Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
KCSO Narcotics Unit Nabs 2 Suspects
The Knox County Narcotics Unit arrested two people on drug related charges on Thursday. Officers with the unit conducted a search warrant at 7242 Oak Ridge Highway where they found three separate stages of marijuana grows yielding over 500 plants and recovered 5 pounds of finished product. The suspects, who live at the residence, are identified as
Shawn Groves, 42, and Jennifer Davis, 28. Both are charged with the sale, delivery, and manufacturing of a Schedule VI, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and a drug free school zone violation. Both are being held at the Roger D. Wilson detention Facility on a $70,000 bond.
Protect Your Vehicle
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters is offering an opportunity to protect your vehicle from theft. It’s called Operation Vehicle I.D. and on Saturday, June 6th, in the lot across the street from Toyota of Knoxville on Parkside Drive, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. you can have the vehicle identification number (VIN) permanently etched into a vehicle’s windshield and windows. The number is placed in a discreet location and does not harm the glass. The whole process takes less than ten minutes.
CPCU underwrites the material costs and provides volunteers. The Sheriff’s Office also has volunteers and conducts traffic control.
VIN etching can be a significant deterrent to vehicle thefts. Thieves will often bypass a car that has been marked this way because it can be traced quickly.
Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said, “We have been working with CPCU for 22 years on this successful project. We see the results of Operation Vehicle I.D. and know it is helping to prevent car thefts.”
19 Year Old Charged with Taking Loaded Gun to High School
A 19 year old former student at South Doyle High School has been charged with taking a loaded gun to the school last Friday and hiding it underneath some mats in the weight room. Deante Fortune turned himself into the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility Wednesday afternoon and was released on a $3,000 bond. He is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property. The Knox County Major Crimes Unit took out a warrant Wednesday for Fortune and while detectives were looking for him, he turned himself in.
Detectives with the KCSO Crimes Unit determined the gun was left on May 22 and discovered by school staff members Tuesday morning.
2015 Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Statistics
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office reports no fatalities over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Officers arrested 10 people for DUI and responded to one wreck involving alcohol. There were 13 wrecks involving injuries and 35 wrecks with no injuries. Deputies wrote 533 citations for various traffic violations and assisted 171 motorists. The holiday countdown started Friday at 6 p.m. and ended Tuesday at 6 a.m.