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Meth delusions cue search for corpse in Kingsport

Rain Smith • Jun 12, 2019 at 12:23 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

June 5

Police responded to a disturbance at a Rogersville mobile home park. One man was allegedly carrying a machete on the property and “came towards” another male, the owner of the park. That man — believed to be intoxicated — then fired a gun in “self-defense.” Following interviews by police, both men were ultimately jailed on charges of aggravated assault. They reportedly have a history of altercations and disagreements.

June 8

In responding to a trespassing complaint in Whitesburg, a deputy found a man sitting in the driveway of a home. He was reportedly looking for someone at the residence, but when told the person hadn’t lived there in five years, he refused to leave. After telling police he was “resting his feet and would leave when he got ready,” he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Rogersville Police Department

June 6

On Clinch Street, police were alerted to a woman knocking on doors and telling residents they had to depart because “their property had been sold.” She was spotted on a porch holding someone else’s purse, according to an incident report, “and she had also taken her sandals off and put on a pair of tennis shoes that didn’t belong to her.” When told to leave, she began to argue with a deputy, then attempted to slap him in the face. That action, she claimed, was to get mayonnaise off his face, the remnants of a sandwich he was eating. No sandwich or condiments were present. Ultimately, she was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

June 4

A Kingsport woman called police to her home, saying she feared her ex-husband was asleep in a closet. Officers indeed located him there, then arrested him for stalking. According to records, he has violated an order of protection on multiple occasions.

Kingsport Police Department

June 11

Shortly before 3 a.m., police were called to Zoomerz on West Stone Drive. An officer found a woman had locked herself in a restroom and refused to exit, saying, “I don’t know you. ... I can’t trust you.” When the door was eventually opened, she claimed she had spotted her boyfriend’s dead body in three locations:  inside a firepit, hanging in a car wash, and lying beside the river on Big Elm Road. She then admitted to using meth and was arrested for public intoxication. Meanwhile, police conducted precautionary checks of the locations she named. No body was found. 

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