The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.
Kingsport Police Department
For the second time since mid-February, a female guest at the same Kingsport motel reported indecent exposure. As in the first complaint, a suspect was described in his 50s with graying hair, and once again exposed himself while on an elevator with the victim.
Police took a burglary report at Allandale Mansion, where someone had cut a padlock from a storage building and made away with two mowers.
Kingsport police served warrants in the Grainger County Jail, taking custody of a man wanted in two separate incidents at Lowe's on West Stone Drive. In both thefts, he reportedly placed a bar code from a $50 item onto the packaging for a tool combo pack, valued at $579, and successfully paid his self-discounted price at the register.
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office
An employee with the Tennessee Department of Safety discovered two traffic indicator trailers weren't working properly. A subsequent check on the equipment, stationed along Highways 66 and 11-E, revealed someone had stolen eight batteries out of each unit.
An 18-year-old Rogersville resident told police he had been followed by a vehicle containing two unknown males, with both "giving him the finger." When he pulled over along the roadside his pursuers followed suit, with all three exiting their vehicle and getting into a fight. The complainant said the two individuals then drove away, reiterating he had never seen them before.
A man visiting family grave sites in Hawkins County reported flower displays and rose bushes had been taken from around numerous headstones.
A woman told police that a man stole her computer then pawned it, using the cash he obtained to attend a car show in Sevier County.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
Police responded to a verbal dispute on a Kingsport street. It was spurred by a tractor-trailer driver who was attempting to turn around, but in the process "knocked down a tree and blocks — messed up several yards."
Dispatch was alerted to a disturbance at a Bluff City T-ball field, with a caller stating "several upset fans are threatening the umpires."
Wise County Sheriff's Office
A woman who previously reported a burglary at her Coeburn home called police one week later. She said that since the incident none of her appliances have worked, adding the suspect must have kicked the kitchen breaker. Now all of her food in the refrigerator was spoiled, and she needed to add the cost of the lost items to her report. She hoped to then use that to obtain a "full refund" from Social Services, as she had purchased the ruined food with her food stamps.
A Big Stone Gap man told police that he drove from his home — "for all the world to see"— while unaware that graffiti was scrawled down the side of his van. A neighbor reportedly stopped the victim to point out the "very big letters" written with a magic marker: "Send your kids to school dumbass."
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