The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
A pair of "young females" were at a Warriors Path playground with an infant and, according to the caller, "swinging the child around" way too quickly.
Dispatch was alerted to a woman inside in a car at a Highway 11-E convenience store allegedly "snorting something" off an armrest. The caller added that a child was in the backseat of her vehicle.
A deputy responded to Island Road on a report of a female pedestrian followed by a slow moving SUV. When the officer located the woman and conducted an interview, the suspect vehicle approached and "nearly struck" the police vehicle. One of the SUV's side mirrors did hit the woman, with the driver then stopping in the road. Police say the man, who's the woman's boyfriend, had an empty bottle of vodka between his legs, while his vehicle matched the description from an earlier hit-and-run. He denied being involved in that incident, but admitted being in the area when it occurred. After performing poorly on field sobriety tests, he was arrested for DUI and placed in a police cruiser. As the deputy continued to talk to the woman, who had active warrants, the male suspect crawled through a glass partition and into the front seat of the squad car — accidentally hitting a button to activate the siren. When the officer returned to the vehicle, the suspect quickly "started crawling back through to the back seat." He was additionally charged with attempt to escape.
Blountville residents contacted police at approximately 12:30 a.m., saying a suspicious, unknown man rang their door bell to comment that they had "a nice place." After walking around the property with a flashlight, the suspect reentered his car and departed.
A 911 caller reported a section of Highway 11-W was littered with "dead animals everywhere." A check of the area located nothing.
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office
A Rogersville man returned home to find burglars had stolen a gas grill, stove, kerosene heater and refrigerator.
A Church Hill man was weed-eating his lawn when he discovered "what he believed to be a small pipe bomb." Police responded and cleared the area "until the device was determined to be a hoax."
Kingsport Police Department
Dispatch was alerted to a possibly intoxicated driver leaving a Memorial Boulevard business. The caller said the motorist "had been trying to start his car without any keys."
Walmart loss prevention caught a woman attempting to shoplift, stopping her as she rolled out a buggy full of $600 in clothing. She was charged with felony theft.
At approximately 3 a.m., a fight was reported at a 24-hour East Stone Drive restaurant. The instigator was described as "large" and "shirtless."
Police were advised that a North Eastman Road motorist had veered off the roadway multiple times, hitting the median. She reportedly had a dog in her lap.
During an overnight burglary at a Fort Henry Drive restaurant, someone stole $30 worth of candy bars, bagged chips and soft drinks.
An officer was dispatched to a disturbance in Lynn Garden. The complainant stated he was mowing when a neighbor, age 72, entered his yard and pulled out a pocket knife. The suspect accused the mower's son of "stealing cucumbers" from his garden — then attempted to grab his neighbor while swinging the weapon. The victim avoided being cut and ran into his home to call police. Officers later located the alleged attacker at another location, arresting him for aggravated assault.
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