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Man tries to torch mother's car in Kingsport

Rain Smith • Jul 11, 2018 at 9:45 AM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

July 3

A woman accused a man of sending her several threatening text messages. She wanted a report on file, according to the officer, so that if she were killed, “we would know where to look.”

July 4

In Rogersville, officers found a woman hallucinating about people “climbing up the light poles with automatic rifles.” Due to disturbing area residents, she was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

July 8

Outside a Piney Flats home, a deputy located a female frightened by “people with guns” — who were not there — and distressed about messages she had received from “the Holy Ghost.” After refusing transport to a hospital for an evaluation, she was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Kingsport Police Department

July 8

In response to an arson on Kendrick Creek Road, an officer found a vehicle with fire coming from its open gas tank. After the blaze was extinguished by police, the car owner reported her son had put something inside the fill port and lit it. The suspect, 28, also threatened her with knives and slit all four tires before fleeing. He was found walking nearby and arrested on multiple charges. According to the victim, he was mad that she wouldn’t let him continue to borrow her vehicle, which he had already been using “for several days.”

July 9

At the West Stone Drive Walmart, a woman went through a self-checkout line with multiple shopping carts. She reportedly scanned some of the merchandise — but not the majority of the items, totaling more than $1,700 — then tried to pay with a credit card that was declined. After speaking with employees, she attempted to push the carts out of the store, but was detained by loss prevention. She was jailed and charged with felony theft.

July 10

Police were called to a disturbance at a Stone Drive gas station and found a man leaning against the counter and screaming at the female clerk. As an officer was about to enter the store, the man exited, then continued yelling “incoherently,” which created a “hazardous and offensive situation.” He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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