KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal High Speed Motorcycle Crash on West Stone Drive

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 Investigating Fatal High Speed Motorcycle Crash on West Stone Drive
DATE: September 23, 2016
CASE #: 16-020578
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 23, 2016 at approximately 2:00 AM, Officers of the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision on West Stone Drive near Grandby Road in Kingsport. The ensuing investigation revealed the following:

A 2001 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Michael W. Bays, was westbound in the far right lane of West Stone Drive approaching Granby Road. A 2006 Yamaha Motorcycle, ridden by Logan R. Trent, was traveling in the same lane of the same road, in the same direction, approaching the Dodge Ram from behind at what appears to have been an extremely high rate of speed. Mr. Trent’s driver license was suspended at the time of the crash.

The motorcycle rear-ended the Dodge Ram causing Mr. Trent to lose complete control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle then crossed the median and both opposing traffic lanes before coming to rest against a grass embankment. As a result of the high speed impact, debris was strewn over approximately 500 linear feet of West Stone Drive. An eastbound Ford F-150 pickup struck some of that debris resulting in a flat tire.

Mr. Trent died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. None of the occupants of the two pickups were injured. A section of West Stone Drive remained closed for over three hours to allow for a thorough investigation of the crash and the safe removal of vehicles and debris, but it has since been reopened for traffic.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Yamaha
Model Motorcycle
Year 2006
Type Motorcycle
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Logan R. Trent
Age 23 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Rogersville, TN
Injuries Fatal
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Dodge
Model Ram
Year 2001
Type Pickup Truck
Color Green
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Michael W. Bays
Age 54 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model F-150
Year 2010
Type Pickup Truck
Color Silver
Damage Minor
Driver Name Owen L. Hetrick
Age 65 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Leona F. Blackburn
Age 67 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Underwear Masked Suspect Sought in Botched Zoomerz Robbery

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Underwear Masked Suspect Sought in Botched Zoomerz Robbery
DATE: September 23, 2016
CASE #: 16-020370
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 21, 2016, shortly after midnight, an unidentified white male suspect unsuccessfully attempted to rob the Zoomerz gas station and convenience store, located at 3717 Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. He had his face covered by a makeshift mask that he had crudely fashioned by cutting eye holes in a pair of underwear.

The suspect feigned having a gun by keeping his right hand concealed behind his back and threatening, “Don’t make me pull it out!” He initially demanded cash, then demanded cigarettes, but ultimately left empty-handed in frustration proclaiming, “This is stupid!”

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

https://youtu.be/24_y7kZz7m8

Anyone who recognizes him 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
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Again Wins Division in 2016 T.H.S.O. Law Enforcement Challenge

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Again Wins Division in 2016 T.H.S.O. Law Enforcement Challenge
DATE: September 20, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 9, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Safety and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office announced the winners of the 12th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge. Participating law enforcement agencies are categorized according to the size of the department. In the 101-200 officer division, the Kingsport Police Department again won first place.

This is the third consecutive year that K.P.D. has brought home this top honor. Officer Matt McGuire and Corporal Dustin Jackson, both certified crash reconstructionists, attended the 29th Annual Lifesavers Conference in Murfreesboro, TN and accepted the award on behalf of the department.

The Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual competition designed to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs across the state. Similar sizes and types of agencies are judged on their local efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about impaired driving, speeding, and occupant protection.

The winning safety programs combine officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their jurisdiction. The ultimate goal of the Law Enforcement Challenge is to save lives.

Pictured left to right in the above photo: K.P.D. Officer Matt McGuire, T.H.S.O. Interim Director Jason Ivey, and K.P.D. Corporal Dustin Jackson
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Two Suspects Sought in Theft and Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Two Suspects Sought in Theft and Fraudulent Use of Credit Card
DATE: September 20, 2016
CASE #: 16-019377 (Auto Burglary/Theft of Credit Card)

16-019388 (Fraudulent Use of Credit Card)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 8, 2016, sometime between 5:00 and 6:30 PM, a woman’s credit card was stolen from her wallet during an auto burglary while her car was parked at the YMCA, located at 1840 Meadowview Parkway in Kingsport.

On the same evening, the stolen credit card was used to make three fraudulent transactions at Walgreens, located at 2790 East Stone Drive. The three transactions were made just minutes apart and totaled in excess of $1,500.

Two white male suspects in these incidents were captured on Walgreens surveillance video. Photos of these individuals are included in this release. Anyone who recognizes either of them 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
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Police Request Assistance in Identifying Money Scam Artist

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Police Request Assistance in Identifying Money Scam Artist
DATE: September 19, 2016
CASE #: 16-012798
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 17, 2016 a woman reported a money scam to the Kingsport Police Department. She stated that she had received a message on FaceBook from someone masquerading as her friend, requesting assistance in claiming a large sum of money from an online government grant. The unidentified suspect instructed her to pay a substantial delivery fee in advance via MoneyGram.

The victim followed these instructions, sending the MoneyGram from Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Seven minutes later, the suspect claimed the money at the other Kingsport Wal-Mart, located across town at 3200 Fort Henry Drive. The suspect then attempted to extort additional funds out of the victim by alleging that the Internal Revenue Service had placed a hold on the money.

A photo of the female suspect, captured on Wal-Mart surveillance video, has been included in this release. Anyone who can help Detectives identify her is asked to contact 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

The Kingsport Police Department continues to urge citizens to be wary of this type of scam and to remember the old adage that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

This news release has been update to reflect that the previously featured “suspect” is not longer being considered a “suspect.”  She appears to be an additional “victim” who was being used as an unwitting pawn in the scam.  Her photo has been removed.

 

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Fatal West Stone Drive Crash

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Fatal West Stone Drive Crash
DATE: September 12, 2016
CASE #: 16-019589
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 11, 2016 at approximately 10:45 PM, Officers of the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Division responded to a serious crash at the intersection of West Stone Drive and Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. Due to the severity of injuries sustained by those involved, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was called to the scene to investigate. The ensuing investigation yielded the following:

A 2004 Nissan Murano sport utility vehicle was eastbound on West Stone Drive approaching the intersection of Clinchfield Street. The Nissan was driven by Derek Carlos Williams, and also occupied by front seat passenger, Sammie Jo Williams, and a 3 month old back seat passenger. The child was properly restrained in a child passenger safety seat; however, neither of the front seat passengers were wearing a seatbelt.

A 1999 Audi A6 4-door sedan, driven by a 17 year old female, was westbound on West Stone Drive at the intersection with Clinchfield Street in the left turn lane. The driver of the Audi failed to yield the right of way, passed through a red light, and turned into the path of the oncoming Nissan which resulted in a crash.

The 17 year old driver of the Audi sustained non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Williams and the 3 month old child also sustained non-life threatening injuries; however, Ms. Williams sustained life threatening injuries. All 4 individuals were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S.

The 17 year old driver of the Audi was treated and released, while Mr. Williams and the 3 month old child were treated and held overnight for observation. Unfortunately, however, on September 12, 2016 at 3:15 AM, Ms. Williams succumbed to her injuries and died.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to stress that wearing a seatbelt has been proven time and time again to make a significant 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. Not only is it the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Audi
Model A6
Year 1999
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Rogersville, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Nissan
Model Murano
Year 2004
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Silver
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Derek Carlos Williams
Age 29 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Gate City, VA
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
Passenger Name Sammie Jo Williams
Age 30 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Gate City, VA
Injuries Fatal
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 3 months
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Gate City, VA
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Vice Unit Search Warrant Nets Two Arrests on Drug and Weapons Charges

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Vice Unit Search Warrant Nets Two Arrests on Drug and Weapons Charges
DATE: September 6, 2016
CASE #: 16-018773
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 1, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM, the Kingsport Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of Benjamin A. Flanary and Travis S. Tanner, located at 1520 Lake Street in Kingsport. This warrant was served, with assistance from the K.P.D. S.W.A.T. Team, in response to an ongoing investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in and around this residence.

During the subsequent search of the residence, the following items were located and seized:

1) Approximately 2 ounces of cocaine in both crack and powder form

2) Approximately 2 pounds of marijuana

3) Several unmarked bottles containing pills believed to be Roxicodone

4) Numerous items of paraphernalia associated with the use, packaging, and distribution of illegal drugs

5) Over $25,000 in cash believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales

6) Three firearms including a 9mm caliber pistol, a .22 caliber rifle, and a 12 gauge shotgun

Mr. Flanary and Mr. Tanner were home at the time the warrant was served and were promptly arrested and charged with the following criminal offenses:

1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug for Resale within 1,000 feet of a School (2 Counts: Count 1 for Cocaine, Count 2 for Roxicodone)

2) Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale within 1,000 feet of a School

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

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

Both suspects were transported to, and incarcerated within, the Kingsport City Jail. At a subsequent arraignment, bond was set for each individual at $50,000 by the presiding judge. Mr. Flanary was later released after posting bond; however, Mr. Tanner was transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville in lieu of bond.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Benjamin A. Flanary
Age Date of Birth 7/6/1977

39 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 1520 Lake Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug for Resale within 1,000 feet of a School (2 Counts: Count 1 for Cocaine, Count 2 for Roxicodone)

2) Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale within 1,000 feet of a School

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

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Travis S. Tanner
Age Date of Birth 1/26/1983

33 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 1520 Lake Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule II Drug for Resale within 1,000 feet of a School (2 Counts: Count 1 for Cocaine, Count 2 for Roxicodone)

2) Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale within 1,000 feet of a School

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

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Investigating Serious Orebank Road Crash Involving a Pedestrian

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Investigating Serious Orebank Road Crash Involving a Pedestrian
DATE: September 3, 2016
CASE #: 16-018910
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 2, 2016 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a crash involving a pedestrian in the 5000 block of Orebank Road in Kingsport. Officers of the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Division responded. Due to the serious nature of the injuries to those involved, Crash Reconstructionists from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit were called to the scene, with their resultant investigation rendering the following:

Shari K. Rajoo was walking along a sidewalk that runs parallel to the roadway in the 5000 block of Orebank Road. She was accompanied by several family members; however, she was walking slightly behind the rest of the group.

Meanwhile, a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup, driven by James Richard Smith, was westbound in the same block of Orebank Road, negotiating a curve to the right. Mr. Smith failed to keep the truck in the proper lane, allowing it to cross the center line and the oncoming lane, and run off the left side of the roadway. He swerved back onto the road surface, but in doing so overcorrected, putting the truck into an unrecoverable spin.

Now completely out of control, the truck ran off the left side of the road a second time and crossed the sidewalk, striking Ms. Rajoo. The pickup then crashed through a wooden fence and finally came to a rest in an adjacent grassy field.

Both Ms. Rajoo and Mr. Smith sustained serious incapacitating injuries in the crash and were rushed to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency treatment.

This crash remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending. The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance thus far with the investigation.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model Ranger
Year 1995
Type Compact Pickup
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name James Richard Smith
Age 31 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Incapacitating Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Shari K. Rajoo
Age 45 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Indian
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Incapacitating Injuries
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Attempting to Identify Suspect in ATM Fraud

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Attempting to Identify Suspect in ATM Fraud
DATE: September 2, 2016
CASE #: 16-017047
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 10, 2016 at approximately 12:45 PM, an unidentified suspect used a stolen debit card to make a fraudulent withdrawal at a Regions Bank ATM, located at 1717 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. The card in question was a new card that was intercepted and somehow activated by the suspect prior to delivery to the victim.

The fraudulent transaction was captured on surveillance video, with photos of both the suspect and his vehicle included in this release. He is a white male, wearing a tan colored ball cap with a very distinct logo, and he was driving a small light-colored sedan.

Anyone who recognizes him or his vehicle is asked to contact 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
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Armed Suspect Sought in Convenience Store Robbery

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Armed Suspect Sought in Convenience Store Robbery
DATE: September 2, 2016
CASE #: 16-018802
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 1, 2016 at approximately 9:00 PM, a white male suspect robbed the Zoomerz Gas Station and Convenience Store, located at 3717 Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. The suspect was clad completely in black to include a mask of sorts that concealed his facial features. The sole exception were his shoes which were gray in color and unique in style, appearing to be some type of rubberized clog.

He initially approached the female clerk in the parking lot, armed with a dark colored handgun, and demanded money. He ordered her to accompany him into the store and open the register, threatening to shoot her if she did not hurry. When she opened the register, he grabbed a handful of cash and then demanded that she open the safe.

He then suddenly fled the scene with an undisclosed sum, apparently startled by the arrival of another customer. He ran around the outside of the store and was last observed running south on Stratford Road. A K.P.D. K-9 Unit attempted to track the suspect; however, that effort ultimately proved unsuccessful.

While not directly injured in the actual robbery, the clerk had to be transported by Sullivan County E.M.S. to a local medical facility for evaluation due to severe anxiety and chest pains induced by the incident.

The aforementioned events were captured by store surveillance cameras, with photos of the suspect taken from that footage included in this release. Anyone who recognizes him, or who may have any additional information related to this incident, 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
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit