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Bell ringer flashes man, child outside Kingsport store

Rain Smith • Dec 11, 2015 at 2:47 PM

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

Wise County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 4

— An angry Big Stone Gap man told dispatch that a neighbor — who had given him a trash can two months ago — walked to his residence and swiped the receptacle. The complainant went on to advise that he is a veteran with military training, making him a “lethal weapon.” However, he did not wish to “go to prison” for hurting the other individual. The trash bin was recovered and returned to the caller. No police action was  taken.

— The victim of a breaking and entering reported nothing appeared to have been stolen, but he was upset to find “freshly baked cookies tossed in the floor.”

Dec. 9

Police responded to investigate a home burglary in Appalachia, where strong leads were quickly gathered on a potential suspect. The individual had apparently plugged a cell phone up to charge while at the scene, but forgot to retrieve it before departing.

Kingsport Police Department

Dec. 7

Police responded to the parking lot of Walmart on Fort Henry Drive, where a Cadillac had reportedly rammed an Isuzu. Police found that both vehicles had damaged bumpers and that the two drivers were boyfriend and girlfriend. The man said he was only trying to prevent the woman from going to buy crack cocaine. The woman claimed that he had become angry because she went to Walmart against his wishes — then purposely struck her vehicle multiple times. The male was arrested for aggravated domestic assault.

Dec. 9

— Shortly before 2 a.m., a West Stone Drive motorist called police to report a vehicle had approached from behind at “100 mph.” She said she swerved to avoid a collision, at which time the other driver left the roadway and hit a tree. Upon learning law enforcement had been notified, the suspect ran from the scene. He was later located outside an apartment on University Boulevard, arrested for reckless endangerment, fleeing the scene of a crash and failure to maintain control.

— A Kingsport man netted his seventh shoplifting charge in just over three weeks. His latest arrest occurred when he attempted to walk out of Walmart with stolen boots. When transported to the city jail for booking, he was served with two warrants for incidents occurring last week at Target. One day he made away with a $200 set of speakers, than returned the next evening to swipe a second set. His other charges since Nov. 24 are related to thefts of cookware, a George Foreman grill and two vacuums. Police records show the recent crime spree began at Sears on Nov. 24, where he grabbed a 50-inch TV and ran out the door. Loss prevention tackled him in the parking lot, and police responded to make the arrest.

Dec. 10

A man called police to Food City on North Eastman Road, saying that a kettle donation by him and a child had triggered a startling response. After the juvenile placed money in the bucket, the bell ringer allegedly “lifted up his red apron,” exposing genitalia “pulled out from the inside of his pants.” The complainant stated the child did not see the display. An officer questioned the suspect, 61, who denied any wrongdoing. However, a check of store surveillance footage revealed that he appeared to have repeatedly fondled himself beneath the apron “as customers, including children, entered and exited the store.” Due to the camera angle, evidence of lewd acts proved inconclusive. But with a second round of inquires from police, the man “eventually admitted to the illicit act.” A report notes that since the incident was a misdemeanor that occurred outside of an officer’s presence, police cited the man for indecent exposure. He was also banned from all Food City stores.

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