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 Searching for Suspects in Elaborate Shoplifting Scheme at Best Buy
DATE: July 24, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 18, 2014 at approximately 5:00 PM, five suspects were involved in an elaborate shoplifting scheme at Best Buy, located at 2716 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. In all, at least 37 items totaling nearly $6,500 were stolen.

Two white male suspects entered the store and proceeded to the headphone and GPS watch section. The items in this section had been secured to the shelving via a small hole in the packaging. The suspects commenced to cut the tops off of the packaging of numerous items to free them from their display rack. The items were then scattered along the bottom shelf of the isle.

The two males then stood watch on either end of the isle as two white female suspects entered the store to rendezvous with the males. The females collected half of the items in large tote bags and headed for the exit.

Meanwhile a third male suspect distracted store employees at the exit, by asking them a question regarding an advertisement, to allow the females to escape undetected. The group committed this conspiracy a second time to collect the other half of the items. The stolen items are detailed in the chart below.

Brand Description Color Value Quantity Total Value
Jawbone Activity Tracker Wristband Assorted $150.00 12 $1,800.00
Fitbit Activity Tracker Belt Clip Assorted $100.00 8 $800.00
Garmin GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor Assorted $300.00 3 $900.00
Garmin GPS Watch Assorted $130.00 2 $260.00
TomTom GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor Unknown $250.00 1 $250.00
Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones Black/Silver $300.00 4 $1,200.00
Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones Black $180.00 2 $360.00
Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones White $180.00 4 $720.00
Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones Black/Teal $180.00 1 $180.00
Totals 37 $6,470.00

Photos of all five suspects captured on surveillance video as they left the store are included in this release. A video clip has been made available on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

http://youtu.be/cAXcp_W__S4

The clarity of the video is not exactly stellar; however, it captures four of the suspects in the act of stealing the merchandise.

Anyone who recognizes any of these individuals is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

This was, without a doubt, a well thought out and pre-planned operation conducted by professional thieves. Area retailers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the photos of these suspects and their method of operation and be on the lookout for similar acts at other stores.

Citizens are encouraged to use caution when purchasing items, such as those stolen in this incident, from non-traditional outlets such as Craigslist, Ebay, etc., unless they are dealing with a known, long-time, high-rated seller.

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: Tractor Trailer Rollover to Temporarily Close Exit Ramp from Westbound I-26 to Rock Springs Road
DATE: July 24, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 24, 2014, at approximately 7:40 am, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to westbound Interstate 26 at the Rock Springs Road exit to investigate a single motor vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer that was hauling wood chips.

The truck was westbound, lost control, ran off the right side of the roadway, and overturned. The driver sustained minor injuries, and the load was spilled onto the roadside.

The exit ramp to Rock Springs Road will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time pending cleanup and the truck and trailer being removed via wrecker. TDOT is in the process of setting up a detour to the nearby Wilcox Drive exit, to northbound Highway 93/John B. Dennis Highway, to eastbound Moreland Drive, back to Rock Springs Road.

Motorists are advised to use caution and follow the detour route, or avoid the area all together if at all possible. This incident should only result in minor delays.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

School_News_51

WHAT: 2014 5th Annual Back to School Expo

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29 from 3 – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664

Kingsport City Schools, Kingsport Town Center and TimesNews.net are hosting the 2014 5th Annual Back to School Expo held on Tuesday, July 29 from 3 – 6 p.m. located at Kingsport Town Center highlighting over 90 vendors/exhibitors to parents/guardians and students of Kingsport City Schools and to the community.

There will be free entertainment, demonstrations and lots of activities for the kids found on the upper and lower levels of the mall. The event will kick-off at 2:55 p.m. with the Star Spangled Banner and the Dobyns-Bennett High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard located in the Sears Court with various entertainment including demonstrations continuing until 6:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a Back to School Fashion Show at 4:30 p.m. on the upper lever at the top of the escalators.

Parents/guardians will be able to pick up all of the information needed to get their child(ren) started back to school. They will also have the opportunity to sign them up for programs and activities for things to do this fall located throughout Kingsport.

Various stores within the mall will offer discounts during the event. The discount listing will be provided at the Kingsport Town Center table located in the Sears Court.

Vendors range from Kingsport City Schools services and school programs; health, nutrition and safety related services; animal welfare/pet adoption; fiancĩ for college; tutoring, library/literacy programs; pre-school programs; wellness activities; arts, sports and recreation activities; childrens services and various other vendors providing interactive activities, demonstrations and prizes.

For more information on the event and/or a complete listing of exhibitors visit www.k12k.com and click the 5th Annual Back to School Expo banner image.

Kingsport City Schools will be back in session for the 2014-15 school year on Monday, August 4, 2014. For all back to school welcome events at individual schools, visit our Back to School webpage at www.k12k.com. In addition, mobile apps for download, school hours, report card information, enrollment forms, zoning/tuition applications, school calendar and supply lists, menus and more are provided for easy reference.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,000 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused -¦ World Class.

For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 or call (423) 378.2100. Were social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KptSchools) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).

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. Detectives Seeking Info in Assault Allegation
DATE: July 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 20, 2014 at approximately 2:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to Indian Path Medical Center to speak to a victim of an assault. Upon their arrival, they spoke with Raffael Fansano, who had been transported there by Sullivan County E.M.S. to receive treatment for a laceration on his forehead.

Mr. Fansano told the officers that approximately 30 minutes earlier he had been riding his bicycle in the 1000 block of New Beason Well Road in Kingsport when an unknown individual threw an unidentified object out of the window of a passing motor vehicle. He stated that the object in question struck him in the head, resulting in the aforementioned injury.

Mr. Fansano advised that the vehicle appeared to be a newer model sports car that was white in color; however, he was not able to provide a license plate number. He indicated that the vehicle was occupied by two younger white males.

Investigators responded to the area where the assault was alleged to have occurred; however, thus far they have been unable to locate the thrown object, uncover any new information, or develop any suspects in this case.

Detectives are asking for anyone who might have witnessed this incident or who may have any information which may help them solve the case 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

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 in Custody in Stabbing Incident at Kingsport Motel
DATE: July 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 22, 2014 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the Econo Lodge, located at 9980 Airport Parkway in Kingsport, in reference to a stabbing incident. Upon their arrival, they came in contact with both the suspect, Richard Mark Thomas, and the victim, Howard Eugene Wells.

Mr. Wells has sustained a severe, life-threatening, laceration. He was promptly transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency medical treatment.

K.P.D. Detectives responded to the scene. Their subsequent investigation yielded the following:

Mr. Thomas, Mr. Wells, and several other individuals had been residing at the Econo Lodge while temporarily working in the Kingsport area. Mr. Thomas and another man were engaged in an argument. Witnessing the heated exchange, Mr. Wells physically placed himself in between the two men in an attempt to mediate and de-escalate the situation.

Rather than diffuse, the situation escalated, and Mr. Thomas produced a handgun. In self-defense, Mr. Wells grabbed the firearm in an attempt to disarm Mr. Thomas. Continuing his aggression, Mr. Thomas then drew a knife and stabbed Mr. Wells.

Mr. Thomas was arrested for Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder and transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing. Although the incident did in fact occur within the confines of the City of Kingsport, in compliance with Sullivan County court jurisdictional boundaries, Mr. Thomas was then transported to the Sullivan County Jail pending his arraignment in General Sessions Court Division I in Bristol, TN.

Mr. Wells remains hospitalized in the Holston Valley Medical Center Intensive Care Unit where he is listed in stable condition.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Richard Mark Thomas
Age Date of Birth 3/5/1967

47 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 142 Waterside Lane

Freeport, FL

Charge(s) Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder

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: Combined Vice Units Execute Search Warrant/Arrest Suspect
DATE: July 22, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 21, 2014 at approximately 1:30 PM, a search warrant was executed at the residence of Harry B. Watts, located at 1019 Dale Street Alley in Kingsport. This operation was a cooperative effort between the Vice Units of the Kingsport Police Department and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Watts was home at the time the warrant was executed.

During the search, over ½ gram of crack cocaine as well as paraphernalia commonly utilized to package it for resale (small baggies) were located and collected as evidence. Additionally, approximately $4,000 in United States currency and coin, and a large amount of collectable coins were located inside the residence. All of these monies were seized as proceeds from the sale of narcotics. This residence is in close proximity to a neighborhood municipal park.

Mr. Watts was arrested and charged with:

1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) for Resale within 1000 feet of a City Park (Dale Street Park)

2) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

3) Maintaining a Dwelling where Narcotics are Stored

He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he was confined pending his arraignment the following morning. At his arraignment, his bond was set at $20,000 which he promptly posted, securing his release until his next scheduled appearance in General Sessions Court on October 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Harry B. Watts
Age Date of Birth 4/28/1940

74 Years of Age

Race/Gender Black/Male
Residency 1019 Dale Street Alley

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) for Resale within 1000 feet of a City Park (Dale Street Park)

2) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

3) Maintaining a Dwelling where Narcotics are Stored

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 Detectives Request Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspects
DATE: July 22, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 14, 2014, just prior to 1:00 AM, two suspects (one a white male, the other a white female) burglarized a residence on Gravely Road in Kingsport. Entry was made to the residence via a window on the rear of the house. The suspects stole cash, a firearm, and several electronic items with a combined total value of nearly $4,000.

The victim’s brother was watching over the house while he was temporarily away. Two days before the burglary, he noticed that someone had unsuccessfully attempted to pry open the garage door, prompting him to install a motion sensing “trail camera” to monitor the property.

The two suspects believed to be responsible for the burglary were captured in a series of photographs, some of which are included in this release. Kingsport Police Detectives are requesting assistance in identifying these two individuals. Particular attention should be paid to the full length “sleeve” tattoos on both arms of the male suspect. The tattoos appear to extend across the male suspect’s back as well.

Anyone who recognizes either of these 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

Concert

Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series presents‚ an evening with GRAMMY NOMINATED Claire Lynch on August 1, 2014 at The Renaissance Theatre in Kingsport at 8 pm. GREAT Live Music for the WHOLE FAMILY!

WHEN: FRIDAY August 1, 2014 @ 8 pm (Doors open at 7 pm)

WHERE: Renaissance Theatre

COST: $18

Reserved Seat Tickets: Book Now at www.EngageKingsport.com

Kingsport, Tennessee——— The Claire Lynch band to perform LIVE in Kingsport on August 1, 2014 at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre. Veteran bluegrass singer-songwriter Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the bluegrass genre. She has now earned The International Bluegrass Music Associations Female Vocalist of the Year title three times, as well as two GRAMMY nominations.

Dear Sister, her latest album released May 28th, 2013, and nominated for IBMAs (International Bluegrass Music Association) 2013 Album of the Year, showcases Lynch and her razor sharp band (Mark Schatz ‚¬ bass, Matt Wingate ‚¬ guitar, mandolin, Bryan McDowell ‚¬ fiddle, mandolin) on a rock-solid, 10-song set of bluegrassy, folk and Americana cuts. Todd Phillips joins the band on bass in the spring of 2014, as Mark Schatz heads out on a reunion tour with Nickel Creek. Standouts include Doin Time (with Tim OBrien on vocals and bouzouki), the title track Dear Sister‚¬â€an anthemic ballad of the Civil War written by Lynch and Louisa Branscomb that is based on recently discovered

historic letters written by a relative of Louisas ‚¬â€and the Pierce Pettis-penned That Kind of Love. The songs constitute what is possibly Claires most personal record to date and certainly one of the most broadly accessible albums of her career. Lynch was recently awarded one of the 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists. With only seven awards going to musicians this year, the 2012 USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields – including cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts. For over two decades, Lynch has delighted audiences and enjoyed reverent standing ovations for her shows at prestigious music festivals and theaters around the world. She has crafted one of the most instantly identifiable sounds in acoustic music, encompassing classic bluegrass and thoughtful infusions of contemporary folk, country, rock, and swing. As a songwriter of inventive and evocative Music Row fare, her songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, and others, and she has performed as a backing/harmony vocalist with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Pam Tillis — just to name a few.

If youve never heard Claire Lynch sing, your lifes not quite complete. For never was there a sweeter sound ‚¬ never more fair from any songbirds trill ‚¬ than her voice.

What she can do to a musical story has helped transform the art of bluegrass music. A true original, shes a joy to behold and as deep, down soulful as can be.

—Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada

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