Hawkins Police Blotter: Man arrested while retrieving pot from hiding spot after wreck

Jeff Bobo • Jan 10, 2020 at 9:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Surgoinsville man was charged with simple possession of marijuana on Jan. 4 after Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Hunter Newton allegedly observed him remove marijuana from a hiding place in his pickup following a minor accident.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. that day, Newton responded to a crash involving a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Joseph Matthew Arnold, 38, of Surgoinsville, who reportedly stated he had lost control and hit a tree.

Newton gave Arnold a ride to his home, where a tow truck had taken the pickup so that Arnold could remove his property before the vehicle was towed to the shop.

“I noticed him reach under the frame of the truck to get something,” Newton stated in his report. “I noticed him pull out a bag and I walked around the truck and found him holding a cellophane bag with a green leafy substance in it believed to be marijuana.”

On Jan. 6, Arnold pleaded guilty to simple possession in Hawkins County Sessions Court and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days probation, 96 hours of community service, and $1,126 in fines and fees.

Trouble changing a flat tire

Jonathan Scott Petry, 31, of Rogersville, was charged with public intoxication in the early morning hours of Jan. 5 after HCSO Deputy Hunter Lamons stopped to assist him in changing a flat tire.

Lamons stated in his report that Petry was standing in the roadway, smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and kept sitting down because he was unsteady on his feet.

Petry reportedly admitted to drinking two beers at the Hale Springs Inn, but didn’t give a time when he drank them. He pleaded guilty to public intoxication on Jan. 6 and was ordered to pay $321 in fines and fees.

Boyfriend alleges back biting

Kaelyn Elizabeth Parker, 28, of Church Hill, was charged with domestic assault on Jan. 5 following an altercation with her boyfriend at the home they share on Carters Valley Road.

HCSO Deputy Billy Begley stated in his report that the boyfriend said he and Parker had been in an argument that evening. Apparently she exited the residence, and when she came back in she allegedly bit the boyfriend on his back.

Begley reported seeing two bite marks on the man’s back, and Parker allegedly admitted to biting him. She is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again on Feb. 4.

Meth-induced paranoia

On Jan. 3, HCSO Deputy Jesse Williams responded to a complaint of a possible aggravated assault on McNeil Circle in Mooresburg where a man was beating and kicking the front door.

Williams reportedly found Seth Aaron Franklin, 23, of Mooresburg, screaming on the front porch of a neighbor’s residence. Franklin told Williams he ran over to the neighbor’s home to get help because “he was trying to kill me.”

Williams stated in his report that Franklin appeared paranoid and couldn’t stand still. Upon returning with Franklin to his own apartment, Williams spoke to Franklin’s girlfriend who said Franklin had been using meth, was screaming and hitting the walls and needed help.

Franklin was arrested and charged with public intoxication. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 6 in Sessions Court and was ordered to pay $321 in fines and fees.

Bitten while breaking up dog attack

A Hawkins County woman who lives on Pinhook Road just south of Rogersville told HCSO Deputy Jesse Williams that on Jan. 7 her neighbors were walking their unleashed bull mastiff when it came into her yard and attacked her dog, which was on a chain.

She claimed that her neighbors didn’t try to retrieve the mastiff, and when her husband went outside to pull it off their dog, the mastiff bit his right hand and stomach.

Williams said he observed the injuries but when he attempted to make contact with the neighbors, no one came to the door.

Laundromat vending machine heist

The Rogersville Police Department responded to a burglary complaint at the Rub-A-Dub car wash and laundromat on East Main Street on Jan. 3 where an employee reported that the laundromat had been broke into overnight.

Upon entering the business, the suspect broke into the vending machine and took food, although a trash bag containing the stolen food was located inside the business. Outside the store, police found a plastic bag which contained women’s clothes, makeup a glass pipe and other food items.

Police were unable to retrieve video surveillance, and the employee asked that a report of the burglary be placed on file.

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