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April Fools' text spurs emergency response

April 3rd, 2014 5:16 pm by Rain Smith

April Fools' text spurs emergency response

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

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

March 29


A candidate for public office in Sullivan County reported the vandalism of multiple campaign signs along Fall Creek Road and Memorial Boulevard. They had been spray painted with the words liar and "corupt." The next day the same candidate called police again, saying signs had been pulled up and thrown in a ditch.

March 30

An anonymous caller reported vandalism by juveniles along Stuffle Street. A deputy followed a path the suspects reportedly walked to a nearby home, locating two stop signs, a dead end sign and multiple campaign signs dislodged from the ground. Mailboxes had also been damaged. The three suspects were located at a residence and initially denied knowing anything about the damaged property — but two of the boys later confessed to the vandalism.

March 31

Police were asked to contact a man in regards to "paying his bill" at a Bristol restaurant.

April 2

A Highway 11-E motorist reported "10 motorcycles...doing wheelies and driving between cars."

Police were called to a Blountville residence, due to a man and his stepfather fighting over a cell phone. The caller also noted that the men "had been drinking and it got out of control." One man was arrested for assault, while the other — who was located "staggering in the road" — was jailed for public intoxication.

Wise County Sheriff's office

March 29

A woman reported an "excessively large rabbit" which had been injured in a Wise roadway, requesting that an officer respond to "put it down." Upon police arrival it was already dead.

March 31

An Appalachia woman called police on her ex-husband. She accused him of "ripping out" her mammary glands, attempting to steal a vaginal muscle.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

March 31

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Mooresburg residence. Upon arrival they found a man who had been "sleeping in the horse barn" due to troubles with his girlfriend. The woman said that when he came inside to get clothes, they started arguing about lights being on. The man reportedly wanted them off because he "pays the bills." Fearing violence, the woman locked herself in a bedroom, and later played for police a recording from her cell phone. Her boyfriend, who could be heard screaming and threatening to break the door down, was subsequently arrested for domestic abuse.

April 1

While at work a Rogersville woman received a call from her neighbor, with the man relaying that his dog had attacked her goat. When she arrived home she found the goat dead "with both ears ripped off."

A man was arrested after police responded to an altercation at a Church Hill home. The victim had reportedly been punched in the side of the head, "causing his earring to go through his ear. "

Kingsport Police Department

April 1


Police and fire personnel were dispatched to a Kingsport apartment on a report of injury, forcibly making entry after receiving no answer at the door. A female was located upstairs and uninjured — but wearing headphones which prevented her from hearing emergency responders. She then relayed how an aunt had earlier sent her a text, claiming that she had suffered a head injury. Shortly thereafter, the aunt sent a second message: "April Fools." Police made telephone contact with that woman, learning she had sent a similar text to another individual. He then acted on her claim and called 911, sending authorities to the Reedy Place apartment, "before she could tell him it was a prank." No immediate police action was taken in the incident.

April 2

Officers responding to a disturbance on Sewanee Avenue located a car "rapidly" backing out of a driveway, while a woman outside the vehicle yelled, "Stop, stop, stop!" The officer activated his squad car's lights and a pursuit ensued, with the suspect reaching speeds of up to 60 mph on Broad Street. Due to his "extremely reckless" driving the pursuit was terminated. Police interviewed the woman back on Sewanee, with her identifying the driver of the car as her son. He allegedly got into the driver's seat of her vehicle without permission and refused to exit, fleeing upon police arrival. The man, 24, was later located on Burwind Court, arrested for motor vehicle theft, felony evading arrest and driving on a suspended license.

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