KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Man (Reissue)

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 Attempting to Locate Missing Man (Reissue)
DATE: August 23, 2019
CASE #: 19-011163
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following missing person news release was originally issued on May 30, 2019. This has remained an active and ongoing investigation since that time; however, Ronnie D. Herring is still missing and all leads have been exhausted.

Anyone who sees him or who may know his current whereabouts 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

As previously released:

On May 22, 2019 at approximately 5:00 PM, Ronnie D. Herring was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department by his sister. She advised that nobody in her family had seen or heard from him since December 2018. She stated that he is currently homeless, but typically frequents the Downtown and Lynn Garden areas of Kingsport. There is also reason to believe that he may have possibly traveled to Miami, Florida.

Mr. Herring is a 47 year old white male adult with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs roughly 200 pounds. A photograph of Mr. Herring is included with this release. Anyone who sees him or who may know his current whereabouts 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

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Ronnie D. Herring
Age 47 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

6 feet 1 inch

200 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Black Hair

Brown Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN or Miami, FL

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: List of Prohibited Items at Tri-Pride Festival Officially Released

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: List of Prohibited Items at Tri-Pride Festival Officially Released
DATE: August 19, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE STRICTLY PROHIBITED

AT THE TRI-PRIDE FESTIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2019:

NO WEAPONS OF ANY TYPE INCLUDING FIREARMS, KNIVES, ELECTRICAL WEAPONS, CHEMICAL WEAPONS OR OTHER ITEMS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED AS A WEAPON.

NO GLASS, THERMAL, PLASTIC, OR METAL CONTAINERS INCLUDING FOOD, LIQUID OR DRINK CANS, BOTTLES OR COOLERS OF ANY KIND TO INCLUDE WATER BOTTLES.

NO CONTAINERS, BAGS, PURSES, FANNY PACKS OR BACKPACKS (ONLY REQUIRED MEDICAL ITEMS OR CHILD CARE ITEMS WILL BE ALLOWED).

NO FOLDING CHAIRS WITH BAGS, POLES, STICKS, CLUBS, BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL BATS, GOLF CLUBS, UMBRELLAS, TENTS OR CANOPIES, SELFIE STICKS, OR OTHER ITEMS THAT COULD BE USED AS A WEAPON.

NO MASKS, INCLUDING GAS MASKS OR ANY OTHER FACE COVERING.

NO TORCHES, LANTERNS, FIREWORKS OR ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT USES FIRE OR FUEL.

NO AEROSOLS, SPRAY CANS, OR PRESSURIZED CONTAINERS.

NO TOY OR REPLICA WEAPONS.

NO LASER POINTERS, FLASHLIGHTS OR OTHER DEVICES THAT CAN BE USED TO DIRECT LIGHT INTO EYES OR FACES.

NO ANIMALS EXCEPT WORKING SERVICE ANIMALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH ADA REGULATIONS.

NO MISSILES, PROJECTILES, OR OTHER ITEMS THAT IF THROWN COULD CAUSE INJURY.

NO ITEMS DETERMINED TO BE POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARDS.

NO HORNS, NOISEMAKERS, OR ANY AMPLIFIED SOUND EQUIPMENT DEVICES.

NO SIGNS OVER 3’ x 3’.

NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES, CONTAINERS OR BAGS FROM FAST FOOD OR OTHER RESTAURANTS OR GROCERY STORES.

NO BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS OR SCOOTERS.

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 to Hold Sobriety Checkpoint Concurrent with THSO Booze It & Lose It Campaign

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police to Hold Sobriety Checkpoint Concurrent with THSO Booze It & Lose It Campaign
DATE: August 12, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department has once again partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) by participating in their annual Booze It & Lose It Campaign. The campaign encourages participating agencies to step up their education and enforcement efforts surrounding impaired driving.

This year’s Booze It & Lose It campaign runs from August 16 until September 2, 2019, encompassing the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is statistically one of the deadliest weekends of the year, with impaired drivers endangering themselves and others on America’s roadways.

As an integral component of this campaign, and in the ongoing effort to reduce the problem of Driving Under the Influence and resulting crashes, injuries, and deaths, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, August 23, 2019. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed time and location within the city limits of Kingsport.

Beyond the risk of serious injury or death associated with impaired driving, being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can impact your life in many ways, including loss of employment, prevention of employment in certain jobs, higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment, and incarceration.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to alcohol, but to any substance that impairs the ability to drive, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

The Kingsport Police Department is stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community. Impaired driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. If you are out on the roads and you see someone driving impaired, please report it. You could help save a life.

The Kingsport Police Department recommends the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you have only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Download the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s iTunes Store for IOS devices. SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
  • Call a cab or a friend. Use community sober ride programs if available.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Kingsport Police Department.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Remember…Booze It & Lose It. Lose your license, your freedom, your life!

To download the NHTSA SaferRide app, visit: https://one.NHTSA.gov/link/SaferRide

For more information about the THSO, visit: www.TNTrafficSafety.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: Detectives Attempting to Identify Female Suspect in Debit and Credit Card Fraud

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 Female Suspect in Debit and Credit Card Fraud
DATE: August 12, 2019
CASE #: 19-017357 (Theft of Debit and Credit Cards)

19-017358 (Fraudulent Use of Debit/Credit Card)

19-017359 (Fraudulent Use of Debit/Credit Card)

19-017360 (Fraudulent Use of Debit/Credit Card)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 29, 2019 a woman’s debit card and her mother’s credit card were stolen out of her purse while she was visiting a local swimming pool. Shortly thereafter, the cards were fraudulently used to make unauthorized purchases at Rocky Top Vapor ($27.10 and $30.88), Rack Room Shoes ($60.20), and True Nails ($45.00).

A white female suspect was captured on surveillance video during the commission of one of the fraudulent purchases. Two 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

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Attempting to Identify Suspects in Theft of Vehicle Parts

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. Attempting to Identify Suspects in Theft of Vehicle Parts
DATE: August 8, 2019
CASE #: 19-016004
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 14, 2019 two suspects were captured on surveillance video stealing approximately $1,800 worth of auto parts (a tailgate and a set of tail lights) off of customers’ vehicles parked at a local car dealership. These same two suspects are believed to be involved in additional similar crimes at other car dealerships in the Tri-Cities area.

Photos of the suspects, taken from surveillance video, have been included in this release. Additionally, a short clip of the actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel, accessible via the following link:

https://youtu.be/bwkZ32yzuUM

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: K.P.D. Emphasizing Traffic Safety as 2019-2020 School Year Begins

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Emphasizing Traffic Safety as 2019-2020 School Year Begins
DATE: August 4, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective Monday morning, August 5, 2019, Kingsport City Schools will be 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 new state law that just went into effect July 1, 2019 is the Hands Free Tennessee law that, among other things, makes it illegal to have a cell phone in your hand while driving. It is important to note that while a first-time offense is a $50 fine and a third-time or higher offense or an offense resulting in a crash is a $100 fine, IF THE OFFENSE OCCURS IN A WORK ZONE OR A SCHOOL ZONE, THE FINE IS $200. For more information and to read the entire bill, please visit the following link:

https://HandsFreeTN.com

Following, are some additional Back to School Safe Driving Tips:

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: Missing Memphis Juvenile Believed to be in Kingsport Area

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Missing Memphis Juvenile Believed to be in Kingsport Area
DATE: July 31, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Chandler Smith was reported as a missing juvenile to the Memphis Tennessee Police Department on July 8, 2019. Foul play is not suspected; however, their investigation has developed credible information that she is likely in the Tri-Cities, TN area, specifically the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport.

Chandler is a 17 year old white female juvenile with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs roughly 125 pounds. She has tattoos on her wrist and shoulder. A photograph is included with this release.

Anyone who sees her or has information that may help locate her 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 Chandler Smith
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 2 inches

125 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Residency Memphis, TN
Other Identifiers Tattoos on wrist and shoulder

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton