A noose and neo-Nazi flag were found hanging Saturday morning from a privacy fence between two homes in downtown Murfreesboro.
One of the homeowners reported the incident to the Murfreesboro Police Department. The responding officer only recorded it as Found Property and described it as "a piece of rope and flag." The items were collected as evidence, according to the incident report.
The homeowner, who is an African American man, posted a picture of the offending items on social media, saying "Some coward as came & did this in the middle of the night."
Men charged with possession of heroin
Two Murfreesboro men were charged with multiple counts after an MPD officer reportedly found drugs during a traffic stop, according to arrest reports.
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, an MPD officer pulled over Justin D. Jackson, 20, and Jeffery A. Phipps, 40, both of Murfreesboro after he discovered the license plate was not on file, the arrest report said.
The officer said the men appeared nervous so they were asked to step out of the vehicle. After receiving verbal consent, the officer searched Jackson, which revealed a rolled up dollar bill with its ends taped closed. "The dollar bill had powder residue inside of the bill," the report said.
A drug-sniffing dog was called in at this point to search the vehicle. The dog alerted to the vehicle, the report said.
Officers searched the vehicle and reportedly found more than a gram and a half of heroin, 89 Xanax bars and more than $2,400 in cash, the report said.
Of course, both men denied owning the drugs, but they were charged equally. According to the report, Phipps later claimed the drugs as his.
Jackson and Phipps were booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $20,750 bond.
Michelle Willard is a freelance journalist who fills her days with social media marketing, politics and true crime podcasts, and taking complaints. You can complain to her on Twitter @MichWillard or by email michelle(at)murfreesborovoice.com.