Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT:Kingsport Police to Participate in “Hands Across the Border” D.U.I. Checkpoint Event
DATE:June 25, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Friday evening, June 27, 2014, the Kingsport Police Department will be participating in the “Hands Across the Border” D.U.I. Sobriety Checkpoint Campaign, sponsored in part by the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office. This campaign will consist of multiple law enforcement agencies from Tennessee and Virginia working together in an ongoing effort to reduce the problem of Driving Under the Influence and related crashes.

The event will kick off at Higher Ground Baptist Church, located at 1625 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport, with a pre-checkpoint meeting from 9:30 PM until 10:30 PM. Representative from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) as well as various D.U.I. victim activists will be in attendance. Personal testimonies will be shared regarding what victims and families must endure following D.U.I. related tragedies. Area media representatives are invited and encouraged to be in attendance.

The multi-agency D.U.I. sobriety checkpoint will take place following the meeting from 11:00 PM until 1:00 AM.

The Kingsport Police Department wishes to stress that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to alcohol, but to any substance that impairs, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

For more information about the “Hands Across the Border” campaign, please contact:

Jerry Hughes, GHSO East Tennessee Coordinator:

by phone: 423-791-0364

or

via email: coyote1ster@gmail.com

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:Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle in Hit-and-Run Collision
DATE:June 24, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 23, 2014 just prior to 8:00 PM, a pedestrian, Michael K. Locke, 61 years of age, of Kingsport, was killed in a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision. Mr. Locke was standing on the shoulder of a Fort Henry Drive bridge just north of Sonic Drive-In, located at 3845 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. A northbound 2003 GMC Yukon XL driven by James D. Hamm, Jr. veered from the traffic lane onto the shoulder, striking Mr. Locke with the right side of the vehicle, knocking him off of the bridge into a ravine approximately twenty feet below. Mr. Locke and another man were in the process of hanging a campaign sign on the roadside when the incident occurred.

Mr. Hamm fled the scene, continuing to drive north on Fort Henry Drive, then turning north on John B. Dennis Highway. He took the next exit to Memorial Boulevard but mysteriously stopped on the shoulder of the exit ramp. Sensing something was amiss, an alert passing motorist stopped and took possession of the vehicle’s keys until Kingsport Police Patrol Officers arrived and took Mr. Hamm into custody. Mr. Hamm exhibited multiple indicators typically consistent with someone under the influence of an intoxicant. He was charged with Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication, Driving Under the Influence, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Fatality, and Failure to Maintain Proper Control of a Vehicle. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he remained confined pending arraignment.

Investigators from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit and Criminal Investigations Division responded. Further inquiry revealed that moments before the fatal collision, Mr. Hamm had stopped at Colonial Heights Package Store, located at 4311 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. After making a purchase, Mr. Hamm returned to his vehicle which he had left parked facing the store. Rather than back from his parking space, he drove forward over the curb, across a sidewalk, and into the exterior wall of the business. There was no damage to the building; however, a pedestal ash tray was crushed when it was sandwiched between the vehicle and the building. Mr. Hamm then fled the parking lot northbound on Fort Henry Drive, driving directly to the scene where the fatality would occur approximately one mile away.

This is still an open and active investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident at Colonial Heights Package Store, the fatal collision, the location where Mr. Hamm eventually stopped, or any of his driving in between any of these key points is asked to contact the K.P.D. Traffic Unit as soon as possible at 423-224-2750.

VICTIM INFORMATION
NameMichael K. Locke
Age61 Years of Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
ResidencyKingsport, TN
InjuriesFatal
COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
MakeGMC
ModelYukon XL
Year2003
TypeFull-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
ColorWhite
DamageMinor
Driver/

Suspect

NameJames D. Hamm, Jr.
AgeDate of Birth 10/16/1969

44 Years of Age

Race/GenderWhite/Male
Residency304 Millington Court

Kingsport, TN

InjuriesNo Injury
Charge(s)1) Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication

2) Driving Under the Influence

3) Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Fatality

4) Failure to Maintain Proper Control of a Vehicle

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ The Renaissance Center rear parking lot will be closed Sunday for restriping. Patrons are advised to utilize on-street parking along either side of the building, as well as the parking lot in front of the building.

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 Searching for Suspect Wanted by U.S. Secret Service
DATE:June 20, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department and the United States Secret Service are currently searching for Tyler Shane Monroe. Mr. Monroe is currently wanted by the U.S. Secret Service for Conspiracy to Counterfeit United States Currency. He was indicted in January 2014 as part of a joint investigation conducted by K.P.D. and the U.S. Secret Service. The investigation was launched by K.P.D. in December 2012 but was ultimately turned over to the U.S. Secret Service. At least eight other co-conspirators in this case have already been located and are presently awaiting sentencing.

Mr. Monroe is very much aware of this outstanding warrant for his arrest and is actively avoiding process. He is a 19 year old black male with brown eyes and brown hair. He is 6 feet, 1 inch in height and weighs approximately 270 pounds. He was last known to reside on Sewanee Street in Kingsport.

Anyone who may be able to assist the Kingsport Police Department in locating Mr. Monroe is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
NameTyler Shane Monroe
AgeDate of Birth 5/19/1995

19 Years of Age

Race/GenderBlack/Male
Height/

Weight

6 feet, 1 inch in height

Approximately 270 pounds

Eyes/HairBrown Eyes

Brown Hair

ResidencyLast Known to Reside on Sewanee Street in Kingsport
Charge(s)Conspiracy to Counterfeit United States Currency

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 Arrest Fugitive Wanted for Attempted Murder
DATE:June 18, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 17, 2014 at approximately 2:45 PM, Officers of the Kingsport Police Department’s Directed Patrol Unit, working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service, arrested Sylvon William Hemingway, charging him with being a Fugitive from Justice. Mr. Hemingway was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Baltimore, Maryland for Attempted First Degree Murder and various other charges.

The U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force, located in Baltimore, notified the U.S.M.S. Greenville, TN Field Office that they had reason to believe Mr. Hemingway was frequenting Model City Apartments, located at 1000 Stonegate Road in Kingsport. Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark Ball responded by coordinating a local surveillance effort with K.P.D.

Kingsport Officers spotted Mr. Hemingway leaving the parking lot as a passenger in a blue Nissan Versa and conducted a traffic stop at the nearby intersection of Riverside Avenue and Mimosa Drive. Mr. Hemingway was taken into custody without incident and has been confined in the Kingsport City Jail pending extradition.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
NameSylvon William Hemingway
AgeDate of Birth 12/12/1978

36 Years of Age

Race/GenderBlack/Male
Residency102 Beth Place

Dover, Delaware

Charge(s)Local Charge:

1) Fugitive from Justice

Wanted on Outstanding Warrant out of Baltimore, Maryland for:

1) Attempted First Degree Murder

2) Various Other Charges

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:K.P.D. Searching for Suspects Who Shot Windshield of Moving Vehicle
DATE:June 18, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 17, 2014 at approximately 6:30 AM, a Nickelsville, VA resident was on her way to work. Just after entering the City of Kingsport, she drove up the ramp from southbound Lynn Garden Drive to eastbound I-26. As she was traveling along the interstate entrance ramp, she observed two males standing on the side of the roadway. Without provocation, one of these individuals pointed a large black handgun at her windshield and fired a shot. A projectile struck the driver’s side of the windshield leaving a small indentation in the glass. The suspects then ran into the woods nearby. In fear for her life, the victim ducked her head under her steering wheel and fled the area.

The victim later recalled not actually hearing a gunshot. This detail coupled with her description of the weapon and the minimal damage to the windshield has led detectives to believe that the shot was fired from a high powered pellet gun rather than an actual firearm.

The suspects were both described as white males in their late teens or early twenties, of average height, weight, and build. One of the suspects had brown hair and was wearing a red shirt and jeans, while the other was wearing a dark shirt and jeans.

Further investigation has determined that a green Subaru Outback has been seen the past few days, parked during the morning hours in a cul-de-sac of an adjacent subdivision. Area residents advised that the vehicle did not belong to anybody who lived in the neighborhood. An individual observed driving this vehicle matches the general description of one of the suspects in the shooting incident.

This appears to be a completely random act. Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in hopes of quickly identifying these two suspects. Anyone with any information regarding this incident or the suspects is asked to contact 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

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Police Department wishes to alert area motorists of multiple areas of road construction resulting in new traffic patterns throughout the City of Kingsport.‚  Drivers are urged to familiarize themselves with these new traffic patterns and exercise patience and courtesy as other motorists do likewise.‚  Furthermore, motorists are warned to exercise due caution during these periods of road construction and even consider an alternate route whenever it would be feasible to do so.

Clinchfield Street: This first area of road construction was completed approximately one week ago.‚  The stretch of Clinchfield Street between West Stone Drive and West Center Street has been reduced from two motor vehicle traffic lanes in each direction to a single motor vehicle traffic lanes in each direction, supplemented by a center turn lane.‚  Additionally, bicycle lanes have been added to both sides of the roadway.

Center Street: This next area of road construction is currently underway.‚  Center Street is being repaved from Lynn Garden Drive to Fort Henry Drive.‚  Motorists particularly need to be aware of the section of Center Street between Clinchfield Street and Wateree Street where modifications to the lane markings will reduce the roadway from two motor vehicle traffic lanes in each direction to a single motor vehicle traffic lane in each direction, supplemented by a center turn lane.‚  Additionally, bicycle lanes will be added to both sides of the roadway.

Intersection of Center Street and Fort Henry Drive: Previously when traveling away from Downtown Kingsport on East Center Street toward Fort Henry Drive, one lane would continue straight on East Center Street and two lanes would veer to the right onto Fort Henry Drive.‚  This is basically being reversed, and now two lanes will continue straight on East Center Street with only one lane veering right onto Fort Henry Drive.

Lynn Garden Drive: Another area of road construction planned for this summer will occur on Lynn Garden Drive from Stone Drive to the Virginia state line.‚  This entire section will be repaved with no significant changes to traffic patterns; however, bicycle lanes will be added on both shoulders, except where on-street parking is allowed.

Stone Drive: The final area of road construction coming soon involves Stone Drive from Fairmont Avenue to Brookside Drive.‚  This entire section will be repaved with no significant changes to traffic patterns; however, bicycle lanes will be added on both shoulders.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ Improvements to First Baptist Church will require a local contractor to close one lane of West Sullivan Street on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The lane closure will occur between Charlemont Avenue and Shelby Street, although Sullivan Street remain open during the closure. Motorists should use extra caution in the work zone.

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KINGSPORT – The following information is being disseminated by the Kingsport Police Department at the request of the Kingsport Fire Department:

The exit ramp from southbound Interstate 81 to westbound Interstate 26 (Exit 57B toward Kingsport) will be closed for the next several hours due to a tractor trailer fire.

Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of the fire at approximately 1:00 PM today, June 17, 2014.‚  The Kingsport Fire Department, supplemented by at least two area Volunteer Fire Departments, are still on scene dealing with the fire, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol assisting with traffic control.‚  No one was injured in the fire.

Motorists are urged to plan ahead and be prepared to take an alternate route.

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:Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash with Pickup
DATE:June 17, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 17, 2014 at approximately 2:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of East Market Street and Wexler Street in Kingsport. At this particular intersection, Wexler Street is controlled by stop signs; however, East Market Street has no traffic controls.

The investigation into the crash determined that a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, ridden by Douglas Wayne Edwards, was eastbound on East Market Street traveling straight through the intersection with Wexler Street. Meanwhile, a Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Terry L. Ottinger, was northbound on Wexler Street approaching Market Street. The driver of the pickup failed to yield the right-of-way, resulting in the truck striking the right side of the motorcycle.

Mr. Edwards received serious injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment. Mr. Ottinger was not injured in the impact.

Charges are pending in this crash, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash who has not yet spoken to an officer is asked to contact the K.P.D. Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
MakeHarley Davidson
ModelSportster
Year2006
TypeMotorcycle
ColorBlack
DamageIncapacitating
DriverNameDouglas Wayne Edwards
Age40 Years of Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
ResidencyGate City, VA
InjuriesSerious Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
MakeFord
ModelF-150
Year2005
TypePickup
ColorBlack
DamageMinor
DriverNameTerry L. Ottinger
Age53 Years of Age
Race/GenderWhite/Male
ResidencyKingsport, TN
InjuriesNo Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit