Kingsport Police Department
At a Fort Henry Drive lawnmower shop, a man loaded a $600 Snapper into the bed of his pickup and drove away. By the time he reached the nearby Big Lot’s he had a change of heart, stopped to unload the stolen mower and drove to an adjacent bank. Employees who had been running after him found the suspect putting a tag on his vehicle. “He had taken the tag off the truck,” reads a police report, “in order to go undetected during the theft.” Upon spotting his pursuers, the suspect ran across Fort Henry Drive and through the mall parking lot “until he was out of sight.” By checking the registration on the abandoned pickup, police quickly identified the suspect.
A motorist told police that as he drove on East Center Street, a man outside a residence pointed a pistol toward his vehicle and fired three times. Police visited the home and found no one there, but a neighbor confirmed hearing “loud pops.” He also saw an unknown man leave the area with his hands in his pockets. The case was passed along to detectives for further investigation.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office
In responding to an assault at a Kingsport home, police spoke with a boy who had marks around his neck. Questioning revealed that as the child was outside playing with friends, his uncle, 48, grabbed him and dragged him inside. Before a woman at the residence could push the man off the victim, he was “strangled to the point he could not breathe.” The suspect, who was still on the scene and “extremely intoxicated,” was arrested for child abuse.
On Hooker Road in Blountville, police responded to multiple complaints of a disruptive woman “running around the neighborhood in only her bra.” The suspect was found “unable to speak in normal sentences, jerking and yelling.” When asked if she had anywhere to stay, she named a neighbor, but that person declined to house her: “She had already been there, wearing only a bra, doing cartwheels on their couch.” Ultimately, she was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Police arrested a man, 22, on two charges of aggravated assault. He had attacked the victim, his 74-year-old father, because he refused to give him any of his prescribed oxycodone. At one point, the son reportedly held a knife and threatened to “get the pills one way or another.” On the previous day, he had struck his father with a claw hammer.