Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Tip Leads Kingsport Officers to Wanted Fugitives and Meth Lab
DATE: February 26, 2016
CASE #: 16-003966
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 26, 2016 at approximately 11:00 AM Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of possible drug activity and wanted fugitives at Maple Oak Apartments #156, located at 818 Oak Street in Kingsport. Upon arrival, they spoke with the resident, identified as Kelli R. Larkins. Ms. Larkins initially lied and denied that anyone else was there; however, when the officers spotted other individuals moving about, she eventually consented to a search of her apartment.

Officers immediately encountered another female, identified as Jessica L. Lundy, as she stepped out into a hallway. They soon also located a male, identified as Johnny Blaine Moore, where he had retreated to hide in a bedroom closet. An active warrant check revealed that Ms. Lundy was wanted out of Hawkins County for Violation of Probation, while Mr. Moore was wanted out of Hawkins County for Failure to Appear on a prior dangerous drug charge.

During the search for these fugitives, the officers discovered an active meth lab inside the apartment. The K.P.D. Vice and Narcotics Unit was immediately called to the scene to take over the investigation. The Meth Task Force and the Kingsport Fire Department also responded to assist with the safe collection of evidence as well as the proper decontamination of the officers, the suspects, and the crime scene.

The three suspects were transported to the Kingsport Justice Center. After further investigation, all three suspects were charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia. Ms. Larkins was also charged with Maintaining a Dwelling Where Drugs are Used, Stored, Sold, or Manufactured. Ms. Lundy and Mr. Moore were also held on the pre-existing arrest warrants.

They were all confined in the Kingsport City Jail pending arraignment.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Kelli R. Larkins
Age Date of Birth 9/19/1974

41 Years of Age

Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 818 Oak Street

Maple Oak Apartments #156

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Manufacturing of Methamphetamine

2) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

3) Maintaining a Dwelling Where Drugs are Used, Stored, Sold, or Manufactured

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Jessica L. Lundy
Age Date of Birth 7/24/1991

24 Years of Age

Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 818 Oak Street

Maple Oak Apartments #225

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Manufacturing of Methamphetamine

2) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

3) Also Arrested on Outstanding Hawkins County Warrant for Violation of Probation

SUSPECT #3 INFORMATION
Name Johnny Blaine Moore
Age Date of Birth 5/12/1973

42 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Currently Homeless
Charge(s) 1) Manufacturing of Methamphetamine

2) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

3) Also Arrested on Outstanding Hawkins County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Prior Dangerous Drug Charge

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)

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Seeking Suspect in Residential Burglary
DATE: February 26, 2016
CASE #: 16-003604
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 22, 2016 at approximately 11:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a burglar alarm at a residence in the 2000 block of Fairview Avenue in Kingsport. Upon arrival, they located a broken window on the rear of the residence as well as a back door that was ajar. The officers searched the premises; however, nobody was located.

The homeowner responded and surveyed her residence to determine if anything had been stolen. The house had been ransacked; however, the only thing that initially appeared to be missing was a single pillowcase.

A check of in-home surveillance video footage showed what looks to be a single white male suspect inside the residence. It appears that he entered through the window, dumped out several drawers, removed a pillowcase from a pillow (most likely for the purpose of collecting his loot), but then exited through the door after being scared off by the alarm.

This same home was previously burglarized approximately seven months earlier.

Several photos of the suspect taken from surveillance video have been included in this release. A clip of the actual footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below. Please note that the suspect does not appear until about 20 seconds into the clip.

https://youtu.be/YQReUgeugXc

Anyone who recognizes him or who may have any additional information which may assist Detectives with their investigation is asked to contact 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

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Pickup Crashes Through Wal-Mart Entrance Injuring Family
DATE: February 23, 2016
CASE #: 16-003740
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 23, 2016 at approximately 6:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision involving four pedestrians at Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The ensuing investigation revealed the following:

A family of four, including a father, a mother, and two small children (18 months and 6 months of age) were exiting the store, pushing a shopping cart through the painted crosswalk, just outside the General Merchandise (west) entrance. The six month old was riding in the shopping cart.

Meanwhile, a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 full-size pickup was being backed from a parking space by the 79 year old driver, Robert L. Waterman. Mr. Waterman stated that thinking he was pressing the brake pedal, he mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead.

The pickup accelerated backward toward the store, striking the family and pushing them through the exterior doors back inside the store. The pickup finally came to a stop completely inside the foyer area of the store. There were reinforced barricade poles in place; however, the pickup was able to slip between two of the poles.

The family of four were all transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of incapacitating injuries. At this time, none of their injuries appear to be life-threatening. Mr. Waterman was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center as well for evaluation of potential injuries he may have sustained in the crash.

As this crash occurred on private property rather than a public roadway, no charges were immediately filed.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Dodge
Model Ram 1500
Year 1997
Type Full-Size Pickup Truck
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Robert L. Waterman
Age 79 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Jacob H. Marshall
Age 24 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Kirsten L. McPeek
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 18 Months of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 6 Months of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

ONEKingsport_2

KINGSPORT – On March 2, 2016, the City of Kingsport will have been incorporated for 99 years, and will be one year away from celebrating its centennial in 2017. With an educational and fun-filled year coming up, Kingsport will be ready to celebrate its 100th birthday and to commemorate the citys past, present and future.
What:  Kingsport 100 Press Conference
Who:  John Clark, Mayor
Jeff Fleming, City Manager
Ken Maness, Centennial Communications Committee
Brenda White-Wright, Kingsport Centennial Park Committee Chair
Jeff & CeeGee McCord, Centennial Commission Co-Chairs
Where: 101 E. Main Street, Kingsport Train Station (Citizens Bank)
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m.
A centennial souvenir will be available for those in attendance

One Kingsport Post Summit Work Group Arts and Entertainment will meet from 11:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact Justin Steinman (224-2482).

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Request Assistance in Identifying Team of Felonious Shoplifters
DATE: February 18, 2016
CASE #: 16-002734
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 23, 2016 at approximately 8:00 PM a team of three suspects, all white males, shoplifted nearly $700 in merchandise from Wal-Mart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. Two of the suspects loaded a generator and a blender into a shopping cart, and then the third suspect wheeled the cart out of the store with no attempt to pay for the items.

The trio fled the scene in a red vehicle of unknown make or model. Additional information has been obtained that one or more of the suspects may have also been traveling recently in a green Dodge Caravan minivan.

The theft was captured on store surveillance video with photos taken from that footage of all three suspects included in this release. Anyone who recognizes any or all of them is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division by calling 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

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal Crash on East Stone Drive Involving a Pedestrian (Updated with Identity of Pedestrian)
DATE: February 15, 2016
CASE #: 16-003030
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This news release has been updated to include the previously unreleased identity of the pedestrian who was killed in the crash.

On February 13, 2016 at approximately 7:35 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the stretch of roadway in front of Hardee’s Restaurant, located at 1405 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, in reference to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Due to the severity of injuries inflicted upon the pedestrian, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was summoned to the scene to spearhead the investigation. The resultant inquiry revealed the following:

A silver 2003 Honda CRV, driven by Jamie Jason Hodge, was eastbound in the 1400 block of East Stone Drive in the far right lane. A pedestrian, identified as Charles F. Garrett, was crossing East Stone Drive in a north to south direction. Mr. Hodge stated that he realized that he had struck something, but was not initially sure what it was. He indicated that he traveled a short distance, turned around, went back to investigate, and realized that he had struck Mr. Garrett.

Mr. Garrett sustained serious injuries and was initially transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency treatment; however, he ultimately succumbed to his injuries and died approximately three hours after arriving at the hospital. Neither Mr. Hodge nor his passenger were injured during the incident.

During the course of the investigation, Mr. Hodge’s degree of cooperation began to decline. Based upon evidence collected at the scene, there was reason to believe that alcohol impairment may have been a factor in the crash. A search warrant was obtained, allowing retrieval of a sample of Mr. Hodge’s blood as potential evidence. That sample will be submitted to the T.B.I. Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model CRV
Year 2003
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Silver
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Jamie Jason Hodge
Age 42 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries None
Passenger Name Tara S. Romine
Age 35 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries None
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Charles F. Garrett
Age 56 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Bristol, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KFD_News_72

KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Fire Department reminds residents that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the winter months. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-bart kid-free zone around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • New homes and new furnishings burn faster and reach higher temperatures more rapidly than older homes and furnishings.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Replace any smoke alarms that are over 10 years old with new smoke alarms that have both ionization (detects fast burning fires quickly) and photoelectric (detects fast slow smoldering fires quickly) sensors equipped with long life batteries.
  • Plan and practice a home escape plan with your family.
  • If you do have a fire Get Out and Stay Out and call 911.

The Kingsport Fire Department has a limited supply of smoke alarms and hearing impaired alarms available at Station 1, 130 Island Street. Tennessee State Law requires landlords to provide working smoke alarms to rental homes and apartments.

For more fire safety information go to www.nfpa.org

KPD_News_100

KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.  Applications will be accepted beginning February 13, 2016 until April 3, 2016.  Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply.  Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kingsport

Following the April 3rd deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a letter by traditional mail, containing further instructions regarding the upcoming police applicant testing procedures.  All applicants will undergo a series of tests, beginning with a written examination on April 26, 2016.  Applicants who successfully pass the written examination will advance forward to a physical agility evaluation and ultimately to a series of interviews.

The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire at least seven new officers out of this testing process to fill current and pending vacancies.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.45 per hour or $32,148 annually.  Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate for prior experience if certain criteria are met.  Academy training and all essential equipment including uniforms, firearms, body armor, and duty gear are provided by the department.  K.P.D. also issues take-home police cruisers to officers meeting specific residency requirements.

City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401.  For additional information regarding a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call the K.P.D. Public Information Officer at 423-229-9433.

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Police Officer
DATE: February 15, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications will be accepted beginning February 13, 2016 until April 3, 2016. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kingsport

Following the April 3rd deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a letter by traditional mail, containing further instructions regarding the upcoming police applicant testing procedures. All applicants will undergo a series of tests, beginning with a written examination on April 26, 2016. Applicants who successfully pass the written examination will advance forward to a physical agility evaluation and ultimately to a series of interviews.

The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire at least seven new officers out of this testing process to fill current and pending vacancies.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.45 per hour or $32,148 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate for prior experience if certain criteria are met. Academy training and all essential equipment including uniforms, firearms, body armor, and duty gear are provided by the department. K.P.D. also issues take-home police cruisers to officers meeting specific residency requirements.

City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call the K.P.D. Public Information Officer at 423-229-9433.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit