KPD e-News Release: Super 8 Motel Shooting Suspect Wanted for Attempted Second Degree Murder

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Super 8 Motel Shooting Suspect Wanted for Attempted Second Degree Murder
DATE: November 13, 2018
CASE #: 18-030812
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 11, 2018 at approximately 1:45 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were dispatched to the Super 8 Motel, located at 700 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport, to investigate a shooting incident. Their resultant findings were as follows:

A family was traveling through Kingsport and stopped to stay at the Super 8 Motel for the night. The husband and wife heard a disturbance outside of their room and stepped out to investigate. They observed a group of individuals in a breezeway and what they described as a black male suspect beating a female victim.

When the husband attempted to intervene, a second black male suspect produced a handgun. As the husband retreated, the suspect fired multiple shots, striking him no less than three times in the back. The husband fell and crawled back into his motel room, and his wife called 911.

Sullivan County EMS responded and transported him to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. The subsequent diagnosis by hospital personnel was that fortunately, none of the gunshot wounds appeared life-threatening. He was ultimately treated and released.

After extensive investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, the suspect who fired the shots was positively identified as Mark A. Harold. Detectives have since obtained a warrant for his arrest, charging him with 1) Attempted Second Degree Murder, 2) Aggravated Assault, and 3) Felony Reckless Endangerment (2 counts).

As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Harold remains wanted and at large. Based on information obtained during the investigation, he should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to promptly call 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

As this remains an open and active felony investigation, and in the interest of a successful future prosecution, no additional details will be released at this time.

WANTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Mark A. Harold
Age Date of Birth 2/4/1998

20 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 419 Allen Drive, Apt. C107

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Attempted Second Degree Murder

2) Aggravated Assault

3) Felony Reckless Endangerment (2 counts)

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 40 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Not Released
Injuries Multiple Gunshot Wounds
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 Fatal Colonial Heights Crash

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 Fatal Colonial Heights Crash
DATE: November 10, 2018
CASE #: 18-030783
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 10, 2018 at approximately 3:30 PM, Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport. Due to the seriousness of the crash and the injuries sustained, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was summoned to the scene. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A blue 2003 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup, driven by Tyler B. Cross, was southbound on Fort Henry Drive approaching the intersection with Green Hills Drive. Meanwhile, a black 1998 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup, driven by Rita L. Cline and occupied by one passenger, George W. Cline, was northbound on Fort Henry Drive attempting a left turn onto Green Hills Drive.

The black 1998 pickup pulled into the path of the blue 2003 pickup resulting in an angular collision between the two vehicles. The black 1998 pickup rolled over and left the roadway before coming to a rest upside down.

Mr. Cross was not injured in the crash; however, both Mr. and Mrs. Cline were transported to an area medical facility by Sullivan County EMS. Mrs. Cline was evaluated for possible injuries, but has since been treated and released. Mr. Cline’s injuries were much more severe. He succumbed to his injuries and died after arrival at the hospital.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with possible charges pending. As such, no additional information is available for release at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Silverado
Year 2003
Type Full-Size Pickup
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tyler B. Cross
Age 31 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Piney Flats, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Silverado
Year 1998
Type Full-Size Pickup
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Rita L. Cline
Age 74 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
Passenger Name George W. Cline
Age 78 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
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 Seeking Suspect in Walmart Theft Investigation

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 Seeking Suspect in Walmart Theft Investigation
DATE: November 6, 2018
CASE #: 18-030285
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 3, 2018 at approximately 11:00 PM, a white female adult suspect stole a set of keys from Walmart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. A photograph of the woman, taken from store surveillance video has been included with 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: The Kingsport Police Department is Asking for Your Vote in Aftermath K9 Grant Competition (Extended Voting Period)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The Kingsport Police Department is Asking for Your Vote in Aftermath K9 Grant Competition (Extended Voting Period)
DATE: November 2, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Voting in the Aftermath K9 Grant Competition has been extended through November 5, 2018 with the winners scheduled to be announced on November 7, 2018. So please keep voting through Monday. The Kingsport Police Department thanks you for your support!

As previously released:

After announcing the Aftermath K9 Grant Competition last week, we learned that they were experiencing technical difficulties with their website which resulted in a temporary suspension of the voting link. As of October 22, 2018, the voting link appears to be back operational, and we are still asking for your vote.

Click this link https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ to vote now!

Remember that there are two ways to vote, and you can vote more than once:

1) Vote once every 12 hours online, at https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/

AND

2) Vote once daily on Instagram (follow @AftermathK9Grant for instructions).

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is asking for your vote in the Aftermath K-9 Grant Competition.

Click this link https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ to vote now!

Per their website: “Aftermath Services is the premier provider of trauma cleaning and biohazard remediation. For over 20 years, we have provided professional and compassionate services to more than 18,000 families, communities, and businesses after traumatic events. We believe that our customers deserve the highest quality service while being treated with dignity and respect.”

Regarding their grant, they state: “The Aftermath K9 Grant was founded to showcase, support, and reward the unique contributions made by law enforcement and their K9 units across the country. Indirectly, the K9 Grant raises safety awareness and community kinship throughout the neighborhoods that Aftermath and our law enforcement partners proudly serve.”

This year, the Aftermath K9 Grant will award a total of $16,500 in grants that can be used to further established K9 units or to create brand new ones. Communities nationwide will determine the top eight award recipients through popular vote.

  • $5,000 – 1st place grant recipient
  • $4,000 – 2nd place grant recipient
  • $3,000 – 3rd place grant recipient
  • $2,000 – 4th place grant recipient
  • $1,000 – 5th place grant recipient
  • $500 – 6th to 8th place grant recipients

The voting period begins on October 18th and concludes on November 2nd. Anyone in the community – whether you are a citizen, a student, a local business representative, or a fellow officer – can vote to support the K.P.D. K9 Unit!

Please don’t just vote once and forget about us. After you vote the first time, keep going back and voting again and again. There are two ways to vote:

3) Vote once every 12 hours online, at https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/

AND

4) Vote once daily on Instagram (follow @AftermathK9Grant for instructions).

Votes will be tallied after the voting period ends, and the winning K9 units will be announced on November 5, 2018. So be sure to spread the word, and come back twice daily from October 18th until November 2nd to ensure that our department wins a grant!

As always, the Kingsport Police Department appreciates your support!

For more information on Aftermath, please visit: https://www.aftermath.com/

Pictured above: K9 “Nim” of the Kingsport Police Department K9 Unit
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 Charged in August 2018 Child Death Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Charged in August 2018 Child Death Investigation
DATE: November 1, 2018
CASE #: 18-022609
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 5, 2018 at approximately 10:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to a residence in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport in reference to a deceased 4 year old girl. Based on factors discovered during the preliminary investigation, Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division initially classified and investigated the incident as a suspicious death.

The girl’s body was sent to the E.T.S.U. Quillen College of Medicine for a forensic autopsy by the Medical Examiner. Based upon the results of that autopsy and further evidence uncovered by Detectives, the case was later reclassified as a homicide. This incident has been under constant investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division since the date it occurred.

Early in the investigation, Cody R. Webb was determined to be a person of interest in the girl’s death. In late August 2018, he was indicted by a Sullivan County Grand Jury for the criminal offense of Tampering with Evidence directly related to this investigation. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested on that charge and the additional charge of Violation of Probation. He has remained in law enforcement custody in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville since August 24, 2018.

Over the course of the investigation, Detectives were able to establish probable cause to determine that Mr. Webb was the man responsible for the girl’s death. On October 31, 2018 Detectives presented the facts of the case to a Sullivan County Grand Jury, which returned a true bill, indicting Mr. Webb for 1) First Degree Murder, 2) Aggravated Child Abuse, and 3) Aggravated Child Neglect. He was served with the associated Criminal Court Capias this morning while already in custody.

As of the time of this release, Mr. Webb remains housed in the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of this still open and active investigation, as well as the minor age of the decedent, absolutely no additional information can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On August 5, 2018 at approximately 10:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to a residence in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport in reference to a deceased 4 year old child. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division are currently investigating this incident as a suspicious death.

The child’s body has been sent to the E.T.S.U. Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy by the Medical Examiner to determine cause of death. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of this active investigation and the minor age of the decedent, absolutely no additional information can or will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Cody R. Webb
Age Date of Birth 7/11/1990

28 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 286 Allenwood Lane

Surgoinsville, TN

Charge(s) 1) First Degree Murder

2) Aggravated Child Abuse

3) Aggravated Child Neglect

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: Tractor Trailer Versus Bus Crash Congests I-81 Traffic

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Tractor Trailer Versus Bus Crash Congests I-81 Traffic
DATE: October 27, 2018
CASE #: 18-029763
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 27, 2018 at approximately 8:00 PM, a bus carrying a college football team was traveling along Interstate 81 at mile-marker 62 in Kingsport when it experienced mechanical issues, resulting in a complete loss of power and lighting, and became disabled in the right northbound traffic lane. All occupants of the bus were promptly evacuated from the bus to the safety of the roadside.

Shortly thereafter, a northbound tractor trailer crashed into the incapacitated bus when the driver was unable to see it stopped in the traffic lane. Absolutely no injuries were sustained in the crash. The tractor trailer was hauling several thousand gallons of oil in quart-sized containers which were subsequently scattered across the roadway. Some of these containers ruptured resulting in oil spillage.

TDOT is on scene and assisting with traffic congestion. As of the time of this release, the right northbound lane remains closed; however, the left lane is open for traffic. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area for the next several hours and seek an alternate route to allow for the safe cleanup of the crash site. Motorists already in the immediate area are asked to pay attention, exercise caution and patience, and obey all traffic instructions.

This crash remains under investigation by the Kingsport Police Department; however, no charges are expected.

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 Offer Halloween Safety Suggestions (Updated)

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 Offer Halloween Safety Suggestions (Updated)
DATE: October 26, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This Halloween safety news release has been updated with some additional information.

Kingsport Central Dispatch has been receiving numerous 9-1-1 calls from citizens inquiring about times for trick-or-treating. Please be advised that this is not an acceptable use of 9-1-1, but to answer this question, while there is no officially sanctioned time schedule for trick-or-treating, most people consider approximately 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM a reasonable timeframe.

We have also found this online guide to Fall festivities occurring throughout the area, compiled courtesy of the Kingsport Times News:

http://www.timesnews.net/Community/2018/10/15/Haunts-Happenings.html?ci=featured&lp=8&ti

Please also note the included image with a message from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office regarding Halloween parties and impaired driving.

As previously released:

With October 31st just around the corner, the Kingsport Police Department would like to offer some suggestions for a safer Halloween experience.

When it comes to costumed children and candy collecting, the Kingsport Police Department is a strong advocate of the “Trunk or Treat” and “Fall Festival” concepts as significantly safer alternatives to traditional door-to-door Trick or Treating.

Rather than having kids wandering along dark neighborhood streets, knocking on the doors of complete strangers, Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival events are typically held in cordoned-off and well-lit parking lots or enclosed venues and are sponsored by reputable business, churches, or other community organizations.

Furthermore, most of these events also include food, games, activities, and/or costume contests. There will be several Trunk or Treats and Fall Festivals taking place throughout the Kingsport area in the coming days, giving kids multiple opportunities to sport their costumes and collect goodies.

Following are two particular events scheduled for this year that have been brought to our attention:

1) Church Circle Fall Festival, sponsored by surrounding churches, on Sunday, October 28th from 5:00-7:00 PM

2) Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat, held at Blountville Middle School Track, on Wednesday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM

With that being said, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is certainly an option. While there is no officially sanctioned time schedule for trick-or-treating, most people consider approximately 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM a reasonable timeframe. For those choosing this historically popular activity, the Kingsport Police Department offers the following Halloween safety tips courtesy of the National Safety Council:

Halloween Safety On and Off the Road

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

In 2016, 7,330 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents, according to Injury Facts. Non-traffic incidents include those occurring on driveways, in parking lots or on private property.

NSC research reveals about 18% of these deaths occurred at road crossings or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these deaths.

Here’s a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.

Costume Safety

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, and give them glow sticks or a flashlight
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is non-toxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

Trick or Treating

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home. Inspect the candy for any tampering and/or loose or torn wrappers. Discard any goodies that might pose as a choking or allergy hazard.
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists

NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton