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'My partner in crime': Facebook selfie in stolen truck results in felony theft charge

Jeff Bobo • Apr 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Kingsport woman who allegedly posted a photo of herself and multi-felony suspect Devin Rose on Facebook riding in a stolen pickup on March 31 has been charged with theft over $10,000.

Jasmine Taylor Morelock, 20, 4538 Ronald Drive, reportedly wrote a caption on the photo stating, “My partner in crime.”

Rose, 19, was arrested on April 1 after being wanted for several days by police in Sullivan and Hawkins counties. He is accused of multiple auto thefts, high speed chases and auto burglaries.

On March 31, a 2013 Ford F150 was stolen from a residence on Carters Valley road near Church Hill. The owner believed the truck was stolen between 2:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., when he discovered it missing.

Around 5:37 p.m. that day, the owner noticed it at the Whistle Stop market and called police. A lengthy high speed chase ensued through residential roads, yards, fences and fields. HCSO Detective Ken Sturgill stated in his report that on March 31 Morelock posted photos of herself riding around in the stolen pickup with Rose shortly after it was stolen.

As of Wednesday, she was held in the Hawkins County Jail on $5,000 bond pending arraignment on April 20 in Sessions Court.

Witness, video lead to arrest in tractor theft

Rickie Allen Cambell Jr., 33, 468 Richards Road, Rogersville, was arrested on Monday and charged with burglary and theft over $10,000 in the theft of a neighbor’s tractor and Bush Hog valued at $12,800.

HCSO Detective Lt. Cliff Evans stated in his report a witness stated he had dropped Campbell off near the victim’s home with a jug of diesel fuel. The witness stated he later observed Campbell on the tractor and that Campbell admitted to the witness he had stolen the tractor and Bush Hog.

Video surveillance footage also showed the tractor and Bush Hog being driven away from the victim’s residence, and the witness allegedly identified the victim’s tractor from a photo array as the one driven by Campbell.

Meth, pot and a restraining order violation

Devin Reid Hart, 23, 1000 Stonegate Road, Kingsport, was arrested on Sunday and charged with meth and marijuana possession, violation of an order of protection, driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and registration violation.

The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by HCSO Deputy Hunter Jones on Stone Drive in Allandale for no visible registration. A computer check revealed that Hart’s driver’s license was suspended and that there was a temporary restraining order against him for his 21-year-old female passenger.

A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed Hart to be in possession of four small baggies of meth totaling 1.1 grams, as well as 1.6 grams of marijuana, two pipes and two straws.

“God made her” drive backwards into oncoming traffic

Christy Lee Kilgore, 45, 2128 Stanley Valley Road, Surgoinsville, was arrested on April 9 and charged with DUI and improper lane usage after Deputy Mike Allen allegedly observed her driving backwards into oncoming traffic on Watterson Gap Road near Surgoinsville.

Kilgore reportedly told Allen she was driving backwards into oncoming traffic because God pulled her out of her driveway and made her. Kilgore also reportedly stated she was hearing music in her head and radiation was pulling rods through her skull. 

Kilgore also allegedly admitted to using meth, but reportedly didn’t know the date or time when she was stopped by Allen. 

Sleeping in a car stuck on the railroad tracks

Carissa Jo Morgan, 39, Morristown, was arrested on Saturday and charged with public intoxication after she was reportedly found by Deputy Isaac Hutchins sleeping in the backseat of a Chevy Cobalt that was stuck on the railroad tracks on Tranbarger Road north of Allandale.

Hutchins stated in his report he was able to awaken Morgan after several tries. Morgan reportedly stated she and the driver had been drinking and took several shots of whiskey.

Morgan further stated that she crawled into the backseat to take a nap and stay warm, and she was not sure where she was.

DUI suspect allegedly spits on off-duty trooper

Edward John Adkins Jr., 28, 195 Okalona Road, Church Hill, was arrested on Saturday and charged with DUI, assault, resisting arrest, vandalism over $1,000, driving on a suspended driver’s license and theft over $1,000 after allegedly crashing into a gate on Old Union Road near Church Hill. 

When Deputy William Wilson arrived, he reportedly found Adkins leaning against the gate he’d struck with a Chevy Malibu. Also present was the property owner and off-duty THP Trooper Michael Draine.

Williams determined Adkins was too intoxicated to attempt a field sobriety test. Williams said Adkins was belligerent toward him and Draine, and at one point spit on Draine, at which time Adkins was arrested. Adkins allegedly struggled with Williams, Draine and Deputy Brian Sanders, who arrived on the scene to assist.

Adkins didn’t become cooperative until he was pepper sprayed. On the way to jail, Adkins allegedly slipped his cuffed hands to the front and began beating a window and the transport cage, at which time he was placed in leg shackles. Adkins then reportedly urinated on himself and spit several times on the patrol car’s backseat.

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