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Student in Custody over School Threat

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

On Sunday, September 16, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a post on social media threatening Carter Middle School.  Investigators located the post which advised that the suspect, a 13 year old student at the school, intended to “shoot that (Expletive) up”.

This morning the student provided a statement and admitted that it was a joke.   The student was taken into custody for Filing False Reports and Harassment and was transported to the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Facility.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the quick response by the community in reporting the incident.



KCSO, KPD and THP Saturate School Zones

Friday, 14 September 2018

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office along with the Knoxville Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol saturated every school zone Friday morning with patrols as they enforced traffic laws.  In 2 hours, officers had issued 136 citations.  One hundred of those were for speeding and cell phone use.  One was arrested for driving on a suspended license.  The goal of today’s enforcement is to see how volunteer compliance has been going during the first part of this school year.  Officers want to send the message to stay off your phone, buckle up, and obey the speed limit.  We all want a safe school year for our students.  The media turned out to hear Sgt. Tim Belcher talk today’s saturation patrol with officers from all three agencies in the background.



KCSO Raids Tire Store and Arrests One

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Theft Unit executed a search warrant at a North Knoxville business and arrested one of the workers.  Justin Tyler Carter, 25, was arrested this morning at Quality Tire and Battery at 2943 Central Avenue and charged with theft, food stamp fraud, and a computer offense.  He’s being held on a $5,500 bond. More arrests are expected.

As in other recent raids, an undercover officer sold merchandise that was allegedly stolen and bought items that were requested with EBT cards and then received cash in return.  The EBT cards are used to purchase food and were formerly known as food stamps.

Officers found cash, stolen batteries, soft drinks, motor oil, anti-freeze, soap, cat food, and a coke machine.  This was a three month investigation conducted by the Organized Retail Theft Unit in partnership with Kroger and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler said these investigations and raids will continue. “This type of fraud we’re combating is helping to put a dent in the opioid crises,” said Sheriff Spangler. “Often times drug addicts use their EBT cards to buy merchandise requested by a store owner and then are given cash that goes to buy drugs instead of food for their family.  This is one way we hope to protect our citizens.”



Teen Driving School

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

If you have a teen driver in your house, look at this flyer! Click the poster for detail.



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