KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Announce Upcoming Sobriety Checkpoint

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: Kingsport Police Announce Upcoming Sobriety Checkpoint
DATE: May 27, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the ongoing effort to reduce the problem of Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) and related crashes, injuries, and fatalities, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint during the evening hours of Friday, June 3, 2016. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location within the City of Kingsport.

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. Remember…Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Endorsing and Participating in 2016 Click it or Ticket Traffic Safety Initiative

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: Kingsport Police Endorsing and Participating in 2016 Click it or Ticket Traffic Safety Initiative
DATE: May 24, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Driving or riding in an automobile is easily the most dangerous thing the average person does every single day. From May 23 through June 5, 2016, the Kingsport Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to step up seatbelt enforcement.

This campaign encompasses the Memorial Day holiday, which is traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes. As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash—buckling up.

More than 50% of vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Tennessee were not wearing seat belts. The Click It or Ticket campaign is a high visibility enforcement mobilization by local, state, and national law enforcement officials to crack down on seat belt violations.

Click It or Ticket is not about the citations; it is about saving lives. Seat belts are the single best defense in the event of a crash. In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying. From 2008 to 2012, seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives, enough people to fill a football stadium.

Seat belt use is required by law for a reason: If all passenger vehicle occupants 5 years of age and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved in 2012 alone.

Wearing a seatbelt can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus literally walking away from the crash with minor injuries or completely unscathed. 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 more information on the State and National Click it or Ticket Campaigns, please visit the following links:

http://tntrafficsafety.org/seat-belts

http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/ciot/index.html

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Sunday Afternoon Crash Leaves Interstate and Lands in Domtar Park Below

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: Sunday Afternoon Crash Leaves Interstate and Lands in Domtar Park Below
DATE: May 22, 2016
CASE #: 16-010671
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 22, 2016 at approximately 2:00 PM, a 1982 Chevrolet Pickup, driven by Randy J. Hensley, was eastbound on Interstate 26, crossing an overpass, between the Meadowview Parkway and West Stone Drive exits. The pickup was towing a car hauler trailer loaded with a 1994 Oldsmobile Custom.

Mr. Hensley stated that the trailer began to fishtail, causing him to lose control of his pickup. The trailer became detached from his pickup, and the trailer and the Oldsmobile overturned on the interstate. The pickup overrode the concrete barrier wall of the Interstate and plunged into the parking lot of Domtar Park below, located at 1414 Riverport Road.

Mr. Hensley’s pickup landed on, and virtually demolished, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was parked in the Domtar Park parking lot. Fortunately, the Silverado was unoccupied at the time. Flying debris from the crash struck and caused minor damage to six additional vehicles parked in the vicinity.

Mr. Hensley and his passenger were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS, but miraculously only for a precautionary evaluation of possible injuries sustained in the crash. Both Mr. Hensley and his passenger were properly restrained by their seatbelts as required by law, which is a dynamic testament that seatbelts indeed reduce injuries and save lives.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Pickup
Year 1982
Type Pickup
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Randy J. Hensley
Age 56 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Afton, TN
Injuries Possible
Passenger Name Larry T. Graham
Age 45 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Greeneville, TN
Injuries Possible
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Oldsmobile
Model Custom
Year 1994
Type Sedan
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Silverado
Year 2015
Type Pickup
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Share Highlight Video from Law Enforcement Memorial Service

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: Kingsport Police Share Highlight Video from Law Enforcement Memorial Service
DATE: May 17, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department would like to share a video, featuring highlights from a recent Law Enforcement Memorial and Dedication Service conducted at the Kingsport Police Department, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. The video was produced by Cumberland Marketing and has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the following link:

https://youtu.be/DTFFJ4ysW54

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.

The service this year was held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the new Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame at the Kingsport Police Department on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. Numerous family members, community leaders, and citizens joined law enforcement officers as we remembered and honored our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

The Honorable Ray Conkin, Sullivan County General Sessions Court Judge, delivered the keynote address with the Kingsport Police Department Honor Guard conducting the ceremonial honors. The newly constructed Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame was officially unveiled and dedicated during the service.

The following excerpt is shared from the website of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

“Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 150 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The following two inscriptions are found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty.”

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

www.ODMP.org

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Arrest Suspect in Ongoing Attempted Murder 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: Kingsport Police Arrest Suspect in Ongoing Attempted Murder Investigation
DATE: May 4, 2016
CASE #: 16-009361
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 4, 2016 at approximately 9:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to Indian Path Medical Center after two victims arrived there seeking treatment for gunshot wounds. At least one of the victims was later transferred to Holston Valley Medical Center for further treatment. Both have since been treated and released.

A 2015 Ford Fusion Enterprise Rent-A-Car in which the victims arrived was located in the hospital parking lot. The Ford had what appeared to be bullet holes in the doors and blood throughout the interior. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division responded, with their resulting investigation revealing the following:

Prior to the shooting, James F. Simonton, Jr. drove the Ford Fusion to the home of his father, James F. “Boogie” Simonton, Sr., located at 605 Lovedale Drive in Kingsport. Simonton Jr. was accompanied in the vehicle by a 14 year old black male juvenile who will not be named due to his minor age.

Upon their arrival, Simonton Sr. exited the residence, and an argument ensued during which time the victims appear to have remained in the vehicle. As the argument escalated, Simonton Sr. fired multiple gunshots at the vehicle. Simonton Jr. and the unnamed juvenile both sustained multiple gunshot and/or fragmentation wounds.

Officers responded to 605 Lovedale Drive in an effort to locate Simonton Sr. to no avail. While there, a semi-automatic handgun was located on the property in plain view outside of the residence. As James F. Simonton Sr. is a convicted felon, a warrant was obtained charging him with Attempted Murder (2 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

On the morning of May 13, 2016 Kingsport Police personnel tracked down Simonton Sr. at Beason Well Apartments, located at 901 Beason Well Road. While numerous precautions were taken to ensure the safety of other residents, he was ultimately arrested without incident. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he was confined, pending arraignment, in lieu of a $50,000 bond as set by the presiding magistrate.

This remains an open and active attempted murder investigation; therefore, no additional details will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name James F. Simonton, Sr.

a.k.a. Boogie Simonton

Age 48 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 605 Lovedale Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Attempted Murder (2 counts)

2) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

VICTIM #1 INFORMATION
Name James F. Simonton, Jr.
Age 23 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Not Released
Injuries Multiple Gunshot and Fragmentation Wounds
VICTIM #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Not Released
Injuries Multiple Gunshot and Fragmentation Wounds
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Seeking Assistance in 2015 “Cold Case” Residential Burglary Investi gation

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: Kingsport Detectives Seeking Assistance in 2015 “Cold Case” Residential Burglary Investigation
DATE: May 12, 2016
CASE #: 15-023927
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of November 2, 2015, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were called to a residence on Hillhurst Circle in Kingsport to investigate a residential burglary. The residents had just returned home from a four-day vacation, only to find that their home had been burglarized.

While the home had been left locked, and there was no sign of forced entry, the interior had been ransacked and numerous items were missing. Several thousand dollars in computer equipment had been stolen. The computer equipment included five (5) Dell laptops, two (2) Lenova laptops, two (2) Lenova Think Pads, and one (1) Westin external hard drive.

Other items stolen during the burglary included a collection of jewelry valued at approximately $50,000. The jewelry collection was part of a dowry from an Indian wedding and contained various unique designs that should be easily recognizable.

The suspect(s) also unsuccessfully attempted to remove a large flat screen television from a wall, and while doing so, apparently left behind one piece of evidence. A black ball cap with blue Under Armour logo was found on the floor of the residence near the flat screen television. As it did not belong to the homeowners, it is believed to have been accidentally left behind by the suspect(s). The hat had been stained with what appears to be splotches of white paint.

K.P.D. Detectives have been investigating this crime since it occurred and have exhausted all leads. Photographs of the ball cap and the stolen jewelry have been included in this release in hopes that by seeing them, someone’s memory will be spurred and new leads will be developed.

Anyone who has any information that will assist Detectives with developing a suspect and solving this case 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:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Public Invited to Law Enforcement Memorial and Dedication Service at the Kingsport Police Department (REMINDER)

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: Public Invited to Law Enforcement Memorial and Dedication Service at the Kingsport Police Department (REMINDER)
DATE: May 9, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
REMINDER: The Law Enforcement Memorial Service is at the Kingsport Justice Center today, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

As previously released:

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.

The service this year will be held this coming Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the new Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame at the Kingsport Police Department on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. The department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

The Honorable Ray Conkin, Sullivan County General Sessions Court Judge, will deliver the keynote address with the Kingsport Police Department Honor Guard conducting the ceremonial honors. The newly constructed Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame will be officially unveiled and dedicated during the service.

A brief video preview of the new Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame at the Kingsport Police Department has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel by visiting the link below:

https://youtu.be/R8tDPk4h6kQ

The following excerpt is shared from the website of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

“Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 150 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The following two inscriptions are found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty.”

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

www.ODMP.org

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit