Trump coverage cited in assault on nephew

Rain Smith • Updated Feb 22, 2018 at 2:49 PM

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

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 17

A Bluff City landlord called police on a pair of tenants he was trying to evict, saying that when he arrived to serve the notice, one fired several shots from a gun. The suspects denied the accusation. They said that the complainant was blowing the horn on his pickup, and that’s when they threw firecrackers. An officer found evidence where the fireworks exploded, then learned the landlord didn’t have any eviction papers. Upon further questioning, he told a deputy, “I guess I was lying.” No charges were filed against either party.

Feb. 18

During a domestic disturbance at a Bristol home, a man allegedly pointed a loaded crossbow at his girlfriend and said, “Don’t make me go medieval on you!” The woman’s son disarmed the suspect, who was subsequently arrested by responding officers and charged with aggravated assault.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 14

A female inmate was charged with introduction of contraband into jail. She had smuggled the drug — 3.6 grams of meth — by hiding it in an orifice.

Kingsport Police Department

Feb. 16

The owner of a store near Ridgefields asked a customer to call police, saying that a man in the market “looks like he has an axe down his pants.” An officer responded and conducted a pat-down of the suspect, finding the concealed item to be a picture frame. The man was allowed to leave. Shortly thereafter, calls to 911 reported a man with a handgun along the road nearby. An officer was unable to locate the alleged armed individual. However, police believed the man was the same suspicious customer, now carrying the wooden frame.

Feb. 17

— Police responded to purported auto burglaries on Andover Court, where a resident said someone was pulling on door handles and had used a baseball bat to break a side mirror. Officers found no evidence to support the claim. They did talk to the complainant and noted that he “had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage.”

— A man reported that while at a residence on Memorial Boulevard, he turned the TV to CNN and his uncle suddenly “attacked.” The 34-year-old victim was found to have facial swelling and bleeding, while the suspect, 52, admitted to being “provoked.” Questioning of another person revealed that the uncle gets mad when his nephew “talks bad about” Donald Trump. He also “doesn’t like CNN.” When the uncle demanded the channel be changed, the victim reportedly refused and “kept grinning in spite,” thus spurring the violent outburst. The uncle was arrested for simple assault.

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