William Earl Knight has been charged in Meigs County.
Knight is accused of rape of a minor, according to reports from the Marshals Service.
Lt. Detective Scotty Wiggins of the sheriff’s department said earlier this week that investigation revealed Knight had family members in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Wiggins also said Knight formerly lived in the North No Pone community of Meigs County near Highway 30.
Knight was wanted for the alleged repeated rape of a minor over the past several years, according to information provided by Paul Salayko of the Marshals’ Service.
Investigators in the Chattanooga Division of the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force, as well as deputies with the Meigs County Sheriff’s office began an investigation June 4, according to Salayko.
Salayko also said extradition proceedings are currently under way to return Knight to Tennessee into the custody of Meigs County officials.
- A property owner went to check on her property earlier this week and discovered two men inside the house on the property. One of the men was arrested and the other fled the scene before authorities could arrive.
According to a report filed by deputy Casey Kerr of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, he responded to 11th Street and spoke with Rosemary Kile.
When Kile arrived at the property which was supposed to be uninhabited, she found lights on and an air conditioner operating inside.
According to Kerr, Daniel Cartwright, 24, was arrested and charged with aggravated trespassing and vandalism.
Officials discovered Cartwright and the other suspect had broken a window to gain entry, Kerr noted.
The other suspect was identified and possible charges pending.
- A Neighborhood Watch program is planned Feb. 16, for the Southforke Subdivision community. The meeting will be held in the North Classroom at the Bradley County Judicial Complex at 7:30 p.m.
Lt. Bob Hancock, coordinator of the Neighborhood Watch program for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, will be answering questions and providing information on how residents can set up a watch program in their community.
Residents who live in Southforke are encouraged to attend.
For additional information regarding this program or how to establish a Neighborhood Watch program, contact Hancock at 728-7321, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.