Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
West Knox County Pilot Armed Robbery
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating an early morning West Knox County armed robbery. According to the initial investigation, a white male entered the Pilot located at 13065 Kingston Pike just after 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning armed with a gun and demanded money from the register. He took money and cigarettes and fled on foot toward Watt Road.
The suspect is described as a white male, 30-35 years old, 5’11”-6’, and 200-220 pounds. He was wearing a blue sweatshirt, cream-colored pants, and a camouflage face wrap at the time of the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.
Reward Grows for Information in Dog Deaths
Another $5,000 has been added to the money already contributed for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the beheading and skinning of two dogs found off the side of the road last week in West Knox County. Ed Loy of the Fort Loudon Marina has pledged $5,000. The total reward is now up to $17,000. Others who have donated are: PETA is contributing $5,000; The Animal Legal Defense Fund will give $5,000; Robert Brannon of the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Newport is personally donating $1,000; and The Humane Society of East Tennessee will donate $1,000. Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said he is very appreciative of these people and organizations and feels that the reward money will help in someone stepping forward to give information.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is appealing to the public for any information connected to this case. KCSO responded to the scene last Wednesday and found the two medium size dogs decapitated and skinned. They had been placed on the side of the road at 1145 Jenkins Lane just off Canton Hollow Road. If you have any information, please call KCSO at 215-2243.
Rewards Offered for Info. in Decapitated Dog Incident
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the incident of two dogs found dead last week in West Knox County. They had been decapitated and skinned and left beside the road at 1145 Jenkins Lane off Canton Hollow last Wednesday morning. A necropsy was performed at the U.T. Veterinary Medical Center. It showed that the animals were dogs, but could not indicate a breed. The KCSO is asking that if anyone is missing dogs that are of medium build and weigh between 25-35 pounds to please contact the Sheriff's Office at (865) 215-2243.
Meantime, several animal organizations are generously offering rewards for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. PETA is offering a $5,000 reward as is the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Mr. Robert Brannon, who is the Managing Director of the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Newport, is personally offering a $1,000 reward. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley has also pledged $1,000 dollars toward the arrest and conviction. Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said, “I am hoping with such a large reward that someone will come forward who has knowledge of this heinous incident. We’re also tremendously grateful to these organizations for their support.”
South Knox Motorcycle Fatality
A Seymour man died after his motorcycle left the road and went down a 40 foot embankment Friday afternoon. The incident occurred at Sevierville Pike at John Norton shortly before 5:30. The driver of the Harley Davidson was wearing a helmet. Officers at the scene believe speed and possibly alcohol were factors in the wreck. The victim is identified as 55 year old Billy Garren. He was tranported to U.T. Medical Center where he later died.