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Knoxville Man Turns Himself in Following Child Abuse Investigation

Friday, 28 August 2015
A Knoxville turned himself in today following a child abuse investigation. 48-year-old Jeffrey LaRue of Knoxville turned himself in around 5:00 p.m. on Friday. An investigation conducted by the Knox County Sheriff's Office Family Crisis Unit led to a grand jury five-count indictment that included contributing to delinquency of a minor, allowing an unlicensed driver to drive an automobile, reckless endangerment, sexual battery by an authority figure, and assault. His bond was $40,000. LaRue has a criminal history in Knox County that includes obstruction of justice. The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and animal 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.



KCSO Arrests Three in East Knox County

Friday, 28 August 2015

Three people were arrested this morning in East Knox County after the Knox County Sheriff’s Office found them in possession of three stolen vehicles. An investigation led officers with KCSO’s Special Investigations Unit, Property Crimes Unit, and Interdiction Team to 1216 McCubbins Road around 9:20 on Friday morning. When they arrived, officers found three stolen vehicles at the residence. 34-year-old Crystal McMillan and 28-year-old Chasity Rose were found inside the residence and were arrested without incident. 23-year-old Tyler Higginbotham, wanted for felony warrants, ran from officers. Airwatch and K9s were deployed and Higginbotham was found a short distance from the residence, where he was then arrested.

All three were charged with possession of stolen property. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.



Video Released in Breadbox Armed Robbery

Friday, 28 August 2015

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating an early Wednesday morning West Knox County armed robbery. According to the initial investigation, a white male armed with a handgun entered the Breadbox located at 1606 Lovell Road just after 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26th and demanded money and cigarettes. He left in a dark grey Ford Explorer.

The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair and missing teeth, approximately 25-35-years-old, 5’10”, and 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.

A video of the incident can be seen here:



KCSO Retires K9 after Eight Years of Service

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office retired one of its K9s this month. 9-year-old Munci, a German Shepherd from the Czech Republic, was born in April 2006. He and his handler, Officer Jerry Ray, began K9 school at KCSO in October 2007 and went on patrol in late November 2007. Munci and Ray received K9 of the Month five times over the course of eight years. They were also part of a shift team challenge that won first place in the KCSO K9 division.

Munci retired on August 1st and is spending his time at home with Officer Ray and his family. Munci enjoys walks in his neighborhood, going to the park, playing with his Kong, rolling around in the yard, and playing with the other family pets. After a long day of playing, Munci likes to lie on the couch beside Officer Ray while they watch television together.

Officer Ray expresses his sincere gratitude to the KCSO for the opportunity he was given to be Munci’s handler:

            “No words can express what the experience meant to be to be a part of the KCSO K9 Division. Munci was the greatest partner I could have ever expected to have in my career. Special thanks to Lt. Raymond McElyea, Sgt. Tim Morgan, and Sgt, Matt Evans for all the time and work they put in helping me with Munci to become the best K9 team we could be.”

Munci’s career statistics are as follows:


Arrests: 141

Apprehensions:  17

Tracks: 29

Area Searches:  39

Building Searches:  36

Alarm Calls: 90

Evidence Searches: 5

Crowd Control Deployments: 12

Used for Perimeter Security:  22

Vehicles Searches for Narcotics: 503

Buildings Searched for Narcotics:  22

Lockers Searched:  1,018

Luggage Searched:  246

Packages Searched:  15

Vehicle Seizures:  15

Money Seizures: 17,000

Weapons Seized:  10 firearms



Marijuana:  1,525 pounds

Powder Cocaine:  5 ounces

Heroin: 2 grams

Controlled Substance: 25 pills

AGENCIES ASSISTED:  KPD, Jefferson County, Union County, Tennessee Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals, TVA Police, Loudon County, and UTPD




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