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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: New Update on Downtown Gas Line Breaks
DATE: July 28, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 28, 2016, as of 1:45 PM, all previously reported gas leaks in the 100 and 200 blocks of Cherokee Street in Downtown Kingsport have been contained. Most area roadways are back open to traffic; however, the following two sections will remain closed for the remainder of the day to allow for safe and efficient repair:

1) East Market Street between Commerce and Cumberland Streets

2) Cherokee Street between East Center and Main Streets

Additionally, businesses and residences in the immediate area may notice a temporary interruption in their gas service. Repairs are underway and are currently estimated to be completed by Friday morning. Motorists are urged to plan ahead and seek an alternate route, so as to avoid the two sections of roadway that remain closed.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank our citizenry for their continued patience and understanding while we attempted to sort out the convoluted nature of this inconvenient incident.

As previously released:

On July 28, 2016 at approximately 1:15 PM, repair crews located a second gas line break in Downtown Kingsport, this time in the 100 block of Cherokee Street. As a result, several blocks of surrounding roadways are again closed to traffic. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, seek an alternate route, and avoid the Downtown Kingsport area altogether unless absolutely necessary. Repairs are underway with currently no time estimate regarding their completion.

As previously released:

On July 28, 2016 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified that a construction crew had unintentionally ruptured a gas line in the 200 block of Cherokee Street in Downtown Kingsport. While several blocks of the surrounding roadways were temporarily closed, most of those roadways are now reopened for traffic.

As of 1:00 PM, only the 200 block of Cherokee Street remains closed to traffic. Repair crews have temporarily shut off the flow of natural gas to a significant portion of the surrounding area to allow for safe and efficient repair. These inconveniences will likely remain in place for the remainder of the day until repairs are complete.

As previously released:

On July 28, 2016 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified that a construction crew had unintentionally ruptured a gas line in the 200 block of Cherokee Street in Downtown Kingsport. As a result, a section of East Center Street, between the cross-streets of Commerce Street and East Sullivan Street will be temporarily closed to allow for safe and efficient repair.

The City of Kingsport Traffic Department is in the process of implementing detours; however, the most prudent course of action for motorists is to plan ahead, seek an alternate route, and avoid the area altogether to avoid congestion and delays. A follow-up news release will be issued when this matter is resolved.

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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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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Second Gas Line Break Detected
DATE: July 28, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 28, 2016 at approximately 1:15 PM, repair crews located a second gas line break in Downtown Kingsport, this time in the 100 block of Cherokee Street. As a result, several blocks of surrounding roadways are again closed to traffic. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, seek an alternate route, and avoid the Downtown Kingsport area altogether unless absolutely necessary. Repairs are underway with currently no time estimate regarding their completion.

As previously released:

On July 28, 2016 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified that a construction crew had unintentionally ruptured a gas line in the 200 block of Cherokee Street in Downtown Kingsport. While several blocks of the surrounding roadways were temporarily closed, most of those roadways are now reopened for traffic.

As of 1:00 PM, only the 200 block of Cherokee Street remains closed to traffic. Repair crews have temporarily shut off the flow of natural gas to a significant portion of the surrounding area to allow for safe and efficient repair. These inconveniences will likely remain in place for the remainder of the day until repairs are complete.

As previously released:

On July 28, 2016 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified that a construction crew had unintentionally ruptured a gas line in the 200 block of Cherokee Street in Downtown Kingsport. As a result, a section of East Center Street, between the cross-streets of Commerce Street and East Sullivan Street will be temporarily closed to allow for safe and efficient repair.

The City of Kingsport Traffic Department is in the process of implementing detours; however, the most prudent course of action for motorists is to plan ahead, seek an alternate route, and avoid the area altogether to avoid congestion and delays. A follow-up news release will be issued when this matter is resolved.

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: Update on Downtown Gas Line Break
DATE: July 28, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 28, 2016 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified that a construction crew had unintentionally ruptured a gas line in the 200 block of Cherokee Street in Downtown Kingsport. While several blocks of the surrounding roadways were temporarily closed, most of those roadways are now reopened for traffic.

As of 1:00 PM, only the 200 block of Cherokee Street remains closed to traffic. Repair crews have temporarily shut off the flow of natural gas to a significant portion of the surrounding area to allow for safe and efficient repair. These inconveniences will likely remain in place for the remainder of the day until repairs are complete.

As previously released:

On July 28, 2016 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified that a construction crew had unintentionally ruptured a gas line in the 200 block of Cherokee Street in Downtown Kingsport. As a result, a section of East Center Street, between the cross-streets of Commerce Street and East Sullivan Street will be temporarily closed to allow for safe and efficient repair.

The City of Kingsport Traffic Department is in the process of implementing detours; however, the most prudent course of action for motorists is to plan ahead, seek an alternate route, and avoid the area altogether to avoid congestion and delays. A follow-up news release will be issued when this matter is resolved.

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: Section of East Center Street Closed Due to Gas Line Break
DATE: July 28, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 28, 2016 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified that a construction crew had unintentionally ruptured a gas line in the 200 block of Cherokee Street in Downtown Kingsport. As a result, a section of East Center Street, between the cross-streets of Commerce Street and East Sullivan Street will be temporarily closed to allow for safe and efficient repair.

The City of Kingsport Traffic Department is in the process of implementing detours; however, the most prudent course of action for motorists is to plan ahead, seek an alternate route, and avoid the area altogether to avoid congestion and delays. A follow-up news release will be issued when this matter is resolved.

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)
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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Investigating Early Sunday Morning Attempted Armed Robbery
DATE: July 26, 2016
CASE #: 16-015579
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 24, 2016 at approximately 2:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the 1200 block of Chestnut Street in reference to an attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault, and vandalism that had just occurred. Upon arrival, they spoke with two victims who advised that four black males in their late 20s to early 30s had attempted to rob them at gunpoint.

The victims stated that they had fallen asleep in their car, but were awakened when one of the suspects opened one of their car doors. The suspect initially feigned concern and asked if they were alright. During the conversation, the other three suspects approached with their faces concealed and the conversation turned confrontational.

One of the suspects produced what the victims genuinely believed to be a silver colored handgun, pointed it at the victims and ordered them to empty their pockets. In fear for their lives, the victims fled toward their house. One of the suspects fired multiple shots at the fleeing victims, striking one of the victims in the back as well as hitting the house.

The suspects also shattered the windows of the victims’ car, then fled, running east on Chestnut Street. Based upon evidence collected at the scene, an assessment of the damage to the house, and only minor injuries sustained by the victim, Detectives believe that the handgun in question was some type of air-powered pellet pistol and not an actual firearm.

This remains an open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigation Division, and the suspects remain unidentified and at large. Anyone who may know their identities or whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives 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)
Kingsport Police Department
NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Local Christian Men’s Event Collects Offering for Law Enforcement Benevolence and Presents Check to K.P.D.
DATE: July 25, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM, a Christian Men’s Event titled “Get in the Game” was held at Central Baptist Church, located at 301 Carver Street in Kingsport, with over 300 men in attendance. Organized by Pastor Greg DePriest of Christ Fellowship Church, and Pastor Perry Stuckey and Deacon Paul Montgomery of Central Baptist Church, the primary goal of “Get in the Game” was to encourage men to become engaged as leaders in their homes and throughout their communities and serve as positive role models for youth.

One of the highlights of this event was guest motivational speaker, Jonathan Evans, who currently serves as Chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys. An accomplished athlete, Jonathan played college football for Baylor University and went on to play fullback in the National Football League from 2005 to 2009. He is the son of Dr. Tony Evans, a respected evangelical pastor, teacher, and speaker, and author of the book “Kingdom Man.” Jonathan co-wrote the book “Get in the Game” with his father.

During the event, an offering was collected from those in attendance. A check for the total of $1,659.51 was then presented to the Kingsport Police Department to be used for Law Enforcement Benevolence. Lieutenant Tom Wayt was present to receive the check for K.P.D. and had this to say: “I am completely overwhelmed by this showing of leadership, support, and generosity from these members of our community. It is times like this that make this job worth doing. On behalf of the Kingsport Police Department, I would like to express our sincere gratitude.”

Law Enforcement Collection Celebration
Pictured left to right in above photograph: K.P.D. Lieutenant Tom Wayt with Jonathan Evans
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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: Wanted Fugitive Captured After Ramming U.S. Marshals Service Vehicle in Kingsport
DATE: July 22, 2016
CASE #: 16-015433 (Incident Report)

16-015435 (Crash Report)
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 22, 2016 at approximately 10:30 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was contacted by the Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force of the United States Marshals Service advising that two Deputy U.S. Marshals were traveling along East Center Street, following a white GMC pickup truck driven by a wanted fugitive. They requested K.P.D. assistance in stopping the vehicle and apprehending the fugitive.

Prior to K.P.D. arrival, a Sullivan County Constable intercepted the suspect vehicle on Wateree Street and attempted a traffic stop. The fugitive refused to stop and a brief pursuit ensued. The Deputy U.S. Marshals pulled alongside the suspect, identified themselves as Federal Law Enforcement Officials, and ordered him to stop. The suspect then deliberately swerved left and rammed the Marshals’ vehicle.

As a result of the impact, the suspect lost control of his pickup and crashed into two parked cars before coming to a rest against the curb. He was promptly taken into custody by the Deputy U.S. Marshals. The suspect was positively identified as Marshall G. Jones. Mr. Jones was wanted on an outstanding Virginia State Police warrant for Assault on a Law Enforcement Official from March 2016.

Mr. Jones is also a convicted sex offender and is on both the National and Utah Sex Offender Registries as the result of a 1989 case involving Aggravated Sexual Assault and Kidnapping. He had crossed state lines in violation of the registry, leading to the involvement of the United States Marshals Service in his apprehension.

The Kingsport Police Department took custody of Mr. Jones, charging him with two new counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Official as well as Felony Evading Arrest. He was confined in the Kingsport City Jail and held without bond as ordered by the presiding Judge.

The apprehension of Mr. Jones was a cooperative effort by multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that ultimately resulted in the removal of a violent felon from our streets.

For additional information regarding Mr. Jones’ pre-existing warrant for Assault on a Law Enforcement Official, please contact the Virginia State Police.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Marshall G. Jones
Age Date of Birth 6/28/1970

46 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Currently Homeless
Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Official (2 counts)

2) Felony Evading Arrest

3) Also arrested by USMS on outstanding VSP warrant

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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: Hit and Run Driver Identified and Arrested in June Crash that Seriously Injured Two Motorcyclists
DATE: July 22, 2016
CASE #: 16-012401 (Crash Report)

16-015139 (Incident Report)
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 12, 2016 at approximately 5:00 PM, Officers from the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to the 400 block of Gravely Road to investigate a hit and run crash that had resulted in serious injuries. The subsequent investigation yielded the following:

A 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, occupied by an initially unidentified driver and passenger, was westbound on Gravely Road when for unknown reasons it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. While on the wrong side of the road, the Chevrolet struck an eastbound 2007 Yamaha Motorcycle, operated by Matthew W. Branscome with passenger, Amy. R Scott.

The impact redirected the motorcycle off the right side of the roadway where it then crashed into a parked and unoccupied 2011 Toyota Camry. Mr. Branscome and Ms. Scott both sustained serious injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for extensive emergency medical treatment. They have since been released. The Chevrolet fled the scene.

This has remained an open and active investigation since the date of the crash with Investigators from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit attempting to both identify and locate the driver of the Chevrolet. The Chevrolet was located the next day at the residence of the registered owner of the vehicle, Gregrey A. Justice, on Lake Street. Damage was observed on the vehicle that coincided with the events of the crash.

Further investigation revealed that Mr. Justice was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash, while his friend, Toby Lee Collins, was the driver. A check of Mr. Collins’ driver license status revealed that it was currently revoked as the result of a prior D.U.I. conviction. Despite numerous attempts to locate him, and numerous messages left for him, Mr. Collins has been avoiding contact with investigators for over a month.

On July, 18, 2016 a warrant was obtained charging him with Driving on a Revoked License (2nd Offense), Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision with Injuries, Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Collision, and Driving Left of Center. On July 21, 2016 at approximately 2:00 PM, Mr. Collins was arrested on the outstanding warrant at the Kingsport Justice Center. He currently remains incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail in lieu of a $2,500 bond as set by the presiding magistrate.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Toby Lee Collins
Age Date of Birth 11/25/1977

38 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 538 Dale Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Driving on a Revoked License (2nd Offense)

2) Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision with Injuries

3) Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Collision

4) Driving Left of Center

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COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Trailblazer
Year 2005
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Blue
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name Toby Lee Collins
Age 38 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injuries
Passenger Name Gregrey A. Justice
Age 34 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Yamaha
Model Motorcycle
Year 2007
Type Motorcycle
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Matthew W. Branscome
Age 30
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries
Passenger Name Amy R. Scott
Age 30 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION (Unoccupied)
Make Toyota
Model Camry
Year 2011
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color White
Damage Functional Damage
RELEASING OFFICER
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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: Suspect Charged in Donelson Drive Shooting Investigation
DATE: July 20, 2016
CASE #: 16-015275
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 20, 2016 at approximately 2:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to a shooting incident at 630 Donelson Drive in Kingsport. Upon arrival, they located a deceased adult male victim, identified as Zaccari A. Miller, just inside the front door, with a gunshot wound to the back of his head or neck. A handgun was found in the decedent’s hand, but it was promptly secured.

Another adult male, Quinten A. Shelton, was located in the living room. He had blood on his hands and shirt; however, he did not appear to be injured. An adult female resident of this address was also present. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division were called to the scene, with their subsequent investigation revealing the following:

Mr. Miller and Mr. Shelton were acquainted with one another prior to this incident. They were both visiting this residence when an argument ensued. During the course of the argument, Mr. Shelton produced and discharged a handgun, striking Mr. Miller in the back of the head or neck.

Mr. Shelton gave multiple conflicting accounts of the incident that were also inconsistent with the evidence at the scene. Despite his deceptive efforts, detectives were able to positively confirm that Mr. Shelton had indeed fired the weapon and then deliberately placed it in the victim’s hand prior to police arrival in an unsuccessful attempt to thwart the investigation.

Mr. Shelton was charged with Second Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence and confined in the Kingsport City Jail pending arraignment. As this remains an active homicide investigation, no additional details will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Quinten A. Shelton
Age Date of Birth 5/18/1995

21 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 533 Cherokee Street

Mount Carmel, TN

Charge(s) 1) Second Degree Murder

2) Tampering with Evidence

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VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Zaccari A. Miller
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
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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. Investigating Shooting on Donelson Drive
DATE: July 20, 2016
CASE #: 16-015275
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 20, 2016 at approximately 2:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a shooting incident at 630 Donelson Drive in Kingsport. The scene is now secure and there are no suspects at large, so there is no cause for public alarm. The Criminal Investigations Division is in the preliminary stages of their inquiry into the matter. Additional information will be released at the appropriate point in the investigation.
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