CHURCH HILL - From a man who said he was being chased by demons to another who was “swearing profusely,” the Church Hill Police Department has been kept busy with apparent “bath salts” users. Bath salts is the informal “street name” for a family of designer drugs which have effects similar to amphetamine and cocaine. On August 9, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Assistant Chief Roddy Miller reportedly responded to a call on West Main Boulevard to “Be On the Look Out” for a white male running west “carrying a large two by four stick and beating on people’s doors and wanting to go inside their homes.” Miller was on West Main and observed a man cross the street and he followed him onto the porch of a residence. “The subject was carrying a large stick and was barefooted and out of breath,” with the officer identifying the man as Seth Edward Rimer, 25, 2121 Clinch Valley Road, Rogersville. “Mr. Rimer stated that he was running from the demons that were trying to poison him at Apartment 115 of Jaycees Apartments,” Miller’s report states. According to Miller, Rimer appeared to be under the influence of “bath salts” and reportedly later admitted that he “thought that was what he took” while staying at the apartment. “Mr. Rimer was leaning against a porch that was about six to eight feet off the ground. Mr. Rimer fell off the porch and landed on his head. Church Hill EMS was called to the scene and transported Mr. Rimer to Wellmont Hospital where he was admitted overnight,” Miller reported. A computer check found Rimer was wanted for failure to appear in Hawkins County. When released from the hospital, on August 11, Rimer was charged with public intoxication and failure to appear. In another case, CHPD Sgt. Chad Mosley responded to a call on North Central Avenue on August 11 concerning a female being chased by a male driving a blue Chevrolet S-10 towards Jaycee Park. Mosley reported he found the truck parked along North Central Avenue and the driver, identified as Steven Collins, walking toward the creek. Collins said he was arguing with his girlfriend, identified as Latisha Roberson, who took off running. The officer reported he found a female in an overgrown area “standing in the creek.” “I talked Roberson out of the creek in an attempt to find out what was going on. Roberson said she was trying to get away from Collins, but stated that he did nothing to her. I observed needle tracks on Roberson’s arms and neck. She admitted to me that she had shot Subutex in her neck recently,” Mosley reported. Based on previous experience, it appeared that Roberson was under the influence of “bath salts” or other hallucinogenic drugs, the officer noted. Mosley reported he tried to locate someone who “would assume custody and responsibility of Roberson, but was unable to do so.” Latisha Roberson, 20, 3604 Watterson Street #11, Church Hill, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication. Church Hill Public Safety Officer Brian Boggs reported on August 11, at approximately 3 p.m., he came into contact with a Steven Willard Collins, 26, 1000 University Boulevard Apartment B-9, Kingsport. Collins was reportedly in the middle of the parking lot of Jaycee's Apartments at 110 Pridemore Street in Church Hill City Limits. The man had reportedly been in two previous altercations at the apartment complex and Boggs noted he had “personally told Collins not to be back on the property.” “When I made contact with Collins, he was very belligerent, sweating very profusely, and could not sit still or maintain a conversation. Based on my experience I believe he was under intoxication of a bath salt or hallucinogenic type drug,” Boggs reported. The man reportedly consented to a search of his vehicle. “This revealed a hypodermic needle lying in the door panel on driver's side. There was a cut straw with white residue inside, lying in the dash board along with two small baggies of a white crystallized substance,” the officer reported. Collins was placed under arrest for public intoxication, criminal trespass, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Boggs also noted Collins was not charged for the contents of the small baggies. “These items are being sent to the T.B.I. Crime Lab for identification to see if further charges are necessary,” the officer explained in his report of the incident.
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