Murder on Greenway leads police to increase security patrols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Police have increased their presence on Knoxville’s Third Creek Greenway since a woman was murdered there Sunday.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( reports Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch made the announcement Monday at a news conference.

42-year-old Stefany Fairbanks was attacked and killed as she walked along the Greenway. Police arrested and charged 24-year-old Timothy Dwayne Ison with her murder.

Rausch said Fairbanks’ death is the first slaying on the city’s 86 miles of greenways and trails.

Although he calls the attack “an isolated event,” Rausch says he and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero agreed police needed to increase patrols on the greenways.

Rausch said he will use his overtime budget to pay for additional protection so officers won’t have to be taken away from other assignments.

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