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Burned beans ignite arrest at Kingsport apartments

Rain Smith • May 22, 2018 at 7:15 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

May 17

During an "argument about some plumbing work," a man hired for the job pointed a gun at a Rogersville homeowner and allegedly threatening to shoot him. The suspect was located in a subsequent traffic stop with a firearm in his possession. The weapon was loaded with two rounds, one engraved with "F" and the other "U." He was arrested for aggravated assault.

May 21

A man found damage to a door and locks at his residence, while a surveillance camera recorded a juvenile attempting to break in. The culprit was tabbed as a 14-year-old neighbor. Despite initial denials to police and his father — and the suspect in the video wearing his clothing — the boy eventually admitted to the crime. He added that he and a friend were trying to steal the victim's fishing equipment. Their parents agreed to pay for damages, and charges were not pursued.

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

May 19

— After a Kingsport man was arrested on drug and traffic offenses, he pulled small bags containing unknown substances out of his pocket and attempted to swallow them. A deputy prevented him from destroying the evidence. But once placed in the back of a squad car, the suspect repeatedly banged his head on the cage, cutting his forehead. He also broke a side panel off the inside of the door, netting an additional charge of vandalism.

— A woman called police on her daughter, 31, whom she suspected of taking meth and stealing a van. Later in the day, the suspect and vehicle were located at the Highway 421 boat ramp, where a deputy responded to complaints about a nude female jumping in the lake. She was found to actually be "partially" clothed, according to a report, while the van was flanked by "things scattered around on the ground." Some of those items included a white powdery substance and needle. She was arrested on multiple charges.

— At the Burger King in Blountville, employees reported a woman who had been in the restaurant for hours and refused to leave: "Would sit and be happy one minute and crying the next." The suspect told a responding officer that she had called for a ride, but she didn't remember who she had dialed. Believed to be under the influence, she was arrested for public intoxication.

Kingsport Police Department

May 17

In response to a fire alarm and smoke in Model City Apartments, emergency personnel had to force entry into a unit. A 48-year-old woman was found passed out inside, oblivious to the commotion in her residence. Once evacuated and cleared by medical personnel, she admitted to taking Subutex and Xanax, neither of which was prescribed. She said she had been preparing a pot of beans for dinner with her ex-husband, but she passed out and apparently left them on the stove. Due to potentially putting other residents in harm's way via a fire, she was arrested for reckless endangerment.

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