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 Respond to Major East Stone Drive Motor Vehicle Collision (3rdUPDATE)
DATE: August 31, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
UPDATE: The Kingsport Police Department was notified today by the Knoxville Medical Examiner’s Office that the 12 year old boy who was critically injured in this crash has died. He succumbed to his injuries at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at approximately 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

His death makes this the second of three fatal crashes that have occurred on Kingsport’s roadways during the past week. The first fatality occurred on Monday, August 25 when a vehicle plunged into Fort Patrick Henry Lake, and the third fatality occurred on Friday, August 29 when an unrestrained driver was ejected during a crash at the intersection of Eastman Road and East Center Street.

Area residents are urged to take a moment to reflect on this fact prior to the next time they get behind the wheel. Operating a motor vehicle is a serious responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Motorists are encouraged to buckle-up, exercise patience, obey the speed limit and other traffic regulations, utilize good defensive driving strategies, avoid distractions, and abstain from substances that impair the ability to drive.

AS PREVIOUSLY RELEASED: On August 27, 2014 at approximately 1:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a major motor vehicle collision in the vicinity of the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police and other area first responders rushed to the scene. A subsequent investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit revealed the following:

A 2007 Kia Sedona minivan, driven by Tracey Y. Noe and occupied by two children, ages 10 and 12, had been traveling west on East Stone Drive and was stopped in the turn lane preparing to turn left into the shopping complex directly across East Stone Drive from the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center. For unknown reasons, a westbound 1995 Chevrolet Suburban full-size sport utility vehicle, driven by Catherine S. Arnold, apparently neither slowed nor stopped for the traffic ahead and struck the Kia in the rear.

The Kia was propelled forward diagonally across the intersection into the lanes that turn left from eastbound East Stone Drive into the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, where it side-swiped a 2011 Honda CRV compact sport utility vehicle, driven by Tammy S. Gilbert with passenger, Ricky C. Gilbert. The Kia careened off the Honda and came to rest after colliding head-on with a 2008 Lexus RX350 compact sport utility vehicle, driven by Peggy H. Rasnake.

Ms. Arnold, the driver of the Suburban, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S.

All three occupants of the Kia, received significant injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Ms. Noe and the 10 year old child received serious injuries and are currently both listed in stable condition. The 12 year old child received life-threatening injuries and is listed in critical condition. Both children have since been air-lifted to another medical facility.

All three occupants of the other two vehicles received possible injuries, but did not require medical treatment at this time. All occupants of all four vehicles involved in the crash appear to have been properly restrained by their seatbelts.

Several lanes of East Stone Drive were closed for approximately four hours but normal traffic flow resumed at approximately 5:45 PM.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with possible charges pending. Investigators are asking for anyone who witnessed the crash who has not yet been interviewed to please contact them at 423-224-2750.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Suburban
Year 1995
Type Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Catherine S. Arnold
Age 63 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Bristol, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Kia
Model Sedona
Year 2007
Type Minivan
Color Light Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tracey Y. Noe
Age 46 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries/Stable Condition
Passenger Name Not Released
Age 10 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries/Stable Condition
Passenger Name Not Released
Age 12 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Life-Threatening Injuries/Critical Condition
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model CRV
Year 2011
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Maroon
Damage Non-Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tammy S. Gilbert
Age 47 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
Passenger Name Ricky C. Gilbert
Age 54 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #4 INFORMATION
Make Lexus
Model RX350
Year 2008
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Beige
Damage Non-Disabling Damage
Driver Name Peggy H. Rasnake
Age 68 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
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: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Involving an Ejected Motorist (UPDATE)
DATE: August 30, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
UPDATE: This news release has been updated to identify the driver of the pickup as Donald W. Porter. On August 30, 2014 at approximately 6:00 AM, Mr. Porter died as a result of his injuries.

On August 29, 2014 at approximately 9:30 PM, a Kingsport Police Officer patrolling in the Highland Community heard the impact from a serious motor vehicle collision at the nearby intersection of Eastman Road and East Center Street. He immediately responded and arrived on scene just seconds after it occurred. Additional officers from the K.P.D. Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to the scene. An investigation into the crash revealed the following:

A 2003 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Brittany L. Pearce, was northbound on Eastman Road approaching East Center Street preparing to go straight through the intersection. Meanwhile, a 1986 Chevrolet Pickup, driven by Donald W. Porter, was southbound on Eastman Road and made a left turn toward eastbound East Center Street directly into the path of the Volkswagen.

The two vehicles collided in an angular impact. Mr. Porter was not wearing his seatbelt and was instantaneously ejected from the pickup. The pickup itself was deflected into the parking lot located at the northeast corner of the intersection, where it came to rest.

The Volkswagen was redirected toward eastbound East Center Street and free-rolled approximately 50 yards down the roadway before coming to rest against a chain-link fence adjacent to the roadway.

Witnesses report that both vehicles had a green light as they approached the intersection, and that the lights had changed from green to yellow just prior to the crash.

Both drivers sustained injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Ms. Pearce’s injuries were non-life threatening; however, Mr. Porter’s injuries were life threatening, and he was initially listed in critical condition. On August 30, 2014 at approximately 6:00 AM, Mr. Porter died as a result his injuries.

The investigation into this crash by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit is ongoing.

Seatbelts would very likely have had a significant bearing in the outcome of this crash. The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress the importance of the wearing of seatbelts. Not only is it the law, but it might just save a life.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Custom Deluxe
Year 1986
Type Full-size Pickup
Color Gray
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Donald W. Porter
Age 50 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Volkswagen
Model Beetle
Year 2003
Type 2-door Coupe
Color Gray
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Brittany L. Pearce
Age 19 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
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: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Serious Motor Vehicle Collision Involving an Ejected Motorist
DATE: August 30, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 29, 2014 at approximately 9:30 PM, a Kingsport Police Officer patrolling in the Highland Community heard the impact from a serious motor vehicle collision at the nearby intersection of Eastman Road and East Center Street. He immediately responded and arrived on scene just seconds after it occurred. Additional officers from the K.P.D. Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to the scene. An investigation into the crash revealed the following:

A 2003 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Brittany L. Pearce, was northbound on Eastman Road approaching East Center Street preparing to go straight through the intersection. Meanwhile, a 1986 Chevrolet pickup was southbound on Eastman Road and made a left turn toward eastbound East Center Street directly into the path of the Volkswagen.

The two vehicles collided in an angular impact. The driver of the pickup was not wearing his seatbelt and was instantaneously ejected from the pickup. The pickup itself was deflected into the parking lot located at the northeast corner of the intersection, where it came to rest.

The Volkswagen was redirected toward eastbound East Center Street and free-rolled approximately 50 yards down the roadway before coming to rest against a chain-link fence adjacent to the roadway.

Witnesses report that both vehicles had a green light as they approached the intersection, and that the lights had changed from green to yellow just prior to the crash.

Both drivers sustained injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Ms. Pearce’s injuries were non-life threatening; however, the pickup driver’s injuries were life threatening, and he is listed in critical condition. Due to the seriousness of his injuries, his name is temporarily being withheld pending notification of his family.

The investigation into this crash by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit is ongoing.

Seatbelts would very likely have had a significant bearing in the outcome of this crash. The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress the importance of the wearing of seatbelts. Not only is it the law, but it might just save a life.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Custom Deluxe
Year 1986
Type Full-size Pickup
Color Gray
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Withheld due to seriousness of injuries pending notification of family
Age 50 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Critical Life Threatening Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Volkswagen
Model Beetle
Year 2003
Type 2-door Coupe
Color Gray
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Brittany L. Pearce
Age 19 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
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: Kingsport Police Detectives Arrest Individual for Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure
DATE: August 29, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 27, 2014 Ethan J. Tate was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury for thirteen (13) counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure. The following day, at approximately 2:30 PM, Kingsport Police Department Detectives tracked down Mr. Tate at 1920 Diana Road in Kingsport and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing and later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where he is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Mr. Tate’s arrest stems from an extensive investigation into his intimate involvement with a female teenager who was 16 years of age at the time the relationship originated. K.P.D. Detectives learned that Mr. Tate had a series of no less than thirteen (13) sexual encounters with the teenager over a period of approximately six months, between September of 2013 and February of 2014.

At the time of these incidents, Mr. Tate was serving in the Sullivan County School System in the capacity of an Assistant Band Director, placing him in a position of authority over his teenage victim.

Due to the sensitive nature of this case and the age of the victim, no additional information will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Ethan J. Tate
Age Date of Birth 12/27/1990

23 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 807 University Parkway

Johnson City, TN

Charge(s) Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure (13 Counts)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – There will be no changes to garbage, trash and recycle collection schedules on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 1, 2014, although all City offices including the Library, Renaissance Center, Senior Center, LynnView Community Center and Demolition Landfill will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. On Labor Day, the Kingsport Aquatic Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Bays Mountain Park will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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KINGSPORT – Residents of 301 to 324 Royal Drive along with residents of 305 to 313 Lonewood Drive may experience water service disruptions Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. while city crews conduct water line service in the area. Residents should take precautions such as turning off their water heaters to avoid potential damage if water service should be disrupted. A map of the service outage area can be found here.

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Respond to Major East Stone Drive Motor Vehicle Collision (2nd UPDATE)
DATE: August 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 27, 2014 at approximately 1:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a major motor vehicle collision in the vicinity of the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police and other area first responders rushed to the scene. A subsequent investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit revealed the following:

A 2007 Kia Sedona minivan, driven by Tracey Y. Noe and occupied by two children, ages 10 and 12, had been traveling west on East Stone Drive and was stopped in the turn lane preparing to turn left into the shopping complex directly across East Stone Drive from the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center. For unknown reasons, a westbound 1995 Chevrolet Suburban full-size sport utility vehicle, driven by Catherine S. Arnold, apparently neither slowed nor stopped for the traffic ahead and struck the Kia in the rear.

The Kia was propelled forward diagonally across the intersection into the lanes that turn left from eastbound East Stone Drive into the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, where it side-swiped a 2011 Honda CRV compact sport utility vehicle, driven by Tammy S. Gilbert with passenger, Ricky C. Gilbert. The Kia careened off the Honda and came to rest after colliding head-on with a 2008 Lexus RX350 compact sport utility vehicle, driven by Peggy H. Rasnake.

Ms. Arnold, the driver of the Suburban, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S.

All three occupants of the Kia, received significant injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Ms. Noe and the 10 year old child received serious injuries and are currently both listed in stable condition. The 12 year old child received life-threatening injuries and is listed in critical condition. Both children have since been air-lifted to another medical facility.

All three occupants of the other two vehicles received possible injuries, but did not require medical treatment at this time. All occupants of all four vehicles involved in the crash appear to have been properly restrained by their seatbelts.

Several lanes of East Stone Drive were closed for approximately four hours but normal traffic flow resumed at approximately 5:45 PM.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with possible charges pending. Investigators are asking for anyone who witnessed the crash who has not yet been interviewed to please contact them at 423-224-2750.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Suburban
Year 1995
Type Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Catherine S. Arnold
Age 63 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Bristol, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Kia
Model Sedona
Year 2007
Type Minivan
Color Light Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tracey Y. Noe
Age 46 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries/Stable Condition
Passenger Name Not Released
Age 10 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries/Stable Condition
Passenger Name Not Released
Age 12 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Life-Threatening Injuries/Critical Condition
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model CRV
Year 2011
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Maroon
Damage Non-Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tammy S. Gilbert
Age 47 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
Passenger Name Ricky C. Gilbert
Age 54 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #4 INFORMATION
Make Lexus
Model RX350
Year 2008
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Beige
Damage Non-Disabling Damage
Driver Name Peggy H. Rasnake
Age 68 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
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 Respond to Major East Stone Drive Motor Vehicle Collision (1st UPDATE)
DATE: August 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
1st UPDATE: On August 27, 2014 as of approximately 5:45 PM, all emergency vehicles have cleared the scene and traffic to all travel lanes has been restored. This crash is still under investigation with additional details to be released as they become available.

AS PREVIOUSLY RELEASED: On August 27, 2014 at approximately 1:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a major motor vehicle collision in the vicinity of the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police and other area first responders rushed to the scene.

Based on early feedback from personnel on scene, this crash is believed to have involved multiple vehicles and resulted in multiple injuries. Most, if not all, travel lanes at this location are currently blocked resulting in heavy traffic congestion.

Area motorists are urged to avoid this area and seek alternate routes for the time being.

Additional information regarding the condition of traffic and the details of the crash will be released as they become available.

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: Kingsport Police Respond to Major East Stone Drive Motor Vehicle Collision
DATE: August 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 27, 2014 at approximately 1:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a major motor vehicle collision in the vicinity of the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police and other area first responders rushed to the scene.

Based on early feedback from personnel on scene, this crash is believed to have involved multiple vehicles and resulted in multiple injuries. Most, if not all, travel lanes at this location are currently blocked resulting in heavy traffic congestion.

Area motorists are urged to avoid this area and seek alternate routes for the time being.

Additional information regarding the condition of traffic and the details of the crash will be released as they become available.

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: Kingsport Vice Detectives Execute Search Warrant and Seize Subutex/Arrest Resident
DATE: August 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 26, 2014 at approximately 11:00 PM, Kingsport Police Vice Detectives, with assistance from K.P.D. Patrol Officers, executed a search warrant at the residence of Jennifer N. Christian, located at 1310 Willow Street in Kingsport. This residence lies in close proximity to Borden Park.

As a result of the search, approximately 50 individual Subutex pills, with an approximate street value of $2,000, were seized. Detectives uncovered evidence to substantiate that Ms. Christian was selling these pills, which she had obtained via her TennCare benefits. A quantity of marijuana and assorted unlawful drug paraphernalia were also located inside the residence. $170 in currency, believed to be profits from the illegal sale of narcotics, was seized pursuant to Tennessee Department of Safety guidelines.

Ms. Christian was arrested and charged with:

1) Possession of a Schedule III Drug (Subutex) for Resale within 1,000 Feet of a Municipal Park (Borden Park)

2) Simple Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana)

3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

4) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Sold

She was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where she will remain, pending arraignment.

This investigation is ongoing. Due to the suspicion of TennCare fraud on the part of Ms. Christian, it will be conducted cooperatively with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jennifer N. Christian
Age Date of Birth 6/2/1983

31 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 1310 Willow Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule III Drug (Subutex) for Resale within 1,000 Feet of a Municipal Park (Borden Park)

2) Simple Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana)

3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

4) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Sold

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit