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KCSO Arrests Attempted Aggravated Robbery Suspect

Saturday, 18 August 2018

A man wanted for attempting to rob a Knox County business was arrested late Friday night. The Knox County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division made a traffic stop around 10:30 p.m. and took 50-year-old Ricky Lewis of Knoxville into custody. KCSO's Major Crimes Unit had charged Lewis with attempted aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred at the Dollar General, located at 2725 Shipetown Road, earlier Friday afternoon. He entered the store, placed items for purchase on the counter, and, instead of paying, produced a note that made a demand for money and indicated that he had a firearm. He also placed his hand under his jacket as if he had a firearm under his clothing.

Lewis is also charged with driving on a suspended license. He is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a combined $21,000 bond. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes promotion of methamphetamine, manufacture and initiation of manufacture of methamphetamine; public intoxication; theft by shoplifting; vandalism; domestic assault; aggravated burglary; driving under the influence; initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine; promote manufacture of methamphetamine; evading arrest; implied consent; disorderly conduct; public order crimes; liquor; and burglary. 



KCSO Arrests Pigeon Forge Man for Attempted First Degree Murder

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pigeon Forge man on Tuesday for attempted first degree murder. 59-year-old Jerry Benton was taken into custody in South Knox County today following an incident that occurred earlier that morning. Benton is charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon as a convicted felon. He is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a combined $235,000 bond. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes possession of drug paraphernalia and fugitive from justice.

The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, and cyber investigations. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.



School Safety Reminders

Monday, 06 August 2018

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has officers out in school zones this week to be more visible to drivers and heighten awareness of school zones.  When school starts the KCSO Traffic Unit will have more officers at Steele Road at the new Hardin Valley Middle School.    In a few weeks, KCSO will be conducting saturation patrols in different school zones looking for cell phone usage, seatbelts, and speeders.

Officers remind drivers about distracted driving:  Be mindful of pedestrians and increased traffic in school zones.



Free Vehicle Identification Set for Saturday

Friday, 03 August 2018

On Saturday, August 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the lot across from Toyota of Knoxville on Parkside Drive, you can have the (VIN) number permanently etched into your vehicle’s windshield and windows for free. The number is placed in a discreet location and does not harm the glass. This is the 25th year that the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters have partnered to offer Operation Vehicle I.D. 

VIN etching, a process that only takes about ten minutes, can be a significant deterrent to vehicle thefts. Thieves will often bypass a car that has been marked this way because it can be traced quickly. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office reports that approximately 350-400 vehicles are stolen each year.



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