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Police investigate $20K vandalism at East Lawn

Rain Smith • Mar 14, 2018 at 1:48 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

March 10

A DUI suspect hit a mailbox on Christian Bend Road, then crashed outside a residence on nearby Goshen Valley. When police arrived, the man’s vehicle was “stuck in the homeowner’s garden,” while tire tracks were “all over the property.” According to the resident, the driver had been “going around in circles.” The suspect was unable to perform sobriety testing and had vodka in his pocket, netting his arrest.

Kingsport Police Department

March 10

Following a complaint of gunfire on Delaware street, an officer found the source of the noise to be a man shooting fireworks. After being asked for his ID — so a citation could be written for violating city ordinance — the suspect attempted to run into the home. A struggle ensued and other officers were called in for backup. Eventually, it took three to subdue the man. Meth and a pill were found in his pocket and he was arrested on drug charges.

March 12

Dispatch received multiple calls about a man — who “appeared to be on something” — standing in traffic on Netherland Inn Road and attempting to stop passing vehicles. When located by an officer, the suspect “immediately began to apologize for stealing stuff” from a nearby home, then admitted to taking drugs. Several possibly stolen items were located in a nearby pickup, spurring a theft investigation. In the meantime, the man was arrested for public intoxication.

March 13

An officer spoke with a man at a hospital who was being treated for a “severe laceration” on the back of his hand. The suspect, his 20-year-old girlfriend, said it occurred while they were arguing and the victim started “poking her in the ribs to make her laugh.” She then “accidentally cut him,” according to her account. He offered a different version of events: After catching her texting another man, he confronted her, she went to the kitchen for a knife, then swiped at him. Ultimately, she was charged with aggravated assault and booked into jail.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

March 10

When police were called to East Lawn Funeral Home on Memorial Boulevard, they found four large concrete benches had been broken, while a pair of headstones had been toppled. Tire marks were observed in the grass just a few feet away, while a receipt possibly lost by the suspect was collected as evidence. Additionally, two lights and three Febreze plug-ins at a mausoleum had been intentionally broken. The total value of the vandalism was estimated at more than $20,000. Investigation into the felony is continuing with charges pending.

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