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Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones Promotes Nine Officers

Friday, 22 September 2017

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates nine officers promoted on Friday.


Promoted to Chief:

Chief Brent Gibson

Chief Chris Holloway

Chief Wolfie May


Promoted to Captain:

Captain Phil Dalton

Captain Greg Faulkner

Captain Les Mullins


Promoted to Lieutenant:

Lieutenant Tammy Brummitt

Lieutenant Denver Scalf

Lieutenant Walter Schmidt


Chief Brent Gibson has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since April 1999, Chief Chris Holloway since July 1992, Chief Wolfie May since August 1993, Captain Phil Dalton since May 1999, Captain Greg Faulkner since November 1992, Captain Les Mullins since November 1992, Lieutenant Tammy Brummitt since January 2003, Lieutenant Denver Scalf since May 1994, and Lieutenant Walter Schmidt since November 1992.

Chief Brent Gibson Chief Chris Holloway
Chief Wolfie May Captain Phil Dalton
Captain Greg Faulkner

Captain Les Mullins

Lieutenant Tammy Brummitt Lieutenant Denver Scalf
Lieutenant Walter Schmidt



Man Feared Drowned, Rescued and Arrested for Domestic Assault

Saturday, 16 September 2017

A man wanted for assaulting his girlfriend was taken into custody after the Knox County Rescue Squad fished him out of the water at the Knoxville Boat Club off Badgett Road Saturday night. Officers with the Knox County Sheriff's Office charged Andrew Stewart, 24, with domestic assault on his girlfriend at a residence on Kara Lane shortly before 7 p.m.  Stewart fled the scene and was seen swimming at the boat club around 7:45. The Rescue Squad was called when bystanders lost sight of him and thought he had drowned.  He was alert and conscious and KCSO Officers took him into custody without incident.  Stewart has a criminal record in Knox County of a DUI from last year.



Two Injured in South Knox County Crash

Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Two people were injured in a Wednesday afternoon South Knox County crash. According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office's initial investigation, 68-year-old Ann Jones of Knoxville was traveling northbound on Martin Mill Pike near Mt. Vista Drive just before 6:00 p.m. in a 2011 Ford Expedition when the vehicle crossed over the center line and was struck by a landscaping truck traveling southbound. A 2012 caravan following behind Jones lightly struck the rear bumper. Jones was extricated from her vehicle by Rural Metro and the Rescue Squad, and transported to UT Medical Center for serious injuries. The driver of the landscaping truck drove himself to the hospital for minor injuries. No one in the caravan was injured. Drugs and alcohol are not thought to be factors in the crash. No citations were issued and no arrests were made.



Round Up Restaurant Owner Arrested for Buying Stolen Meat

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

One person charged with felony theft is in custody following the execution of a search warrant at the Round Up Restaurant in South Knoxville today. The Knox County Sheriff's Office Organized Retail Crime Unit executed the search warrant at the restaurant, located at 3643 Sevierville Pike, just after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The owner, 57-year-old Sam Tobea of Knoxville, is charged with felony theft and will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. The Knox County Health Department, the Department of Human Services, the State Department of Revenue, and Kroger assisted KCSO this afternoon. 

Tobea is accused of buying stolen meat from drug addicts.  The investigation began after two people were arrested in August for shoplifting meat from an area grocery store. When questioned, they admitted to stealing and selling the meat to the Round Up, and agreed to assist the KCSO in their investigation. Undercover officers then sold meat they said was stolen to Tobea. Officers on the scene this afternoon recovered some of that meat. The investigation also revealed that it was not uncommon for the stolen meat to stay in a shoplifter's vehicle for up to a day before it was sold to the restaurant. 

Chief Lee Tramel said, "We would like to thank our partners in the retail industry for their ongoing cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office in our attempt to combat thefts in their stores that perpetuate the opioid crisis. We know there is a direct correlation between these types of crimes and the drug epidemic that we are facing, and we feel that operations like this are necessary to combat drug use in our community."

The Organized Retail Crime Unit began six years ago to help prevent shoplifting during the holidays and has grown through the years to a full-time unit.  The unit collaborates with various law enforcement agencies and retailers year round.



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