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Halloween Safety Tips from the KCSO

Friday, 31 October 2014

Trick or Treating is always a fun time for children. To make sure it is enjoyable and safe, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has some suggestions.

  • Children should go out during daylight hours only, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Small children should never be allowed to go out alone.
  • If you let a child go out without adult supervision, make sure that child is old enough and responsible enough to go out alone or with other kids. Plan a route so you will know where the child is at all times.
  • Stay in well-lit areas. Do not cut through alleys and fields.
  • Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood.
  • Instruct children not to eat any treats until they are brought home and examined by an adult.
  • This is good time to teach kids basic, everyday safety, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets, and crossing when the lights indicate.
  • When picking out a costume, make sure it is fireproof and that the eye holes are large enough for peripheral vision.
  • Make sure if the child is carrying a prop, such as a knife or pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
  • If you set jack-o-lanterns with candles in them, make sure they are far enough from the children so the costumes will not catch fire.
  • Watch out for trick-or-treaters while driving wherever you go tonight.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!



KCSO and FBI Searching for Little Caesars Armed Robber

Friday, 31 October 2014

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who robbed a Little Caesars last month on September 11th. According to the initial investigation, 39-year-old Joshua Branum entered Little Caesars located at 7116 Maynardville Highway just before 10:00 p.m. and robbed the business with a black handgun. He fled the store on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured.

Branum is described as a clean-shaven white male with dark hair, approximately 5'11", and 120-130 pounds. He was wearing a brown ball cap, a short-sleeved dark-colored t-shirt, and blue jeans at the time of the robbery. His last known address is on Tell Mynatt Road in Powell.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the KCSO Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243 or the FBI at (865) 544-0751.



KCSO Investigating Human Remains Found Inside Burning Vehicle

Monday, 27 October 2014
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating a body found inside a burning vehicle in North Knox County this morning. Around 10:30 on Monday morning, officers were alerted to a 1999 Buick Century on fire at 8628 Reed Drive Extension. A person's remains were found in the driver's seat. According to the initial investigation, there are no signs of foul play. More details will be released as they develop. The name of the victim will be released after identification is made by the Medical Examiner's Office.



Subway Robbery Suspect Arrested

Sunday, 26 October 2014
The man accused of robbing a West Knox County Subway last night is in custody. 25-year-old Stephen Boyd Thompson was arrested without incident by KCSO's Major Crimes Unit and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force at 1901 East Fifth Avenue just after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Thompson is accused of robbing Subway at 446 North Cedar Bluff Road with a handgun just before 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night. He is charged with aggravated robbery and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $75,000 bond.



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