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Hawkins Police Blotter: Alleged knife attack began with dispute over water bill

Jeff Bobo • Apr 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM

MOORESBURG — A Mooresburg man was arrested Saturday on an aggravated assault warrant stemming from an April 17 stabbing incident that reportedly occurred over an unpaid water bill.

The victim told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ken Sturgill that he and Gregory Shawn Turner, 55, share a camper lot at 1000 Robins Lane in Mooresburg and split the water bill, which is in the victim’s name.

The victim stated that on the night of April 17, he and Turner argued after the victim threatened to cut off Turner’s water if he didn’t pay his half of the bill.

During the argument, Turner allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and lunged at the victim, stating, “I’ll cut you. I’ll kill you.”

The tip of the knife reportedly cut the victim’s right hand. On April 21, Sturgill reportedly observed “small scabs” on the victim’s right hand, as well as text messages between Turner and the victim regarding the water bill dispute.

A second witness who was at the campsite at the time of the alleged knife attack corroborated the victim’s version of events. Turner was arrested at his residence Saturday afternoon and was arraigned Monday morning in Sessions Court.

Gunshots fired into church windows

On the morning of April 20, Mount Carmel police responded to a complaint of vandalism involving gunshots fired into two glass windows at Emmaus Church, 5842 Carters Valley Road.

Church representative Chris Leedy reportedly told the Mount Carmel Police Department that sometime between April 14 and April 18 someone had fired two shots from a 9 mm gun into two windows of the fellowship hall.

Both windows were destroyed, and Leedy reportedly found two 9 mm shell casings outside the fellowship hall. MCPD Chief Ken Lunsford Jr. said the shooting is under investigation and asked anyone with information about the incident to call the MCPD at (423) 357-4141.

Murder-for-hire tipster

On April 20, Boone, N.C., Police Department Officer Candice Burlingame notified HCSO Deputy Will Mullins that she had received a tip through Crimestoppers that a Boone woman had been making threats that she was going to hire someone to kill the father of her children, who resides in Church Hill and has custody of them.

Burlingame also stated that the female accused of making the threats is heavily involved in meth trafficking in Johnson County, Tenn. After speaking with Burlingame, Mullins paid a visit to the father’s residence and informed him of the alleged threat.

The father stated that the mother of his children is “crazy” and asked that a police report of the threat be made. He also asked how he could obtain an order of protection against her, and he was advised to make that request at the Hawkins County Clerk of Courts Office.

Unwanted touching and knife threat

On April 26, an 18-year-old Rogersville man told HCSO Deputy Daniel DesOrmeaux that on the morning of April 23 a coworker came over to hang out around 8 a.m.

The alleged victim stated that by 1 p.m. his coworker was intoxicated and began touching his 18-year-old girlfriend in a sexual manner and forcing her to touch him. The victim stated that the coworker then held a knife to his throat and said he was going to kill him.

The coworker then released the victim and stayed at the residence until around 4 p.m. The victim’s girlfriend told DesOrmeaux the same version of events, and as of Tuesday the incident remains under investigation.

Argument at trailer park ends with gunshots

On April 24, HCSO Cpl. Michael Godsey responded to a report of gunshots at the mobile home park at 215 Jones Road near Church Hill.

The victim stated that his brother came to his residence and pulled a handgun out of his pocket. When asked what he was going to do with it, the brother allegedly replied, “If you don’t back up, I’m going to shoot you.”

The brother then allegedly pointed the gun away from his sibling and fired several rounds. The victim then wrestled with his brother in an attempt to get the gun from him. The brother then reportedly got into his vehicle, and as he was leaving, fired another round.

Godsey said officers were able to retrieve the spent shell from that last gunshot where it fell the middle of Jones Road, but he was unable to locate the alleged shooter. As of Tuesday, no arrest had been made.

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