KPD e-News Release: Suspect Wanted Following Convenience Store Robbery (Update: Suspect in Custody)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Wanted Following Convenience Store Robbery (Update: Suspect in Custody)
DATE: October 16, 2021
CASE #: 21-021448
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On October 15, 2021 Daniel J. Rhoton was arrested by law enforcement officials in a neighboring jurisdiction on unrelated charges. He was subsequently served with the K.P.D. warrant for Aggravated Robbery while already in custody.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Rhoton remains confined in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

As previously released:

On October 14, 2021, shortly after 3:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a robbery at the Shell gas station and convenience store, located at 120 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Their investigation revealed the following:

Moments earlier, a suspect, since identified as Daniel J. Rhoton, entered the store, intimidated the clerk with threats of a gun, and demanded all of the money. Mr. Rhoton fled the scene shortly thereafter with some merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Mr. Rhoton with Aggravated Robbery. Due to the threats he made of having a gun, he should be considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be traveling in a maroon 1996 Honda Accord.

Anyone who sees him, or who 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:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Daniel J. Rhoton
Age 41 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 9 inches

172 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Aggravated Robbery

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 Wanted Following Convenience Store Robbery

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Wanted Following Convenience Store Robbery
DATE: October 14, 2021
CASE #: 21-021448
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 14, 2021, shortly after 3:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a robbery at the Shell gas station and convenience store, located at 120 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Their investigation revealed the following:

Moments earlier, a suspect, since identified as Daniel J. Rhoton, entered the store, intimidated the clerk with threats of a gun, and demanded all of the money. Mr. Rhoton fled the scene shortly thereafter with some merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Mr. Rhoton with Aggravated Robbery. Due to the threats he made of having a gun, he should be considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be traveling in a maroon 1996 Honda Accord.

Anyone who sees him, or who 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:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

WANTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Daniel J. Rhoton
Age 41 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 9 inches

172 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Aggravated Robbery

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. Attempting to Locate Missing Teenage Girl

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, 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: October 12, 2021
CASE #: 21-021206
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 10, 2021 Hailey L. Gray was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected, Detectives are making every possible effort to locate her.

Her photograph and detailed description are included below. Anyone who sees her, or who 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:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Hailey L. Gray
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

200 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Blue eyes

Other Description Possibly traveling in a white late model Toyota with gold trim
Residency Kingsport,TN
Possible Clothing Possibly wearing or in possession of a black hooded sweatshirt
Last Known Location 1500 block of Polo Fields Place

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: K.P.D. Requests Assistance in Locating Missing Juvenile (Reissue)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Requests Assistance in Locating Missing Juvenile(Reissue)
DATE: October 12, 2021
CASE #: 20-002569
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following is a reissuance of an earlier alert originally released on February 6, 2020.

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating missing juvenile, Stephen McGovern. While foul play is not suspected, Detectives are making every possible effort to locate him.

Stephen is a 16 year old white male juvenile. He is 5 feet 8 inches in height and weighs 145 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen on January 30, 2020. His photograph is included below.

Anyone with any information regarding 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 these or any other cases 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 Steven McGovern
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 8 inches

145 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Blonde Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Missing Since January 30, 2020

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 Detectives Attempting to Identify Credit Card Fraud Suspect

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Attempting to Identify Credit Card Fraud Suspect
DATE: October 12, 2021
CASE #: 21-018972
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 27, 2021 a stolen credit card was utilized to make fraudulent transactions at three Kingsport area businesses. While this occurred in July, it was not reported to the Kingsport Police Department until September 8, 2021.

The suspect was recorded on surveillance video during one of these instances. A photograph of the suspect, taken from that footage, has been included below. A clip of the actual video has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/iHoW45WDbuQ

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

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from September 18 through October 3, 2021 (Final Notice)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from September 18 through October 3, 2021 (Final Notice)
DATE: October 1, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Only a couple of days remain to apply to become a Kingsport Police Officer.

As previously released:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department will be accepting applications for the position of Police Officer from September 18 through October 3, 2021. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire several new officers out of this application process to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. Those interested must submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have applied or tested with K.P.D. in the past.

Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be a United States citizen and either already be at least 21 years of age or be turning 21 by no later than April 19, 2022. Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

Following the October 3rd deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a letter by traditional mail, containing further instructions regarding the upcoming Police Applicant Testing procedures, as well as the exact date, time, and location that they are to report for testing.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A WRITTEN EXAMINATION AS PART OF THIS TESTING PROCESS.

All applicants will begin the testing process with a physical agility evaluation. The physical agility evaluation will be administered on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. This session will be conducted at Domtar Park, located at 1414 Riverport Road in Kingsport.

The physical agility evaluation will consist of a timed one-mile run and a timed roughly one-quarter-mile obstacle course designed to measure fitness, strength, agility, endurance, and perseverance as related to the duties of a Police Officer. Individuals must have an application on file and sign a waiver of liability in order to be eligible to participate.

The applications of those candidates who successfully pass the physical agility evaluation will be reviewed for eligibility and suitability to move forward to the interview panel phase which will be conducted during the following week of October 25-29, 2021. General criteria to be considered for selection for an interview will be outlined in the confirmation email and letter each applicant will receive.

Those applicants with the highest combined scores on the physical agility evaluation and interview panel will then be interviewed by the Chief of Police to determine the final selections. Those ultimately selected will also be subject to a medical examination, psychological evaluation, and a thorough background investigation prior to actual hiring.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $16.98 per hour or $35,318.40 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate for prior experience if certain criteria are met. Academy training and all essential equipment including uniforms, firearms, body armor, and duty gear are provided by the department. K.P.D. also issues take-home police cruisers to officers meeting specific residency requirements.

City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; education tuition and fitness membership reimbursements, Mission Square 401 retirement; and optional Mission Square 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call the K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit at 423-229-9433.

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: Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from September 18 through October 3, 2021 (Reissue)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from September 18 through October 3, 2021 (Reissue)
DATE: September 27, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Approximately one week remains to apply to become a Kingsport Police Officer.

As previously released:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department will be accepting applications for the position of Police Officer from September 18 through October 3, 2021. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire several new officers out of this application process to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. Those interested must submit a new application regardless of whether or not they have applied or tested with K.P.D. in the past.

Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be a United States citizen and either already be at least 21 years of age or be turning 21 by no later than April 19, 2021. Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

Following the October 3rd deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a letter by traditional mail, containing further instructions regarding the upcoming Police Applicant Testing procedures, as well as the exact date, time, and location that they are to report for testing.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A WRITTEN EXAMINATION AS PART OF THIS TESTING PROCESS.

All applicants will begin the testing process with a physical agility evaluation. The physical agility evaluation will be administered on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. This session will be conducted at Domtar Park, located at 1414 Riverport Road in Kingsport.

The physical agility evaluation will consist of a timed one-mile run and a timed roughly one-quarter-mile obstacle course designed to measure fitness, strength, agility, endurance, and perseverance as related to the duties of a Police Officer. Individuals must have an application on file and sign a waiver of liability in order to be eligible to participate.

The applications of those candidates who successfully pass the physical agility evaluation will be reviewed for eligibility and suitability to move forward to the interview panel phase which will be conducted during the following week of October 25-29, 2021. General criteria to be considered for selection for an interview will be outlined in the confirmation email and letter each applicant will receive.

Those applicants with the highest combined scores on the physical agility evaluation and interview panel will then be interviewed by the Chief of Police to determine the final selections. Those ultimately selected will also be subject to a medical examination, psychological evaluation, and a thorough background investigation prior to actual hiring.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $16.98 per hour or $35,318.40 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate for prior experience if certain criteria are met. Academy training and all essential equipment including uniforms, firearms, body armor, and duty gear are provided by the department. K.P.D. also issues take-home police cruisers to officers meeting specific residency requirements.

City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; education tuition and fitness membership reimbursements, Mission Square 401 retirement; and optional Mission Square 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call the K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit at 423-229-9433.

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: Featured Fugitive Sought for Repeatedly Evading Officers to Avoid Apprehension (Suspect in Custody)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Featured Fugitive Sought for Repeatedly Evading Officers to Avoid Apprehension (Suspect in Custody)
DATE: September 27, 2021
CASE #: 21-010392

21-011508

21-017845

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Suspect in Custody: On September 24, 2021 at approximately 9:45 PM, Daniel C. Brooks was taken into custody without incident at Model City Apartments, located at 1000 Stonegate Road in Kingsport.

As previously released:

Update: This news release has been updated to include important additional information that was inadvertently omitted from the original version.

In addition to the charges highlighted below, Daniel C. Brooks is also wanted on a separate outstanding felony warrant for Aggravated Burglary in reference to an incident that occurred on May 20, 2021. Mr. Brooks is alleged to have forced his way into a home, located in the 1100 block of Dorothy Street in Kingsport, and threatening the residents while armed with both a knife and a gun. As such, he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Again, anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Kingsport Police Department 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:

Daniel C. Brooks currently has two (2) outstanding Sullivan County capias/bench warrants. One is for Driving While License is Suspended and Violation of Registration, while the other is for Violation of Probation on previous convictions for Simple Possession, Driving While License is Suspended, Resisting a Stop (2 counts), and Evading Arrest.

Kingsport Police Patrol Officers have attempted to serve these warrants on no less than three (3) occasions; however, Mr. Brooks has fled every time, evading officers to avoid apprehension. In doing so, he has accumulated several additional outstanding warrants for the charges of Evading Arrest (2 counts), Criminal Trespassing, Driving While License is Suspended, and Failure to Exercise Due Care.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Brooks remains wanted and at large. He is a 36 year old white male adult. He is approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs roughly 185 pounds, and has salt and pepper hair and green eyes. His photograph has been included in this release.

Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Kingsport Police Department 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

WANTED FUGITIVE INFORMATION
Name Daniel C. Brooks
Age 36 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

6 feet 1 inch

185 pounds

Hair/Eyes Salt and pepper hair

Green eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Burglary

2) Evading Arrest (2 counts)

3) Criminal Trespassing

4) Driving While License Suspended

5) Failure to Exercise Due Care

6) Also Wanted on Outstanding Sullivan County Capias/Bench Warrants for:

· Driving While License is Suspended

· Violation of Registration

· Violation of Probation on previous convictions for Simple Possession, Driving While License is Suspended, Resisting a Stop (2 counts), and Evading Arrest

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: Fatal Crash on North John B. Dennis Highway Under Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Fatal Crash on North John B. Dennis Highway Under Investigation
DATE: September 27, 2021
CASE #: 21-020141
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 25, 2021 at approximately 3:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to North John B. Dennis Highway, just south of the Orebank Road interchange, in Kingsport in reference to a vehicle off the side of the roadway.

Responding Officers, determined that the vehicle had been involved in a collision and discovered that the driver, identified as Wendy Annette Ramsey, was deceased. The K.P.D. Traffic Unit was subsequently called to the scene to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:

A beige 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, driven and believed to be solely occupied by Ms. Ramsey, was northbound on John B. Dennis Highway and attempting to negotiate a curve, when for unknown reason(s) the vehicle left the right side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled down an embankment and struck a tree.

This incident remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As the crash was not discovered until well after the fact, Investigators do not know exactly when it occurred. Anyone who may have witnessed this event is asked to contact the K.P.D. Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750.

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

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Blazer
Year 2000
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Beige
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Wendy Annette Ramsey
Age 51 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Dungannon, VA
Injuries Fatal
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 Investigating Unattended Death

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Unattended Death
DATE: September 27, 2021
CASE #: 21-020127
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 25, 2021 at approximately 10:30 AM, Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives were dispatched to an unattended death (a death that occurred outside of the confines of professional medical care) at Maple Oak Apartments, located at 818 Oak Street in Kingsport. Responding Officers located a deceased 64 year old black male adult inside an apartment.

The deceased individual has been sent to the E.T.S.U. James H. Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy. As with any unattended death, this incident will be thoroughly investigated to rule out any possibility of foul play. That investigation is currently underway. As such, no additional information, to include the identity of the decedent, can or will be released at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton