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Stolen items retrieved from 'down inside' port-a-potty

July 8th, 2014 2:28 pm by Rain Smith

Stolen items retrieved from 'down inside' port-a-potty

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

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

July 3


Personnel at the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department reported the theft of a thermal imaging camera, valued at $20,000.

Police responded to a crash on V.I. Ranch Road, where a 2003 Acura coupe had "rolled several times." The driver was interviewed at the scene and admitted to drinking, while a witness reportedly observed a passenger throw a bag into the weeds. That package was located by police and found to contain marijuana. Charges are pending against the driver, contingent on the results of a blood alcohol test, while the passenger was issued a misdemeanor citation for drug possession.

Dispatch was alerted to a theft on McNeil Street, where someone allegedly put three sheep dogs in a vehicle and drove away.

July 4

Dispatch was advised of a suspicious woman walking along the road near Observation Knob at South Holston Lake. She was reportedly wearing a skirt and high heels, "using a baseball bat as a cane to steady herself."

July 5

During a disturbance at a Bluff City residence, a man "threw another flower pot out the back door over the deck." After that, according to a caller, it "sounded like he started clapping for about a minute."

July 6

The resident of a mobile home on Highway 126 reported a man had entered her home without permission. He was reportedly asked to leave several times but refused, with a witness eventually pushing him out the door. When police arrived, the suspect stated he hadn't intended to harm himself or anyone else, adding that he "wanted to go to jail." He was then arrested for trespassing.

A Blountville woman confronted her husband over messages in his cell phone from "another female." The man, who had reportedly been drinking heavily, punched his wife in the head and fled, with police later locating him a few streets away. He was charged with domestic assault and arrested.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

July 2


A Surgoinsville resident reported an ongoing dispute with a neighbor, centering on decorative stones placed at the end of his driveway. When he spotted the man exit his vehicle and break the decorations, he yelled and walked to the end of the driveway to confront him. That's when the suspect allegedly reached under his seat and the complainant ran away, fearing that his neighbor was going to pull out a gun.

July 4

A man returned to his Bulls Gap home to find a refrigerator had been stolen from his front porch.

July 5

A metal sign for a church, valued at $250, was stolen from the corner of Mt. Zion Road and Carters Valley Road.

A Church Hill man called police on his wife, due to her, "beating on the exterior of the trailer." A deputy arrived to find the woman "extremely intoxicated" and holding her left arm, which appeared to be fractured. She blamed the injury on her husband, saying he had pulled a knife on her and his actions forced her to fall. She later changed her story, saying he had actually pushed her down. No knife was located at the scene and the woman was transported to the hospital for treatment. She was advised to contact the Sheriff's Office "when she was sober in order to give a precise statement on the incident." 

Rogersville Police Department

July 5

A woman stated her juvenile child's cell phone was stolen, with her later observing a woman she knows to be carrying it. The suspect "finally admitted" to taking the phone after being questioned by the complainant, and agreed to give it back. Meanwhile, the phone's case and SIM card had to be retrieved "from down inside one of the port-a-potties at the city park." The victim was advised about how to pursue charges at the clerk's office.

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