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Stop sign violation spurs felony pot bust

Rain Smith • May 18, 2017 at 3:05 PM

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies.

Kingsport Police Department

May 16

— At 10:20 p.m., police were alerted to shots fired in the picnic area of a church on Ashley Street. On a table an officer found five spent .38-caliber casings, a holster, cell phone and ID card from California. The owner of the identification was soon found in a tree line, lying on top of a revolver. He refused to answer questions from police and was arrested for felony reckless endangerment.

— On Bell Ridge Drive, a patrol officer spotted a motorcycle rider without a helmet. A subsequent traffic stop found he did not have insurance or a license and was wanted on a warrant out of Sullivan County. He was jailed on multiple charges.

— At Domtar Park, a woman directed police toward a female standing on a bridge over the river, saying she had stolen wallets from her purse. As an officer approached, the suspect began dumping items over the edge and into the bushes. When detained, she claimed the discarded items were medicine, but a check of the riverbank found several of the victim’s credit cards. The suspect was arrested for possession of stolen property, tampering with evidence and false reporting.

May 17

— On the ramp from John B. Dennis Highway to East Stone Drive, police spotted a man walking toward cars with a sign: “Homeless, anything helps.” When asked if he had ever been in trouble for panhandling, he confessed to one warning. A check of his records found two previous warnings, plus an arrest. Due to the fact that he was creating a “dangerous situation” by approaching traffic, he was jailed on the charge again.

— Security at Indian Path Medical Center requested assistance with a couple who were arguing. When an officer arrived, the woman appeared to be “confused and disoriented” and tried to walk away when being questioned. As police continued to try to ascertain if she were a danger to herself or the public, she kicked an officer in the leg, “began to flail her arms” and eventually fell to the ground. She was arrested for simple assault and resisting arrest.

— Police stopped a motorist who had blown through a stop sign on East Sevier Avenue, finding his license was suspended. From outside the car, an officer could detect a “distinct odor of marijuana.” When questioned about the smell, the man, 21, directed police to a backpack in the back seat. It was found to contain a pair of baggies stuffed with a quarter-pound of pot. The driver was then arrested for felony possession of Schedule VI drugs along with traffic violations.

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