The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
Dispatch was alerted to a suspicious man in a blanket on Memorial Boulevard, who had asked a resident for a flashlight. He claimed to have needed it to find his car keys, which he dropped after tripping.
A caller to central dispatch reported a pair of 5-year-olds were throwing rocks at cars along a Bristol street.
A disturbance was reported on Bloomingdale Road, where a 17-year-old mother was attempting to get on a school bus. It reportedly revolved around her child "having to sit on the floor" inside the vehicle.
A Glen Alpine Road resident called police after hearing a "big boom," then looked outside to see flames coming from an abandoned home across the street. Fire and police personnel responded, with the residence listed as a total loss and the incident investigated as arson.
A Kingsport woman reported $900 cash had been stolen by her estranged husband, who had just left her home. Four minutes later she told dispatch to cancel her report, she had located the money.
A Bristol woman complained to a dispatcher about a male "yelling at her over Facebook."
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office
A Rogersville woman reported a vandalism case in which the suspect is a neighbor's dog. The animal has reportedly climbed her screen door numerous times, causing damage and leaving "dog slobbers."
A woman told police that a fight erupted at her home after her daughter, age 23, arrived and requested babysitting for her children. The grandmother, age 50, told police that she grabbed her daughter's throat and pushed her out the door, but she kicked it open to reenter the residence. After punching her mother in the nose the woman was dragged out of the home "by her hair," then pinned down on the porch until she agreed to calm down. Both were ultimately arrested for domestic assault, with the daughter additionally charged with vandalism.
A motorist was stopped after police observed his vehicle cross the center line multiple times. He was found to have an odor of alcohol and unzipped pants, while a bottle of liquor and shot glass were in the passenger seat. He admitted to drinking due to "woman problems" and was arrested for DUI.
Kingsport Police Department
The city's public works department reported the theft of a drain cover from a downtown alley, where cones were placed to warn motorists of the hazard.
A man called police to the apartment of his friend, where the pair had been "watching wrestling and drinking liquor." According to the complainant, the resident had "suddenly" and for "no apparent reason" started swinging his fists, trying to hit him. When the victim walked out of the apartment his "friend" followed, now swinging a baseball. As responding officers approached the door to the apartment the suspect "kicked it open" from the inside and took a "fighting stance." He was then taken to the ground and arrested, charged with assault against both his acquaintance and police.
An officer was dispatched to JC Penny in the Kingsport Town Center. An employee allegedly admitted to stealing $695 worth of clothes since September, prompting his arrest for felony theft.
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