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One Arrested in South Knox County Shooting

Friday, 17 April 2015
One man was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff's Office following a shooting in South Knox County this afternoon. According to the initial investigation, officers responded to 1619 Bays Mountain Road around 1:32 p.m. on Friday. 61-year-year Gene Maranda of 1530 Bays Mountain Road and 61-year-old Lawrence Walker of 1619 Bays Mountain Road had an ongoing domestic dispute regarding Maranda residing on the property. Following an argument on Friday, Maranda warned Walker that he had one minute to leave the residence and then shot him one time in the abdominal area with a handgun. Walker was transported by Rural Metro to UT Medical Center. Maranda was found by KCSO officers in the woods a short distance from the scene and taken into custody without incident. Maranda is charged with attempted second degree murder and is being held on a $300,000 bond in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes assault and custodial interference. The investigation, led by the Family Crisis Unit, is ongoing. The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Elder Abuse. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.



March 2015 Officers of the Month

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates March’s Officers of the Month, Scott Greene, Van Lam, Kevin Ryan, and Patrick York.

On March 29th, Officers Green, Lam, Ryan, and York were dispatched to a call at a gas station where a female had passed out in the bathroom after shooting up heroin. After officers arrived, they found that a male had also passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and both were transported to the hospital by Rural Metro. Officers found three young children in the rear seat and removed them from the vehicle. The youngest child had urinated on himself and was without diapers. The other two children appeared un-bathed. Officers searched the vehicle for clean clothing and all they found was a trunk full of soiled clothing.

The four officers collected money from each other and one of them drove across the street to purchase diapers for the youngest child. They also purchased candy and drinks for all three children and took care of them while also handling the situation. Officers York and Ryan were observed keeping the children entertained with their phones and tablets. The other officers on the scene took turns caring for the children while waiting for the Department of Children Services to arrive. This continued for a few hours before the officers were relieved. During that time, the officers would get dispatched to another call, pass the children to another officer, answer the call, and then come back to help their beat partners.

The officers never complained about using their personal money and did not hesitate to hold the children even though they were very dirty and covered in urine. They also did not hesitate to pull out their personal and expensive tablets and phones for the children to use.

Officer Greene has been with the KCSO since January 1997, Officer Lam since April 2008, Officer Ryan since November 2004, and Officer York since August 2011.

Officer Greene Officer Lam Officer Ryan Officer York



March 2015 Detectives of the Month

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates March’s Detectives of the Month, Brad Cox and Woody Martin.

A string of North Knox County utility trailer thefts that occurred in March prompted an investigation by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives Cox and Martin were assigned as the lead investigators and quickly identified two groups of individuals who were likely suspects. An extensive two-week investigation led by the pair resulted in the recovery of trailers, commercial mowers, a four-wheeler, and powered landscaping equipment. The items were returned to their owners and three people were arrested and charged, resulting in the clearance of at least 16 cases in Knox County.

Detective Cox has been with the KCSO since July 2002. Detective Martin has been with the KCSO since December 1998.

Detective Cox Detective Martin



Colleen Bush Arrested

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A woman wanted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for robbery was taken into custody this morning in Cocke County. 24-year-old Colleen Bush was arrested without incident around 11:00 a.m. by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office after the department received information from the Newport Police Department. Bush has an outstanding warrant for robbery in Knox County and will be held on a $10,000 bond in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.

Bush is one of possibly four suspects wanted for a robbery that occurred on Saturday, April 11th around 8:00 a.m. According to initial investigation, the male victim gave Bush a ride to meet a friend at 2808 Voltz Lane. While parked, two-three unknown suspects assaulted the victim multiple times and took his wallet, money, and cell phones, and fled in a black Dodge pick-up truck. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.



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