KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Announces Annual “Summer of Safety” Traffic Enforcement Campaign

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. Announces Annual “Summer of Safety” Traffic Enforcement Campaign
DATE: July 6, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is once again announcing its annual “Summer of Safety” traffic enforcement campaign. This initiative is necessitated by, and in response to, our own observations as well as numerous citizen expressed complaints and concerns regarding an increase in the more egregious traffic violations that both disturb the peace and threaten public safety.

From July 1 – September 30, 2022 all members of the Kingsport Police Department will be significantly increasing their enforcement efforts to address these violations, and focus on reducing and discouraging their occurrence, with a mission of minimizing crashes and the resultant injuries and fatalities.

Some of the violations that K.P.D. will be prioritizing include but are not necessarily limited to:

· Driving Under the Influence

· Reckless Driving

· Drag Racing

· Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

· Texting, Hands-Free Violations, and Other Forms of Distracted Driving

· Excessive Speed

· Child Restraint and Seat Belt Violations

· Safety Equipment Violations

· Excessive Noise (especially extremely loud modified exhaust systems)

· Exhaust Systems Deliberately Modified to Blow Excessive Smoke

While committing some of these violations will result in a simple (but costly) citation being issued to the offender, others could easily lead to jail confinement with expensive fines, court costs, and attorney fees. And while some may find these penalties harsh, if any one of these violations were left unchecked, the alternative could easily be a serious crash with critical injuries or lives lost.

“Our ultimate goal is simple – for the sake of the safety of our city’s motoring public, we expect compliance with the traffic laws and ordinances of the State of Tennessee and the City of Kingsport. Anything less is unsafe and unacceptable,” said Dale Phipps, Chief of Police. “We owe this to the citizens of this great city, whom we have a sworn duty to protect and serve.”

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

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KPD e-News Release: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport—Even on Independence Day (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: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport—Even on Independence Day (Reissue)
DATE: July 1, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following is a reminder to area citizens that not only are fireworks potentially dangerous, but they are also very much illegal inside the city limits of Kingsport, EVEN ON INDEPENDENCE DAY.

When reporting fireworks disturbances, please DO NOT CALL 911, unless the fireworks have created an actual emergency, such as a fire or serious injury. Fireworks disturbances should be reported by calling the non-emergency number for Kingsport Central Dispatch which is 423-246-9111.

The Kingsport Police Department strongly recommends leaving fireworks to trained and licensed professionals and encourages citizens to instead enjoy an officially sanctioned fireworks show.

Violations of the City of Kingsport Fireworks Ordinance are subject to a penalty of $123.75 for each count, to include the fine and associated court costs. See below for the Ordinance itself:

City of Kingsport Ordinance 42-112

(a) For the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and residents of the city, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, use, discharge, possess with the intent to discharge, or offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or keep with intent to sell at retail, fireworks in the city.

Please consider the following opportunities this summer for your safe and legal fireworks viewing pleasure:

· Saturday, July 2, 2022: Kingsport’s Red White and Boom Independence Day Celebration on Main Street in Downtown Kingsport. Immediately following the concert will be “the largest Independence Day fireworks display in Kingsport history.” For further information, please visit: https://thisiskingsport.com/event/red-white-and-boom-independence-day-celebration-2/

· July 3, July 8, July 30, and August 6, 2022: A total of four (4) Kingsport Axmen postgame fireworks shows at Hunter Wright Stadium, located at 800 Granby Road in Kingsport. For further information, please visit: https://www.appyleague.com/kingsport/tickets/promotions

· July 23, 2022: Kingsport Fun Fest Eastman Fireworks Spectacular immediately following the concert, viewable from J. Fred Johnson Stadium and Memorial Park in Kingsport. For further information, please visit: https://funfest.net/events/eastman-fireworks-spectacular

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: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport—Even on Independence Day

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: Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Kingsport—Even on Independence Day
DATE: July 27, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following is a reminder to area citizens that not only are fireworks potentially dangerous, but they are also very much illegal inside the city limits of Kingsport, EVEN ON INDEPENDENCE DAY.

When reporting fireworks disturbances, please DO NOT CALL 911, unless the fireworks have created an actual emergency, such as a fire or serious injury. Fireworks disturbances should be reported by calling the non-emergency number for Kingsport Central Dispatch which is 423-246-9111.

The Kingsport Police Department strongly recommends leaving fireworks to trained and licensed professionals and encourages citizens to instead enjoy an officially sanctioned fireworks show.

Violations of the City of Kingsport Fireworks Ordinance are subject to a penalty of $123.75 for each count, to include the fine and associated court costs. See below for the Ordinance itself:

City of Kingsport Ordinance 42-112

(a) For the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and residents of the city, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, use, discharge, possess with the intent to discharge, or offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or keep with intent to sell at retail, fireworks in the city.

Please consider the following opportunities this summer for your safe and legal fireworks viewing pleasure:

· Saturday, July 2, 2022: Kingsport’s Red White and Boom Independence Day Celebration on Main Street in Downtown Kingsport. Immediately following the concert will be “the largest Independence Day fireworks display in Kingsport history.” For further information, please visit: https://thisiskingsport.com/event/red-white-and-boom-independence-day-celebration-2/

· July 3, July 8, July 30, and August 6, 2022: A total of four (4) Kingsport Axmen postgame fireworks shows at Hunter Wright Stadium, located at 800 Granby Road in Kingsport. For further information, please visit: https://www.appyleague.com/kingsport/tickets/promotions

· July 23, 2022: Kingsport Fun Fest Eastman Fireworks Spectacular immediately following the concert, viewable from J. Fred Johnson Stadium and Memorial Park in Kingsport. For further information, please visit: https://funfest.net/events/eastman-fireworks-spectacular

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 in Theft of $40,000 “Food Truck” Trailer

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 in Theft of $40,000 “Food Truck” Trailer
DATE: June 20, 2022
CASE #: 22-011238
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 16, 2022 at approximately 4:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to a car wash, located in the 4000 block of Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, in reference to the theft of a mobile restaurant “food truck” trailer.

The owner of the trailer, who also owns the car wash, had parked the trailer in one of the car wash stalls. It was believed to have been stolen earlier that day, sometime between 12:00 Noon and 4:00 PM. The value of the trailer and its contents was estimated at $40,000.

After further investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, Detectives were able to establish probable cause to determine that Adam D. Moorefield was in possession of the stolen trailer.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Mr. Moorefield with Possession of Stolen Property over $10,000, which is a Class C Felony. He is aware of the charge against him and is actively avoiding apprehension.

Mr. Moorefield is a 34 year old white male adult. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 195 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He also has numerous tattoos. He is believed to possibly be traveling in a white Jeep sport utility vehicle.

Photographs of Mr. Moorefield and the Jeep SUV are included in this release. Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, is asked to contact Detectives at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Department/Contact-Police

The stolen trailer has yet to be recovered. It is a black, Homesteader brand, 7 foot x 14 foot, enclosed, tandem axle utility trailer. A photograph of the trailer is included in this release. It is important to note that the decals and license plate were removed after the theft. Anyone who sees this trailer, or may know its current whereabouts, is also asked to contact the Kingsport Police Department as soon as possible.

WANTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Adam D. Moorefield
Age 34 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

6 feet 3 inches

195 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Numerous tattoos
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Possession of Stolen Property over $10,000 (Class C Felony)
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 in Custody Following Stabbing at IHOP

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 in Custody Following Stabbing at IHOP
DATE: June 19, 2022
CASE #: 22-011402
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 18, 2022 at approximately 8:50 PM Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to IHOP, located at 1201 East Stone Drive in Kingsport in reference to a stabbing incident.

Upon arrival, Officers located two adult male victims, both employees of IHOP, outside of the restaurant. Both men had sustained knife wounds and were transported to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. While their injuries appeared severe, they were not initially believed to be life-threatening.

Further investigation revealed that the victims had been stabbed during an altercation with another individual, identified as Aaron E. Hopson, who then fled the scene before police arrived. At least one of the victims was acquainted with Mr. Hopson prior to this incident.

A warrant was obtained, charging Mr. Hopson with two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. On June 19, 2022, at approximately 2:00 AM, Mr. Hopson was located at his residence in Sullivan County, just outside of the city limits of Kingsport. Following a brief stand-off, he was taken into custody.

Mr. Hopson was transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where as of the time of this release, he remains confined, pending arraignment.

This appears to have been an isolated incident, contained to the people involved, and is not believed to have posed a danger to the general public. At the time of this release, an update on the condition of the two victims was not available. Their names will not be released.

The associated investigation remains active and ongoing by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, no further details can or will be shared at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Aaron E. Hopson
Age 40 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Attempted First Degree Murder (2 counts)

VICTIM #1 INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 47 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Severe Lacerations
VICTIM #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 69 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Severe Lacerations
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: Test Message

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: Test Message
DATE: June 16, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This is a test of the K.P.D. e-News Release automated delivery system. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, as we have been experiencing prolonged technical difficulties with this and other email to blog driven systems, over the past couple of weeks. Again, this is only a test.
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

Test Post

We are currently working through some technical difficulties with our blog pages. Please be patient with us while we work on these issues with our provider.

Sincerely,
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KPD e-News Release: Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Corrections Officer through June 5, 2022 (Reminder)

Kingsport Police Department

DalePhipps, 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 Corrections Officer through June 5, 2022 (Reminder)
DATE: May 31, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department will be accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department through June 5, 2022. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only apply once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

At least one position is available. As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current opening is only for a male Corrections Officer.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer has recently been increased to $14.64 per hour or $30,455.00 annually. 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 the Corrections Officer position, please call the K.P.D. Jail Administrator at 423-229-9424.

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 Corrections Officer through June 5, 2022

Kingsport Police Department

DalePhipps, 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 Corrections Officer through June 5, 2022
DATE: May 23, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department will be accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer with the Kingsport Police Department through June 5, 2022. Individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to apply. Applicants are asked to only apply once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency.

At least one position is available. As Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) regulations require an equal number of male and female Corrections Officers on staff, the current opening is only for a male Corrections Officer.

All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

The starting salary for a Kingsport Police Department Corrections Officer has recently been increased to $14.64 per hour or $30,455.00 annually. 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 the Corrections Officer position, please call the K.P.D. Jail Administrator at 423-229-9424.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton