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: Detectives Seeking Suspect Who Stole Donations for Sick Child
DATE: December 30, 2014
CASE #: 14-023341
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 6, 2014 at approximately 11:30 AM, a suspect entered Planet Vapor, located at 1001 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, and approached the check-out counter. A collection jar, requesting monetary donations to benefit a sick child, had been placed on the counter next to the cash register. The jar was believed to have contained an estimated $200 in donations.

The suspect waited for employees to temporarily leave the area and then took the jar from the counter, concealed it under his jacket, emptied the money into his jacket, and returned the empty jar to the counter.

The incident was captured by store surveillance cameras, and photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. The suspect appears to be a tall white male with long hair. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact Kingsport Police Detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or via 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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WHEN: Friday January 23, 2015

COST: All reserved seats $20 EngageKingsport.com

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre

1200 E. Center St. Kingsport‚ ‚ ‚  (423) 392-8414

KINGSPORT -‚ The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport present an evening with The Vespers and special guest Annabelles Curse on January 23, 2015 at the beautiful Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport. This show is part of the Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series of 2015.‚  All tickets are for reserved seats and available now at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling the Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414.

The Vespers are an Americana/folk/roots band from Nashville, TN. The band is made up of two brothers, Taylor and Bruno Jones, and two sisters, Callie and Phoebe Cryar.‚  Bruno plays upright bass, guitar, a little banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. Taylor Jones plays drums, percussion, vocals, and mandolin. Callie plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, electric bass, lead vocals, and low harmony. Phoebe plays guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, lead vocals and low harmony.

A vesper is an evening prayer. All four members were born and raised in Nashville. Callie and Phoebe, daughters of Christian artist Morgan Cryar, sang background vocals on Music Row from a young age. Taylor and Bruno had grown up influenced heavily by their father’s music collection, which included everything from gritty southern rock to soul. The two sets of siblings met each other at a mutual friend’s campfire. In May 2009, the four came together and played for the first time, originally just playing songs that the Cryar sisters had written. “Things progressed in a way that none of us really could have predicted,” says Callie. “We knew that it was an intriguing sound, and we liked what was happening,” adds Bruno. By the following winter, they made their first record, Tell Your Mama, and released it in March 2010. The record was received with critical acclaim. It is “a blend of bluegrass, folk, & alternative music all held together tightly by Callie & Phoebes angelic harmonies & Taylor & Brunos hypnotic rhythms.” –Music City Interactive

They spent the next two years on tour, performing “anywhere people would let [them]”. In the beginning of 2011, they began to think about their next record, writing most of their songs while on the road. They recorded the new music in two pieces, during breaks from touring in May and August 2011, with the help of producers Anderson East and Daniel Scobey. This second record, The Fourth Wall was released on April 3, 2012. The band stated that the ‘fourth wall’ refers to the invisible wall between the performers and the audience, and their goal is to break down that wall with each show.

Sisters and Brothers, the band’s third album, is due to be released on February 10, 2015

The Vespers are on the verge of breaking through The Fourth Wall. The Vespers better get ready to lead a life less normal.

Huffington Post

The Vespers are fresh and infectious. The sisters ethereal look and sound is grounded by the brothers tight and creative rhythm section. Ive seen them mesmerize audiences live several times and look forward to having them back.

Todd Mayo,‚ Music City Roots

Special guest opening the show: Annabelles Curse

Annabelles Curse is an emotional compulsion. They are a cry of camaraderie to the wasted youth of our generation, an emulsion of the hope and the wickedness in our hearts. Hailing from Bristol, Virginia, an area that throbs as the heart of Appalachian roots music, they have traveled beyond long-established folk to craft a profoundly distinctive and soaring sound. While deeply grounded in musical tradition, each song offers the contrast of strong progression woven with striking banjo and guitar riffs, evocative lyrical harmony, stirring imagery, and infectious energy. They lovingly produce dynamic and explosive music dealing with powerful themes of the human condition that resonate with each listener. Annabelles Curse has generated a family of followers moved to stomp until the floorboards split, clap until their hands are numb, and howl until their voices crack. Together, they burst.

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: Four Local Organizations Unite to Make One Man’s Christmas a Little Merrier
DATE: December 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Every once in a while, a great story surfaces that is worth sharing. The following link is to a Wellmont news release that tells of how four local organizations, Holston Valley Medical Center, Shades of Grace United Methodist Church, Courtesy Chevrolet, and the Kingsport Police Department, worked together for the common goal of making one man’s Christmas a little merrier this year.

http://www.wellmont.org/News/Our-Facilities/Hospitals-And-Medical-Centers/Holston-Valley/2014/Holston-Valley-Co-Workers-And-Community-Help-Homeless-Man-Achieve-Greater-Mobility-And-Return-Home.aspx

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KINGSPORT – Michele Howe, veteran wood burning artist, will conduct a four-session wood burning workshop starting on January 9, 2015.‚  They will be held each consecutive Friday in January. The attendees will each create a wood burned owl on birch wood. Those wishing to continue to learn the process will be eligible to attend more advanced classes to further develop their art and skills in the future.‚ ‚  The cost of the class is $220 and students will be provided an 8×10 piece of birch wood, pattern, graphite and the use of a wood burning tool if needed. They should bring a snack and drink.‚  The class will be limited to eight students and payment must be received prior to the beginning of the First class.

Class will be held at
Flying Pig Gallery and Studios,
246 Broad Street, Kingsport TN
[corner of Center Street and Broad Street]

Registration can be done online at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling (423) 392-8414 or in person at the Flying Pig.

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.‚  Flying Pig Gallery and Studios is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am‚¬7 pm. The spirit of the Flying Pig is community. This is a space for creative people to be a vital part of the new 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. There are paintings, jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography and more. All artwork is for sale. There will be a series of art classes for children and adults 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 studio side features the Kingsport Carousel animals that have been hand-carved from wood, and then hand-painted.‚  The Carousel animals have been located in businesses throughout Kingsport over the past several months so that the public could see the animals that will go on to the Carousel when it is completed in early 2015.‚  Now, all of the animals have been collected in one location open for the public to visit.‚  In addition to the Carousel animals, the Rounding Boards, Bird Paintings, and other Carousel components are also on exhibit.‚  Carvers and painters will be on hand to talk about the process of creating these beautiful animals, and to discuss the story behind each animal and how each component of the Carousel is tied to the Kingsport Community.‚  There is a Kingsport Carousel store (future gift shop) located within the studios with beautiful t-shirts, notecards, posters, and much more for sale.

About the Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport:

City of Kingsport Mission: To provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.

The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.‚  Programs & partnerships include: Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Public Art Kingsport, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and they provide a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚  They also serve as coordinator for special events in the city. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the Friends of the Cultural Arts group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsports goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any event contact the

City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414

or log on to www.EngageKingsport.com

The arts are transformative to places as well as individuals.

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: 5 Vehicles Stolen but 6 Recovered in Motor Vehicle Theft Investigation
DATE: December 22, 2014
CASE #: 14-023460
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 19, 2014 at approximately 8:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to J and J Auto Sales, located at 3001 North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport in reference to the theft of multiple motor vehicles. The initial investigation revealed that unknown suspect(s) had cut open a section of chain-link fencing that enclosed the property and had stolen five vehicles listed as follows:

1) 2014 gray Jeep Compass ($38,000 value)

2) 2004 silver Chevrolet Impala ($4,800 value)

3) 2003 black Honda Civic ($4,300 value)

4) 2002 silver Honda Accord ($3,000 value)

5) 1998 brown Chevrolet Blazer ($3,000 value)

Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division responded and began an extensive investigation including, but not limited to, a review of surveillance video from area businesses. Surveillance video showed that two white male suspects, who arrived at approximately 3:15 AM in a light colored Honda and a dark colored Honda (separate from the five aforementioned stolen vehicles), cut the fence and made three separate trips to and from the business to steal the five vehicles. The keys had been left inside the vehicles.

At approximately 11:00 AM, their investigation led them to Stratford Apartments, located at 1433 Stratford Road, where two of the stolen vehicles were recovered, and the nearby Miller Village Apartments, located at 3838 Eastline Drive, where the other three stolen vehicles were recovered. Detectives located the light colored Honda suspect vehicle parked next to one of the stolen vehicles at Miller Village Apartments. They observed burglary tools (a pair of bolt cutters and a screwdriver) as well as multiple sets of car keys in plain view inside the suspect vehicle.

Further investigation led them to the dark colored Honda suspect vehicle, which was parked behind Apostolic Lighthouse Church, located at 145 Shipp Springs Road. This vehicle, a 1993 Honda Accord ($1,000 value) had been reported stolen from a residence at 2009 Greenway Street in a separate incident on December 8, 2014.

Detectives were able to develop Michael Shane Myers and Daniel A. Smith as the two suspects in question in this incident. On December 22, 2014 warrants were obtained charging each of these individuals with multiple felonies including Theft over $10,000 (1 count), Theft over $1,000 (5 counts), and Vandalism over $500 (1 count).

K.P.D. is requesting assistance from the public in locating Mr. Myers and Mr. Smith. Anyone who knows their whereabouts or who may have any additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or 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

WANTED SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Michael Shane Myers
Age Date of Birth 11/24/1995

19 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Last Known Address 2846 Ashley Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Theft over $10,000 (1 count)

2) Theft over $1,000 (5 counts)

3) Vandalism over $500 (1 count)

WANTED SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Daniel A. Smith
Age Date of Birth 8/16/1994

20 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Last Known Address 991 Kinsler Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Theft over $10,000 (1 count)

2) Theft over $1,000 (5 counts)

3) Vandalism over $500 (1 count)

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. Sobriety Checkpoint Nets Two Arrests and 15 Additional Traffic Citations
DATE: December 21, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the ongoing effort to reduce the problem of driving under the influence and related crashes, on the evening of Friday, December 19, 2014 the Kingsport Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Fort Henry Drive in the vicinity of Hammond Bridge in Kingsport. In a two-hour period from 11:00 PM until 1:00 AM, officers made two custodial arrests and issued an additional 15 citations for assorted traffic violations.

The first custodial arrest occurred shortly before midnight when Joseph Donnell Starks attempted to avoid contact with law enforcement when, upon spotting the checkpoint ahead, he turned his vehicle around in a parking lot just before the checkpoint and headed back in the opposite direction. When officers caught up with him, they found that his driver license was suspended. Mr. Starks was arrested for Driving on a Suspended License and transported to the Kingsport City Jail.

The second custodial arrest came about an hour later when Anthony Jack Brogan was stopped at the checkpoint for having an expired license plate. When officers detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from Mr. Brogan, he acknowledged consuming 4 or 5 beers at a friend’s house. After performing poorly on a series of field sobriety tests, he was arrested for 1) Driving Under the Influence, 2) Violation of Registration, 3) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance), and 4) Failure to Provide Notification of Change of Address. Upon his arrival at the Kingsport City Jail, his blood alcohol content registered .20 BAC which is 2 ½ times the legal limit of .08 BAC.

In addition to the above arrests, fifteen citations were issued for the following traffic violations:

1) Violation of Registration (4 offenders)

2) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility Law/No Insurance (1 offender)

3) Seatbelt Law Violation (1 offender)

4) Light Law Violation (5 offenders)

5) Muffler and/or Noise Ordinance Violation (2 offenders)

6) Window Tint Violation (1 offender)

7) Failure to Provide Notification of Change of Address (1 offender)

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.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Anthony Jack Brogan
Age Date of Birth 1/18/1985

29 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 2121 Swannanoa Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Driving Under the Influence

2) Violation of Registration

3) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance)

4) Failure to Provide Notification of Change of Address

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Joseph Donnell Starks
Age Date of Birth 5/29/1983

31 Years of Age

Race/Gender Black/Male
Residency 834 Arbor Hill Drive

Stone Mountain, GA

Charge(s) Driving on a Suspended License

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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WHEN: Saturday December 20, 2014 COST: FREE

WHERE: Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Corner of Broad & Center Streets in Downtown Kingsport

KINGSPORT – Santa Claus will be making a special visit to Flying Pig Gallery & Studios this Saturday December 20, 2014.

The public is invited to visit with Santa from 10 am to Noon and take selfies and traditional photos at no charge.

A do-it-yourself Carousel ornament table will be set up for people to build their own special keepsake Carousel ornament from 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be hot cider and refreshments at no charge.  This is a perfect opportunity to see all the Carousel carvings and paintings, and get updates on the project and have a talk with Saint Nick.

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. Flying Pig Gallery and Studios is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am-7 pm. The spirit of the Flying Pig is community. This is a space for creative people to be a vital part of the new 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. There are paintings, jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography and more. All artwork is for sale. There will be a series of art classes for children and adults 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 studio side features the Kingsport Carousel animals that have been hand-carved from wood, and then hand painted. The Carousel animals have been located in businesses throughout Kingsport over the past several months so that the public could see the animals that will go on to the Carousel when it is completed in early 2015. Now, all of the animals have been collected in one location open for the public to visit. In addition to the Carousel animals, the Rounding Boards, Bird Paintings, and other Carousel components are also on exhibit. Carvers and painters will be on hand to talk about the process of creating these beautiful animals, and to discuss the story behind each animal and how each component of the Carousel is tied to the Kingsport Community.

There is a Kingsport Carousel store (future gift shop) located within the studios with beautiful t-shirts, notecards, posters, and much more for sale.

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: Domestic Violence Suspect Wanted by Kingsport Police Evades Traffic Stop
DATE: December 18, 2014
CASE #: 14-023121, 14-023123, and 14-023124
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 15, 2014 at approximately 8:00 AM, a female domestic violence victim came to the Kingsport Justice Center to report an incident that had just occurred on East Stone Drive in Kingsport. She stated that her husband, Shawn L. Botkin, with whom she has recently separated, had chased her from Blountville to Kingsport. He was driving a compact sport utility vehicle, believed to be a Suzuki Vitara or Geo Tracker, that was two-tone green over silver in color.

She said that at approximately 7:45 AM, she was westbound on 11-W, when Mr. Botkin passed her going the opposite direction. She reported that he turned around and caught up with her as she entered the city limits of Kingsport. She said that he pulled up beside her near the intersection of East Stone Drive at Beechnut Drive and told her, “I got you.” She said that near the intersection of Indian Trail Drive he bumped her vehicle in the rear end with the front of his vehicle. She reported that Mr. Botkin continued to follow her until just before her arrival at the Kingsport Justice Center.

Sgt. Steve Summey of the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to the Downtown Kingsport area to be on the lookout for Mr. Botkin’s vehicle. Sgt. Summey observed the vehicle traveling on West Center Street near Lynn Garden Drive. Sgt. Summey caught up to the vehicle on West Sullivan Street and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle ran the stop sign on Sullivan Street at Donelson Drive, accelerated eastbound on Lovedale Drive at a high rate of speed, and passed another vehicle on the double yellow line. Due to the extreme reckless driving and the safety of other motorists, Sgt. Summey wisely terminated the pursuit.

Moments later, another motorist traveling on Clinchfield Street observed the suspect vehicle on Donelson Drive approaching Clinchfield Street. The motorist reported that the suspect vehicle ran the stop sign on Donelson Drive at Clinchfield Street, sideswiped his car, and continued to flee on Clinchfield Street.

Shawn L. Botkin is still at large. A warrant has been obtained charging him with:

1) Felony Reckless Endangerment

2) Felony Evading Arrest

3) Domestic Assault

4) Driving on a Revoked License

5) Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Anyone who may know where he can be located is asked to contact 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

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Shawn L. Botkin
Age Date of Birth 1/8/1977

37 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Last Known Address 1072 Kings Meadow Private Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Felony Reckless Endangerment

2) Felony Evading Arrest

3) Domestic Assault

4) Driving on a Revoked License

5) Leaving the Scene of an Accident

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit