Grandfather’s switch ‘discipline’ leads to Hawkins County arrest

Rain Smith • Jul 28, 2018 at 3:30 PM

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

Kingsport Police Department

July 20

A woman told police that while she was sitting at a stop sign on Riverside Avenue, another motorist traveling the other direction almost sideswiped her. She flipped him off. He then turned around and followed her, pulled alongside and brandished a handgun. Police later located the suspect and his passenger, who admitted that the incident occurred. The weapon was found to be a BB gun. The driver was arrested for aggravated assault.

July 23

When police were called to a residence on Highland Street, a woman reported that her husband shot her in the ankle with a pellet gun. Meanwhile, he claimed that while they were arguing, she had sprayed him in the face with Mace. Neither had injuries consistent with their accounts, and no Mace or pellet gun was located. Police took no action.

Rogersville Police Department

July 14

Officers were called about a woman walking on Locust Street while hitting herself in the head. When located, she told an officer, “People were letting their snakes bite her because she was the devil.” Police also noted that she “didn’t know the last time she had used methamphetamine.” For her safety and that of the public, she was arrested for public intoxication.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

July 18

A deputy was called to an altercation at a Church Hill home, where a child had sprayed his grandfather with a water hose. The man responded by grabbing a switch to “discipline” the boy, according to witnesses, and chased him into the residence. When the man’s wife “jumped in” to intervene, he swiped her across the face. Another swing also switched the boy’s arm. Due to injuries observed on the victims, the grandfather was arrested on two counts of domestic assault.

July 19

A Rogersville man told police that he had hired a man to cut down a tree and paid him $300 in advance. Two weeks later, the worker had not returned and wasn’t answering phone calls.

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