Gunfire in Kingsport yard nets felony arrest

Rain Smith • Updated Aug 15, 2019 at 2:25 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

Aug. 8

— Overnight, someone kicked in the door of a Rogersville motorcycle shop, then made away with nearly $8,000 worth of equipment and tools.

Aug. 9

— A deputy found a man "dancing and singing" in the middle of Christian Bend Road. When questioned, the suspect couldn't focus his attention on the conversation and continued his bizarre behavior. Due to being in the middle of a curve, foggy conditions and his "uncontrollable desire to dance," the possibly drunk suspect was arrested for public intoxication.

Aug. 10

— A 19-year-old reported theft on Ramey Town Road. While driving over a speed bump, according to his account, a bag fell from the "top of his car." He claimed it contained $3,000 in cash — all $20 and $100 bills — and his search of the area couldn't locate it.

Aug. 12

— A Whitesburg man arrived home to find spilled alcohol, a TV knocked into the floor, clothes strewn about, and cigarette burns on the couch. Police were shown a Facebook message from his son's friend, where the acquaintance apologized for having a party while no resident was present.

Kingsport Police Department

Aug. 8

— Police heard five gunshots on Dale Street, then spotted an armed man in the backyard of a residence. He complied with orders to put his hands up, then advised he hadn't realized officers were "so close by." It was also explained that he couldn't get his .22-caliber handgun to successfully unload, therefore he "decided to fire it into the bank until it was empty." Since that bank was within 10 yards of his neighbor's home, he was arrested for felony reckless endangerment.

Aug. 13

— At a Fort Henry Drive business, a man exited work to find his car had been stolen. He told police he "keeps the doors unlocked and keys inside."

Aug. 14

— As police investigated a single-vehicle crash in the median of Interstate 81, a witness said the car's lone occupant ran toward Exit 59. When police checked the nearby Comfort Inn, the driver was found hiding in the lobby's bathroom with a lock box. It couldn't be opened on scene, but it emitted an odor of marijuana. The man admitted it contained pot and was arrested on several charges. The container was later opened at the police department, yielding not only marijuana but also three ounces of meth. Additional felony charges were leveled.