Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
North Knox County Meth Lab Bust
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office took four people into custody following a North Knox County meth lab bust yesterday. The KCSO Narcotics Unit responded to 5509 Scenicwood Road around 4:06 p.m. on Monday to search for a meth lab. When officers got inside, they smelled a strong chemical odor coming from within the house and found equipment and components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as methamphetamine residue. Officers also found an active meth lab in a car. Seven one-pot (shake and bake) meth labs, seven generators/gassers, and one firearm were confiscated.
The four were arrested without incident on the scene. 26-year-old Leslie Mendez is charged with promotion of methamphetamine and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.
47-year-old Tammy Mercer is charged with promotion of methamphetamine is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.
18-year-old Emily Steinbach is charged with promotion of methamphetamine and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.
25-year-old Johnathan Thompson is charged with promotion of methamphetamine, initiation of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Three children were taken by ambulance to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to be tested for exposure to methamphetamine.
|Tammy Mercer||Emily Steinbach||Johnathan Thompson||Leslie Mendez|
KCSO's Newest Captain
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates Captain Brad Park for his recent promotion. He was promoted from Lieutenant to last week. Captain Park has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since March 1995 and supervises our Forensic Services Unit.
Davis Charged with Assault and Resisting Arrest
A man who was tased by KCSO Court Officers Thursday morning is out on bond. Ricky Davis, Sr. was charged with assault and resisting arrest with a total bond of $4,000. According to the warrant, Davis was inside Criminal Court, Division II and was being disruptive. Bailiff L.B. Steele told Davis to leave the courtroom. As the bailiff was escorting Davis out, he became more combative and punched Steele in the face and kicked him in the groin. Bailiffs Kelvin Moxley and Terry Branson responded and Branson deployed his taser on Davis. While Davis was being taken into custody he told Steele that if he saw him on the streets he would kill him.
Davis has a previous criminal history in Knox County and has been convicted of assault, burglary, drugs, disorderly conduct, theft, failure to appear, and resisting arrest.
Police Unity Tour Gives Present to Sheriff
Officers Emily Ayers, Brian Cole, Phillip Elkins, and Coby Woodrum presented a shadow box filled with memorabilia from the Police Unity Tour to Sheriff Jones and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The box contains photos of some of the officers The Police Unity Tour: Team East TN have honored on their rides. KCSO Officers Emily Ayers, Brian Cole, Debbie Jenkins, Charles Kuykendall, and Coby Woodrum rode in this year’s tour.