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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: Friendly Reminder that Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport
DATE: June 30, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
With the 4th of July just around the corner, this is just a friendly reminder that, even on Independence Day, fireworks are illegal inside the city limits of Kingsport. The Kingsport Police Department recommends leaving fireworks to the professionals and encourages citizens to attend one of several officially sanctioned fireworks shows scheduled throughout the area. See below for the City of Kingsport Fireworks Ordinance. Violations of this Ordinance are subject to a $110 fine.

Sec. 42-112. Unlawful; exception.
(a) For the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and residents of the city, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, use, discharge, possess with the intent to discharge, or offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or keep with intent to sell at retail, fireworks in the city, except as authorized in section 42-113.
(b) There is a rebuttable presumption that a person possesses fireworks with the intent to discharge such fireworks if possession is:
(1) In a public place or outside a fully enclosed residential or commercial building, and fireworks have recently been discharged or reported discharged in the general vicinity of such possession; or
(2) In a public park or on public school property.
(Ord. No. 6102, § I(46-5(b)), 8-2-2011)
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KFD Wants You to Have a Safe, Burn & Injury Free Fourth of July

Fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as baseball and apple-pie, but did you know that more fires are reported on that day than on any other day of the year in the United States? Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks. Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. Any consumer firework can be dangerous. The Kingsport Fire Department urges residents to enjoy local professional fireworks displays.

Kingsport City Ordinances specifically prohibit the manufacture, use, discharge, possession with the intent to discharge, or sale of fireworks within the city limits.

The use of Sky Lanterns (aka “Chinese Lanterns” or “Wish Lanterns”) is prohibited in the State of Tennessee.

Consumer fireworks such as sparklers burn at over 1200 degrees and will cause third degree burns.  There are no safe consumer fireworks!

If you live in an area where fireworks are permissible follow these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Fireworks Tips:
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals.
  • Do not use consumer fireworks
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don’t realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures above 1,200 degrees – hot enough to melt glass.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
  • Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active. Remember to cool a burn with running water then seek immediate medical attention or call 911.
Fireworks by the numbers: 
  • From 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 18,500 fires caused by fireworks. These fires included 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 16,900 outside and other fires. An estimated two people were killed in these fires.
  • In 2014, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head. These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s2014 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu and Demar Granados.
  • The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 5-9, followed by children 10-19.
  • More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on July 4th. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.

Source: NFPA’s Fireworks report, by Marty Ahrens, June 2016 www.nfpa.org

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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: Suspect in Custody After Unprovoked Attack on Senior Neighbors with 2×4
DATE: June 30, 2016
CASE #: 16-013631 (Aggravated Assault)

16-013642 (Warrant Service Resulting in Additional Charges)
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 28, 2016, at approximately 9:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were summoned to 2116 Steadman Street to investigate a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers saw obvious signs of a struggle and observed blood on the rear window of a vehicle, on an exterior wall of the house, and on a lawn chair. The resultant investigation revealed the following:

A senior couple who reside at this residence, a 73 year old man and his 85 year old wife, were sitting on their front porch, minding their own business, when they were suddenly and deliberately attacked by their neighbor, Paul R. Kaser. Mr. Kaser made verbal threats of bodily injury toward the couple and then repeatedly struck the man in the head with a 4-foot section of 2×4 lumber. Kaser then knocked his neighbor off the porch and struck him again in the head, but this time with a metal lawn chair. Mr. Kaser’s children responded and escorted him back to his own house next door, located at 2120 Steadman Street.

The male victim was found to be bleeding significantly from the head. Sullivan County E.M.S. responded and transported him to a local medical facility for treatment of what appeared to be severe lacerations.

A warrant was soon obtained, charging Mr. Kaser with two counts of aggravated assault. Shortly before midnight that same evening, officers went to his residence to serve the warrant and found the front door ajar and Mr. Kaser apparently passed out on the living room floor. The officers handcuffed him and then stirred him from his slumber. He exhibited a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and immediately became combative, shouting expletives, flailing about, and pulling away. He even tried, unsuccessfully, to head-butt one of the arresting officers.

Mr. Kaser was placed in a police cruiser and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. In a vile act of defiance, while en route and while still handcuffed, he removed his shorts and defecated in the seat, and deliberately smeared his feces all over the back seat of the police cruiser.

Once inside the jail, he continued his hostile resistance, lunging aggressively at an officer and at one point grabbing a loose set of handcuffs and wielding them as a weapon. He was eventually disarmed and confined in a cell without further incident. As a result of his actions at the time of his arrest, while en route to jail, and after arrival at the jail, in addition to the two counts of Aggravated Assault, he was also charged with Simple Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Vandalism.

He was arraigned the following morning where his bond was set at $32,500 by the presiding judge. He was later transported to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville where he remains confined.

On a related note, the interior of Mr. Kaser’s residence was found to be absolutely filthy and unsanitary. There was no running water and the toilets were overflowing with human waste. A referral was forwarded to the Department of Human Services and the City of Kingsport Code Enforcement Office for follow-up investigation of the horridly unhealthy living conditions.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Paul R. Kaser
Age Date of Birth 9/9/1972

43 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 2120 Steadman Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Assault (2 Counts)

2) Simple Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

3) Resisting Arrest

4) Vandalism

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VICTIM #1 INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 73 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 2116 Steadman Street

Kingsport, TN

Injuries Severe Lacerations
VICTIM #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 85 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 2116 Steadman Street

Kingsport, TN

Injuries Received Threats of Bodily Injury
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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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SUBJECT: Unexplained Three Car Head-On Crash Snarls Traffic and Sends Three to Hospital
DATE: June 29, 2016
CASE #: 16-013701
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 29, 2016 at approximately 6:15 PM, Crash Investigators from the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit responded to a three car head-on collision on Bloomingdale Road, just east of Bloomington Drive, in Kingsport. The ensuing investigation yielded the following:

A 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by Daniel G. Michalski, was eastbound on Bloomingdale Road. A 2009 Ford Fusion, driven by Darrell D. Smith, was westbound on Bloomingdale Road approaching from the opposite direction. The Ford was immediately followed by a 2009 Honda Accord, driven by Matthew D. Gilreath.

For unknown reasons, the Mercury veered to the left across the center line into oncoming traffic. The Mercury sideswiped the Ford and then struck the Honda in a head-on impact.

All three drivers were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment of incapacitating injuries. A section of Bloomingdale Road between Bloomington Drive and Arbutus Avenue was closed for roughly an hour and a half to allow for a thorough investigation of the crash and safe removal of the injured, their disabled vehicles, and the subsequent debris.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with the possibility of charges pending. Crash Investigators request for anyone who may have witnessed this crash who has not yet come forward to please contact them as soon as possible at 423-224-2750.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Mercury
Model Marquis
Year 1999
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color Beige
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Daniel G. Michalski
Age 78 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model Fusion
Year 2009
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Darrell D. Smith
Age 48 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Accord
Year 2009
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color Silver
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Matthew D. Gilreath
Age 30 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kissimmee, FL
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
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200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Request Assistance in Identification of Felony Guitar Thief
DATE: June 28, 2016
CASE #: 16-012151
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 8, 2016 at approximately 2:30 PM, an unidentified white male suspect stole a $530 Seagull guitar from Morell Music, located at 510 East Center Street in Kingsport. The suspect both arrived and fled in a gray Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.

The suspect was captured on store surveillance video, with a photo taken from that footage included in this release. Anyone who recognizes him, or who may have any additional information that may help solve this case, 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

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SUBJECT: Female Auto Burglar/Purse Thief Caught on Video in the Act
DATE: June 28, 2016
CASE #: 16-012497
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 13, 2016 at approximately 9:45 PM, an unidentified white female suspect stole a woman’s purse from an unsecured automobile while it was parked in the parking lot of the Sunoco convenience store and gas station, located at 1045 Bloomingdale Road in Kingsport. The purse contained the victim’s driver license, social security card, and debit card, as well as some makeup, a gold necklace, two knives, and a significant quantity of cash. The total value of the purse and its contents exceeds $1,000.

The suspect was recorded on surveillance video while inside the store, and photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. A photo of the suspect’s vehicle, a white Ford Explorer or similarly styled sport utility vehicle, has also been included in this release. The actual crime was also captured on surveillance video, and a clip of that footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel accessible via the following link:

https://youtu.be/cvSPyUCP5E8

Anyone who recognizes her or her vehicle, or who may have any additional information that 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

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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: Detectives Attempting to Identify Female Felony Wire and Tool Thief
DATE: June 24, 2016
CASE #: 16-008982
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 21, 2016 at approximately 2:30 PM, a white female suspect shoplifted two spools of copper wire and an assortment of hand tools from Lowe’s, located at 2526 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. The stolen merchandise had a combined value of over $500.

The felonious incident was captured on store surveillance video, and photos of the suspect taken from that footage have been included in this release. A short clip of the actual video footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/MMJMaJtbVa0

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or who may have any additional information which may help solve this case 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

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200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Searching for Wallet Thief Who Used Victims’ Credit and Debit Cards
DATE: June 20, 2016
CASE #: 16-011962 (Holston Valley Medical Center)

16-011987 (Kingsport Town Center/Fort Henry Mall)
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 6, 2016, an unidentified suspect stole a wallet from a woman’s purse while she was at work at Holston Valley Medical Center, located at 130 West Ravine Road in Kingsport. The purse had been left behind the counter of the nurses station where the victim worked.

The following day, the same suspect stole a second wallet from another woman’s purse while she was at work at the Kingsport Town Center/Fort Henry Mall, located at 2101 Fort Henry Drive. The purse had been left behind a checkout counter in the store where the victim worked.

Immediately following both wallet thefts, the suspect used debit and/or credit cards from the wallets to conduct numerous fraudulent transactions throughout the Kingsport area. Charges were made at Dollar General, Wal-Mart, Zoomers, Valero, CVS, and Walgreens.

Photos of the suspect, captured on surveillance video at the scene of one of his crimes, have been included in this release. He appears to be a light-skinned black male with dreadlocks and a beard. On the video he looks to be wearing a Bob Marley tee-shirt.

Anyone who recognizes him or who may have any additional information which may help solve this case 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

On a related note, women are encouraged to take steps to completely secure their purses while they are at work or anytime the purse is out of their sight or immediate control. While crimes such as this may not happen every single day in Kingsport, they are not exactly uncommon either.

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SUBJECT: Detectives Request Help in Identifying Credit Card Fraud Suspect
DATE: June 20, 2016
CASE #: 16-006482
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 28, 2016 at approximately 7:15 AM, an unknown white male suspect used a stolen credit card to make two fraudulent purchases at Lowes, located at 2324 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The amounts of the two transactions were $196.00 and $217.00.

The credit card was originally stolen from the victim in a convenience store in Pound, Virginia, with the Wise County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office running a parallel investigation into that theft.

The suspect was captured on Lowe’s surveillance video, and photos taken from that footage have been included in this release. At one point, the suspect is believed to have been traveling in a Ford Mustang or similarly styled sports car. The vehicle, also pictured in this release, appears to be blue in color with a white racing stripe on the hood and trunk lid.

Anyone who recognizes him or the vehicle or who may have any additional information which may help solve this case 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

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200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
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SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Identify Suspect Who Vandalized Bakery
DATE: June 19, 2016
CASE #: 16-012857
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 17, 2016 at approximately 10:20 PM, an unknown suspect vandalized Seaver’s Bakery, located at 719 East Center Street in Kingsport. The suspect arrived in a dark colored sport utility vehicle of unknown make and model. He exited the vehicle and staggered to the door of the business. Finding the door locked because the business was closed, he kicked and shattered the glass door.

The incident was captured on store surveillance video with photos taken from that footage included in this release. He appears to be a heavy-set white male, wearing a blue shirt with white accents, blue jeans, and a dark colored ball cap. Anyone who recognizes him or who may have any additional information which may help solve this case 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Kingsport Police Department Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

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