Blotter: Rogersville mailbox vandal arrested after pulling knife on neighbor

Rain Smith • Feb 7, 2013 at 4:06 AM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

Feb. 4

A Church Hill man accused a teen of stealing a digital camera and handgun, with the incident occurring while the suspect was babysitting.

A county woman reported being assaulted by her father, 54, who allegedly "jerked her hair and busted her face against the car."

Approximately 50 Wii games were reported stolen from a Bulls Gap residence.

A visibly shaken woman told police that her ex-boyfriend refused to take her and their young child home, driving them around Rogersville while asking, "Are you scared? Do you think I'm going to hurt you?" Before eventually letting them out, he allegedly tried to take the woman's phone, leaving bruises and scratches on both her arms. The suspect was located by police and arrested, charged with domestic assault and two counts of kidnapping.

Feb. 5

A Rogersville man accused a woman of slandering him and his wife. He was advised by an officer to check with the clerk's office for his options against the suspect.

Feb. 6

A Tranbarger Road resident reported her mailbox had been struck by a vehicle during recent inclement weather. Inside the damaged mailbox, she allegedly found a note from someone taking responsibility, but she's been unable to make contact with the person named.

A Church Hill woman reported "hearing someone" outside her residence at 8:30 a.m., but she didn't look out to check on the noise. She later discovered a pontoon boat — owned by her sister and brother-in-law — had been stolen from the driveway.

A Rogersville man claimed to witness his 20-year-old neighbor intentionally "rip my mailbox from the post" — adding that the suspect pulled a knife and made threats when confronted about the incident. Police later located and arrested the vandal at a Rogersville business, additionally charging him with aggravated assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Kingsport Police Department

Feb. 5

Dispatch was advised of a male on Stonegate Road who had allegedly "been stealing gas from Walmart."

Feb. 6

Two panhandlers at the Press Building on Clinchfield Street prompted a response by police, as they had previously been told "numerous times to stay off the property." They were found to be under the influence and admitted to drinking and were arrested for public intoxication and trespassing.

Feb. 7

Police were dispatched to a gas station on West Stone Drive where a man was "harassing customers." When police arrived, the suspect allegedly attempted to run away but was stopped behind the business, saying he "just got scared" when he spotted the officer. He was arrested after a needle and spoon were located in his pocket.

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

Feb. 4

A property owner on White Hills Road reported previous tenants had stolen a dishwasher, stove and refrigerator.

A woman told dispatch that a trailer was being stolen from a residence on Belle Avenue. Five minutes later, she called back to advise everything was OK. Her husband had actually loaned it to a friend.

A caller from Bloomingdale reported someone was "hunkered down" in a suspicious vehicle outside their home. They left before police arrived.

Feb. 5

A woman visited the Sheriff's Office records lobby, seeking to file a report on silverware that was stolen "around Thanksgiving."

At approximately 7:15 p.m. police were advised of a disturbance at Emmett Elementary School in Bristol, Tenn. According to dispatch records, someone was hit in the gut while "trying to break up a female and a referee." The suspect was then asked to leave and complied, with an officer telling dispatch everything was now fine.

For past entries, visit the Times-News blotter page.

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