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At-a-Glance for June 23, 2016

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Ex-teacher gets 3 months in jail for statutory rape Former Bolton High School math teacher LaTorrence Bivens, 31, has pleaded guilty to the 2013 aggravated statutory rape of a teenager. It was announced Tuesday that he has been sentenced to 90 days and will be on probation for three years. He was reportedly in a […]

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SCSO reports crimes in Lakeland for late May

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The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) handled the following incidents in Lakeland during the latter half of May. The earlier incidents were listed in last week’s issue of The Bartlett Express. Editor’s note: All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and values are estimated for stolen/damaged items. […]

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Bartlett Police reports for June 13-19, 2016

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The Bartlett Police Department (BPD) handled the following incidents for the period of June 13-19, 2016. This listing includes the most notable incidents for the reporting period and does not necessarily reflect all police activity. Editor’s note: All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and values are […]

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MPD on lookout for missing Cordova teen

A Cordova family is anxiously awaiting word that their daughter is safe. The 15-year-old Jennifer Voyles was upset and left after being disciplined . She was reported as an endangered runaway child at 6:17 a.m. Monday, June 20. She has brown hair and brown eyes and is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs […]

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Bartlett PD captures robbery suspect, recovers stolen drugs

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  Two armed robberies in three days. But Bartlett law enforcement foiled at least one of them. An armed robber tried his skills at Bartlett Prescription Shop Monday morning, but the only people leaving the premises and keeping their prize were the police, who soon nabbed the suspect. The call came at 9:16 a.m. of an armed […]

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Lakeland sees car thefts and home violence during May

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The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) handled the following incidents in Lakeland during the first half of May. The remaining incidents will be listed in next week’s issue of The Bartlett Express. Editor’s note: All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and values are estimated for stolen/damaged […]

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‘Park Smart’ to avoid thefts

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The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has a Park Smart Safety Tips program to educate Mid-South residents on how to prevent thefts from their vehicles. If you find a small yellow card tucked under your windshield wiper, you’ve gotten a head’s up about your unsafe property practices. Drivers who carelessly leave a purse on a passenger […]

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THP testimony: BPD officer’s speed, other driver’s failure to yield led to fatal crash

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High speed and a victim’s failure to yield were major factors in an officer-involved crash in Bartlett October 2014 that left two citizens dead, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). The data came from a state trooper’s testimony in criminal court last Friday, explaining evidence that Bartlett Police officer Lucas […]

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Shooter damages THP HQ in Bartlett Sunday

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Fourteen rifle shots blasted into the Tennessee Highway Patrol Headquarters building in Bartlett Sunday night, damaging the structure but not hitting the people inside. Shots were fired around 8:55 p.m., hitting walls and the front glass and doors of the building at 6348 Summer Avenue. The Bartlett Police Department is investigating the shooting, and a […]

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SCSO deputy jailed: No bond, multiple charges

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A Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputy is being held in jail without bond, suspended without pay and facing multiple charges stemming from a domestic violence case. Tuesday morning, news stories broke that Ralph Dobbins, 43, of Memphis was charged with violating a protection order and bail conditions for domestic violence, as well as coercion of […]

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