KPD e-News Release: Interstate 81 Rollover Crash Results in Road Closure

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Interstate 81 Rollover Crash Results in Road Closure
DATE: April 24, 2017
CASE #: 17-009377
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 24, 2017 at approximately 12:00 Noon, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Officers responded to a serious motor vehicle collision resulting in a rollover on Interstate 81 in the area of mile-marker 64 on the southbound side. The Interstate is currently shut down to allow for a medical transport helicopter landing.

Motorists should make every possible effort to plan an alternate route, and avoid this area altogether for the time being. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to remain patient and alert, and to follow all traffic directions.

Officers are still in the preliminary stages of their investigation. Additional information will be released as it develops.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Solicit Public Assistance in Learning Identity of Debit Card Fraud Suspect

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Solicit Public Assistance in Learning Identity of Debit Card Fraud Suspect
DATE: April 21, 2017
CASE #: 17-005610 (Debit Card Fraud x5 on 3/6/2017)

17-005611 (Debit Card Fraud x1 on 3/8/2017)

17-005612 (Debit Card Fraud x1 on 3/9/2017)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 10, 2017 an 84 year old resident of Kingsport reported her Eastman Credit Union debit card missing to the Kingsport Police Department. The card had left her possession under unknown circumstances and has since been canceled.

Upon contacting ECU, she learned that the card had been used without her consent to make fraudulent purchases on at least seven different occasions. Five of these charges occurred on March 6, 2017 alone and totaled nearly $800. A sixth charge occurred on March 8, 2017 for $5. The final charge occurred on March 9, 2017 for $7.13 at FasMart #470, located at 817 Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport.

A white male suspect was captured on store surveillance footage during that final transaction, and a photograph 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:

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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Donald C. Pierson Found Safe and Sound

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Donald C. Pierson Found Safe and Sound
DATE: April 20, 2017
CASE #: 17-008974
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 20, 2017 at approximately 10:45 AM, Search and Rescue Teams successfully located Donald C. Pierson safe and sound still inside Bays Mountain Park. He had apparently become disoriented while walking back to his car the previous evening and had wandered a significant distance in the opposite direction.

He spent the night in the woods, but by daybreak had managed to find his way back to the general area of the animal habitat. He reported having seen the helicopter and flashlights of the search party during the night, but they were just out of reach.

He is very much alive and appears to be well; however, he is in the process of being medically evaluated on scene. Due to his age and medical history, he will most likely be transported to an area medical facility purely as a precautionary measure.

As previously released:

Search and Rescue Teams from the Kingsport Police Department, Kingsport Fire Department, Sullivan County E.M.S., and the Kingsport Life Saving Crew, with aerial support from a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter, continued to search the area in and around Bays Mountain Park well into the late night and following early morning hours for missing and possibly endangered 67 year old diabetic, Donald C. Pierson, to no avail.

Search parties will reconvene at 9:00 AM Thursday morning to resume the search. While investigators are currently operating on the primary supposition that Mr. Pierson is still inside the park, they have absolutely not ruled out the possibility that he was somehow able to secure a ride outside the park.

Mr. Pierson has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database as a missing and possibly endangered person. Information regarding his disappearance is being heavily circulated to the general public via traditional (television, newspaper, and radio) media outlets as well as multiple social media applications.

Any tips or possible sightings should continue to be immediately reported to Kingsport Central Dispatch by calling 423-246-9111.

Additional information will be released if and when it becomes available.

As previously released:

On April 19, 2017 at approximately 7:40 PM, Donald C. Pierson was visiting Bays Mountain Park, located at 853 Bays Mountain Park Road in Kingsport. He was visiting the animal habitat with the rest of his party, but left to walk back to the car alone. When the rest of his party returned to the car, Mr. Pierson was nowhere to be found and has not been seen or heard from since.

Kingsport Police personnel are currently in the process of searching for him in and around the Bays Mountain Park area. It is also entirely possible that someone may have picked him up and given him a ride out of the park.

Mr. Pierson is a 67 year old white male adult with diabetes. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing jeans, a dark colored t-shirt, a blue ball cap, and brown shoes. His photograph is included with this release.

Anyone who sees him or knows his current whereabouts is asked to immediately 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

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Donald C. Pierson
Age 67 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

250 pounds

Clothing Jeans

Dark Colored T-Shirt

Blue Ball Cap

Brown Shoes

Additional Information Mr. Pierson is Diabetic

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Searching for Missing 67 Year Old Man (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Searching for Missing 67 Year Old Man (Update)
DATE: April 20, 2017
CASE #: 17-008974
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Search and Rescue Teams from the Kingsport Police Department, Kingsport Fire Department, Sullivan County E.M.S., and the Kingsport Life Saving Crew, with aerial support from a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter, continued to search the area in and around Bays Mountain Park well into the late night and following early morning hours for missing and possibly endangered 67 year old diabetic, Donald C. Pierson, to no avail.

Search parties will reconvene at 9:00 AM Thursday morning to resume the search. While investigators are currently operating on the primary supposition that Mr. Pierson is still inside the park, they have absolutely not ruled out the possibility that he was somehow able to secure a ride outside the park.

Mr. Pierson has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database as a missing and possibly endangered person. Information regarding his disappearance is being heavily circulated to the general public via traditional (television, newspaper, and radio) media outlets as well as multiple social media applications.

Any tips or possible sightings should continue to be immediately reported to Kingsport Central Dispatch by calling 423-246-9111.

Additional information will be released if and when it becomes available.

As previously released:

On April 19, 2017 at approximately 7:40 PM, Donald C. Pierson was visiting Bays Mountain Park, located at 853 Bays Mountain Park Road in Kingsport. He was visiting the animal habitat with the rest of his party, but left to walk back to the car alone. When the rest of his party returned to the car, Mr. Pierson was nowhere to be found and has not been seen or heard from since.

Kingsport Police personnel are currently in the process of searching for him in and around the Bays Mountain Park area. It is also entirely possible that someone may have picked him up and given him a ride out of the park.

Mr. Pierson is a 67 year old white male adult with diabetes. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing jeans, a dark colored t-shirt, a blue ball cap, and brown shoes. His photograph is included with this release.

Anyone who sees him or knows his current whereabouts is asked to immediately 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

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Donald C. Pierson
Age 67 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

250 pounds

Clothing Jeans

Dark Colored T-Shirt

Blue Ball Cap

Brown Shoes

Additional Information Mr. Pierson is Diabetic

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Searching for Missing 67 Year Old Man

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Searching for Missing 67 Year Old Man
DATE: April 19, 2017
CASE #: 17-008974
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 19, 2017 at approximately 7:40 PM, Donald C. Pierson was visiting Bays Mountain Park, located at 853 Bays Mountain Park Road in Kingsport. He was visiting the animal habitat with the rest of his party, but left to walk back to the car alone. When the rest of his party returned to the car, Mr. Pierson was nowhere to be found and has not been seen or heard from since.

Kingsport Police personnel are currently in the process of searching for him in and around the Bays Mountain Park area. It is also entirely possible that someone may have picked him up and given him a ride out of the park.

Mr. Pierson is a 67 year old white male adult with diabetes. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing jeans, a dark colored t-shirt, a blue ball cap, and brown shoes. His photograph is included with this release.

Anyone who sees him or knows his current whereabouts is asked to immediately 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

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Donald C. Pierson
Age 67 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

250 pounds

Clothing Jeans

Dark Colored T-Shirt

Blue Ball Cap

Brown Shoes

Additional Information Mr. Pierson is Diabetic

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: The City of Kingsport is Accepting Applications in an Effort to Fill Five Police Officer Vacancies (Final Notice)

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: The City of Kingsport is Accepting Applications in an Effort to Fill Five Police Officer Vacancies (Final Notice)
DATE: April 17, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Reminder: This is the final notice. There is only one week remaining to apply to become a Kingsport Police Officer. All applications must be submitted online, no later than April 23, 2017, using the following link:

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

Applicants are strongly encouraged to order and begin studying their study guide(s) immediately. Study guides are available for purchase at the following link:

http://www.publicsafetycompass.com

A short highlight video of the Kingsport Police Department has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the following link:

https://youtu.be/UMgNSEFmCTA

Detailed information regarding the application and upcoming testing process as previously released follows:

The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire at least five (5) new officers out of this application process to fill existing vacancies. Applications will be accepted beginning March 25, 2017 until April 23, 2017.

Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. All applicants must either already be at least 21 years of age or be turning 21 by no later than November 16, 2017. 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 April 23rd 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. All applicants will undergo a series of assessments, beginning with a written examination on the morning of May 16, 2017. The written examination will be administered at the Civic Auditorium, located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

While not a requirement, applicants are strongly encouraged to invest in the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) “Entry-Level Police” study guide or “Police Study Guide Bundle” to assist them in preparing for this examination. These study guides are currently priced very reasonably at $20 and $30 respectively and are available for purchase at the following link:

http://www.publicsafetycompass.com

Applicants who successfully pass the written examination will advance forward to a physical agility evaluation the same afternoon. 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, and endurance as related to the duties of a Police Officer.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in a voluntary practice session for the physical agility evaluation. This session will take place on May 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM (two weeks prior to the actual test date) at Domtar Park, located at 1414 Riverport Road in Kingsport. Individuals must have an application on file and sign a waiver in order to be eligible to participate in this practice session.

A series of interviews will follow the written examination and physical agility evaluation, beginning with an interview panel and ultimately an interview with the Chief of Police, to further vet the top performing candidates and determine the final selections.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.76 per hour or $32,791 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 insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

A short highlight video of the Kingsport Police Department has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the following link:

https://youtu.be/UMgNSEFmCTA

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. Public Information Officer at 423-229-9433.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Thief Jailed After Being Caught in the Act of Attempting to Steal Drugs out of K.P.D. Drug Disposal Box

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Thief Jailed After Being Caught in the Act of Attempting to Steal Drugs out of K.P.D. Drug Disposal Box
DATE: April 15, 2017
CASE #: 17-008486
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 14, 2017 at approximately 5:45 PM, Marcos D. DeMoura was promptly apprehended in the Kingsport Justice Center lobby, after being caught red-handed in the act of attempting to fish prescription drugs out of the Kingsport Police Department’s drug disposal box.

His crime was quickly detected while still in progress, as the box is highly secure and closely monitored by video surveillance cameras that feed to multiple monitors spaced throughout the Justice Center. An alert K.P.D. Corrections Officer is credited with spotting Mr. DeMoura’s crime. This easily thwarted attempt should serve as a deterrent and a prime example of “what not to do” for other thieves with similarly foolish ideas.

This crime also paints a grim but accurate picture of just how addictive prescription drugs can be, that a desperate individual would actually resort to committing a crime inside a law enforcement agency’s headquarters in order to obtain them. Unfortunately, high risk-low yield crimes such as these have become more and more commonplace since the prescription drug epidemic first surfaced.

Mr. DeMoura was charged with 1) Theft of Property Under $1,000, 2) Possession of a Schedule IV Drug, Possession of a Schedule V Drug, and 2 counts of Possession of a Legend Drug without a Prescription. He was escorted just down the hall to the Kingsport City Jail. Regrettably, he was able to secure his release just over 3 hours later after posting a $3,750 bond as set by the presiding magistrate.

K.P.D.’s drug disposal box, dubbed “Project: Drug Drop Zone” is one of 224 permanent collection bins across the State of Tennessee for the safe disposal of expired, unwanted, or unused medications to include prescription drugs, over the counter (OTC) medications, vitamins, minerals, supplements, and even veterinary medications. The box is not designed for either illegal drugs or sharps (syringes).

K.P.D.’s drug disposal box was installed in January 2012, and has been more successful than anyone could have possibly predicted or even imagined. To date it has led to the incineration of nearly 8,000 pounds (4 tons) of drugs. The ultimate goals of this program are to prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, protect the environment, and decrease addiction by keeping drugs from being diverted into the wrong hands.

K.P.D.’s box was donated to the department by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). These safe drug disposal programs are highly endorsed and supported by national, state, and local organizations to include the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug (SCAD) Coalition.

On a related note, “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” is just around the corner. It is scheduled for April 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. While this 4-hour period is set aside to help draw attention and support for these programs, drugs can be dropped off almost anytime at any of the 224 bins across the state. The bin at the Kingsport Justice Center is conveniently accessible 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Marcos D. DeMoura
Age Date of Birth 1/3/1980

37 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 2917 Viewforth Court

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Theft of Property Under $1,000

2) Possession of a Schedule IV Drug

3) Possession of a Schedule V Drug

4) Possession of a Legend Drug Without a Prescription (2 counts)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit