Dog attacks women on Kingsport Greenbelt

Rain Smith • Mar 19, 2019 at 10:42 AM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

March 13

— An elderly woman reported attempted arson by her son, age 51. When he arrived at her home and knocked on the door, she didn't immediately respond, and he became angry. He then took off his shirt, stuffed it into the gas tank of a car, and lit the clothing on fire. The complainant went outside to remove the shirt and stomped the fire out. The suspect fled and was not located.

March 14

— A man advised police of a "threatening" post someone had made to his wife's Facebook page: "a thumbs up brass knuckle emoji."

— A man called police to his mobile home in Rogersville, claiming that people were firing guns into his residence. A deputy observed multiple bullet holes, but they came from inside the trailer and exited out. They were also in proximity to a couch where the complainant said he had been sitting. No police action was taken, but the incident was classified as a false report. On the previous day, the same man had called police, claiming people were under his home.

— When a credit union employee attempted to visit the home of a client, she stopped at the wrong residence and was confronted by a screaming man. He apparently thought the woman was with the Department of Children's Services — as he told her "you're not taking my kids back" — and grabbed her shirt and ripped it. When she punched him to defend herself, he let go, and she was able to return to her car. She provided a description of the man to police but didn't know the address where the incident occurred.

March 17

— As a deputy traveled Highway 31, he spotted a man staggering along the side of the road, then fall and roll into a ditch. When questioned, the man said he had drank two 24-ounce beers and was walking to Kentucky. He was arrested for public intoxication.

Kingsport Police Department

March 13

— A woman walking on the Greenbelt was attacked by a large black dog and suffered puncture wounds to her right arm. As police spoke with the victim at the hospital, they were advised of a second patient who had been bitten on the fitness trail. This female described the same aggressive dog, which was dragging a piece of chain during her encounter near Gibson Mill Road. When it occurred, she was walking her own dog, which was also attacked. That victim endured a laceration to her hand and possibly broken toe. Police searched the area but were unable to immediately locate the animal.