MNPD Officers Continuing to Staff Tornado Impacted Neighborhoods
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MNPD officers this evening continue working 12-hour shifts with days off canceled as neighborhoods within the North, East and Hermitage Precincts make progress in recovering from the March 3 tornado.
As of 5 p.m. today, 78 MNPD officers and an additional 10 Davidson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are staffing 64 fixed posts blocking roads/intersections (some roadways have multiple fixed posts). The largest number of fixed posts is in North Nashville at 33 (down from 66 earlier today). There are 22 fixed posts in East Nashville and 9 in Hermitage. Officers in addition to those on fixed posts are maintaining a highly visible presence in affected neighborhoods as NES crews and electrical contractors replace damaged power poles and restore electricity. As of this evening, 1,921 NES customers are without power, down from tens of thousands over the past several days. Nineteen roads are closed this evening, down from 116 in the immediate aftermath of the tornado.
MNPD shift and staffing needs are being evaluated on a daily basis as recovery progresses.
The only report of criminal activity in a recovering neighborhood came Sunday night when officers in East Nashville stopped a suspicious pickup truck near the intersection of Barclay Drive & Lazenby Drive. The passenger, Joshua William Davis, 34, who had a Michigan driver license, and his girlfriend, Nicole Bowman, 33, admitted that they were riding around collecting debris, including a mattress, from yards and curbsides. A search of the truck led to the discovery of crystal meth and marijuana. Davis was charged with disorderly conduct for being in the storm impacted area, felony meth possession, marijuana possession, and child endangerment for having his two young kids in the vehicle. Bowman was also charged with disorderly conduct.