Rutherford County Schools has installed security cameras on the playground at McFadden School of Excellence on Bridge Avenue after parents reported Saturday four used syringes with needles were discovered near equipment.
Officers also found two more syringes, one of which was buried 2 inches in the mulch at the base of a slide with the uncovered needle pointing upward, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
Detectives were also called to the scene, and an investigation has since been opened in the matter.
Items stolen from gym
More than $3,500 worth of property was reported stolen Saturday from the men’s locker room and parking lot at Olympus Gym on South Church Street.
A 21-year-old man discovered $50 and a debit card were taken out of his backpack, which was found in a shower next to another bag that had been removed from the men’s locker room, according to two Police Department incident reports.
The other bag belonged to a 49-year-old man who told police someone removed a locker padlock, took his keys that were inside it, and stole several items from his vehicle, including a Toshiba laptop computer.
As of Tuesday, no one had been arrested and charged in connection with the incidents, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Police investigating armed robbery at gas station
A Kangaroo Express employee reported Saturday a man claiming he was armed with a gun stole $100 out of a cash register from the gas station, located in the 300 block of West Northfield Boulevard.
The suspect is described as a black male in his early-20s, and he was wearing blue jeans and white T-shirt, jacket and tennis shoes at the time of the incident, according to a Police Department incident report.
Anyone with information about his incident is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 615-893-7867.
Man accused of assaulting girlfriend
A Murfreesboro man arrested on suspicion of strangling his live-in girlfriend during an altercation Saturday at Bell Aire Apartments on Sloan Street has been charged with aggravated domestic assault.
Murfreesboro resident Jesse Sowder, 38, is accused of strangling his 26-year-old girlfriend while he restrained her by putting his knee on her face, according to a Police Department domestic violence report.
When police made contact with the woman, officers discovered she had red marks and numerous bruises all over her face and body, the majority of which appeared to be fresh injuries. Several of the other bruises appeared to be caused by injuries sustained from another incident a few days prior.
Sowder allegedly admitted to police the couple has had a history of domestic violence problems, before being transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly.
Parents arrested following Chuck E. Cheese’s fight
Two people were arrested Sunday after allegedly refusing to calm down and stop cussing in front of other families when police responded to reports of a fight inside Chuck E. Cheese’s at Stones River Mall.
Murfreesboro resident Tiffany C. Roseboro, 25, and 21-year-old Thomas D. Baker Jr. of Hermitage have each been charged with disorderly conduct, according to Police Department arrest reports.
Witnesses told police Roseboro became enraged when another woman accidently bumped into her child, which led to a verbal altercation that quickly escalated into a shoving match. The fight culminated with Baker allegedly trying to strike the woman in the mouth.
Soon after arriving on the scene, police took Roseboro and Baker into custody when neither would stop yelling obscenities inside the restaurant.
Roseboro and Baker were then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where they were held on $500 bonds. Both are scheduled to appear May 3 in General Sessions Court.