Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office
— To pay for their first month’s rent and security deposit, a Surgoinsville couple sent a $1,300 MoneyGram to a man in Texas. The purported landlord said he would mail them the keys to the home, but they never arrived. A Realtor told the couple they had been victims of an Internet scam. Police advised the pair of legal action that could be taken.
— The manager of a pizza restaurant reported an assault against a female employee. When the victim visited a home to make a delivery, a man answering the door allegedly grabbed her hand, tried to kiss it and attempted to persuade her to come inside.
— Police were alerted to a Rogersville man “dumping human waste from a bucket” into a ditch. The ditch ran to a mobile home park, according to the complainant, and the offender had “access to facilities … but instead chose to use a bucket.” The Emergency Management Agency was notified of the allegations.
— A deputy responded to a Rogersville restaurant after the staff discovered a syringe, cut straw and bottle of vodka in an unoccupied booth. Employees said a female had been sitting there for several hours earlier in the day but had left on foot. A 44-year-old woman then entered the restaurant and attempted to retrieve the items. She had an odor of alcohol and was slurring her speech, netting her arrest for public intoxication.
Kingsport Police Department
— On Lynn Garden Drive, police attempted to stop a car that was displaying tags registered to a van. When the driver abruptly began “doing circles in the roadway, then accelerated to a high rate of speed,” the pursuit was terminated due to public safety concerns.
— Officers responded to a church on Gibson Mill Road and found a 66-year-old woman with blood running down both arms. She said her daughter’s vehicle had a flat tire and she responded to assist her. Instead, the mother was pulled out of her SUV by the other woman, age 32, and thrown to the pavement. Her daughter then snatched her keys and fled in the vehicle, nearly hitting a passer-by who attempted to stop her. The next day, police located the SUV and suspect. She was arrested and charged with carjacking, felony theft and domestic assault. For almost running over the good Samaritan, she was additionally charged with attempted aggravated assault.
— Employees of a Stone Drive car dealership arrived and found that $6,700 and an antique watch were missing from a safe. There were no signs of forced entry, according to a police report, and no security cameras at the business.