Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Halloween Safety Tips from the KCSO
Trick or Treating is always a fun time for children. To make sure it is enjoyable and safe, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has some suggestions.
- Children should go out during daylight hours only, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Small children should never be allowed to go out alone.
- If you let a child go out without adult supervision, make sure that child is old enough and responsible enough to go out alone or with other kids. Plan a route so you will know where the child is at all times.
- Stay in well-lit areas. Do not cut through alleys and fields.
- Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood.
- Instruct children not to eat any treats until they are brought home and examined by an adult.
- This is good time to teach kids basic, everyday safety, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets, and crossing when the lights indicate.
- When picking out a costume, make sure it is fireproof and that the eye holes are large enough for peripheral vision.
- Make sure if the child is carrying a prop, such as a knife or pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
- If you set jack-o-lanterns with candles in them, make sure they are far enough from the children so the costumes will not catch fire.
- Watch out for trick-or-treaters while driving wherever you go tonight.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!
KCSO and FBI Searching for Little Caesars Armed Robber
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who robbed a Little Caesars last month on September 11th. According to the initial investigation, 39-year-old Joshua Branum entered Little Caesars located at 7116 Maynardville Highway just before 10:00 p.m. and robbed the business with a black handgun. He fled the store on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured.
Branum is described as a clean-shaven white male with dark hair, approximately 5'11", and 120-130 pounds. He was wearing a brown ball cap, a short-sleeved dark-colored t-shirt, and blue jeans at the time of the robbery. His last known address is on Tell Mynatt Road in Powell.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the KCSO Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243 or the FBI at (865) 544-0751.
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