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Hawkins Police Blotter: Jail inmate requires facial surgery after beating

Jeff Bobo • May 30, 2020 at 3:45 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County inmate who was serving 20 days in jail for public intoxication will reportedly require surgery to repair his face as a result of an attack by a fellow inmate.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Corey Young stated in his report that on Sunday around 7:45 a.m., corrections officers responded to G pod, where Jacob Lee Messer was found with “a busted, bleeding nose and the left side of his face swollen.”

Jonathan Blake Skeens, 30, Rogersville, reportedly stated that he “messed up” and “snapped” when he hit Messer in the face. Video surveillance shows Skeens and Messer exchange words.

“Skeens then goes over to the tables in the pod, removes his socks, and goes back towards Mr. Messer,” Young states in his report. “Messer had his back turned to Skeens when Skeens walked up behind him. Skeens struck him in the left facial area, knocking him to the ground.”

Messer, 22, is listed as a homeless Rogersville resident. Young said that as a result of the attack. Messer suffered fractures to his facial bones and will require surgery to repair damage to his left eye.

Skeens was charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years. He is currently awaiting a June 11 Criminal Court hearing on a probation violation from an escape conviction.

Suspect leaves behind blood, wallet, IDs

Timmy Allen Jones, 56, 1567 Grassy Creek Road, Rogersville, was arrested on May 23 and charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of vandalism after HCSO deputies reportedly found blood, a wallet and his ID cards at one of two residences that had been burgled on Holston View Road.

Jones was located by police bleeding at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Goshen Valley Road.

At the time, a suspect was being sought for burglary and vandalism at two homes in the 300 and 400 blocks of Holston View Road. A list of damaged and missing items was being compiled at the time the report was being completed.

Road rage witnessed by children

Austin Shane Jones, 26, 354 Payne Ridge Road, Church Hill, was arrested on May 27 and charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and simple assault after he was allegedly observed by Mount Carmel Police Department Officer Kenneth Light strike another man in a pickup on Main Street in Mount Carmel.

Light stated in his report that he separated the two males, after which Jones admitted that the incident was a road rage issue. The victim stated Jones was driving recklessly and swerving, and when he attempted to pass Jones, Jones sped up and slammed on his brakes, causing the victim to collide with the rear of Jones’ vehicle.

Jones then allegedly exited his vehicle, opened the victim’s door, and struck him several times. At the time of the incident, Jones had his girlfriend and two small children in his vehicle.

LSD seized during traffic stop

Jonas Churchwell, 19, 411 Mullins St., Kingsport, was arrested on May 27 and charged with possession of Schedule I narcotics (LSD) and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on West Stone Drive for a broken taillight by Deputy Dustin Winter.

The driver, Alex Calliham, was found to have a suspended driver’s license. Upon searching Churchwell’s backpack, Winter allegedly found a strip of thin paper with the Pink Panther cartoon character on it that was wrapped in tinfoil.

Winter stated in his report that the investigation revealed that the paper was LSD, and a plastic container was located in the vehicle with empty baggies and more tinfoil.

Armed and speeding in a stolen car

Charles James Allen Clark, 54, 145 Blackberry Lane, Rogersville, was arrested on May 26 on multiple charges including possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of a gun, and driving on a suspended license as a result of a traffic stop on a speeding 2003 Subaru Impreza that had been reported stolen in Kingsport.

Clark initially denied that he was armed, but when Deputy Isaac Hutchins observed him wearing an empty holster, Clark admitted there was a .22-caliber handgun between the front seats.

Hutchins stated in his report that the passenger told him that Clark knew the red Subaru was stolen and they were painting it black.

Ex-girlfriend charged with vandalism

Kristy Lynn Greer, 35, 331 Housewright Hollow Road, Surgoinsville, was arrested on May 26 and charged with aggravated burglary and felony vandalism after she allegedly broke into her ex-boyfriend’s home on Stanley Valley Road.

The victim stated that she hit him in the head with a computer keyboard while he was asleep in bed, then screamed and yelled at him. Greer then allegedly went outside and broke his front door and bedroom windows, as well as all the windows in his vehicle, causing $3,000 in damage.

Greer was arrested at her place of employment, where she reportedly denied hitting her ex-boyfriend with the keyboard, but admitted to breaking the windows.

DUI suspect allegedly drank almost a fifth

Brittany Nicole Smith, 28, 424 Carters Valley Road, Rogersville, was arrested on May 25 and charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a revoked license, and failure to exercise due care after a witness reported to Deputy Kevin Johnson that a vehicle had run into a ditch.

Johnson then reportedly located Smith’s vehicle with two flat tires and other damage parked in a driveway on Lone Oak Road. Smith, who was seated behind the wheel, allegedly admitted running off the road and “hitting a couple of fences, ran into an embankment, hitting a rock, and also admitted to hitting a street sign.”

Smith reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests and admitted to drinking almost a “fifth of liquor” by herself that day.

Meth and brass knuckles 

Joseph Matthew Jordan Larkins, 32, 1552 Haynes Drive, Kingsport, was arrested on May 27 on charges including possession of meth, possession of a prohibited weapon, and driving on revoked fifth offense following a seatbelt traffic stop on Carters Valley Road.

Deputy Hunter Jones stated in his report that Larkins wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, and a computer check revealed his driver’s license to be revoked out of Virginia.

Larkins was allegedly found to have brass knuckles and a baggy containing three grams of meth in his pocket. 

License plate altered with marker

Sherry Denise Taylor, 48, Gate City, was arrested on May 27 and charged with meth possession, introduction of meth into the jail, and driving on a revoked license as a result of a traffic stop triggered by littering.

Deputy Dustin Winter allegedly located syringes and empty baggies in the vehicle, as well as a year sticker on the license plate that had been altered with a marker.

Taylor was initially arrested for driving on a revoked license, but upon her arrival at the jail was allegedly found to be in possession of a baggy in her bra containing 0.2 grams of meth.

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