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KCSO Officer Bitten by Dog in East Knox County

Friday, 18 August 2017

A civil warrants officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a dog this morning. According to the report, Officer Rhonda Steele was serving a show cause order on a man at 6300 Roscoe Lane just before 7:45 a.m. She heard a dog barking as she approached the residence and advised the man to restrain the dog before opening the main door and storm door. The man, identified as Donald Stannard opened the main door and the dog charged the storm door, causing it to open, and bit Officer Steele on the left calf. She was transported by another officer to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she was treated for a puncture wound and released.  

Stannard said the dog, which is a male, black lab/doberman breed, was not current on rabies vaccinations and that the dog has a prior bite history.  He surrendered the dog and it was transported by a KCSO Animal Control officer to Young-Williams Animal Center for a ten day bite observation. Stannard was not cited because he surrendered the dog. He has another dog, a femal brown lab, which was not current on rabies vaccinations and agreed to get the dog up to date on shots.  Animal Control will check back on September 1 to make sure.



KCSO Arrests Two South Carolina Homicide Suspects

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested two homicide suspects wanted out of South Carolina this afternoon. Officers with KCSO’s Major Crimes, Special Investigations, and Narcotics Units took 39-year-old Ricky Lamont Williams and 24-year-old Teresa Kaytlin Luna into custody without incident around 4:00 p.m. at a residence in the 3300 block of East Governor John Sevier Highway.

Williams was wanted in connection to the July 27th homicide of 31-year-old George L. Grimes in Barnwell, South Carolina, and Luna for homicide accessory after fact by the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina. Williams was considered armed and dangerous by South Carolina law enforcement officials. Both will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility as they await extradition to South Carolina.



Body Found in Water Believed to be Missing Knox County Woman

Sunday, 13 August 2017
A body found in Tellico, Tennessee this afternoon is believed to be that of a Knox County woman missing since last week. A couple boating discovered a body in the water at Poplar Springs boat ramp around 1:00 p.m. The Loudon County Sheriff's Office responded and their preliminary investigation indicated that the victim is 56-year-old Rita May Eastes, who had been reported to the Knox County Sheriff's Office as missing after last being seen by her daughter on August 10th. The Knox County Regional Forensic Center responded and took possession of the body for further examination, including positive identification and cause of death. Foul play is not suspected. The Knox County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit would like to thank the public, the Loudon County Sheriff's Office, and the Knox County Regional Forensic Center for their assistance in the matter.



KCSO Searching for Woman Missing Since Thursday

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Knox County Sheriffs Office is asking for the publics assistance in locating a woman missing since last week. 56-year-old Rita May Eastes was last seen by her daughter on Thursday, August 10th. She was wearing a pink blouse and traveling in her 2012 silver Kia Sorento SUV with jewels around the license plate. Eastes is a white female, 54, 90-100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Knox County Sheriffs Office Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.








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