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Man who allegedly cut tree that fell on mobile home charged with felony vandalism

Jeff Bobo • Jul 2, 2018 at 7:15 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man was charged with felony vandalism Friday for allegedly cutting down a tree last week that fell through the roof of his girlfriend's daughter's mobile home, causing a reported $10,000 worth of damage.

The victim's mother, Linda Goodman, reportedly told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Adam Bledsoe Friday that her boyfriend, Jerry Wayne Mowell, cut down the tree because "he was worried that it was going to fall."

The victim, Jennifer Hickman, resides on Gillian Road off Ebbing and Flowing Spring Road near Rogersville.

Hickman told Bledsoe she suspected the tree cutting was related to an ongoing dispute between her and her boyfriend, Roger Reed, and Goodman and Mowell, who live on the same road.

On June 23, Goodman was charged with simple assault related to an incident involving Reed.

Hickman reported the tree cutting on Friday June 29, but she stated the last time she was home was on June 25, so the cutting occurred between June 26-28.

When Bledsoe arrived at the residence Friday morning, he observed a large tree resting on the roof of the home that appeared to have been intentionally cut down, as well as a branch that had gone through the roof into a bedroom.

Mowell, 55, 175 Gillian Road, Rogersville, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with vandalism over $1,000, a Class E felony punishable by 1-2 years if convicted.

He was arraigned Monday morning and then released from the Hawkins County Jail on $1,500 bond.

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