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KCSO Raids Mexican Restaurant

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Organized Retail Crime Unit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office raided another business this afternoon, this time concerning EBT cards.   Ten Search warrants were served at the Taco De Mexico at 818 Beaumont Avenue.  The owner, 57 year old Jorge Lua is charged with 3 counts of identity theft, 1 count of theft, 3 counts of EBT fraud, and 3 counts of computer crimes associated with the EBT cards.

The owner was buying the food stamp cards for 50 cents on the dollar.  He then used the cards to buy food for his restaurant.  He also sold drinks at construction sites.  He made lists of the drinks he wanted and gave those to an undercover officer for her to shoplift.

The Sheriff’s office has partnered with the USDA, Kroger, and the Tennessee Department of Human Services for this investigation.

KCSO Chief of Administration, Lee Tramel, said “If you buy stolen property, EBT cards, or stolen gift cards, we are coming after you.  We are not going to stop.  These items are being sold in order to get cash to buy drugs, particularly heroin.  We’re going to continue to fight this at every single angle.”



KCSO Investigates KPD Officer Involved Shooting

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Timothjy Tillery

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Knoxville Police Department Officer involved shooting.  The incident occurred Sunday morning shortly before 9:00 o’clock in the 500 block of East Inskip Road in North Knoxville.  KPD Officer Vanessa Mayes was responding to a call for service on Inskip when she observed two suspicious people on bicycles, carrying multiple bags and a weed eater.  The officer approached the male and female and determined the male, who was identified as Timothy Tillery, was wanted on a Knox County outstanding warrant for failure to appear.  Tillery resisted the officer’s attempts to place him in custody and during the struggle gained control of the officer’s Taser.  Officer Mayes discharged her firearm once striking Tillery in the arm.  She took him into custody and he was transported to U.T. Medical Center where he was treated and released at 2:30.  Officer Mayes was also treated and released with minor injuries.

Tillery, who is homeless, is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility for aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and unlawful drug paraphernalia.  His total bond is $12,500.  Tillery’s female companion was questioned and released.



KCSO Chaplain Gale Lyon

Monday, 06 November 2017

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office sends out condolences to the Lyon family regarding the death of the Reverend Gale Lyon who served the Sheriff’s Office for over 16 years as a chaplain. He went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 3.  He was Co-Coordinator of Chaplains for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 until his retirement in 2010 and was awarded the honor of Chaplain of the Year by the National Sheriff’s Association in 2005.  He loved police officers, his fellow chaplains, and especially the men and women of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.  Two of his sons and a granddaughter served as officers with the KCSO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shepherd of the Hills Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 7, at Shepherd of the Hills Baptist Church, 400 East Beaver Creek Drive, Knoxville from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  with the funeral to follow at 7 p.m.  The Reverend Leland Lyon will officiate.  Family and friends will leave in procession from Mynatt’s Funeral Home, Fountain City Chapel Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. interment service at Trentville Cemetery, Strawberry Plains Pike.



Armed Robbery at Dollar Store

Saturday, 04 November 2017

The Major Crimes Unit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Friday night.  The black male entered the Dollar General Store at 7544 Oak Ridge Highway and lifted his shirt showing a small handgun to the clerks and demanded money from the register.  He is described as 5’10 to 6’1 tall, approximately 210-1220 pounds, wearing a black jump suit with white stripes down both arms and down the legs.  He was wearing black loafer style shoes and fled the store west bound behind the business.  Anyone with information is asked to call the KCSO at 215-2243.




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