KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Attempting to Identify Felony Graffiti Vandals Who Tagged Downtown Kingsport Buildings

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Attempting to Identify Felony Graffiti Vandals Who Tagged Downtown Kingsport Buildings
DATE: July 6, 2017
CASE #: 17-014702
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Department Detectives are attempting to identify two suspects who are responsible for brazenly vandalizing several Downtown Kingsport buildings with spray-painted graffiti, a practice typically referred to as “tagging.” While this practice is not as common in Kingsport as it is in larger cities, unfortunately it does happen here periodically. Graffiti serves as an aesthetic blight, and subsequent clean-up costs to municipalities and private business owners can be significant.

On June 12, 2017 at approximately 10:30 PM, the suspects were captured on surveillance video, both in front of, as well as in the alley behind Urban Synergy, located at 247 Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport. A male suspect commits the act, while his female accomplice serves as a lookout. Both suspects appear to have a light complexion and a slim build. The male appears to have long dark hair, while the female appears to have blonde hair fashioned in a ponytail.

While the actual property damage and cost of cleanup at this location alone will easily exceed $1,000 (making this crime a felony), the same duo is believed to likely be responsible for similar graffiti spray-painted recently at a minimum of five other locations throughout the Downtown Kingsport area.

A photo of the suspects, taken from the aforementioned surveillance footage, has been included in this release, while two clips of the actual video have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel accessible via the links below:

https://youtu.be/6_4owxBgt3U

https://youtu.be/8QY-0T4bFp8

Anyone who recognizes either or both of these suspects, or who may have any additional information which could potentially help Detectives solve this case, 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

KPD e-News Release: Man Jailed for His Lewd Behavior While Parked in Fire Lane of Busy Shopping Center

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Man Jailed for His Lewd Behavior While Parked in Fire Lane of Busy Shopping Center
DATE: July 2, 2017
CASE #: 17-015864
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Saturday, July 1, 2017 at approximately 4:00 PM, a man was arrested for indecent exposure while parked in front of Kohl’s, in the Kingsport Pavilion Shopping Center, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Store patrons notified the Kingsport Police Department after observing the man exposing his genitals and masturbating while sitting in a white car parked in the fire lane directly in front of the store.

Upon arrival, Officers observed the man attempt to leave in the described vehicle, and a traffic stop ensued. The man, now identified as Larry R. Hildebrand, stated that he had been waiting in the car for his girlfriend while she was inside the store. He acknowledged engaging in this very offensive, and quite public, behavior in what was otherwise a very family oriented atmosphere, but indicated that he did not think anybody would notice.

Mr. Hildebrand was arrested, charged with Indecent Exposure, and transported to and confined within the Kingsport City Jail. He was later released after posting a $1,500 bond as specified by the presiding magistrate.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Larry R. Hildebrand
Age Date of Birth 11/11/1966

50 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 433 ½ Rose Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Indecent Exposure

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Friendly Annual Reminder that Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Friendly Annual Reminder that Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport
DATE: June 30, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
With the 4th of July just around the corner, this is just a friendly reminder that, even on Independence Day, fireworks are illegal inside the city limits of Kingsport. The Kingsport Police Department recommends leaving fireworks to the professionals and encourages citizens to attend one of several officially sanctioned fireworks shows scheduled throughout the region. See below for the City of Kingsport Fireworks Ordinance. Violations of this Ordinance are subject to a $110 fine.

Sec. 42-112. Unlawful; exception.

(a) For the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and residents of the city, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, use, discharge, possess with the intent to discharge, or offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or keep with intent to sell at retail, fireworks in the city, except as authorized in section 42-113.

(b) There is a rebuttable presumption that a person possesses fireworks with the intent to discharge such fireworks if possession is:

(1) In a public place or outside a fully enclosed residential or commercial building, and fireworks have recently been discharged or reported discharged in the general vicinity of such possession; or

(2) In a public park or on public school property.

(Ord. No. 6102, § I(46-5(b)), 8-2-2011)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Missing Kingsport Woman Located Safe and Sound

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Missing Kingsport Woman Located Safe and Sound
DATE: June 30, 2017
CASE #: 17-014548
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As of June 30, 2017, a woman previously reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department has now been found. Thanks in large part to information received as a result of yesterday’s news release, Tomorrow L. Statzer has been located safe and sound in a neighboring state. The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank everyone who provided information regarding her possible whereabouts.

As previously released:

On June 17, 2017, Tomorrow L. Statzer was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department by an acquaintance who said that he had been out of touch with her for over a week and was worried about her. Further investigation by K.P.D. Detectives determined that she had moved out of her apartment in Maple Oak Apartments, located at 818 Oak Street in Kingsport, and had been living with a friend in another apartment in the same complex while between residences.

Detectives learned that on June 9, 2017, Ms. Statzer allegedly left to go look at another apartment on Fort Henry Drive and has not been seen or heard from since. She left all of her clothing and personal belongings behind and has yet to return for them.

Ms. Statzer is also believed to possibly go by the name of Tammy Statzer. She is a 59 year old white female adult, standing approximately 5 feet 6 inches in height and weighing roughly 185 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Due to some significant health issues in her medical history, Detectives have a heightened cause to be concerned for her overall safety and welfare.

She has been entered into N.C.I.C. as a missing and endangered person. All leads have been exhausted in this missing person investigation and Detectives are turning to the public for assistance.

Anyone who may have any information which could possibly assist with locating her 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. Anyone who sees her is asked to make every possible effort to keep her in sight until police arrive and make contact with her.

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

KPD e-News Release: Friday Morning Lynn Garden Drive Motor Vehicle Collision Results in Death of Passenger

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Friday Morning Lynn Garden Drive Motor Vehicle Collision Results in Death of Passenger
DATE: June 30, 2017
CASE #: 17-015732
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 30, 2017 at approximately 10:00 AM, Kingsport Police Department personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on Lynn Garden Drive near the intersection with Truxton Drive in Kingsport. The resultant investigation revealed that the following had occurred:

A silver 2003 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, driven by Melissa Faye Thompson, was traveling along Lynn Garden Drive in the left (inside) northbound lane approaching Truxton Drive. Meanwhile, a gold 1998 Acura RL 4-door sedan, driven by Beulah Faye Fansler, was preparing to exit the parking lot of Dairy Queen, located at 819 Lynn Garden Drive, adjacent to the Truxton Drive intersection.

Ms. Fansler failed to yield the right-of-way and pulled the Acura into the path of the Honda. Ms. Thompson attempted to swerve the Honda to the left, but was unable to avoid a collision. The fronts of each vehicle collided in an angular impact.

Both drivers were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for evaluation of possible injuries sustained in the crash. A front seat passenger in the Acura, Eula P. Rogan, sustained much more serious injuries than the other two women, and was also transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S.

Ms. Rogan succumbed to her injuries and died after arrival at the hospital. This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Acura
Model RL
Year 1998
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color Gold
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Beulah Faye Fansler
Age 70 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Gate City, VA
Injuries Possible Injury
Passenger Name Eula P. Rogan
Age 86 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Accord
Year 2003
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color Silver
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Melissa Faye Thompson
Age 42 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Weber City, VA
Injuries Possible Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Two Friday Morning Crashes Congest Lynn Garden Drive Traffic

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Two Friday Morning Crashes Congest Lynn Garden Drive Traffic
DATE: June 30, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As of approximately 10:15 AM, on the morning of Friday, June 30, 2017, two separate motor vehicle collisions have severely congested traffic along Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport. One of these crashes occurred in front of Lynn Garden Restaurant near the intersection with Virgil Avenue, while the other crash occurred in front of Dairy Queen near the intersection with Truxton Drive.

Kingsport Police Patrol Officers are currently in the process of investigating these crashes and attempting to clear the roadway as soon as possible. For the time being, however, motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead, take an alternate route, and avoid Lynn Garden Drive if at all possible. Motorists already in the immediate area are encouraged to lower their speed, drive with a heightened sense of alertness, exercise caution and patience, and obey all traffic instructions.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Solicit Public Assistance in Locating Missing Endangered Woman

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Solicit Public Assistance in Locating Missing Endangered Woman
DATE: June 29, 2017
CASE #: 17-014548
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 17, 2017, Tomorrow L. Statzer was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department by an acquaintance who said that he had been out of touch with her for over a week and was worried about her. Further investigation by K.P.D. Detectives determined that she had moved out of her apartment in Maple Oak Apartments, located at 818 Oak Street in Kingsport, and had been living with a friend in another apartment in the same complex while between residences.

Detectives learned that on June 9, 2017, Ms. Statzer allegedly left to go look at another apartment on Fort Henry Drive and has not been seen or heard from since. She left all of her clothing and personal belongings behind and has yet to return for them.

Ms. Statzer is also believed to possibly go by the name of Tammy Statzer. She is a 59 year old white female adult, standing approximately 5 feet 6 inches in height and weighing roughly 185 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Due to some significant health issues in her medical history, Detectives have a heightened cause to be concerned for her overall safety and welfare.

She has been entered into N.C.I.C. as a missing and endangered person. All leads have been exhausted in this missing person investigation and Detectives are turning to the public for assistance.

Anyone who may have any information which could possibly assist with locating her 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. Anyone who sees her is asked to make every possible effort to keep her in sight until police arrive and make contact with her.

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 PERSON INFORMATION
Name Tomorrow L. Statzer

a.k.a. Tammy Statzer

Age 59 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

185 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Brown hair

Hazel Eyes

Last Known Address Maple Oak Apartments

818 Oak Street

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit