KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Attempting to Locate Missing Teenage Girl

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Attempting to Locate Missing Teenage Girl
DATE: February 25, 2021
CASE #: 21-003961
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the early morning hours of February 25, 2021, 17 year old Kaley N. Wells was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. She was last seen at approximately 9:00 PM the evening before in the 3100 block of Tiffany Court in Kingsport. While foul play is not suspected, due to her minor age Investigators are making every possible effort to locate her.

Her photograph and physical description are included in this release. Anyone who sees her or may know her current whereabouts 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Kaley N. Wells
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Black
Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches

305 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black Hair

Brown Eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Unknown
Last Known Location 3100 Block of Tiffany Court

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Text to 911 Now an Option in Kingsport (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Text to 911 Now an Option in Kingsport (Update)
DATE: February 18, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Effective immediately, Text to 911 is now available for both Verizon and AT&T Wireless customers in the Kingsport 911 Emergency Communications District. Other area cell phone carriers are expected to enable this service for their customers in the near future.

As previously released:

Effective immediately, some cellular telephone customers in the Kingsport 911 Emergency Communications District will be able to Text to 911. It is important to note that for the time being, this capability only exists for AT&T Wireless customers; however, other area cell phone carriers, such as Verizon and T-Mobile, are expected to enable this service for their customers in the near future.

While Text to 911 is now a possibility, we would like to strongly emphasize that calling should always be the preferred method for contacting 911. That’s why we are adopting the slogan, “911: Call if you can. Text if you can’t.”

Just as when calling 911, texting 911 should only be done in the event of an actual emergency. Non-emergency calls to Kingsport Central Dispatch still need to be made to 423-246-9111, and that number is not able to receive text messages.

Text to 911 is especially beneficial to those who are hearing- or speech-impaired, but citizens should only text 911 when calling 911 is unsafe or not possible. Examples include when:

  • Callers can’t speak due to a threat, illness, or medical condition
  • Callers have poor reception and can only send text messages
  • Phone lines and cell phone towers are overwhelmed, and only texts can get through

If you send a text message to 911, you should always try to include the following information:

1) Your name

2) Your location (specific address, intersection, or mile-marker)

3) The particular type of emergency you are experiencing (medical, fire, crime in progress, etc.)

4) Your telephone number (just in case the Caller ID feature were to fail to provide it)

Don’t just send your initial text to 911 and then put your phone down and forget it! Texting 911 will be a two-way interactive conversation. You should be prepared to receive and respond to follow-up text messages from a Communications Specialist so that they can obtain any additional necessary information to enable them to provide the appropriate response to your emergency.

Text to 911 may not always work due to a variety of factors beyond our control. If you send a text message to 911 and your carrier has not enabled this service, or if your text is inadvertently received by a neighboring dispatch center that is not set up for this service, you will receive a “bounce-back message” to instruct you to call 911 by voice instead.

Try to have a back-up plan to allow you to call 911 if your message isn’t received. If you send a text to 911 and get no response whatsoever, you should assume that your text did not go through and find a way to make a voice call to 911 immediately.

A few additional extremely important factors include:

  • Emojis, ideograms, smileys, and GIFs should never be used.
  • Text shorthand (TTYL, IIRC, IMHO, etc.) should never be used.
  • Pictures and videos are not compatible with Text to 911 at this time, but they might be added at a later date.
  • Messages need to be clear, concise, and written in plain and simple, easy to understand language.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Update)
DATE: February 17, 2021
CASE #: 20-023285
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Jose A. Mayse has been located safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

The following is a reissuance of an earlier news release regarding a missing juvenile. Jose A. Mayse remains missing and unaccounted for. Again, foul play is not suspected.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

As previously released:

On the afternoon of November 5, 2020, Jose A. Mayse was reported to the Kingsport Police Department as a missing juvenile after being unaccounted for for the past six weeks.

While there is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to his minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort in an attempt to locate him.

Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Jose A. Mayse
Age 17 Years of Age
Height/

Weight

4 feet 3 inches

85 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Unattended Children (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Unattended Children (Update)
DATE: February 8, 2021
CASE #: 21-002652
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: These two children are now safe. They have been identified and located. The investigation is ongoing.

As previously released:

On February 7, 2021 at approximately 10:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the Zoomerz gas station and convenience store, located at 1673 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, in reference to two unattended children. The children asked the clerk for a ride, but then left the store prior to police arrival. They were last seen walking south on Eastman Road toward the Green Acres neighborhood. The children are described as follows:

White male

Approximately 10 years of age

Long dark curly hair

Glasses

Gray or green “Carhartt type” work coat

Camouflage sweat pants

Athletic shoes

Wearing a dark colored backpack

White female

Approximately 6 years of age

Long straight brown hair

Pink/purple long-sleeved dress

Leggings

Wearing a backpack with some type of print on it

Photos of the children, taken from surveillance camera footage, are included in this release.

The children indicated that their father’s first name may possibly be “Robert.”

Their current whereabouts are unknown. Anyone who sees them, may know their identities or their current whereabouts, or may have any information related to this investigation, is asked to promptly contact the Kingsport Police Department by calling 423-246-9111 (or simply call 911 if emergency conditions exist).

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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Unattended Children

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Unattended Children
DATE: February 7, 2021
CASE #: 21-002652
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 7, 2021 at approximately 10:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the Zoomerz gas station and convenience store, located at 1673 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, in reference to two unattended children. The children asked the clerk for a ride, but then left the store prior to police arrival. They were last seen walking south on Eastman Road toward the Green Acres neighborhood. The children are described as follows:

White male

Approximately 10 years of age

Long dark curly hair

Glasses

Gray or green “Carhartt type” work coat

Camouflage sweat pants

Athletic shoes

Wearing a dark colored backpack

White female

Approximately 6 years of age

Long straight brown hair

Pink/purple long-sleeved dress

Leggings

Wearing a backpack with some type of print on it

Photos of the children, taken from surveillance camera footage, are included in this release.

The children indicated that their father’s first name may possibly be “Robert.”

Their current whereabouts are unknown. Anyone who sees them, may know their identities or their current whereabouts, or may have any information related to this investigation, is asked to promptly contact the Kingsport Police Department by calling 423-246-9111 (or simply call 911 if emergency conditions exist).

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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Joins THSO and Tennessee Titans to Remind Fans to Drive Sober During Super Bowl Weekend

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Joins THSO and Tennessee Titans to Remind Fans to Drive Sober During Super Bowl Weekend
DATE: February 5, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Today, the Kingsport Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and the Tennessee Titans to remind Tennesseans that “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith joined the THSO for a public service announcement. Click here to view the video: https://youtu.be/c7lSh-MF6dc

“We encourage football fans to enjoy the game this weekend,” said Keith. “Remember, it’s never safe to drink and drive. Always find a sober ride home. It’s the right thing to do.”

During Super Bowl weekend last year, there were 59 drunk-driving crashes in Tennessee, according to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN). In 2019, there were 55.

“If your Super Bowl celebration involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home,” said THSO Director Buddy Lewis. “If you drink and drive, you can lose your license, your freedom, your life, or the life of someone else. Don’t take the risk. Never drink and drive.”

Whether you’re throwing a Super Bowl party or just attending one, now is the time to strategize the most important part of your game plan for the big game: a shutdown defense that prevents drunk driving.

Here are a few tips to help you plan for a safe Super Bowl weekend.

Never Drive Drunk

Whether you’re attending a socially distanced gathering, hosting one, or going out to the bar, keep safety at the forefront of your night. When it’s time to leave, make sure your designated driver is actually sober. If he or she decided to drink, call a sober ride. Remember that walking impaired can also be dangerous, so designate a sober friend to walk home with you. If you are driving, remember that sober driving isn’t the only law that should be followed: Make sure you — and your driver — wear your seat belts.

Bonus Points for the Designated Drivers

If you’re planning to be a designated driver, know that you’re the night’s MVP. No matter what, do not drink any alcohol. People are relying on you. Encourage other designated drivers on social media by using the hashtag #DesignatedDriver. Your positive influence could help keep other designated drivers on the right track. If someone you know has been drinking and tries to drive, take away the keys and help them get home safely.

Host Pointers for the Win

If you’re hosting a small gathering for this year’s Super Bowl, prepare plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for your guests and the designated drivers. Don’t forget to include the hand sanitizer and some disposable masks! Do not serve alcohol to minors. If an underage person drinks and drives, the person who provided the alcohol can be held liable for any damage, injury, or death caused by the underage driver. In fact, you could face jail time if you host a gathering where alcohol is served to people under the age of 21.

Alternative Activities

This year’s Super Bowl is drastically different from previous years. For those staying home, consider hosting or attending a virtual Super Bowl watch party. Bonus: No need to worry about drinking and driving!

In many communities, alcohol transport is also different. If your community now allows alcoholic drinks for carryout, make sure to transport alcohol in a leak-proof container, leaving stickers and seals in place. No straws should be placed in the containers. Remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Ensure you follow Tennessee’s open container laws.

For more safe driving tips, please visit www.TNTrafficSafety.org.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Identity Sought in Berry’s Pharmacy Burglary

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Identity Sought in Berry’s Pharmacy Burglary
DATE: January 28, 2020
CASE #: 21-001640
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 24, 2021 at approximately 2:00 AM, a lone suspect burglarized Berry’s Pharmacy, located at 460 West Center Street in Kingsport, after using a large rock to shatter the front door. The suspect fled the scene with a bag of merchandise prior to police arrival. Specifically what was stolen remains part of an active investigation and will therefore not be disclosed at this time.

The suspect was captured on video surveillance footage and appears to be a white male adult. He was wearing a black ski mask, a black coat, blue jeans, and black shoes with red soles. Anyone who recognizes him from the included photograph or clothing description, or may have any 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 16 Year Old

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 16 Year Old
DATE: January 27, 2021
CASE #: 21-001609
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of January 23, 2021 Devon Wiles (16 year old male juvenile) was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected, due to his minor age, Investigators are making every possible effort to locate him.

His description and photograph are included in this release. Anyone who sees him or may know his current whereabouts 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Devon Wiles
Age 16 years of age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 9 inches

195 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Blue eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Last Known Location 1600 block of Highland Street

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Text to 911 Now an Option in Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Text to 911 Now an Option in Kingsport
DATE: January 27, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective immediately, some cellular telephone customers in the Kingsport 911 Emergency Communications District will be able to Text to 911. It is important to note that for the time being, this capability only exists for AT&T Wireless customers; however, other area cell phone carriers, such as Verizon and T-Mobile, are expected to enable this service for their customers in the near future.

While Text to 911 is now a possibility, we would like to strongly emphasize that calling should always be the preferred method for contacting 911. That’s why we are adopting the slogan, “911: Call if you can. Text if you can’t.”

Just as when calling 911, texting 911 should only be done in the event of an actual emergency. Non-emergency calls to Kingsport Central Dispatch still need to be made to 423-246-9111, and that number is not able to receive text messages.

Text to 911 is especially beneficial to those who are hearing- or speech-impaired, but citizens should only text 911 when calling 911 is unsafe or not possible. Examples include when:

  • Callers can’t speak due to a threat, illness, or medical condition
  • Callers have poor reception and can only send text messages
  • Phone lines and cell phone towers are overwhelmed, and only texts can get through

If you send a text message to 911, you should always try to include the following information:

1) Your name

2) Your location (specific address, intersection, or mile-marker)

3) The particular type of emergency you are experiencing (medical, fire, crime in progress, etc.)

4) Your telephone number (just in case the Caller ID feature were to fail to provide it)

Don’t just send your initial text to 911 and then put your phone down and forget it! Texting 911 will be a two-way interactive conversation. You should be prepared to receive and respond to follow-up text messages from a Communications Specialist so that they can obtain any additional necessary information to enable them to provide the appropriate response to your emergency.

Text to 911 may not always work due to a variety of factors beyond our control. If you send a text message to 911 and your carrier has not enabled this service, or if your text is inadvertently received by a neighboring dispatch center that is not set up for this service, you will receive a “bounce-back message” to instruct you to call 911 by voice instead.

Try to have a back-up plan to allow you to call 911 if your message isn’t received. If you send a text to 911 and get no response whatsoever, you should assume that your text did not go through and find a way to make a voice call to 911 immediately.

A few additional extremely important factors include:

  • Emojis, ideograms, smileys, and GIFs should never be used.
  • Text shorthand (TTYL, IIRC, IMHO, etc.) should never be used.
  • Pictures and videos are not compatible with Text to 911 at this time, but they might be added at a later date.
  • Messages need to be clear, concise, and written in plain and simple, easy to understand language.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenage Girl (Located)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenage Girl (Located)
DATE: January 22, 2021
CASE #: 21-001306
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Tember Evans has been located safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

Update: Missing juvenile, Tember Evans, was recorded on surveillance video on January 19, 2021 at approximately 6:45PM while at Walgreens, located at 2709 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, as can be seen in the accompanying photograph. Anyone who may have spoken with her or given her a ride is asked to contact Detective Erik Steele at 423-245-3822.

Tips can also be called in to 423-229-9429 (Detective Division) or 423-246-9111 (Dispatch) or submitted anonymously to https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us.

As previously released:

On the evening of January 19, 2021 Tember Grant Nichole Evans (16 year old female juvenile) was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department. While there is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to her minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort to locate her.

Her description is detailed in the accompanying table and a photo has also been included in this release. Anyone who sees her or may know her current whereabouts 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Tember Grant Nichole Evans
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 4 inches

115 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Description Heart tattoo on inside right forearm
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Black and white striped sweater

Pink t-shirt

Blue jeans

No shoes

Last Known Location 400 block of New Beason Well Road

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton