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Burglar in bib overalls uses bathroom and steals $80

Jeff Bobo • Jan 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man told police on Dec. 23 that a woman entered his home on South Holston Drive north of Allandale at 3 a.m., used the bathroom, and ran out the back door.

Later that day, the man discovered that $80 in cash his wife had placed on a small table in the living room was missing.

He told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office he was awakened by a noise, and upon investigating he observed an unknown woman with short, dirty blond hair exit his bathroom wearing camouflage bib overalls and a red sweater.

When he asked the woman what she was doing there, she reportedly stated she needed to use the bathroom and then ran out the back door. Neighbors reportedly recognized the woman’s description and thought she may live in nearby Ramey Town.

Dog abandoned on highway

A Rogersville woman told the HCSO that on Dec. 22 around 5 p.m. she noticed a truck near her home on Route 66-N and witnessed a white male put a black and brown dog out of the vehicle and drive off.

The woman was able to acquire the license plate number, which she provided to the HCSO, and a deputy visited the address on Route 70-N matching that tag number and found a black truck there.

The truck owner reportedly stated that he didn’t drop a dog off and he hadn’t left his home all day.

Seatbelt violation leads to drug bust

On Dec. 27, the HCSO conducted a traffic stop on Netherland Inn Road near River Watch Circle for a seatbelt violation in a vehicle containing four people.

Front passenger Trevor Coy Nelms, 30, of Mount Carmel, reportedly stated he didn’t wear a seatbelt because it was “messed up.”

A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed Nelms to be in possession of 0.4 grams of meth and a partial hydrocodone pill on the floorboard where he was seated, and he was charged with two counts of simple possession.

A passenger who initially gave a false name was identified as Jacob Pifer, who had a pending Sullivan County warrant. Due to a severely infected wound, Pifer was cited into Hawkins County Sessions Court for criminal impersonation and possession of drug paraphernalia and then taken to the hospital.

Another passenger, Kaylee Elaine Klutz, 20, of Church Hill, had a pending warrant in Hawkins County for failure to appear and voluntarily surrendered four hydrocodone pills. She was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics.

Suspect gives sister’s name

On Dec. 29, a suspicious van was located in a driveway on Hipshire Hollow Road near Church Hill, where the HCSO spoke with passenger Myra Caley Faust, 30, of Church Hill.

Faust allegedly gave police her sister’s name initially, stating after her real name was discovered that she thought she may have pending warrants. The deputy stated that Faust appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant, and she reportedly stated she had taken a “5-Hour Energy Drink.”

Upon searching the van, the HCSO allegedly found 0.5 grams of meth in a pink makeup box, and Faust was charged with criminal impersonation and possession of meth.

False name for man wanted by police

During a Dec. 28 traffic stop on Blevins Road near Rogersville, driver Regina Gwen Powers, 47, of Kinsport, claimed her passenger’s name was Troy Moore, although his identity was later revealed to be Joshua Luke Arnold, 36, of Kingsport, who was wanted in Hawkins County on probation violation warrants.

Arnold initially identified himself as Troy Moore as well, but after he and Powers were separated he admitted his real name to the HCSO and was charged with criminal impersonation.

Powers allegedly stuck to her claim that his name was Troy Moore, stating she first met him a couple of weeks earlier and thought he lived at the Salvation Army and was homeless.

The investigation revealed, however, that she and Arnold were in a seven-year relationship, live together in Allandale, and have a child together. Powers was charged with filing a false report.

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