Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
July 2012 Detectives of the Month
Detective Harvey Detective Cook Detective Williams Detective Spangler
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has named Detective Mark Harvey, Detective Joey Cook, Detective Brian Williams, and Detective Miranda Spangler Detectives of the Month for July 2012.
On July 12th, Detective Mark Harvey and Detective Joey Cook were assigned a vehicle burglary of a Knoxville Police Department unmarked detective vehicle. With no leads on the original report, Detective Harvey researched and found several reported vehicle burglaries in the surrounding area. He reviewed the reports for leads or connections that could tie all the vehicle burglaries together. His investigation led him to surveillance videos, and detectives were able to identify suspects and a suspect vehicle. The registered address for the license plate was incorrect, but Detective Cook was able to locate a second address in Corryton. Surveillance was set up in the area. Later that evening, the suspect vehicle was observed and a traffic stop was conducted at the Sunrise Market on Tazewell Pike. Four individuals were in the vehicle, and the owner consented to a vehicle search. Another occupant consented to the search of a nearby residence where three of the four resided. While searching the residence, Detectives Harvey and Cook discovered several stolen police items. Three of the individuals were taken in for interviews. On July 17th, detectives and warrants officers continued the search for a fourth suspect and the missing KPD handgun. The search began in Union County and ended up on West Oldham Avenue, the firearm being recovered, and the final suspect turned himself into detectives. So far, 13 vehicle burglaries and various other cases related to the vehicle burglaries have been cleared and over $28,000.00 in property has been returned to Knox County citizens.
Detective Brian Williams investigated a case that resulted in a man being charged with three counts of child rape, three counts of sexual activity involving a minor, and two counts of sexual battery with a combined bond amount of $550,000.00. The man was indicted by the Grand Jury on July 11th and arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office the same day.
Detective Miranda Spangler investigated a case that resulted in a man being charged with rape of a child, incest, statutory rape by an authority figure, and aggravated sexual battery, totaling 14 counts, with a combined bond amount of $500,000.00. The man was indicted by the Grand Jury on July 11 and arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office the same day.
Detective Harvey has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since January 1978. Detective Cook has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since March 1985. Detective Williams has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since August 1992. Detective Spangler has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since April 1999.