Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Suspect’s Identity Released in Attempted Murder Investigation
Date of Release September 10, 2013
Date & Time of Incident September 1, 2013

Approximately 3:15 PM

Location of Incident 1338 Holyoke Street

Kingsport, TN

Victim Carolyn Morris

White/Female

64 Years of Age

Injuries Multiple Lacerations to Neck and Arm

Suspect Information

Name Michael D. Ford II
Date of Birth/Age 8/12/1975

38 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Last Known Address 304 Kincaid Street

Kingsport, TN

Height 6’1”
Weight Approximately 175 lbs.
Build Slim
Hair Red
Eyes Hazel
Facial Hair Goatee
Weapon(s) Used Knife
Vehicle Information Older model two door hatchback

Red in color

General Narrative

A suspect has been identified in the Holyoke Street attempted murder investigation.

As previously released, on September 1, 2013 at approximately 3:15 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to 1338 Holyoke Street in Kingsport in reference to a stabbing incident.

A subsequent investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division has revealed the following:

The suspect, Michael D. Ford II, went to this residence and asked the victim, Carolyn Morris, to borrow some money for gas. Mr. Ford and Ms. Morris were acquaintances, so she invited him in and gave him a small amount of money.

Mr. Ford became enraged by the small amount and demanded that Ms. Morris give him all of her money. Ms. Morris attempted to leave the residence; however, Mr. Ford closed the door and prevented her exit. When Ms. Morris attempted to escape through the rear of the house via the kitchen, Mr. Ford produced a knife and stabbed her several times in the neck and arm. Ms. Morris suffered from multiple lacerations and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment.

Michael D. Ford II is wanted by the Kingsport Police Department on the following charges:

1) Attempted First Degree Murder

2) Especially Aggravated Kidnapping

3) Especially Aggravated Robbery

Mr. Ford was last known to reside with his mother at 304 Kincaid Street in Kingsport, and he is believed to drive an older model two-door hatchback that is red in color.

This individual should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Mr. Ford is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Event Information

Type of Event K.P.D. Receives Awards at Tennessee Lifesavers Conference
Name of Event Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office Law Enforcement Challenge
Date of Event September 4-6, 2013
Location of Event Murfreesboro, Tennessee

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department was presented with two Traffic Safety awards at the 26th annual Tennessee Lifesavers Conference.

Each year, the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office sponsors the Law Enforcement Challenge, a program that recognizes innovations in Traffic Safety. This was the 9th year of this competition. The Kingsport Police Department has participated in the Law Enforcement Challenge from its inception, and throughout the years has won various awards in Traffic Safety. Each participating agency must submit their programs, data, training records, and statistics from the previous calendar year, documenting the effectiveness of each of the programs in the area of traffic safety. Representatives from the International Association of Chiefs of Police judge the materials and then make their recommendations to the State Governors Highway Safety Office.

The results of the Law Enforcement Challenge are announced each year at the Tennessee Lifesavers Conference. This year’s 26th annual conference was held September 4-6 in Murfreesboro, TN. While the Law Enforcement Challenge is a nationwide competition, the State of Tennessee led the Nation this year in the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the program. For 2012, the Kingsport Police Department once again participated in the Law Enforcement Challenge. In the category of 101-200 Police Officers the Franklin Police Department won 1st place, the Kingsport Police Department 2nd Place, and the Johnson City Police Department 3rd Place.

Additionally each agency can make submissions in special categories such as DUI Enforcement, Speed Enforcement & Awareness, Occupant Protection, Child Passenger Safety, and Motorcycle Safety. Detective Terry Christian heads the Kingsport Police Department’s Child Passenger Safety section, and due to her diligent work, the Kingsport Police Department took top honors in the State for Child Passenger Safety.

Since 2005 the Kingsport Police Department has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd each year in the Law Enforcement Challenge. In 2005 K.P.D. won a fully equipped police cruiser at no cost and over the years has won numerous items including radar units, flashlights, video cameras, etc. for law enforcement use.

For additional information, please contact:

Sgt. Joe Earles

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

423-224-2750

JoeEarles@KingsportTN.gov

or

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Sgt. Joe Earles

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Detectives Seeking Information in Road Rage Incident
Date & Time September 6, 2013

Approximately 8:45 PM

Location of Incident North Eastman Road near Spring Street

Suspect #1 Information

Name Unknown
Date of Birth/Age Unknown
Race/Sex White/Male

Suspect #2 Information

Name Unknown
Date of Birth/Age Unknown
Race/Sex White/Male

Vehicle #1 Information

Make Unknown
Model Unknown
Year Unknown
Vehicle Type Sport/Racing Style Motorcycle
Color Black with Green Flames

Vehicle #2 Information

Make Unknown
Model Unknown
Year Unknown
Vehicle Type Sport/Racing Style Motorcycle
Color Bright Yellow

General Narrative

Kingsport Police Detectives are seeking suspect information in a road rage incident that resulted initially in an incident of vandalism and ultimately in a hit and run crash.

On September 6, 2013 at approximately 8:45 PM, an individual was traveling southbound in the inside lane of North Eastman Road near Spring Street (in the vicinity of the Chop House restaurant) in his Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle.

He reported to K.P.D. that the following occurred:

Two motorcycles approached him from the rear and raced past him in the center turn lane. The motorcycles were described as sport/racing style bikes, one painted black with green flames and the other painted bright yellow.

Shocked at their recklessness, he instinctively stuck his hand out of the window in an attempt to gesture that he could not believe what they had just done. He continued on at his current pace; however, the motorcyclists slowed down in a deliberate attempt to allow him to catch back up with them.

Both motorcycles pulled alongside his vehicle. The rider of the black and green motorcycle reached out and punched the driver’s side rearview mirror of the S.U.V., causing both the glass and the plastic housing to shatter.

When the rider punched the mirror, he lost control of his bike. The bike swerved into the door of the S.U.V. and then overturned. The motorcycle ricocheted off the front wheel of the S.U.V. sending the bike sliding across the roadway into the yellow motorcycle which was travelling beside it. The yellow bike also overturned and slid across the roadway.

The driver of the S.U.V. immediately stopped and went back to check on the two motorcyclists. He observed the rider of the yellow bike get back on his motorcycle and ride away. He observed the rider of the black and green bike push his motorcycle into the parking lot of the Chop House restaurant, but he eventually lost sight of him.

Several officers canvassed the area but were unable to locate either of the two motorcycles or riders.

Shortly before the crash, Kingsport Central Dispatch had received a citizen complaint and issued an alert of motorcycles matching these descriptions travelling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic.

A K.P.D. Patrol Officer actually observed the bikes traveling recklessly on East Stone Drive just prior to the incident. At the time of this observation the yellow bike was riding a wheelie at 60 miles per hour in a 45 mph speed zone. The Patrol Officer was unable to even attempt a traffic stop on the motorcyclists due to heavy traffic volume and their high rate of speed.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information as to the identity of the cyclists or the whereabouts of their motorcycles is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Event Information

Type of Event K.P.D. to Conduct D.U.I. Sobriety Checkpoint
Date & Time of Event Saturday, September 14, 2013

11:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Location of Event Undisclosed Location

Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department announces an upcoming D.U.I. Sobriety Checkpoint.

In an effort to reduce impaired driving and subsequent traffic crashes, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a D.U.I. Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

For additional information, please contact:

Sgt. Joe Earles

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

423-224-2750

JoeEarles@KingsportTN.gov

or

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Sgt. Joe Earles

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Event Information

Type of Event Openings Still Available in Upcoming K.P.D. Citizens Police Academy
Date of Release September 6, 2013

Details

Event Citizens Police Academy
Registration Deadline Friday, September 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Academy Begins Monday, October 7, 2013
Academy Ends Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Academy Graduation Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the B.M.A. Meeting
Number of Classes Eight (8)
Academy Classes Meet 2 Nights a Week for Four Consecutive Weeks

Monday and Tuesday Evenings at 6:00 PM

Each Class Duration 2 to 3 Hours

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department still has openings available in the upcoming class of the highly acclaimed Citizens Police Academy; however, the deadline to apply is rapidly approaching.

K.P.D.’s Citizens Academy is open to individuals 18 years of age or older who either reside or work within the city limits. The Academy is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 7, 2013. Classes will meet twice each week on Monday and Tuesday evenings for four consecutive weeks at 6:00 PM, with the final class being held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Each class will last approximately two to three hours.

The Citizens Academy is not designed to prepare citizens to become police officers; however, it will give citizens a chance to walk a few steps in an officer’s shoes to get the feel of what it might be like to serve as a police officer and to better understand why officers do what they do. Citizens Academy classes include a mixture of classroom presentations, demonstrations, and hands on activities.

Class topics include:

1) Introduction to K.P.D., Justice Center Tour

2) Collision and D.U.I. investigations

3) Crime Scene Investigations

4) E.O.D. (Explosive Ordinance Disposal)

5) The Police K-9

6) Traffic Stops and Building Searches

7) Defensive Tactics and the Use of Force

8) S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)

The deadline to submit an application will be Friday, September 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Anyone interested in participating in the Citizens Academy needs to submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have previously submitted an application.

For more information and to download an application, visit the department’s website at www.Police.KingsportTN.gov and click on the Citizens Academy tab.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Driver Arrested in Single Vehicle Crash with Multiple Injuries
Date & Time September 4, 2013

Approximately 11:00 AM

Location of Incident Mullins Street at Intersection with Lynn Garden Drive

Driver/Suspect Information

Name Andrew E. Johnson
Date of Birth/Age 6/21/1987

26 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 120 Mullins Street

Kingsport, TN

Charges 1) Driving on Suspended License

2) Violation of Minimum Brake Requirements

3) Violation of Seatbelt Law as Driver

4) Violation of Child Restraint Law (3 Counts)

5) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance)

Vehicle Information

Make Ford
Model Explorer
Year 1996
Color Maroon
Damage Heavy

General Narrative

A man has been arrested after crashing his sport utility vehicle on Lynn Garden Drive.

On September 4, 2013 at approximately 11:00 AM, Kingsport Police Traffic Unit Officer Dustin Jackson responded to a single vehicle crash on Mullins Street at the intersection of Lynn Garden Drive. His investigation revealed the following:

A 1996 maroon Ford Explorer was travelling westbound on Mullins Street down a grade toward Lynn Garden Drive. The vehicle was driven by Andrew Johnson and occupied by his wife and four children. By Mr. Johnson’s own admission and confirmed by Officer Jackson’s inspection, the vehicle had defective brakes.

When Mr. Johnson applied the brakes in an attempt to stop at the intersection with Lynn Garden Drive, the brakes failed and the vehicle continued onto Lynn Garden Drive. Mr. Johnson’s vehicle crossed all five lanes (four travel lanes and the center turn lane) and struck the curb on the opposite side of Lynn Garden Drive.

The Explorer overrode the curb, and made a sharp right turn onto Glen Avenue, causing the vehicle to flip onto its top into a fence at 1220 Lynn Garden Drive.

Mr. Johnson’s wife and one of his children were wearing seatbelts; however, neither Mr. Johnson nor any of the other three children were properly restrained. All six occupants of the vehicle received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center Emergency Room by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment.

After Mr. Johnson was treated for a laceration on his forehead, he was arrested and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. He was charged with:

1) Driving on Suspended License

2) Violation of Minimum Brake Requirements

3) Violation of Seatbelt Law as Driver

4) Violation of Child Restraint Law (3 Counts)

5) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance)

Mr. Johnson’s wife and children were treated for their injuries and released. Through a donation program, Holston Valley Medical Center was able to furnish the Johnson’s with appropriate child passenger safety seats for each child to ensure compliance with the law and help keep the children safer in the future.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Fatal Accident Involving a Child
Date & Time September 3, 2013

Approximately 4:05 PM

Location of Incident 513 Rogan Street

Kingsport, TN

Victim Information

Name Withheld
Age 4 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Injuries Fatal

Vehicle Information

Make Unknown
Model Unknown
Year Unknown
Vehicle Type All Terrain Vehicle (ATV)/4 Wheeler
Color Green

General Narrative

A four year old child has died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident involving an ATV.

On September 3, 2013 at approximately 4:05 PM, a 4 year old child was playing in the yard of 513 Rogan Street in Kingsport. The child was playing with and around an all terrain vehicle (ATV)/4 wheeler that was parked in the yard at the crest of a hill.

Apparently the child pushed and pulled the ATV and dislodged it from its resting point. While the child was in front of the ATV it began to descend down the slope toward the house below. The ATV pinned the child against the house. The child received fatal injuries in the accident.

At the time of the accident, the engine was not running, nor was the key in the ignition of the ATV.

The investigation is ongoing by both the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division and Traffic Unit, but currently no charges have been placed.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Attempted Murder
Date & Time 09-01-2013/3:13 pm
Location of Incident 1338 Holyoke St.
Victim Withheld at this time due to ongoing investigation
Injuries Multiple lacerations

Suspect Information (ID if arrested or describe if not arrested)

Name Withheld due to ongoing investigation
Date of Birth/Age
Race/Sex
Address
Weapon(s) Used
Vehicle Information
Other Identifying Information

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General Narrative(Insert in box below)

On 09-01-13, officers of the Kingsport Police Dept. responded to 1338 Holyoke St. in reference to a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and located the victim who had suffered from multiple lacerations. The victim was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment. The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.
Releasing Officer Det. Sgt. Chris Tincher
Supervisor Det. Lt. Sean Chambers