KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Release Additional Details in Fatal Interstate 81 Motorcycle Crash Investigation

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 Release Additional Details in Fatal Interstate 81 Motorcycle Crash Investigation
DATE: May 10, 2017
CASE #: 17-010906
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 9, 2017 at approximately 11:00 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of an extremely serious motorcycle crash along southbound Interstate 81 in the City of Kingsport. Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Crash Reconstructionists responded to the scene to investigate, with their subsequent investigation determining the following:

A black 2007 Big Dog K9 Custom Motorcycle, operated by Kenneth Carson Roller, II, was southbound on Interstate 81 at approximately the 60.6 mile marker. For unknown reasons, Mr. Roller lost control of the motorcycle resulting in an eventual impact with a guard rail. Mr. Roller was killed as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The roadway remained open; however, traffic was diverted to the shoulder for several hours following the crash to allow for a thorough investigation and the safe and respectful removal of the decedent, his motorcycle, and any associated debris. Normal traffic patterns have since been restored. The crash itself remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Big Dog
Model K9 Custom
Year 2007
Type Motorcycle
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Kenneth Carson Roller, II
Age 49 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

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal Interstate 81 Motorcycle Crash

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 Investigating Fatal Interstate 81 Motorcycle Crash
DATE: May 10, 2017
CASE #: 17-010906
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 9, 2017 at approximately 11:00 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a motorcycle crash along southbound Interstate 81 at the 60.6 mile marker. Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Crash Reconstructionists have responded to the scene to investigate.

The motorcycle operator was killed in the crash. The crash itself remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Additional details will be released at the appropriate point in the investigation and pending notification of next of kin.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Public Invited to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Police Department (Reminder)

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: Public Invited to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Police Department (Reminder)
DATE: May 8, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: The Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held today, Monday, May 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. The department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

As previously released:

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.

The service this year will be held this coming Monday, May 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. The department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

The local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 is named in honor of two of the Kingsport Police Department’s Fallen Officers, Patrolman Ira H. Burgess and Patrolman John E. Mills, who were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in 1950 and 1940 respectively. Information regarding these and all of K.P.D.’s Fallen Officers can be found in the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/police-department/our-fallen-officers/

The following excerpt is shared from the website of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

“Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 150 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The following two inscriptions are found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty.”

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

www.ODMP.org

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Public Invited to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Police Department

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: Public Invited to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Police Department
DATE: May 5, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.

The service this year will be held this coming Monday, May 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. The department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

The local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 is named in honor of two of the Kingsport Police Department’s Fallen Officers, Patrolman Ira H. Burgess and Patrolman John E. Mills, who were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in 1950 and 1940 respectively. Information regarding these and all of K.P.D.’s Fallen Officers can be found in the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/police-department/our-fallen-officers/

The following excerpt is shared from the website of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

“Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 150 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The following two inscriptions are found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty.”

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

www.ODMP.org

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Home Invader Incarcerated After Female Victim Gets The Better of Him

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: Home Invader Incarcerated After Female Victim Gets The Better of Him
DATE: May 1, 2017
CASE #: 17-009936
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 29, 2017 at approximately 9:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to 3927 Bond Drive in Kingsport in reference to a report of a home invasion that had apparently gone horribly wrong for the suspect. The subsequent investigation revealed the following:

The female resident (52 year old white female adult) answered a knock at her door to find a woman holding a flyer about a lost dog. As soon as she opened the door, a masked man stepped into the doorway, grabbed her arm, and attempted to pull her outside. When this initial assault proved unsuccessful, the masked man pushed the resident back inside the home and shouted, “This is a robbery!”

A struggle ensued, during which time the victim was able to partially remove the mask from the suspect’s face. In doing so, she immediately recognized the man as Joe M. Sotello, a longtime family friend. She also noticed what appeared to be a handgun tucked in Mr. Sotello’s waistband. The victim grabbed a baseball bat from behind the door and fought back in clearly justifiable self-defense.

Two teenage witnesses (both 18 year old white female adults) were in the residence at the time and joined in clearly justifiable third-party defense of the victim. Together, the three women physically drove Mr. Sotello out of the house and onto the front lawn. The woman who had been holding the flyer (later determined to be Mr. Sotello’s girlfriend) fled to a silver Honda. Mr. Sotello attempted to get into the car with her; however, he could not escape the three women who continued to get the better of him.

His girlfriend fled the scene in the vehicle, while Mr. Sotello was eventually able to escape and flee on foot. While still on scene, officers received new information that Mr. Sotello had surfaced at the residence of one of the victim’s relatives, located in the 200 block of Archdale Drive. Another fight had erupted there, with the relative ultimately detaining Mr. Sotello until police arrival.

After initially declining medical treatment, Mr. Sotello was arrested for 1) Aggravated Robbery and 2) Aggravated Burglary and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. Due to injuries inflicted upon him during the commission of his crime, and out of an abundance of caution, he was later taken to a local hospital for medical clearance before being incarcerated back in the Kingsport City Jail.

After giving several false statements regarding the incident and his whereabouts, Mr. Sotello eventually confessed to his crime, stating that he “had been going through some hard times.” His girlfriend came to the Justice Center on her own volition and confessed that her limited involvement in this incident had been done out of fear of Mr. Sotello and that she had no idea what he actually had planned to do. At this time she has not been charged.

Mr. Sotello has since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville where he remains confined, pending arraignment, in lieu of a $35,000 bond as specified by the presiding magistrate.

As an interesting side note, the victim was, at only 4 feet 11 inches tall, one entire foot shorter than her attacker and weighed nearly 100 pounds less than her him. At 52 years old, she was also 18 years older than him. Yet, despite being at a clear physical disadvantage, she successfully defended herself and her home from Mr. Sotello’s unprovoked attack.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Joe M. Sotello
Age Date of Birth 11/13/1982

34 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 3212 Hillview Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Robbery

2) Aggravated Burglary

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Man Arrested for Aggravated Stalking after Lewdly Targeting Teenage Female Students in School Parking Lot

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 Arrested for Aggravated Stalking after Lewdly Targeting Teenage Female Students in School Parking Lot
DATE: April 28, 2017
CASE #: 17-006054 (March 16 Incident)

17-009593 (April 26 Incident)

17-009770 (April 28 Incident)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
A 44 year old man is behind bars after apparently masturbating in view of two teenage girls in a school parking lot and then returning to the scene to stalk one of them two days later. The facts of the case are as follows:

On April 26, 2017, at approximately 6:45 AM, an 18 year old female student arrived at Dobyns-Bennett High School, located at 1 Tribe Way in Kingsport. When she arrived, she noticed a blue Jeep, occupied by a white male adult, already parked in the lot. She remained in her car working on her homework until her friend (17 year old female student) arrived and got into the car with her.

A few minutes later, the Jeep moved to just a few spaces away from them. They observed the man to be making movements inside the vehicle that were clearly consistent with the act of masturbation. They said that there was no question in their minds what he was doing. They said that he continued this physically offensive activity even after he clearly realized that they had noticed him.

He eventually drove off. The girls attempted to get the license plate number of the Jeep and promptly reported the incident to their K.P.D. School Resource Officer, who conducted an initial investigation. As it turned out, they misread one digit of the plate number, so neither the suspect nor his vehicle were able to be immediately identified or located.

Two days later, on April 28, 2017, the same 18 year old girl arrived at school and noticed the same Jeep, occupied by the same white male adult, parked in her usual parking space. She drove behind the Jeep and made careful note of the plate number, realizing that she had misread one of the digits during the earlier incident. The Jeep began following her car in the parking lot.

She became terrified and intimidated and immediately called 9-1-1. She drove to the front of the school before the man ceased following her and eventually left the parking lot. When police arrived, she was visibly shaken, obviously uncomfortable, and extremely upset.

The corrected tag number that she provided (Tennessee registration 1E7-5A3), was registered to a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee, owned by Steven R. Blakley. Upon being shown a photo array containing a prior jail booking photo of Mr. Blakley, she was able to positively identify him as the suspect in question.

Officers responded to the address on the registration, 818 Oak Street, Apartment #306, and spoke with Mr. Blakley’s mother, who informed them that he had just gotten married and that his new bride lived at Model City Apartments, located at 1000 Stonegate Road. The Jeep was soon located parked outside of the Model City Apartments “P” building, with Mr. Blakley being located inside apartment P-15.

He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. He was charged with 1) Aggravated Stalking (a Class E felony) and 2) Disorderly Conduct. He remains incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond as specified by the presiding judge or magistrate.

A similar incident in the Dobyns-Bennett High School parking lot, involving a suspect and vehicle closely matching this same description, was reported on March 16, 2017. The victim in that instance was a different student (16 year old female). That case remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division with the possibility of additional charges pending.

Both Mr. Blakley’s booking photo and photographs of his vehicle are included in this release as a public service. Based on the predatory nature of these crimes and his apparent preferred target audience, parents are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves and their children with these photographs.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Steven R. Blakley
Age Date of Birth 11/15/1972

44 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 818 Oak Street, Apartment #306

Kingsport, TN

Or

1000 Stonegate Road

Model City Apartments # P-15

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Stalking

2) Disorderly Conduct

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Hope Citizens Can Help Identify Clandestine Burglar

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: Detectives Hope Citizens Can Help Identify Clandestine Burglar
DATE: April 26, 2017
CASE #: 17-008728
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 17, 2017 the Kingsport Police Department was alerted to a series of burglaries to Studio 6 Women’s Boutique, located at 1880 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Over the previous week, an unidentified suspect had unlawfully entered the business on multiple occasions, outside of regular business hours, and surreptitiously stolen cash from various sources to include the cash drawer, their prepared deposits, and petty cash.

$91 was stolen on April 11, $50 was stolen on April 12, $140 was stolen on April 14, and $15 was stolen on April 17. The suspect appears to be somewhat familiar with the layout of the store, standard business practices, and the location of at least some of the security cameras. Since the discovery of these crimes, new security procedures have been implemented.

As there was no sign of forced entry in any of the above instances, and the doors were found to be locked after the crimes, it is believed that the burglar has somehow been able to obtain a key; however, none of the current employees recognized him from surveillance video. The locks have since been changed.

A photograph of the suspect, taken from store surveillance video footage, has been included in this release. He appears to be a white male adult, with a beard, in his late 20s to early 30s. At the time this particular image was captured, he was wearing what appeared to be khaki work-type pants, a pull over long-sleeved fleece shirt, and a ball cap.

Anyone who recognizes him or who may have any additional information to assist with this investigation 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