Fight at Christmas parade triggers Kingsport arrest

Rain Smith • Updated Dec 4, 2017 at 3:10 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 28

A Bulls Gap man found that overnight, someone had tampered with his newly purchased boat, then made away with the motor.

Dec. 2

In a burglary at a recently deceased person's home in Mooresburg, tools worth more than $10,000 were believed to be stolen. A family member was named as a suspect — and a "sample of feces" he left in a room was collected as evidence.

Kingsport Police Department

Dec. 1

Police were alerted to embezzlement at a Sullivan Gardens gas station. When management asked an employee about his drawer being more than $100 short in cash, he claimed "four men robbed him at gunpoint while he was taking out the trash." When questioned on why he hadn't reported the alleged incident, he explained his plans to "pay back the money before anyone noticed." A police investigation is continuing.

Dec. 2

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., "numerous reports from bystanders" relayed a fight along the Christmas parade route in downtown Kingsport. Near Clay and Center streets, officers found one suspect, 34, with a bleeding eye. He admitted to an argument with another man, spurred by the dating of "his soon to be ex-wife." EMS treated and released the injured man, at which time he was arrested for disorderly conduct. He admitted that when the other combatant asked him to meet down the street and get away from the parade to settle their differences, he responded, "Why do we need to leave, we can do it right here." The other fighter fled after the altercation and was not immediately located.

Dec. 3

— Residents of a home near Borden Park found most of their outdoor Christmas decorations had been stolen during the night. They totaled an estimated $186 in value and included an inflatable bear with motorized head, plastic snowman, strings of lights and five extension cords.

— Police were alerted to a disturbance at a West Stone Drive gas station. The female complainant said she was attempting to drive away when a fuel truck driver "began yelling at her." She then dialed her husband to come to the scene. As the responding officer explained to her, "it is not illegal to call people names." Her husband cursed and charged the tanker driver, then they fell to the ground and wrestled. Once separated, the husband was arrested for assault.

— In responding to drug complaints at a Watauga Street apartment, the homeowner consented to a search, and officers located meth. Upon the discovery, one occupant stated, "It's mine, but could you just flush it?" The drugs were confiscated as evidence, and he was arrested for possession.

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