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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: Serial Stalker, Albert Joseph Toronjo, Arrested on New Charges
DATE: May 30, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 15, 2014, the Kingsport Police Department issued a news release warning area residents to be wary of a serial stalker operating in the area. Potential victims were asked to report any encounters with the suspect to law enforcement. To view this new release, visit the following link:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/05/15/kpd-e-news-release-kingsport-police-request-citizens-come-forward-in-ongoing-criminal-investigation/

On May 23, 2014, K.P.D. issued a second news release detailing the arrest of the serial stalking suspect, identified as Albert Joseph Toronjo, for a violation of his probation that stemmed from an investigation into his criminal activity. To view this news release, visit the following link:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/05/23/kpd-e-news-release-serial-stalking-suspect-arrested-on-violation-of-probation-warrant/

At Mr. Toronjo’s arraignment on May 23, 2014, his bond was set at $7,000, which he promptly paid securing his release.

A complex ongoing investigation involving as many as 50 victims of separate potential stalking related incidents is still underway. Two of these cases have now resulted in new criminal charges against Mr. Toronjo.

On May 30, 2014 Mr. Toronjo was again arrested. His latest charges include:

1) Stalking

2) Assault

3) Aggravated Criminal Trespass

4) Theft of Property less than $500

Mr. Toronjo is currently incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail. Citizens are cautioned, however, that should Mr. Toronjo again be released on bond, his habitual predatory criminal activity is likely to continue.

Mr. Toronjo is a white male with brown eyes, thinning light gray hair, and a full beard. He is relatively short at approximately 5 feet, 5 inches in height and of average build with a weight of about 150 pounds. He is known to operate as many as three different vehicles including a white Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicle, a light blue Dodge Caravan minivan, and a white Ford pickup. His methodology has been thoroughly detailed in the previous news releases linked above, and citizens are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with it.

As mentioned previously, this is still very much an open and active investigation. Further charges against Mr. Toronjo are expected to follow. Any additional victims of Mr. Toronjo’s past antics, who have not yet spoken with law enforcement officials are asked to contact Sgt. Steve Hammonds of the Kingsport Police Department (423-224-2411), Det. Terry Christian of the Kingsport Police Department (423-229-9474), or Det. Lt. Bobby Russell of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (423-279-7500) immediately, so their individual circumstances can be thoroughly investigated.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Albert Joseph Toronjo
Age Date of Birth 12/19/1950

63 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 1608 Redwood Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Stalking

2) Assault

3) Aggravated Criminal Trespass

4) Theft of Property Under $500

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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 Issue New Home Improvement Scam Alert
DATE: May 30, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives have recently been alerted of a new home improvement scam artist operating in the area. The suspect is a female and is reported to have been operating primarily in the neighborhood surrounding Warpath Drive and Bridwell Street in Kingsport; however, her activity is not necessarily confined to that area. She appears to be primarily targeting older women.

She is alleged to be offering driveway and gutter cleaning services, and is reportedly charging exorbitant fees, as much as $1,500, for these services. The suspect does not even supply her own equipment, opting to use the homeowner’s tools and supplies to complete the work.

In one reported instance, the suspect refused to accept a check for payment, and instead drove her victim to the bank to withdraw cash. The suspect is believed to be operating out of some form of sport utility vehicle.

As previously released, reputable contractors are typically so busy that they do not have time to solicit additional work door-to-door. Reputable contractors also offer free detailed written estimates up front and provide references upon request. They also have all requisite business licenses on file and readily available for review.

Residents are cautioned to be wary of workers operating out of vehicles with no company name displayed on the vehicle and with out of state license plates displayed on the vehicle. Scam artists often use pressure tactics to encourage their victims into agreeing to have work done that they may not necessarily need or want done. They will also bully them into paying more than they would normally feel comfortable paying for the service being offered.

Anyone who has recently been targeted by a home improvement scam artist is encouraged to contact the Kingsport Police Department at 423-246-9111.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Four Juveniles in Custody in Connection with Back-to-Back Burglaries to Kingsport Elementary School
DATE: May 29, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM, George Washington Elementary School, located at 1100 Bellingham Drive in Kingsport, was burglarized. While the suspects were inside the school, they stole and ate popsicles, and removed a hamster from its cage. It is presently unknown if the school pet was actually stolen, or merely allowed to roam free throughout the school.

The following day, on May 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM, George Washington Elementary School was again burglarized. This time, the suspects stole candy.

The subsequent investigation, which included a review of school surveillance video footage, led detectives to the same group of suspects in both crimes.

On May 29, 2014 Kingsport Police Detectives took four juveniles into custody for their involvement in these burglaries. The suspects were all males, ages 12, 12, 14, and 15 years of age.

The investigation into these crimes is still open and active; therefore, no further details will be released at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Missing Youth Has Been Located
DATE: May 29, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 27, 2014, the Kingsport Police Department issued a news release requesting help from citizens in locating a missing/possibly endangered teenager. To view the original release, visit the link below:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/05/27/kpd-e-news-release-k-p-d-asking-for-assistance-in-locating-missingendangered-youth/

K.P.D. is pleased to report that Matthew Burton has been located and is now safe. Matthew’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the community for their assistance.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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The Kingsport Police Department is asking for assistance in locating a missing, possibly endangered, youth.‚  When last in contact with his family, he was emotionally distraught, so there is significant concern for his general welfare.

Matthew Austin Burton (a.k.a. Matthew Melowski), 17 years of age, was last seen on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at approximately 2:00 AM when he left his home, located in the Highland Area of Kingsport.‚  Matthew left on his flat black Next brand mountain style bicycle.‚  He was carrying his school backpack, black in color, which contained several clothing items, canned bard, and a navigational compass.‚  He could possibly be frequenting local hiking and biking trails.

Matthew is a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches in height, weighing approximately 130 pounds.‚  He has blue eyes and brown hair.‚  He has long bangs in the front combed to the side; however, the rest of his hair is buzz-cut short.‚  When he left home, he was wearing a dark red and black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, red Adidas athletic shoes, and a black knit watch cap.

Anyone who can assist in locating Matthew is asked to contact any of the following:

K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429

Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111

Matthews Mother (Denise Marshall Burton) at 423-429-8538

Matthews Father (Mike Burton) at 423-429-7896

Matthews Brother (Andrew Burton) at 423-863-3971

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Swimming

We know water is everywhere. So to make water safety easy, we divided it into three categories:‚ Water safety at home, swimming safety and‚ boating safety.

Here youll find everything you need to know about swimming safety. Whether its a trip to the beach or a dip in the community or backyard pool, you can ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun by following a few basic safety tips

The Hard Facts

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4.

Top Tips

  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention.
  • When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher card strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision. Download a‚ Water Watcher card here.
  • Whether youre swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner ever time. From the first time your kids swim, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
  • We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind ‚¬ and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training.
  • Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.

– See more at: http://www.safekids.org

American Red Cross Swim Lessons

  • The Kingsport Aquatic Center offers year-round swim lessons for ages 6 months through adults. Each Summer session includes eight classes, Monday-Thursday for a two-week period.
  • Registration dates and Sessions:
  • Summer 1: June 2-12  Registration Begins: May 17, 8 a.m.
  • Summer 2: June 16-26 Registration Begins: June 14 8 a.m.
  • Summer 3: July 7-17  Registration Begins: June 28, 8 a.m.
  • Summer 4: July 21-31  Registration Begins: July 19, 8 a.m.
  • Register at www.swimkingsport.com or at‚ the Kingsport Aquatic Center reception desk. Registration is‚ on a first-come, first-served‚ basis. For faster online registration, please sign up for an online account prior to the registration date.

For private swim lessons please call Karissa Skeens at 423-343-9760.

Water Safety Around The Home

Dont Leave Kids Alone in or Around Water

  • Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.
  • When using inflatable or portable pools, remember to empty them immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of childrens reach. These types of pools can pose a drowning risk.

Remove Water From Tubs and Buckets After Use

  • Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of childrens reach.

Close Lids and Doors

  • Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.

Learn CPR

  • Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind ‚¬ and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.

– See more at: http://www.safekids.org

Boating Safety

Here youll find everything you need to know about boating safety. With almost 100 different kinds of boats ‚¬ from kayaks to canoes to motorboats ‚¬ theres a good chance most of us will be having a great time on the water at some point. So when you do, please remember these simple safety tips for the entire family.

The Hard Facts

In 2011, 70 percent of all fatal boating accident victims‚ drowned, and of those who drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.

Top Tips

  • Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Have the child make a touchdown signal‚ by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits the childs chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
  • A large portion of boating accidents each year involve alcohol consumption by both boat operators and passengers. To keep you and your loved ones safe, it is strongly recommended not to drink alcoholic beverages while boating.
  • Infants and young kids are at a higher risk for hypothermia, so if you are taking a baby on a boat, just take a few extra precautions to keep your baby warm. If your children seem cold or are shivering, wrap them tightly in a dry blanket or towel.
  • We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind ‚¬ and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.

Learn More

Get on board with‚ more boating safety tips.

– See more at: http://www.safekids.org

www.swimkingsport.com

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: K.P.D. Asking for Assistance in Locating Missing/Endangered Youth
DATE: May 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is asking for assistance in locating a missing, possibly endangered, youth. When last in contact with his family, he was emotionally distraught, so there is significant concern for his general welfare.

Matthew Austin Burton (a.k.a. Matthew Melowski), 17 years of age, was last seen on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at approximately 2:00 AM when he left his home, located in the Highland Area of Kingsport. Matthew left on his flat black “Next” brand mountain style bicycle. He was carrying his school backpack, black in color, which contained several clothing items, canned food, and a navigational compass. He could possibly be frequenting local hiking and biking trails.

Matthew is a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches in height, weighing approximately 130 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair. He has long bangs in the front combed to the side; however, the rest of his hair is “buzz-cut” short. When he left home, he was wearing a dark red and black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, red Adidas athletic shoes, and a black knit watch cap.

Anyone who can assist in locating Matthew is asked to contact any of the following:

K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429

Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111

Matthew’s Mother (Denise Marshall Burton) at 423-429-8538

Matthew’s Father (Mike Burton) at 423-429-7896

Matthew’s Brother (Andrew Burton) at 423-863-3971

MISSING/ENDANGERED PERSON INFORMATION
Name Matthew Austin Burton
Alias (a.k.a.) Matthew Melowski
Age 17 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Height 5 feet, 8 inches
Weight 130 pounds
Eyes Blue Eyes
Hair Brown Hair (Bangs in Front Combed to the Side/Short “Buzz-Cut” Everywhere Else)
Residency Highland Area

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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 Asking for Assistance in Identifying Couple Suspected in Felony Shoplifting
DATE: May 8, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 8, 2014 at approximately 9:50 PM, a white male and white female couple shoplifted merchandise from Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport.

The suspects damaged a locked enclosure in the Automotive Department, giving them access to two Pioneer CD/DVD combination players with a combined value in excess of $500. They carried the items to the Lawn and Garden Department, where they opened the packages and concealed the contents in the front pocket of the male suspect’s hooded sweatshirt.

The couple then left the store and completed their getaway in a red Chevrolet Cavalier 4-door sedan. A photo of the suspect captured on store surveillance video is included in this release. The actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/7jPisOYuH0E

Detectives are asking for anyone who can help them identify either of these suspect to contact them in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit