Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
One Fatality in Weaver Road Wreck
Charges are pending after a 29 year old Knoxville man was killed in a head-on crash Thursday night in North Knox County. Steven Higgins was pronounced dead on the scene after his car was struck by another vehicle and burst into flames. Higgins was trapped in the vehicle. The first officers to arrive used fire extinguishers but were unable to put out the fire. An autopsy will be performed in the next few days and is expected to determine the cause of death.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputies with the Reconstruction Unit say 20 year old Colbie Taylor of Knoxville was driving a 2009 BMW West on Weaver Road and ran off the shoulder of the road, over-corrected and crossed over the center line hitting the 2001 Hyundai driven by Higgins. Taylor and a passenger, 22 year old Karey O’Brien of Hendersonville received minor injuries and were transported to U.T. Medical Center by Rural Metro. The investigation is continuing.
Sawyers Booked and Released from Detention Facility
Michael Sawyers, 19, was booked and released on April 22 at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a theft charge. He was booked in at 12:41 and released on a $1,000 bond at 12:52. According to the warrant, Sawyers entered a dorm room at Reese Hall on March 13, 2015 and stole an XBox and three games which he later pawned. He sent a text to the victim apologizing and offering to buy him a new XBox. The value of the property taken was $640 and he pawned the items for $176.
Three Arrested after Monday Night Pursuit
Three people were taken into custody after a pursuit Monday night around 10 o’clock and are now being held in the Knox County Jail. A Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw a black Honda Accord on Clinton Highway at Old Callahan Road with a headlight out. He attempted to stop the car, but it continued at a high rate of speed for nearly 26 minutes until spike strips stopped the car at East Beaver Creek at Hartley Road. During the pursuit officers observed the three suspects in the vehicle throwing items out the car windows. When the suspects stopped the car, the driver, Christopher Williams fled on foot and was later taken into custody.
Officers found 20 used syringes, numerous drug baggies, and counterfeit money in the car. They also discovered that the car had been reported stolen to the Knoxville Police Department.
Dustin Leonard, 31, of Knoxville is being held on a $15,000 bond, charged with simple possession, forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft. Christopher Williams, 38, of Knoxville, is being held on an $18,000 bond, charged with simple possession, forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, theft, evading arrest, and unlawful operation a motor vehicle without proper headlights. Teresa Fields, 38, of Knoxville, is being held on a $13,000 bond, charged with theft, simple possession, forgery, criminal impersonation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. All have extensive criminal histories in Knox County including assault, drug charges, failure to appear, and theft.
|Christopher Williams||Dustin Leonard||Teresa Fields|
Trane and KCSO to Commemorate Earth Day
Trane has partnered with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to commemorate Earth Day 2015 by planting a tree at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on Maloneyville Road. Trane representatives and KCSO officials will plant a Magnolia Tree in memory of fallen officers on Tuesday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. near the front of the building at the East Knox County facility.
Trane partners each year with a community organization to celebrate Earth Day. Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said he was delighted and honored that Trane chose the KCSO this year.