The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
A disturbance was reported at a county residence, where a woman was angry with a man for kicking her daughter and grandchild out of the home. A dispatcher learned the feuding couple were divorced, yet still dating.
Police were asked to search for a missing 9-year-old girl. The caller stated her bicycle and scooter were both at home, so the juvenile must have left on foot. Less than 10 minutes later, the child was located OK, asleep in a closet at the residence.
A Kingsport resident called police about a neighbor, saying the individual keeps performing burnouts with their vehicle in the driveway.
A mail carrier observed road flares inside several mailboxes on Deck Valley Road, with some of the boxes sustaining fire damage. Multiple witnesses later told police that they had recently spotted a boy who lives nearby with road flares in his possession, but an officer was unable to immediately locate the suspect.
Officers were requested along the Bluff City Highway, where an elderly motorist was reportedly "driving in circles in the intersection very slowly." When police arrived, he had already departed the scene.
At 9:40 a.m. an intoxicated man, 36, was found walking "in the middle" of the Blountville Bypass. When a deputy asked him to step out of the roadway, the suspect became "belligerent and uncooperative" and exclaimed, "I'm not talking to you, don't have a warrant." When told it was dangerous to be walking in the street, the man responded, "(Expletive) you!" The deputy then attempted to physically move him from the path of vehicle traffic, but the suspect took off running. He then attempted to enter a passing vehicle that had stopped for the foot pursuit, at which time he was apprehended by the officer. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Wise County Sheriff's Office
A Big Stone Gap woman called police over cats that are leaving excrement "all over her porch. ... There are worms crawling all over." She reported the felines' owners lived down the street, but when police visited the suspects, they denied owning the animals.
An Appalachia woman had an unknown individual knock on her door, reportedly attempting to sell books. When she told them she wasn't interested they departed, but in the process swiped a lighter and pack of cigarettes from her porch.
A "travesty " which needed to be "taken care of immediately" was reported in Big Stone Gap. Subsequent questioning revealed the caller was angry with a neighbor, who was weedeating at 10 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. a woman requested police respond to a disturbance. She said her neighbors are mowing, and their lawn equipment is "very loud."
When answering a 911 call from a cell phone, a dispatcher was unable to determine the type of emergency, or if one even existed. Despite questioning, the person on the other end of the line only quacked, "Aflac, Aflac," over and over again.
Kingsport Police Department
A man who is banned from Walmart for past theft and trespassing incidents was spotted inside the Fort Henry Drive location. A loss prevention officer watched the suspect grab two cans of Red Bull, stop and talk to a cashier, then attempt to walk out without purchasing the drinks. He was then detained and arrested by a responding Kingsport officer.
On Airport Parkway, an officer clocked a Ford Explorer traveling 91 mph in a 55 mph zone, while weaving in and out of traffic. During a subsequent traffic stop, the driver was asked what's the hurry: "No hurry, I just needed to get gas." She was arrested and charged with speeding and reckless driving.
Dispatch was alerted to a prolonged and loud verbal disagreement at a Bowater Drive apartment. An officer responded to find an intoxicated man yelling and cursing in one of the units. The officer warned the man to stop or he would be arrested. The officer then left the apartment and stood outside, where "within a minute" the resident was once again overheard screaming profanity. He was then transported to the city jail on a charge of disorderly conduct.
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