KPD e-News Release: Prisoner Found Deceased in Kingsport City Jail

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: Prisoner Found Deceased in Kingsport City Jail
DATE: September 20, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 20, 2014, shortly after 6:00 AM, a prisoner incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail was found deceased in his cell. As with any in custody death, the Kingsport Police Department promptly notified the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and requested an independent, transparent investigation. As such, all further inquiries will be respectfully referred to those agencies.
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: The City of Kingsport: A Safe Place to Live, Work, and Play

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: The City of Kingsport: A Safe Place to Live, Work, and Play
DATE: September 19, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Earlier this week, the Kingsport Police Department became aware of an Internet link that has been circulating across the State of Tennessee via e-mail and various social media applications. This link directs the user to an article entitled “17 Most Dangerous Cities in Tennessee.” In the article, the City of Kingsport is purported to be the eighth most dangerous city in the State of Tennessee. The same article also claims that Crossville, known as the “Golf Capital of Tennessee,” is the most dangerous city in the State of Tennessee, ranking even higher than Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis which is of course preposterous.

Anyone who receives this link can easily navigate back to the originating website’s homepage and learn that the article is actually nothing more than a shameless sales pitch by a private company with the goal of selling home security systems. The obvious intent of the article is to deliberately frighten citizens across the state of Tennessee into a false belief that they live in a dangerous community, and in turn drive them to purchase an alarm system. It is a marketing ploy, plain and simple.

Many more factors than just crime statistics play a role in the overall safety of any given city. Under the leadership of the Kingsport Area Safety Council and its member agencies, hospitals, businesses, and industries, the City of Kingsport and Sullivan County, TN hold the designation of being an internationally recognized “Safe Community” by the National Safety Council and the World Health Organization. Had Kingsport been the eighth most dangerous city in the state, it would not have been considered for this esteemed award.

The Kingsport Police Department wishes to assert that Kingsport has always been, is now, and will continue to be a safe place to live, work, and play. Make no mistake…Kingsport is not the fictitious “Mayberry” of the Andy Griffith Show fame. Crime does happen in Kingsport; however, the Kingsport Police Department makes every effort to predict it, prevent it, and when it does happen, swiftly bring those criminals who commit it to justice. Citizens are encouraged to refer to legitimate sources of information, such as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crimes in Tennessee Report, for crime statistics rather than believing urban legends circulated by e-mail and social media.

Does the Kingsport Police Department recommend home security systems to its residents? Absolutely! However, a home security system is only one element of a much larger plan. Good lighting, deadbolts, keeping valuables out of plain sight, Neighborhood Watch, and many other factors all play into an overall crime prevention strategy. And these are techniques that any law enforcement officer in any city in the world, regardless of the crime rate, would recommend. While the Kingsport Police Department cannot endorse any one particular home security company, we certainly would not recommend one that attempts to dupe citizens into buying from their company by using sensationalism to instill them with a false sense of fear.

The Kingsport Police Department makes every effort to maintain a transparent relationship with the Citizens of Kingsport. As such, the following narrative was issued in an official K.P.D. news release this past May and deserves repeating:

On May 6, 2014 the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the 2013 Crimes in Tennessee Report. This annual report highlights reported crimes, arrests, and overall clearance rates of individual jurisdictions as well as the State of Tennessee as a whole. The 2013 analysis indicates that when it comes to crime and criminal investigations, the City of Kingsport is headed in a positive direction.

When comparing the 2013 data to that of the previous year, the Kingsport Police Department saw a 17.45% decrease in the more serious crimes known as Group A Offenses, which include some of the most violent crimes such as Murder, Rape, Aggravated Assault, and Robbery. There was also a 26.4% decrease in domestic violence incidents and a 27.96% decrease in simple assaults. The vast majority of property crimes, such as Arson, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Vandalism, showed significant reductions as well.

Two additional improvements pertaining to violent crime are noteworthy. Regarding the crime of murder, there were zero incidents reported in the City of Kingsport during 2013 as opposed to a total of two in 2012. And, there was a 30.43% reduction in weapon law violations from 2012 to 2013.

Not only are less crimes being reported to the Kingsport Police Department, the department is also doing an even better job at solving these crimes. The Kingsport Police Department’s 2013 overall clearance rate was 41.49% which is not only an improvement over K.P.D.’s 2012 clearance rate of 37.04% but also exceeds the 2013 State of Tennessee overall clearance rate of 39.92%.

One likely contributing factor in this recent crime downtrend is K.P.D.’s participation in the State of Tennessee’s Targeted Community Crime Reduction (TCCR) Grant. This grant has funded hundreds of additional law enforcement man-hours strategically placed in the traditionally higher crime areas of the city. There can be little doubt that increased police visibility is a significant deterrent to criminal activity.

To view the 2013 Crimes in Tennessee Report, visit the following link:

http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/tn_crime_stats/publications/2013%20Crime%20in%20Tennessee%20(SECURE).pdf

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Mother Arrested After Leaving Child Unattended in Vehicle

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: Mother Arrested After Leaving Child Unattended in Vehicle
DATE: September 19, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 17, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to the parking lot of Ben Franklin Crafts, located at 1001 Waterman Road in Kingsport, in reference to a child being left unattended in a vehicle. The vehicle, a 1990 Toyota Camry, was parked to the side of the business. The vehicle was unlocked, with the keys in the ignition, and the engine was running. A one year old female child was in the back seat of the vehicle and no other individuals were in or around the vehicle.

A few minutes later, Kayla B. Egan who was the owner of the vehicle and mother of the child, exited the store and returned to her vehicle. She had with her a bag full of merchandise and another female child who was two years of age. Ms. Egan told the officers that her one year old child was sick and had fallen asleep, so she left her in the car, because she did not want to wake her. She acknowledged leaving her child unattended for approximately ten minutes; however, further investigation revealed that the time period in question was closer to 20-30 minutes.

Ms. Egan was arrested for Criminal Attempt to Commit Child Abuse, Neglect, or Endangerment and was transported to the Kingsport City Jail. The father of the two children was called to the scene to take custody of them.

The Kingsport Police Department wishes to take this opportunity to remind citizens that children should never be left in a vehicle unattended. There are countless examples across our nation of where this action has ended in tragedy. If the engine is running, a child could accidentally place the vehicle in gear sending it in motion, or the vehicle could be stolen with the child inside. If the engine is not running, the child is left defenseless to suffer the potential effects of extreme heat or cold. In short, nothing good can come from leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. It is dangerously irresponsible, and it is illegal.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Kayla B. Egan
Age Date of Birth 8/6/1992

22 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 365 Browders Chapel Road

Hiltons, VA

Charge(s) Criminal Attempt to Commit Child Abuse, Neglect, or Endangerment

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Surgoinsville Man Wanted for Motor Vehicle Theft

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: Surgoinsville Man Wanted for Motor Vehicle Theft
DATE: September 18, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 11, 2014 a female resident on Pendleton Street in Kingsport hired Douglas L. Salyer to complete some mechanical work on her 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse. She stated that Mr. Salyer came to her house and worked on the vehicle on Saturday, September 13, but he returned the following day and mysteriously drove off in the vehicle, never to return. The vehicle itself has a value of approximately $3,000; however, at the time it was stolen, it also contained approximately $500 worth of tools and stereo equipment belonging to the victim.

The vehicle was located and recovered in the parking lot of Price Less Foods in Weber City, Virginia on Wednesday, September 17 by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office; however, the additional personal property had been removed from the vehicle. K.P.D. Detectives have obtained a warrant for his arrest, charging him with theft over $1,000. He is also wanted on a separate outstanding warrant out of Sullivan County for a violation of probation based on a previous conviction for burglary and a litany of other charges.

Neither the victim nor K.P.D. Detectives have been able to locate Mr. Salyer since the date of the theft. He is described as a 36 year old white male, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches in height, weighing approximately 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos on his arms and chest. His last known address was 4070 Stanley Valley Road in Surgoinsville.

Detectives are asking anyone who knows Mr. Salyer’s whereabouts to contact them in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Douglas L. Salyer
Age Date of Birth 12/13/1977

36 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 4070 Stanley Valley Road

Surgoinsville, TN

Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches/180 pounds
Hair/Eyes Brown/Brown
Charge(s) Theft of Property over $1,000 (Felony)

Also Wanted on Outstanding Sullivan County Warrant for Violation of Probation

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Rogersville Man in Custody for Photographing a Juvenile in the Dressing Room of a Kingsport Clothing Store

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: Rogersville Man in Custody for Photographing a Juvenile in the Dressing Room of a Kingsport Clothing Store
DATE: September 18, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 31, 2014 Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to Old Navy, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in the Kingsport Pavilion Shopping Center. The responding officers spoke with a 16 year old female juvenile. She stated that while she was trying on clothes in the dressing room, a white male suspect stuck his foot under the door, and she noticed that he had a camera affixed to his boot.

The suspect left the store prior to police arrival; however, witnesses were able to provide a detailed description of him and his vehicle, complete with a license plate number. Further investigation by K.P.D. Detectives revealed the identity of the suspect as Bradley Justin Wallen of Rogersville, and a warrant was obtained for his arrest charging him with the crime of Observation without Consent.

On September 18, 2014, at approximately 10:30 AM, K.P.D. Detectives located Mr. Wallen at his residence at 737 Mountain View Road in Rogersville. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where he was confined pending a $750 bond.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Bradley Justin Wallen
Age Date of Birth 5/7/1980

34 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 737 Mountain View Road

Rogersville, TN

Charge(s) Observation without Consent (Class A Misdemeanor)

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Age
Age 17 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Local Theater Manager Wanted on Theft Charges Stemming from Embezzlement 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: Local Theater Manager Wanted on Theft Charges Stemming from Embezzlement Investigation
DATE: September 17, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 7, 2014 the Kingsport Police Department was alerted to an incident of embezzlement by an employee of Frank Theaters, located inside the Kingsport Town Center at 2101 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. Officers spoke with an assistant manager who reported that when he opened the theater that morning he discovered that approximately $3,000 was missing from the safe. Further investigation revealed that two deposits, totaling an additional $3,000, had never been delivered to the bank. The theater’s general manager, Ashley M. Carroll, had closed the business the night before and was responsible for the deposits, so she was quickly developed as the suspect.

K.P.D. Detectives have been searching for Ms. Carroll since this investigation began, but they have been unable to locate her, concluding that she has absconded with the missing $6,000. A warrant has been obtained for her arrest, charging her with Theft over $1,000.

Ms. Carroll is a 39 year old white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet, 4 inches in height and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Her last known address was 1612 Blackmore Street in Kingsport. Detectives are asking for anyone who may know where she can be located to contact them in the Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429, or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Ashley M. Carroll
Age Date of Birth 10/24/1974

39 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 1612 Blackmore Street

Kingsport, TN

Height/

Weight

5 feet, 4 inches/140 pounds
Hair/Eyes Brown/Brown
Charge(s) Theft over $1,000 (Felony)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. and K.F.D. to Hold Car Seat Checkpoint in Recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week

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. and K.F.D. to Hold Car Seat Checkpoint in Recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week
DATE: September 17, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following information regarding an upcoming Child Passenger Safety Week Checkpoint, to be conducted cooperatively by the Kingsport Police and Fire Departments, was originally distributed by our friends at K.F.D. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to stop by and ensure that their child is riding in the appropriate car seat and that it is properly installed.

Child Passenger Seat Technicians from the Kingsport Police Department and Kingsport Fire Department will hold a Child Passenger Safety Week Checkpoint at KFD Station 2 from 1-4 pm on Wednesday September 17th. KFD Station 2 is located on Crescent Dr. near the intersection of Ft Henry and Center Streets in Kingsport.

Car Seat by Child’s Age and Size

There are many car seat choices on the market. Use the information below to help you choose a car seat that best meets your child’s needs.

· Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.

· Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions (check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.

· To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.

· Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

To learn which car seat is appropriate for your child’s age and size check out NHTSA’s complete list of car seat recommendations.

Tennessee Child Passenger Laws:

For more information on Tennessee’s Child Restraint Laws, visit the Click it or Ticket website, or refer to T.C.A. 55-9-602

· Children under one (1) year of age, or any child, weighing twenty (20) pounds or less, must be secured in a child passenger restraint system in a rear facing position, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards, in a rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer’s instructions. (Note: If the child safety seat has a higher rear-facing weight rating, usually 30 or 35 pounds, it may be continued to be used in a rear-facing position so long as the child’s weight permits. Check the manufacturer’s instructions accompanying the child safety seat for more information.)

· Children age one (1) through age three (3), and weighing more than twenty (20) pounds, must be secured in a child safety seat in a forward facing position in the rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer’s instructions.

· Children age four (4) through age eight (8), and measuring less than four feet nine inches (4’9") in height, must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat system, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards in the rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer’s instructions. (Note: If the child is not between age four (4) and age eight (8), but is less than four feet nine inches (4’9") in height, he/she must still use a seat belt system meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.)

· Children age nine (9) through age twelve (12), or any child through twelve (12) years of age, measuring four feet nine inches (4’9") or more in height, must be secured in a seat belt system. It is recommended that any such child be placed in the rear seat, if available.(Note: If the child is not between age nine (9) and age twelve (12), but is four feet nine inches (4’9") or more in height, he/she must still use a seat belt system meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.)

· Children age thirteen (13) through age fifteen (15) must be secured by using a passenger restraint system, including safety belts, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.

· Provision is made for the transportation of children in medically prescribed modified child restraints. A copy of Doctor’s prescription is to be carried in the vehicle utilizing the modified child restraint at all times.

· The driver of the car is responsible for making sure that children under age sixteen (16) are properly restrained and may be charged and fined $50.00 for violation of the law. If the child’s parent or legal guardian is present in the car but not driving, the parent or legal guardian is responsible for making sure that the child is properly transported and may be fined for non-compliance.

· Police officers observing violations of this law are permitted to stop drivers and take enforcement action. PLEASE PROPERLY RESTRAIN CHILDREN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit