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'Snipers' prompt bath salts user to hide in fire truck

January 10th, 2014 8:35 am by Rain Smith

'Snipers' prompt bath salts user to hide in fire truck

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

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

Jan. 6


A Kingsport man told county dispatchers that he had placed three 911 calls with the city, due to a dispute with a neighbor. City police told him he'd be arrested if he called again – so now he wants a county deputy to respond.

Dispatch was advised that a man had shot himself on Reedy Creek Road. When contact was made with the alleged victim he told police he doesn't have any weapons, and had only been in his driveway putting a tire on his truck.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

Jan. 4


A Bulls Gap woman called police on her neighbor. He reportedly refuses to repay $60 that he borrowed, and "makes threats" when asked for the money.

Jan. 7

A BOLO was issued for a Ford F-150 with a possibly drunk driver. A deputy observed the vehicle on Reno Street and Waters Street – with the truck "turning into oncoming traffic" on both roads. A stop was conducted and found he was not only drunk, but also transporting an 11-year-old passenger. He was arrested.

A Rogersville man filed a vandalism report against his neighbors, angry that they keep spinning their vehicles' tires to "throw mud on his shed."

Police were dispatched to Gravely Valley Road for a "female being chased in her vehicle by a man." The woman stated she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, who also threw two of her televisions outside, "and stomped them." He was not immediately located, with a warrant issued for his arrest.

Jan. 8

A Rogersville man returned home with his wife to find a vehicle and two men in their garage. His wife dialed 911 while he confronted the pair, but they hopped back into their truck and fled the scene. In the process they collided with the home owner's vehicle, and allegedly attempted to run over the male resident. Detectives responded to investigate.

Kingsport Police Department

Jan. 6


Police were called by the property manager of a University Boulevard apartment complex, where one unit had sustained $2,500 worth of water damage. Officers learned the tenant living above the damaged apartment had a falling out with her boyfriend, prompting him to plug her bath tub's drain and leave the water running. The suspect could not be immediately located.

While emergency personnel worked a home fire on C Street, a man jumped into a fire truck and refused to exit.  Police note he was acting "very strange" and "very paranoid"  – exclaiming "snipers are trying to kill me!" Believed to be under the influence of bath salts, he was transported to a local hospital for observation. An officer advised medical personnel to call police if he "becomes a problem."

Jan. 7

A Kingsport woman, 76, claimed that her boyfriend entered her residence uninvited. After accusing her of having sex to "get all her stuff" – and also coupling her way "through Vietnam"  – he knocked her out of a chair and choked her. He was also angry that she refused to pay his court costs,  "after you got me in trouble by calling the (expletive) police." Following Tuesday's incident she called law enforcement again. He was arrested for aggravated assault.

Jan. 8

An officer located a man lying in a ditch along John B. Dennis Highway. Upon questioning, the man claimed to have fallen and hit his head after "exiting a vehicle." He also had an odor of alcohol and "extreme difficulty standing upright," leading to his arrest for public intoxication. 

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