KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Memorial Boulevard (Follow-Up)

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 Motor Vehicle Collision on Memorial Boulevard (Follow-Up)
DATE: April 30, 2018
CASE #: 18-012700
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 28, 2018 at approximately 1:15 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the roadway in front of the Sunoco gas station and convenience store, located at 4001 Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. Responding Officers determined that the crash involved a passenger car and a motorcycle and had resulted in a fatality.

Crash Investigators from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to the scene and conducted a thorough reconstruction analysis of the collision. The results of their investigation are as follows:

A white 1996 Buick Park Avenue 4-door sedan, driven by Mabel L. Leeper, was eastbound on Memorial Boulevard and attempting a left turn to Glenwood Street. Meanwhile, a black 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, operated by Ronald L. Burke, was westbound on Memorial Boulevard approaching the same intersection.

Ms. Leeper failed to yield the right-of way and turned into the path of Mr. Burke’s motorcycle. Mr. Burke was killed in the subsequent collision. Ms. Leeper sustained possible injuries and was transported to a local healthcare facility by Sullivan County E.M.S. for a precautionary medical evaluation.

This crash remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending. As such, no additional details can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On April 28, 2018 at approximately 1:15 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the roadway in front of the Sunoco gas station and convenience store, located at 4001 Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. Responding Officers determined that the crash involved a passenger car and a motorcycle and had resulted in a fatality.

Crash Investigators from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit have responded to the scene and are in the process of a thorough reconstruction analysis of the collision. While no additional details are available at this time, further information regarding this incident will be released at an appropriate point, pending the completion of the investigation and notification of next of kin.

Traffic is still flowing along Memorial Boulevard; however, it is periodically becoming congested. For the time being, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and plan an alternate route so as to avoid unnecessary delays. Motorists already in the immediate area are encouraged to be alert, exercise caution and patience, and obey all traffic instructions.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Buick
Model Park Avenue
Year 1996
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Mabel L. Leeper
Age 88 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Harley-Davidson
Model Motorcycle
Year 1998
Type Motorcycle
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Ronald L. Burke
Age 64 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: Significant Community Response Makes Kingsport Drug Take-Back Day Event Extremely Successful

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Significant Community Response Makes Kingsport Drug Take-Back Day Event Extremely Successful
DATE: April 30, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department partnered with the United Way of Greater Kingsport and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition to hold a local medication take-back initiative in recognition of the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration National Drug Take-Back Day.

Thanks in large part to the numerous community partners who helped facilitate this event, coupled with a significant response from the public, this local drug take-back initiative was extremely successful and yielded impressive results. By the close of the day’s events, the collected medications weighed approximately 780 pounds and filled a total of thirteen 30-gallon drums.

In keeping with the ultimate goals of this program of keeping drugs off the street, preventing overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoiding environmental contamination, these leftover, unwanted, and/or expired medications are now headed for incineration.

The next National Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for October 2018. In the meantime, citizens are encouraged to remember that at the Kingsport Police Department, we like to think of every day as drug take-back day. There is a permanent drug collection box in the lobby of the Kingsport Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport, that is accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year.

As previously released:

On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department will be participating in a community drug take-back event. This event will take place in the parking lot of the V.O. Dobbins Complex, located at 301 Louis Street, in the Riverview neighborhood of Kingsport.

This event is sponsored by the United Way of Greater Kingsport, the Kingsport Police Department, and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition. The event will also include a Community Resource Fair with participation from the Sullivan County Health Department, New Vision Youth, Central Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Upper East Tennessee Human Development, South Central Kingsport Neighborhood Redevelopment, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport.

Between now and Saturday, April 28th, all area residents are encouraged to go through their medicine cabinets and inventory their medications. This community drug take-back event is open to the public and is a prime opportunity and the preferred method to safely dispose of any medications that are no longer needed.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days each year, in April and October. National Prescription Drug Take Back Days aim to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

While the DEA does recognize these two annual days, at the Kingsport Police Department, we like to think of every day as Take-Back Day. K.P.D. has been participating in drug take-back initiatives since 2010 and installed a permanent drug collection box in the lobby of the Kingsport Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport, in 2012. Our box is accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. To date, K.P.D. has been able to safely incinerate over 10,000 pounds (5 tons) of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications.

The goals of this program are to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination. Drugs that can be accepted include prescription, over the counter (OTC), vitamins, herbals, supplements, and veterinary medications. Items that are preferably not accepted through this program include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.

For more information on the DEA’s National Take-Back Day initiative, please visit the following links:

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

https://takebackday.dea.gov/

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 Motor Vehicle Collision on Memorial Boulevard

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 Motor Vehicle Collision on Memorial Boulevard
DATE: April 28, 2018
CASE #: 18-012700
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 28, 2018 at approximately 1:15 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the roadway in front of the Sunoco gas station and convenience store, located at 4001 Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. Responding Officers determined that the crash involved a passenger car and a motorcycle and had resulted in a fatality.

Crash Investigators from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit have responded to the scene and are in the process of a thorough reconstruction analysis of the collision. While no additional details are available at this time, further information regarding this incident will be released at an appropriate point, pending the completion of the investigation and notification of next of kin.

Traffic is still flowing along Memorial Boulevard; however, it is periodically becoming congested. For the time being, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and plan an alternate route so as to avoid unnecessary delays. Motorists already in the immediate area are encouraged to be alert, exercise caution and patience, and obey all traffic instructions.

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 Stress Basic Crime Prevention Measures in Light of Recent Auto Burglaries

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 Stress Basic Crime Prevention Measures in Light of Recent Auto Burglaries
DATE: April 27, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department has noticed a recent uptick in the number of auto burglaries being reported. These crimes are happening both in residential areas during the nighttime hours, as well as during the daytime and early evening hours in large commercial parking lots and/or event venues.

In almost every case, one of two specific factors has been present. Either the vehicle had been left completely unlocked, or a window was broken out in order to steal an item that had been left in plain sight in the vehicle. Area citizens are urged to take some basic precautionary measures to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime.

The first one is simple; lock your doors. Vehicles should never be left unlocked whenever parked or otherwise unattended. Second, citizens are cautioned to be extremely careful not to leave any items of real or even possibly perceived value in their vehicle, but especially not in plain sight.

And remember, the items that you leave in your vehicle may not be of actual value to you, but they still may appear valuable to a criminal and lead to a “smash and grab” type of auto burglary. Something as simple as some loose change in a cup holder or an inexpensive charger cord could lead to your vehicle being targeted.

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. to Participate in Community Drug Take-Back Day Event (Final Reminder)

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. to Participate in Community Drug Take-Back Day Event (Final Reminder)
DATE: April 27, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: National Drug Take-Back Day is tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, 2018. The Kingsport Police Department and other community partners will be conducting a local drug take-back event from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the parking lot of the V.O. Dobbins Complex, located at 301 Louis Street. Please consider cleaning out your medicine cabinet between now and then and bringing your expired or leftover medications to us for safe disposal.

As previously released:

On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department will be participating in a community drug take-back event. This event will take place in the parking lot of the V.O. Dobbins Complex, located at 301 Louis Street, in the Riverview neighborhood of Kingsport.

This event is sponsored by the United Way of Greater Kingsport, the Kingsport Police Department, and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition. The event will also include a Community Resource Fair with participation from the Sullivan County Health Department, New Vision Youth, Central Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Upper East Tennessee Human Development, South Central Kingsport Neighborhood Redevelopment, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport.

Between now and Saturday, April 28th, all area residents are encouraged to go through their medicine cabinets and inventory their medications. This community drug take-back event is open to the public and is a prime opportunity and the preferred method to safely dispose of any medications that are no longer needed.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days each year, in April and October. National Prescription Drug Take Back Days aim to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

While the DEA does recognize these two annual days, at the Kingsport Police Department, we like to think of every day as Take-Back Day. K.P.D. has been participating in drug take-back initiatives since 2010 and installed a permanent drug collection box in the lobby of the Kingsport Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport, in 2012. Our box is accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. To date, K.P.D. has been able to safely incinerate over 10,000 pounds (5 tons) of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications.

The goals of this program are to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination. Drugs that can be accepted include prescription, over the counter (OTC), vitamins, herbals, supplements, and veterinary medications. Items that are preferably not accepted through this program include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.

For more information on the DEA’s National Take-Back Day initiative, please visit the following links:

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

https://takebackday.dea.gov/

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. Seeking Citizen Tips in Debit Card Fraud Case

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. Seeking Citizen Tips in Debit Card Fraud Case
DATE: April 23, 2018
CASE #: 18-011168
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 11, 2018 at approximately 11:00 PM, the white male suspect in the included photographs made a fraudulent purchase using a stolen debit card at Walmart Neighborhood Market, located at 750 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport.

Anyone who can help Detectives identify this individual is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigation 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. to Participate in Community Drug Take-Back Day Event (Reminder)

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. to Participate in Community Drug Take-Back Day Event (Reminder)
DATE: April 23, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: National Drug Take-Back Day is this coming Saturday, April 28, 2018. The Kingsport Police Department and other community partners will be conducting a local drug take-back event from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the parking lot of the V.O. Dobbins Complex, located at 301 Louis Street. Please consider cleaning out your medicine cabinet between now and then and bringing your expired or leftover medications to us for safe disposal.

As previously released:

On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department will be participating in a community drug take-back event. This event will take place in the parking lot of the V.O. Dobbins Complex, located at 301 Louis Street, in the Riverview neighborhood of Kingsport.

This event is sponsored by the United Way of Greater Kingsport, the Kingsport Police Department, and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition. The event will also include a Community Resource Fair with participation from the Sullivan County Health Department, New Vision Youth, Central Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Upper East Tennessee Human Development, South Central Kingsport Neighborhood Redevelopment, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport.

Between now and Saturday, April 28th, all area residents are encouraged to go through their medicine cabinets and inventory their medications. This community drug take-back event is open to the public and is a prime opportunity and the preferred method to safely dispose of any medications that are no longer needed.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days each year, in April and October. National Prescription Drug Take Back Days aim to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

While the DEA does recognize these two annual days, at the Kingsport Police Department, we like to think of every day as Take-Back Day. K.P.D. has been participating in drug take-back initiatives since 2010 and installed a permanent drug collection box in the lobby of the Kingsport Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport, in 2012. Our box is accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. To date, K.P.D. has been able to safely incinerate over 10,000 pounds (5 tons) of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications.

The goals of this program are to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination. Drugs that can be accepted include prescription, over the counter (OTC), vitamins, herbals, supplements, and veterinary medications. Items that are preferably not accepted through this program include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.

For more information on the DEA’s National Take-Back Day initiative, please visit the following links:

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

https://takebackday.dea.gov/

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton