Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Three Arrested at Meth House
A domestic matter at a South Knox County home led to the arrests of three people for making meth. Two Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies accompanied a woman to 3021 Old Maryville Pike Thursday afternoon around 4. Susan Thomas told officers she was afraid to go alone to her house to get her things because her son (David Richards) had threatened to kill her. When officers entered the house there was a strong odor of chemicals and they saw a cooking pot for methamphetamine. The KCSO Narcotics Unit investigated and found more meth making materials such as 70 empty pseudoephedrine blister packs, 100 lithium battery strips, and ammonia nitrate.
A records check through the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force showed that all three suspects had been buying multiple boxes of pseudoephedrine.
The two men and one woman were charged with the initiation and process of methamphetamine and promotion/manufacture of methamphetamine. David Richards, 38, who lists the house as his address, is being held on $75,000 bond. He has a criminal history in Knox County involving theft and traffic offenses. Fredrick Young, 29, of Knoxville is being held on a $60,000 bond. He also has a criminal history of one DUI and drug charges. Stacy Guinn, who is listed as homeless, is being held on a $60,000 bond. She has a previous charge for theft.
|David Richards||Fredrick Young||Stacy Guinn|
Three KCSO Officers Win Big at Can-Am Police-Fire Games
Three officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office brought home medals after competing in York, Pennsylvania at the Can-Am Police-Fire Games this month. Detective Ellan Nauss, Officer Frank Nauss, and Detective Tom Walker represented the KCSO in the games and brought home a total of 13 medals.
Detective Nauss won gold medals in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 50-yard backstroke, and 100-yard backstroke. Officer Nauss brought home gold medals in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard breaststroke, and 100-yard breaststroke. Detective Walker won one silver medal in the large Bore rifle open sights competition, one bronze medal in the large Bore rifle, scope division competition, one bronze medal in the expert duty rig pistol competition, and one bronze medal in the expert combat pistol course competition.
The Can-Am Police-Fire Games started as the Northwest Police-Fire Games in 1977 when officials from two state police and fire games (Washington and Oregon) and a police-fire sports group from Western Canada formed an organization that organized and conducted a multi-sport event for police officers and fire fighters on an annual basis. This continued until 1996.
Through aggressive marketing and tremendous interest from the law enforcement and fire fighting industry, the event grew so large that cities large enough to host the event were limited in the northwestern U. S. and Western Canada. The group reorganized and renamed itself the Can-Am Police-Fire Games to better represent the athletes demographically.
This is the fourth year that Detective and Officer Nauss have participated in the games, and Detective Walker’s third year competing.
North Knox County Meth Lab Bust
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office took four people into custody following a North Knox County meth lab bust yesterday. The KCSO Narcotics Unit responded to 5509 Scenicwood Road around 4:06 p.m. on Monday to search for a meth lab. When officers got inside, they smelled a strong chemical odor coming from within the house and found equipment and components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as methamphetamine residue. Officers also found an active meth lab in a car. Seven one-pot (shake and bake) meth labs, seven generators/gassers, and one firearm were confiscated.
The four were arrested without incident on the scene. 26-year-old Leslie Mendez is charged with promotion of methamphetamine and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.
47-year-old Tammy Mercer is charged with promotion of methamphetamine is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.
18-year-old Emily Steinbach is charged with promotion of methamphetamine and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $4,000 bond.
25-year-old Johnathan Thompson is charged with promotion of methamphetamine, initiation of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Three children were taken by ambulance to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to be tested for exposure to methamphetamine.
|Tammy Mercer||Emily Steinbach||Johnathan Thompson||Leslie Mendez|
KCSO's Newest Captain
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates Captain Brad Park for his recent promotion. He was promoted from Lieutenant to last week. Captain Park has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since March 1995 and supervises our Forensic Services Unit.