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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 Identified and Arrested in East Stone Drive Attempted Murder Investigation
DATE: August 31, 2016
CASE #: 16-017766
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 20, 2016 at approximately 8:25 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a shooting incident in the vicinity of Regions Bank and Buffalo Wild Wings, located at 1717 and 1721 East Stone Drive respectively, in Kingsport. Multiple Officers from the K.P.D. Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to the scene.

Prior to their arrival, a 22 year old black male victim was transported by acquaintances to an area medical facility for emergency treatment of multiple serious gunshot wounds. He has since been discharged from the hospital.

Based upon multiple witness accounts, a review of surveillance video footage from surrounding businesses, and a thorough assessment of the crime scene, Detectives were able to piece together the course of events and determine that a lone black male suspect attacked the victim in the parking lot, shooting him multiple times, in a deliberate attempt to kill him in retaliation over a past disagreement.

Through further investigation, the suspect was positively identified as Kerrieth Deshaun Price of Brooklyn, New York. A warrant was promptly secured for his arrest, charging him with Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony.

Detectives learned that, following the shooting, Mr. Price had fled the Kingsport area, returning home to Brooklyn, New York. On August 30, 2016, with invaluable assistance from the United States Marshals Service, he was apprehended in New York and incarcerated in that jurisdiction awaiting extradition back to Tennessee.

As this remains an ongoing investigation, and in the interest of not tainting future prosecution, no additional details will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On August 20, 2016 at approximately 8:25 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a shooting in the vicinity of Regions Bank and Buffalo Wild Wings, located at 1717 and 1721 East Stone Drive respectively, in Kingsport. One adult male victim has been transported to an area medical facility for treatment.

The K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division is in the preliminary stages of what will be a lengthy investigation; therefore, no additional information will be released at this time. A follow-up news release with additional details will be issued at an appropriate point in the investigation.

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SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Kerrieth Deshaun Price
Age Date of Birth 9/12/1982

33 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 672 Ralph Avenue

Brooklyn, New York

Charge(s) 1) Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder

2) Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 22 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Multiple Gunshot Wounds
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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: K.P.D. to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint in Conjunction with THSO Booze It & Lose It Campaign
DATE: August 25, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
From August 19 through September 5, 2016, the Kingsport Police Department will be participating in the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) Booze It & Lose It Campaign. This campaign encompasses the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is statistically one of the deadliest weekends of the year for motorists.

According to the THSO, Booze It & Lose It is designed to reduce impaired driving injuries, fatalities, & associated economic losses. The Booze It & Lose It campaign provides for increased law enforcement efforts and public service messages to accomplish its goal. The intervention targets all drivers who are impaired due to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Impaired driving and impaired-related crashes constitute one of the nation’s leading health problems. These events result in more deaths each year than do total homicides, and alcohol is a factor in 35% of all crashes in the United States.

As part of the Booze It & Lose It campaign, and 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 stepping up its DUI enforcement efforts. In addition to regular enforcement efforts by Patrol and Traffic Units, K.P.D. will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint during the evening hours of Saturday, September 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!

For more information on the THSO Booze It & Lose It campaign, please visit:

http://tntrafficsafety.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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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Charge Gate City Man with Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
DATE: August 25, 2016
CASE #: 16-014646
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 12, 2016, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit of the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division received a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC had identified 11 sexually explicit images of multiple children between 4 and 10 years of age that had been uploaded from a single source to an online chat room known as ChatStep.

Through further investigation, Detectives tracked the source of these images to a Kingsport home where the resident consented to a search. A computer hard drive and flash drive were found in the home and submitted for forensic examination, resulting in a total of 45 images of child pornography being recovered. These 45 images included some of the images from the original NCMEC referral.

As the investigation progressed, Detectives learned that the images had been uploaded and downloaded by Kevin L. Jones of Gate City, VA. Mr. Jones is a relative of the occupant of the Kingsport residence where the images were found. He had uploaded and downloaded the child pornography on weekends while visiting his Kingsport relative without his relative’s knowledge.

During an interview with Detectives, Mr. Jones acknowledged having a personal flash drive collection at his home containing over 5,000 images of child pornography. He told Detectives that he downloaded these images at his relative’s Kingsport address, because he did not have internet access at his home in Gate City. These additional images have since been recovered and are in the process of computerized forensic analysis.

On August 24, 2016 Mr. Jones was arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (as a result of his possession of child pornography) and Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (as a result of his transporting child pornography across state lines) and confined in the Kingsport City Jail. During his arraignment the following morning, his bond was set at $30,000 by the presiding judge. Mr. Jones currently remains incarcerated, awaiting transfer to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Kevin L. Jones
Age Date of Birth 1/4/1974

42 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 1546 Ruritan Run Road

Gate City, VA

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

2) Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

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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: K.P.D. Detectives Seek Public Assistance in Identifying Aurawood Heights Burglar
DATE: August 24, 2016
CASE #: 16-017609
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 16, 2016 at approximately 3:30 AM, an unidentified white male suspect committed a residential burglary in the 300 block of Rolling Drive in the Aurawood Heights neighborhood of Kingsport. The suspect appears to have unlawfully entered the residence as well as one unlocked vehicle, while an attempt to enter a second vehicle was thwarted due to the vehicle being locked.

This same suspect is believed to be involved in other residential and auto burglaries throughout the Aurawood Heights neighborhood, including locations on Packing House Road, Aurawood Drive, Joann Drive, and Rolling Drive. The Kingsport Police Department would like to issue the following advisories to residents of that neighborhood:

1) Please keep the doors to your residences, garages, utility sheds, and vehicles locked at all times, and keep items of value out of plain view.

2) Please report any and all suspicious or criminal activity to law enforcement immediately, even if nothing is actually stolen from your residence or vehicle.

The August 16th incident was captured by private security cameras at the residence. Several photos of the suspect taken from that surveillance footage have been included in this release. Two clips of the actual footage have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:

https://youtu.be/ecwXCfXxqRw

https://youtu.be/C93PnHrVLs0

Anyone who recognizes this suspect 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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Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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Cities across the country strive every day to beautify and increase appeal to residents and visitors. A pleasant community appearance adds to home values, helps attract business investments, and improves a neighborhood’s reputation. Research shows that beauty is one of the top three factors in creating community attachment, or loyalty, to your particular town or city.

City beautification is important and crucial in attracting and retaining residents. Kingsport is not only highlighting all the great features already in place but also working toward beautifying more spaces.

Many beatification concepts came out of the ONEKingsport Summit and several have moved forward. The city clock tower, up and running, has been landscaped. Cultural Arts is establishing a downtown mural program. Bright flower baskets hang from light poles along Center Street. Development Services has the new parklet space prepped and ready for new benches and furniture. Beautification is a modest investment that produces long-lasting and noticeable rewards for residents and visitors.

“We have made great progress in Kingsport in the area of Code Enforcement. When properties are cleaned up, dilapidated buildings are demolished or new structures are built, there is a renewed sense of pride in the community,” commented Code Enforcement Coordinator Melanie Adkins.

As the sole person in this department, Adkins is a vital part of maintaining and improving the beautification of the City of Kingsport. This means violations, such as houses looking like junkyards, abandoned and foreclosed properties, as well as homes that have remained unmaintained for weeks or even months at a time, have become her primary focus.

These large-scale infractions within our city limits affect more of the community in its entirety than the smaller infractions, and have therefore become the top priority of this city department. While there are many violations, the limited resources provided to this department, combined with the strong growth within the city, have steered this program to work avidly on improving the more significant infractions.

Codes enforcement used to cater more towards individual complaints and minor aggravations that had a very minimal effect on the community. Now, as the community has changed and grown, the focus of codes enforcement has become more strongly directed at improving the community as a whole.

By beautifying our city, Adkins and the communities she serves are not only making their environment a cleaner, more attractive space, but also contributing the overall attractiveness that Kingsport is striving to reach.

 

 

Melanie Adkins August 2016Many times, the people behind the city services do their job to the best of their ability but don’t seek recognition. The City of Kingsport is starting a new series, titled Highlighting Heroes, and will feature an employee from one of the many different service departments.

The individuals chosen to be a part of this campaign will share their story. You’ll be able to find their story and photo on the city’s weekly Wednesday page. A short video will also be posted to social media, so be sure to check out the Kingsport Facebook page.

Our hope is that these individuals aren’t seen as a just performing their job, but more as an individual who cares for their city and loves their job. Get to know your city service workers and say thanks to our everyday heroes behind the service!

The Qualifying Local Program (QLP), Kingsport MS4, is a progressive step in making construction projects easier for Kingsport developers, engineers, architects and contractors. Through this program, permits for construction being performed on at least one acre or more can be reviewed and approved by the city.

“This program will greatly speed up the permit process,” said Steve Robbins, public works storm water manager. “Instead of individuals waiting close to 60 days, we can review and approve in less than two weeks. Our fee will also be substantially less than the state.”

After the three-month provisional period, site owners or operators of construction activities within the City of Kingsport will be required to submit paperwork and any fees to the city only, eliminating the wait time to submit information to the state.

In order for Kingsport to achieve QLP status, it had to be demonstrated that the Construction Stormwater Program met or exceeded the provisions of the state’s Construction General Permit.

The QLP Program is yet another example of Kingsport’s proactive approach to increasing its efficiencies. By become more efficient, the public works department is able to provide better customer service to our city’s development community.QLP Logo

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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: Missing Woman Located Safe and Sound
DATE: August 23, 2016
CASE #: 16-017934
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 23, 2016 at approximately 8:00 AM, Sarah R. Allen was located safe and sound. She returned to the group home this morning, stating that she had spent the night at a friend’s house.

As previously released:

On August 22, 2016 at 11:00 PM, Sarah R. Allen was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department. She is a 37 year old white female adult with brown hair and hazel eyes. She stands 5 feet tall and weighs 155 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue shorts.

Ms. Allen resides in a supervised adult group home in the 2300 block of East Center Street in Kingsport. On August 22, 2016 at approximately 5:30 PM, she left with permission on foot to walk to the nearby M&M/USA Market, located on the corner of East Center Street and North Eastman Road.

Ms. Allen subsequently missed her scheduled medication administration at 8:00 PM as well as her 10:00 PM curfew, and she has not been seen or heard from since. She is reportedly very punctual and always notifies the group home staff of her whereabouts, so this is very out of character for her.

Due to her mysterious disappearance, her pre-existing medical issues, and resulting prescribed medication essential for her well-being, she is being considered not just missing, but also endangered, and has been entered into the N.C.I.C. law enforcement database accordingly.

A photograph of Ms. Allen has been included in this release. Anyone who sees her or who may know her current whereabouts is asked to contact Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111. The Kingsport Police Department requests for anyone who sees her to please attempt to keep her in sight until officers arrive on scene and make contact.

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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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 Police Searching for Missing Endangered Woman
DATE: August 23, 2016
CASE #: 16-017934
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 22, 2016 at 11:00 PM, Sarah R. Allen was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department. She is a 37 year old white female adult with brown hair and hazel eyes. She stands 5 feet tall and weighs 155 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue shorts.

Ms. Allen resides in a supervised adult group home in the 2300 block of East Center Street in Kingsport. On August 22, 2016 at approximately 5:30 PM, she left with permission on foot to walk to the nearby M&M/USA Market, located on the corner of East Center Street and North Eastman Road.

Ms. Allen subsequently missed her scheduled medication administration at 8:00 PM as well as her 10:00 PM curfew, and she has not been seen or heard from since. She is reportedly very punctual and always notifies the group home staff of her whereabouts, so this is very out of character for her.

Due to her mysterious disappearance, her pre-existing medical issues, and resulting prescribed medication essential for her well-being, she is being considered not just missing, but also endangered, and has been entered into the N.C.I.C. law enforcement database accordingly.

A photograph of Ms. Allen has been included in this release. Anyone who sees her or who may know her current whereabouts is asked to contact Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111. The Kingsport Police Department requests for anyone who sees her to please attempt to keep her in sight until officers arrive on scene and make contact.

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

MISSING/ENDANGERED PERSON INFORMATION
Name Sarah R. Allen
Age 37 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Height/

Weight
5 feet

155 pounds

Hair/

Eyes
Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Clothing Description Blue Shirt

Blue Shorts

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

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
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