KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Investigating Threatening Note Found at Dobyns-Bennett High School

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. Investigating Threatening Note Found at Dobyns-Bennett High School
DATE: November 19, 2019
CASE #: 19-027239
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 19, 2019, shortly before 12:00 noon, a note was found at Dobyns-Bennett High School, located at 1 Tribe Way in Kingsport. The note, which was threatening in nature, was discovered by a student who subsequently turned it into school administration.

Unfortunately, photographs of this note were taken prior to it being turned over to authorities, and those photos are already being circulated via social media. This has understandably started to create fear and alarm throughout the community, particularly with parents and families of students.

This matter is being taken very seriously by the Kingsport Police Department and the Kingsport City Schools, and a joint investigation is currently underway. In the meantime, there will be an increased police presence at the school for the remainder of the school day today, and throughout the entire school day tomorrow.

As this remains an active criminal investigation, no further details are available for release at this time. Additional information will be shared if and when it becomes available, but only at an appropriate point in the investigation.

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: Suspects Sought in Fraudulent Use of Cloned Debit Cards

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspects Sought in Fraudulent Use of Cloned Debit Cards
DATE: November 19. 2019
CASE #: 19-024162

19-024163

19-026046

19-026048

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives are investigating several instances where fraudulent purchases have been made at various local business using what appears to be cloned copies of actual debit cards. In each instance, the original debit card was still in the victim’s possession at the time the fraudulent transaction was completed.

Two white male adult suspects were captured on surveillance video during the completion of one of these transactions. A photo, taken from this footage, has been included in this release, while a short clip of the actual video has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel by accessing the link below:

https://youtu.be/vZ6lK5h7HlQ

In one instance, these suspects were seen leaving the scene in what appeared to be a black, newer model, Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle. Anyone who recognizes either of them 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

KPD e-News Release: Community Partners Join Together for Common Goal of Encouraging Seatbelt Use

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Community Partners Join Together for Common Goal of Encouraging Seatbelt Use
DATE: November 15, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Area Safety Council (KASC) has partnered with local Hardee’s restaurants and the Kingsport Police Department to encourage seatbelt use. Signs are being placed on area Hardee’s properties at the parking lot exits to remind patrons to buckle up as they leave.

On November 14, 2019, one of these signs was placed at the Hardee’s located at 1401 South John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Pictured in the accompanying photos are members of the KASC Board of Directors, Hardee’s employees, and Kingsport Police Officers along with a close-up of the actual sign.

The Kingsport Area Safety Council, of which the Kingsport Police Department is a member agency, was formed in 1944 with a mission similar to the National Safety Council, but at the local level. KASC conducts monthly community safety awareness meetings, facilitates an annual educational safety seminar, and supports numerous safety-oriented community projects throughout the year. For additional information about the Kingsport Area Safety Council, please visit: http://www.kptasc.org/

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 Aim to Reduce Injuries and Save Lives by Conducting Seatbelt Checkpoint

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Aim to Reduce Injuries and Save Lives by Conducting Seatbelt Checkpoint
DATE: November 15, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, the Kingsport Police Department will be emphasizing seatbelt education and enforcement by holding a seatbelt checkpoint. This checkpoint will be conducted at an undisclosed period of time and location within the city limits of Kingsport. The ultimate goal of this effort is to reduce injuries and save lives in motor vehicle collisions that inevitably occur.

In the State of Tennessee, violations of occupant protection laws are considered primary offenses, meaning that if an officer observes a motorist not wearing a seatbelt, or a child not properly restrained in a child passenger safety seat, the officer may stop and cite the motorist for the seatbelt or child passenger safety seat violation without observing any other criminal or traffic offenses.

Occupant protection laws apply not just to the driver, but to every individual in the automobile. At the age of 16, a passenger assumes personal responsibility for the wearing of their seatbelt and would receive their own citation for not wearing one; however, the driver would be cited for each passenger under the age of 16 who is not properly restrained.

Wearing a seatbelt 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 your life.

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 Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Update)
DATE: November 14, 2019
CASE #: 19-026490
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Emmanuel Ray Bear has been located. He is now safe, and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

On the evening of November 9, 2019, Emmanuel Ray Bear (13 year old white male juvenile) was reported as missing to the Kingsport Police Department by a family member. Bear reportedly left his Kingsport residence earlier that evening and has yet to return home.

Foul play is not suspected; however, due to his minor age, Detectives are requesting citizen tips to help locate him. Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to contact 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Emmanuel Ray Bear
Age 13 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

4 feet 11 inches

130 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Brown hair

Hazel eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN

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. Lieutenant Graduates from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

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. Lieutenant Graduates from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
DATE: November 13, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Lieutenant Thomas Wayt from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. Lieutenant Wayt has successfully completed the twenty-two week Staff and Command program held in Evanston, Illinois from May 13 – October 13, 2019.

This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 25,000 students both nationally and internationally. Lieutenant Wayt was a student in SPSC Class #463 which accommodated a total of 24 students for the twenty-two week period.

The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks of instruction and additional optional blocks during each session. The major topics of study include: Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting, and Resource Allocation.

Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations, and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper that are all required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of six units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community. Since its inception, the Center has broadened its original objective and now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of Police Training, Management Training, and Executive Development.

Previously, Lieutenant Wayt received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University. He began his public safety career in 1988 with the Wintersville, Ohio Fire Department where he served as a Firefighter and Paramedic. He later served as an E.R. Technician for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Mercy Hospital and as a Paramedic Rescue Technician for Baldwin E.M.S. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He was sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in 2003 and has since served as Patrol Officer, Community Police Officer, S.W.A.T. Operator, Crime Analyst, and a supervisor in both the Training Unit and on Patrol. A highly proactive officer, he has been awarded with the Life Saving Medal and the Medal of Valor and is a past recipient of both the Mark Vance Domestic Violence Officer of the Year and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) Officer of the Year awards.

He was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 2016 and served for a term as Watch Commander for 3rd Platoon on Patrol. In his current assignment, he oversees several divisions of the Administrative Bureau including the Records Division, Municipal Court, and the Quartermaster/Evidence Unit.

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 Debit and Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect

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 Debit and Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect
DATE: November 12, 2019
CASE #: 19-025117 (Stolen Debit Card)

19-025118 (Fraudulent Use of Stolen Debit Card)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 25, 2019 at approximately 6:15 PM, a woman’s debit and credit cards were stolen out of her purse while she dined at Panera Bread, located at 1880 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Shortly thereafter, her cards were utilized to make two unauthorized fraudulent purchases totaling over $2,300 at Walmart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive.

A black female suspect was recorded on surveillance video during the above transactions. Photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes her 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