Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Gibbs High School Prank Case Closed
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office have determined that there will be no prosecution for the prank last week at Gibbs High School and that the case is closed. The Sheriff’s Office investigated after school officials found several dead raccoons, possums, a turtle, and some graffiti on school property and nearby. Investigators looked into several leads before the decision was made not to prosecute.
Traffic Stop Nets Fugitive from California--Update: Correction on Names
A Knox County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Officer initiated a traffic stop at 4515 Clinton Highway, Monday afternoon for a driver who was speeding. According to the report, Officer James Troutt smelled marijuana as he approached the car and as he talked to the driver. He asked the driver and passenger to get out of the car so the dog could sniff the vehicle. A detective on the scene recognized the driver from another incident and said he should be detained because he had given false information. When he heard that, the defendant, 30 year old William J. Foote ran from the scene toward Tillery Road. Officer Troutt and his K-9 chased Foote into a thicket behind 4521Tillery Road. Foote refused to come out or show his hands and was warned if he didn’t the K-9 would bite him. He continued to refuse and the dog bit him on the right arm. He still refused to show his hands or surrender and the dog bit him on the lower left leg. At that, Foote showed his hands and surrendered to officers.
Rural Metro transported him to U.T. Medical Center where he was treated and then taken to the Knox County Detention Facility where he was charged with criminal impersonation, fake driver license, resisting arrest, manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (officers found 23 grams of marijuana in his car and a large amount of cash), and evading arrest. Foote gave officers a phony driver license on the scene and was identified at the jail through fingerprints as Foote. He is wanted in California for robbery, felony fraud and wanted by the U.S. Marshal on weapons charges. He is being held without bond.
A passenger in the car was not charged.
April 2013 Officers of the Month
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates March’s Officers of the Month, Officers Eric Davis, Chris Stewart, and Chris Wallace.
On April 22nd, two consecutive armed robberies occurred in West Knox County. Officers David and Stewart located and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle on Carl Valentine Circle. The suspects fled in their vehicle and after a brief pursuit, the vehicle was safely stopped. A male juvenile was taken into custody and a second suspect fled on foot. Officer Wallace, who was following the pursuit, spotted the second suspect fleeing into the Shannondale Nursing Home complex. He deployed his K-9, George, when the suspect resisted his commands. Officer Wallace and K-9 George took the second suspect into custody, preventing what could have been a dangerous situation for the retirement community. The suspects were charged with two counts of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, resisting arrest, and fleeing.
Officer Davis has been with the KCSO since February 2006. Officer Stewart has been with the KCSO since September 2007. Officer Wallace has been with the KCSO since January 2000.
|Officer Eric Davis||Officer Chris Stewart||Officer Chris Wallace|
North Knox County Man Killed by Brother
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home at 7253 Meadowbrook Circle around 2:40 a.m. on Saturday morning after a man was found lying in a pool of blood on the front porch.
According to the initial investigation, 27-year-old Steven Wayne Brooks of 7253 Meadowbrook Circle and his brother, 33-year-old Bobby Allen Johnson, also of 7253 Meadowbrook Circle, had been involved in a physical altercation. After the fight, Brooks left the residence. Johnson’s fiancée and another family member, both living in the home, discovered his body on the front porch and called 911. Johnson was transported by Rural Metro to Tennova North where he was pronounced dead.
While KCSO officers were on the scene, Brooks returned to the home and was taken into custody without incident. He is charged with second degree murder and is being held in the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility on a $150,000 bond.