KPD e-News Release: Driver with Revoked License Flees After Giving ID Card to Officer

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: Driver with Revoked License Flees After Giving ID Card to Officer
DATE: January 27, 2017
CASE #: 17-001965
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 26, 2017 at approximately 11:30 PM, a Kingsport Police Patrol Sergeant was eastbound on East Stone Drive near Arbutus Avenue, when he observed a vehicle, with headlights on high beam, approaching from the opposite direction, effectively blinding the officer as well as other motorists in the vicinity. The driver never dimmed the headlights and eventually passed the officer.

The officer turned his cruiser around and initiated a traffic stop so that he could address this safety infraction with the driver. Despite a clear display of emergency signal devices including flashing blue lights and audible siren, the driver failed to stop. The vehicle continued a significant distance along East Stone Drive, turned right on Gibson Mill Road, and eventually pulled over near the intersection of Bloomingdale Pike.

As the officer approached the driver’s side of the vehicle on foot, a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper arrived on scene as backup and approached the passenger’s side. When asked why he failed to stop, the driver replied that he was looking for a safe place to stop. When asked for his driver license, the driver stated that it was revoked. He was, however, kind enough to hand over his Tennessee ID Card, positively identifying himself as Donald Wayne Pickle, III.

The ID Card was clearly emblazoned with the text in bright red bold print: “IDENTIFICATION ONLY” and “NOT VALID FOR OPERATION OF ANY TYPE OF VEHICLE.” A check of his driving history revealed that he had three prior arrests for Driving on a Revoked License. The officer asked Mr. Pickle to step out of the vehicle; however, Mr. Pickle chose instead to throw the car in gear and speed away, nearly striking the THP Trooper in the process.

Mr. Pickle turned right on Bloomingdale Pike and drove about a quarter of a mile before pulling over again and fleeing on foot. The officers searched the immediate area; however, Mr. Pickle was able to at least temporarily evade capture. Upon searching his vehicle prior to towing it, the officer located two open, but still ice cold, Busch beers between the two front seats. One was nearly empty, while the other was still mostly full.

A warrant has been obtained charging Mr. Pickle with 1) Aggravated Assault, 2) Felony Reckless Endangerment, 3) Felony Evading Arrest, 4) Driving on a Revoked License (4th Offense), 5) Driver in Possession of Open Alcohol, and 6) Violation of Light Law. Mr. Pickle is described as a 36 year old white male adult. He is mostly bald with hazel eyes and a stubbly mustache and beard. He stands approximately 5 feet 11 inches in height, weighs roughly 200 pounds, and is of average build.

A snapshot of his ID Card, complete with a recent photograph, is included in this release. He is currently wanted and still at large. Anyone who can provide any information regarding his present whereabouts is asked to contact 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

WANTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Donald Wayne Pickle, III
Age Date of Birth 2/18/1980

36 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Hair/

Eyes/

Facial Hair

Mostly Bald

Hazel

Stubbly Mustache and Beard

Height/

Weight/

Build

5 feet 11 inches

200 pounds

Average Build

Residency 363 Samlola Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Assault

2) Felony Reckless Endangerment

3) Felony Evading Arrest

4) Driving on Revoked License (4th Offense)

5) Driver in Possession of Open Alcohol

6) Violation of Light Law

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Woman Previously Reported Missing Has Been 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: Woman Previously Reported Missing Has Been Located Safe and Sound
DATE: January 25, 2017
CASE #: 17-001402
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Taylor Dawn Powell was located safe and sound at an apartment complex in the Downtown Kingsport area. She has since been removed from N.C.I.C. and is no longer considered missing or endangered.

As previously released:

On the afternoon of January 20, 2017, Taylor Dawn Powell was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department by her mother. Ms. Powell was last seen five days ago on the evening of January 15, 2017 at her mother’s house, located in the 300 block of Carver Street in Kingsport. She left with an unknown acquaintance traveling in a red Jeep.

Her mother indicated that it is out of character for her to stay out of touch for this long. Ms. Powell is currently homeless, but is known to frequent the Downtown Kingsport area. Due to some undisclosed personal information relayed to the Kingsport Police Department, there is reason to be concerned for her general welfare and overall safety.

Ms. Powell is described as a 22 year old white female adult. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 4 inches in heights and weighs roughly 120 pounds. A recent photography is included in this release.

She has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (N.C.I.C.) database as a missing endangered person. Anyone who has any information regarding 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 PERSON INFORMATION
Name Taylor Dawn Powell
Age 22 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Hair/

Eyes

Blonde Hair

Blue Eyes

Height/

Weight

5 feet 4 inches

120 pounds

Residency Currently Homeless but Frequents the Downtown Kingsport Area

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Man Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Saturday Night Shooting (Reissued with Correction)

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 Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Saturday Night Shooting(Reissued with Correction)
DATE: January 25, 2017
CASE #: 17-001524 (Crash Report)

17-001525 (Jackson Street Incident)

17-001526 (Bloomindale Pike Incident)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
A typographical error has been corrected. The actual date of Mr. Cheatham’s death was Monday, January 23, 2017. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

As previously released:

The man critically injured in Saturday night’s shooting incident has died. Following is an updated and supplemented news release documenting the current status of the investigation. While many details remain unchanged, there are additional pieces of information scattered throughout the narrative, to include the identity of the decedent and a plea for witnesses to come forward.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 at approximately 11:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch received virtually simultaneous notifications of two major incidents in close proximity to one another within the City of Kingsport.

An incident involving shots fired was reported at Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments, located at 124 Bloomingdale Pike. Seconds later, a serious motor vehicle crash was reported less than a mile away in the 500 block of Jackson Street near the intersection of West Stone Drive. Officers from the Kingsport Police Patrol Division rushed to the scenes of both incidents.

Responding officers were almost immediately able to determine that the two incidents were connected. Due to the serious nature of their initial findings, Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division along with Crash and Crime Scene Reconstructionists from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit were called in to investigate. Their resultant inquiry revealed the following:

A black male adult suspect, initially only identified by the nickname “Chop,” and another black male adult, later identified as Kc Cheatham, were both at Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments. At some point shots were fired, which resulted in Mr. Cheatham fleeing the complex in a gray Ford Focus with “Chop” giving chase in a white Chevrolet Impala.

The vehicles traveled along Bloomingdale Pike and made a right turn to westbound West Stone Drive. Detectives have reason to believe that additional shots were fired along the way while the vehicles were in motion. The Ford occupied by Mr. Cheatham suddenly swerved off of Stone Drive, entered a yard in the 500 block of Jackson Street, and collided with a tree. The Chevrolet occupied by “Chop” fled the scene.

Responding officers found Mr. Cheatham lying on the ground next to the Ford Focus. He was bleeding from the head from what was later determined to be a gunshot wound. Sullivan County E.M.S. responded and transported him to Holston Valley Medical Center for emergency medical treatment. He was initially listed in critical condition with serious life-threatening injuries.

The investigation continued non-stop throughout the remainder of the night and into the following morning. Detectives developed probable cause to believe that “Chop” had fired the shot that struck Mr. Cheatham. On Sunday, January 22, 2017 at approximately 8:00 AM “Chop” was tracked down and taken into custody without incident in the Midfield area of Kingsport.

He was still traveling in the same white Chevrolet Impala from the earlier incident. At the time of his arrest, “Chop” was positively identified as James L. Powell, III. Mr. Powell was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and incarcerated within the Kingsport City Jail. He was arraigned the following morning, and has since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where he remains confined with no current eligibility for bond.

On Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:18 PM, Mr. Cheatham died at Holston Valley Medical Center after succumbing to his injuries.

While the specific motivators that spurred the altercation will not be disclosed, there is sufficient evidence to believe that this event was indeed drug-related. This incident continues to be thoroughly examined by both the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Traffic Unit.

Detectives are still attempting to identify and track down any and all potential witnesses to this incident. Anyone who observed or has any additional information regarding any portion of this incident including: 1) the initial shooting at the apartment complex, 2) any point while the vehicles were in motion along West Stone Drive between Bloomingdale Pike and Jackson Street, 3) the actual crash on Jackson Street, or 4) the aftermath following the crash prior to police arrival, is asked to promptly contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429.

As this remains an open and extremely active investigation, and in the interest of an untainted future prosecution, no additional details will be released at this time.

DECEDENT INFORMATION
Name Kc Cheatham
Age 27 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Toledo, Ohio
Injuries Fatal
SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name James L. Powell, III

Alias “Chop”

Age Date of Birth 8/17/1988

28 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 1245 Buckingham Street

Toledo, Ohio

Charge(s) Attempted First Degree Murder

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Man Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Saturday Night Shooting

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 Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Saturday Night Shooting
DATE: January 25, 2017
CASE #: 17-001524 (Crash Report)

17-001525 (Jackson Street Incident)

17-001526 (Bloomindale Pike Incident)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
The man critically injured in Saturday night’s shooting incident has died. Following is an updated and supplemented news release documenting the current status of the investigation. While many details remain unchanged, there are additional pieces of information scattered throughout the narrative, to include the identity of the decedent and a plea for witnesses to come forward.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 at approximately 11:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch received virtually simultaneous notifications of two major incidents in close proximity to one another within the City of Kingsport.

An incident involving shots fired was reported at Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments, located at 124 Bloomingdale Pike. Seconds later, a serious motor vehicle crash was reported less than a mile away in the 500 block of Jackson Street near the intersection of West Stone Drive. Officers from the Kingsport Police Patrol Division rushed to the scenes of both incidents.

Responding officers were almost immediately able to determine that the two incidents were connected. Due to the serious nature of their initial findings, Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division along with Crash and Crime Scene Reconstructionists from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit were called in to investigate. Their resultant inquiry revealed the following:

A black male adult suspect, initially only identified by the nickname “Chop,” and another black male adult, later identified as Kc Cheatham, were both at Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments. At some point shots were fired, which resulted in Mr. Cheatham fleeing the complex in a gray Ford Focus with “Chop” giving chase in a white Chevrolet Impala.

The vehicles traveled along Bloomingdale Pike and made a right turn to westbound West Stone Drive. Detectives have reason to believe that additional shots were fired along the way while the vehicles were in motion. The Ford occupied by Mr. Cheatham suddenly swerved off of Stone Drive, entered a yard in the 500 block of Jackson Street, and collided with a tree. The Chevrolet occupied by “Chop” fled the scene.

Responding officers found Mr. Cheatham lying on the ground next to the Ford Focus. He was bleeding from the head from what was later determined to be a gunshot wound. Sullivan County E.M.S. responded and transported him to Holston Valley Medical Center for emergency medical treatment. He was initially listed in critical condition with serious life-threatening injuries.

The investigation continued non-stop throughout the remainder of the night and into the following morning. Detectives developed probable cause to believe that “Chop” had fired the shot that struck Mr. Cheatham. On Sunday, January 22, 2017 at approximately 8:00 AM “Chop” was tracked down and taken into custody without incident in the Midfield area of Kingsport.

He was still traveling in the same white Chevrolet Impala from the earlier incident. At the time of his arrest, “Chop” was positively identified as James L. Powell, III. Mr. Powell was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and incarcerated within the Kingsport City Jail. He was arraigned the following morning, and has since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where he remains confined with no current eligibility for bond.

On Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:18 PM, Mr. Cheatham died at Holston Valley Medical Center after succumbing to his injuries.

While the specific motivators that spurred the altercation will not be disclosed, there is sufficient evidence to believe that this event was indeed drug-related. This incident continues to be thoroughly examined by both the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Traffic Unit.

Detectives are still attempting to identify and track down any and all potential witnesses to this incident. Anyone who observed or has any additional information regarding any portion of this incident including: 1) the initial shooting at the apartment complex, 2) any point while the vehicles were in motion along West Stone Drive between Bloomingdale Pike and Jackson Street, 3) the actual crash on Jackson Street, or 4) the aftermath following the crash prior to police arrival, is asked to promptly contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429.

As this remains an open and extremely active investigation, and in the interest of an untainted future prosecution, no additional details will be released at this time.

DECEDENT INFORMATION
Name Kc Cheatham
Age 27 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Toledo, Ohio
Injuries Fatal
SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name James L. Powell, III

Alias “Chop”

Age Date of Birth 8/17/1988

28 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 1245 Buckingham Street

Toledo, Ohio

Charge(s) Attempted First Degree Murder

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Charged and Jailed in Saturday Night Shooting Incident

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: Suspect Charged and Jailed in Saturday Night Shooting Incident
DATE: January 22, 2017
CASE #: 17-001525 (Jackson Street)

17-001526 (Bloomindale Road)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 at approximately 11:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch received virtually simultaneous notifications of two major incidents in close proximity to one another within the City of Kingsport.

An incident involving shots fired was reported at Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments, located at 124 Bloomingdale Road. Seconds later, a serious motor vehicle crash was reported less than a mile away in the 500 block of Jackson Street near the intersection of West Stone Drive. Officers from the Kingsport Police Patrol Division rushed to the scenes of both incidents.

Responding officers were almost immediately able to determine that the two incidents were connected. Due to the serious nature of their initial findings, Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division along with Crash and Crime Scene Reconstructionists from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit were called in to investigate. Their resultant inquiry revealed the following:

A black male adult suspect, initially only identified by the nickname “Chop,” and a black male adult victim, who will not be publicly identified at this time, were both at Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments. At some point shots were fired, which resulted in the victim fleeing the complex in a gray Ford Focus with “Chop” giving chase in a white Chevrolet Impala.

The vehicles traveled along Bloomingdale Road and made a right turn to westbound West Stone Drive. Detectives have reason to believe that additional shots were fired along the way while the vehicles were in motion. The Ford occupied by the victim suddenly swerved off of Stone Drive, entered a yard in the 500 block of Jackson Street, and collided with a tree. The Chevrolet occupied by the suspect fled the scene.

Responding officers found the victim lying on the ground next to the Ford Focus. He was bleeding from the head from what was later determined to be a gunshot wound. Sullivan County E.M.S. responded and transported the victim to a local medical facility for emergency medical treatment. At the time of this news release, he remains hospitalized in critical condition with serious life-threatening injuries.

The investigation continued non-stop throughout the remainder of the night and into the following morning. Detectives developed probable cause to positively determine that “Chop” had fired the shot that struck the victim. On Sunday, January 22, 2017 at approximately 8:00 AM “Chop” was tracked down and taken into custody without incident in the Midfield area of Kingsport.

He was still traveling in the same white Chevrolet Impala from the earlier incident. At the time of his arrest, “Chop” was positively identified as James L. Powell, III. Mr. Powell was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and incarcerated within the Kingsport City Jail. He remains confined, pending arraignment, with no current eligibility for bond.

While the specific motivators that spurred the altercation will not be disclosed, there is sufficient evidence to believe that this event was indeed drug-related. This incident continues to be thoroughly examined by both the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Traffic Unit. As this remains an open and very active investigation, and in the interest of an untainted future prosecution, no additional details will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name James L. Powell, III

Alias “Chop”

Age Date of Birth 8/17/1988

28 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 1245 Buckingham Street

Toledo, Ohio

Charge(s) Attempted First Degree Murder

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Department Investigating Two Simultaneously Reported Major Incidents

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 Department Investigating Two Simultaneously Reported Major Incidents
DATE: January 22, 2017
CASE #: 17-001525 (Jackson Street)

17-001526 (Bloomindale Road)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 21, 2017 at approximately 11:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch received virtually simultaneous notifications of two major incidents in close proximity to one another within the City of Kingsport.

An incident involving shots fired was reported at Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments, located at 124 Bloomingdale Road. Seconds later, a serious motor vehicle crash was reported less than a mile away in the 500 block of Jackson Street near the intersection of West Stone Drive.

Both of these incidents are currently being thoroughly examined by both the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Traffic Unit, who are looking into the distinct possibility that the two incidents may be connected.

As these remain open and very active investigations, no additional details will be released at this time; however, an update will be released at an appropriate point as matters unfold and the puzzle is pieced together.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Potentially Endangered Missing 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 Attempting to Locate Potentially Endangered Missing Woman
DATE: January 20, 2017
CASE #: 17-001402
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of January 20, 2017, Taylor Dawn Powell was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department by her mother. Ms. Powell was last seen five days ago on the evening of January 15, 2017 at her mother’s house, located in the 300 block of Carver Street in Kingsport. She left with an unknown acquaintance traveling in a red Jeep.

Her mother indicated that it is out of character for her to stay out of touch for this long. Ms. Powell is currently homeless, but is known to frequent the Downtown Kingsport area. Due to some undisclosed personal information relayed to the Kingsport Police Department, there is reason to be concerned for her general welfare and overall safety.

Ms. Powell is described as a 22 year old white female adult. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 4 inches in heights and weighs roughly 120 pounds. A recent photograph is included in this release.

She has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (N.C.I.C.) database as a missing endangered person. Anyone who has any information regarding 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 PERSON INFORMATION
Name Taylor Dawn Powell
Age 22 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Hair/

Eyes

Blonde Hair

Blue Eyes

Height/

Weight

5 feet 4 inches

120 pounds

Residency Currently Homeless but Frequents the Downtown Kingsport Area

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit