21-year-old TSU student Kelci Jenkins was jailed on March 18th for attacking her ex-boyfriend at his campus apartment. Jalen McClendon told police that his ex-girlfriend, Jenkins, whom he hasn’t spoken to for two months, entered his unlocked apartment without permission and knocked on his locked bedroom door. When he woke up and opened the door, Jenkins immediately started scratching him on the left side of his neck, leaving blood and scratch marks. She ripped off his gold chain, breaking it in the process. McClendon said Jenkins would not calm down or leave, and he had to pick her up and carry her out of the apartment.
MNPD & TSU remove officers from working downtown Nashville’s private ‘mercenary’ police force
As of last week, administrations of both the Metro Nashville and the Tennessee State University Police Departments have stopped scheduling officers to work secondary employment on the Downtown Partnership’s private police force, described as “mercenaries” by some, including Mayoral Candidate Alice Rolli. While MNPD says it was a “mutual decision” between them and the PSO (Private Security Organization), Jack Byrd, who manages the PSO, tells Scoop: Nashville the decision was solely his. The PSO has become controversial in recent weeks over reported ‘homeless roundups’ to clear up the area for tourists. A statement from an MNPD spokesperson ties the scheduling pause to an “insurance issue,” while TSU did not comment on their reasoning for stopping the program permanently. The remainder of the officers left working for the troubled PSO are primarily from Millersville PD & THP.
TSU Police wakes up sleeping man at Riverfront park to arrest him — Jonathan Counts
TSU Police Officer William Bottoms says he found 35-year-old Jonathan Countsasleep at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville just before 6 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. He charged him with criminal trespass, noting the park closed at 11 p.m. It is unclear why TSU Officers were patrolling Riverfront Park at 6 a.m. and the department has not responded to inquiries about this story.
VIDEO: Cane Ridge Asst Principal on paid leave after tackling student during fight
Cane Ridge High School Assistant Principal James Reese is on paid administrative leave after he violently took a student to the floor and restrained her during a fight in the gym on January 31. After Scoop: Nashville obtained a video of the incident, Metro Nashville Schools released a statement that reads, “a fight occurred in the gym at approximately 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31. Assistant Principal James Reese came into the gym and stopped the fight with the help of a substitute teacher. He was attempting to escort one of the girls out of the gym when the other one involved in the fight moved passed a substitute teacher and pushed them, knocking them to the floor. The AP got up and took that girl to the floor and restrained her to stop the fight from re-occurring.”
TSU maintenance request leads to felony drug charges for student Kellen Brabson
21-year-old Kellen Brabson faces felony marijuana possession charges after directors of the Ford Residence apartments at Tennessee State University responded to a maintenance request inside his room. As Mr. Wynn and Ms. Lewis entered the room, they reported smelling marijuana and decided to conduct a room inspection. They located multiple bags of marijuana, totaling 30 grams, scales, a grinder, bags, and edibles inside the room. TSU Campus police were called and determined that he was selling marijuana. Branson admitted to ownership of all the discovered items.
Renauld Clayton charged in downtown DUI, argues he passed field sobriety tests
Police say 35-year-old Renauld Clayton made an illegal u-turn at 11th & Broadway, just one block away from his home, just after 11 p.m. Wednesday. Officers conducted a traffic stop and reported immediately smelling alcohol as they approached the vehicle. He claimed not to have consumed any alcohol, but his female passenger claimed the smell was coming from her. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests, despite arguing that he passed them all. He was taken into custody and charged with DUI. In 2020, Clayton was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison for his student loan fraud scheme at Tennessee State University, where he was an employee.
Robert Holmes charged with drug possession after DUI crash on Dickerson Pike
30-year-old Robert Holmes crashed his vehicle near Dickerson Pike and Grace Street late Friday night and admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the day. Social media posts show Holmes drinking with friends at a restaurant just prior to driving. Responding officers say he smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing and speaking coherently. After performing poorly on field sobriety tests, Holmes was taken into custody. A subsequent inventory search of his vehicle prior to towing resulted in the seizure of 9.39 grams of marijuana in a Tupperware container.
DUI: Darius Adams crashes after leaving Play Dance Bar Sunday Night, blows 0.136% BAC
Police say 21-year-old Darius Adams crashed a black Cadillac Escalade just after 4 a.m. Monday near Charlotte Pike and River Road. Adams was found asleep in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, which was blocking a lane of travel, and the engine was running. An open can of Cayman Jack was in the center console, and Darius Adams told officers he had come from Play Dance Bar, where he drank a shot of fireball and other shots that men bought for him. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and blew a 0.136% BAC on a breathalyzer.
After Randolph Wilson reports his gun was stolen at TSU, he’s charged with carrying a gun on campus
TSU Police say 30-year-old Randolph Wilson reported his firearm was stolen while he was working a shift on campus on July 23rd. Wilson states he brought the firearm for protection when he walked home after his shift. During his shift, he had it stored away and not on his person. When he reported the theft to campus police, they issued him a state citation charging him with carrying a firearm onto school property. He was booked on that citation this week. His citation states he works for Arch Angel Security, and he maintains an active armed guard license with the State of Tennessee.
TSU dorm room tussle takes two lovers to jail — Juelle Walker & London Hutchings
TSU Police say they couldn’t determine who was the primary aggressor in a Rudolph Hall assault, so they took both parties to jail. Current TSU student, 20-year-old Juelle Rinae Walker, and her boyfriend and former TSU student, 21-year-old London Hutchings, were bother involved in a fight that caught the attention of 6th Floor RA Courtney Smalls. Hutchings was reportedly “in a jealous rage” because Walker went swimming without him. She says he pushed her and cornered her, and she sustained a cut to her hand and a bruise on her shoulder. He says she was throwing things at him and he was simply defending himself from further injury, as he sustained multiple scratches on his chest, neck, and wrist. TSU Police Officer Christopher Brooks says the judge can sort it out.