Kingsport Police Department
A woman called police after a suspicious and anonymous package arrived in the mail wrapped in brown paper and "filled with spray foam." A responding officer found the box also contained "a metal jar with two pennies and bottle cap" but deemed it was not hazardous. Subsequent investigation revealed it was purchased online from a friend of the complainant, then sent to her house as a prank.
"Due to past reports of drug activity," an officer was patrolling along Howard Street and spotted a suspicious man outside a pickup. When approached by police, the suspect "appeared nervous and asked if he was free to go." Meanwhile, a backpack containing cash and a loaded handgun were located nearby in the road. He denied possession of the bag and had no active warrants, at which point he was allowed to leave in the vehicle. The money, totaling $2,800, was seized by police, and "a large amount of meth" was later found in the backpack. An investigation is continuing.
Police spoke with a pair of male drivers who had been involved in a road rage incident on John B. Dennis Highway. Each blamed the other for starting the altercation by intentionally swerving into the other lane or "trying to race." As they exited onto Stone Drive, one man stopped on the ramp to block traffic and exited his car, approaching the other driver's window. No charges were immediately placed, but the officer intended to consult the district attorney's office.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
Police responded to a Bloomingdale restaurant due to suspicious people repeatedly walking back and forth from their vehicle to the restroom. A K-9 alerted to drugs in the car, leading to a search and the discovery of 16 grams of meth, used syringes and 18 grams of marijuana. The vehicle owner and a passenger were arrested on drug charges.
On Dunlap Road in Kingsport, a prowler was allegedly trying to get in vehicles. When officers located the suspect, he said he was "waiting on Jesus ... didn't want Jesus to leave him." He yelled and appeared to be under the influence, then admitted to liking bath salts. While being handcuffed for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, he attempted to jerk away and fought police, netting an additional charge of resisting arrest.
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office
At 8 a.m., a man called police on his ex-wife, saying she had been in his yard throughout the night. Along with screaming obscenities and damaging the underpinning of his trailer, she was spotted "kicking his chickens." An officer arrived to find the suspect still on scene, belligerent and claiming she was "only trying to get help." What assistance she needed was not specified. She was then arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct.
At a Mount Carmel home, police located a wanted woman (who is nine months pregnant) trying to hide "under the bed in the crawl space." While being booked into jail for failure to appear, the 53-year-old's water broke. She was then released on a citation and taken to the hospital by EMS.