KPD e-News Release: Suspects Sought in Theft of Wallet and Fraudulent Use of Debit Card Contained Within

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 Theft of Wallet and Fraudulent Use of Debit Card Contained Within
DATE: October 17, 2017
CASE #: 17-028215 (Theft of Wallet)

17-028576 (Fraudulent Use of Debit Card)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 8, 2017 at approximately 6:00 PM, a teenage girl’s wallet was stolen from her purse while she was working at a store in the Fort Henry Mall, located at 2101 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. Shortly thereafter, the victim’s debit card contained within her wallet was used to make two fraudulent purchases at Walmart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive.

The two suspects were captured by Walmart surveillance cameras leaving the store afterward. A photograph taken from that footage has 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

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. Detectives Seeking Tips in Criminal Simulation Investigation

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. Detectives Seeking Tips in Criminal Simulation Investigation
DATE: October 16, 2017
CASE #: 17-027975
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 6, 2017 at approximately 7:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to CVS, located at 4400 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Upon arrival, the clerk stated the following had just occurred:

A white female adult suspect had attempted to purchase $23 in merchandise with a $50 denomination Chinese training note. While resembling true U.S. currency, the training note was clearly marked with red Chinese writing.

While possession of one of these Chinese training notes is not, in and of itself, a crime, attempting to pass one of these notes as legal tender does in fact constitute the crime of Criminal Simulation, which is a felony. Upon being informed by the clerk that the note was not legal tender, the suspect insisted that the clerk complete the transaction and give her the appropriate amount of change.

When the clerk informed the suspect that she was calling the police, she grabbed the merchandise and fled the scene without paying for it, effectively committing the additional offense of Theft Under $1,000 (Shoplifting). At the time of this incident, the suspect was accompanied by a young black female child (approximately 6-8 years of age).

Detectives are requesting assistance in learning the identity of this suspect. Her photograph, take from surveillance video footage has been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes 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

A photograph of the Chinese training note in question has also been included in this release. Citizens and business representatives are urged to familiarize themselves with this note and the fact that it is not legal U.S. currency. Any individuals attempting to pass these notes as legal tender should be reported to law enforcement.

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 Detective to be Presented with Mark Vance Memorial Domestic Violence Award

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 Detective to be Presented with Mark Vance Memorial Domestic Violence Award
DATE: October 12, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM, Kingsport Police Department Detective Will Mullins will be presented with the Mark Vance Memorial Domestic Violence Award. This presentation will take place at the new Sullivan County Family Justice Center, located at 313 Foothills Drive in Blountville, and will be made cooperatively by the Office of the 2nd Judicial District Attorney General and the Frontline Domestic Violence Organization.

Detective Mullins began his law enforcement career at the Mount Carmel Police Department in 1998 and later joined the Church Hill Police Department in 2005. He was sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in February 2011. He has had the distinct opportunity to serve as both a Patrol Officer and a Detective at all three of these law enforcement agencies.

He was transferred to the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division in April 2015 and currently specializes in family oriented crimes, such as domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, and excels at working with special victims connected to these types of incidents. Detective Mullins is receiving this award as a result of his consistent and professional dedication to excellence in investigating domestic violence related crimes.

This award was created in memory of Bristol Tennessee Police Officer Mark Vance, who was tragically killed while responding to a domestic violence incident on November 27, 2004. For a memorial tribute to Officer Mark Vance, please visit the following link to the Officer Down Memorial Page:

http://www.odmp.org/officer/17501-police-officer-mark-edward-vance

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 Investigating Apparent Thursday Evening Shooting Incident

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 Investigating Apparent Thursday Evening Shooting Incident
DATE: October 5, 2017
CASE #: 17-027866
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 5, 2017 at approximately 7:30 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified by an area medical facility that two adults (an 18 year old white male and a 19 year old white female) had self-transported to the hospital for treatment of what appears to be gunshot wounds. Officers from the Kingsport Police Department’s Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division responded to investigate.

Detectives are in the preliminary stages of what will likely be a lengthy investigation, with many questions, to include the exact location of the actual shooting scene and the circumstances surrounding it, remaining unanswered. As such, no further details can, nor will, be released at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available and at the 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: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department
DATE: October 2, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer, also commonly referred to as Jailer, with the Kingsport Police Department. Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2017. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only apply once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingsport

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer is $13.59 per hour or $28,267.20 annually. City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding the position of Corrections Officer, please call the K.P.D. Jail Administrator at 423-229-9499.

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 Solicit Citizen Assistance in Locating Five Wanted Sex Offenders

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 Solicit Citizen Assistance in Locating Five Wanted Sex Offenders
DATE: September 27, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As of September 27, 2017 five (5) Registered Sex Offenders under the supervision of the Kingsport Police Department are currently wanted and at large. James Felker, Johnathan Messer, Miles Mullins, Shawn Hayes, and Steven Blakley are all wanted for various Violations of the Sex Offender Registry. Mr. Blakley is also wanted for multiple additional charges unrelated to the Sex Offender Registry.

As a condition of the Sex Offender Registry, all convicted sexual offenders meeting certain criteria must register with their local law enforcement agency and report back periodically. They must promptly notify the law enforcement agency regarding any changes in their residency or employment status. There are also specific residency restrictions regarding proximity to children.

Photographs and other details for each wanted offender can be found below. K.P.D. is asking for anyone who may see one of these individuals or know a possible location where any of them can be found to please 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 any of these wanted individuals 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 SEX OFFENDER #1 INFORMATION
Name James Felker
Age Date of Birth 7/14/1987

30 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Last Known Address 540 Virgil Avenue, #8

Kingsport, TN

Possible Whereabouts Unknown
Type of Sex Offender Violent
Year/Reason Placed on Registry 2006 Conviction for Rape in the 3rd Degree in Washington State
New Charge(s) Violation of Sex Offender Registry (2 Counts)

1) Failure to Report

2) Failure to Update Address

WANTED SEX OFFENDER #2 INFORMATION
Name Johnathan Messer
Age Date of Birth 10/23/1989

27 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Last Known Address 914 Kendrick Creek Road, #4

Kingsport, TN

Possible Whereabouts Unknown
Type of Sex Offender Violent
Year/Reason Placed on Registry 2014 Conviction for Sexual Offense with Minor by Computer
New Charge(s) Violation of Sex Offender Registry

1) Failure to Report

WANTED SEX OFFENDER #3 INFORMATION
Name Miles Mullins
Age Date of Birth 6/3/1976

41 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Last Known Address 3408 Thornton Drive

Kingsport, TN

Possible Whereabouts Unknown
Type of Sex Offender Sexual
Year/Reason Placed on Registry 2004 Convictions for Statutory Rape (2 Counts)
New Charge(s) Violation of Sex Offender Registry (2 Counts)

1) Failure to Update Employment Information (2 Counts)

WANTED SEX OFFENDER #4 INFORMATION
Name Shawn Hayes
Age Date of Birth 9/24/1976

41 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Last Known Address Homeless

Kingsport, TN

Possible Whereabouts Mr. Hayes has been wanted since August 2016. He has possibly relocated to somewhere in Vermont.
Type of Sex Offender Violent
Year/Reason Placed on Registry 1992 Conviction for Forcible Rape of a Juvenile
New Charge(s) Violation of Sex Offender Registry (2 Counts)

1) Failure to Register

2) Violation of Residency Restrictions (Within 1,000 Feet of a School)

WANTED SEX OFFENDER #5 INFORMATION
Name Steven Blakley
Age Date of Birth 11/15/1972

44 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Last Known Address Homeless

Kingsport, TN

Possible Whereabouts Model City Apartments

1000 Stonegate Road

Kingsport, TN

or

Mapleoak Apartments

818 Oak Street

Kingsport, TN

or

Sevierville, TN

Type of Sex Offender Sexual
Year/Reason Placed on Registry Three or Subsequent Convictions for Indecent Exposure

Most Recent Conviction was in 2017 when he Exposed Himself to Female Teenage Students in Dobyns-Bennett High School Parking Lot

New Charge(s) 1) Violation of Sex Offender Registry (3 Counts)

● Failure to Report

● Failure to Update Address

● Failure to Update Employment

2) Credit Card Fraud

3) Identity Theft

4) Theft Under $1,000

5) Driving on a Revoked License

6) Also Wanted by Pigeon Forge Police Department for Additional Counts of Credit Card Fraud after using his employment at a hotel to obtain customers’ credit card numbers for his own personal use.

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: Suspect Sought in Counterfeit Check Scheme

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Sought in Counterfeit Check Scheme
DATE: September 26, 2017
CASE #: 17-025136
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 8, 2017 at approximately 10:00 AM, a white male suspect cashed a counterfeit check in the amount of $1,869.07 at a branch of Bank of Tennessee, located at 301 East Center Street in Kingsport.

Fifteen minutes later, the same individual cashed a second check in the amount of $1,873.49 at another Kingsport branch of Bank of Tennessee, located at 1708 North Eastman Road.

The two counterfeit checks were sequentially numbered and from the same account. The actual account holder is a local Kingsport restaurant. The original legitimate checks bearing those same two sequential check numbers were still in the possession of the restaurant owner and were still completely blank and unendorsed.

Both counterfeit checks were written payable to a James C. Gillespie using a home address of the Knoxville Salvation Army. It is currently still being investigated as to whether that name is real or fictitious.

Detectives have received reliable information that homeless people are being picked up in the Knoxville area and then transported to various financial institutions where they then agree to cash checks for unknown suspects. Detectives are looking into the possibility that this case may be one such scheme.

The suspect in this case was recorded by bank surveillance cameras during the incident. A photo taken from that footage has been included in this release. A clip of the actual footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/rDkgrnsXDLA

Anyone who recognizes him, or who may have any additional information which may help solve this case, 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