Patrols sent to councilwoman's home 175 times - WSMV News 4

Patrols sent to councilwoman's home 175 times

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Lebanon City Councilwoman Kathy Warmath Lebanon City Councilwoman Kathy Warmath

A Lebanon city councilwoman’s use of the police force is being called into question.

Councilwoman Kathy Warmath came under fire for pushing council legislation that would have prohibited firefighters from taking lunch breaks in their trucks.

Lebanon police said when they receive a request for extra patrols, they drive by the location reported to see what’s wrong.

Channel 4 has received tips that the patrols into the Richmond Hills subdivision have been excessive, particularly to Warmath’s address.

Lebanon Police logs show they have sent extra patrols to her address 175 times between March and September.

“I didn’t have a count on them and I didn’t see them,” Warmath said.

Warmath told Channel 4 she has only called police four times because of a suspicious man in the community. Police followed the requests by checking in twice a day for as long as requested. 

“He was into people’s woods. He was trespassing. He was just doing some very strange things,” Warmath said. “He came down by my house, but he came by lots of people’s house. He went through lots of people’s houses, their back yards, their woods. Just places they shouldn’t be at that time or any time.”

In 2015, Warmath’s residence had the second most "extra-patrols" by Lebanon police behind Don Fox Park which had 214. The Walmart on South Cumberland Street has had 169 and the Lebanon Outlet Mall has had 161. 

Police Chief Michael Vanhook characterized the number documented at Warmath's address as out of the ordinary and far beyond any other residential patrols.

Warmath said she didn’t tie up police resources, she just wanted to protect her community.

“It was not to do anything wrong,” she said. “I don’t apologize for it. I would do it again if it happened. The police would step up and do what they did. They are the experts.”

Police confirmed there was a suspicious man in the community who also lived in the neighborhood.

That man was arrested in March at a gas station in Lebanon and charged with attempted robbery and public intoxication. The attempted robbery charge was thrown out because the witness did not show up to court. Police say the public intoxication charge still stands.

Police said Warmath never filed a formal complaint about a stalker or suspicious man, but the patrols have now stopped.

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