Kingsport man pulls gun on neighbor in mowing dispute

Rain Smith • Aug 6, 2013 at 10:46 PM

The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.Kingsport Police DepartmentAug. 2Police responded to Walmart on West Stone Drive, where loss prevention had caught a pair of women rolling stolen goods out of the store. A male accomplice ran away and was not apprehended, though 284 miscellaneous items were recovered from the trio's buggies. The women were arrested for felony theft, and a warrant was obtained for the other suspect.Aug. 3A city resident called police after spotting unknown people with flashlights on their property, adding they'd had problems with "animal feed being poisoned."Aug. 4At midnight a Hemlock Lane resident advised teenagers were attempting to steal items he had placed outside in preparation for a yard sale. Aug. 5Police were called to a possible arson on East Center Street, finding grass next to a residence had intentionally been lit on fire.Hawkins County Sheriff's OfficeAug. 1A Rogersville man said the driver of a passing pickup had purposely spun the tires, throwing gravel onto his parked vehicle and cracking the windshield. Aug. 3A patrol officer spotted a vehicle traveling 55 mph on River Road, 20 mph above the posted speed limit. When a stop was conducted open, alcohol containers were observed in the vehicle, while a passenger offered, "I've been drinking, and that's not against the law." When he was asked to step from the vehicle, a gun was found beneath the passenger's seat, prompting his arrest for possession of a firearm while intoxicated. The driver performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI, then became "very belligerent and angry" during transport to jail.Police were called to a Surgoinsville residence after two brothers had "a verbal altercation over discipline of a juvenile." During the dispute one brother — who had allegedly been "drinking all day" — hit his sibling in the face with a beer bottle, injuring his mouth and nose. He was charged with aggravated domestic assault and arrested. Aug. 4A Church Hill resident reported someone had siphoned 30 gallons of gasoline from vehicles outside his residence. A pair of ADT home security signs were also stolen from his yard. Wise County Sheriff's Office

Aug. 3

At 11:30 p.m. police received a noise complaint for a home in Coeburn. A responding officer located a radio hanging in a tree, with the resident saying they had placed it there to scare deer away from their apples. Sullivan County Sheriff's OfficeAug. 2Medication and a diaper bag were stolen from a vehicle on Orebank Road. A child was suspected of calling 911 while playing with the telephone, asking dispatchers several questions like, "Are you a cop?"From the traffic signal at Exide Drive and Volunteer Parkway, police observed a motorcycle accelerate to pop a brief wheelie. When stopped, the rider advised the motorcycle belonged to a friend and couldn't provide proof of insurance. Police say they located a glass pipe in his possession, which he admitted to using "to smoke tea to get high." He was arrested and charged with reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and having no insurance. A Piney Flats resident claimed someone was stealing their wheelchair. Aug. 3A Lenoir Road man advised he was mowing his yard when a neighbor "started yelling." When he turned his mower around to talk, the other individual complained about him "blowing grass on his fence" — and threatened to "fix the problem." The confrontation quickly escalated, with the man who had been mowing — and initially called police — allegedly pulling a gun. He was arrested for aggravated assault and felony reckless endangerment, accused of pointing the weapon toward occupants of the neighboring yard. A Bristol woman told dispatch that her husband was causing problems "and won't stop with foul language."Aug. 4Someone called police on a 21-year-old man, saying he was "back talking" his mother.

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