Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Man Arrested After Stabbing Friend While He Slept
Date & Time January 31, 2014

Approximately 10:30 AM

Location of Incident 2182 Steadman Street

Kingsport, TN

Victim Stevie Strong

White/Male

56 Years of Age

Injuries Multiple Stab Wounds

Critical Injuries

Suspect Information

Name Daniel Franklin Dalton
Date of Birth/Age 1/26/1961

53 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address(es) 2182 Steadman Street

Kingsport, TN

and

4174 Carters Valley Road

Church Hill, TN

Weapon(s) Used Folding Lockback Knife
Charge Attempted 1st Degree Murder

General Narrative

A man has been arrested after trying to kill his friend while he slept.

On January 31, 2014 at approximately 10:30 AM, Kingsport Police Detectives and Patrol Officers responded to 2182 Steadman Street in Kingsport in reference to a stabbing incident. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

Daniel Franklin Dalton, who lists this address as well as a Church Hill address as his residence, had been living at this location with his longtime friend, Stevie Strong. At approximately 10:30 AM, Mr. Dalton suddenly, and without provocation, went into Mr. Strong’s bedroom and stabbed him multiple times in the head and chest with a folding lockback knife.

Mr. Strong’s wife was asleep in bed next to him and awoke to find Mr. Dalton attacking her husband. Meanwhile, Mr. Strong’s daughter was in the kitchen, and upon hearing the commotion, came to investigate. Together, Mr. Strong’s wife and daughter were able to stop the assault and wrestle the knife away from Mr. Dalton.

Mr. Dalton stated that he felt the urge, so he stabbed him. He said that he wanted to do more and acknowledged wanting to kill him. Mr. Dalton and Mr. Strong were longtime friends, and there was no indication of them having any kind of altercation or disagreement that would have led to this end.

Mr. Strong received multiple stab wounds, resulting in critical injuries, and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center Emergency Room by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment.

Mr. Dalton was arrested for Attempted 1st Degree Murder and transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he will await arraignment.

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

KINGSPORT – A Kingsport Family is safe after working smoke alarms alerted them to a fire that broke out in their basement. The Kingsport Fire Department was alerted to the fire on Lawndale Cir around 9:16 am this morning, January 30, 2014. On arrival firefighters found light smoke emanating from the home and all of the occupants outside. ‚ The KFD was able to quickly extinguish the fire. The Kingsport ‚ Fire Marshals Office determined the fire started in a basement room where a wall heater came on due to the falling temperatures. Household items stored too close to the heater caught fire. The smoke alarms in the home alerted the family. ‚ The family with their pets were able to escape and call 911.

The old coil type wall heaters have an automatic thermostat that may turn on the heater even if the dial is on low, if your home is equipped with wall heaters or any other type of heating equipment follow these heating safety tips.

Heating Safety:

  • Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Almost half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-bart kid-free zone around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Equip your home with Home Fire Sprinklers.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/heating/heating-safety-tips

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ A water line break on Broad Street will interrupt water service at 415 Broad Street and 200-235 East Sullivan Street. Repairs should be complete by ‚ 2 p.m. today, January 30, 2014. Several businesses may be impacted within the service area, and all have been notified of the cause of the interruption. A map of the impacted area is pasted below.

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Kingsport Police Asking for Help in Identifying Credit Card Fraud Suspect
Date(s) of Incident Four Occasions Between January 2 and January 10, 2014
Location of Incident Lowes

2526 East Stone Drive

Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

The Kingsport Police Department is asking for help in identifying a credit card fraud suspect.

Between January 2, 2014 and January 10, 2014 an individual made four separate fraudulent transactions utilizing a stolen Lowes credit card. These purchases, which totaled nearly $500, were made at Lowes, located at 2526 East Stone Drive in Kingsport.

The suspect is a white female with dark shoulder length hair. She is of average height and medium build and appears to be in her 20s or possibly 30s.

A photo of the suspect taken from surveillance footage is included in this release. The actual video can be viewed on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/gFmK5S8Y8bQ

Anyone who can assist detectives with identifying this suspect 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:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – Due to inclement weather, road conditions, and school closings, KATS will discontinue service Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.  Please be advised the last outbound bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. In addition, if Kingsport City Schools are delayed or closed Wednesday, KATS will delay the start of routes until 9:30 a.m.

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Aquatic Center will close at 1 p.m. today, January 28, 2014, and will not reopen until 11 a.m. Wednesday due to inclement weather.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Renaissance Center and Senior Center will close at 2 p.m. today due to the weather. All meetings and/or activities scheduled in the building are also canceled.

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Drunk Driver Crashes Vehicle into Music Instruction School
Date & Time January 25, 2014

Approximately 3:40 AM

Location of Incident 3404 Memorial Boulevard

Kingsport, TN

Injuries None

Suspect Information

Name Bobby T. DePriest
Age 36 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address 4821 Frontier Drive

Kingsport, TN

Vehicle Information 2000 Land Rover Sport Utility Vehicle (White in Color)

General Narrative

K.P.D. has arrested a drunk driver who crashed his vehicle into a music instruction school.

On January 25, 2014 at approximately 3:40 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle crash on Memorial Boulevard near the Orebank Road intersection, in Kingsport. Upon arrival, their investigation revealed that a 2000 Land Rover sport utility vehicle (white in color), driven by Bobby T. DePriest, had run off the roadway, sheared off a utility pole, and struck a music instruction school, located at 3404 Memorial Boulevard.

Being literally knocked from its foundation by the impact, the building sustained what is likely irreparable damage. Fortunately, due to the hour of day, the building was unoccupied at the time of the crash.

Mr. DePriest was arrested for:

1) Driving Under the Influence

2) Driving on Suspended License

3) Failure to Maintain Proper Control of Vehicle

4) Also arrested on an outstanding unrelated Sullivan County warrant

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Detectives Investigating Armed Robbery at Gold Rush
Date & Time of Incident January 24, 2014

Approximately 7:55 PM

Location of Incident Gold Rush

733 West Stone Drive

Kingsport, TN

General Narrative

Kingsport Police Detectives are investigating an armed robbery at Gold Rush.

On January 24, 2014 at approximately 7:55 PM, Gold Rush, located at 733 West Stone Drive in Kingsport was robbed. The clerk was in the process of closing the store. He was using a broom handle to reach up and turn off the “Open” sign when the suspect entered the business.

The suspect initially ordered the clerk to get down on the floor, and he appeared to have been pretending to have a gun in his pocket. When he did not achieve the desired response, the suspect took the broom handle from the clerk and struck him with it.

The suspect then fled on foot with various jewelry items and an undisclosed sum of money. The clerk was not seriously injured; however, he did incur an abrasion on his head from the assault.

The suspect appears to be a white male, approximately 6’1” in height, with a slim build. He was wearing a two-tone black and blue jacket with a hood. The suspect concealed his face with a plastic grocery bag.

A photo taken from surveillance video is included in this release. The actual surveillance video can be viewed on the K.P.D. YouTube Channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/SuqLaEoU0-4

Anyone who can assist detectives with identifying this suspect or may be able to provide any additional information to help solve this case 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:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit