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

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
DATE: September 18, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
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: Teenager Critically Injured in Fall from Moving Vehicle

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: Teenager Critically Injured in Fall from Moving Vehicle
DATE: September 13, 2021
CASE #: 21-019228
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 12, 2021 at approximately 8:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the area of Patriot Way at Tri-Cities Crossing in Kingsport in reference to a teenage falling from a moving vehicle. Due to the seriousness of injuries involved, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:

A silver 2006 Ford F-150 pickup was traveling along Patriot Way. The vehicle was driven by a 16 year old male juvenile with a second 16 year old male juvenile riding in the back seat. For reasons still under investigation, a third 16 year old male juvenile was either sitting on the passenger door window sill or clinging to the outside of the vehicle.

The vehicle was not involved in a collision; however, at some point, the third juvenile fell from the vehicle and struck his head on the pavement. The victim sustained serious life-threatening injuries and was airlifted by Wings Air Rescue to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains hospitalized in critical conditions.

This incident remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with the possibility of charges pending. As such, no further details will be released at this time.

VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model F-150
Year 2006
Type Pickup
Color Silver
Driver Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Jonesborough, TN
Injuries Not Injured
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Not Injured
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Fall Branch, TN
Injuries Serious Life-Threatening Injuries
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 Serious Afternoon Crash on Fort Henry Drive

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 Serious Afternoon Crash on Fort Henry Drive
DATE: September 8, 2021
CASE #: 21-018957
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 8, 2021 at approximately 4:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on Fort Henry Drive at the intersection of Randolph Street in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the crash, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:

A red 2006 Jeep Wrangler sport utility vehicle, driven and solely occupied by Justin T. Wilcox, was southbound on Fort Henry Drive. Meanwhile, a green Mazda B2300 pickup, driven and solely occupied by Ronald Z. Bennett was northbound on Fort Henry Drive. For reasons still under investigation, the Mazda driven by Mr. Bennett veered across the center lane into oncoming traffic and struck the Jeep in the driver’s side.

Mr. Wilcox sustained suspected minor injuries; however, Mr. Bennett sustained suspected major injuries. Both drivers were transported by Sullivan County E.M.S. to area hospitals for treatment. As of the time of issuance of this news release, their conditions are not known. Mr. Bennett’s driver license status is currently revoked.

Traffic was extremely congested in the area for an extended period of time as first responders worked to treat and transport the injured, investigate the crash, and clear the involved vehicles and associated debris. The scene has since been cleared, and normal traffic patterns have resumed.

This crash remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no additional details are currently available for release.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Jeep
Model Wrangler
Year 2006
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Justin T. Wilcox
Age 42 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Mazda
Model B2300
Year 1994
Type Pickup
Color Green
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Ronald Z. Bennett
Age 36 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Major Injuries
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 Arrested on Litany of Charges After Crashing Car Through Gate at Eastman Chemical Company

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 Arrested on Litany of Charges After Crashing Car Through Gate at Eastman Chemical Company
DATE: September 7, 2021
CASE #: 21-018788 (DUI)

21-018790 (1st Crash)

21-018791 (Arson)

21-018793 (Arrest)

21-018794 (2nd Crash)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 6, 2021 at approximately 6:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to Eastman Chemical Company, Gate 6, located at 100 North Eastman Road in Kingsport.

An individual, later identified as Justin Lee Carroll, had crashed a 2006 Nissan Maxima through the perimeter security gate and continued on into the plant. Mr. Carroll had then parked his vehicle and stuffed a roll of napkins into the cup holder and ignited them. The fire eventually spread to other parts of the vehicle before being extinguished.

Mr. Carroll fled from the Nissan and stole a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Eastman Chemical Company. He drove the stolen pickup through the plant while being pursued by responding Kingsport Police Officers. Several employees had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by Mr. Carroll in the stolen pickup.

Mr. Carroll eventually crashed the stolen pickup into a fence. He attempted to flee again in the pickup; however, the tires were unable to get traction on the wet grass. Despite repeated commands for him to stop and exit the pickup, Officers eventually had to forcibly remove him from the vehicle to take him into custody.

At the time of his apprehension, he was found to be in possession of over 48 grams of Methamphetamine (individually packaged for resale), unlawful drug paraphernalia (a glass pipe), and over $1,100 in currency (believed to be proceeds from unlawful drug transactions.

He was arrested on a litany of charges, detailed in the chart below, and transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Following treatment, he was transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where as of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains confined.

Mr. Carroll was arraigned earlier this morning where his bond was set at $75,000. He is scheduled to appear back in court on September 21, 2001 at 1:00 PM. He will be transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville later today.

The investigation into this incident remains open and active. As such, no further details, to include a possible motive, are available for release at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Justin Lee Carroll
Age 37 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Pamplin, Virginia
Charge(s) 1) Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision

2) Felony Reckless Endangerment

3) Felony Vandalism

4) Felony Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle

5) Resisting Arrest

6) Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

7) Aggravated Criminal Trespassing

8) Theft of a Motor Vehicle over $10,000

9) Possession of Methamphetamine for Resale

10) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

11) Driving Under the Influence

12) Violation of Implied Consent

13) Arson

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

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 Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile
DATE: September 4, 2021
CASE #: 21-017909
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of August 25, 2021, Jaylen Blye was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While Detectives have no reason to suspect foul play at this time, every possible effort is being made to locate him.

He was last seen on August 19, 2021 in the 1000 block of West Sullivan Street in Kingsport. His photograph and description are included below. Anyone who sees him or 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 Jaylen Blye
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Height/

Weight

5 feet 4 inches

150 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Brown eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Last Known Location 1000 Block of W. Sullivan 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: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenage Girl (Update)

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 Attempting to Locate Missing Teenage Girl (Update)
DATE: September 3, 2021
CASE #: 21-018213
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Kaliyah Diamond Hartgrove has been located safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

On August 29, 2021, Kaliyah Diamond Hartgrove was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected at this time, due to her minor age, every possible effort is being made to locate her.

Her photograph and detailed physical description are 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 Kaliyah Diamond Hartgrove
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Black
Height/

Weight

5 feet 5 inches

118 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Brown eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Last Known Location 900 block of Larry Neil Way

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: Kingsport Police Department to Reinstate Safety Protocols to Lessen Exposure to and Transmission of COVID-19

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 Department to Reinstate Safety Protocols to Lessen Exposure to and Transmission of COVID-19
DATE: September 3, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Due to the recent resurgence of COVID-19, effective Monday, September 6, 2021 the following safety protocols will be temporarily reinstated by the Kingsport Police Department to lessen the chances of exposure to and transmission of the virus. These protocols will remain in effect until the number of positive cases significantly decline.

· There will be some types of calls that are extremely minor or civil in nature to which officers will simply not be responding unless there is a current public safety issue. In these cases, guidance will be provided via telephone.

· There will be an increase in the reporting of incidents by telephone rather than an officer responding in person unless there is a current public safety issue.

· Officers will be strongly encouraged to maintain safe “social distancing” from citizens whenever possible.

· Officers will be strongly discouraged from entering private residences or businesses unless absolutely necessary, but rather interacting with citizens outdoors in an open air environment.

These changes are similar to how the department conducted business during the peak of COVID-19 beginning the Spring of 2020. Details of any variation in response will be provided when anyone contacts Kingsport Central Dispatch to report an incident or request the services of the Kingsport Police Department.

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 Sought for Felony Vandalism and Theft from Coin Machine

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 Sought for Felony Vandalism and Theft from Coin Machine
DATE: September 3, 2021
CASE #: 21-017254
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 14, 2021 at approximately 6:00 PM, a white male adult suspect, pictured in the accompanying photograph, extensively vandalized a coin machine and stole $150 in quarters at the Lost Sock Laundry, located at 733 West Stone Drive in Kingsport.

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:

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: Featured Fugitive Sought for Repeatedly Evading Officers to Avoid Apprehension (Update)

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 (Update)
DATE: September 2, 2021
CASE #: 21-010392

21-011508

21-017845

GENERAL NARRATIVE
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: Featured Fugitive Sought for Repeatedly Evading Officers to Avoid Apprehension

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
DATE: September 2, 2021
CASE #: 21-010392

21-011508

21-017845

GENERAL NARRATIVE
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) Evading Arrest (2 counts)

2) Criminal Trespassing

3) Driving While License Suspended

4) Failure to Exercise Due Care

5) 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