KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Seeking Info in Assault Allegation

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Seeking Info in Assault Allegation
DATE: July 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 20, 2014 at approximately 2:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to Indian Path Medical Center to speak to a victim of an assault. Upon their arrival, they spoke with Raffael Fansano, who had been transported there by Sullivan County E.M.S. to receive treatment for a laceration on his forehead.

Mr. Fansano told the officers that approximately 30 minutes earlier he had been riding his bicycle in the 1000 block of New Beason Well Road in Kingsport when an unknown individual threw an unidentified object out of the window of a passing motor vehicle. He stated that the object in question struck him in the head, resulting in the aforementioned injury.

Mr. Fansano advised that the vehicle appeared to be a newer model sports car that was white in color; however, he was not able to provide a license plate number. He indicated that the vehicle was occupied by two younger white males.

Investigators responded to the area where the assault was alleged to have occurred; however, thus far they have been unable to locate the thrown object, uncover any new information, or develop any suspects in this case.

Detectives are asking for anyone who might have witnessed this incident or who may have any information which may help them solve the case to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect in Custody in Stabbing Incident at Kingsport Motel

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect in Custody in Stabbing Incident at Kingsport Motel
DATE: July 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 22, 2014 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the Econo Lodge, located at 9980 Airport Parkway in Kingsport, in reference to a stabbing incident. Upon their arrival, they came in contact with both the suspect, Richard Mark Thomas, and the victim, Howard Eugene Wells.

Mr. Wells has sustained a severe, life-threatening, laceration. He was promptly transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency medical treatment.

K.P.D. Detectives responded to the scene. Their subsequent investigation yielded the following:

Mr. Thomas, Mr. Wells, and several other individuals had been residing at the Econo Lodge while temporarily working in the Kingsport area. Mr. Thomas and another man were engaged in an argument. Witnessing the heated exchange, Mr. Wells physically placed himself in between the two men in an attempt to mediate and de-escalate the situation.

Rather than diffuse, the situation escalated, and Mr. Thomas produced a handgun. In self-defense, Mr. Wells grabbed the firearm in an attempt to disarm Mr. Thomas. Continuing his aggression, Mr. Thomas then drew a knife and stabbed Mr. Wells.

Mr. Thomas was arrested for Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder and transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing. Although the incident did in fact occur within the confines of the City of Kingsport, in compliance with Sullivan County court jurisdictional boundaries, Mr. Thomas was then transported to the Sullivan County Jail pending his arraignment in General Sessions Court Division I in Bristol, TN.

Mr. Wells remains hospitalized in the Holston Valley Medical Center Intensive Care Unit where he is listed in stable condition.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Richard Mark Thomas
Age Date of Birth 3/5/1967

47 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 142 Waterside Lane

Freeport, FL

Charge(s) Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Combined Vice Units Execute Search Warrant/Arrest Suspect

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Combined Vice Units Execute Search Warrant/Arrest Suspect
DATE: July 22, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 21, 2014 at approximately 1:30 PM, a search warrant was executed at the residence of Harry B. Watts, located at 1019 Dale Street Alley in Kingsport. This operation was a cooperative effort between the Vice Units of the Kingsport Police Department and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Watts was home at the time the warrant was executed.

During the search, over ½ gram of crack cocaine as well as paraphernalia commonly utilized to package it for resale (small baggies) were located and collected as evidence. Additionally, approximately $4,000 in United States currency and coin, and a large amount of collectable coins were located inside the residence. All of these monies were seized as proceeds from the sale of narcotics. This residence is in close proximity to a neighborhood municipal park.

Mr. Watts was arrested and charged with:

1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) for Resale within 1000 feet of a City Park (Dale Street Park)

2) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

3) Maintaining a Dwelling where Narcotics are Stored

He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he was confined pending his arraignment the following morning. At his arraignment, his bond was set at $20,000 which he promptly posted, securing his release until his next scheduled appearance in General Sessions Court on October 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Harry B. Watts
Age Date of Birth 4/28/1940

74 Years of Age

Race/Gender Black/Male
Residency 1019 Dale Street Alley

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) for Resale within 1000 feet of a City Park (Dale Street Park)

2) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

3) Maintaining a Dwelling where Narcotics are Stored

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Detectives Request Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspects

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Detectives Request Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspects
DATE: July 22, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 14, 2014, just prior to 1:00 AM, two suspects (one a white male, the other a white female) burglarized a residence on Gravely Road in Kingsport. Entry was made to the residence via a window on the rear of the house. The suspects stole cash, a firearm, and several electronic items with a combined total value of nearly $4,000.

The victim’s brother was watching over the house while he was temporarily away. Two days before the burglary, he noticed that someone had unsuccessfully attempted to pry open the garage door, prompting him to install a motion sensing “trail camera” to monitor the property.

The two suspects believed to be responsible for the burglary were captured in a series of photographs, some of which are included in this release. Kingsport Police Detectives are requesting assistance in identifying these two individuals. Particular attention should be paid to the full length “sleeve” tattoos on both arms of the male suspect. The tattoos appear to extend across the male suspect’s back as well.

Anyone who recognizes either of these suspects is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Offers Tips to Help Detect Counterfeit Currency

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Offers Tips to Help Detect Counterfeit Currency
DATE: July 21, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 18, 2014 the Kingsport Police Department issued a news release warning citizens that there has been a recent surge in the amount of counterfeit currency circulating in the area. To view this original release, please visit the following link:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/07/18/kpd-e-news-release-numerous-counterfeit-bills-circulating-in-the-area/

K.P.D. is offering several tips that anyone can use to help detect counterfeit currency:

Obtain and use a counterfeit detector pen. These pens are readily available and easily affordable at various office supply and department stores in the area. These pens will instantly identify a counterfeit bill that is printed on anything other than official United States currency paper.

• Because the counterfeit detector pens are so inexpensive and highly effective, counterfeiters have taken to “bleaching” genuine bills of lesser denominations (typically $5 and $10 bills) and reprinting them into $20, $50, and $100 bills. In these cases, the counterfeit detector pen will not indicate that the bill is a fake. Fortunately, there are several other quick and easy methods of verification.

1) Check the watermark. On a genuine federal reserve note, there will be a watermark visible when the bill is held up to the light showing the same presidents face as is printed on the bill. When the above “bleaching” method is used, the face in the watermark and the face printed on the bill will not match indicating that the bill is a counterfeit.

2) Check the security thread. On all genuine federal reserve notes except the $1 and $2 bill, there is a security thread visible when the bill is held up to the light. The thread will read “USA FIVE,” “USA TEN,” “USA TWENTY,” etc. When the above “bleaching” method is used, the denomination on the security thread and the denomination printed on the bill will not match indicating that the bill is a counterfeit.

3) Check the serial number. Each and every genuine United States Federal Reserve Note has a unique serial number. Often when counterfeiters produce fake currency, they will not take the time and effort to change the serial number when they are producing multiple bills. If you receive multiple bills at the same time, take a second to verify that no two bills have the exact same serial number. If they do, at least one of the bills is a counterfeit.

Following is a link to the United States Secret Service “Know Your Money” guide which describes in detail how to verify that you are in possession of a genuine Federal Reserve Note.

http://www.secretservice.gov/KnowYourMoneyMay13.pdf

And remember, any individual who comes into possession of counterfeit United States currency is required by law to notify law enforcement and turn it in immediately.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Fatal Crash on East Stone Drive

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Fatal Crash on East Stone Drive
DATE: July 19, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 19, 2014 at approximately 5:00 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a fatal motor vehicle collision that had occurred on East Stone Drive in the vicinity of Tyson Lane in Kingsport. Officers from the Kingsport Police Department’s Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to the scene of the crash. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2007 Kia Spectra 4-door sedan, driven by Bobby D. Jarrett, was properly traveling east in the appropriate eastbound lanes of East Stone Drive.

A 2006 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, driven by Samuel G. Huffine, was improperly traveling left of center on the wrong side of the road (westbound in the eastbound lanes) on East Stone Drive. Summer Nicole Huffine was also in the Honda as a front seat passenger.

The Honda struck the Kia head-on. Mr. Jarrett sustained fatal injuries from the impact. Mr. and Mrs. Huffine sustained possible injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Both vehicles received disabling damage and had to be towed from the roadway.

The investigation is still ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. In addition to the Honda being on the wrong side of the roadway, both alcohol consumption and excessive speed are believed to be contributing factors in this fatal collision. Charges are pending.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make 2006
Model Honda
Year Accord
Type 4-door Sedan
Color Gold
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed from Scene
Driver Name Samuel G. Huffine
Age 27 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injuries/Transported to HVMC by SCEMS
Passenger Name Summer Nicole Huffine
Age 25 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injuries/Transported to HVMC by SCEMS
COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make 2007
Model Kia
Year Spectra
Type 4-door Sedan
Color Gold
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed from Scene
Driver Name Bobby D. Jarrett
Age 50 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Church Hill, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Felony Theft Suspect Located and Charges are Pending

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Felony Theft Suspect Located and Charges are Pending
DATE: July 18, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 18, 2014 at approximately 2:30 PM Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a shoplifting incident that had just occurred at Wal-Mart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to the scene.

Upon their arrival, officers were notified by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officers that the suspect, later identified as Darrell Eugene Helton, had stolen a felonious amount of merchandise and fled from the store on foot. The Wal-Mart employees reported losing sight of Mr. Helton as he entered a wooded area near the intersection of Fort Henry Drive and John B. Dennis Highway.

Several K.P.D. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter. An extensive search ensued that spanned the next hour and a half. At approximately 4:00 PM, officers searching the area located Mr. Helton at the base of a cliff that was approximately 50 feet in height.

Mr. Helton was conscious and communicating; however, he had suffered significant injuries sustained in a fall. He indicated that he had accidentally fallen from the cliff while navigating the wooded terrain. Sullivan County E.M.S. responded and transported him to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Mr. Helton was left in the care of medical professionals; however, the felony theft investigation has been turned over to the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, and charges are pending.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Darrell Eugene Helton
Age Date of Birth 9/21/1970

43 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 507 Prices Grove Road, Lot #3

Rogersville, TN

Charge(s) Pending

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit