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Material Theft Earns Three Officers Special Honors
May 31, 2005 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen named Knoxville Police Department Officers
Steve Slagle, Jonathan Chadwell, and Floyd Fox as the March Officers
of the Month. Officer Slagle has been with the department since December
1999. Officer Chadwell has been with the department since November
2003 and Officer Fox has been an officer since May 2002.
Officer Chadwell and Officer Slagle are being honored for the arrest
of three suspects involved with the theft of anhydrous ammonia.
Officer Fox is being honored for his investigation and arrest of
a purse-snatching suspect.
Chief Owen said that on March 4, 2005 at approximately 1:40 a.m.,
Officer Slagle was patrolling on his beat when he conducted a property
check on the Ice Chalet, which is located at 100 Lebanon Street.
Officer Slagle discovered the gate doors had been pushed open since
his last property check. After finding the gates open, Officer Slagle
located a suspect wearing a facemask hiding in the gated area.
That suspect, who was identified as Yancey Jefferies, was taken
into custody. A second suspect was located hiding behind an anhydrous
ammonia tank. That suspect, who was identified as Wesley Raines,
was also taken into custody without incident. At the time of his
arrest, Raines was in possession of a two-way radio.
While Officer Slagle was questioning the two suspects, Officer Chadwell
conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle along the railroad
tracks that run near the Ice Chalet. The vehicle was registered
to Jeffries. The driver of the vehicle, James White, was driving
on a suspended license. In plain view were several tanks that are
used for transporting products such as anhydrous ammonia. In addition,
various tank fittings, a bolt cutter and several two-way radios
were recovered in the vehicle. One of the radios was turned on and
tuned to the same channel as the radio that was being used by Raines.
All three suspects were interviewed and admitted they were in the
process of stealing anhydrous ammonia for the purpose of reselling
it to another individual.
On March 8, 2005 at approximately 3:40 p.m., officer Floyd Fox responded
to the Budget Inn located at 323 Cedar Bluff Road to investigate
the use of a check card that had just been reported stolen from
a purse in Knox County.
The suspect that had fraudulently used the card to rent the room
could not be located on the motel property. Officer Fox returned
to the motel several more times during his shift until he located
the suspect. Numerous items that were in the victim's purse at the
time of the theft were in possession of the suspect. The suspect,
Paul Grubbs, was arrested and charged with theft, forgery, simple
possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Upon search of the suspect's vehicle, the purse and several items
from the purse were recovered along with items from three additional
burglaries and purse thefts. Investigators are currently reviewing
additional cases that could involve Grubbs.
Chief Owen said, "The actions of these officers demonstrates
the concern they have for the citizens and for the businesses in
their community. This is an excellent example of how these officers
are accountable for activities conducted on their beats."
Mayor Haslam said, "These officers are dedicated to their mission
of making Knoxville a safer place for all residents and for that
we are grateful for their service."
The officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief and a free dinner from Ruby Tuesday Restaurant.
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