Hawkins Police Blotter: SWAT, tear gas needed to arrest barricaded man

Jeff Bobo • Jan 20, 2020 at 3:15 PM

CHURCH HILL — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office in attempting to serve a failure to appear warrant Tuesday afternoon on Clifton Wallace Blair Jr. reportedly deployed the Tactical (SWAT) Unit and tear gas to arrest Blair after he refused to come out.

Blair, 62, 119 Chestnut Street Lot 6, Church Hill, was wanted for failure to appear in Sessions Court on theft and drug paraphernalia charges. When officers initially arrived, they identified themselves and reportedly observed Blair close a window.

Cpl. Mark Harrell reportedly attempted to enter the residence through an open back door, but when he arrived at the door, it was pulled shut from the inside.

The tear gas didn’t persuade Blair to surrender, so the Tactical Team forced entry into the residence and found the doors to be barricaded with items from inside the house. The back door was tied shut with a rope.

Blair was reportedly found hiding in a makeshift closet behind the water heater and was charged with resisting arrest.

On Wednesday, Blair pleaded guilty in Sessions Court to resisting arrest and the original theft charge. The paraphernalia charge was dismissed. All told, he was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation and a total of $784 in fines and fees.

Mom says teen was conned in dating scam

A Bulls Gap woman told the HCSO that her 17-year-old son had been scammed out of $400 by a person identifying herself as “Katie Salome,” whom he met on an Internet dating site.

The boy stated they also communicated on Snap Chat, and he was under the impression that they were dating online. “Katie” reportedly asked for money to buy food, and he sent her $25 on Dec. 1. There were several other payments of $55 each through PayPal and his account at the TVA Credit Union.

His mother was advised by the HCSO to access his account to find the exact dates and times of the transactions. The mother turned in the boy’s cell phone to the HCSO as evidence.

Baggy found in a soda can

Dallas Lee Collins, 38, Treadway, was charged with tampering with evidence, drug possession, driving on revoked third offense, and registration violation on Jan. 11 after HCSO Deputy Hunter Lamons stopped the black Chevy Impala he was driving on Main Street in Rogersville because the tag one the vehicle came back to a white Nissan Xterra.

Lamons reportedly found a small, clear baggy inside a soda can Collins had been drinking from during the traffic stop. Collins reportedly stated he didn’t know the baggy was in the can. Collins was also allegedly found in possession of 13 Gabapentin pills in the glove box.

At the time of his arrest, Collins was free on $10,000 bond from charges of kidnapping and assault dating back to an incident that occurred in October.

As of Friday, Collins remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending an appearance in Sessions Court set for Jan. 27.

Aerosol can explodes in trash fire

On Jan. 10 shortly before 11 p.m., HCSO Deputy Kyle Shivey responded to a report of a possible explosion at 125 Fiddler Lane, where he spotted a large fire in the yard that appeared to contain garbage and furniture. There was also a small campfire beside the large fire.

Shively said both fires were in the woods with gusting winds and about 50 feet from a house.

A 53-year-old male identified as Johnny Reece Smith was located sleeping in the house. Reece reportedly stated that he caused the loud explosion when he threw aerosol cans and some type of plant soil into the fire.

Reece further stated that he fell and injured himself when the explosion occurred, and he was transported to the Holston Valley Medical Center. The Surgoinsville Fire Department responded to extinguish the fires. No citations were issued.

Technology Center light heist

Jeff Cheek, who is welding instructor at the Phipps Bend campus of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, reported to the HCSO Wednesday that someone came onto school property and took 50 fluorescent light fixtures valued at $2,000, as well as scrap metal used for practicing welding valued at $500.

A hunting camera reportedly captured an image of the suspect Wednesday around 3:15 a.m.

The suspect is a white male who was wearing a brown coat, hat and had a beard. The HCSO was going to try to obtain Phipps Bend video surveillance to try to get a photo of the suspect’s vehicle.

Seeing people who weren’t there

Judy Lynn Gregg, 41, Mooresburg, was charged with public intoxication Thursday morning after the HCSO responded to Holly Road in Mooresburg shortly after 4 a.m. to a report of a woman standing in the roadway, acting erraticly and yelling at vehicles.

When Deputy Hunter Lamons arrived, he reportedly observed Gregg standing at the end of her driveway covered in mud. She reportedly pointed to an empty field and said, “There’s a guy over there. Keep watching and he’ll pop up over the hill.” She also reportedly said there were people in the woods behind her house throwing things at it, trying to break in and bothering her all night.

Lamons said Gregg appeared to be under the influence and claimed to be seeing people who weren’t there. Gregg was released from jail Thursday on $321 bond.













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