The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.
Kingsport Police Department
Police arrested an employee of Target for embezzlement. She had allegedly rung up multiple items — including cosmetics, bras and a thong — at a large discount, allowing her to pay only $20 for $150 in merchandise. She signed a confession admitting to the crime.
Wise County Sheriff's Department
A Coeburn man requested an ambulance for his horse, which had fallen through the ice on a frozen pond. Fire and animal control responded, successfully rescuing the animal from the frigid waters.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
Police were alerted to a possibly drunk driver who had left a convenience store on Highway 11E. While buying beer, the person flashed a badge and claimed to be "with ATF."
A Bristol woman said her ex-husband had made himself a key to her home. He reportedly entered the residence without her knowing but was caught by the woman as he "tried to sneak back out."
On Highway 394, police clocked a Mitsubishi Lancer traveling 114 mph. During a subsequent traffic stop, the driver stated he was speeding because a passenger had "asked him to." He was arrested.
A 16-year-old male called police on his 9-year-old nephew, angry that the younger boy had thrown a "hard plastic toy." Dispatchers later spoke with a mother who was present. They learned the children were upset over an adult taking away the Xbox controllers. No police action was taken.
A mailbox was reported stolen from Lone Star Road.
Police were asked to check New Beason Well Road due to "juveniles throwing rocks" at a convenience store. A customer at the business had chased them away.
A Kingsport woman called police on her ex-boyfriend. She said he had brought a chair to her residence, but she rolled it off her porch and down the driveway because she "didn't want it." When she later looked outside, the chair was on fire. The suspect was interviewed and denied lighting the item, adding that the woman had asked him to bring it to her home. While doing so, he decided to quickly leave due to her "acting odd."
A deputy observed a vehicle "back into a ditch" along Highway 421, then pull back onto the road and drive away. The officer activated squad car lights to conduct a stop, but the driver accelerated to speeds of 85 mph before pulling over. The 18-year-old female had bloodshot, glassy eyes and admitted to drinking a shot of liquor. When asked why she didn't immediately stop, she told an officer that she just "wanted to get home." She was arrested and charged with DUI, underage consumption, reckless driving, evading arrest and speeding.
During a child support hearing in Blountville, a man began "causing a disturbance." Courtroom personnel pushed a panic button to alert police. The man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office
Police responded to the Rogersville Walmart, where two shoplifters had made away with $104 worth of teeth whitener.
A deputy found a man "covered in blood" along a Rogersville road. He said he was in a car with a woman who began hitting him, enraged after he "refused to be her boyfriend." In order to "get away from her," the man told police, he had to break the vehicle's glass with his elbow. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a severe laceration — but refused to name the woman who allegedly attacked and wouldn't let him out of the car.
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