KPD e-News Release: New Evidence Exonerates Former Suspect in Ash Street 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: New Evidence Exonerates Former Suspect in Ash Street Shooting Incident
DATE: September 11, 2020
CASE #: 20-019380
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 10, 2020 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a shooting incident in the 1300 block of Ash Street in Kingsport. Upon arrival, they located Jacob T. Durham, with apparent gunshot wounds, outside of the residence.

Mr. Durham was transported by Sullivan County E.M.S. to an area medical facility for emergency medical care. He was treated for serious injuries but later discharged from the hospital.

During the subsequent investigation, Mr. Durham repeatedly insisted that he had been shot by his acquaintance, Jacob R. Hayes, following an argument. He further alleged that Mr. Hayes fled the scene, prior to police arrival, in a green box-style vehicle. Detectives were able to corroborate his accusations and develop the necessary probable cause to obtain a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Hayes.

While at that time, Detectives did have sufficient probable cause to believe that Mr. Hayes was responsible, new exculpatory evidence has now surfaced that completely exonerates him of any involvement in the aforementioned shooting. Mr. Hayes is no longer in law enforcement custody, and Detectives are in the process of having all charges against him dismissed.

Detectives have now arrested Jacob T. Durham for the crime of Felony False Reporting. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail, pending arraignment.

The original Ash Street shooting incident remains under active investigation. Anyone who has any information related to that incident 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

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

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jacob T. Durham
Age Date of Birth 2/9/2001

19 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 1389 Ash Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Felony False Reporting

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 Motor Vehicle 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: Suspect Sought in Motor Vehicle Theft Investigation
DATE: September 10, 2020
CASE #: 20-018554
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 30, 2020, shortly after midnight, a gold 2001 Chevrolet Malibu was stolen from the parking lot of the Roadrunner Market, located at 1600 West Stone Drive in Kingsport, when it was left running, unlocked, and unoccupied while the owner went inside to make a purchase. The stolen vehicle has since been recovered, albeit with significant damage sustained.

A subsequent investigation revealed surveillance video footage of a white female suspect. A photo of this individual 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: Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder Following Shooting Incident on Ash Street (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder Following Shooting Incident on Ash Street (Update)
DATE: September 10, 2020
CASE #: 20-019380
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Jacob R. Hayes has been taken into custody and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. He was arrested without incident at a residence in the 200 block of Easy Street in Kingsport. The Kingsport Police Department would like to recognize the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with his apprehension.

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

As previously released:

On September 10, 2020 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a shooting incident in the 1300 block of Ash Street in Kingsport. Upon arrival, they located a 19 year old adult male victim, with apparent gunshot wounds, outside of the residence.

The victim was transported by Sullivan County E.M.S. to an area medical facility for emergency medical treatment. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

The subsequent investigation revealed that the victim had been shot by an acquaintance, Jacob R. Hayes, following an argument. Mr. Hayes reportedly fled the scene, prior to police arrival, in a green box-style vehicle.

Detectives have obtained a warrant, charging him with Attempted Second Degree Murder. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains wanted and at large. While there is no reason to believe he is a danger to the general public, due to the nature of the offense, he should still be considered armed and dangerous.

Mr. Hayes is a 20 year old white male adult, with brown hair and brown eyes, standing approximately 5 feet 8 inches in height and weighing roughly 145 pounds. His photograph has been included with this release.

Anyone who sees him, or knows his possible current whereabouts, is asked to promptly 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

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

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jacob R. Hayes
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 3208 Sullivan Gardens Parkway

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Attempted Second Degree Murder

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 19 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Gunshot Wounds

Hospitalized in Serious but Stable Condition

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 Attempting to Locate Two Missing 16 Year Olds in Unrelated Cases (Foul Play Not Suspected) (Update)

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 Attempting to Locate Two Missing 16 Year Olds in Unrelated Cases (Foul Play Not Suspected) (Update)
DATE: September 10, 2020
CASE #: 20-016721 (Kaley Wells – Located Safe)

20-016735 (Bryson Burchett – Still Missing)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Kaley Wells has been located safe; however, Bryson Burchett remains missing. Foul play is not suspected.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is requesting public input to help locate two missing 16 year olds. On August 6, 2020, Kayley N. Wells was reported as a missing juvenile to K.P.D. In an unrelated case filed on the same date, Bryson A. Burchett was also reported as a missing juvenile to K.P.D.

While investigators have no reason to suspect foul play in either case, based on their minor age, every possible effort is being made to locate them. Photos and descriptions of each juvenile have been included in this release.

Anyone who sees either of them or may possibly know their current whereabouts 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

MISSING JUVENILE #1 INFORMATION(LOCATED SAFE)
Name Kaley N. Wells
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Black
Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches

270 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black Hair with Blonde Highlights

Brown Eyes

Residency Gray, TN
Clothing Description Long-sleeve pastel tie-dye shirt that reads “Save the Turtles”

Black shorts

Last Known Location 3100 Block of Tiffany Court

Kingsport, TN

MISSING JUVENILE #2 INFORMATION (STILL MISSING)
Name Bryson A. Burchett
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

122 pounds

Hair/Eyes Blonde Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Description None given
Last Known Location 4200 Block of Fort Henry Drive

Kingsport, TN

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. Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager (Reissue)

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. Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager (Reissue)
DATE: September 10, 2020
CASE #: 20-015610
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This is a reissuance of an earlier news release regarding a missing juvenile. Lee Charles Troupe remains missing. Foul play is not suspected.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is asking area residents to help be on the lookout for a 17 year old juvenile, Lee Charles Troupe, who was reported missing by a family member. He was last seen on the evening of July 8th; however, he was not reported missing until two weeks later on July 22nd.

While the Kingsport Police Department has no reason to suspect foul play in this case, due to his minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort to locate him. A photo and description have been included in this release.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Lee Charles Troupe
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Height/

Weight

6 feet

130 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black Hair

Brown Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN

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 Wanted for Attempted Murder Following Shooting Incident on Ash Street

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder Following Shooting Incident on Ash Street
DATE: September 10, 2020
CASE #: 20-019380
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 10, 2020 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a shooting incident in the 1300 block of Ash Street in Kingsport. Upon arrival, they located a 19 year old adult male victim, with apparent gunshot wounds, outside of the residence.

The victim was transported by Sullivan County E.M.S. to an area medical facility for emergency medical treatment. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

The subsequent investigation revealed that the victim had been shot by an acquaintance, Jacob R. Hayes, following an argument. Mr. Hayes reportedly fled the scene, prior to police arrival, in a green box-style vehicle.

Detectives have obtained a warrant, charging him with Attempted Second Degree Murder. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains wanted and at large. While there is no reason to believe he is a danger to the general public, due to the nature of the offense, he should still be considered armed and dangerous.

Mr. Hayes is a 20 year old white male adult, with brown hair and brown eyes, standing approximately 5 feet 8 inches in height and weighing roughly 145 pounds. His photograph has been included with this release.

Anyone who sees him, or knows his possible current whereabouts, is asked to promptly 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

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

WANTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jacob R. Hayes
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 8 inches

145 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Brown Eyes

Residency 3208 Sullivan Gardens Parkway

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Attempted Second Degree Murder

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 19 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Gunshot Wounds

Hospitalized in Serious but Stable Condition

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 Department Launches New Automated Traffic Alert System

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 Department Launches New Automated Traffic Alert System
DATE: September 8, 2020
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce KingsportPDAlerts, a new automated traffic alert system. This system is designed to notify the media and the general public of incidents that have the possibility of creating traffic congestion.

Types of incidents that will generate an automated alert will include the following:

1) Crashes

2) Stranded Motorists

3) Road Hazards

4) Traffic Light Outages

5) Road Closures

6) Water Line Breaks

7) Fires

Not only will this system generate an initial alert when the incident is first reported, but it will also generate a follow up alert, in the form of an update, once the incident is cleared.

While the above categories will automatically generate an alert, this system also has the bonus capability of allowing customized messages to be manually generated for unique circumstances and/or critical incidents, that necessitate timely communication with the public, should that need arise.

When one of the above incidents is reported to Kingsport Central Dispatch, an alert will immediately post to a new blog page, which can be found at www.KingsportPDAlerts.com. This blog page is viewable and subscribable by the public. Anyone can feel free to visit it at any time to view current and past alerts. These alerts will also post to the department’s FaceBook page and Twitter feed.

There are three ways that that media representatives and citizens can opt to receive the automated alerts:

1) Enter your email address at www.KingsportPDAlerts.com to subscribe and start receiving alerts directly to your email inbox.

2) Follow us on FaceBook at www.FaceBook.com/KingsportPoliceDepartment.

3) Follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/KingsportPD.

Media representatives are encouraged to pass along current alerts from this system to the public during their daily broadcasts. In most cases, specific details regarding these incidents will not be immediately available. Unless exigent circumstances dictate otherwise, further information will typically not be available for release until the next regular business day.

Citizens are also encouraged to take advantage of this new automated alert system directly to help them avoid potentially hazardous areas, traffic congestion, and unnecessary delays during their daily travels.

The new automated KingsportPDAlerts system is designed to complement, not replace, other public communication systems already in use by the Kingsport Police Department.

All official K.P.D. News Releases will continue to post to a completely separate blog, which can be found at www.KingsportPDBlog.com. That blog is also subscribable by email, and those news releases also post to the department’s FaceBook page and Twitter feed.

K.P.D. is active on several social media platforms to include WordPress, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube…all of which are utilized to promote transparency and help keep the media and public better informed. Links to these various platforms are included below:

1) www.KingsportPDAlerts.com

2) www.KingsportPDBlog.com

3) www.FaceBook.com/KingsportPoliceDepartment

4) www.Twitter.com/KingsportPD

5) www.Instagram.com/KingsportPD

6) www.YouTube.com/KingsportPD

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. Vice Investigation Nets Arrests and Significant Seizure of Drugs and Cash

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. Vice Investigation Nets Arrests and Significant Seizure of Drugs and Cash
DATE: August 31, 2020
CASE #: 20-018161
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 24, 2020 at approximately 6:00 PM, Detectives assigned to the Kingsport Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit encountered Malik Antonio Dunn and Aleecia Kristen Pritchard in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn, located at 2000 Enterprise Place in Kingsport. Knowing Mr. Dunn had outstanding warrants for his arrest for Driving on a Suspended License, he was promptly taken into custody without incident.

When Ms. Pritchard saw the Detectives approaching, she was observed in the act of furtively dropping a baggie of green plant material, believed to be Marijuana, on the ground. The contraband was recovered, and she was arrested for Simple Possession/Casual Exchange of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana). She was subsequently released on a Misdemeanor Citation in lieu of continued custody. She is scheduled for arraignment on September 1, 2020.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Dunn was found to have two baggies of a crystalline substance, believed to be Methamphetamine, concealed on his person. Further investigation revealed that he had a room rented at the Hampton Inn in his name. A search warrant was obtained and executed for his hotel room which revealed an additional baggie of crystalline substance, believed to be Methamphetamine, assorted pills, believed to be Alprazolam, various items of unlawful drug equipment, and nearly $9,000 in cash believed to be proceeds from illegal drug transactions.

In addition to the preexisting warrants for Driving on a Suspended License, Mr. Dunn has been charged with Sale or Delivery of Over 300 grams of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine), Maintaining a Dwelling where Controlled Substances are Used or Stored, Simple Possession/Casual Exchange of a Schedule IV Drug (Alprazolam), and Possession of Unlawful Drug Equipment.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Dunn remains incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville with no current eligibility for bond. He is scheduled for arraignment on September 1, 2020.

The Kingsport Police Department wishes to thank the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for their cooperative assistance with this operation. As this remains an active ongoing investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking, no further details will be released at this time.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Malik Antonio Dunn
Age Date of Birth 3/16/1997

23 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 3144 Mission Ridge Lane

Atlanta, GA

Charge(s) 1) Sale or Delivery of over 300 grams Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling where Controlled Substances are Used or Stored

3) Simple Possession/Casual Exchange of Schedule IV Drug (Alprazolam)

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Equipment

5) Also already wanted on Pre-Existing Warrants for Driving on Suspended License

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Aleecia Kristen Pritchard
Age Date of Birth 9/14/2000

19 Years of Age

Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 1983 Smokey Road

Alrange, GA

Charge(s) 1) Simple Possession/Casual Exchange of Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana)

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. Emphasizing Traffic Safety as Kingsport Students Return to School in Person

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Emphasizing Traffic Safety as Kingsport Students Return to School in Person
DATE: August 31, 2020
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective Monday morning, August 31, 2020, Kingsport City School students will be returning to campus in person. The Kingsport Police Department will be patrolling Kingsport’s various school zones and actively enforcing traffic violations. Motorists are urged to slow down, obey all traffic laws, and drive with an increased level of situational awareness, especially around school zones.

One of the newer state laws that went into effect just over a year ago is the Hands Free Tennessee law that, among other things, makes it illegal to have a cell phone in your hand while driving. It is important to note that while a first-time offense is a $50 fine and a third-time or higher offense or an offense resulting in a crash is a $100 fine, IF THE OFFENSE OCCURS IN A WORK ZONE OR A SCHOOL ZONE, THE FINE IS $200.

Following, are some additional Back to School Safe Driving Tips:

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year. Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and anxious parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

If You’re Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. The following apply to all school zones:

· Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.

· Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.

· Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

· Have children exit the vehicle from the side of the vehicle facing the curb rather than the side of the vehicle facing traffic.

· Use crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk or allow your children to do so.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

· Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.

· In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.

· Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.

· Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.

· Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.

· Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

· Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

· Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.

· If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

· This is true even on multi-lane highways unless there is a barrier or grass or raised concrete median physically dividing the two directions of the highway. Multi-lane highways only divided by center turn lanes do not satisfy this criteria, so both directions must stop for a stopped school bus.

· The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

· Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

· When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.

· When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.

· If you’re turning right and a bicyclist is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals.

· Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this.

· Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.

· Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.

· Check side mirrors before opening your door.

Seatbelts and Child Passenger Safety

Finally, all motorists are strongly encouraged to make sure they, and everyone in their vehicle, are properly restrained. Being properly restrained by a seatbelt or an appropriate child passenger safety seat can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus walking away from the crash with minor injuries or no injuries whatsoever.

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 a comprehensive guide to child passenger safety, please visit the following link:

https://TNTrafficSafety.org/CPS

By exercising a little extra care and caution, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and school buses can co-exist safely in school zones and throughout the City of Kingsport.

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 Release Surveillance Video of Blakely-Mitchell Burglary in Effort to Identify Suspect

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 Release Surveillance Video of Blakely-Mitchell Burglary in Effort to Identify Suspect
DATE: August 28, 2020
CASE #: 20-018190
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the morning of August 25, 2020 the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a burglary that occurred during the previous overnight hours at Blakely-Mitchell Clothing Store, located at 240 Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport. Area surveillance video showed a white male adult, believed to be the suspect, arrive in a black vehicle (possibly a BMW). Over $5,000 in clothing and accessories were reported stolen.

Photos of the suspect and his vehicle have been included in this release, while clips of the actual footage have also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:

https://youtu.be/oDo77Km9o7M

https://youtu.be/sOfRIQNhvMI

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or his vehicle 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