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 Smyrna man shot, killed at his home

Smyrna Police Department received a report of a shooting that occurred at 109 Kings Rd in Smyrna at approximately 7 Thursday morning.

When officers arrived they found the victim, Danny Wright, 46, shot multiple times. Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to Vanderbilt Hospital. Investigators were advised that the victim had died from his injuries while at the hospital.

The suspect in the incident is described as a black male, wearing dark clothes, and was also described as being tall/ skinny. After the shooting, the suspect fled the scene in a late model tan or white sedan.

Smyrna Police are working many leads at this time and are asking the public for any information that they might have relating to this crime. Please contact Det. Rick Hall at (615) 459-6644 with any additional information.


Court date upcoming for women who allegedly burned girl

The court date for a woman accused of burning a little girl is nearing. The 23-year old Murfreesboro resident was arrested on aggravated child abuse charges in July.

MPD Det. Tommy Roberts asked Amber Waight to visit the Police Department, and according to the arrest report, she agreed. Once there, Det. Roberts interviewed Waight about burning a four year old child with a cigarette.

Waight confessed to burning the little girl "multiple times with a cigarette." After the interview was completed, the woman was arrested and charged with a Tennessee Code that is sometimes referred to as "Haley's Law." The law makes it a Class A felony to abuse a child who is under the age of 9 in a way that leads to bodily injury.

Haley's Law was formed in remembrance of a case in East Tennessee from 2004. "Baby Haley" was badly abused with burns all over her body when she was found. Her eyes were swollen shut and her ears bleeding. The case of Haley Spice had a remarkable outcome, though she has made a tremendous recovery over the years. She was abused by her father and stepmother.

As for the suspect in Murfreesboro, she was booked under a $5,000 bond after her confession, according to MPD. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 21, 2014. At this time she remains jailed at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.


Shoplifters strike Victoria’s Secret again

Victoria's Secret located in the Avenue Shopping Center in Murfreesboro was the victim of another shoplifting spree in which more than $1,200 in panties were stolen.

More than $10,000 in thefts have been reported at the women’s lingerie store this year.

Police went to the ladies store last week where they met with the manager, who told them three unknown females entered the store and stole 90 pairs of "Dream Angel's" panties over a three-hour period. The three women took turns entering the store and leaving with the undergarments.

A description of the culprits states that one was white and two were black. No other information is available and no arrests have been made.

Each of the theft cases at Victoria's Secret two stores in Murfreesboro remain unsolved at this time


Local business reports $34,000 theft

A local oil company called the police after an alleged employee theft occurred. Reports indicate an employee may have stolen over $34,000 from Tennessee Oil Service.

According to a police incident report, the worker is accused of writing company checks and cashing them while keeping the money for himself.

Detectives are investigating the accusations. No arrests have been made.


Smyrna Police seeking alleged Walmart thief

Smyrna Police are looking for a male suspect who allegedly took several items on two different occasions from the Walmart on Enon Springs Road.

Detective Todd Spearman says on July 27 and 30 , the suspect stole several items, including a LG Sound Plate, two security camera systems, pillows, comforter, floor mats, belt and oil pan. On both occasions the total cost of the items stolen was more than $500.00. He says once in the parking lot this man loaded the stolen property into a small Black Dodge pickup and left the area.

The suspect is described as being a white male with what appears to be a goatee type facial hair, approximately 6 foot tall, 30 years of age and 230 pounds. Anyone with information as to the identity of this individual are asked to contact Detective Nabours with the Smyrna Police Department at (615) 267-5434.


In an unrelated case, a manager of Pei Wei restaurant on Medical Center Parkway called the police after realizing that more than $1,200 was missing from two recent deposits. There is now word on who misplaced or stole that deposit in question.

In a third inside theft case, a worker at JC Penny in the Stones River Mall admitted to her involvement in the theft of more than $700. The worker said that she would hit the "no sale" button on the register and then remove cash out of cash drawer. The employee admitted to the thievery after management noticed discrepancies when she worked.


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