Wanted man threatens to blow up Kingsport cops

Rain Smith • Aug 7, 2019 at 2:30 PM

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

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Aug. 2

At a Kingsport mobile home, an animal control officer found four abandoned and badly malnourished dogs. Due to the amount of feces inside the residence, officials believed the animals had been locked inside “for days if not weeks.” The animals were seized and a criminal investigation was launched.

Kingsport Police Department

July 31

— As a man drove on Interstate 26, his intoxicated girlfriend began hitting him in the face. After she grabbed the wheel and tried to make him wreck, he pulled into the welcome center to await police. When they arrived, she admitted to drinking a half-gallon of vodka and attacking her boyfriend because “he (expletive) deserved it.” She was jailed for aggravated domestic assault.

— A man was located and arrested for stealing a motor scooter in May. That’s when he met the owner in the parking lot of Westside Inn, asked to conduct a test drive, then fled the scene via Stone Drive. He is now jailed on a warrant for felony theft.

Aug. 2

On Dorothy Street, police attempted to serve warrants on a man wanted for assault, burglary and vandalism. Though the suspect refused to exit the home, he yelled out of a window that he would “kill officers ... had C-4 inside and would blow it up.” Police shot non-lethal pepper balls into the room he occupied, with the chemical irritants successfully flushing him from the home. He ignored commands to lie down and tried to flee. Ultimately, a Taser was used to bring him into custody. He was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

Aug. 4

For the second night in a row, police were called to a fight among patrons of Rain Nite Life on West Stone Drive. This time, a man allegedly stepped in when he saw another male hitting a woman. The would-be good Samaritan was then jumped by several other individuals. No surveillance video of the incident was available. Police advised that club ownership and security personnel need to “create a plan to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.”

Aug. 7

Shortly after midnight, a patrolman at the Lynn Garden Walmart watched a suspicious woman exit her car and walk around “in an unusual manner.” When approached by police, she fled to the side of the store and attempted to climb an adjacent hill. After failing to do so, she walked back to the officer below and dropped a bag containing more than four ounces of meth. After stating she had “screwed up and was just trying to make some quick money,” she was arrested on felony drug charges. Vice detectives report the street value of the seized methamphetamine was between $2,400 and $3,000.