KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint (Rescheduled)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint (Rescheduled)
DATE: January 18, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The previously announced Sobriety Checkpoint, originally scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 18, 2022. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed time in the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport.

As previously released:

In the ongoing effort to reduce the dangerous problem of Driving Under the Influence and resulting crashes, injuries, and deaths, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, January 21, 2022. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed time in the Lynn Garden area 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 emphasize to citizens that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to drinking alcohol, but to ingesting any substance that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, 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

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint
DATE: January 3, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the ongoing effort to reduce the dangerous problem of Driving Under the Influence and resulting crashes, injuries, and deaths, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, January 21, 2022. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed time in the Lynn Garden area 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 emphasize to citizens that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to drinking alcohol, but to ingesting any substance that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, 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

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Armed Robbery of Individual in Walmart Parking Lot

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Armed Robbery of Individual in Walmart Parking Lot
DATE: December 15, 2021
CASE #: 21-025218
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 11, 2021 at approximately 12:30 pm, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to Walmart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery of an individual. The victim, a 60 year old woman, was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot when the crime occurred.

The suspect jumped in the victim’s car and held her at gunpoint, demanding money. The victim drove him to a nearby ATM where he ordered her to withdraw a sum of money. On his instruction, she then returned him to Walmart, where he exited her vehicle and fled in what appeared to be a gray Toyota Prius.

The suspect made the comment that he needed the money to get back to North Carolina. He was last seen headed south on Fort Henry Drive toward Colonial Heights.

The suspect is described as a black male adult with a large build. He appeared to be wearing a glucose monitor (or similar medical device) on his left arm. He was wearing a gray pattern vest with the letters ‘UNLTD’ printed across the back.

Photos of him and the vehicle in which he was traveling have been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes him 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) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Attempting to Generate New Leads in 2003 Suspicious Death Cold Case

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Attempting to Generate New Leads in 2003 Suspicious Death Cold Case
DATE: December 13, 2021
CASE #: 03-006594
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 8, 2003 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives, as well as other First Responders, were dispatched to the 1800 block of Lowell Drive in Kingsport where a nearby resident had discovered a woman lying in a vacant lot.

The woman, later identified as Joyce Ann McBride, 51 years of age, of Kingsport, was determined to be deceased. There were several visible abrasions and contusions observed on her face and body. Based upon the initial on-scene investigation, she was not believed to have been there very long.

The decedent was sent to the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) James H. Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy. A subsequent report submitted by the Medical Examiner indicated that the cause of her death was blunt force trauma; however, the manner of her death was undetermined.

This incident was classified as a suspicious death and has remained under investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division since that time. Several leads have been followed throughout the years; however, none have yielded a definitive conclusion as to what exactly happened to Ms. McBride that resulted in her death.

It is our desire that bringing some renewed attention to this cold case will help spark some memories and generate some new leads which could potentially assist with this investigation and hopefully bring some much needed closure to the friends, family, and loved ones of Ms. McBride.

Anyone who has any information whatsoever, no matter how trivial it may seem, that might help with this investigation 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

DECEDENT INFORMATION
Name Joyce Ann McBride
Age at Time of Death 51 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Cause of Death Blunt Force Trauma
Manner of Death Undetermined

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Sought in Theft of Credit Card from Pastor’s Wallet

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Sought in Theft of Credit Card from Pastor’s Wallet
DATE: December 13, 2021
CASE #: 21-023884
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 19, 2021 at approximately 11:00 AM, an unidentified white male suspect entered a local Methodist Church, went to the pastor’s office, stole a credit card out of his wallet, and then returned the wallet to where he found it.

Shortly after this initial theft, the stolen credit card was used to make a fraudulent purchase of over $400 at an area Home Depot store.

The theft of the credit card was captured on church surveillance cameras. Photos of the suspect, taken from that footage have been included in this release. A clip of the actual video footage has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/YAf6rTykeQU

Anyone who recognizes him 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) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Wanted Fugitive Sought for Kidnapping Girlfriend in Domestic Violence Incident

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Wanted Fugitive Sought for Kidnapping Girlfriend in Domestic Violence Incident
DATE: December 8, 2021
CASE #: 21-023823
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of November 18, 2021 Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the 1700 block of Rock Springs Road in Kingsport in reference to a kidnapping incident. An independent witness had called 911 after he observed the adult female victim jump from a moving vehicle and run toward his vehicle asking for help. The victim had visible injuries to her face.

The victim said that her boyfriend, Joshua S. Vasilko, had repeatedly slapped and punched her, refused to let her out of the car, and had grabbed her cell phone out of her hand when she attempted to call 911 for help. She said that he had threatened to take her into the woods and kill her and then drive to her parents’ home and kill her family. She eventually was able to jump from the moving car in order to escape.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Mr. Vasilko with 1) Aggravated Kidnapping, 2) Domestic Violence Assault, and 3) Interference with 911 Calls. He is a 25 year old white male adult. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs roughly 135 pounds. His photograph has been included in this release.

All efforts to locate and arrest Mr. Vasilko have been unsuccessful. As of the time of issuance of this release, he remains wanted and at large. Anyone who sees him or who may know his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Kingsport Police Department 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

WANTED FUGITIVE INFORMATION
Name Joshua S. Vasilko
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

135 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Hazel eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Kidnapping

2) Domestic Violence Assault

3) Interference with 911 Calls

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Joins THSO and MADD for Annual “Night of Remembrance” for Lives Lost to Impaired- Driving Crashes

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Joins THSO and MADD for Annual “Night of Remembrance” for Lives Lost to Impaired-Driving Crashes
DATE: December 8, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Thursday, December 9, 2021 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in cooperation with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and other traffic safety partners, will be hosting their annual “Night of Remembrance” in Nashville, TN. The purpose of this event is to help keep everyone safe this holiday season by spreading awareness for the lives lost to impaired-driving crashes in Tennessee.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), one in three fatal crashes this year involved an impaired driver. One in six serious injury crashes involved an impaired driver. One in two DUI crashes resulted in injury or death. Approximately 46 percent of impaired drivers were between the ages of 20 and 34. And DUI crash costs exceeded $911,299,000.

While K.P.D. personnel will not be able to attend the “Night of Remembrance” in person, we will be showing our support in Kingsport that night and throughout the holiday season by stepping up our impaired-driving related education and enforcement efforts.

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 emphasize to citizens that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to drinking alcohol, but to ingesting any substance that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.tn.gov/safety/stats/dashboards/dui-crashes.html

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Investigating Dale Street Shooting Incident

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Investigating Dale Street Shooting Incident
DATE: December 6, 2021
CASE #: 21-024374
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 29, 2021 shortly after midnight, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to multiple calls to Kingsport 911 reporting gunshots fired in the 900 block of Dale Street in Kingsport.

Upon arrival, responding officers located evidence of a shooting incident, to include shell casings, projectiles, and blood, on the sidewalk and in the roadway in front of a Dale Street residence.

At the nearby intersection of Maple and Oak Streets, Officers located a 73 year old adult male victim with what appeared to be a single non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

This matter remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who may have any information to assist with this investigation, is asked to contact Detectives 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 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Issues Scam Alert Concerning Kidnapping and Ransom Hoax

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Issues Scam Alert Concerning Kidnapping and Ransom Hoax
DATE: November 19, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective November 19, 2021, the Kingsport Police Department is issuing a scam alert to area citizens regarding a kidnapping and ransom hoax that is being perpetrated in and around this jurisdiction. While scams of this nature are not new, over the past 48 hours, no less than three (3) similar scams have been reported to area law enforcement. The elements of the hoax are as follows:

A would be victim will receive a phone call or other form of communication from a scam artist claiming that they have kidnapped one of their family members, friends, or loved ones. They have done some research and will typically name a specific person who is known to the targeted individual. There will often be screaming in the background allegedly originating from the named kidnapping victim.

The scam artist will then threaten to harm the hostage and demand that a ransom be paid in exchange for their release. The targeted individual will be instructed to go to a specific location to arrange for payment, typically in the form of a wired money transfer.

Citizens are cautioned that if they receive such a call, it is almost certainly a scam. Due to originating telephone number altering technology that is readily available, it is highly doubtful that the individuals carrying out these scams are local, and entirely possible that they may not even be operating from within the United States.

Anyone who is contacted in such a manner should absolutely not turn over any funds to the caller, and contact law enforcement to report the incident immediately.

For additional information and tips regarding this type of scam, please visit:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/virtual-kidnapping

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Woman Charged in Stabbing Death of her Mother

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Woman Charged in Stabbing Death of her Mother
DATE: November 15, 2021
CASE #: 21-023550
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 14, 2021 at approximately 6:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were called to a residence in the 1200 block of Pine Street in Kingsport, where family members had discovered the resident, Freida G. Wright, deceased inside the home. Responding Officers confirmed that she was deceased from what appeared to be stab wounds.

Based upon a history of ongoing domestic issues between the victim and her daughter, Stephanie E. Patterson, Detectives soon narrowed in on her as the most likely suspect. After further investigation, Detectives were able to develop probable cause to determine that Ms. Patterson was indeed responsible for her mother’s death.

Ms. Patterson was arrested soon thereafter at a nearby residence in the 1200 block of Willow Street. She was charged with First Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence and confined in the Kingsport City Jail. She was arraigned earlier today, where her bond was set at $300,000. She is scheduled to be transported to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville later today.

As this remains an active and ongoing investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, absolutely no additional details can or will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Stephanie E. Patterson
Age 29 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) First Degree Murder

2) Tampering with Evidence

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Freida G. Wright
Age 66 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal Stab Wounds
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton