Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Labor Day Stats
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Labor Day Weekend statistics show no fatalities and only 3 wrecks with injuries. The count started Friday, August 29 at 6 p.m. and ran through September 2 at 6 a.m. Officers arrested 15 people for DUI and issued 432 citations for various offenses. Officers also assisted 152 drivers.
Missing Teen Turns Up Unharmed
The 17 year old Oak Ridge High School student, who had been missing since early Sunday morning, is now reunited with his parents. According to a witness, Andy Allen walked out of the woods on Hart Road around 8 Tuesday morning. He then walked to the Weigel’s on Northshore. A second person identified him and called 911. When Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived, he had been taken to a back room at the store. He told officers that he had been lost in the woods and couldn’t find his way out. Rural Metro examined him and then he was sent home with his parents.
Svante Hinton Commits Suicide
A man who walked out of a courtroom in July after a conviction shot and killed himself Monday afternoon. Svante Hinton, 35, was holed up in a room at the Gateway Inn located at 6300 Asheville Highway. An investigation led officers to the motel. They knocked on the door and announced themselves around 4:30. They heard a gunshot and a woman opened the door screaming. They found Hinton with a single gunshot wound to the head. Rural Metro pronounced him dead at the scene. The woman was questioned and released without charges.
Hinton was convicted of attempted second degree murder on July 22. While the jury deliberated another charge, Hinton fled the courtroom and went into hiding.
KCSO Looking for Missing Teen
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a West Knox County teenager who has been missing since early Sunday morning. He is identified as 17 year old Andy Allen. He left his residence at Westland and Northshore on foot around 1 a.m. and was last spotted in the Northshore, Pellissippi area around 3 a.m., Sunday. Airwatch is assisting in the search.
The teen is a white male, 5’9”, and 165 pounds and attends Oak Ridge High School. Anyone with information is asked to call the KCSO at 215-2243.