KPD e-News Release: Applications Being Accepted for the Position of Kingsport Police Officer from January 22 through February 6, 2022

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 January 22 through February 6, 2022
DATE: January 21, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department will be accepting applications for the position of Police Officer from January 22 through February 6, 2022. 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 August 22, 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 February 6th 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, February 22, 2022. 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 February 28 through March 4, 2022. 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 response-time 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: Suspect Sought in Investigation into Indecent Exposure and Attempted Sexual Assault

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 in Investigation into Indecent Exposure and Attempted Sexual Assault
DATE: January 21, 2022
CASE #: 22-000609
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 10, 2022, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to Dollar General, located at 1649 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, and spoke with an adult female employee who reported the following:

Shortly after 6:00 PM, an unidentified male suspect, believed to be Hispanic, entered the store. She stated that the man appeared to only speak minimal English, but asked her to accompany him to one of the store aisles. She said that once there, he attempted to touch her inappropriately, and when she backed away to avoid contact, he then indecently exposed himself to her.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video while in the store. A photo, taken from that footage, has been included in this release. 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: Kingsport Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint (Rescheduled)

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 to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint (Rescheduled)
DATE: January 18, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The previously announced Sobriety Checkpoint, originally scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 18, 2022. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed time in the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport.

As previously released:

In the ongoing effort to reduce the dangerous problem of Driving Under the Influence and resulting crashes, injuries, and deaths, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, January 21, 2022. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed time in the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport.

Beyond the risk of serious injury or death associated with impaired driving, being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can impact your life in many ways, including loss of employment, prevention of employment in certain jobs, higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment, and incarceration.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to emphasize to citizens that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to drinking alcohol, but to ingesting any substance that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

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 to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

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 to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint
DATE: January 3, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the ongoing effort to reduce the dangerous problem of Driving Under the Influence and resulting crashes, injuries, and deaths, the Kingsport Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, January 21, 2022. This Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed time in the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport.

Beyond the risk of serious injury or death associated with impaired driving, being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can impact your life in many ways, including loss of employment, prevention of employment in certain jobs, higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment, and incarceration.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to emphasize to citizens that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to drinking alcohol, but to ingesting any substance that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

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 Armed Robbery of Individual in Walmart Parking Lot

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 Armed Robbery of Individual in Walmart Parking Lot
DATE: December 15, 2021
CASE #: 21-025218
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 11, 2021 at approximately 12:30 pm, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to Walmart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery of an individual. The victim, a 60 year old woman, was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot when the crime occurred.

The suspect jumped in the victim’s car and held her at gunpoint, demanding money. The victim drove him to a nearby ATM where he ordered her to withdraw a sum of money. On his instruction, she then returned him to Walmart, where he exited her vehicle and fled in what appeared to be a gray Toyota Prius.

The suspect made the comment that he needed the money to get back to North Carolina. He was last seen headed south on Fort Henry Drive toward Colonial Heights.

The suspect is described as a black male adult with a large build. He appeared to be wearing a glucose monitor (or similar medical device) on his left arm. He was wearing a gray pattern vest with the letters ‘UNLTD’ printed across the back.

Photos of him and the vehicle in which he was traveling have been included in this release. 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: K.P.D. Attempting to Generate New Leads in 2003 Suspicious Death Cold Case

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 Generate New Leads in 2003 Suspicious Death Cold Case
DATE: December 13, 2021
CASE #: 03-006594
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 8, 2003 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives, as well as other First Responders, were dispatched to the 1800 block of Lowell Drive in Kingsport where a nearby resident had discovered a woman lying in a vacant lot.

The woman, later identified as Joyce Ann McBride, 51 years of age, of Kingsport, was determined to be deceased. There were several visible abrasions and contusions observed on her face and body. Based upon the initial on-scene investigation, she was not believed to have been there very long.

The decedent was sent to the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) James H. Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy. A subsequent report submitted by the Medical Examiner indicated that the cause of her death was blunt force trauma; however, the manner of her death was undetermined.

This incident was classified as a suspicious death and has remained under investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division since that time. Several leads have been followed throughout the years; however, none have yielded a definitive conclusion as to what exactly happened to Ms. McBride that resulted in her death.

It is our desire that bringing some renewed attention to this cold case will help spark some memories and generate some new leads which could potentially assist with this investigation and hopefully bring some much needed closure to the friends, family, and loved ones of Ms. McBride.

Anyone who has any information whatsoever, no matter how trivial it may seem, that might help with this investigation 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

DECEDENT INFORMATION
Name Joyce Ann McBride
Age at Time of Death 51 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Cause of Death Blunt Force Trauma
Manner of Death Undetermined

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 in Theft of Credit Card from Pastor’s Wallet

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 in Theft of Credit Card from Pastor’s Wallet
DATE: December 13, 2021
CASE #: 21-023884
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 19, 2021 at approximately 11:00 AM, an unidentified white male suspect entered a local Methodist Church, went to the pastor’s office, stole a credit card out of his wallet, and then returned the wallet to where he found it.

Shortly after this initial theft, the stolen credit card was used to make a fraudulent purchase of over $400 at an area Home Depot store.

The theft of the credit card was captured on church surveillance cameras. Photos of the suspect, taken from that footage have been included in this release. A clip of the actual video footage has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/YAf6rTykeQU

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: Wanted Fugitive Sought for Kidnapping Girlfriend in Domestic Violence Incident

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: Wanted Fugitive Sought for Kidnapping Girlfriend in Domestic Violence Incident
DATE: December 8, 2021
CASE #: 21-023823
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of November 18, 2021 Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the 1700 block of Rock Springs Road in Kingsport in reference to a kidnapping incident. An independent witness had called 911 after he observed the adult female victim jump from a moving vehicle and run toward his vehicle asking for help. The victim had visible injuries to her face.

The victim said that her boyfriend, Joshua S. Vasilko, had repeatedly slapped and punched her, refused to let her out of the car, and had grabbed her cell phone out of her hand when she attempted to call 911 for help. She said that he had threatened to take her into the woods and kill her and then drive to her parents’ home and kill her family. She eventually was able to jump from the moving car in order to escape.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Mr. Vasilko with 1) Aggravated Kidnapping, 2) Domestic Violence Assault, and 3) Interference with 911 Calls. He is a 25 year old white male adult. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs roughly 135 pounds. His photograph has been included in this release.

All efforts to locate and arrest Mr. Vasilko have been unsuccessful. As of the time of issuance of this release, he remains wanted and at large. Anyone who sees him or who may know 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 Joshua S. Vasilko
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

135 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Hazel eyes

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

2) Domestic Violence Assault

3) Interference with 911 Calls

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Joins THSO and MADD for Annual “Night of Remembrance” for Lives Lost to Impaired- Driving Crashes

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. Joins THSO and MADD for Annual “Night of Remembrance” for Lives Lost to Impaired-Driving Crashes
DATE: December 8, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Thursday, December 9, 2021 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in cooperation with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and other traffic safety partners, will be hosting their annual “Night of Remembrance” in Nashville, TN. The purpose of this event is to help keep everyone safe this holiday season by spreading awareness for the lives lost to impaired-driving crashes in Tennessee.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), one in three fatal crashes this year involved an impaired driver. One in six serious injury crashes involved an impaired driver. One in two DUI crashes resulted in injury or death. Approximately 46 percent of impaired drivers were between the ages of 20 and 34. And DUI crash costs exceeded $911,299,000.

While K.P.D. personnel will not be able to attend the “Night of Remembrance” in person, we will be showing our support in Kingsport that night and throughout the holiday season by stepping up our impaired-driving related education and enforcement efforts.

Beyond the risk of serious injury or death associated with impaired driving, being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can impact your life in many ways, including loss of employment, prevention of employment in certain jobs, higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment, and incarceration.

The Kingsport Police Department continues to emphasize to citizens that Tennessee D.U.I. laws apply not just to drinking alcohol, but to ingesting any substance that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, including illegal drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, as well as prescription drugs, even if they are prescribed by a physician.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.tn.gov/safety/stats/dashboards/dui-crashes.html

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. Detectives Investigating Dale Street Shooting Incident

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. Detectives Investigating Dale Street Shooting Incident
DATE: December 6, 2021
CASE #: 21-024374
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 29, 2021 shortly after midnight, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to multiple calls to Kingsport 911 reporting gunshots fired in the 900 block of Dale Street in Kingsport.

Upon arrival, responding officers located evidence of a shooting incident, to include shell casings, projectiles, and blood, on the sidewalk and in the roadway in front of a Dale Street residence.

At the nearby intersection of Maple and Oak Streets, Officers located a 73 year old adult male victim with what appeared to be a single non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

This matter remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who may have any information to assist with this investigation, 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 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton