KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Male Teenager

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim 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 Male Teenager
DATE: March 23, 2021
CASE #: 21-005699
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of March 19, 2021, Michael D’Shaun Brice was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. He was last seen near the intersection of East Center Street and Dale Street in Kingsport. While investigators have no reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to his minor age, every possible effort is being made to locate him.

His photograph and detailed description have been included in this release. Anyone who sees him or knows where he might be located 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 Michael D’Shaun Brice
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Height/

Weight

6 feet

130 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Brown eyes

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

Black jeans

Black Nike athletic shoes

Last Known Location Intersection of East Center Street and Dale 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 Request Public Assistance in Identifying Misdemeanor Suspects

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Misdemeanor Suspects
DATE: March 18, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is requesting public assistance in identifying several suspects in various unrelated misdemeanor investigations. The individuals in the following images were photographed on surveillance video during the commission of assorted misdemeanors, typically non-violent property crimes. Identifying one of these suspects could potentially help solve a case.

Anyone who recognizes any of these individuals is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429. As multiple cases and suspects are being featured in this news release, when providing information, citizens are asked to please cite the specific case number that corresponds to the particular individual being identified.

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

CASE #: 20-026168

CASE #: 21-000284 (photo 1)

CASE #: 21-000284 (photo 2)

CASE #: 21-001773

CASE #: 21-002033

CASE #: 21-002398

CASE #: 21-002574

CASE #: 21-003149 (photo 1)

CASE #: 21-003149 (photo 2)

CASE #: 21-004440

CASE #: 21-005316

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: K.P.D. Attempting to Locate Missing Teen (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim 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 Teen (Update)
DATE: March 10, 2021
CASE #: 21-004708
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Tanijah Benedetto has been found safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

On the afternoon of March 6, 2021, Tanijah Benedetto was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. She was last seen in the 400 block of New Beason Well Road in Kingsport. While foul play is not suspected, Investigators are making every possible effort to locate her.

A photograph and detailed description are included with this release. Anyone who sees her or 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:

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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Tanijah Tearra Benedetto
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Black/Female
Height/

Weight

5 feet 8 inches

150 pounds

Hair/Eyes Red Hair

Brown Eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Purple and Blue Puff Jacket

Black Tank Top

Black Skinny Jeans with Holes

Black Calf Boots

Last Known Location 400 Block of New Beason Well Road

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. Certifies Seven New Field Training Officers

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Certifies Seven New Field Training Officers
DATE: March 9, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
During the first week of March 2021, the Kingsport Police Department certified seven (7) new Field Training Officers (FTOs). An FTO is an experienced or more senior member of the department with a history of excellent performance, who is responsible for the “real-world” training and evaluation of a probationary or entry-level member of the department.

FTOs are a critical, and arguably the most important, component of the training that new Police Officers receive. Becoming an FTO is also historically one of the first steps toward career advancement for those Officers wishing to eventually promote within the department.

The following K.P.D. personnel have just been certified as new Field Training Officers: Officer Aaron Crawford, Officer Donald Harding III, Officer Robert Hughes, Officer Jeremy Lawson, Officer Jason Powers, Officer Quinn Shelton, and Officer Laiken Whitlock. Photographs of these new FTO’s have been included with this release.

These new FTOs will supplement other FTOs already in service with the department and will begin utilizing their new skillset almost immediately, as K.P.D. moves to fill several vacancies in the ranks. The department is currently in the process of hiring as many as ten (10) new Police Officer Trainees out of the most recent Police Applicant Testing procedures.

Unlike many occupations where a brand new employee can be a productive member of an organization on day-one, in the Law Enforcement profession, it can take upwards of an entire year from the initial day someone submits their application until the final day that individual is actually able to work independently in the field.

After the application period, a Police Applicant is thoroughly tested and interviewed, and then extensively vetted via a background investigation. The applicant then must undergo both a physical and psychological evaluation conducted by medical professionals.

Once sworn in, the newly hired Police Officer Trainee will go through an internal orientation phase and then report to the police academy which can last anywhere from nine (9) to twelve (12) weeks dependent upon which state authorized law enforcement training academy is utilized.

After returning home from the academy, the Trainee will enter the Field Training Program which consists of 56 twelve-hour shifts, working under the direct supervision of an FTO. If the Trainee, receives acceptable ratings during their Field Training Program, they will eventually be released to work independently as a productive member of the department.

Please join us as we congratulate these newly certified Field Training Officers on this significant career achievement and thank them for this important service they are providing as they train and mentor the next generation of Kingsport Police Officers.

New K.P.D. Field Training Officers pictured left to right and top to bottom in the above photo array: Officer Aaron Crawford, Officer Donald Harding III, Officer Robert Hughes, Officer Jeremy Lawson, Officer Jason Powers, Officer Quinn Shelton, and Officer Laiken Whitlock
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 Teen

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim 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 Teen
DATE: March 8, 2021
CASE #: 21-004708
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of March 6, 2021, Tanijah Benedetto was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. She was last seen in the 400 block of New Beason Well Road in Kingsport. While foul play is not suspected, Investigators are making every possible effort to locate her.

A photograph and detailed description are included with this release. Anyone who sees her or 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:

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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Tanijah Tearra Benedetto
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Black/Female
Height/

Weight

5 feet 8 inches

150 pounds

Hair/Eyes Red Hair

Brown Eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Purple and Blue Puff Jacket

Black Tank Top

Black Skinny Jeans with Holes

Black Calf Boots

Last Known Location 400 Block of New Beason Well Road

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 Teenage Girl

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim 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: February 25, 2021
CASE #: 21-003961
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the early morning hours of February 25, 2021, 17 year old Kaley N. Wells was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. She was last seen at approximately 9:00 PM the evening before in the 3100 block of Tiffany Court in Kingsport. While foul play is not suspected, due to her minor age Investigators are making every possible effort to locate her.

Her photograph and physical description are included in this release. Anyone who sees her or 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:

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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Kaley N. Wells
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Black
Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches

305 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black Hair

Brown Eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Unknown
Last Known Location 3100 Block of Tiffany Court

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: Text to 911 Now an Option in Kingsport (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Text to 911 Now an Option in Kingsport (Update)
DATE: February 18, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Effective immediately, Text to 911 is now available for both Verizon and AT&T Wireless customers in the Kingsport 911 Emergency Communications District. Other area cell phone carriers are expected to enable this service for their customers in the near future.

As previously released:

Effective immediately, some cellular telephone customers in the Kingsport 911 Emergency Communications District will be able to Text to 911. It is important to note that for the time being, this capability only exists for AT&T Wireless customers; however, other area cell phone carriers, such as Verizon and T-Mobile, are expected to enable this service for their customers in the near future.

While Text to 911 is now a possibility, we would like to strongly emphasize that calling should always be the preferred method for contacting 911. That’s why we are adopting the slogan, “911: Call if you can. Text if you can’t.”

Just as when calling 911, texting 911 should only be done in the event of an actual emergency. Non-emergency calls to Kingsport Central Dispatch still need to be made to 423-246-9111, and that number is not able to receive text messages.

Text to 911 is especially beneficial to those who are hearing- or speech-impaired, but citizens should only text 911 when calling 911 is unsafe or not possible. Examples include when:

  • Callers can’t speak due to a threat, illness, or medical condition
  • Callers have poor reception and can only send text messages
  • Phone lines and cell phone towers are overwhelmed, and only texts can get through

If you send a text message to 911, you should always try to include the following information:

1) Your name

2) Your location (specific address, intersection, or mile-marker)

3) The particular type of emergency you are experiencing (medical, fire, crime in progress, etc.)

4) Your telephone number (just in case the Caller ID feature were to fail to provide it)

Don’t just send your initial text to 911 and then put your phone down and forget it! Texting 911 will be a two-way interactive conversation. You should be prepared to receive and respond to follow-up text messages from a Communications Specialist so that they can obtain any additional necessary information to enable them to provide the appropriate response to your emergency.

Text to 911 may not always work due to a variety of factors beyond our control. If you send a text message to 911 and your carrier has not enabled this service, or if your text is inadvertently received by a neighboring dispatch center that is not set up for this service, you will receive a “bounce-back message” to instruct you to call 911 by voice instead.

Try to have a back-up plan to allow you to call 911 if your message isn’t received. If you send a text to 911 and get no response whatsoever, you should assume that your text did not go through and find a way to make a voice call to 911 immediately.

A few additional extremely important factors include:

  • Emojis, ideograms, smileys, and GIFs should never be used.
  • Text shorthand (TTYL, IIRC, IMHO, etc.) should never be used.
  • Pictures and videos are not compatible with Text to 911 at this time, but they might be added at a later date.
  • Messages need to be clear, concise, and written in plain and simple, easy to understand language.

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 (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Juvenile (Update)
DATE: February 17, 2021
CASE #: 20-023285
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Jose A. Mayse has been located safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

The following is a reissuance of an earlier news release regarding a missing juvenile. Jose A. Mayse remains missing and unaccounted for. Again, foul play is not suspected.

Anyone who sees him, or who 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

As previously released:

On the afternoon of November 5, 2020, Jose A. Mayse was reported to the Kingsport Police Department as a missing juvenile after being unaccounted for for the past six weeks.

While there is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to his minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort in an attempt to locate him.

Anyone who sees him, or who 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 Jose A. Mayse
Age 17 Years of Age
Height/

Weight

4 feet 3 inches

85 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN

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 Two Unattended Children (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Unattended Children (Update)
DATE: February 8, 2021
CASE #: 21-002652
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: These two children are now safe. They have been identified and located. The investigation is ongoing.

As previously released:

On February 7, 2021 at approximately 10:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the Zoomerz gas station and convenience store, located at 1673 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, in reference to two unattended children. The children asked the clerk for a ride, but then left the store prior to police arrival. They were last seen walking south on Eastman Road toward the Green Acres neighborhood. The children are described as follows:

White male

Approximately 10 years of age

Long dark curly hair

Glasses

Gray or green “Carhartt type” work coat

Camouflage sweat pants

Athletic shoes

Wearing a dark colored backpack

White female

Approximately 6 years of age

Long straight brown hair

Pink/purple long-sleeved dress

Leggings

Wearing a backpack with some type of print on it

Photos of the children, taken from surveillance camera footage, are included in this release.

The children indicated that their father’s first name may possibly be “Robert.”

Their current whereabouts are unknown. Anyone who sees them, may know their identities or their current whereabouts, or may have any information related to this investigation, is asked to promptly contact the Kingsport Police Department by calling 423-246-9111 (or simply call 911 if emergency conditions exist).

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: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Unattended Children

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Interim Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Unattended Children
DATE: February 7, 2021
CASE #: 21-002652
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 7, 2021 at approximately 10:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the Zoomerz gas station and convenience store, located at 1673 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, in reference to two unattended children. The children asked the clerk for a ride, but then left the store prior to police arrival. They were last seen walking south on Eastman Road toward the Green Acres neighborhood. The children are described as follows:

White male

Approximately 10 years of age

Long dark curly hair

Glasses

Gray or green “Carhartt type” work coat

Camouflage sweat pants

Athletic shoes

Wearing a dark colored backpack

White female

Approximately 6 years of age

Long straight brown hair

Pink/purple long-sleeved dress

Leggings

Wearing a backpack with some type of print on it

Photos of the children, taken from surveillance camera footage, are included in this release.

The children indicated that their father’s first name may possibly be “Robert.”

Their current whereabouts are unknown. Anyone who sees them, may know their identities or their current whereabouts, or may have any information related to this investigation, is asked to promptly contact the Kingsport Police Department by calling 423-246-9111 (or simply call 911 if emergency conditions exist).

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