Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
UPDATE: Suspect in Rash of South Knox County Car Burglaries Picks up More Charges; Second Suspect Arrested
The man arrested last Thursday for vandalizing a vehicle at a South Knox County church has picked up more charges and a second suspect has been arrested.
39-year-old Charles Lee White of South Knoxville was charged on Thursday with five counts of vehicle burglaries and evading arrest. A second suspect, 42-year-old Travis Lynn Worley of South Knoxville, was charged with aggravated burglary for a case in South Knox County.
Both are being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. White is being held on a $25,000 bond, and Worley on a $15,000 bond.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Knoxville Police Department to investigate these cases and to identify and return as much stolen property as possible.
|Travis Lynn Worley|
Vehicle Struck by Train in West Knox County
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Norkfolk Southern are investigating an early morning West Knox County train wreck. Around 1:00 a.m. on Monday, KCSO officers responded to Emory Church Road at Fox Road after a train collided with a truck. The conductor stated that a person was standing outside a full-sized pickup truck on the tracks at Emory Church Road and Fox Road attempting to get the train to stop. The person fled on foot after the truck was hit, and officers are attempting to locate the vehicle’s owner. No one was injured.
KCSO and TABC Underage Beer and Alcohol Sales Sting
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit and Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) conducted a three-day undercover beer and alcohol sting in Knox County and the Town of Farragut last week. 168 businesses were checked between April 19th and April 21st. KCSO issued 18 citations in Knox County and eight in Farragut for the sale of beer to persons under the age of 21. TABC issues two citations in Knox County and three in Farragut for the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21. KCSO also arrested one on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. Of the businesses that were cited, the majority requested identification from the underage person, but sold the alcohol anyway.
The KCSO and the TABC want businesses to understand that they take selling alcohol to underage persons seriously and hope this sends a message to business owners, clerks, and servers to check IDs and to refuse sales to persons under the age of 21. This is especially important during high school prom and graduation season, when teens are more likely to be drinking alcohol. Both agencies will continue to crack down on the underage sale of alcohol to minors in Knox County and the Town of Farragut.
Suspect in Rash of South Knox County Car Burglaries Arrested
The suspect believed to be responsible for a rash of car burglaries at several South Knox County churches was arrested this afternoon.39-year-old Charles Lee White of South Knoxville was taken into custody by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit, Narcotics Division, and Interdictions Unit following a brief foot pursuit. He was taken to the KCSO’s detectives’ office for further investigation.
He is currently charged with one count of felony vandalism for damaging a vehicle on April 17th at Stock Creek Baptist Church, located at 8106 Martin Mill Pike in South Knox County. His bond is set at $10,000. Additional charges are pending stemming from the vehicle burglaries, and detectives are working to recovery property taken during those burglaries.
White has a criminal history in Knox County that includes theft, burglary, forgery, evading arrest, underage consumption, disorderly conduct, worthless checks, DUI, multiple traffic offenses, reckless endangerment, public intoxication, criminal trespass, aggravated assault, unauthorized use of automobile or other vehicle, theft by shoplifting, domestic assault, aggravated burglary, attempted burglary, identity theft, implied consent, and simple possession. He was also wanted out of Sevier and Blount Counties at the time of his arrest.