The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office
A pregnant woman called police from a vehicle traveling Highway 11W. She claimed the male driver had hit her in the mouth, then refused to stop the car and let her out. Police located the vehicle and conducted a stop, finding no signs of an assault against the woman. The man said she was angry that he hadn't been available to take her to the hospital, and started "fussing' when he picked her up from the facility. When he told her to "shut up," she allegedly grabbed his spit bottle, then poured it "all over him." At that point, according to the man, he hit her with the back of his hand. Police took no action, referring both parties to the clerk's office to pursue private prosecution.
While responding to a disturbance at a residence on Horse Shoe Bend Road, police observed a woman and juvenile running from the home. The woman said her husband had been drinking alcohol and started making threats during an argument over money. When he retrieved his rifle, they fled. The man refused to come outside for police at the scene, but dispatch made contact with him by phone. When he exited the front door to smoke a cigarette, he still ignored police commands, but was taken into custody after a struggle that included the assistance of a K-9.
A Rogersville man reported $1,300 cash had been stolen from the console of his pickup truck.
A Surgoinsville couple engaged in an argument over whether the TV should be turned off or left on, culminating in a physical confrontation. When police responded to the home, the husband played a recording of the incident he had made on his phone, hoping it would clear him of any wrongdoing. It instead led officers to believe he was the primary aggressor, prompting his arrest for domestic assault.
Kingsport Police Department
Dispatch was alerted to a female attempting to fight "her pregnant sister" on Clinchfield Street.
A man called police to Central Street after getting into an argument with his girlfriend's sister. During the dispute — which was over the sister "still living at the house" — the woman reportedly grabbed a kitchen knife and raised it over her head, acting as if she were going to stab the man. No charges were immediately placed, with a report on the incident forwarded to detectives for further review.
A woman reported a prowler at her home off Center Street. She said he keeps walking to her residence and "urinating in a cup at her window."
Dispatch was called when a city man shot himself in the foot. He told police it was an accident, that he didn't know the handgun was loaded.
Personnel at Walgreens on West Stone Drive alerted police to an altered prescription. Officers responded to find the customer had changed the strength of his Lortab from .5 mg to 7.5 mg, while the quantity was changed from 16 to 26. The suspect was arrested at the scene for attempt to obtain narcotics by fraud.
Employees of Walmart on West Stone Drive observed a shopper with a buggy full of merchandise. As she walked through the store, she began placing the goods in empty store bags, attempting to make it look like she had already paid for the items. When she tried to push the cart out without paying, she was stopped and charged with felony theft. The merchandise totaled $515.24.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
A Bloomingdale resident called 911 when their dog started barking and growling, saying that the animal, "never barks."
A Bristol Caverns Highway resident called police on her neighbor, claiming the individual was "raking a rake" on the side of her trailer.
Police were alerted to a man "always playing his music loud in the middle of the night." Upon responding to the suspect's Deck Valley Road home, police could hear the music and had to knock on the door several times before the resident answered. He declined to step outside, but invited police inside, at which point they observed him to have an odor of alcohol. When told he'd have to keep his music down, he refused, saying he'd do what he wanted inside his home. When advised he could be charged with disorderly conduct, he became more confrontational with police, telling officers that "this is America." Believing the offense would continue, police arrested the man and booked him into the county jail.
A Bluff City man told police that his wife has "threatened twice to kill him by throwing him in the pond."
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