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 Investigating High Speed I-26 Crash
DATE: April 30, 2015
CASE #: 15-008713
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 29, 2015, just prior to midnight, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to westbound Interstate 26 at mile marker 4.4 (Wilcox Drive exit) in reference to a crash with injuries. Due to the severity of the injuries, the K.P.D. Traffic Squad was called to the scene. Their resultant investigation revealed the following:

A 2015 Chrysler 200, being driven by Winston Taylor Schuler, was westbound on Interstate 26 approaching the Wilcox Drive Exit. According to multiple witness statements and corroborating crash investigation, the Chrysler was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. Mr. Schuler lost control of the vehicle allowing it to leave the left side of the roadway and enter the median. The vehicle traveled along the cable barrier for approximately 200 feet until striking a guard rail. Upon impact with the guard rail, the engine and most of the front portion of the vehicle separated from the remainder of the vehicle. The remainder of the vehicle, which included the passenger compartment, flipped and came to a rest upside down in the middle of the westbound traffic lanes.

Moments after this initial crash, a westbound 1998 Toyota 4Runner, driven by Blake A. Erickson, approached the scene. There were no street lights, and the lighting on the Chrysler had been completely disabled during the crash. Due to the dark conditions, Mr. Erickson did not see the Chrysler in the roadway, and his vehicle struck the Chrysler.

A passenger in the Chrysler, Brandon M. Cobb, was not properly restrained and was ejected through the rear window of the vehicle. Investigators are still working to determine whether he was ejected during the initial or secondary crash. All three motorists sustained serious injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment.

Westbound I-26 was completely closed for approximately three hours but has since been reopened for traffic. The crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending. Excessive speed, combined with alcohol and drug use, are believed to be contributing factors in the initial crash. Anyone who witnessed the actual crash, or saw the Chrysler being driven leading up to the crash, who has not yet spoken to law enforcement is asked to contact investigators at 423-224-2750.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chrysler
Model 200
Year 2015
Type 4-door Sedan
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Winston Taylor Schuler
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Lynchburg, Virginia
Injuries Serious Injuries
Passenger Name Brandon M. Cobb
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Johnson City, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Toyota
Model 4Runner
Year 1998
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Silver
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Blake A. Erickson
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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KINGSPORT – On April 27, 2015 the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the 2014 Crimes in Tennessee Report.‚  This annual report highlights crimes, arrests, and clearance rates of individual jurisdictions as well as the State of Tennessee as a whole.

When comparing the 2014 data to that of the previous year, the Kingsport Police Department saw a slight overall decrease (less than 1%) in the more serious crimes known collectively as Group A Offenses.‚  The City of Kingsport also saw a decrease in the overall crime rate of just over 3% when comparing 2014 to 2013.‚  The T.B.I. calculates crime rates as the number of Group A crimes per 100,000 residents

One category in which the Kingsport Police Department has continued to show significant improvement is in solving crimes once they are reported.‚  K.P.D.s 2014 overall clearance rate was 47.45% which is an almost 6% improvement over last years clearance rate of 41.49%.‚  K.P.D.s 2014 overall clearance rate also tops the statewide clearance rate of 39.22% by over 8%.

To view the 2014 Crimes in Tennessee Report, please visit the following link:

http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/tn_crime_stats/publications/2014%20Crime%20in%20TN%20-%20secured.pdf

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The Kingsport Area Safety Council presents the 30th Annual Safety Seminar May 13, 2015 at the Eastman Toy F. Reid Employee Center, Kingsport, Tennessee.

The Kingsport Area Safety Council (KASC) ‚ is celebrating its 30th Annual Safety Seminar at the Eastmans Toy F. Reid Employee Center on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 (To view the brochure, please click here.). KASC a local non-profit organization, is also celebrating its 70th anniversary during 2015. KASC was established in 1944 to promote safety in our community, and that mission still exists.

Some of the 30th Annual Safety Seminar classes include:

  • How Do YOU Rank As A Driver?
  • So, You Think It Wont Happen To You?
  • The Shocking Truth About Electricity
  • Be Prepared for Severe Weather Emergencies
  • Protecting Your Identity: What You Should Know & What You Should Do
  • Protecting What You Value Most: Fire Safety In The Home

Plus many more! Safety Professionals from the Tri-Cities and beyond will be presenting in over 50 classroom sessions and indoor and outdoor demonstrations and exhibits throughout the day.

KASC has members from Holston Army Ammunition Plant/BAE Systems, Inc, Eastman, Wellmont, ETSU, KFD, KPD, City of Kingsport, Domtar, TOSHA and many other local businesses that work to make this effort successful. Thanks for your consideration.

For additional information, contact:

www.kptasc.org

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KINGSPORT – On April 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Divisions First Platoon reported for roll call just like any other night, only on that particular night, one officer was missing.‚  Officer Jamal Phelps had failed to report to work.‚  Finding this extremely out of character for Jamal, his supervisors and fellow officers tried several times to call him with no response.‚  They soon went to his apartment where they found him on the floor, completely incapacitated by a massive stroke caused by a blood clot in his brain.‚  Jamal was rushed to Holston Valley Medical Center and then transferred later that evening to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

Jamals stroke has left the entire left side of his body paralyzed.‚  He has already undergone three major medical procedures since arriving at U.T. Medical Center.‚  He is originally from Chicago, Illinois and will soon be transferred to another facility in that area, close to his family, where he will likely require ongoing treatment and extensive rehabilitation for years to come.‚  Life as he knows it will be forever changed, and his current and future medical expenses will be unfathomable.‚  Several individuals have contacted the department asking how they can go about making a monetary donation to help offset some of Jamals medical expenses.‚  Two avenues have now been established for anyone wishing to make donations.

1)‚ ‚  Donations may be made in person to the Jamal Phelps Fund at the First Kingsport Credit Union, located at 408 Clay Street in Kingsport.

2)‚ ‚  Donations may be made electronically to the Jamal Phelps Assistance Fund by visiting the following link: http://www.GoFundMe.com/JamalPhelps.

A t-shirt has been designed to honor Officer Phelps, and those will be available for purchase by the public.‚  The shirts will sell for $20 with all proceeds going to his benefit fund.‚  Anyone who wishes to purchase a shirt needs to bring $20 in cash to the Records window at the Kingsport Justice Center.‚  An order will be placed each Friday as long as there is demand, and the shirts will be available for pick-up on the following Monday.

Jamal is only 34 years old.‚  He was sworn in as a Kingsport Police Officer on March 24, 2014 and reported to the Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Academy in Greeneville, TN shortly thereafter.‚  The photograph of Jamal included in this release was taken at his graduation where he was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award recognizing his performance as the most outstanding officer in the class.‚  He returned to Kingsport, successfully completed his field training, and has been policing Kingsports streets solo for about six months.

Jamal originally arrived in this area in 2004 after receiving a track scholarship to Milligan College.‚  He graduated from Milligan in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.‚  He is a faithful member of Holy Mountain Baptist Church in Kingsport where he has been extremely active in the childrens ministry.‚  While attending Holy Mountain Baptist Church he met a fellow member who is a veteran Kingsport Police Officer, and the two eventually became good friends.‚  The officer went on to recruit Jamal into a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department.

Chief David Quillin had this to say: Although his career at the Kingsport Police Department was cut short, Jamal took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of Kingsport.‚  I, as well as all of his fellow officers, are keeping him ever present in our thoughts and prayers and will always consider him a part of our family here at K.P.D.‚  The men and women of K.P.D. also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Knoxville Police Department for treating Jamal like one of their own and arranging for lodging and transportation for his family during his stay at the U.T. Medical Center.

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: T.B.I. Report Shows Crime Rate Down and Clearance Rate Up in Kingsport
DATE: April 27, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 27, 2015 the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the 2014 Crimes in Tennessee Report. This annual report highlights crimes, arrests, and clearance rates of individual jurisdictions as well as the State of Tennessee as a whole.

When comparing the 2014 data to that of the previous year, the Kingsport Police Department saw a slight overall decrease (less than 1%) in the more serious crimes known collectively as Group A Offenses. The City of Kingsport also saw a decrease in the overall crime rate of just over 3% when comparing 2014 to 2013. The T.B.I. calculates crime rates as the number of Group A crimes per 100,000 residents

One category in which the Kingsport Police Department has continued to show significant improvement is in solving crimes once they are reported. K.P.D.’s 2014 overall clearance rate was 47.45% which is an almost 6% improvement over last year’s clearance rate of 41.49%. K.P.D.’s 2014 overall clearance rate also tops the statewide clearance rate of 39.22% by over 8%.

To view the 2014 Crimes in Tennessee Report, please visit the following link:

http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/tn_crime_stats/publications/2014%20Crime%20in%20TN%20-%20secured.pdf

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: 34 Year Old Rookie K.P.D. Officer Suffers Massive Stroke Leaving Him Partially Paralyzed
DATE: April 27, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Division’s First Platoon reported for roll call just like any other night, only on that particular night, one officer was missing. Officer Jamal Phelps had failed to report to work. Finding this extremely out of character for Jamal, his supervisors and fellow officers tried several times to call him with no response. They soon went to his apartment where they found him on the floor, completely incapacitated by a massive stroke caused by a blood clot in his brain. Jamal was rushed to Holston Valley Medical Center and then transferred later that evening to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

Jamal’s stroke has left the entire left side of his body paralyzed. He has already undergone three major medical procedures since arriving at U.T. Medical Center. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois and will soon be transferred to another facility in that area, close to his family, where he will likely require ongoing treatment and extensive rehabilitation for years to come. Life as he knows it will be forever changed, and his current and future medical expenses will be unfathomable. Several individuals have contacted the department asking how they can go about making a monetary donation to help offset some of Jamal’s medical expenses. Two avenues have now been established for anyone wishing to make donations.

1) Donations may be made in person to the “Jamal Phelps Fund” at the First Kingsport Credit Union, located at 408 Clay Street in Kingsport.

2) Donations may be made electronically to the “Jamal Phelps Assistance Fund” by visiting the following link: http://www.GoFundMe.com/JamalPhelps.

A t-shirt has been designed to honor Officer Phelps, and those will be available for purchase by the public. The shirts will sell for $20 with all proceeds going to his benefit fund. Anyone who wishes to purchase a shirt needs to bring $20 in cash to the Records window at the Kingsport Justice Center. An order will be placed each Friday as long as there is demand, and the shirts will be available for pick-up on the following Monday.

Jamal is only 34 years old. He was sworn in as a Kingsport Police Officer on March 24, 2014 and reported to the Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Academy in Greeneville, TN shortly thereafter. The photograph of Jamal included in this release was taken at his graduation where he was presented with the “Outstanding Achievement Award” recognizing his performance as the most outstanding officer in the class. He returned to Kingsport, successfully completed his field training, and has been policing Kingsport’s streets solo for about six months.

Jamal originally arrived in this area in 2004 after receiving a track scholarship to Milligan College. He graduated from Milligan in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is a faithful member of Holy Mountain Baptist Church in Kingsport where he has been extremely active in the children’s ministry. While attending Holy Mountain Baptist Church he met a fellow member who is a veteran Kingsport Police Officer, and the two eventually became good friends. The officer went on to recruit Jamal into a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department.

Chief David Quillin had this to say: “Although his career at the Kingsport Police Department was cut short, Jamal took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of Kingsport. I, as well as all of his fellow officers, are keeping him ever present in our thoughts and prayers and will always consider him a part of our family here at K.P.D. The men and women of K.P.D. also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Knoxville Police Department for treating Jamal like one of their own and arranging for lodging and transportation for his family during his stay at the U.T. Medical Center.”

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Four Vehicle Crash Which Resulted in Three Injuries
DATE: April 24, 2015
CASE #: 15-008290
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 24, 2015 at approximately 11:30 AM, the Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit responded to a four vehicle crash in the intersection of Fort Henry Drive at Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. Three vehicles including a 2004 Chevrolet Impala Police Cruiser owned by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, a 2014 Toyota 4Runner, and a 2012 Toyota RAV4 were stopped on southbound Fort Henry Drive waiting for the red light to change. The vehicles were stopped three abreast in the left turn lane, left lane, and right lane respectively.

A 2005 BMW 330i driven by Mary A. Adair was westbound on Memorial Boulevard at a high rate of speed in the right turn lane, approaching Fort Henry Drive. For unknown reasons, Ms. Adair made no attempt to slow her vehicle as she approached the intersection. Her BMW struck a concrete lane divider sending the vehicle airborne. The BMW crossed the northbound lanes in the air and crashed into the three stopped vehicles.

Ms. Adair received incapacitating injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Two other drivers sustained non-incapacitating injuries and were transported for treatment as well. All 4 vehicles sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene. The southbound lanes of Fort Henry Drive remained closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and the vehicles were removed from the scene.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending. Anyone who witnessed the crash who has not yet spoken with investigators is asked to contact the K.P.D. Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750. Investigators are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who observed Ms. Adair’s driving while her vehicle was traveling on Memorial Boulevard prior to the crash.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make BMW
Model 330i
Year 2005
Type 4-door Sedan
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Mary A. Adair
Age 68 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Impala Police Cruiser
Year 2004
Type 4-door Sedan
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy
Age 27 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Blountville, TN
Injuries Non-Incapacitating Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Toyota
Model 4Runner
Year 2014
Type Mid-Sized Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Silver
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Brittany M. Whitaker
Age 24 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Non-Incapacitating Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #4 INFORMATION
Make Toyota
Model RAV4
Year 2012
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Jamie L. Zimmerman
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injuries
Passenger Name Name Not Released Due to Age
Age 2 Months of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injuries
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: Two Juvenile Suspects Identified and Charged in Bomb Threat at Andrew Jackson Elementary School
DATE: April 24, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Two male juvenile suspects, a nine year old and an eleven year old, have been arrested and charged with Filing a False Report by Making a Bomb Threat, a Class C Felony, in connection with the Friday morning bomb threat at Andrew Jackson Elementary School.

The Kingsport Police Department and the Kingsport City School System take this criminal activity very seriously and wish to stress that this behavior will not be tolerated and those responsible are being held accountable.

As previously released:

On April 24, 2015, shortly after 9:00 AM, The Kingsport Police Department was notified of a bomb threat at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, located at 600 Jackson Street in Kingsport. All students, faculty, and staff have been temporarily evacuated while K.P.D. clears the school. This threat comes in the wake of three other bomb threats at John Sevier Middle School over the past two days. Felony arrests have been made in all of those instances. The Kingsport Police Department and the Kingsport City School System take this criminal activity very seriously and wish to stress that this behavior will not be tolerated and those responsible are being held accountable.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Age
Age 9 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Filing a False Report by Making a Bomb Threat (Class C Felony)

(No photo included due to age of offender)

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Age
Age 11 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Filing a False Report by Making a Bomb Threat (Class C Felony)

(No photo included due to age of offender)

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 After Oxycodone Discovered During K.P.D. Vice Unit Search Warrant
DATE: April 24, 2015
CASE #: 15-008260
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 23, 2015 at approximately 9:30 PM, Investigators from the Kingsport Police Department’s Vice are Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at the home of Mary K. Sutherland, located at 1158 Dorothy Street in Kingsport. This search warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into illegal drug sales by Ms. Sutherland.

During the search, investigators discovered 110 Oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $3,300. They also seized nearly $1,500 which was believed to be profit from illegal drug sales. Also seized were several food stamp cards that detectives determined had been bartered to Ms. Sutherland in exchange for drugs.

Ms. Sutherland was home at the time the warrant was served and was subsequently arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Drugs for Resale and Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used, Sold, or Stored. She was processed in the Kingsport City Jail and later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville for confinement while she awaits arraignment.

Additional evidence uncovered during the investigation has indicated that Ms. Sutherland has been using her TennCare benefits to obtain these narcotics. This matter is still under investigation with additional charges pending.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Mary K. Sutherland
Age Date of Birth 8/21/1942

72 Years of Age

Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 1158 Dorothy Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Oxycodone) for Resale

2) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Used, Sold, or 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: Female Juvenile Suspect in Custody in Third J.S.M.S. Bomb Threat
DATE: April 24, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
A female juvenile suspect has been arrested and charged with Filing a False Report by Making a Bomb Threat, a Class C Felony, in connection with the most recent bomb threat at John Sevier Middle School.

The Kingsport Police Department and the Kingsport City School System take this criminal activity very seriously and wish to stress that this behavior will not be tolerated and those responsible are being held accountable.

As previously released:

On April 23, 2015 at approximately 2:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was called back to John Sevier Middle School, located at 1200 Wateree Street to investigate the third bomb threat in the past two days. Once again, the school was temporarily evacuated while K.P.D. could clear the school. Students, faculty, and staff where eventually allowed to return to the school with dismissal occurring at the usual time and manner. This most recent threat is still under investigation.

The third threat occurred less than three hours after two juveniles were arrested for the previous two threats. Both individuals are being charged with Filing a False Report by Making a Bomb Threat which is a Class C Felony. Both suspects will be confined in an area juvenile detention facility while they await further action in Juvenile Court.

The Kingsport Police Department and the Kingsport City School System are encouraging parents to use this opportunity to discuss the seriousness of this criminal activity with their school-aged children as a possible deterrent to further instances of this nature.

To view the K.P.D. News Release on the earlier incidents, please visit the following link:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2015/04/23/kpd-e-news-release-two-juvenile-suspects-in-custody-in-repeat-bomb-threats-at-john-sevier-middle-school/

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Age
Age 12 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Filing a False Report by Making a Bomb Threat (Class C Felony)

(No photo included due to age of offender)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit