Nashville Judge Arrested in Bar Fight http://www.privateofficer.com
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http://www.privateofficer.com/ — Police said a Nashville judge was arrested overnight after a fight at a local bar.
Anthony Adgent, 60, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and vandalism after a fight at the Stirrup bar, located on Fourth Avenue South.
Adgent is an administrative law judge based in Nashville who presides over cases involving state agencies
According to the report, Adgent was asked to leave the bar for being disorderly but would not leave and put his finger in the bartender’s face.
Bartender DeMarko Smith said the judge, who he suspects was drunk, grabbed him, pinned him against the wall and hit him.
“I told him, ‘Just let me go. You have an opportunity to walk out of that door, right now.’ He let me go, and when I stepped this way, that’s when he hit me in the face,” said Smith.
Witnesses said Adgent also hit a customer in the jaw and broke a sign before having to be pushed out of the bar by four customers.
According to the bartender and witnesses, when Adgent made his way outside the bar, he told them he was a judge and that would keep him out of trouble.
The judge has been practicing law in Nashville since 1994.
The judge will appear in court next month. After the hearing, the secretary of state will determine if the judge will be reprimanded.
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Police arrest wife of slain attorney for murder http://www.privateofficer.com
Kelley Cannon’s estranged husband, James Cannon, 44, was found strangled to death on June 23 in an upstairs closet in his Bowling Avenue home off West End Avenue. Police had ruled his death a homicide, but had not charged anyone in his death until today
Police said they arrested Kelley Cannon, 41, without incident on Thursday at her mother’s home in west Nashville around 9 a.m. Evidence collected at James Cannon’s home implicates her in the crime investigators said.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron wouldn’t elaborate about the specific evidence that they said connects Kelley Cannon to the case.
She told a detective she had been at the home the night before her husband was found, but she couldn’t find him. She had the three children with her the next morning.
James Cannon, an attorney, took out orders of protection for his family after an incident May 21, when Kelley Cannon was charged with domestic assault and reckless endangerment for trying to take their youngest child against a judge’s ruling that the father was to have sole custody.Kelley Cannon was arrested three days after her husband’s death on three counts of violating an order of protection — one for each of her children.
A court hearing regarding the custody of Kelley Cannon’s three children was postponed Thursday and rescheduled for later in July.
The children, who are 9 years old, 7 years old and 18 months old, are currently living with James Cannon’s sister.
A civil attorney for Kelley Cannon said she has not seen her children since the day that her husband was found dead.
According to a police search warrant for her apartment, Cannon told detectives she had talked with her husband the night before his body was discovered.
She said she went to his residence on Bowling Avenue between 10 p.m. and midnight because she was concerned for her children’s safety.
She said that when she arrived, she found the back door slightly open and the lights on in some of the downstairs rooms. Then, she said, she woke her children up and took them to her apartment.
Investigators later took clothes, a pair of black jeans and a dress that she told them she was wearing the night of her husband’s death. Police also took an empty carton of Virginia Slims cigarettes.
Investigators took a DNA sample from Kelley Cannon to compare against evidence found where James Cannon’s body was found.
Police said the couple had a history of domestic abuse.
The attorney representing James Cannon’s family said Thursday’s charges bring a sense of relief.
“They knew that this day was probably going to come at some point, and right now the family is focused on what’s best for those three children,” said the attorney.
Kelley Cannon’s bail is set at $500,000. She can’t try posting the bond until her first court appearance, which will be in about a week.
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Nashville police crack down on gangs http://www.privateofficer.com
Nashville’s streets were made a little safer, thanks to the crackdown Metro Police supervisors said..
Over the weekend, officers arrested 81 people as part of an anti-gang initiative called Operation Safer Streets. Police also seized drugs and cash.
At least three times a week, patrol officers partner with the Special Investigations Division to help combat gang crime and activities.
So far this year, the operation has netted more than a thousand arrests.
Police officials say that they are fighting the increasing numbers of those who associate themselves with gangs. Gang crimes and violence have both been up over the past few years but Metro Police vow to attack the problem head on.
Chief Serpas said that he will continue to make sure that Nashvillians can walk down the streets of the city without the fear of gangs, shootings or drugs.
One police official said that they have more operations planned and that anyone tied to a gang could easily find themselves locked up soon.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Nashville TN. Oct. 30, 2007
A security guard at Vanderbilt University Medical Center was arrested today after she admitted that she stole $2,300 from a woman’s purse that she searched while on duty, police said.
The female victim was entering the emergency department through a metal detector at the time, police said in an affidavit.
The guard, Nikesia Monique Floyd, 26, worked for a private contractor at the hospital, a police affidavit states.The theft was discovered Oct. 11 when another visitor noticed $300 missing from her purse and approached Floyd about it, the police affidavit states.“Ms. Floyd initially denied taking the money, but later admitted to the theft in front of her supervisor and (Vanderbilt) officers,” the affidavit says.During a follow-up investigation by Vanderbilt detectives, Floyd admitted on Oct. 12 that she took $2,300 from the purse, the affidavit said. The money belonged to the victim and her husband, police said.Floyd was arrested and charged with theft over $1,000. Her bond was set at $10,000.
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Nashville TN. Oct. 16, 2007
There are 14 men and women — armed only with martial arts training, handcuffs and a commitment to keep Nashville’s streets safe — walking the roads, alleyways and recesses near the Cumberland River on Saturday nights.
They are Nashville’s Guardian Angels. On Sunday the organization’s somewhat controversial founder Curtis Sliwa came to town to pronounce six of them fully trained.
“This is a big moment for Nashville,” said Sliwa, “The moment where a well-trained and committed group of ordinary citizens begins the work of helping to reclaim this city’s streets.”
The group actually began its patrols several months ago, concentrating on Lower Broadway, Printer’s Alley and recesses near the river, said Rodney Bakken, the Nashville Chapter’s leader.
The goal: glean experience from the downtown patrols while recruiting more volunteers and community support in east Nashville. Then, expand the group’s patrols into the areas of east Nashville near McFerrin Park.
Calls for a Nashville chapter initially came from east Nashville.
The group needs to grow larger, more adept at diffusing conflict, at recognizing situations in which the Angels can and should intervene, and hopefully to become more racially and ethnically diverse, said Bakken.
The men and women at Sunday’s ceremony were mostly in their 40s and white.
The group also needs to gather community support for patrols, said Robert Thornton, one of the trainees who graduated Sunday. Thornton, 28, a cable industry worker known on patrol as “Thorn”, believes the group will get there.
The Guardian Angels, an unarmed citizen volunteer corps, was formed in 1979 by Sliwa, a nighttime manager at a Bronx fast-food restaurant who wanted to do something about the robberies he saw on New York City’s subway system every night.
Sliwa believed that a dedicated, highly visible, well-trained group of citizen volunteers could make a difference.
Angels train 6 months
Guardian Angels now walk the streets in nine countries and about 90 American cities.
Each one trains for about six months in martial arts, the law and the organization’s philosophy. Guardian Angels carry handcuffs and are prepared to make a citizens arrest if needed, Thornton said. That hasn’t happened here yet, Thorton said.
“A lot of people think we are out here, a bunch of tough-guy vigilantes, but that’s not really what we are about. We’re just ordinary people that want to do our part to be sure people feel safe.”
Since beginning its patrols in Nashville, the group has helped police search for a gun used in a shooting, stopped or intervened in an average of five fights per week and put a number of inebriated would-be drivers into cabs, said Thornton.
But it is the group’s willing-to-engage attitude that sometimes simultaneously wins it accolades from communities and reserved acceptance or even opposition from law enforcement.
In February when plans to form a Guardian Angels chapter in Nashville became public, Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said that, while he believes the Guardian Angels have done good work, he worries about the group’s hands-on practices.
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