KPD e-News Release: Domestic Violence Suspect Wanted by Kingsport Police Evades Traffic Stop

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: Domestic Violence Suspect Wanted by Kingsport Police Evades Traffic Stop
DATE: December 18, 2014
CASE #: 14-023121, 14-023123, and 14-023124
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 15, 2014 at approximately 8:00 AM, a female domestic violence victim came to the Kingsport Justice Center to report an incident that had just occurred on East Stone Drive in Kingsport. She stated that her husband, Shawn L. Botkin, with whom she has recently separated, had chased her from Blountville to Kingsport. He was driving a compact sport utility vehicle, believed to be a Suzuki Vitara or Geo Tracker, that was two-tone green over silver in color.

She said that at approximately 7:45 AM, she was westbound on 11-W, when Mr. Botkin passed her going the opposite direction. She reported that he turned around and caught up with her as she entered the city limits of Kingsport. She said that he pulled up beside her near the intersection of East Stone Drive at Beechnut Drive and told her, “I got you.” She said that near the intersection of Indian Trail Drive he bumped her vehicle in the rear end with the front of his vehicle. She reported that Mr. Botkin continued to follow her until just before her arrival at the Kingsport Justice Center.

Sgt. Steve Summey of the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to the Downtown Kingsport area to be on the lookout for Mr. Botkin’s vehicle. Sgt. Summey observed the vehicle traveling on West Center Street near Lynn Garden Drive. Sgt. Summey caught up to the vehicle on West Sullivan Street and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle ran the stop sign on Sullivan Street at Donelson Drive, accelerated eastbound on Lovedale Drive at a high rate of speed, and passed another vehicle on the double yellow line. Due to the extreme reckless driving and the safety of other motorists, Sgt. Summey wisely terminated the pursuit.

Moments later, another motorist traveling on Clinchfield Street observed the suspect vehicle on Donelson Drive approaching Clinchfield Street. The motorist reported that the suspect vehicle ran the stop sign on Donelson Drive at Clinchfield Street, sideswiped his car, and continued to flee on Clinchfield Street.

Shawn L. Botkin is still at large. A warrant has been obtained charging him with:

1) Felony Reckless Endangerment

2) Felony Evading Arrest

3) Domestic Assault

4) Driving on a Revoked License

5) Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Anyone who may know where he can be located is asked to contact Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Shawn L. Botkin
Age Date of Birth 1/8/1977

37 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Last Known Address 1072 Kings Meadow Private Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Felony Reckless Endangerment

2) Felony Evading Arrest

3) Domestic Assault

4) Driving on a Revoked License

5) Leaving the Scene of an Accident

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect in Custody in “Shaken Baby Syndrome” Investigation

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 “Shaken Baby Syndrome” Investigation
DATE: December 17, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 26, 2014, shortly after midnight, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to the Holston Valley Medical Center Pediatric Unit in reference to a possible case of child abuse. Responding officers spoke with a physician who advised them that he was treating a six month old male child with symptoms indicative of “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” His diagnosis was based on the results of a CT scan, as well as observations of the child vomiting and having seizures, all of which were consistent with neurological damage. The case was immediately turned over to detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division who specialize in child abuse investigations. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

On November 25, 2014 James R. Casteel, who may or may not be the biological father of the child, was alone with the child in a storage building, located behind a residence at 906 Riverside Avenue in Kingsport. Casteel had been living in this storage building with the child for approximately two weeks. The storage building was nothing more than a “yard barn” and had no running water.

At approximately 4:30 AM, Mr. Casteel was awakened by the child crying. Mr. Casteel changed the child’s diaper and fed him; however, he continued to cry. He then shook the child and threw him down on the bed in an attempt to stop the crying. Mr. Casteel then went back to sleep for a period of nearly twelve hours.

At approximately 4:00 PM, Mr. Casteel’s mother came to the storage building and found the child to be extremely lethargic and unresponsive. His eyes were rolled back in his head and he was not moving his limbs. She immediately called 9-1-1. Sullivan County E.M.S. responded and transported the child to Holston Valley Medical Center for emergency care.

When patrol officers first spoke with Mr. Casteel at the hospital, he initially gave a fictitious account that was completely inconsistent with the facts of the case detailed above. He has since given detectives a more accurate statement consistent with the results of their investigation.

The child has since been transferred to Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, TN for pediatric specialty care. He remains hospitalized, suffering from multiple internal injuries including severe brain damage and detached retinas.

On December 16, 2014 this case was presented to the Sullivan County Grand Jury which returned a true bill. On December 17, 2014 at approximately 3:00 PM, James R. Casteel was arrested at Cloud Apartments #152, located at 657 Nelson Street in Kingsport, on a Sullivan County Criminal Court Capias for the charges of Aggravated Child Abuse and Filing a False Police Report. He was transported to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville where he will remain incarcerated pending a $75,000 bond.

The mother of the child, Amber N. Keys, had been incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail at the time the injuries were inflicted upon her son. Due to the condition of her child, she was granted a temporary release so that she could be with him while he received medical care. Conditions of her release included no drug use and no contact with Mr. Casteel. Her release has since been revoked based upon violations of both of these conditions. She was with Mr. Casteel at the time of his arrest and was taken into custody for Violation of Probation and transported back to the Sullivan County Jail.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name James R. Casteel
Age Date of Birth 10/24/1989

25 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 906 Riverside Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Child Abuse

2) Filing a False Police Report

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Amber N. Keys
Age Date of Birth 2/13/1990

24 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 906 Riverside Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Violation of Probation

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: 9-1-1 Adjusted Rates to Take Effect January 1, 2015

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: 9-1-1 Adjusted Rates to Take Effect January 1, 2015
DATE: December 15, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following announcement is being made by the Kingsport Police Department on behalf of the Kingsport Emergency Communications District. For additional information concerning this release, please contact Kingsport 911 Director, Lt. Jerry Mowl by phone at 423-229-9358 or by email at JerryMowl.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DECEMBER 15, 2014

Kingsport , TN – The Tennessee General Assembly passed the 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 (“the Act”) on April 25, 2014. The Act, effective January 1, 2015, updates the existing model for funding 911 to account for changes in technology and consumer choice by establishing a single, uniform 911 surcharge rate.

The new uniform rate accounts for advancements in technology needed to provide Tennesseans with prompt and accurate 911 services, and it is intended to adequately fund local 911 services in light of the ongoing reduction of landline use across the State. Accordingly, Kingsport residential and business lines, currently charged at $0.65 and $1.50 respectively, will be adjusted to $1.16 per month. The cellular 911 surcharge will also be adjusted from $1.00 to $1.16 per month.

“Our highest priority is the safety of the citizens of Kingsport. 911 call takers and dispatchers remain dedicated to ensure the quality of 911 service and response,” said Kingsport 911 Director, Lt. Jerry Mowl.

The Act also supports the state’s Next Generation 911 program. Next Generation 911 will provide better information and data to first responders, which allows local 911 operators to more quickly assess an emergency and ensure that the necessary equipment and personnel can promptly respond to the scene.

“The 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 will provide the resources necessary to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee receive the best 911 service available,” said the Tennessee Emergency Communications Executive Director, Curtis Sutton.

The new uniform rate goes into effect January 1, 2015. Customers will likely notice a change reflecting the new rate on their January telephone and cellular phone bills.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police to Hold D.U.I. Checkpoint

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 to Hold D.U.I. Checkpoint
DATE: December 15, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the ongoing effort to reduce the problem of driving under the influence and related crashes, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a D.U.I. Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 11:00 PM until 1:00 AM. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the City of Kingsport.

K.P.D. stresses that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to alcohol, but to any substance that impairs, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Upcoming KCop 8K Christmas Lights Run to Result in Temporary Road Closures and Delays

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: Upcoming KCop 8K Christmas Lights Run to Result in Temporary Road Closures and Delays
DATE: December 12, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Coalition of Police (KCop) will be holding its annual 8K Christmas Lights Run this coming Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM. All proceeds will go to the KCop “Shop with a Cop” program to buy Christmas gifts for less fortunate children.

The race will begin at Indian Highland Park, located at 1814 East Center Street, and will be run throughout the Highland, Fair Acres, and Tellico Hills neighborhoods. Area motorists not planning on participating in this event should plan ahead and seek an alternate route to avoid congestion and delays. Motorists traveling in the vicinity of the race area are asked to exercise courtesy and patience, follow all detours, obey all traffic instructions, and keep a cautious eye out for pedestrians, cyclists, and slow moving vehicles.

Pre-registration is available online in advance or at Indian Highland Park at 4:30 PM on the day of the event. For more information on the Christmas Lights Run, please visit www.WeRunEvents.com or www.FaceBook.com/KCop168.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Man Wanted for Questioning by Kingsport Police Detectives

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: Man Wanted for Questioning by Kingsport Police Detectives
DATE: December 12, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives wish to speak with an individual in connection to an unspecified ongoing investigation. Due to the nature of the investigation, no further details will be released at this time. He is wanted only for questioning and is not presently wanted on any criminal charges. He is a white male and is operating a red minivan, believed to be either a Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, or Plymouth Voyager.

Photos of the man and the vehicle are included in this release. The individual being sought is wearing dark clothing in the included photos. The man beside him wearing red clothing has already been identified.

These photos were taken from surveillance video recovered from two area businesses. Links to the actual video footage, available on the K.P.D. YouTube channel, have been included below:

http://youtu.be/zmG7MGuZWzQ

http://youtu.be/CNdJdxucW_c

Anyone who recognizes this man or the minivan is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Arrest Man for Firing Handgun in Shopping Center Parking Lot

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 Arrest Man for Firing Handgun in Shopping Center Parking Lot
DATE: December 12, 2014
CASE #: 14-022918
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 12, 2014 just after midnight, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby in the East Stone Commons Shopping Center, located at 1905 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Kingsport Central Dispatch received information that the male suspect, later identified as Cole Morris, was near a beige pickup and a green Mini Cooper.

Upon arrival, officers located Mr. Morris and the described vehicles. Their investigation revealed that a woman, believed to be the girlfriend of Mr. Morris, had been in the parking lot speaking with another man. Mr. Morris arrived in his pickup, and an argument ensued. Mr. Morris returned to his truck, retrieved a handgun, and fired a shot into the pavement.

Mr. Morris told the female that they needed to talk, prompting her to advise the other man to leave. The other man left, and Mr. Morris returned the handgun to his truck. Mr. Morris initially told officers that he was unarmed; however, he eventually told the officers where they could find the handgun.

Officers were able to speak with the other man via telephone, as well as two additional witnesses, who confirmed the above account. Mr. Morris was arrested for two counts of Felony Reckless Endangerment and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon with Intent to go Armed and transported to the Kingsport City Jail.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Cole Morris
Age Date of Birth 2/6/1992

22 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 153 Chester Avenue

Jonesville, VA

Charge(s) 1) Felony Reckless Endangerment (2 counts)

2) Unlawful Possession of a Weapon with Intent to Go Armed

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit