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ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Announce Upcoming Sobriety Checkpoint
DATE: May 27, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the ongoing effort to reduce the problem of Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) and related crashes, injuries, and fatalities, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint during the evening hours of Friday, June 3, 2016. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location within the City of Kingsport.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to alcohol, but to any substance that impairs the ability to drive, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician. Remember…Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

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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)
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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Endorsing and Participating in 2016 Click it or Ticket Traffic Safety Initiative
DATE: May 24, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Driving or riding in an automobile is easily the most dangerous thing the average person does every single day. From May 23 through June 5, 2016, the Kingsport Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to step up seatbelt enforcement.

This campaign encompasses the Memorial Day holiday, which is traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes. As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash—buckling up.

More than 50% of vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Tennessee were not wearing seat belts. The Click It or Ticket campaign is a high visibility enforcement mobilization by local, state, and national law enforcement officials to crack down on seat belt violations.

Click It or Ticket is not about the citations; it is about saving lives. Seat belts are the single best defense in the event of a crash. In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying. From 2008 to 2012, seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives, enough people to fill a football stadium.

Seat belt use is required by law for a reason: If all passenger vehicle occupants 5 years of age and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved in 2012 alone.

Wearing a seatbelt can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus literally walking away from the crash with minor injuries or completely unscathed. The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life.

For more information on the State and National Click it or Ticket Campaigns, please visit the following links:

http://tntrafficsafety.org/seat-belts

http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/ciot/index.html

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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)
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SUBJECT: Sunday Afternoon Crash Leaves Interstate and Lands in Domtar Park Below
DATE: May 22, 2016
CASE #: 16-010671
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 22, 2016 at approximately 2:00 PM, a 1982 Chevrolet Pickup, driven by Randy J. Hensley, was eastbound on Interstate 26, crossing an overpass, between the Meadowview Parkway and West Stone Drive exits. The pickup was towing a car hauler trailer loaded with a 1994 Oldsmobile Custom.

Mr. Hensley stated that the trailer began to fishtail, causing him to lose control of his pickup. The trailer became detached from his pickup, and the trailer and the Oldsmobile overturned on the interstate. The pickup overrode the concrete barrier wall of the Interstate and plunged into the parking lot of Domtar Park below, located at 1414 Riverport Road.

Mr. Hensley’s pickup landed on, and virtually demolished, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was parked in the Domtar Park parking lot. Fortunately, the Silverado was unoccupied at the time. Flying debris from the crash struck and caused minor damage to six additional vehicles parked in the vicinity.

Mr. Hensley and his passenger were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS, but miraculously only for a precautionary evaluation of possible injuries sustained in the crash. Both Mr. Hensley and his passenger were properly restrained by their seatbelts as required by law, which is a dynamic testament that seatbelts indeed reduce injuries and save lives.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Pickup
Year 1982
Type Pickup
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Randy J. Hensley
Age 56 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Afton, TN
Injuries Possible
Passenger Name Larry T. Graham
Age 45 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Greeneville, TN
Injuries Possible
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Oldsmobile
Model Custom
Year 1994
Type Sedan
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Silverado
Year 2015
Type Pickup
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
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Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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 School’s almost out, Memorial day is around the corner, Fire up the Grills!

The Kingsport Fire Department wants you to have a safe grilling season and summer break. Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. To keep you and your family safe while grilling, follow these general guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association:

General grilling tips
  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
 
Before you use your gas grill:
  • Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
  • Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
  • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
  • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
  • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
  • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.
When the grill is on:
  • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
  • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.
Charcoal Grills for cooking

There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to ignite the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel:

  • If you use a charcoal chimney, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting the paper
  • If you choose to use lighter fluid, use only fluid intended for charcoal grills
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals or kindling that has already been ignited
  • Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid except charcoal starter or lighter fluid to start a charcoal fire
While cooking
  • Place the grill well away from overhanging branches according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic
  • Keep children and pets, and anything that can burn like food wrappers, an oven mitt or towel, at least 3-feet away from open flames and the grill
  • Use long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames
  • Have an adult present at all times when a campfire or grill is burning. Keep the fire small and never leave a fire unattended!
To dispose of charcoal after cooking
  • Before going to sleep or leaving the area, douse the fire with water and make sure the area is cool to the touch.
  • Five percent of outside or unclassified grill fires occurred in a lawn, field or open area
  • Empty the coals into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is used only to collect coals
  • Place the container outside and away from anything that can burn
  • Never empty coals directly into a trash can
  • Store the charcoal starter fluid out of reach of children and away from heat source

Source www.nfpa.org

 

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200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)
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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Share Highlight Video from Law Enforcement Memorial Service
DATE: May 17, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department would like to share a video, featuring highlights from a recent Law Enforcement Memorial and Dedication Service conducted at the Kingsport Police Department, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. The video was produced by Cumberland Marketing and has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the following link:

https://youtu.be/DTFFJ4ysW54

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.

The service this year was held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the new Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame at the Kingsport Police Department on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. Numerous family members, community leaders, and citizens joined law enforcement officers as we remembered and honored our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

The Honorable Ray Conkin, Sullivan County General Sessions Court Judge, delivered the keynote address with the Kingsport Police Department Honor Guard conducting the ceremonial honors. The newly constructed Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame was officially unveiled and dedicated during the service.

The following excerpt is shared from the website of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

“Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 150 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The following two inscriptions are found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty.”

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

www.ODMP.org

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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)
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SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Arrest Suspect in Ongoing Attempted Murder Investigation
DATE: May 4, 2016
CASE #: 16-009361
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 4, 2016 at approximately 9:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to Indian Path Medical Center after two victims arrived there seeking treatment for gunshot wounds. At least one of the victims was later transferred to Holston Valley Medical Center for further treatment. Both have since been treated and released.

A 2015 Ford Fusion Enterprise Rent-A-Car in which the victims arrived was located in the hospital parking lot. The Ford had what appeared to be bullet holes in the doors and blood throughout the interior. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division responded, with their resulting investigation revealing the following:

Prior to the shooting, James F. Simonton, Jr. drove the Ford Fusion to the home of his father, James F. “Boogie” Simonton, Sr., located at 605 Lovedale Drive in Kingsport. Simonton Jr. was accompanied in the vehicle by a 14 year old black male juvenile who will not be named due to his minor age.

Upon their arrival, Simonton Sr. exited the residence, and an argument ensued during which time the victims appear to have remained in the vehicle. As the argument escalated, Simonton Sr. fired multiple gunshots at the vehicle. Simonton Jr. and the unnamed juvenile both sustained multiple gunshot and/or fragmentation wounds.

Officers responded to 605 Lovedale Drive in an effort to locate Simonton Sr. to no avail. While there, a semi-automatic handgun was located on the property in plain view outside of the residence. As James F. Simonton Sr. is a convicted felon, a warrant was obtained charging him with Attempted Murder (2 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

On the morning of May 13, 2016 Kingsport Police personnel tracked down Simonton Sr. at Beason Well Apartments, located at 901 Beason Well Road. While numerous precautions were taken to ensure the safety of other residents, he was ultimately arrested without incident. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he was confined, pending arraignment, in lieu of a $50,000 bond as set by the presiding magistrate.

This remains an open and active attempted murder investigation; therefore, no additional details will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name James F. Simonton, Sr.

a.k.a. Boogie Simonton

Age 48 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 605 Lovedale Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Attempted Murder (2 counts)

2) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Mug Shot
VICTIM #1 INFORMATION
Name James F. Simonton, Jr.
Age 23 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Not Released
Injuries Multiple Gunshot and Fragmentation Wounds
VICTIM #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Not Released
Injuries Multiple Gunshot and Fragmentation Wounds
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Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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The Gateway Review Commission will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Jimmy Walker Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 201 W. Market St. For more information contact Justin Steinman (224-2482).

The Kingsport Regional Planning Commission will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall. For more information contact Lynn Tully (229-9319).

The Tree Board will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, Domtar Room, 400 Clinchfield Street. For more information contact Lewis Bausell (229-9352).

E911 Board will meet at 3:00 p.m. in the 911 Building, 141 Unicoi Street. For more information contact Craig Dye (229-9444).