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Naked man in Blountville road nets several charges

Rain Smith • Aug 21, 2018 at 1:09 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Aug. 15

A Surgoinsville man started receiving text messages counting down the days until he was going to be “seriously injured.” The messages also warned that he better be home alone, as his children “don’t need to see what is going to happen.” Who was sending the threats, and why, was not known.

Aug. 17

— A woman called police on her roommate. She said the man put her 15-month-old granddaughter in a dog cage, took a picture and sent it to the child’s father. A deputy found the girl to be unharmed and took no action.

— When a Church Hill man discovered $100 missing from a desk in his home, he purchased a security camera. He then told a neighbor that the police were coming to lift fingerprints from his back door. Later, the neighbor was recorded at the door with a towel, wiping down the glass. When shown the footage and questioned by police, he admitted to committing the burglary and trying to wipe away any evidence. He was arrested.

Aug. 18

— A man told police that his girlfriend helped him set up a card for his bank account. Later, she withdrew all of his funds.

— Police received a call from a man claiming he was at a Rogersville residence with an unconscious woman and demanding a ransom to keep from harming her further. Officers visited the address provided and found the female was alone and OK. Attempts to identify the caller were not immediately successful.

Aug. 19

— Overnight, someone drove a vehicle through a gate and fence at the Highway Department on Flora Ferry Road, causing an estimated $1,500 in damages.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Aug. 18

— A man was spotted jumping the line for a tram outside Bristol Motor Speedway. When a deputy told him to go to the back of the line, he became argumentative. He was then told to leave the area but did not comply — and given the choice “to leave or go to jail.” Ultimately, he was arrested for public intoxication. A small baggie of pot in his pocket netted a drug charge.

Aug. 19

— At 9:30 a.m., dispatch was alerted to a male walking completely nude on Childress Ferry Road while “fondling himself.” A responding officer spotted the naked man down a ravine in the woods, but the suspect was oblivious to police yelling to get his attention. When deputies went to retrieve him, he started talking about “people chasing him in the woods all morning” and a man with whom he had allegedly committed sex acts. When his clothes were located, the pockets contained multiple pills. He was arrested for simple possession, indecent exposure and criminal trespassing.

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