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Man in Viral Video Taking Package is Arrested

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A man seen in a video taking a package from a front porch then driving off in his van is in the Blount County Jail.  Roger Leon Williams, 32, was recorded by a homeowner on November 20 at Wildercliff Lane, Knoxville, taking a package containing a CD player from the front porch.  The video was posted on Facebook and went viral.  Williams was arrested on a separate theft charge in Blount County yesterday.  A warrant for theft will be served on him today and he will be transferred to the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility under a $20,000 bond.

Williams, who lives in Maryville, has a criminal history in Knox County.  He was convicted of burglary in 2002 and theft in 2011. 

Mug shot was taken from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office website.

 

 

Steelman Back in Jail on Increased Charge and Bond

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Steven D. Steelman, Jr, of Knoxville who was arrested for vehicular homicide and DUI Sunday afternoon, is in the Roger D. Wilson Facility Tuesday evening.  Judge Patricia Long upped the charge to aggravated vehicular homicide and increased his bond to $230,000.  He bonded out yesterday morning on a $39,000 bond.  He was taken into custody Tuesday around 2 p.m.

The incident occurred Sunday shortly after noon when Steelman’s car slid across West Beaver Creek hitting a utility pole and a tree.  He told officers he was attempting to avoid another vehicle.  He also stated that he had consumed approximately a half gallon of moonshine and had been consuming drugs prior to driving the car.  According to the report, he was unsteady on his feet, had watery, red blood shot eyes, a slurred speech, and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and breath.  A records check showed that Steelman was driving on a revoked license for a previous DUI conviction.  He consented to a field sobriety test and officers stated that he performed poorly.  He also consented to have a sample of his blood tested for alcohol.

Steelman’s 10 year old son, Steven Steelman, III, was riding in the passenger’s side of the car and was pronounced dead at U.T. Medical Center.  Steelman’s 11 year old nephew was also injured and transported to U.T. for treatment.

 

 

West Beaver Creek Drive Fatality Victim Identity Released

Monday, 24 November 2014

The name of the child killed yesterday in a single-vehicle wreck on West Beaver Creek Drive has been released. He is 10-year-old Steven Steelman III of Knoxville.

Steelman’s father, 33-year-old Steven Steelman, Jr. was traveling eastbound on West Beaver Creek Drive around 12:00 p.m. near the 4100 block when he lost control of his 2003 Ford Focus. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a telephone pole and a tree on the passenger side.

Steelman III was riding in the front seat and was pronounced dead on scene.  11-year-old Nathan Lawson of Knoxville was in the back seat and was transported to UT Medical Center by Rural Metro for non-life-threatening injuries.

Steelman was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported for a blood draw. He is charged with vehicular homicide, third offense DUI, vehicular assault, driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance, and reckless driving with a total bond amount of $39,000.

It is unknown at this time whether or not seat belts were worn.

 

 

West Beaver Creek Drive Fatality

Sunday, 23 November 2014

One child is dead following a single-vehicle crash this afternoon. According to the initial investigation, around 12:05 p.m., 33-year-old Steven Steelman, Jr. was traveling eastbound on West Beaver Creek Drive near the 4100 block when he lost control of his 2003 Ford Focus. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a telephone pole and a tree on the passenger side.

One juvenile passenger in the front seat was pronounced dead on scene.  A juvenile passenger in the back seat was transported to UT Medical Center by Rural Metro.

Steelman was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported for a blood draw. He is charged with vehicular homicide, third offense DUI, driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance, and reckless driving with a total bond amount of $39,000.

It is unknown at this time whether or not seat belts were worn. More details will be released later.

 

 

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