KPD e-News Release: Citizens Urged to Take Basic Preventative Measures Due to Surge in Motor Vehicle Thefts and Auto Burglaries

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: Citizens Urged to Take Basic Preventative Measures Due to Surge in Motor Vehicle Thefts and Auto Burglaries
DATE: October 21, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport has been experiencing a surge in the crime of Motor Vehicle Theft. Having said that, it is important to note that in the vast majority of Motor Vehicle Thefts, the vehicle that was stolen had been left unlocked with the key (or electronic key fob) left in the vehicle (often times with the key actually in the ignition and the vehicle running).

Auto Burglaries are also on the rise. Again, it is important to note that in the vast majority of Auto Burglaries, the vehicle had either been left unlocked, or the owner had left an item of obvious real or perceived value in plain sight inside the vehicle.

To reiterate, very few cars that are being stolen or burglarized are actually being forcibly broken into. In nearly all of the cases, had the owner of the vehicle taken a few basic preventative measures, the crimes could have easily been deterred.

This particular problem is by no means unique to Kingsport. When sharing criminal intelligence information with other agencies, feedback indicates that similar trends are being experienced in other jurisdictions.

K.P.D. has prioritized investigating and preventing these types of crimes, but we are asking for some additional help from the public. To that end, the good news is that the occurrence of these two crimes can easily be lessened or even prevented altogether by utilizing the following common sense strategies:

1) Never leave your vehicle unlocked while unattended.

Your vehicle was designed with locking doors for a very good reason. It should be locked at all times. A vehicle is obviously much less likely to be burglarized or stolen if it is locked.

You should lock your vehicle even when you are in close proximity to it while pumping gas, or at a self-service car wash, and especially when you leave it even briefly for a quick trip into a store. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

You should even lock your doors while you are in the vehicle while parked or in motion. Tests have shown that a locked door is much less likely to pop open during a crash, and a locked door will certainly lessen the possibility of someone with ill intentions opening your door from the outside while you are in the vehicle.

2) Never leave the key (or electronic key fob) inside your parked and unoccupied vehicle.

Leaving the key (or electronic key fob) inside your parked and unoccupied vehicle (even if it is locked) is asking for trouble. It allows undeterred access to the vehicle by criminals. It also allows curious children to potentially get behind the wheel, which could obviously lead to tragic results.

3) Never leave your car key (or electronic key fob) in an unsecure location.

Even if your key is not actually inside the vehicle, it is important to make sure that it is stored securely and cannot be easily accessed by unauthorized individuals.

4) Never leave your vehicle running unless you are actually in it.

The only thing worse than leaving your key in your vehicle is leaving the key in the ignition with the engine running. Again, it allows undeterred access to the vehicle by criminals, and it also allows curious children to potentially get behind the wheel, which could obviously lead to tragic results.

With colder weather approaching, it is important to point out that it is not uncommon for vehicles to be stolen while left running, unlocked, and unoccupied while they are defrosting in the morning.

5) Never leave items of real or perceived value in plain sight inside your vehicle.

Other than leaving your vehicle unlocked, the best way to get it broken into is to leave something valuable inside of it. Purses, backpacks, duffle/tote bags, electronics, cell phones, portable GPS devices, radar detectors, medications, firearms, money, shopping bags and packages, etc. should never be left inside your vehicle, especially not in plain view.

And remember, it doesn’t even have to be valuable to you as long as it appears potentially valuable to a criminal peeking into a window.

Following these simple steps will go a long way toward deterring these crimes in our city, and reducing your chances of becoming the next victim of Motor Vehicle Theft or Auto Burglary.

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 Missing 16 Year Old 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: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 16 Year Old Girl
DATE: October 21, 2021
CASE #: 21-021806
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of October 19, 2021 Hailey Carrico was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected, due to her minor age, investigators are making every possible effort to locate her.

A partial photograph and limited description are included below. Anyone who sees her, or who 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:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Hailey Carrico
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

Height and weight not provided
Hair/Eyes Dark brown and red hair

Eye color not provided

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Pink jacket

Blue jeans

White slip on shoes

Last Known Location 1800 block of Park 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 16 Year Old Boy

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 16 Year Old Boy
DATE: October 21, 2021
CASE #: 21-021833
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of October 19, 2021 Dakota Nash O’Neal Benton was reported as a missing juvenile 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 photograph and detailed description are included below. 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Dakota Nash O’Neal Benton
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

156 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing White hooded sweatshirt

Black pants

Multi-colored knit cap

Last Known Location 400 block of Allen Drive

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. to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Day Event on Saturday October 23rd

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. to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Day Event on Saturday October 23rd
DATE: October 20, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department will be participating in a community drug take-back event. This event will take place in the parking lot in front of Dobyns-Bennett High School, located at 1 Tribe Way, in Kingsport. This event is sponsored by the United Way of Greater Kingsport, the Kingsport Police Department, and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition.

Between now and Saturday, October 23rd, all area residents are encouraged to go through their medicine cabinets and inventory their medications. Now is the time to safely dispose of any leftover, expired, or otherwise unwanted medications. This community drug take-back event is open to the public and is a prime opportunity and the preferred method to safely dispose of any medications that are no longer needed.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days each year, in April and October. National Prescription Drug Take Back Days aim to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

While the DEA does recognize these two annual days, at the Kingsport Police Department, we like to think of every day as Drug Take-Back Day. K.P.D. has been participating in drug take-back initiatives since 2010 and installed a permanent drug collection box in the lobby of the Kingsport Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport, in 2012. Our box is accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. To date, K.P.D. has been able to safely incinerate over 18,000 pounds (9 tons) of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications.

The goals of this program are to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination. Drugs that can be accepted include prescription, over the counter (OTC), vitamins, herbals, supplements, and veterinary medications. Items that are not accepted through this program include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.

For more information on the DEA’s National Take-Back Day initiative, please visit the following links:

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

https://takebackday.dea.gov/

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: 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