I thought some of you might be interested in a few of these reports and notes from http://www.norrisnews.net/city-hall.html.
Norris Police Reports
Word To The Wise:
- * Theft of a TVA truck (it was recovered in town) and a break-in at a TVA building, both over the July 4 weekend.
- * Removal of a mailbox shaped like a fish lure from a property in the 90 block Reservoir Road on July 2.
- July 6, 9:01 p.m.: Lewd behavior. Norris police checked a parking area off Powerhouse Road after receiving a report of a couple having intimate relations in a small black convertible there. The vehicle was not found.
- July 4, 7:12 p.m.: Disabled car. A silver sedan was reported broken down and partly blocking the road on Norris Freeway near Island Home Baptist Church. Police found that the owner was moving the car into the church lot and had called AAA to tow it.
- July 1, 7:42 p.m.: Suspicious person. A man told police that a suspicious man in a black Michigan car was parked at the end of the Songbird Trail; police checked the man and found no issues.
Recent Weekly Summaries
- an off-duty ranger at Norris Dam State Park reported hearing a crash while he was walking his dog the night of June 22 (a black Chevy pickup had a hit a tree; police directed traffic while the Tennessee Highway Patrol had the roadway cleared).
- * A possibly rabid coyote, staggering and foaming at the mouth, was reported June 14 near Rice Grist Mill in Norris Municipal Watershed (it was gone when police arrived).
- * At 2 a.m. June 14, police found a door forced open at the Crosby Threshing Barn in Norris Dam State Park. The barn and the nearby Rice Grist Mill and Lenoir Museum appeared secure but the door was damaged; a park ranger took a report.
- June 8 below Norris Dam, where a 54-year-old man had fallen on rocks along the river and broken his arm (he was carried up the steep slope to an ambulance and taken to Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville).
- a couple was reported at 9:08 p.m. June 9 being intimate in a public area at the Norris Dam visitor center (when an officer arrived they had left);
- * On June 4 at 12:30 p.m., a woman flagged down a Norris officer at Powerhouse Road and Norris Freeway, saying she had been running on the Songbird Trail when she noticed a man near the canoe launch staring at her. He asked if he could run with her, she said; she told him no, but he tried to run with her anyway. Frightened, she ran as fast as she could to her car. Police did not find the man; extra patrols were ordered for the area.
- A half-grown Angus steer (or a big black Angus bull, as some startled residents described him) led police a merry chase through Norris neighborhoods on Sunday, May 22, his progress marked by a cacophony of barking dogs.
The bovine was first reported at 11 a.m. in the roadway in the 130 block Oak Road; several more callers, including this reporter on West Norris Road, told police they had seen the beast before he turned up at 11:40, blocking the highway at Norris Freeway and the TVA Weir Dam. An officer chased him off the road, the creature ran into the woods and at 12:21 p.m. appeared in a yard in the 50 block Hickory Trail before running back into the trees once more.
Chief Danny Humphrey estimated the size of the steer at 500 or 600 pounds, saying, “There are bears bigger than he was.” Humphrey tried again Monday, May 23, to capture the steer near Island Home Baptist Church, but he ran west toward Hillvale Road, out of the city limits. The last Humphrey heard, he said, county officers were trying to corral the steer near the Museum of Appalachia and the NAGAF ball fields.
- on May 16, Norris police helped TVA police rescue a 9-year-old boy trapped on a rock ledge at the West Overlook of Norris Dam;
- Norris police assisted a Norris Dam State Park officer May 14 in checking on a 911 hangup call at the park campground (the park officer arrested a man for having an open beer container);
- man threatening suicide April 26 found holding a knife to his throat at the West Overlook of Norris Dam (captured without injury);