The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
A wheelchair-bound Bluff City man allegedly assaulted his mother — who's also confined to a wheelchair — when she refused to let him abuse his prescribed medication. Police observed injuries to the woman's leg and arrested her son for domestic assault. While being wheeled down a ramp and towards an ambulance, which would transport him for booking, the man allegedly, "started yelling that he wasn't going to jail...purposely slid out of his wheelchair onto the ground." A reporting officer says the suspect then claimed, "I was going to lose my job because I pushed him down."
Police were called to a home on the Bristol Caverns Highway, where the resident had invited both his friend and his friend's wife — who is separated from her husband — "over for a few drinks." When the estranged husband arrived he began yelling, retrieved a large level from his pickup and swung it at his "friend." The alleged victim sustained an injury to his arm, from attempting to block the blow, while the suspect was arrested for aggravated assault.
A Kingsport man reportedly arrived home drunk, grabbed a box-cutter and threatened to slit his wrists. A family member wrested the weapon away, with the man later pushing his sister down the stairs. He was arrested and charged with domestic assault.
Kingsport Police Department
Within 15 minutes police responded to both Kingsport Walmart locations, where loss prevention reported a woman had successfully cashed seven fraudulent traveler's check at each store. She received $700 cash in both incidents — then was caught attempting the same scheme at the Walmart in Elizabehton. Kingsport police responded to the Carter County jail to serve warrants on the suspect, charging her with 14 counts of criminal simulation and two counts of theft.
A shopper at a church-run thrift store told police she was browsing their clothes when a man bumped into her, then apologized and walked away. She later discovered a cell phone was missing, suspected the individual of picking it from her pocket.
A woman called 911 to report being assaulted by her husband. While en route the suspect called dispatch, stating his wife had pointed a gun at him. Interviews on scene revealed the woman, who is seeking a divorce, arrived home "demanding documents." During their dispute she allegedly pointed a gun his direction, threatening that he, "would not leave the house." She was determined to be the primary aggressor and arrested for aggravated domestic assault.
At 1 a.m. police observed a vehicle sitting partially along the median of West Stone Drive, with its front end blocking the inside lane. When the driver backed up and drove away a stop was conducted, with an officer noticing alcohol on his breath. During field sobriety tests he "attempted to sing" his ABCs, made multiple statements which had "no relevance to the questions" he was asked, and was unable to pronounce medication that he claimed to be taking. Once arrested for DUI he banged his head on the driver's side window of a squad car, then boasted to be "a skilled warrior." After threatening to kill the arresting officer, their family and other police on scene, he was additionally charged with four counts of retaliation for past actions.
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