Police respond to do-it-yourself baptism on Greenbelt

Rain Smith • Oct 17, 2018 at 3:37 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Oct. 12

After responding to a vehicle that was fully engulfed in flames, police found a tiki torch in the passenger seat. A witness named a woman who had been spotted beside the car just before the blaze, adding that the suspect had previously made threats to burn it. An investigation is continuing.

Oct. 13

The operator of a corn maze reported that a vehicle entered the property, began turning circles in a reckless manner and struck a metal sign, knocking it down. The complainant wanted the incident on file in case “something progressed.”

Kingsport Police Department

Oct. 13

An employee of Taco Bell called police to the East Stone Drive location, saying a man in the parking lot made statements about robbing local businesses. The man also had claimed to have a firearm, then entered the restaurant and began “pacing around.” An officer found the suspect still on the scene and unarmed. However, due to placing the public in fear, the man was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Oct. 15

A security manager at Domtar reported a theft from the property. Police reviewed surveillance footage showing two young men entering along the railroad tracks, then departing on a company golf cart. It was found several hundred feet down the tracks — where it had gotten stuck — as were a grinder and saw the pair had removed from a workshop. Extra patrols were requested for the area.

Oct. 17

At 12:30 a.m., police were alerted to a possibly intoxicated person on the Kingsport Greenbelt. Near Riverfront Park, a responding officer located a naked man, 23, who claimed he was “trying to get right with the Lord and decided to baptize himself in the river.” He was placed into custody for indecent exposure, and after being transported to jail made medical complaints. Due to a subsequent extended stay at the hospital, he was released on a misdemeanor citation.

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