Church Hill couple accused of cruelty to donkey

Rain Smith • Nov 6, 2018 at 3:26 PM

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

Kingsport Police Department

Nov. 2

— As police investigated a wreck on Fort Henry Drive, one driver admitted to causing the incident by running a red light. He also appeared intoxicated and performed poorly on field sobriety tests, netting his arrest for DUI, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle was transported to the hospital with a possibly broken leg.

— A speeding Camaro was reported on Stone Drive, with a patrol officer soon spotting it in Lynn Garden. After it accelerated away at 80 mph — weaving back and forth in traffic — it stopped for a red light, and a traffic stop was conducted. The driver, 43, was arrested for reckless driving and failure to have insurance.

Nov. 3

— Shoplifters were reported at Walmart on Fort Henry Drive, then were located by police at the adjacent Bojangles'. Both suspects were arrested, and more than $200 in Walmart merchandise was recovered: two jackets, seven DVDs and a bag of honey barbecue chicken tenders.

— A 22-year-old woman was charged with embezzlement from Target, her former employer. From February through September, she reportedly stole more than $800 in clothing.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 2

— A Bulls Gap business reported the theft of six 100-pound pieces of tungsten carbide, valued at about $1,000 apiece. An employee was questioned about the theft and denied it, but a check at a local salvage yard found he had sold the materials. In doing so, he had to show his ID and was paid about $1,500. Charges are pending.

— In Rogersville, a deputy spotted a motorist who the deputy knew had his license revoked. A subsequent stop found he also possessed meth, marijuana, a pipe and scales, spurring his arrest on drug charges. He was additionally charged with driving on revoked, his 10th such offense.

Nov. 3

— Police were alerted to a donkey that looked to be in poor health in Church Hill. A check of a pasture on Smith Hollow Road found the animal having trouble getting up and walking, as its hooves were overgrown and curling. The owners were questioned and admitted to being aware of the animal's condition — adding that its hooves had not been trimmed in more than two years. They were each issued a criminal summons for animal cruelty, while the Tennessee Agriculture Department was alerted to the case.


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