Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WSMV tv news takes on Shouse

Here is the story from last nights news in Nashville concerning community caretaking.  The newsletter will have more information on this story as soon as final edits are complete.

DRE School this week

Good luck to the men and women attending DRE School this week. This class is one of the most intense and difficult a law enforcement officer will ever attend. Those dedicated enough to persevere are highly motivated to respond to the issue of drugged driving.

In order to attend this school, there is a selection process that includes the endorsement of the local District Attorney.

This phase is conducted over nine days (72 class hours). It includes sessions in physiology, vital signs, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), and extensive information on each of the seven categories of the drugs of abuse. The training includes three written examinations, a SFST proficiency examination and five written quizzes. Students must achieve a minimum of 80% on the three examinations, and must demonstrate proficiency in administering SFST's in order to progress to the certification phase.
The final exam usually takes more than five hours.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Death Rates on Rural Roads

Ben Benton of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has captured information concerning rural road traffic fatalities in the nation, Tennessee and the Tri-State area around Chattanooga. We are not doing well in this area. A major part of the problem is seat belt use, speed and vehicles leaving the roadway. Trees, rocks and mountains are not forgiving to the driver who loses control. Read his article at:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Former state legislator killed in Kingsport hit-and-run incident

The Kingsport Times News informs us that Michael K. Locke, 61, a former State Representative and Kingsport businessman has been killed by a hit and run driver, who faces vehicular homicide by intoxication charges.

The driver, James D Hamm was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a fatality and failure to maintain control of a vehicle. He apparently bought alcohol at a liquor store and ran into the building as he left. He struck and killed Mr. Locke about a mile later.

Mr. Locke was a veteran and was active in his community supporting the Kingsport Life Saving Crew, Lynn View Community Center, the Parks and Recreation Board and Allandale. He was involved in the Republican party and was the past president of the Dobyns Bennett High School Quarterback Club.
He was serving as the chairman of a campaign for State Representative and was killed while putting up campaign signs.

Read the full story at:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Are you telling your story?

I just returned from a Train the Trainer course.
I had the privilege of focusing on the use of story in trial.
Developing a story that resonates is vital and most prosecutors are not very good at it.
We tend to show our list of proof and expect the jury to do the rest.
We list the elements of the crime, place a checkmark by each when it is proven and think we win.
Meanwhile the defense tells a story of ......Mistake, Regret, Impossibility or whatever.
They include an emotional connection in their story and we are surprised when our emotionless list is trounced by their emotional story
Put your story together.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Transdermal monitoring devices

A video explaining a new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2014, permitting the expanded use of transdermal monitoring has been posted on my you tube page at:

The law permits the use of devices that monitor sweat for alcohol content for probation, parole, pre trial and judicial diversion. They are already accepted for monitoring people on bond.