KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Officers Rescue Neglected Puppy from Apartment Fire/Resident Arrested

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 Officers Rescue Neglected Puppy from Apartment Fire/Resident Arrested
DATE: September 29, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 26, 2014 at approximately 8:45 PM, Kingsport Police Officers patrolling in the area of Cloud Apartments in Kingsport were alerted by a nearby resident that apartment #47, located at 1212 Robertson Street, was on fire. Officers Brooke Bowers, Craig Dunworth, and Jesse Griggs rushed to the scene. They heard a smoke alarm and smelled smoke emanating from the apartment. A neighbor told them she believed that the apartment resident, later identified as Samantha A. Stidham, might still be inside.

The officers forced open the door of the apartment and began to search the interior for potential victims of the fire. No people were found inside; however, a small gray and white puppy, believed to be approximately 2-3 months old, crawled out from underneath the bed in an upstairs bedroom and stumbled down the stairs. The puppy appeared emaciated, frightened, and neglected. Its ribs, shoulder and hip bones, and spine were all visibly protruding under its skin and there were pink sores on the puppy’s shoulders. A neighbor brought food and water, and the puppy desperately consumed it.

The source of the smoke turned out to be an oven that had been left on by Ms. Stidham. Kingsport Fire Fighters responded and extinguished the fire and rendered the apartment safe.

Shortly after the fire was extinguished, Ms. Stidham returned home from a trip to a convenience store. She confirmed that she was the resident of the apartment and the owner of the puppy. She told the officers that she did not have any food for the puppy, because she could not afford it; however, she did appear to own numerous non-essential items including a large television, DVD movies, a cell phone, and cigarettes.

Ms. Stidham was arrested for Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and was transported to the Kingsport City Jail. The puppy was turned over to SBK Animal Shelter for proper care and safekeeping.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Samantha A. Stidham
Age Date of Birth 3/21/1994

20 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Cloud Apartments

1212 Robertson Street, Apt. #47

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Couple Charged in Aggravated Robbery Conspiracy

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: Couple Charged in Aggravated Robbery Conspiracy
DATE: September 29, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 27, 2014 at approximately 9:15 PM, Kingsport Police Officers from the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to Model City Apartments, located at 1000 Stonegate Road in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery of an individual. Officers spoke with the victim, a 24 year old black male, who had been invited to this location by Mariah Jean Holt, whom he had previously dated.

The investigation revealed that Ms. Holt had invited the victim to meet her via a series of text messages under the false pretense of a romantic rendezvous. When the victim arrived, rather than being greeted by Ms. Holt, he was approached by an individual later identified as Travis K. Nelms, Jr. who is Ms. Holt’s current boyfriend.

Mr. Nelms had concealed his face by wrapping a shirt around his head. He pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim and ordered him to strip off all of his clothing. Once the clothing was removed, Mr. Nelms stole a brand new iPhone 6 Plus from the pocket of the victim’s pants. Mr. Nelms then attempted to punch the victim but missed. In fear of being shot or otherwise assaulted, the victim fled from the scene, naked and on foot.

Mr. Nelms and Ms. Holt were quickly developed as suspects. Ms. Holt was located at Model City Apartments and was promptly arrested as a party to the crime of Aggravated Robbery.

Mr. Nelms is still at large. A warrant has been obtained, charging him with Aggravated Robbery. He is described as a 21 year old white male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches in height and weighing approximately 170 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Travis K. Nelms, Jr.
Age Date of Birth 7/5/1993

21 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Model City Apartments

1000 Stonegate Road, Apt. # R-15

Kingsport, TN

Height/

Weight

5 feet, 10 inches

170 pounds

Hair/Eyes Blonde/Blue
Charge(s) Aggravated Robbery

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Mariah Jean Holt
Age Date of Birth 1/23/1990

24 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Model City Apartments

1000 Stonegate Road, Apt. # R-15

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Aggravated Assault (Party to the Crime)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Motorcycle on West 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. Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Motorcycle on West Stone Drive
DATE: September 26, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 25, 2014 at approximately 9:15 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to the 600 block of West Stone Drive at the intersection with Sherman Place in reference to a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. The subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door hatchback, driven by Rachel N. Rhoton, was traveling east on West Stone Drive in the far left eastbound lane approaching the intersection with Sherman Place. A 1997 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle, operated by Jack H. Coffey, was traveling west on West Stone Drive; however, it was traveling left of center (on the wrong side of the road) in the same eastbound lane, headed directly toward the Chrysler.

The motorcycle struck the Chrysler head-on. Mr. Coffey was thrown from the motorcycle and was killed in the crash. Ms. Rhoton and her passenger both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment.

This crash is still under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Harley Davidson
Model Heritage Softail
Year 1997
Type Motorcycle
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Jack H. Coffey
Age 56 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Johnson City, TN
Injuries Fatal
COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Chrysler
Model PT Cruiser
Year 2002
Type 4-door Hatchback
Color Purple
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Rachel N. Rhoton
Age 18 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
Passenger Name Sarah L. Arnold
Age 25 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. on Scene of Serious Motor Vehicle Collision on West 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. on Scene of Serious Motor Vehicle Collision on West Stone Drive
DATE: September 25, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 25, 2014 at approximately 9:15 PM Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to the 600 block of West Stone Drive at the intersection with Sherman Place in reference to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. Crash investigators are in the preliminary stages of the investigation.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek an alternate route for the next few hours.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Indicted/Arrested in Fatal, July 2014, East Stone Drive Crash

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 Indicted/Arrested in Fatal, July 2014, East Stone Drive Crash
DATE: September 25, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 24, 2014 Samuel G. Huffine was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury on multiple charges including:

1) Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication

2) Reckless Aggravated Assault

3) Reckless Endangerment

4) Driving Under the Influence

5) Driving Left of Center

6) Speeding

A subsequent Criminal Court capias was issued for his arrest. On September 25, 2014 at approximately 12:15 PM, Mr. Huffine turned himself in at the Kingsport Police Department and was booked into the Kingsport City Jail, where he is presently being held pending a $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to be transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville later today.

This arrest comes as a result of an investigation by the Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit into Mr. Huffine’s involvement in a motor vehicle collision that occurred on July 19, 2014 on East Stone Drive near Tyson Lane in Kingsport. This crash claimed the life of Bobby D. Jarrett of Church Hill, TN.

Based on results returned by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab, at the time of the crash Mr. Huffine’s blood alcohol content (BAC) registered .15 percent, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent BAC. A reconstruction analysis of the crash by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit determined that Mr. Huffine was traveling at least 73 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone and driving left of center (on the wrong side of the road) when his vehicle struck Mr. Jarrett’s vehicle head-on.

As previously released:

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 Date of Birth 9/10/1986

28 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 143 Willowbrook Drive

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: Slots Still Available in Upcoming K.P.D. Citizens Police Academy

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: Slots Still Available in Upcoming K.P.D. Citizens Police Academy
DATE: September 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Slots are still available in K.P.D.’s upcoming Citizens Police Academy.

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for an upcoming class of the highly acclaimed Citizens Police Academy. K.P.D.’s Citizens Academy is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age, who either reside or work within the city limits of Kingsport.

The Academy is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Classes will meet twice each week on Monday and Thursday evenings for four consecutive weeks at 6:00 PM, with the final class being held on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Each class will run approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours in duration.

The Citizens Police Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in an officer’s shoes to experience what it might be like to serve as a police officer and to better understand why officers do what they do. Citizens Academy classes include an interesting mix of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities.

Class topics include:

1) An Introduction to K.P.D. with a Tour of the Justice Center

2) Collision and D.U.I. Investigations

3) Crime Scene Investigations

4) E.O.D. (Explosive Ordinance Disposal)

5) The Police K-9

6) Traffic Stops and Building Searches

7) Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force

8) S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)

The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, October 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM. Anyone interested in participating in the Citizens Academy needs to submit a new application, regardless of whether or not they have previously submitted an application.

For more information, and to download an application, please visit the K.P.D. website at http://Police.KingsportTN.gov and click on the “Programs for Citizens” tab. Anyone who has additional questions regarding the Academy or needs further assistance in applying may feel free to contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

ThomasMPatton

423-229-9433

K.P.D. CITIZENS ACADEMY DETAILS
Registration Deadline Friday, October 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Academy Begins Monday, October 27, 2014
Academy Ends Thursday, November 20, 2014
Academy Graduation Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the B.M.A. Meeting
Number of Classes Eight (8)
Academy Classes Meet 2 Nights a Week for 4 Consecutive Weeks

Monday and Thursday Evenings at 6:00 PM

Each Class Duration 2 ½ to 3 hours
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D.’s “Project: Drug Drop Zone” Deposits Reach 2-Ton Mark

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.’s “Project: Drug Drop Zone” Deposits Reach 2-Ton Mark
DATE: September 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The collections from the Kingsport Police Department’s medication take-back initiative known as “Project: Drug Drop Zone” have recently exceeding the 2-ton mark!

From day one, “Project: Drug Drop Zone” was a cooperative effort between the Kingsport Police Department and East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. The project began on September 25, 2010 when K.P.D. held its first drug take-back event at the Rhoten Allstate Agency in Kingsport. In just four short hours, K.P.D. collected 179 pounds of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications. The success of this first event solidified the need for a more permanent and easily accessible collection site.

Thanks to a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), on January 27, 2012 a permanent drop box was installed in the lobby of the K.P.D. Justice Center, conveniently located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport. K.P.D.’s drug collection box is accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. To date, “Project: Drug Drop Zone” collections have exceeded 4,000 pounds.

Any prescription medications, over the counter (OTC) medications, herbals, supplements, vitamins, and veterinary medications can be placed in the box. The department asks that no needles or sharps, biohazard materials, or illegal drugs be placed in the box.

The goals of “Project: Drug Drop Zone” are simple:

1) Keep Drugs off the Street

2) Prevent Overdoses and Accidental Poisonings

3) Avoid Environmental Contamination

The Kingsport Police Department is only one of several similar drug collection sites in the Northeast Tennessee region. Boxes can be found at all of the following locations:

1) Kingsport Police Department, 200 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN

2) Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, 140 Blountville Bypass, Blountville, TN

3) Bristol Police Department, 801 Anderson Street, Bristol, TN

4) Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce, 500 Highway 19E, Elizabethton, TN

5) Johnson City Police Department, 601 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN

6) Jonesborough Fire Hall, 123 Boone Street, Jonesborough, TN

7) Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, 999 Honeysuckle Street, Mountain City, TN

8) Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, 117 Justice Center Drive, Rogersville, TN

The United States Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have officially declared this coming Saturday, September 27, 2014 as “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.” Citizens are strongly encouraged to take an inventory of their medicine cabinets and bring their expired, unused, or unwanted medications to any of the above collection sites for proper disposal by local law enforcement.

Area residents are cautioned that keeping expired, unused, or unwanted medications in their home can be dangerous. Below are some simple rules to follow:

WHAT’S IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET?

1) MONITOR…where they are, how many you have, and who has access to them.

2) SECURE…hide or lock them safely in a cabinet, drawer, or box.

3) DISPOSE…properly any expired, unused, or unwanted medications.

As a direct result of K.P.D.’s “Project: Drug Drop Zone” and similar programs across the region, East Tennessee State University has received grant funding of $2.2 Million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to launch a five-year research program aimed at battling prescription drug abuse and misuse.

The Kingsport Police Department’s “Project: Drug Drop Zone” has proven to be successful beyond what could ever have been imagined. For more information on K.P.D.’s drug take-back program, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

ThomasMPatton

423-229-9433

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit