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Rainbow flag's attention spurs man to stalk stranger

August 13th, 2015 1:58 pm by Rain Smith

Rainbow flag's attention spurs man to stalk stranger

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

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

Aug. 10


In Church Hill, a vehicle was vandalized when "someone threw a wedding cake onto the windshield." The victim suspected her son's "soon-to-be ex-wife."

A Surgoinsville man called police on his daughter-in-law, fearing that she will continue with her "acts of violence" against the family. In the latest incident, she allegedly ran the complainant off the roadway with her vehicle. No motives were listed.

An employee of the Department of Children's Services alerted police to threats from a woman, who had recently had juveniles removed from her home. A deputy corroborated the account, as outside a courtroom the suspect was overheard to say "she would blow up their houses."

Vandalism was reported at a Rogersville cemetery, where five headstones had been knocked over.

Kingsport Police Department

Aug. 11


A city resident called 911 on a neighbor, who was spotted "running around the neighborhood with belts in his hands....vandalized a yard." A responding officer located the man lying in an overgrown lot, hallucinating and "talking to himself." He was suspected of being under the influence of an intoxicant, transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

Aug. 10


Officers were asked to check on a "female pulling two small children on a Power Wheel with her SUV." They were gone upon arrival.

A man called dispatch to report injuries incurred the night before, when his ex-wife "busted him in the nose." He thought it may be broken.

Aug. 11

Dispatch fielded a call out of Washington County, where there was a "cross dresser throwing rocks at cars" on State of Franklin Drive.

Aug. 12

Police were told that a "recently dismissed" member of a volunteer fire department was going to "burn the fire hall down." A check of the building found the man in a vehicle in the parking lot, but he told the officer that he had no intentions to commit arson. His girlfriend responded to the scene to take him home.

There was a disturbance at a convenience store on Weaver Pike. A clerk temporarily locked the doors so they could clean, but a patron repeatedly tried to get inside, setting off the alarm.

When a female arrived at her Kingsport home, an unknown man pulled into the driveway and began videoing her and the residence. A male neighbor confronted the stranger, who claimed he had "rights to film" — then backed into the street and continued to do so. When approached a second time, the videographer rolled up his window and refused to leave. A responding officer interviewed the suspect, 36, learning that someone had previously filmed a "Rainbow Pride Flag" outside of his own home. In that incident, according to his statements, a white vehicle fled the scene, and he believed it to be the same one driven by the woman he had followed. He also claimed to have been accosted by her neighbor, who allegedly opened his car door and hit him on the shoulder. Police observed no injuries, while residents of the street denied filming anyone's home or flags. The suspect was told not to return to the property.

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