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Carter County man accused of threatening grandson with knife over lack of yard work

November 2nd, 2011 2:22 pm by John Thompson

Carter County man accused of threatening grandson with knife over lack of yard work

ELIZABETHTON — A man was arrested Tuesday on a charge he threatened his grandson with a pocket knife.
Rick J. Metcalf, 49, 441 Cedar Grove Road, Johnson City, came to the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and turned himself in on the charge of aggravated assault. He is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on Dec. 12.
The charge stems from an incident that occurred last week. Lt. Penny Cornett of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said family members told her Metcalf came home intoxicated and went to his grandson’s room, where he allegedly began cursing him about not mowing the lawn and raking the leaves.
Metcalf allegedly began poking his finger in his grandson’s chest, and when Metcalf’s wife told him to stop, he poked him in the face with his fingers. When Mrs. Metcalf told her husband she was calling the police, she said, he pulled out a pocket knife and told her he had 10 minutes before the police arrived and he would “use it wisely.”

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