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Seven now face charges in knife fight

Cosby man seriously hurt when car stolen in Cocke County

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013

The car in which deputies found the victim of a knife attack Sunday afternoon had been reported stolen at the scene of an earlier assault in Cosby.

Meanwhile, a total of seven people now face various charges associated with a fight that seriously injured 41-year-old Clinton William Baxley of Morristown, Sheriff Bud McCoig said yesterday.

Slashing victim flown to UT by LifeStar

Investigators are searching for a Talbott teen as they try to sort out details of a fight in which a Morristown man was slashed with a knife Sunday afternoon.

3-29-2010 - Three in Custody After Home Invasion Robbery Deputies were called to a Talbott residence to investigated a home robbery. Deputy Rob Smith reports that subjects entered the home with their heads covered with masks, were armed with knifes and a ball bat. Upon entering the home one of the victims was struck with a bat and the other was held at knife point. The suspects were demanding medication and money. After further investigation Detective Curtis Owens has arrested and charged Ronnie Wilson, of Morristown, William Simerly, of Talbott, and Preston Proffit, of Morristown with Aggravated Robbery 

1-22-2010 – Sheriff’s Office Warns of Craig’s List Scam - A concerned citizen reported to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department about a potential scam on Craig’s list. The complainant reported that they had checked an ad stating that a soldier about to be deployed to Iraq wanted to liquidate his assets. This transaction was being conducted through a third party that the complainant called a middle man, ebay financial department. He also reported fine print at the bottom of the ad “you be protected”. This, raising his suspicions caused him to contact Craig’s list for them to investigate. As a result of the investigation, the complainant was able to get his money returned.


1-20-2010 – Suspect in Custody after Home Invasion – Deputies were called to a residence on Valley Home Road after a subject busted through the front door. The home owner scared the suspect away at which time he got his vehicle stuck in the yard and took off running on foot. Deputies used a K-9 to attempt to locate the suspect and were able to locate shoes and clothing which matched the description of the suspect which was given by the victim. A short time later, deputies received a call from Christopher Rolen, of Dandridge, who reported that he had been robbed and his vehicle had been stolen. He was missing his shoes and shirt when officers made contact. Upon further investigation Rolen did admit to breaking into the residence. He was charged with Aggravated Burglary and has an appearance date set in General Sessions Court.

10-11-2009 - Three in Custody after Local Business Robbed at Gun Point - Deputies and Detectives had three suspects in custody shortly after they entered Taylor's Market, in the Swannsylvania community, pointing a shotgun at the owner and demanded money. Charged with aggravated robbery are Anthony Dewyane Hollifield of Dandridge, Michael Albert Davis and William Harris both from Newport. Chief Detective McCoig reports that Harris was in the store acting as if he were a customer when Davis entered the store and allegedly pointed the gun at Rathbone demanding money. Davis then fled with cash in a pillow case. Hollifield was reported as the driver of the get away vehicle, which Harris reported to the police as being stolen by the thieves. All three suspected of the robbery appeared in General Sessions Court and are being held under $50,000 bond.  

9-25-2009 - Sheriff's Office Receives Grant Money from Department of Justice - The Sheriff's Office has been awarded two grants from the US Department of Justice totaling 55,000 dollars. One grant will upgrade eleven patrol vehicles with digital video cameras to better assist officers record incidents. Portable Radios will be purchased with money from the second grant. This will allow the department to purchase P25 capable portable radios which will allow for better communications with other types of radio systems. 

4-26-2009 – Dandridge Man Killed in Farming Accident – David Howard, 71, of Grove Road Dandridge, was found by family members in a field near his residence after he did not come home from working outside. Corporal Crowther reports that a set of tools were found near the body and it appeared that he was working on a farming tractor when it began moving forward. There were signs that Howard was struck by the tractor. Howard, who died at the scene, was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

4-20-2009 – Skeletal Remains of a Dandridge Man Found on Interstate 40 – A Tennessee Department of Transportation employee found a decomposed body in the area of Interstate 40 near exit 417. The body was found 50 feet from travel lanes. The body is identified as James Brooks of 213 Tristan Road, Dandridge. Brooks lived less than a mile away and had last been seen over a year ago. The cause of death has not been determined. Forensics anthropologist from the University of Tennessee is assisting with the investigations.


12-28-2008 – Deputy Solves Home Burglary and a Arrest is Made – Deputy Todd Coleman was called to investigate a home burglary at 2844 Black Oak Road. Upon completing the investigation he learned of possible suspect information, and completed a follow up investigation with the suspects. While speaking with suspects and witnesses he learned that Brenda Watkins took property from the Black Oak Road residence without permission from the owners. This property had been sold since the incident, however Deputy Coleman was able to track the property down and it was returned to the owner. Watkins is charged with felony theft and has a hearing date set in General Sessions Court.




11-14-2008 - Deputies Receive in-car Computers – Deputies are now able to use in car computers to complete reports. This is a great benefit because it allows the officer to stay in the community on patrol where in the past the officer would have to dedicate a large amount of time to the office completing reports. In addition to completion of reports deputies can obtain driver’s license and registration information, as well as Tennessee Department of Corrections information and history. The computers were purchased using a grant which the Sheriff’s Department was awarded.


11-3-2008 - Animal Control Assigned to Sheriff’s Department – Animal Control officers have been reassigned and are the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Department. This change takes affect Monday November 3rd. This will allow for better response and accountability of animal complaints and violations. Citizens having animal complaints should contact the emergency communications center at 475-3482 and report the issue. The call taker will prioritize the complaint following general order established by the Sheriff’s Department and assign an animal control office



10-18-2008 – Deputy Seriously Injured During Vehicle Pursuit – Deputy Michael Ramsey lost control of his patrol vehicle while responding to a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle which Ramsey was driving slammed into a concrete pillar along a bridge on West Highway 25/70 near Brooks Road. He was able to crawl out of the vehicle before it burst into flames. Ramsey was airlifted to UT Medical Center with serious head and neck injuries. The vehicle which was being pursued was later stopped on Broadway in Knoxville. The driver is facing several charges after assaulting an officer on a earlier traffic stop.



09-22-2008 - Meth Lab Investigation After Drug Overdose Report - Investigators found meth making materials at a residence on Birdsong Lane after a subject was transported to the hospital suffering from a meth overdose. Chief Deputy Bud McCoig reports complaints prior to this incident. When investigators arrived at the residence several attempted to run out the backdoor, however deputies were there waiting on them. After gaining consent to search the residence, items commonly used to make meth, as well as finished meth product was found. The owner of the residence, Anita Hutsell, and visitors Michael Dewayne White, of White Oak Church Road, and Shawn Ray Banks, of Mansfield Gap Road were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of meth for sale.