KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Request Citizen Assistance in Locating Missing/Endangered Juvenile (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 Request Citizen Assistance in Locating Missing/Endangered Juvenile (Update)
DATE: February 21, 2019
CASE #: 19-003692
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Serenity Victoria Lyttle has been safely located by the Kingsport Police Department and is no longer considered missing or endangered.

As previously released:

On the evening of February 19, 2019, Serenity Victoria Lyttle was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department by her mother. Serenity allegedly left home earlier that afternoon but never returned. While foul play is not suspected in this case, due to factors in her personal and medical history relayed by her mother, she has been entered into the N.C.I.C. database as missing and endangered.

Serenity is a fourteen (14) year old white female juvenile with long, straight, brown hair and blue eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 8 inches in height and weighs roughly 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing torn/ripped blue jeans, a red shirt, and a blue hooded sweatshirt. Photographs of Serenity have been included in this release.

Anyone who sees her or who may potentially know her current whereabouts is asked to promptly 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/ENDANGERED JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Serenity Victoria Lyttle
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 8 inches

180 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Long/Straight/Brown Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Last Known Clothing Description Torn/Ripped Blue Jeans

Red Shirt

Blue Hooded Sweatshirt

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: Detectives Seeking Identity of Same Suspect Recorded in the Act of Two Separate Crimes

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Seeking Identity of Same Suspect Recorded in the Act of Two Separate Crimes
DATE: February 20, 2019
CASE #: 19-003352 (Clean Stop Car Wash)

19-003634 (Walmart)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 15, 2019 a suspect was recorded by surveillance cameras in the act of feloniously vandalizing and attempting to break into two vending machines, at Clean Stop Car Wash, located at 1109 East Sevier Avenue in Kingsport.

A few days later, on February 19, 2019, a suspect was recorded by surveillance cameras leaving Walmart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport, after he had gone behind a counter and stolen several packs of cigarettes, concealing them in a shopping bag.

In the second instance, the suspect was later seen leaving the scene in what appeared to be a dark blue, late 1990s model, Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicle. Upon comparing the two video clips, Detectives strongly believe that they are looking at the same individual.

Photos taken from the two video clips have been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes him 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

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 Request Citizen Assistance in Locating Missing/Endangered Juvenile

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 Request Citizen Assistance in Locating Missing/Endangered Juvenile
DATE: February 20, 2019
CASE #: 19-003692
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of February 19, 2019, Serenity Victoria Lyttle was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department by her mother. Serenity allegedly left home earlier that afternoon but never returned. While foul play is not suspected in this case, due to factors in her personal and medical history relayed by her mother, she has been entered into the N.C.I.C. database as missing and endangered.

Serenity is a fourteen (14) year old white female juvenile with long, straight, brown hair and blue eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 8 inches in height and weighs roughly 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing torn/ripped blue jeans, a red shirt, and a blue hooded sweatshirt. Photographs of Serenity have been included in this release.

Anyone who sees her or who may potentially know her current whereabouts is asked to promptly 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/ENDANGERED JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Serenity Victoria Lyttle
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 8 inches

180 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Long/Straight/Brown Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Last Known Clothing Description Torn/Ripped Blue Jeans

Red Shirt

Blue Hooded Sweatshirt

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: Apply Today for a Career in Law Enforcement with the Kingsport Police Department (3rd Notice)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Apply Today for a Career in Law Enforcement with the Kingsport Police Department (3rd Notice)
DATE: February 20, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
There are less than two weeks remaining to apply for the Kingsport Police Department’s upcoming Spring 2019 Police Applicant Testing session. See previously released information below for details:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire several new officers out of this application process to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. Applications are being accepted from February 3, 2019 until no later than March 3, 2019.

Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be a United States citizen and either already be at least 21 years of age or be turning 21 by no later than September 21, 2019 (six months after the test date). Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

Following the March 3rd deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a letter by traditional mail, containing further instructions regarding the upcoming Police Applicant Testing procedures. All applicants will undergo a series of assessments, beginning with a written examination on the morning of Thursday, March 21, 2019. The written examination will be administered at the Civic Auditorium, located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

While not an absolute requirement, applicants are strongly encouraged to invest in the Stanard and Associates National Police Officer Selection Test “Online POST Study Guide” and “Online POST Practice Test” to assist them in preparing for this examination. These online study aids are currently priced very reasonably at $5 and $15 respectively and are available for purchase at the following link:

https://www.ApplyToServe.com/Study

Applicants should take note that the current written examination used for Police Applicant Testing is obtained from a completely different vendor than the City of Kingsport used prior to 2018; therefore, other study guides that may have been recommended in the past and obtained and utilized by applicants to prepare for former tests taken prior to 2018 may not be applicable to the current examination.

Applicants who successfully pass the written examination will advance forward to a physical agility evaluation that same afternoon at 1:00 PM. The physical agility evaluation will consist of a timed one-mile run and a timed roughly one-quarter-mile obstacle course designed to measure fitness, strength, agility, and endurance as related to the duties of a Police Officer.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to participate in a voluntary practice physical agility evaluation and question and answer session. This session will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Domtar Park, located at 1414 Riverport Road in Kingsport. Individuals must have an application on file and sign a waiver of liability in order to be eligible to participate in this practice session.

Those applicants with the highest combined scores on the written examination and physical agility evaluation will move forward to an interview panel to further vet the candidates. The top finishers will then be interviewed by the Chief of Police to determine the finalists. Those ultimately selected will also be subject to a medical examination, psychological evaluation, and a thorough background investigation prior to actual hiring.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.92 per hour or $33,119 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate for prior experience if certain criteria are met. Academy training and all essential equipment including uniforms, firearms, body armor, and duty gear are provided by the department. K.P.D. also issues take-home police cruisers to officers meeting specific residency requirements.

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 and vision 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 a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call Lieutenant Chris Tincher with the K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit at 423-343-9805.

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 Vice and Narcotics Unit Investigations Yield 28 Felony Drug Indictments

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 Vice and Narcotics Unit Investigations Yield 28 Felony Drug Indictments
DATE: February 15, 2019
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As a result of multiple extensive, active, and ongoing investigations by the Kingsport Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit, 28 Indictments for numerous felony drug offenses have recently been handed down by a Sullivan County Grand Jury.

Thirteen (13) of these indicted individuals (listed in a table below) have already been arrested. Derrick Lewis (a.k.a. “Pikey”) was among those already arrested. Mr. Lewis was arrested by the Kingsport Police Department on February 12, 2019 during a traffic stop. At the time of his arrest, he had a large amount (nearly 3 ounces) of white rock like substance (believed to be Crack Cocaine) concealed in the groin area of his pants. He was also driving without a license.

An area-wide warrants check revealed that Mr. Lewis was also wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Scott County, VA for the Sale of Crack Cocaine. In addition to his original charges that resulted from the Sullivan County Grand Jury indictment, he incurred the following charges incident to arrest: 1) Sale and Delivery of Over 26 Grams of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park, 2) No Driver License, and 3) Fugitive from Justice.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, fifteen (15) of these indicted individuals (listed in a table below) remain still wanted and at large. Anyone finding their own name on that list is strongly encouraged to contact the Kingsport Police Department at 423-246-9111 or respond to the Kingsport Justice Center in a timely manner to make arrangements to turn themselves in.

Anyone having any information as to the whereabouts of any of these still wanted individuals is asked to contact the Kingsport Police Department at 423-246-9111. Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to these or any other cases 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

FEATURED ARRESTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Derrick “Pikey” Lewis
Age Date of Birth 1/30/1982

37 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 2047 Greenway Street

Kingsport, TN

Charges from Original Indictment 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park

2) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a School (4 counts)

New Charge(s) Incurred at Time of Arrest 1) Sale and Delivery of Over 26 Grams of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park

2) No Driver License

3) Fugitive from Justice (Wanted by Scott County, VA Authorities for Sale of Crack Cocaine)

INDICTED/ALREADY ARRESTED SUSPECTS INFORMATION
NAME DATE OF BIRTH CHARGE(S)
Sharon Bacon 5/15/1975 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine

2) Casual Exchange of Alprazolam

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold

Christopher Bell 1/12/1990 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a School (6 counts)
Michael Cantrell 10/21/1975 1) Sale and Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a Library

2) Sale and Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a School

Holly Carrico 3/12/1996 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a Park and Child Care Agency

2) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine

3) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine within 1,000 Feet of a Park and Child Care Agency

4) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold

Morgan Craigmire 10/27/1987 1) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine

2) Sale and Delivery of Methamphetamine (4 counts)

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold

Amy Frost 3/2/1982 1) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold
Antonio Green 7/10/1983 1) Sale and Delivery of a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (2 counts)
Cheyenne Goins 8/5/1994 1) Attempt to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud

2) Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud (3 counts)

Amber Hinkle 1/10/1992 1) Sale and Delivery of Heroin (4 counts)
Derrick “Pikey” Lewis 1/30/1982 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park

2) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a School (4 counts)

Melody Newcomb 7/27/1980 1) Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of a School (6 counts)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold

Marcus Palmer 3/27/1984 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Ounce of Marijuana within 1,000 Feet of a School (4 counts)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold

Dustin Wallen 4/6/1992 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine
INDICTED/STILL WANTED SUSPECTS INFORMATION
NAME DATE OF BIRTH CHARGE(S)
Jeremy Ashmore 10/25/1985 1) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine
Joshua Ashmore 2/7/1987 1) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine
Brandon Cooper 4/6/1988 1) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine within 1,000 Feet of a Child Care Agency (4 counts)

2) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine

Kevin Ferrell 4/10/1971 1) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine (4 counts)
Kenneth Howington 10/21/1966 1) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine (4 counts)

2) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold

Joshua Jessup 8/30/1988 1) Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud

2) Attempt to Obtain Controlled Substances by Fraud

Pamela Mendenhall 6/9/1998 1) Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of a Park (4 counts)

2) Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of a School

3) TennCare Fraud (3 counts)

4) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold

Edward Newcomb 8/26/1999 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Ounce of Marijuana within 1,000 Feet of a School (4 counts)

2) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Ounce of Marijuana within 1,000 Feet of a Park

Betty Jo Ring 4/23/1967 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a Park
Eric Rush 4/24/1984 1) Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud
Christopher Russell 1/5/1981 1) Sale and Delivery of Buprenorphine
Leslie Russell 3/16/1969 1) Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of a Park (4 counts)
Hunter Stapleton 5/1/1995 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a Park and Child Care Agency
Ronald Whiteside 7/21/1985 1) Possession of Over ½ Gram of Cocaine for Sale and Delivery within 1,000 Feet of a School

2) Possession of Over ½ Ounce of Marijuana for Sale and Delivery within 1,000 feet of a School

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used or Sold

Rhonda Williams 12/3/1967 1) Sale and Delivery of Over ½ Gram of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park
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 Aim to Reduce Injuries and Save Lives by Conducting Seatbelt Checkpoint

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 Aim to Reduce Injuries and Save Lives by Conducting Seatbelt Checkpoint
DATE: February 12, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Kingsport Police Department will be emphasizing seatbelt education and enforcement by holding a seatbelt checkpoint. This checkpoint will be conducted at an undisclosed period of time and location within the city limits of Kingsport. The ultimate goal of this effort is to reduce injuries and save lives in motor vehicle collisions that will inevitably occur.

In the State of Tennessee, violations of occupant protection laws are considered primary offenses, meaning that if an officer observes a motorist not wearing a seatbelt, or a child not properly restrained in a child passenger safety seat, the officer may stop and cite the motorist for the seatbelt or child passenger safety seat violation without observing any other criminal or traffic offenses.

Occupant protection laws apply not just to the driver, and not just to the front seat, but to every individual in the automobile. At the age of 16, a passenger assumes personal responsibility for the wearing of their seatbelt and would receive their own citation for not wearing one; however, the driver would be cited for each passenger under the age of 16 who is not properly restrained.

Wearing a seatbelt 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 your life.

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 Recently Identified by DNA Wanted for 2017 Motor Vehicle Theft (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 Recently Identified by DNA Wanted for 2017 Motor Vehicle Theft (Update)
DATE: February 11, 2019
CASE #: 17-033976
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 9, 2019, Anthony J. Coffey was arrested by the Kingsport Police Department on the outstanding warrant for 1) Motor Vehicle Theft over $2,500 and 2) Vandalism over $1,000. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains confined in the Kingsport City Jail in lieu of a $31,250 bond.

As previously released:

On November 28, 2017 at approximately 7:30 AM, a white 2010 Ford Escape compact sport utility vehicle was stolen from a Stratford Road apartment complex in Kingsport while the owner had left it unlocked, running, and unattended while it was defrosting outside of her residence.

The stolen vehicle was found a few days later, abandoned in Sullivan County. When it was recovered, it had been extensively vandalized to include various damage to the interior, a stripped ignition, and being spray painted black. There was also a reddish-brown stain in the vehicle that appeared to have been blood.

The stain was swabbed and sent to the TBI Crime Lab for analysis. The results of that test were recently received by the Kingsport Police Department, indicating that the stain had been positively matched by DNA to Anthony J. Coffey.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Mr. Coffey with 1) Motor Vehicle Theft over $2,500 and 2) Vandalism over $1,000. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains wanted and at large.

Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division by calling 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

ARRESTEDSUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Anthony J. Coffey
Age Date of Birth 7/1/1990

28 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Last Known Address 313 East Sullivan Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Motor Vehicle Theft over $2,500

2) Vandalism over $1,000

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton