Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
West Knox County I-40 Fatality
One person was killed in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in West Knox County. According to the initial investigation, a 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage traveling eastbound on I-40slammed into the back of a flatbed tractor trailer that, along with other traffic, had stopped in the right-hand lane for a stalled vehicle. The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. just before the on-ramp from Watt Road.
The driver of the Mirage was pronounced dead on the scene by Rural Metro. The passenger in the Mirage was transported to UT Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.
All were wearing seats at the time of the wreck. It is unknown at this time whether or not drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. Names will be released after relatives have been notified.
West Knox County Crash Sends One to Hospital
One woman is in the hospital following a head-on collision in West Knox County that happened this morning. According to the initial investigation, 18-year-old Madeline Paige Arden of Lenoir City was traveling eastbound on Hickory Creek Road around 10:15 this morning. Her 1996 Honda Accord crossed the center line and struck head-on a dump truck driven by 53-year-old Thomas Hall of Vonore. The dump truck was struck from behind by a Chevy Silverado towing a boat trailer driven by 56-year-old Terry Purdue of Knoxville.
Arden was transported by Rural Metro to UT Medical Center for life-threatening injuries. Neither Hall nor Purdue was injured.
All three drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Alcohol and drugs were not factors. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
KCSO Arrests One for Attempted Aggravated Robbery, Searches for Another
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit arrested a man today for an attempted aggravated robbery that occurred last month. They are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a second suspect connected to the incident.
The attempted armed robbery occurred on August 3rd at Bramblewood Apartments around 6:00 p.m. According to the initial investigation, a man from the Johnson City, Tennessee area arranged to meet a woman through a social networking site. He believed he was picking the woman up at her apartment on Bramblewood Lane and taking her to a dance. Once inside the apartment, he was assaulted by 27-year-old Jourdan Phillip Lay and 25-year old Amy Lara, both of Knoxville, who attempted to rob him. A handgun, knife, and pepper spray were used during the attempt. The suspects attempted to restrain the victim and blocked the front door, forcing him to escape through a closed-glass window on the ground floor. The victim sustained significant injuries from the incident, but was able to get to his vehicle and flee the scene. He flagged down a patrol officer and was transported to the hospital.
Lay was arrested at the intersection of Merchants Drive and Clinton Highway today without incident. He is charged with attempted aggravated robbery and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $20,000 bond. Lay has a criminal history in Knox County that includes criminal trespass, driving while privilege revoked, and theft by shoplifting.
KCSO’s Major Crimes Unit is searching for Amy Lara, who is wanted for being a co-conspirator of the attempted robbery. Lara is a 25-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. She is 4’9” and weighs 140 pounds. Lara has a criminal history in Knox County that includes DUI and multiple traffic charges.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the KCSO Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.
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Former School Bus Driver Indicted
An investigation by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis Unit has resulted in the arrest of a former school bus driver involved in a Knox County school bus incident. Ginger Doane, 44, was arrested after the Family Crisis Unit presented evidence to a Knox County grand jury. The grand jury today issued a one count indictment of reckless endangerment. Doane’s bond is $2,500.
The incident occurred September 5 and involved a student aboard her bus. The mug shot is unavailable at this time.