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Altar brawl: Man tussles with police at Kingsport church

October 6th, 2011 3:35 pm by Rain Smith

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man has been arrested after allegedly visiting a Wednesday night church service with pill bottle in hand, disrupting the congregation then resisting responding officers.

A police report says the suspect entered Powerful New Life Church of God, 1300 Riverside Ave., at approximately 9 p.m. His alleged belligerent and disruptive actions prompted a call from the congregation to police, who arrived to find him exiting the church.

The reporting Kingsport officer notes recognizing the suspect, Willie D. Johnson, 43, of 1233 Riverside Drive, "from past instances." The report says Johnson immediately became uncooperative, would not listen to police commands and was, "almost to the point of screaming."

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