Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
August 2016 Officers of the Month
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates August’s Officers of the Month, Josh Clemons and Jason Overton.
On August 12, Officers Clemons and Overton responded to an apartment building on fire. They were the first ones on the scene and the building was fully engulfed in flames. After learning that the building possibly still had occupants inside, they entered the burning building, woke up residents, and escorted them outside. They made several trips back into the building, and even carried a bedridden resident outside.
The officers do not have equipment or clothing designed to perform in such an environment, and they made trips back inside even after fire personnel arrived.
Officer Clemons has been with the KCSO since February 2010, and Officer Overton since July 2009.
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July 2016 Detective of the Month
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates July’s Detective of the Month, Kenneth Aken.
Detective Aken responded to a sexual assault call toward the beginning of July. He worked throughout the month and even volunteered to cancel his vacation day to pursue justice for the two minor child victims involved. After a thorough investigation, he obtained warrants and the suspect was arrested for aggravated assault, kidnapping, two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, and statutory rape by an authority figure with a combined bond of $1,000,000.
Detective Aken has been with the KCSO since February 2004.
Woman Jailed for Fake Kidnapping
Family members of 20 year old Violetta Vasque contacted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit on Saturday and reported that the young woman was being held against her will. The alleged kidnappers communicated with Vasquez’s family via text messages and phone calls. There were threats to harm her as well as demands for ransom money. The Knoxville FBI Safe Streets and HIDTA Task Forces (high intensity drug trafficking area) joined the investigation on Sunday. Later that day, the Johnson City FBI Safe Streets and HIDTA TASK Forces, the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office and the KCSO located Vasquez at a residence on Brown Road in Morristown. After an intense investigation it was determined that Vasquez had fabricated her claim of being kidnapped. She was arrested for making a false report and harassing phone calls and is being held in the Hamblen County Jail.
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