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Hawkins Police Blotter: Burglars take $8K worth of items from deceased woman's home

Jeff Bobo • May 9, 2020 at 6:15 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Mount Carmel woman reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office last week that the home of her deceased mother had been burgled and items valued at $8,250 were stolen.

The daughter told the HCSO on May 2 that she and her sister went to the residence in the 700 block of Big Elm Road in the unincorporated area north of Allandale, where she noticed items had been “gone through” and the doors leading to the basement had been damaged.

She told the HCSO that several items were missing. Among them were $5,000 worth of jewelry, a pre-Civil War muzzleloader worth $1,000, a guitar worth $1,000, as well as three jewelry boxes, a clock, cast iron banks, a quilt, and a hammer.

The value of the two damaged doors was listed at $800.

Farm equipment stolen in Surgoinsville

A Kingsport man reported on May 1 that several items of farm equipment valued at $13,800 had been stolen from his property in the 100 block of Byington Road in Surgoinsville. 

Among the items were a Model 2000 Ford tractor valued at $7,000, a Dually Wheel 258 New Holland hay rake valued at $5,000, a cattle trailer valued at $1,000, and a hay baler valued at $800.

The man stated there are only two gates to his property, and both are double locked. He told the HCSO only he and a neighbor have the keys, and he didn’t know when the items were stolen.

Elderly woman faces drug trafficking charge

Rachella Hodge, 75, 411 Birdie Drive, Rogersville, was arrested on April 27 and charged with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold after an HCSO search warrant was executed at her residence.

Detective Gary Lawson stated in his report that several drug buys had been made from the residence. One baggy containing an unspecified amount of “green plant like material” was located inside the home, Lawson added. 

Hodge was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, and a preliminary hearing is set for June 17.

Woman “kicked” rocks at moving pickup

Kimberly Christine Gilreath, 29, 2404 Stanley Valley Road, Surgoinsville, was arrested on May 5 and charged with vandalism over $1,000 and public intoxication after HCSO Deputy Stephanie Bolognese responded to a cracked windshield complaint on Highway 11-W.

The victim stated that around 12:30 a.m. someone walking along the highway in Surgoinsville threw rocks at his windshield, causing approximately $1,000 worth of damage. Bolognese later located Gilreath walking on 11-W near the Whispering Oaks intersection.

Gilreath reportedly stated, “I was just trying to get home. I didn’t throw rocks. I kicked them.” Bolgonese said Gilreath had a strong odor of alcohol, was unable to spell her middle name correctly in three attempts, and admitted to “drinking a beer.”

Run-in with fence leads to man’s arrest

Alfred Lee Boykin, 54, 1021 Hershy Drive, Whitesburg, was arrested May 5 and charged with failure to report an accident, driving on a revoked license, failure to exercise due care and no insurance.

HCSO Deputy Casey Carter met a Hamblen County deputy at Boykin’s residence on a report of a gray Hyundai that was believed to have struck a fence on Route 113 near Bulls Gap being located there.

Boykin reportedly stated he was driving home from work the previous night when he ran off the road, striking the fence, but he thought he didn’t have to report it because he was able to get his vehicle out of the field. His license was revoked for DUI in 2013, and he has three previous DOR convictions.

“Coughing” driver charged with marijuana possession

David Scott Banks, 50, 223 N. Hawkins St., Rogersville, was arrested on May 6 and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop that resulted after HCSO Deputy Dustin Winter observed Banks’ Nissan Sentra cross the center line twice.

Banks reportedly stated he crossed the center line because he was coughing. As Banks exited the vehicle, Winter allegedly observed a cut straw. 

Winters also located a tool bag in the back seat, where he allegedly found several baggies with a white powdery residue, a meth pipe, more cut cut straws with drug residue and 4.1 grams of marijuana.

Brass knuckles, syringes and Suboxone

Adreanna Brooke Bailey, 22, of Morristown, was arrested on May 6 and charged with possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prohibited weapon as a result of an early morning traffic stop on 11-W just west of Rogersville for speeding and lane violation.

Bailey was a passenger in the vehicle, and she was allegedly found in possession of a syringe and brass knuckles in her backpack, two pieces of Suboxone in her wallet, and a syringe in her pants.

A meth pipe was allegedly found under the seat of the driver, Joseph Harris, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. 

Cache of drug paraphernalia

Ella Kate Thacker, 54, 611 Butchers Valley Road, Rogersville, was arrested on May 4 and charged with driving on a revoked license, no insurance, and possession of drug paraphernalia after a clerk at the Minors Market #2 on South Central Avenue in Church Hill requested a welfare check on a person seated in a running vehicle in the parking lot.

Thacker, who reportedly has multiple aliases, has a revoked license since 1990 as a result of a DUI arrest under a previous married name.

Deputies searched her purse and allegedly located two syringes, three glass pipes, two snorting straws, a small baggy with powder residue, a small vial with clear liquid residue, Q-tips, a pill grinder, electric scales and two blue torches.

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