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When you Change Your Clocks Change Your Batteries!

With the Daylight Saving Time is ending this weekend, its time to check your smoke alarms and replace their batteries.

Every year people who die in home fires could have been warned it they had properly maintained their smoke alarms.‚  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) about two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms and working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half.

So what can you do to keep your family safe?

  • Put new batteries in your alarms when you change your clocks.
  • Replace old alarms (more than 10 years old) with new Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms*
  • In new alarm install 9v lithium batteries to get about 10 years on a single battery (which is the life of the alarm.)
  • Check your smoke alarms every month.
  • Practice a home escape plan.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed in every room where an occupant sleeps, outside every sleeping area and on each level of the home, including the basement. Make sure everyone can hear the alarm and knows what it sounds like.
  • For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual-sensor alarms. Interconnect the alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Dust or vacuum smoke alarms whenever the battery is changed. Follow the manufacturers instructions for cleaning. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
  • Devise a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a common outside meeting place. Be sure to practice the plan with all who live in the home, including children.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get out of the home immediately, closing doors behind you. Go to your pre-planned meeting place and call 9-1-1.

* So what is in a Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm? There are two types of sensors:

  • Ionization smoke detection is generally more responsive to flaming fires.
    How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm.
  • Photoelectric‚ smoke detection is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called smoldering fires).
    How they work: Photoelectric-type alarms aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. Smoke enters the chamber, reflecting light onto the light sensor; triggering the alarm.

For more information contact the Kingsport Fire Marshals Office at 423-229-9440

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KINGSPORT – Halloween is a fun, and spooky, time of year for kids. The Kingsport Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) want to make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips:

Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.

If you are not going trick-or-treating with your children, make sure you know what streets they will be visiting.

Provide a cell phone so they can check in with you.

Provide children with flashlights to carry or use glow sticks as part of their costume.

Remind children to stay together as a group and walk from house to house.

Make trick-or-treating a no running game so they will not fall ‚ while having fun.

Review how to cross a street with your child. Look left, right and left again to be sure no cars are approaching before crossing the street.

Decide the time your children will go out trick-or-treating and what time they will return home.

Make a rule that children will not eat any treat until it has been brought home and examined by a grown-up.

Halloween Fire Safety:

When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.

Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace style matches or a utility lighter.

Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

Tell children to stay away from open flames.

Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

Use battery operated lights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.

If your children are going to Halloween parties at others homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

Source www.nfpa.org/education & www.sparky.org

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 Attempting to Identify Suspect in Identity Theft/Credit Card Fraud Case
DATE: October 31, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 31, 2014 at approximately 4:30 PM, a suspect used a credit card to make a purchase of $479.97 at Wal-Mart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The account for the credit card that was used was in the name of a Knoxville, TN resident who was completely unaware of the account’s existence. It is apparent that the suspect at Wal-Mart has stolen the victim’s identity in opening the account.

Several other transactions have been made using this credit card across the Northeast Tennessee region in Gray, Boones Creek, Johnson City, and Piney Flats. Additional online purchase were made using this credit card, with the items purchased allegedly being delivered to a vacant house on Conway Street in Kingsport. Further investigation has revealed that the suspect may have also opened a PayPal account in the victim’s name.

An overhead photo of the suspect, in the process of making his purchase at Wal-Mart, is included in this release. He appears to be a small framed, thin, white male, possibly in his 20s, with short dark hair and glasses.

Anyone who recognizes this individual is asked to contact detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT — A bridge dedication ceremony will be held Saturday, November 1, at 10 a.m. for the late Army Captain James Eddie Reed, the highest ranking Kingsport resident to give their life in service to our nation while serving in Vietnam, according to the virtualwall.org.

Given forecasts for inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Kingsport Farmers Market on Clinchfield Street on the north end of the facility.

The previously unnamed Clinchfield Street bridge over Reedy Creek, between the intersections of Lovedale Drive and Holston Valley Drive, was formally named in honor of Captain Reed by resolution of the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen on July 1, 2014. The naming ceremony was delayed to allow family members to assembly for the event.

Captain Reed served with distinction in the United States Armys 9th Infantry Division, earning the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with V device, Army Commendation, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal, Ranger Tab, Airborne Ribbon, and the Purple Heart.

Captain Reed was felled by artillery fire while leading his unit in Long An Province, South Vietnam during the Tet Offensive on February 1, 1968.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Post 979, East Tennessee State University Army ROTC Color Guard, and the American Legion Post 3 will all take part in the service.

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: Individual Believed to be Under the Influence of Inhalants Struck by Train
DATE: October 28, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 27, 2014 at approximately 11:30 PM, Officers from the Kingsport Police Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to the railroad tracks at the underpass of John B. Dennis Highway in reference to a collision between a train and a pedestrian. A southbound CSX train had just left the rail yard, located at 233 West Main Street, when both the Engineer and the Conductor noticed an individual, later identified as Dallas Wayne Turner, lying in the middle of the tracks. The train’s emergency braking system was activated bringing the train to a stop, but not before it struck Mr. Turner.

The Engineer and the Conductor exited the train and found Mr. Turner on the ground to the east side of the tracks. Mr. Turner’s hands, face, and nostrils were coated with gold colored spray paint, and a can of spray paint was found next to him, leading investigators to the reasonable conclusion that he had been engaged in the illegal and highly dangerous practice of using the spray paint as an inhalant by “huffing” it.

Mr. Turner was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

CSX Police responded and will be pursuing criminal trespassing charges against Mr. Turner.

SUSPECT/VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Dallas Wayne Turner
Age Date of Birth 7/21/1976

38 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 2424 Princeton Road

Kingsport, TN

Injuries Serious but Non-Life Threatening
Pending Charge(s) Criminal Trespassing (Pending by CSX Police)
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: Suspect in Custody for Burglarizing Same Business Three Times
DATE: October 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 23, 2014 at approximately 10:15 PM, a suspect, later identified as Daren C. Pitts, burglarized Kingsport Exterior Vinyl Supply, located at 128 Regional Park Drive in Kingsport. Mr. Pitts accomplished this burglary by ramming his GMC Jimmy pickup into an exterior garage door of the business and then forcing open an interior office door. Mr. Pitts removed a cash drawer and then stole several new tools from a display. This is the third time this business has been burglarized in a virtually identical method, with the previous two incidents being reported on December 27, 2013 and January 20, 2014.

In this most recent incident, as well as the two previous incidents, the burglary was captured on surveillance video. In the most recent footage, surveillance cameras were finally able to capture a clear image of Mr. Pitts face. Mr. Pitts was a previous employee of this business, so current employees were able to positively identify him as the suspect in question. Two video clips of the October 23rd burglary have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below.

http://youtu.be/5BAyJKScmgo

http://youtu.be/LXWvjIhqIwc

Kingsport Police Detectives were able to locate Mr. Pitts at Model City Motel, apartment #8, located at 3109 Memorial Boulevard, after his pickup was found parked in the parking lot. Upon speaking with Mr. Pitts, detectives noticed he was wearing the exact same hooded sweatshirt as he was wearing in the surveillance footage. The stolen items from the most recent burglary were located hidden under his bed.

Through further investigation, detectives were able to definitively link Mr. Pitts to the earlier two burglaries. Mr. Pitts was arrested, transported to the Kingsport City Jail, and charged with:

1) 3 counts of Burglary (felony)

2) Vandalism over $500 (felony)

3) Theft over $500 (felony)

4) Theft under $500 (misdemeanor)

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Daren C. Pitts
Age Date of Birth 11/1/1970

43 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Model City Motel

3109 Memorial Boulevard, Apartment #8

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) 3 counts of Burglary (felony)

2) Vandalism over $500 (felony)

3) Theft over $500 (felony)

4) Theft under $500 (misdemeanor)

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: Search Warrant by K.P.D. Vice Detectives Nets Two Arrests
DATE: October 24, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 23, 2014 at approximately 9:45 PM, Detectives from the Kingsport Police Department’s Vice Unit, with tactical support from the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team, executed a search warrant at a residence located at 3413 Stafford Street in Kingsport. The execution of this warrant came as a result of a lengthy investigation into crack cocaine trafficking in the City of Kingsport.

As the officers entered the dwelling, the occupants were in the process of attempting to destroy contraband by flushing it down a toilet. Approximately four ounces of crack cocaine, with an approximate street value of $12,000 was located in the toilet in question. Additionally, approximately six grams of marijuana was located on a spice rack in the kitchen. Several rocks of crack cocaine were found in the kitchen sink, and multiple kitchen containers and utensils contained residue that tested positive for cocaine, leading detectives to reasonably conclude that the residents were involved in the process of “cooking” crack cocaine. Detectives also seized nearly $1,000 in cash believed to be profits from illegal drug sales.

Two individuals, Quincy James and Jasmine Carr, were home at the time the search warrant was executed. Mr. James was arrested and charged with:

1) Possession of over ½ Gram of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) within 1,000 feet of a School Zone

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

3) Maintaining a Dwelling where Drugs are Sold, Stored, Manufactured or Distributed

4) Tampering with Evidence

5) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Ms. Carr was arrested and charged with:

1) Simple Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine)

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

Both suspects were initially processed in the Kingsport City Jail and later transferred to the Hawkins County Jail for confinement.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this operation.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Quincy James
Age Date of Birth 12/12/1977

36 Years of Age

Race/Gender Black/Male
Residency 3413 Stafford Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) See Narrative

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jasmine Carr
Age Date of Birth 12/17/1993

20 Years of Age

Race/Gender Black/Female
Residency 3413 Stafford Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) See Narrative

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – Please join us,‚  the Downtown Kingsport Association and Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce for the Flying Pig Gallery and Studios Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4pm on Thursday November 6, 2014. Everyone, including the media, are invited to attend.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by Downtown Kingsports Holiday Open House.

At 6pm gallery pottery artist Kipp Brixey will be doing a pottery demonstration. This will be a lot of fun and if youve always wanted to try your hand at the wheel this is your chance!

OPEN Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  10AM -7PM
Corner of Center Street & Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport
www.EngageKingsport.com
(423) 392-8417

Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport proudly present Flying Pig Gallery & Studios. Flying Pig is an exciting new Arts Space located in two adjacent buildings located on the corner of Broad and Center streets in Downtown Kingsport, TN. Come on down and meet the carousel animals, artists, carvers. Look for demonstrations and workshops on Thursday evenings begining with our official grand opening ribbon cutting on November 6.

Shop local this season and invest in your community. The spirit of the Flying Pig is community. This is a space for creative people to be a vital part of Downtown Kingsport. Where dreams can come true and you can make a lot of good friends on the way.

The incredible revitalization of the neighborhood has been due to many creative and enthusiastic people. The arts play an integral role in economic and community development. We want to recognize all the incredible talent there is in the entire Southern Appalachian region and also right here in the City of Kingsport. We have a wealth of cultural assets and want to showcase visual and performing art, fine craft, traditional craft, and fine art.

The gallery side features Fine Art and Fine Craft by several nationally-acclaimed artists & craftspeople. All artwork is for sale. There will be a series of art classes offered to the public over the next few months. There will also be professional artist studios located in the space where the public will be able to see the actual production of art work as well as interact with the artists. Spaces are still available.

The Flying Pig Studios will feature several exhibits and working artists. Finished animals, rounding boards, and bird paintings for the Carousel Project will be on display. Carousel Carvers and painters will be present to demonstrate and explain processes. In addition to Carousel merchandise, remaining sponsorships opportunities will be on display including the band organ, angel panels and light boards. Friends of the Carousel First Rider tickets will also be available. We hope to finish out Campaign 2014 with at least 1000 Friends of the Carousel First Riders, explained Carousel Chairman Reggie Martin. Construction has begun on the Roundhouse and the working Carousel should be open for rides in April 2015. We have several large grants pending but are depending on the final sponsorships and Friends of the Carousel First Riders to provide funding for the connector building and gift shop/welcome center.

Through November, the Studios will also feature an exhibit from the Levine Museum of the New South on John Nolen: Neighborhood-Maker about the work of Cambridge landscape designer John Nolen who is considered the father of modern city planning. Nolen was influential on the plan of Kingsport, Tennessee and worked with several other notable cities.

The Kingsport Carousel store (future gift shop) will be located within the studios until the construction of the Carousels Roundhouse next to the Farmers Market is complete next year. Beautiful T-shirts, notecards, posters & more will be for sale.

Flying Pig Gallery & Studio is free and open to the public.

Become a financial supporter ‚¬ supporters at all levels are needed to make the project a success. Tax-deductible donations of any amount are appreciated however here are three great ways to participate in the DREAM. Light The Way, First Rider Campaign and Kingsport Press Memory Fountain.

Sponsorship of specific pieces of the Carousel are available – Rounding Boards, The Penny Smasher and The Band Organ. For information about these levels please contact 423-392-8414.

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: One Suspect Identified, Another Suspect Sought, in Theft Investigation
DATE: October 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 4, 2014 at approximately 11:00 PM a lady’s purse was stolen while she was dancing at the Eagles Club, located at 926 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Surveillance video captured two suspects, one a white male and the other a white female, entering the building and later exiting the building with the purse. The purse was recovered at a local fast food restaurant the following day, but the victim’s credit cards had been removed from her purse.

The female suspect has been identified as Patricia A. Graham, and charges are pending. Detectives are still attempting to determine the identity of the male suspect.

Photos of the male suspect take from surveillance video are included in this release. In the videos, the suspect is the white male dressed in an untucked long-sleeved button-up shirt and blue jeans who is accompanied by the white female (Patricia Graham) dressed in all black. He can be seen carrying a woman’s purse in the second video as he is leaving. Clips of the video footage have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:

Suspects entering: http://youtu.be/3RXDnzm48E0

Suspects exiting with purse in hand: http://youtu.be/2LOqrPftFp4

Anyone who recognizes this individual is asked to contact K.P.D. Detectives at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

Ms. Graham has also been implicated in another theft case. On October 15, 2014, K.P.D. issued a news release requesting assistance from the public in identifying a white female who shoplifted bedding materials from a local Wal-Mart. K.P.D. received over a dozen tips in that incident, positively identifying Ms. Graham as the suspect in question. She has already been charged in that incident. For additional information on the Wal-Mart case, see the original news release linked below:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/10/15/kpd-e-news-release-detectives-attempting-to-identify-wal-mart-felony-shoplifter/

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Unknown
Race/Gender White/Male
SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Patricia A. Graham
Age Date of Birth 3/27/1967

47 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency 1129 Bridwell Street

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit