KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Announces Next Police Applicant Testing Session in Anticipation of Hiring Several Officers (Reminder)

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 Next Police Applicant Testing Session in Anticipation of Hiring Several Officers (Reminder)
DATE: May 23, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: In order for applicants for the position of Kingsport Police Officer to be able to participate in our next testing session, applications must be submitted by no later than this coming Sunday, May 29, 2022. Any applications received after that date will be held until the next testing session.

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department has scheduled the next Police Applicant Testing Session for Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in anticipation of hiring several officers to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. While K.P.D. now accepts applications year-round, in order to participate in this upcoming session, applications must be received by absolutely no later than Sunday May 29, 2022. Any applications received after that date will be held until the next testing session.

Individuals who are interested in a rewarding career with a professional law enforcement agency are strongly 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 December 14, 2022. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

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

Following the May 29th 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, June 14, 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 June 20-24, 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 has recently been increased to $17.84 per hour or $37,107 annually, which is a nearly $1,800 per year increase over the previous entry level salary. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for additional salary adjustments 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: Kingsport Police Investigating Interstate Shooting Incident (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 Investigating Interstate Shooting Incident (Update)
DATE: May 20, 2022
CASE #: 22-009370
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On May 20, 2022 at approximately 4:45 PM, Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to northbound Interstate 81 at exit 63 (Airport Parkway) in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident involving two motorists. The subsequent investigation thus far has revealed the following:

Two commercial truck drivers, Alex Erik Miller (42 year old black male adult of Edgewood, Maryland) and another individual (34 year old black male adult), whose identity will not be released at this point in the investigation, were each driving tractor trailers northbound on Interstate 81 approaching exit 63 (Airport Parkway) in Kingsport.

At some point, and for reasons still under investigation, the two moving tractor trailers came into contact with one another. The two drivers then pulled their respective tractor trailers to the side of the road. At some point that followed, and also for reasons still under investigation, the situation escalated resulting in Mr. Miller being fatally shot by the other individual. The identity of the other individual is known and he is cooperating with the investigation.

It is important to note that this appears to have been an isolated incident between these two individuals, and there is absolutely no reason to believe that anyone else is, or ever was, in any danger as a result of it.

Detectives request that anyone who may have witnessed the collision between the two tractor trailers, or any of the events that followed on the roadside, to please contact them as soon as possible in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

This remains an open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. Throughout this investigation, Detectives will share their findings and consult with the Office of the Second Judicial District (Sullivan County) Attorney General to determine what, if any, criminal charges may be applicable to this incident.

Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, absolutely no additional information can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On May 20, 2022 at approximately 4:45 PM, Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to northbound Interstate 81 at exit 63 (Airport Parkway) in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident involving two motorists.

It is important to note that this appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is absolutely no reason to believe that the public is in any danger as a result of it.

The roadway is open for travel; however, the large police presence associated with the investigation could create traffic congestion and delays. Motorists should plan accordingly and seek an alternate route if at all possible.

This remains an open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, no further details can or will be released at this time.

DECEDENT INFORMATION
Name Alex Erik Miller
Age 42 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Edgewood, Maryland
Charge(s) Undetermined at this time
PERSON OF INTEREST INFORMATION
Name Not released at this time
Age 34 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Not released at this time
Injuries No injury
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 Interstate 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: Kingsport Police Investigating Interstate Shooting Incident
DATE: May 20, 2022
CASE #: 22-009370
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 20, 2022 at approximately 4:45 PM, Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to northbound Interstate 81 at exit 63 (Airport Parkway) in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident involving two motorists.

It is important to note that this appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is absolutely no reason to believe that the public is in any danger as a result of it.

The roadway is open for travel; however, the large police presence associated with the investigation could create traffic congestion and delays. Motorists should plan accordingly and seek an alternate route if at all possible.

This remains an open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, no further details can or will be released at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Find Missing Woman (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 Find Missing Woman (Update)
DATE: May 19, 2022
CASE #: 22-008922
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Crystal A. Carter has been located safe and is no longer considered a missing person.

As previously released:

On the afternoon of May 13, 2022 Crystal A. Carter (45 year old white female adult) was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department. She has reportedly not been seen or heard from for a few days. While Detectives have no reason to suspect foul play at this time, every possible effort is being made to locate her.

Her photograph and detailed description are included with this release. 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-police

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Crystal A. Carter
Age 45 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

135 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Unknown
Last Known Location Unknown

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 Find Missing Woman

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 Find Missing Woman
DATE: May 18, 2022
CASE #: 22-008922
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of May 13, 2022 Crystal A. Carter (45 year old white female adult) was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department. She has reportedly not been seen or heard from for a few days. While Detectives have no reason to suspect foul play at this time, every possible effort is being made to locate her.

Her photograph and detailed description are included with this release. 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-police

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Crystal A. Carter
Age 45 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

135 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Unknown
Last Known Location Unknown

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 Find Missing Man

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 Find Missing Man
DATE: May 18, 2022
CASE #: 22-008917
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of May 13, 2022 Dalton L. Ramey (26 year old white male adult) was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department. He has reportedly not been seen or heard from since May 6, 2022. While Detectives have no reason to suspect foul play at this time, every possible effort is being made to locate him.

His photograph and detailed description are included with this release. 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-police

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Dalton L. Ramey
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 8 inches

143 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Blue eyes

Other Description Multiple tattoos on both arms
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Unknown
Last Known Location Unknown

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 Boy (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: K.P.D. Attempting to Locate Missing Boy (Update)
DATE: May 18, 2022
CASE #: 22-009097
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Brandon Robert Schools has been located safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

On the evening of May 16, 2022, Brandon Robert Schools (12 year old white male juvenile) was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not believed to be a factor, due to his minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort to locate him.

His photograph and detailed description are included with this release. 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-police

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Brandon Robert Schools
Age 12 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

4 feet 11 inches

80 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Brown eyes

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

Sweatpants

Last Known Location 1000 block of Yadkin 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: K.P.D. Attempting to Locate Missing 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: K.P.D. Attempting to Locate Missing Boy
DATE: May 17, 2022
CASE #: 22-009097
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of May 16, 2022, Brandon Robert Schools (12 year old white male juvenile) was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not believed to be a factor, due to his minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort to locate him.

His photograph and detailed description are included with this release. 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-police

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Brandon Robert Schools
Age 12 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

4 feet 11 inches

80 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Brown eyes

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

Sweatpants

Last Known Location 1000 block of Yadkin 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: Local Businesses Cautioned Against Corporate Bitcoin Deposit Scam

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: Local Businesses Cautioned Against Corporate Bitcoin Deposit Scam
DATE: May 16, 2022
CASE #: 22-008957
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is issuing a public service advisory regarding a bitcoin deposit scam recently perpetrated on a Kingsport area business.

On the morning of May 14, 2022 an employee working at a local convenience store franchise received a phone call from someone claiming to be from corporate headquarters. The caller instructed the employee to take all of the money from the register and safe and transport it to another specified location and deposit it into a bitcoin depository.

The caller went even further with the scam as to text the employee a bitcoin deposit QR code and then sent an Uber to pick her up. The local store was ultimately defrauded out of $4,500 with this scam. This incident remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, but as of this time, no suspect has been identified and none of the money has been recovered.

This incident should serve as a cautionary tale to help warn others. If you receive a call of this nature, please go through a secondary verification process with a known point of contact prior to depositing any funds, as it is almost assuredly a scam.

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 and Local FOP Invite Public to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service (Reminder)

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: Kingsport Police and Local FOP Invite Public to Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service (Reminder)
DATE: May 13, 2022
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: The Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held this afternoon, Friday, May 13, 2022 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. As always, the department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

As previously released:

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

This year, National Police Week will take place from May 15 through 21, 2022. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week.

The service this year will be held this coming Friday, May 13, 2022 at 4:00 PM at the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. As always, the department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation.

Paul Gray (FOP Lodge President/FBI Special Agent (retired)) will serve as Master of Ceremonies, Chief of Police Dale Phipps of the Kingsport Police Department will deliver the keynote address, Commander Sean Chambers of the Kingsport Police Department will read the roll call of fallen officers, and Bobby Russell (Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerk/Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (retired)) will offer the invocation and benediction.

The local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 is named in honor of two of the Kingsport Police Department’s Fallen Officers, Patrolman Ira H. Burgess and Patrolman John E. Mills, who were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in 1950 and 1940 respectively. Information regarding these and all of K.P.D.’s Fallen Officers can be found in the following link:

https://www.KingsportTN.gov/Police-Department/Our-Fallen-Officers/

The following inscription is found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty. It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

http://www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

https://www.ODMP.org

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton