Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
KCSO Searching for Dollar General Robbery Suspect
Multiple Robbery Suspect in Custody
A suspect wanted in multiple armed robberies in Knoxville, Knox County, and Clinton is in custody after a pursuit and wreck Monday afternoon. Keith Richard Kirkland, 33, of Knoxville is wanted for two armed robberies in the county last week. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit tied Kirkland to the robberies through a tag that belonged to his 2005 white Chevy Equinox and through other information. They placed warrants on him and broadcast his description and that of his vehicle to law enforcement. Shortly after noon today, officers with the KCSO Narcotics and Highway Interdiction Unit spotted Kirkland driving the vehicle with a white female passenger in the 5300 block of Central Avenue Pike. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but Kirkland fled leading officers on a pursuit that ended on Central Avenue Pike at Irwin when Kirkland hit a pole and wrecked his car. Kirkland and the female passenger fled on foot, but were immediately apprehended.
Kirkland is suspected of robbing the Pilot at 1915 East Raccoon Valley on October 22 at gunpoint. He demanded beer and cigarettes. He also showed a handgun at the Dollar General at 1923 Raccoon Valley road on October 23 where he again demanded beer and cigarettes. KCSO and KPD have warrants on Kirkland on file. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes a conviction for robbery, and multiple traffic arrests.
SUV Hits Teen Attempting to Get on School Bus
A 14 year old girl was transported by Rural Metro to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after she was hit by a car early Monday morning. The 7:30 incident happened at Ball Road in the Karns area. Eyewitnesses told Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies that the school bus had the stop sign deployed and had been stopped for about 15 seconds as the teen crossed the road and was struck by the SUV. It’s believed she sustained head injuries. The woman driving the SUV was cited for disregarding the stop sign.
Drugs, Weapons, and Pills Found in North Knoxville House
A 23 year old Knoxville man was arrested Thursday night after Knox County Sheriff’s Officers with the Narcotics Unit obtained a search warrant for his house at 926 Raleigh Avenue. Tiberius Norries is charged with possession of a firearm with intent to go armed, schedule VI and schedule II drugs, and theft. Inside the house KCSO Narcotics Detectives along with the assistance of the KCSO Highway Interdiction Unit and SWAT team found 1,059 Oxycodone and Opana pills hidden throughout the house. They also found $61,511 in cash, two handguns (one was stolen), two shotguns, and a stolen motorcycle. Information gathered by the Narcotics Unit along with numerous community complaints allowed detectives to obtain the search warrant.
Norries’ bond is $105,000. He has a previous criminal history in Knox County of failures to appear, drug charges, and numerous traffic offenses.