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KCSO Searching for Travelodge Armed Robbery Suspects

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is searching for two people who robbed an East Knox County business early Tuesday morning. According to the initial investigation, a black male entered the Travelodge, located at 7471 Crosswood Boulevard, around 12:33 this morning and asked about the price of a hotel room. The suspect brandished a firearm, pointed it at the clerk, and demanded cash from the register. He and at least one other unidentified suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction after receiving an undetermined amount of money.

The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20-30-years-old, 5'4"-5'6" with a small/slim build, and 165-175 pounds. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and brandished a handgun during the robbery.

Additional information will be released as it develops. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.



Powell Man Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A Powell man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor was arrested today by the U.S. Marshals Service-led Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force. 58-year-old Richard Samuel DeBord was taken into custody without incident just after 12:30 p.m. The arrest came after DeBord was indicted by a Knox County Grand Jury following an investigation led by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis and Cyber Investigations Unit.

DeBord is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $75,000 bond. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes a traffic offense, a weapons offense, and dangerous drugs.

The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, and cyber investigations. 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.



Auto Store Raid Results in Two Arrests

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Two people are in custody charged with felony theft after a morning raid on Sexton’s New and Used Tires and Automotive.   The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Retail Theft Unit executed a search warrant at the automotive business located at 816 West Baxter Avenue Thursday morning.  The owner and his wife, Paul Edward Sexton and Corina Ann Sexton are charged with theft of property.  His bond is set at $12,000 and his wife’s at $3,000.  Other charges are pending including environmental charges that could involve disposal of tires.  The Knoxville Police Department and Department of Revenue assisted in the raid.

The Sextons are accused of buying stolen goods from drug addicts and even giving them orders to steal certain items.  Officers on the scene said there were thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise such as clothing, motor oil, automotive goods, and cigarettes at the business.   Acting on tips from drug addicts, undercover officers sold merchandise they said was stolen to the Sextons.

KCSO Chief Lee Tramel said the investigations will continue.  “If you sell stolen property, you are going to jail,” said Tramel.  “We will continue aggressive enforcement because this affects the entire community, including the prices you pay plus perpetuating drug use.”

The Retail Theft Unit began five 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.








2017 Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The annual Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Civic Coliseum. All law enforcement agencies from the Knoxville area will remember the service of peace officers who passed away from May 2016 until the present. Families of the officers will be escorted to a memorial wreath where they will place a flower in memory of their loved ones, and a special message will be delivered by Chief Tony Crisp with the Maryville Police Department.


This year, we will honor the following officers:


Officer Kenneth “Kenny” R. Moats, MPD, Ultimate Sacrifice (Line of Duty Death)

Special Agent De’Greaun ReShun “Dee” Frazier, TBI, Ultimate Sacrifice (Line of Duty Death)

Special Agent Charles W. Bone, FBI

Special Agent Robert Metts, FBI

Sergeant Peggy L. Branson, KCSO

Corrections Officer John E. Duty III, KCSO

Sergeant Donald E. Flenniken, KCSO

Sergeant Patrick D. Lawson, KCSO

Lieutenant Phillip E. Preston, Jr., KCSO

K9 Officer Duco, KCSO

K9 Officer Fano, KCSO

K9 Officer Ivan, KCSO

K9 Officer Kinte, KCSO

Sergeant Lillard “Earle” Ailor, Jr., KPD

Lieutenant James Donald “Donnie” Cameron, KPD

Officer Clarence “David” Collins, KPD

Deputy Chief Eugene “Gene” Howard Huskey, Sr., KPD

Sergeant James “Jim” M. McCarter, KPD

Officer Curtis W. Price, KPD

Lieutenant William “Bill” Smith, KPD

K9 Officer Ammo, KPD

Trooper John Woods, THP

Sergeant Barbara Ann Rouse, UTPD


This is a truly collaborative effort with all the law enforcement agencies from Knoxville-Knox County participating in the program: Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, University of Tennessee Police, University of Tennessee Medical Center Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol, TBI, FBI, and support from the Fraternal Order of Police Volunteer Lodge Number 2.

Nationally, May 15th is designated National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week containing May 15th is National Police Week.  President John F. Kennedy signed it into law in 1962.



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