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TBI makes multiple arrests

- Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:16 PM

TBI arrests former City Recorder for theft

Special Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested the former City Recorder of Collinwood, Melissa Dawn Broome, for theft.

On Jan. 7, 2014, at the request of District Attorney General Mike Bottoms, the TBI began an investigation into possible theft of money from the City of Collinwood. The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury conducted an audit and determined approximately $100,000 in cash payments had been collected by the City of Collinwood, but were never deposited into the city’s bank accounts.

Broome, 38, admitted that from December 2011 to July 2013, she stole the cash payments for her personal use from the Collinwood City Hall during her employment as the City Recorder. Broome ended her employment with the city in July 2013.

Broome has been charged with one count of Theft over $60,000. She is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Investigation nets arrest, child abuse charge in case of missing teen

The TBI, working with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested and charged Susan Smithburg in connection to the ongoing case surrounding her son’s disappearance from their Williamson County home.

On Thursday, March 27, 16-year-old Christopher Smithburg ran away from his home on Rocky Fork Road in Nolensville. The TBI later joined the investigation at the request of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney General Kim Helper.

During the course of the investigation, agents became aware of an incident in the family’s home, just before Christopher’s disappearance, that led agents to arrest and charge Susan Smithburg, 52, with one count of Aggravated Child Abuse and Aggravated Child Neglect or Endangerment.  

Smithburg was being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $100,000 bond. 

Former psychiatric worker arrested in ongoing assault case

The TBI has arrested a fifth individual in an ongoing assault investigation at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

Wednesday, deputies in Pasco County, Fla. arrested 36-year-old Gregory Arnold at his Port Richey home without incident.

In May of 2013, Commissioner Doug Varney requested the TBI to open a case into an incident in which a patient was assaulted. The investigation revealed five former employees, who were psychiatric technicians at the time, kicked the patient in the face and struck the patient multiple times in the chest. The patient was housed at the facility for a court-ordered competency evaluation.

On March 21, 2014, the case was presented to a Davidson County Grand Jury, which subsequently returned indictments for all five former employees. They all have been charged with Assault and Official Oppression.

Those previously arrested and charged include Edward Fisher, 49, of Gallatin, Jonathan Hambrick, 33, of Lebanon, Mark Williams, 52, of Nashville and Charles Woods, 48, of Old Hickory.

Arnold is in the Pasco County Jail, soon to face extradition to Tennessee.

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