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Missing North Knox County Man Found Safe

Saturday, 23 July 2016
A missing North Knox County man has been found safe in Nevada. 77-year-old Johnny Paris Hopson was reported missing after he was scheduled to arrive in California on Friday morning to visit family. He was found safe in Ely, Nevada late Friday night.



KCSO Detectives Searching for Missing Man

Friday, 22 July 2016
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing North Knox County man. 77-year-old Johnny Paris Hopson was last known to be in Knoxville on July 15th when he left sometime before 9:00 that morning to visit family in Chico, California. He was scheduled to arrive in California this morning, but has not. He was driving a grey 2007 Toyota Camry bearing TN license plate 199ZQN. It's believed that his route would take him through Cleveland, Ohio and then westward to Northern California. Hopson is a white male, approximately 6'0", 210 pounds, with grey hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.



New Officers to Graduate from KCSO Academy

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy will graduate 24 recruits in a special ceremony Friday, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on Maloneyville Road.  Keynote speaker will be state representative from the 14th district, Jason Zachary.

The graduating class went through twelve weeks of intense training to meet the criteria set by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Commission.  Students spent much of their time learning the law, arrest procedures, and community policing.  They also developed expertise in firearms, driving and defensive tactics.

Nineteen of the graduates are from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 2 from Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office, 1 from Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, and 1 from Union County Sheriff’s Office.  The ceremony will include the presentation of P.O.S.T certificates to the students and the recognition of five exceptional recruits.

The Regional Academy was established in 1996 and has graduated hundreds of law enforcement officers.



Man Shot in Leg in East Knox County

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

One man is in the hospital following an early morning shooting in East Knox County. According to the initial investigation, 47-year-old Kurt Rothgeb and 26-year-old Jeremy Archer got into a confrontation at Archer’s home in the 8900 block of Curtis Road around 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The confrontation escalated, and Rothgeb shot at Archer, striking him once in the leg. Rothgeb left the residence and notified law enforcement of the incident. Archer was transported to Fort Sanders Regional Hospital by a friend, and was later transferred to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he is in stable condition. The Knox County District Attorney’s Office will determine charges. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating.





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