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Crude 'Jesus' T-shirt sparks Kingsport scuffle

Rain Smith • Jul 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

June 27

A man called police after finding all four of his vehicle’s tires slashed. A woman at the scene said she was responsible and was motivated by the victim — her boyfriend — possibly abusing her grandchild. A referral was made to the Department of Children’s Services.

June 28

In Rogersville, police were alerted to a 19-year-old who had allegedly hit and choked his mother. He admitted to the incident — adding that if she “was going to get in his face like a man, he was going to hit her like a man.” He was arrested for assault.

Kingsport Police Department

June 30

Police were dispatched to a pair of men fighting outside Golden Corral on North Eastman Road. Both suspects were still on the scene, with one wearing a T-shirt that read “Jesus hates p^[email protected]” The shirt’s text had spurred the manager to ask that the man wearing it leave the restaurant — at the request of the other diner, who was offended — and the two men later had words in the parking lot. As the complainer, age 50, tried to drive away, the other man, 42, allegedly attempted to open the pickup’s door. That’s when the motorist stated that he had a carry permit and displayed a firearm. Ultimately, no one wished to file charges, and police took no action.

July 1

At Maple Oaks Apartments, a resident confronted a man who was “yelling at women as they entered and exited.” A physical altercation ensued, leading to the resident being pushed down an embankment and breaking his arm. The suspect refused to comply with the commands of responding officers and continued to yell incoherently while crawling up and down the hill. During a struggle with police, he was Tasered and arrested on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. Police suspected that he was on bath salts or meth and also charged him with public intoxication.

July 2

At the welcome center on I-26, a security guard approached a motorist who had inappropriately parked a camper and trailer. When told he needed to move out of the standard-sized lot and into another at the back for larger vehicles, the man allegedly started yelling and “tried to start a fight” with a groundskeeper. When told police had been called, the suspect drove away. He was not located by responding officers.

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