Kingsport Times-News: Arson suspected at charity yard sale

Arson suspected at charity yard sale

Rain Smith • May 16, 2018 at 3:27 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

May 10

— A woman returned home to find a section of her porch had been set on fire. She suspected her sister to be responsible, as the pair have been having “an ongoing verbal altercation.”

May 11

— When an alleged representative of a local organization visited a Rogersville home for a donation, the resident let him in and wrote a check. After the solicitor departed, the man discovered his wallet missing from a counter. It contained $150 and various credit cards.

May 12

— An officer was called to a home about an unwanted guest on the porch. The officer found the suspect sitting in a vehicle, where he admitted, “I have been drinking. I need to go to jail. I’m sorry.” He was arrested for public intoxication.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

May 10

— A deputy responded to a crash on Bloomingdale Road. A 34-year-old Kingsport man told police his girlfriend wouldn’t let him out of the vehicle, so he “threw the car in park” as she was driving. The vehicle slid sideways and partially off the road, causing disabling damage. According to the woman, the man had also grabbed the steering wheel while they were in motion. He was arrested for domestic assault and vandalism.

May 13

— A Kingsport woman claimed her boyfriend had choked and assaulted her. When pressed for details, she couldn’t provide further information and there were no signs of injury. However, the reporting officer noted the incident might have been connected to materials observed in a bedroom: “Many items consistent with sexual asphyxiation ... restraints attached to the bed.”

Kingsport Police Department

May 11

— The manager of a gas station reported more than $4,000 had gone missing from a recent deposit, while the employee who dropped it off didn’t return to work. An investigation is continuing.

— A motorist said that during a road rage incident on Interstate 81, another driver threw a soda at the passenger side of his vehicle, then displayed a handgun. However, the license plate number of the suspect was not obtained.

May 13

— After holding a weekend yard sale to benefit a local feline rescue, residents of Kendrick Creek Road were alerted to a fire outside their home. A neighbor had spotted several unsold items ablaze, then doused them with water to keep the fire from spreading. A tent, picture frame and two wooden tables were destroyed in what authorities suspect was an arson attack. No information about a potential suspect was immediately gathered.

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