Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Possible Inmate Suicide Monday at Detention Facility
The Major Crimes Unit and the Office of Professional Standards are investigating what appears to be a suicide of an inmate at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. The incident happened Monday, August 15. Ryan Bolton, 43, who was about to be released from jail on a public intoxication charge, was found hanged in his cell. According to records, he was talking to a corrections guard at 10:22 a.m. and 30 minutes later was found during a cell check. Officers did CPR until emergency personnel arrived. He was transported to U.T. Medical Center and pronounced dead at 11:35.
He was brought in to the Detention Facility on August 13 and showed no signs of depression or indications he would harm himself. He didn’t leave a note.
This is the first suicide reported at the facility this year. Approximately 15,000 inmates have been booked into the facility since the first of the year.
KCSO Vice Unit Arrests Nine in Prostitution Sting
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit arrested seven men and two women during an undercover operation at a West Knoxville hotel on Thursday.
48-year-old Richard Gilberto O’Neil of Knoxville was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution and resisting arrest.
55-year-old James Joseph Seidler of Clark Range, Tennessee was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.
41-year-oldJames Roy Brown of Greenback, Tennessee was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.
25-year-old Omar Garcia Rodriguez of Loudon, Tennessee was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.
41-year-old Michael Shane Grace of Oliver Springs, Tennessee was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.
43-year-old Alberto Parra of Knoxville was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.
45-year-old Jose Armando Aron-Matute of Knoxville was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution.
19-year-old Katelen Elisabeth Shepherd of Louisville, Tennessee was arrested and charged with prostitution.
25-year-old Monica Upton of Knoxville was arrested and charged with driving without a license. She has a criminal history in Knox County that includes prostitution, impersonation of a licensed professional, theft, and burglary
NO SEX TRAFFICKING SCHEME IN THE HALLS WALMART PARKING LOT!
Contrary to a report on WVLT-TV and its Facebook page, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office never said that we had several reports of suspicious people following or confronting women at the Halls’ Wal-Mart and that it could be part of a sex trafficking scheme. After seeing the report on WVLT, detectives with KCSO pulled the video and audio tapes from the officers who had responded to an assault call at the Wal-Mart, which involved an aggressive pan handler. The tapes revealed that at no time did any officer say anything involving a sex trafficking ring. I (Martha Dooley, Director of Media Relations) called WVLT Friday morning and requested changes be made on their website and Facebook. We ask that in the future they contact KCSO for any attribution involving the Sheriff’s Office.
Officer Involved Wreck
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a four car wreck that injured a KCSO Deputy and another driver Wednesday afternoon shortly before 4 p.m. Officer Kevin Harris was responding to a call with lights and siren on his vehicle as he drove through the intersection at Callahan Road and Clinton Highway. Lance Asher, 22, who was driving a Honda Civic, said he did not see the officer in time. Harris’ car hit the Honda and spun several times hitting a Nissan Altima, which was stopped at a red light on Schaad Road. The Altima in turn hit a Lincoln MKS.
Deputy Harris and the driver of the Lincoln identified as Gene Carnes were both transported by Rural Metro to U.T. Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The preliminary report indicates that all were wearing seatbelts. There are no charges as the investigation continues.