KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Suspicious Death at Bruce Street Residence

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 Investigating Suspicious Death at Bruce Street Residence
DATE: March 24, 2017
CASE #: 17-006703
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Friday, March 24, 2017 at approximately 11:15 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of the death of an individual at a residence located in the 2300 block of Bruce Street in Kingsport. Officers from the Kingsport Police Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to the scene and found a deceased adult female inside the residence.

Detectives are currently in the process of thoroughly investigating this incident as a suspicious death. The decedent will be sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office at the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City for autopsy. As this remains an active investigation that is still in its infancy, absolutely no additional details will be released at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspects Recorded on Surveillance Video Stealing Purse from Hospital Waiting Room

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: Suspects Recorded on Surveillance Video Stealing Purse from Hospital Waiting Room
DATE: March 21, 2017
CASE #: 17-000500
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 8, 2017 at approximately 7:00 AM, a 63 year old woman was visiting a loved one at Holston Valley Medical Center, located at 130 West Ravine Road in Kingsport, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) waiting room. At some point while her attention was otherwise diverted, her purse was stolen.

Her purse was a large bright orange bag with handles. It contained numerous items to include:

1) Her Tennessee driver license

2) Multiple debit and credit cards

3) Her checkbook

4) Multiple third party checks

5) Her car keys

6) Multiple gift cards to area merchants totaling nearly $150

7) Her medication (both prescription and over the counter (OTC))

8) A $2,000 set of dental upper and lower partials (false teeth)

Unfortunately, the victim had already endorsed all of the third party checks in preparation for deposit, and she also had a list of all of her PIN numbers in her purse. By the time that she filed the police report, the victim had already received a text from her bank alerting her that a sum of $202.50 (likely $200 plus a $2.50 service charge) had already been fraudulently removed from her account. Two other fraudulent withdrawals for $300 and $500 were attempted but declined.

A review of hospital surveillance video yielded footage of two suspects (a white adult female and a white adult male) in the act of stealing the purse and leaving the waiting room immediately thereafter. Photos of these suspects taken from that footage have been included in this release.

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

Citizens are cautioned against carrying around endorsed third party checks, as they are easily cashed if they fall into the wrong hands. A check should not be endorsed until the intended recipient of the check is actually at the bank and ready to deposit or cash it.

Citizens are also warned not to carry around a list of their PIN numbers. Ideally, all PIN numbers should be memorized then destroyed. Another option for keeping PIN numbers out of the wrong hands is to store them in a secure password guarded application on a smart phone.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Late Night Negligent Gunfire into Neighbor’s Home Results in Felony Charges

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: Late Night Negligent Gunfire into Neighbor’s Home Results in Felony Charges
DATE: March 20, 2017
CASE #: 17-006311
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 18, 2017, sometime between 11:00 PM and Midnight, the residents of a home in the 300 block of Clinch Street were awakened by a loud noise; however, at the time, they were unaware of its origin. The following morning, they made a startling discovery and contacted the Kingsport Police Department. The resultant investigation revealed the following:

A bullet hole was discovered in the exterior wall of the home. The bullet had traveled across the living room but was fortunately stopped when it struck an opposing interior wall. A small bullet was located underneath the couch and was collected as evidence. The entry point of the bullet into the home was aligned with the home next door, with an exit hole being located in a window where the bullet is believed to have left that residence.

Officers spoke with Terry Sulfridge and another resident of the house next door. When asked, he initially lied, telling officers that there were no firearms in his home. After being asked several more times, he finally acknowledged that there was in fact a gun in the home. Officers located a .22 caliber rifle under the bed in the same room where the bullet had exited the window.

Officers then asked who had fired the rifle. Once again, Mr. Sulfridge was dishonest and denied that the rifle had been fired. After repeated inquiries, he finally came clean and admitted that he had “accidentally” fired the rifle. At the time of this incident, the home that was struck by the negligently fired shot was occupied by seven people, to include two adults as well as five minors ranging from 0 to 15 years of age.

The rifle was seized as evidence and secured at the Kingsport Justice Center. Mr. Sulfridge was arrested for Felony Reckless Endangerment and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. He has since been released after posting a $1,500 bond as specified by the presiding magistrate.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Terry W. Sulfridge
Age Date of Birth 11/1/1983

33 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 328 Clinch Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Felony Reckless Endangerment

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Simple Yet Effective Traffic Enforcement Removes Yet Another Drug Dealer from Kingsport’s Streets

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: Simple Yet Effective Traffic Enforcement Removes Yet Another Drug Dealer from Kingsport’s Streets
DATE: March 16, 2017
CASE #: 17-006018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is seeing a recent trend where simple yet effective traffic enforcement is yielding significant results. Once again, a drug dealer is behind bars on multiple felony charges following a seemingly routine traffic stop for a relatively minor traffic violation.

On March 15, 2017 at approximately 8:15 PM, a Kingsport Police Lieutenant was working a traffic enforcement detail funded by a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) in the 400 block of Allen Drive in Kingsport. He observed a white 2008 GMC Sierra pickup truck with the passenger-side head light not working.

A traffic stop ensued, during which it was determined that the driver, identified as Jonathan A. Vanzant, had been driving on a revoked license. Mr. Vanzant was arrested and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. Prior to entry into the jail, he was asked if he had any contraband on his person, and he denied having any.

During a thorough search at booking, an alert K.P.D. Corrections Officer discovered a pill bottle concealed in Mr. Vanzant’s pant leg near his groin. The bottle contained the following:

1) 3 small baggies of a green plant material believed to be Marijuana

2) 2 small baggies of a crystal substance believed to be Methamphetamine

3) A baggie containing 8 yellow pills believed to be Xanax and 2 orange pill fragments believed to be Barbiturates

The Corrections Officer also located a syringe in the pocket of Mr. Vanzant’s pants. Based upon his initial traffic violations and the subsequent discovery of contraband, he was charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) for Resale

2) Possession of a Schedule IV Drug (Xanax) for Resale

3) Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale

4) Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance (Barbiturates)

5) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Syringe)

6) Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

7) Driving on a Revoked License

8) Violation of Light Law

He was arraigned the following morning and currently remains confined in the Kingsport City Jail in lieu of a $32,250 bond as specified by the presiding judge.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jonathan A. Vanzant
Age Date of Birth 2/11/1978

39 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 532 Preakness Court

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine) for Resale

2) Possession of a Schedule IV Drug (Xanax) for Resale

3) Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale

4) Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance (Barbiturates)

5) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Syringe)

6) Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

7) Driving on a Revoked License

8) Violation of Light Law

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Identified and Charged in November 2016 Armed Robbery of Colonial Heights CVS Pharmacy

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: Suspect Identified and Charged in November 2016 Armed Robbery of Colonial Heights CVS Pharmacy
DATE: March 15, 2017
CASE #: 16-024392
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 15, 2017, Kingsport Police Detectives brought a four month investigation into a November 2016 robbery of a Colonial Heights CVS Pharmacy to a successful culmination with the man responsible being positively identified and charged. A warrant has been obtained, charging Jeremy A. Ferguson with 1) Aggravated Robbery and 2) Theft over $10,000.

At the time of the incident, Kingsport Police released a surveillance photo and video footage of the previously unidentified suspect to the public with requests for information on his identity. Over the course of the investigation, Detectives were able to hone in on Mr. Ferguson, and through the use of a photo lineup and video surveillance comparison, positively identify him as the suspect in question.

Mr. Ferguson was found to be currently incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, TN on unrelated charges and will be served with the K.P.D. warrant while already in custody. He has also been charged in a separate robbery of another CVS Pharmacy, located in Carter County, TN.

As previously released:

On November 8, 2016 at approximately 7:45 PM, Officers from the Kingsport Police Department Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to the CVS Pharmacy, located at 4106 Fort Henry Drive in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A lone suspect entered the store and loitered around for a few moments until ultimately approaching the pharmacy counter. He brandished a firearm, which was described by witnesses as an “old gun” and appeared to be a black in color revolver. He demanded prescription narcotics and access to a safe. He filled a trash bag that he had brought with him with a significant quantity of medications and walked casually out of the store. The stolen medications had a value of over $10,000.

The suspect was last seen running toward an access road at the rear of the business. A tracking attempt by a K.P.D. K-9 Unit proved unsuccessful. The suspect is believed to be a middle-aged white male adult. He appears to be approximately 6 feet tall and was described by witnesses as “scruffy looking.” He was wearing western style clothing consisting of blue jeans, a plaid shirt, a heavy brown or green overcoat, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat. He was also reportedly wearing black thin-framed eyeglasses.

He absolutely should be considered armed and dangerous.

A photo of the suspect taken from store surveillance video has been included in this release. A clip of the actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/ElhiRbZ5060

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

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jeremy A. Ferguson
Age Date of Birth 5/11/1994

22 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 225 Hamilton Way

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Robbery

2) Theft over $10,000

3) Also currently in custody in Sullivan County Jail on unrelated Sullivan County, TN and Carter County, TN charges

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Interstate 81 Back Open in Kingsport

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: Interstate 81 Back Open in Kingsport
DATE: March 15, 2017
CASE #: 17-005968
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, effective as of approximately 12:15 PM, Interstate 81 in Kingsport is back open with normal traffic patterns resuming. The tractor trailer rollover and subsequent fire that spurred the extensive I-81 closure remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.

As previously released:

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 as of 2:30 AM, the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Kingsport have been completely shut down. This closure comes as a result of an overturned tractor trailer that was initially fully involved in flames. No injuries were reported. Both the Kingsport Police and Fire Departments are on scene.

The actual incident is at mile marker 59; however, I-81 has been closed at mile marker 57 at the I-26 interchange. Complete or partial lane closures will likely remain in effect for the remainder of the night to allow for the fire to be extinguished, as well as the safe investigation of the incident and cleanup of the scene.

Motorists already in the immediate area are asked to exercise caution and patience and obey all traffic instructions. All other motorists are encouraged to make themselves aware of this incident and plan an alternate route so as to avoid the area altogether and prevent any unnecessary traffic congestion and delays.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Tuesday Afternoon Seatbelt Checkpoint Nets Multiple Offenders on Numerous Charges

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: Tuesday Afternoon Seatbelt Checkpoint Nets Multiple Offenders on Numerous Charges
DATE: March 15, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
A Tuesday afternoon seatbelt checkpoint netted multiple offenders on numerous charges and might potentially have saved a few lives in the process. On March 14, 2017, from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM, Officers of the Kingsport Police Department conducted a Seatbelt Compliance Checkpoint on Gibson Mill Road at the intersection with Windsor Street in Kingsport.

This three-hour effort resulted in the issuance of nearly 50 municipal citations, 44 of which were for Violation of Seatbelt Law. In addition to the city citations, several offenders were charged with violations of Tennessee State Law. 4 individuals were charged with Driving on a Revoked, Suspended, or Canceled License, 3 individuals were charged with Violation of the Financial Responsibility Law (no insurance), and 2 individuals were charged through State court for Seatbelt Violations.

One individual was arrested when Officers learned that another agency held an outstanding warrant for her arrest. One vehicle was seized in accordance with state law, as the driver with a history of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) was Driving on a Revoked License. Another 2 vehicles were towed in compliance with a new K.P.D. policy authorizing Officers to tow uninsured vehicles.

According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) the Tennessee statewide seatbelt usage rate for 2016 was 88.95%, which was a noticeable improvement over the 2015 usage rate of 86.23%. In an ideal world, all motorists would wear their seatbelt 100 percent of the time; however, the Kingsport Police Department would view any significant increase in usage to be a success.

To achieve this goal, the Kingsport Police Department is stepping up seatbelt education and enforcement efforts. In the State of Tennessee, a violation of the seatbelt law is considered a primary offense, meaning that if an officer observes a motorist not wearing a seatbelt, the officer may stop and cite the motorist for the seatbelt violation without observing any other offenses.

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.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit