Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 600 Market Street, Chattanooga, 37402 TN
  • Chief:
Phone: (423) 209-7000
Fax: (423) 209-7001

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is located at 600 Market Street, Chattanooga, 37402 TN. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office phone number is (423) 209-7000.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office News

Sheriff Jim Hammond and the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office would like offer our appreciation to all of our military veterans, currently serving or retired, who have worn the uniform to protect our freedom and liberty. God Bless America.

Temporary Road Closure - Sawyer Road Due to a single vehicle accident (car vs. pole) Sawyer Road is temporarily closed thru to Roberts Mill Road. It is not clear at this time when the stretch of roadway will be reopened. Utility crews will need to arrive on the scene and repair the pole damage. Injuries believed to be minor.

HCSO Involved in Late Night Pursuit – Stolen Merchandise Recovered Hamilton County, TN - Last night while patrolling an area on Signal Mountain Road, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy witnessed a maroon Mustang pass them in the opposite lane driving erratically. The deputy turned around and proceeded to follow the vehicle to investigate. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for traffic law violations, but the driver fled from law enforcement. A pursuit began that would lead deputies through Highway 153 to Dayton Pike and several other roads at excessive speeds. Near the 15,000 block of Dallas Hollow Road, two passengers in the vehicle began to throw items out the car windows including boxes and a suitcase in an effort to dispose of evidence. At one point during the pursuit, the vehicle’s driver attempted to crash one of the pursuing patrol units. The driver of the vehicle lost control around the 7,400 block of Hixson Pike and wrecked. Deputies quickly apprehended the female driver and two female passengers. The vehicle was found to contain merchandise with anti-theft devices still attached. Deputies contacted the Signal Mountain Walmart and confirmed that these three parties conducted a “push out” at their business by loading a cart full of expensive merchandise and then exiting through a fire escape past all points of sale. The driver of the vehicle, Keoshia Starling was also found to have multiple warrants from surrounding jurisdictions for similar thefts. The two passengers in the mustang were Kanisha Davis and Kamesha Jones. All three individuals are facing numerous charges. Keoshia Starling had outstanding warrants for Criminal Trespass and (6) counts of Theft. She was arrested on new charges of Reckless Driving, Felony Reckless Endangerment, (4) counts Felony Aggravated assault, and Aggravated Assault on Police. Kanisha Davis was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault on Police, Tampering with Evidence, and Felony Evading Arrest. Kamesha Jones was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault on Police, Tampering with Evidence, and Felony Evading Arrest. Due to the fact several items were found in the vehicle with anti-theft devices, the HCSO is asking for any businesses to come forward who may have experienced similar “push out” related incidents or believe these three suspects may have stolen from their business. Businesses may contact their local law enforcement agency or the HCSO. A mugshot is provided below for each suspect and a picture of the vehicle is also provided. This incident remains under investigation and no further details are available at this time.

HCSO Graduates Six Personnel from the Prestigious Southeastern Leadership Academy (SELA) Hamilton County, TN – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the newest graduates of the prestigious Southeastern Leadership Academy (S.E.L.A.) in coordination with the UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center Institute for Public Service which graduated Friday, November 9th at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga Tennessee Room. The Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy is a dynamic five-week law enforcement leadership and management program designed for progressive and innovative police managers. The intense five-week course is spread out over a five-month period so that agencies can better manage the time off for their officers and to assist the S.E.L.A. instructors. Sheriff Hammond applauds his officers who have completed this training stating they have done so while continuing to manage their daily work-related responsibilities. The S.E.L.A. curriculum was developed by a team of national experts in the field of policing and is delivered by these same experts to ensure integrity of delivery. All instructors are seasoned law enforcement professionals; have earned a Ph. D in Criminal Justice or a related field; teach at a major university; and have published related books or articles in peer-reviewed journals. The curriculum covers current issues and information police administrators rely upon to adequately respond to the diverse demands of an executive position. Graduates and their family were honored with a breakfast and later received their diplomas after hearing a motivating speech by this year’s keynote speaker, Oak Ridge Police Department Chief, Robin Smith On hand for the celebration were members of law enforcement from all over Tennessee, including several Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs. This year’s HCSO graduates were as follows: Corrections Division Lieutenant John Hargis Corrections Superintendent Jason Clark Patrol & Criminal Investigation Divisions Lieutenant Eliott Mahaffey Sergeant Mark Williams Sergeant Hank Ritter Sergeant Robin Langford Please offer your congratulations to these individuals for their commitment to excellence and for completing this noteworthy program.

OHS Student Arrested for Making Threats on Social Media Hamilton County, TN – Last night, November 8, 2018, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office patrol personnel were called to a residence in reference to a perceived, generalized threat towards students at Ooltewah High School after concerns about an anonymous social media account (Instagram) was discovered circulating among OHS students. Detectives from the HCSO began an investigation and a male juvenile student at OHS was identified as being responsible for the posting. The results of the investigation determined there was no means to carry out a threat in the possession of the student and he was arrested and transported to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center where he was charged with Making False Reports. The HCSO makes an effort to investigate any threat, real or hoaxed, especially those directed towards the safety and welfare of our children. Each threat is taken as serious and criminal charges are typically considered when these type of incidents occur due to the potential of public alarm and disruption to normal school activities. As this incident pertains to a juvenile, no further details are available.

With the recent rash of vehicle break-ins across Hamilton County, remember to follow the #9PMRoutine. Always #CheckItChirpIt

The HCSO would like to say thank you to all those who contacted our Detectives today either by phone or via our website and Facebook page with information and tips regarding the Smokin Joe’s Robbery that occurred this morning. Detectives have made an arrest. Scroll down to see more details about the arrest. Austin Berry Layne (age 23) has been arrested in connection with today’s armed robbery. This mornings incident remains under investigation.

HCSO Traffic Investigators Release Victims Name in Apison Road Fatality Hamilton County, TN - Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Investigators are officially releasing the name of the pedestrian victim killed in last night’s fatal Apison Road fatality. The pedestrian's name is Richard B. Lamneck (Age 46) of Cleveland Tennessee. Proper notification of next-of-kin has been made. This incident remains under investigation and no additional details are available at this time.

HCSO Offers Update in this Morning’s Smokin Joe’s Robbery in Lakesite Hamilton County, TN - On November 7, 2018, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office detectives made an arrest in connection to the armed robbery of Smokin Joe’s on Hixson Pike. Austin Berry Layne (age 23), has been arrested and is in the process of being booked on charges related to the robbery. Anyone having information related to this investigation is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 423-622-0022. The HCSO would like to thank our local media and those that contacted the HCSO via our agency Facebook page and website offering tips and information after seeing the surveillance camera image posted earlier today. The photograph of Layne is from a previous arrest. This continues to be an active investigation. No further details are available at this time.

HCSO Responds to Robbery on Hixson Pike Hamilton County, TN - On Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at approximately 8:30 am, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 8703 HIxson Pike at Smoking Joes on a report of an armed robbery. Upon law enforcement arriving, the suspects had fled. Smoking Joe’s clerk reports that one (1) white male entered the store with a toboggan pulled over his face holding a gun and demanding cash. Another white male, who is believed to be associated, waited outside in the getaway vehicle. An undisclosed amount of money was taken, and the suspects fled in a small black and red vehicle. No one was injured during this incident. The image below is a still shot from the business surveillance system that shows the suspect. Anyone having information about this incident is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 423-209-8940. This incident is currently under investigation and no additional details are available at this time.

HCSO Responds to Fatal Pedestrian Struck on Apison Pike Hamilton County, TN - Earlier tonight, at approximately 6:15 PM, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 12,600 block of Apison Pike for the report of an accident involving two vehicles. According to the preliminary investigation, a Ford F-250 was stopped in the eastbound lane due to a flat tire on a trailer it was hauling. The pedestrian was on the left side of the trailer when the trailer and pedestrian were struck by a Ford F-150 going east on Apison Pike. The pedestrian struck was pronounced deceased at the scene. HCSO Traffic Investigators are currently investigating the incident. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification to next-of-kin. This incident remains an active investigation and no further details are available.

HCSO Reserve Deputies Participate in the 2018 CDSS Buddy Walk Hamilton County, TN – This past weekend, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was very busy actively participating in several events including the Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society’s annual Buddy Walk and the Presidential visit at UTC. This year marks the third year Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement personnel have participated in the Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society’s annual Buddy Walk. Each year, the attendees get to choose from local celebrities, sports players, first responders, or law enforcement personnel and have them escort them to the stage to receive their medals. The Buddy Walk is a public awareness event that offers an opportunity to expand the mission of the Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society as it seeks to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with Down Syndrome in the Greater Chattanooga area by providing resources, education, awareness, advocacy, and community support. Special thanks to HCSO Reserve Deputies’ Mike Hatfield, David Mays, Marty Gaffin, Jeff Eversole, and Kevin Ritchey for escorting their new friends to the stage and for helping to make this event a great success for those in attendance. The photos below are courtesy of the Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society.

HCSO Corrections Division Honors 2018 Officer & Civilian of the 3rd Quarter Hamilton County, TN – Yesterday, Sheriff Jim Hammond, Chief of Staff Gino Bennett, Deputy Chief of Corrections Joe Fowler, and Correction’s Captain Gene Coppinger formally recognized the HCSO Corrections Division’s Officer and Civilian of the 3rd Quarter for 2018. This quarter’s Officer of the Quarter recipient is Corrections Deputy Jerryd Marler. This quarter’s Civilian of the Quarter recipient is Court Liaison Marilyn Pettit. These two employees were nominated by their peers for their outstanding performance and attention to detail while performing their duties within the Hamilton County Jail. Sheriff Jim Hammond stated, “The actions of these two employees exemplify the role of a public servant, and are in keeping with the highest standards of professionalism of both the Corrections Division and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you for a job well done.” Please offer Corrections Deputy Marler and Ms. Pettit your congratulations on their award!

Who says you can't herd horses with Patrol Cars? Its good to know our Deputies know how to "Cowboy Up" when they need to! Thank you TN Horse Raiders for the thank you note and we were more than glad to help and get your rowdy four-legged friends rounded-up safe and sound!

HCSO Releases 2017-2018 RIID Grant Results from Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) Hamilton County, TN – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded an Alcohol Enforcement Grant which ran from October 1, 2017 thru September 30, 2018 from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for approximately $85,000.00. The RIID Grant, (Remove Impaired-Intoxicated Drivers), allows the HCSO the opportunity to use additional federal funds to support traffic enforcement operations for the sole purpose of removing impaired and/or intoxicated drivers from our roads in order to protect our community from senseless and fatal crashes that may occur as a result of alcohol and/or drug impairment. HCSO School Resource Officers also contributed to the success of the RIID Grant by educating our youth. During the 2017 -2018 RIID Grant period a total of (1,425) presentations were made by SRO’s on topics such as drunk driving, driving impaired, drugs and consequences, texting, and the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. In total, (38,600) students participated in those presentations. In March, a simulated crash was conducted at Soddy Daisy High School in cooperation of the Hamilton County Health Department to further illustrate to students the dangers of driving while impaired or intoxicated. A total of two hundred one (201) arrests were made during the 2017 - 2018 grant period for offenses of DUI, Driving on Revoked or Suspended Driver’s License, Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Possession alone. Additional arrest and issuance of traffic violation citations also occurred. During the 2017-2018 grant period Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigated a total of seven (7) fatal crashes in the unincorporated areas with one (1) being alcohol related. Thanks to the additional RIID Grant funding, deputies are removing more impaired and intoxicated drivers from the roads and it is apparent lives are being saved. The RIID Grant has allowed citizens, deputies, and traffic personnel to see improvements due to the higher visibility of more law enforcement personnel and increased enforcement measures. RIID Grants allow HCSO to have additional manpower to saturate all of Hamilton County to include all municipalities and the citizens in Hamilton County have been able to see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel. About the Tennessee Highway Safety Office: The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is Tennessee's advocate for traffic safety. THSO works in tandem with the National Highway Safety Administration to implement statewide programs addressing occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by THSO are 100 percent federally funded. THSO’s mission is to effectively develop, implement and evaluate these programs. To learn more about the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

HCSO Financial Manager Jackson Ellis Recognized for Years of Service Hamilton County, TN – On Tuesday, October 30th, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Director of Administration Ron Bernard recognized Financial Manager Jackson Ellis for ten years of dedicated public service. Mr. Ellis is responsible for the day to day financial and accounting operations of the HCSO. Many of us who know Jack personally know he is a man of faith and loves his family. He is an avid traveler and gardener. Many people may not know he is also a model train aficionado and loves studying the Civil War. Please offer Jack your congratulations and appreciation for his years of service to the HCSO and the citizens of Hamilton County.

This morning at 10:30 am, Sheriff Jim Hammond will be live on the HCSO FB Page discussing the recent spike in vehicle break-ins around Hamilton County and what the HCSO is doing to apprehend those involved. Tune in to learn more.

Sheriff Jim Hammond to Host Press Conference Tomorrow Hamilton County, TN – In light of the recent spike in vehicle break-ins and thefts throughout Hamilton County, Sheriff Jim Hammond and members of the HCSO will host a press conference tomorrow to update the community on what actions are being put into place to help apprehend those involved and tips on how citizens can avoid becoming a victim of a crime of opportunity. Who: Sheriff Jim Hammond What: Press Conference to Discuss Vehicle Break-In’s When: 10:30 am Where: 600 Market Street

HCSO Involved in Two Early Morning Vehicle Pursuits Hamilton County, TN – Earlier this morning, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office personnel were involved in two separate vehicle pursuits that ended on Interstate 75. The first pursuit occurred around 1:45 am near the 300 block of Interstate 75. The pursuit involved a stolen vehicle. The vehicle crashed into a dividing wall and came to a stop. No injuries were reported. There were five subjects in the vehicle, all of which were taken into custody. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office detectives and traffic investigators are investigating the incident. All five suspects are juveniles. The second pursuit occurred around 5:45 am near the 1330 block of Interstate 75. This pursuit also involved a stolen vehicle which resulted in a crash with no injuries. The vehicle contained three subjects, all of which were adults and were taken into custody by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The names of the three suspects are not being released at this time. Both of these vehicle pursuits and the circumstances surrounding them remain under investigation.

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