KPD e-News Release: Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation at Maple Oak Apartments

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation at Maple Oak Apartments
DATE: August 9, 2018
CASE #: 18-022371
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 8, 2018, the victim in the Maple Oak Apartments homicide investigation was positively identified by the Medical Examiner as Mary A. Danner, 68 years of age, of Kingsport.

This remains an open and active homicide investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division; therefore, no additional details can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On August 2, 2018 at approximately 2:00 PM, Kingsport Police Department Detectives were called to Maple Oak Apartments, located at 818 Oak Street in Kingsport, in reference to a deceased person being discovered in apartment 320 under suspicious circumstances.

Detectives quickly established that one of the residents of that apartment, Samuel Rex Sandidge, was a person of interest in their investigation. Mr. Sandidge was not home when the decedent was discovered; however, he was soon located in the Lynn Garden area.

After further investigation, to include a thorough examination of the scene, as well as an extensive interview with Mr. Sandidge, the death was determined to have been a premeditated and intentional homicide committed by Mr. Sandidge. He was subsequently charged with First Degree Murder and booked into the Kingsport City Jail where he remains confined pending arraignment.

The body of the deceased person will be sent to the E.T.S.U. Quillen College of Medicine for forensic autopsy. The identity of the decedent is currently being withheld, pending positive identification by the medical examiner and notification of next of kin.

This remains an open and active homicide investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, and in the interest of a successful future prosecution, it would be both irresponsible and premature to release any additional details, to include manner of death or motive, at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Samuel Rex Sandidge
Age Date of Birth 5/30/1951

67 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 818 Oak Street, Apt. 320

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) First Degree Murder

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Mary A. Danner
Age 68 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Lynn Garden Drive Temporarily Completely Closed Due to Structure Fire

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Lynn Garden Drive Temporarily Completely Closed Due to Structure Fire
DATE: August 6, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 6, 2018 as of approximately 5:30 PM, Lynn Garden Drive near the intersection of Virginia Street in Kingsport is temporarily completely closed in both directions due to a structure fire. The Kingsport Fire Department has a water line run across the road preventing traffic flow. According to K.F.D. the fire has been extinguished; however, the water line remains across the road while they continue to monitor hot spots.

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and seek an alternate route so as to avoid unnecessary traffic congestion and delays. Motorists already in the immediate area are asked to slow down, exercise caution and patience, and obey all traffic instructions. Motorists are advised to utilize Interstate 26 and/or Carters Valley Road as a detour in the meantime.

Again, this is a temporary delay that will be cleared up as soon as it is safe to do so. Any inquiries regarding the fire itself should be directed to the Kingsport Fire Department.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death of Child

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death of Child
DATE: August 6, 2018
CASE #: 18-022609
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 5, 2018 at approximately 10:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to a residence in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport in reference to a deceased 4 year old child. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division are currently investigating this incident as a suspicious death.

The child’s body has been sent to the E.T.S.U. Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy by the Medical Examiner to determine cause of death. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of this active investigation and the minor age of the decedent, absolutely no additional information can or will be released at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Stress Traffic Safety as Students Begin New School Year

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Stress Traffic Safety as Students Begin New School Year
DATE: August 6, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective Monday morning, August 6, 2018, Kingsport City Schools are back in session. The Kingsport Police Department will be patrolling Kingsport’s various school zones and actively enforcing traffic violations. Motorists are urged to slow down and drive with an increased level of situational awareness, especially around school zones.

One relatively new state law that just went into effect midway through last school year prohibits talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving through a school zone.

Following, are some additional Back to School Safe Driving Tips from the National Safety Council:

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year. Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and anxious parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

If You’re Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. The following apply to all school zones:

· Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.

· Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.

· Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

· Have children exit the vehicle from the side of the vehicle facing the curb rather than the side of the vehicle facing traffic.

· Use crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk or allow your children to do so.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

· Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.

· In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.

· Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.

· Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.

· Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.

· Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

· Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

· Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.

· If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

· This is true even on multi-lane highways unless there is a barrier or grass or raised concrete median physically dividing the two directions of the highway. Multi-lane highways only divided by center turn lanes do not satisfy this criteria, so both directions must stop for a stopped school bus.

· The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

· Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

· When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.

· When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.

· If you’re turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals.

· Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this.

· Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.

· Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.

· Check side mirrors before opening your door.

Seatbelts and Child Passenger Safety

Finally, all motorists are strongly encouraged to make sure they, and everyone in their vehicle, are properly restrained. Being properly restrained by a seatbelt or an appropriate child passenger safety seat can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus walking away from the crash with minor injuries or no injuries whatsoever.

The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life. For a comprehensive guide to child passenger safety, please visit the following link: https://tntrafficsafety.org/cps

By exercising a little extra care and caution, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and school buses can co-exist safely in school zones and throughout the City of Kingsport.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Man Charged With First Degree Murder in Homicide Investigation at Maple Oak Apartments

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Man Charged With First Degree Murder in Homicide Investigation at Maple Oak Apartments
DATE: August 3, 2018
CASE #: 18-022371
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 2, 2018 at approximately 2:00 PM, Kingsport Police Department Detectives were called to Maple Oak Apartments, located at 818 Oak Street in Kingsport, in reference to a deceased person being discovered in apartment 320 under suspicious circumstances.

Detectives quickly established that one of the residents of that apartment, Samuel Rex Sandidge, was a person of interest in their investigation. Mr. Sandidge was not home when the decedent was discovered; however, he was soon located in the Lynn Garden area.

After further investigation, to include a thorough examination of the scene, as well as an extensive interview with Mr. Sandidge, the death was determined to have been a premeditated and intentional homicide committed by Mr. Sandidge. He was subsequently charged with First Degree Murder and booked into the Kingsport City Jail where he remains confined pending arraignment.

The body of the deceased person will be sent to the E.T.S.U. Quillen College of Medicine for forensic autopsy. The identity of the decedent is currently being withheld, pending positive identification by the medical examiner and notification of next of kin.

This remains an open and active homicide investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, and in the interest of a successful future prosecution, it would be both irresponsible and premature to release any additional details, to include manner of death or motive, at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Samuel Rex Sandidge
Age Date of Birth 5/30/1951

67 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 818 Oak Street, Apt. 320

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) First Degree Murder

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Vice and Narcotics Unit Investigations Result in 28 Felony Drug Indictments

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Vice and Narcotics Unit Investigations Result in 28 Felony Drug Indictments
DATE: July 31, 2018
CASE #: Multiple Case Numbers
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 6, 2018 the Sullivan County Grand Jury handed down felony drug indictments on 28 individuals. These indictments came as a result of several extensive investigations that have been underway over the past two years by the Kingsport Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit.

15 of these suspects have since been arrested on these indictments. Another 3 of these suspects were already in custody with other agencies on unrelated charges when the indictments were handed down and have been served accordingly. The final 10 individuals are still wanted and remain at large.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the remaining wanted individuals is asked to contact the Kingsport Police Department at 423-246-9111. Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to these or any other cases wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

SUSPECTS ARRESTED SINCE INDICTMENT
NAME CHARGE(S)
Betty Bishop 1) Sale/Delivery of Oxycodone (6 counts)

2) TennCare Fraud (2 counts)

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

Ronnie Johnson 1) Sale/Delivery of Oxycodone (6 counts)

2) TennCare Fraud (2 counts)

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

Jason Keen 1) Sale/Delivery of Oxycodone (4 counts)
Patricia Henson 1) Sale/Delivery of Oxycodone
Whalen Carpenter 1) Sale/Delivery of Crack Cocaine (4 counts)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

Kimberly Baird 1) Sale/Delivery of Buprenorphine within 1,000 Feet of a School (4 counts)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

Gerald Rogan 1) Sale/Delivery of Oxycodone (6 counts)

2) Sale/Delivery of Hydrocodone

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

Larry Hawkins 1) Sale/Delivery of Oxycodone
Tabatha Maddox 1) Sale/Delivery of Buprenorphine (6 counts)

2) TennCare Fraud (2 counts)

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

Michael Smith 1) Sale/Delivery of Alprazolam (4 counts)
James Lane 1) Sale/Delivery of Alprazolam
Jona Walker 1) Sale/Delivery of Buprenorphine

2) TennCare Fraud

Joshua Sanchez 1) Sale/Delivery of Buprenorphine (4 counts)
Dustin Cradic 1) Sale/Delivery of Hydrocodone (4 counts)
Nicholas Baird 1) Sale/Delivery of Marijuana within 1,000 Feet of a School (4 counts)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

SUSPECTS ALREADY IN CUSTODY WITH OTHER AGENCY WHEN INDICTED
NAME CHARGE(S)
Jacob Chatman 1) Sale/Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Cocaine (4 counts)
Savannah Ramey 1) Sale/Delivery of Methamphetamine (4 counts)
Rocky Woodard 1) Sale/Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine
INDICTED SUSPECTS STILL WANTED AND AT LARGE
NAME CHARGE(S)
Deborah Brown 1) Sale/Delivery of Hydrocodone
Jeffery Morse 1) Sale/Delivery of Oxycodone (4 counts)
Troy Roberts 1) Sale/Delivery of Buprenorphine (6 counts)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

John Parrish 1) Possession of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine for Sale/Delivery

2) Possession of Hydrocodone for Sale or Delivery

Perez Tarter 1) Sale/Delivery of Over ½ Ounce of Marijuana (6 counts)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used or Sold

Brandon Dockery 1) Possession of Over ½ Ounce of Marijuana for Resale Within 1,000 Feet of a Child Care Agency
Charles Guy 1) Possession of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine for Sale/Delivery

2) Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Dangerous Felony

Charles Lampkins 1) Sale/Delivery of Hydrocodone within 1,000 Feet of a School
Kenneth Phillips 1) Sale/Delivery of Hydrocodone within 1,000 Feet of a School
Brian Morris 1) Sale/Delivery of Hydrocodone (4 counts)
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Attempting to Identify Suspect Couple in Wallet/Smartphone Theft Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Attempting to Identify Suspect Couple in Wallet/Smartphone Theft Investigation
DATE: July 19, 2018
CASE #: 18-020556
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 14, 2018, a woman was shopping at Walmart Neighborhood Market, located at 750 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport. After loading her purchases into her car, she inadvertently left her wallet/smartphone case in a shopping cart when she returned it to the rack in the parking lot.

An employee found the wallet when he was collecting the carts, and asked a couple parked in the space next to the rack if it belonged to them. Although it in fact did not belong to either one of them, they falsely claimed that it did and unlawfully took possession of it from the employee, constituting the offense of theft.

The wallet/smartphone case contained a $900 Samsung Galaxy S8 phone, assorted debit and credit cards, approximately $40 cash, and the victim’s driver license and Social Security card. The suspect couple left the scene in a mid to late 1990s mid-sized sport utility vehicle (possibly a Ford Explorer or similarly styled vehicle) that was either silver or gold in color.

Photos of the two suspects, taken from store surveillance video footage, have been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes either of them, or the described vehicle in which they were traveling, is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton