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200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
Kingsport Police Department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect in Custody in Failed Early Morning Burger King Armed Robbery Attempt
DATE: March 31, 2016
CASE #: 16-006327
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The suspect in a recent robbery at a local fast food restaurant is now in custody. On March 28, 2016 at approximately 5:45 AM, a previously unidentified suspect attempted an armed robbery at Burger King, located at 1209 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. Throughout the course of the resulting investigation, and largely in part to citizen tips stemming from an earlier news release, Joshua M. Pritchett was identified as the suspect in question.

On March 30, 2016 at approximately 5:00 PM, Kingsport Police Detectives located Mr. Pritchett at 1441 Waverly Road in Kingsport where he was arrested without incident. He was transported to and confined within the Kingsport City Jail. He was arraigned earlier this morning, where his bond was set at $15,000 by the presiding judge. He presently remains incarcerated and is scheduled for transfer to the Sullivan County Jail later today.

As previously released:

On March 28, 2016 at approximately 5:45 AM, an unknown suspect attempted an armed robbery at Burger King, located at 1209 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. The suspect entered the restaurant using the entrance on the Ming Garden side of the restaurant.

He approached the counter, began pacing back and forth, and shouted for the employees, who were in the back kitchen area, to come to the counter. While impatiently waiting, he walked around the counter, helped himself to a beverage cup, and returned to the customer side of the counter.

As the manager approached the counter, she sensed something was amiss. Her suspicions were confirmed when the suspect drew and brandished what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun from where he had it concealed in the waistband of his pants. The manager and the other employees immediately fled in fear out of the rear employee exit to an area of safety outside of the restaurant.

The suspect then fled the scene empty-handed out of the front exit on the Eastman Road side of the restaurant. He was last seen running on foot into a wooded area in the vicinity of Pineola and Carolina Avenues directly across North Eastman Road from Burger King. Responding officers attempted to track him using a K-9 but were unsuccessful. The suspect remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect is described as a tall, slender, white male, standing approximately 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches in height. He is believed to possibly be in his early twenties. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt, black pants, and black gloves. He was wearing a black knit cap and a blue bandana which concealed most of his facial features from view.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance video. Two photographs of the suspect taken from that footage have been included in this release. Two excerpts of that footage have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the following links:

https://youtu.be/DUp4FV7iljA

https://youtu.be/WTO_ez0Pjx0

Anyone who may know the identity of this suspect or who may have any information which may assist with this investigation 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

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Joshua M. Pritchett
Age Date of Birth 4/19/1992

23 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 1441 Waverly Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Aggravated Robbery
RELEASING OFFICER
Kingsport Police Department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer, and only one week remains to apply.  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 ten (10) 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.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ The City of Kingsport will continue water, sewer, stormwater, and road improvements in the Colonial Heights area for the next eighteen months.‚  Sanitary sewer installation work will continue over the next two weeks on Moreland Drive, in the vicinity of the intersections with Shadyside Drive and Nickleby Court.‚  This work is expected to be completed by April 8th.

Work will begin behind the apartments off Kendrick Creek Road (near Tiffany Court) on March 28th.‚  This work is expected to be completed by April 28th.

Merkel Brothers Construction will be the contractor performing the work for the City.‚  The construction zone will be marked by flashing signs and directed by flaggers ‚¬ when required.‚  Drivers are asked to slow down and use caution in the area during this time.

If you have any questions, please contact Hank Clabaugh with the City of Kingsport Engineering Division at 423-229-9324 or hankclabaugh@kingsporttn.gov. Thanks for your cooperation during this improvement process.

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200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
Kingsport police department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Investigating Failed Early Morning Burger King Armed Robbery Attempt
DATE: March 28, 2016
CASE #: 16-006327
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 28, 2016 at approximately 5:45 AM, an unknown suspect attempted an armed robbery at Burger King, located at 1209 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. The suspect entered the restaurant using the entrance on the Ming Garden side of the restaurant.

He approached the counter, began pacing back and forth, and shouted for the employees, who were in the back kitchen area, to come to the counter. While impatiently waiting, he walked around the counter, helped himself to a beverage cup, and returned to the customer side of the counter.

As the manager approached the counter, she sensed something was amiss. Her suspicions were confirmed when the suspect drew and brandished what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun from where he had it concealed in the waistband of his pants. The manager and the other employees immediately fled in fear out of the rear employee exit to an area of safety outside of the restaurant.

The suspect then fled the scene empty-handed out of the front exit on the Eastman Road side of the restaurant. He was last seen running on foot into a wooded area in the vicinity of Pineola and Carolina Avenues directly across North Eastman Road from Burger King. Responding officers attempted to track him using a K-9 but were unsuccessful. The suspect remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect is described as a tall, slender, white male, standing approximately 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches in height. He is believed to possibly be in his early twenties. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt, black pants, and black gloves. He was wearing a black knit cap and a blue bandana which concealed most of his facial features from view.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance video. Two photographs of the suspect taken from that footage have been included in this release. Two excerpts of that footage have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the following links:

https://youtu.be/DUp4FV7iljA

https://youtu.be/WTO_ez0Pjx0

Anyone who may know the identity of this suspect or who may have any information which may assist with this investigation 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
Kingsport police department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport is Currently Accepting Applications for Police Officer (Final Notice)
DATE: March 28, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer, and only one week remains to apply. 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 ten (10) 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
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Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
Kingsport police department

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash
DATE: March 26, 2016
CASE #: 16-006173
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 26, 2016, shortly before 10:00 AM, a passing motorist notified Kingsport Central Dispatch of a single vehicle motorcycle crash at the intersection of Mullins Street and Ridgecrest Avenue in Kingsport. The crash initially appears to have been unwitnessed; therefore, it is currently unknown exactly what time it occurred. Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Crash Investigators responded to the scene. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2015 Suzuki GSXR-750 sport/racing style motorcycle, operated by Cody J. Bowen, was negotiating a right turn from eastbound Mullins Street to southbound Ridgecrest Avenue. For unknown reasons, Mr. Bowen apparently lost control of the motorcycle during the turn. The motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway, and Mr. Bowen was thrown from the bike. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment.

Mr. Bowen remains hospitalized with serious/life-threatening injuries. The crash is still under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who may have any information which would assist with the investigation is asked to call the K.P.D. Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750 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

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Suzuki
Model GSXR-750
Year 2015
Type Sport/Racing Style Motorcycle
Color Blue
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name Cody J. Bowen
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious/Life-Threatening
RELEASING OFFICER
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Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
kingsport police department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Tractor Trailer Rollover Crash Delays Interstate Traffic
DATE: March 26, 2016
CASE #: 16-006177
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 26, 2016 shortly after 10:00 AM Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Interstates 26 and 81. The ensuing investigation revealed the following:

A 2011 Peterbilt semi/tractor trailer, driven by Ronnie W. Ellenburg, was negotiating a curve on the ramp from eastbound Interstate 26 to northbound Interstate 81. The tractor trailer was owned by Everhart Transportation, Inc. of Greeneville, TN. As the tractor trailer prepared to merge onto I-81, it rolled over onto its side and slid into the northbound traffic lanes. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Mr. Ellenburg sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment. He was later issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Control.

The ramp and some travel lanes of Interstate 81 have remained closed now for over six hours. A commercial wrecker is on scene attempting to return the tractor trailer to an upright position, with the expectation of having the roadway cleared and all lanes reopened soon.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Peterbilt
Model Semi/Tractor-Trailer
Year 2011
Type Semi/Tractor-Trailer
Color Red
Owner/

Carrier
Everhart Transportation, Inc.

Greeneville, TN

Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Ronnie W. Ellenburg
Age 62 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Mosheim, TN
Injuries Non-Incapacitating Injuries
RELEASING OFFICER
kingsport police department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
kingsport police department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Power Restored to Kingsport Emergency Communications Center
DATE: March 25, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 25, 2016 as of approximately 10:15 AM, the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center is back running on normal A.E.P. power. All computer, radio, and phone systems have been restored and appear to be functioning properly. As a precaution, technicians will temporarily continue to keep a backup parallel 9-1-1 station on line just in case. Again, the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center apologizes for and regrets any inconvenience or alarm this may have caused.

As previously released:

On March 25, 2016 at approximately 5:45 AM, Downtown Kingsport experienced a major power outage, which at the time of this release remains in effect. Shortly thereafter, the computer, radio, and phone systems at the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center failed to automatically switch over to backup generator power as designed, which caused those systems to temporarily shut down.

Fortunately, additional fail safes are in place in preparation for these circumstances, and 9-1-1 calls are still being answered. 9-1-1 calls were automatically re-routed to Sullivan County Dispatch, and Kingsport 9-1-1 immediately activated a backup 9-1-1 station. Technicians are currently in the process of getting the primary systems at the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center back operational.

During the transition, the possibility exists that there may have been a brief window of time where a small number of 9-1-1 calls may have been unanswered or delayed, and the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center apologizes for and regrets any inconvenience or alarm this may have caused.

In the extremely rare event that someone is unable to reach Kingsport 9-1-1 due to circumstances such as this, citizens are encouraged to call any of the Kingsport Fire Stations directly to report their emergency. Again, these numbers should only be utilized to report emergencies in the unlikely event that 9-1-1 is out of service. The phone numbers for the eight Kingsport Fire Stations are listed below:

Station 1 (Downtown Kingsport): 423-229-9441

Station 2 (Fort Henry Drive): 423-229-9442

Station 3 (Memorial Boulevard): 423-229-9443

Station 4 (West Stone Drive): 423-229-9445

Station 5 (Lynn Garden Drive): 423-224-2443

Station 6 (Colonial Heights): 423-239-1110

Station 7 (Rock Springs Road): 423-349-5337

Station 8 (East Stone Drive): 423-343-9738

RELEASING OFFICER
kingsport police department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
kingsport police department

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Major Downtown Power Outage Temporarily Affects Kingsport 9-1-1
DATE: March 25, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 25, 2016 at approximately 5:45 AM, Downtown Kingsport experienced a major power outage, which at the time of this release remains in effect. Shortly thereafter, the computer, radio, and phone systems at the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center failed to automatically switch over to backup generator power as designed, which caused those systems to temporarily shut down.

Fortunately, additional fail safes are in place in preparation for these circumstances, and 9-1-1 calls are still being answered. 9-1-1 calls were automatically re-routed to Sullivan County Dispatch, and Kingsport 9-1-1 immediately activated a backup 9-1-1 station. Technicians are currently in the process of getting the primary systems at the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center back operational.

During the transition, the possibility exists that there may have been a brief window of time where a small number of 9-1-1 calls may have been unanswered or delayed, and the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center apologizes for and regrets any inconvenience or alarm this may have caused.

In the extremely rare event that someone is unable to reach Kingsport 9-1-1 due to circumstances such as this, citizens are encouraged to call any of the Kingsport Fire Stations directly to report their emergency. Again, these numbers should only be utilized to report emergencies in the unlikely event that 9-1-1 is out of service. The phone numbers for the eight Kingsport Fire Stations are listed below:

Station 1 (Downtown Kingsport): 423-229-9441

Station 2 (Fort Henry Drive): 423-229-9442

Station 3 (Memorial Boulevard): 423-229-9443

Station 4 (West Stone Drive): 423-229-9445

Station 5 (Lynn Garden Drive): 423-224-2443

Station 6 (Colonial Heights): 423-239-1110

Station 7 (Rock Springs Road): 423-349-5337

Station 8 (East Stone Drive): 423-343-9738

RELEASING OFFICER
kingsport police department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
kingsport police department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police, Wellmont, and City Schools Team Up for Educational D.U.I. Prevention Event at Dobyns Bennett High School
DATE: March 23, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Thursday, March 24, 2016 the Kingsport Police Department will be partnering with Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and the Kingsport City Schools to debut a new educational D.U.I. prevention initiative. It is widely recognized that Driving Under the Influence is a leading contributor to traffic crashes and their resulting injuries and fatalities. Kingsport law enforcement, healthcare, and educational professionals are working together to help prevent future occurrences of D.U.I.

This initial event will take place throughout the school day between 7:45 AM and 2:45 PM on the Driver’s Education driving range at Dobyns Bennett High School. Several hundred high school students will be given the opportunity to drive pedal-powered go-carts through an obstacle course while wearing specially designed goggles that mimic the effects of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. This simulation is designed to provide a true eye-opening experience for these students in a safe and controlled environment.

The carts and goggles being used were recently purchased from Drunk Busters of America, LLC using monies from Holston Valley Medical Center’s Testerman Injury Prevention Fund initiated by local Trauma Surgeon, Dr. George Testerman. Dr. Testerman developed this fund after all-too-often witnessing first-hand in the emergency room the aftermath of D.U.I. related motor vehicle collisions. This program is designed to educate the next generation of drivers on the consequences of engaging in this reckless, illegal, and potentially deadly behavior.

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department

ThomasMPatton

423-229-9433

or

Thomas “Ray” Heim, Injury Prevention Coordinator

Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center

Thomas.Heim

423-224-5894

RELEASING OFFICER
kingsport police department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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