its session Wednesday was a bill that would have offered in-state college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Under the proposal, students considered "lawfully present" in the U.S., through a federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, would qualify for in-state tuition. Such students now pay nearly three times as much for higher education. They pay the out-of-state rate even if they've lived in Tennessee for most of their lives.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Legislation that seeks to ban speeding cameras in Tennessee is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure, sponsored by Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden, was approved 74-16 in the House on Wednesday after the Senate passed it 29-1.

The proposal originally sought to ban both speed and red-light cameras but was amended over the legislative process to just include speed cameras.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police say they found two people wounded following a shots-fired incident at an apartment complex on Bradyville Pike Tuesday night.

A report on the incident says police were called to Altitude Apartments on Bradyville just after 9 p.m. Witnesses tell police they heard shots and ran outside to see a dark colored SUV speeding out of the complex. The report says a thin, black male wearing athletic shorts and a gray hoodie and standing near the entrance to the apartments opened fire on the SUV as it fled.

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