For the second time in one day, police were called to a Blountville apartment complex. Four officers found a man who was previously told to stay inside — "due to him being intoxicated" — along with apartment windows he had now shattered. When ordered to step away from the building, he grabbed his dog.
A woman stopped at a Fort Henry Drive gas station after spotting her boyfriend with an unknown female. During an altercation that ensued, the other woman claimed she had warrants — and thus didn’t want to be present when police arrived — and hopped in the girlfriend’s Honda to flee the scene. The victim and her “boyfriend” gave chase in his pickup.
A woman in the drive-thru at Walgreen's couldn't speak with an employee at the window, due to a Dodge Ram behind her blaring music. She opened her car door and asked they lower the volume, but the other motorist cranked up his stereo, revved the engine and inched towards her bumper.
Police were advised of a crash at a home off South Wilcox Drive, responding to find a Volvo in a ditch. A man at the scene claimed a neighbor had attempted to steal the car and got it stuck while backing away. He also emitted a strong odor of alcohol, conceded to drinking "too much" and admitted that he had planned to drive to the liquor store.
A deputy observed a male motorist "acting suspicious" outside a Colonial Heights gas station. When a crumpled lottery ticket was tossed out of his window the officer approached, finding children in the car and noting a strong odor of marijuana.
A Blountville man told police that his wife left to run to the store, saying that she'd be "right back." Three hours later she had yet to return and wouldn't answer her phone, so he went searching for her. She was soon found at a home a little over a mile down the road and "half naked."
Officers responded to a hit-and-run on Branch Street, learning that a pair of bondsmen had found a wanted individual. One bondsman had approached a car the suspect was sitting in, "identified himself as being a bounty hunter" and reached inside to turn off the ignition. The suspect then put his Camry in reverse and accelerated.
After a fire alarm sounded at the Blountville jail, corrections officers found inmates "with charred ink for tattooing." Seven hours later, a prisoner began rattling the door on his cell, exclaiming that he needed to be removed because he was "set on fire."
During a domestic disturbance at a city home, a man who was drinking pointed a shotgun at a woman and her adult son. When the suspect, 65, later approached the pair with a handgun in his hand, the other male tackled him to the floor.
At 7:45 p.m., a patrol officer and other motorists had to slam their brakes while traveling on Lynn Garden Drive. It was due to a man "staggering" into oncoming traffic with "no regard for his safety or the safety of the public.”
During a funeral at a Rogersville church, a woman "fell through the door" and disrupted the service. She then relayed how she had been seeing Satan — "all black with ram-like horns on his head."
At 4:45 p.m., police responded to a crash on West Stone Drive near Granby Road and found a Mitsubishi Mirage in the median on its top.
In responding to a fight outside the Kingsport Town Center, police found a woman, age 43, and her son, 22, holding a man down on the pavement.
In responding to a collision on East Stone Drive at Beechnut Drive, police found a Chevy Cobalt had rear ended a vehicle that had stopped. The at-fault, following driver admitted to texting behind the wheel and being distracted, while witnesses advised he was "acting suspicious" prior to the KPD's arrival.
This installment of the Times-News blotter is derived from the highs and lows of Sullivan County police reports over the past year.