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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

From the desk of Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox

Christmas is the time we celebrate families, children and the birth of our Savior …sadly this season our office joins the community in mourning the senseless and tragic loss of a young life from Benton County and our own missing Echo Lloyd. Please know we will do everything in our power to bring them the justice they deserve.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your kindness, gifts, and most importantly, all the prayers after our motorcycle accident in October. My wife Joy is home now recuperating from her extensive injuries. She has a long road ahead of her but with love, prayer and medical attention she will recover, please keep those prayers coming.

I am back at the helm just in time to pound out the 2021 budget and present it to the Commission. I welcome you to stop by my Office if you would like to pick up a copy of my budget proposal or discuss the numbers. As of yet I have not been able to obtain a date for the completion of the new jail. I have been told by the construction managers that they will have the jail completed by the end of January. I will keep you posted as construction progresses and we are able to start using this much anticipated and needed facility.

This holiday season, as you are opening up those new gifts, I would like to remind you to write down all those serial numbers. Take pictures of everything of value and write the serial number on the photo with a note of any distinguishing marks. If it is an item like a nail gun or battery-powered drill, make up your own serial number and stencil or stamp it deep into the item, then remove a cover or panel and apply the number once more. If you should be an unfortunate victim of burglary or theft, the serial number will be loaded into a nation-wide database for law enforcement. Without this, the ability to recover your items are near zero.

Keep in mind that bad guys are constantly driving around looking for easy targets. Please do not set out your trash with all the unwrapped boxes from Christmas morning. This is like an advertisement for thieves who could drive by and see that high-end, big screen TV box, Playstation 5 or other desirable items and decide to shop at your house. Please remember to lock your vehicle and garage doors as well. A great Christmas gift for yourself would be a video recording system for your home and outside motion lights. A big part of reducing thefts in the area is reducing opportunity.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to serving you in the New Year for my second term and standing with you through all the new challenges. As always, my office door is always open to you. Please feel free to stop by the office or call.

Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox