I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, share a good meal and give thanks for the many blessings we are afforded here in the United States and in good ole Rolla, Missouri.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, share a good meal and give thanks for the many blessings we are afforded here in the United States and in good ole Rolla, Missouri.

Myself and members of the Rolla Police Department also hope that any visiting family members or friends had a safe journey back home and arrived without mishap. Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday are paid holidays for City of Rolla employees and most were be able to enjoy a 4-day weekend.

Here at the Rolla Police Department our Patrol and Communication Divisions are not as fortunate. For these officers and telecommunicators work goes on, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Yes, they will get the paid holiday, but usually sometime down the road when the schedule allows.

So keep these folks in mind while you are home with your families as they work and miss being with their families to keep you safe. We would like to thank the individuals, church groups, civic organizations and businesses who graciously stop by the Police Department and provide lunches, dinners, snacks and desserts to those employees working the holidays.

On Nov. 16, at approximately 10:10 a.m., Central Communications received a 911 medical call regarding a male  who was unresponsive and having difficulty breathing. Emergency personnel responded to the 200 block of East 12th Street and located the unresponsive subject.

The male was transported to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center and soon transferred to a hospital in St. Louis for further treatment. Preliminary information received indicated that the subject had sustained trauma to the head.

An investigation was initiated by the Rolla Police Department’s Division of Criminal Investigation into the cause of the injury. During the investigation, it was determined that the male had fallen and struck his head while in an intoxicated state on the night of November 15, 2012. Sadly on November 20, 2012 he passed away as a result of his injuries.

The male was identified as Andrew Menner age 23, of Ellisville. Mr. Menner was residing in Rolla, while attending the Missouri University of Science and Technology where he was a Senior in the Civil Engineering program. The next of kin has been notified. At this time the death is believed to have been accidental in nature.

If you have additional information pertaining to this case please call DET Derrick Dillon at the Rolla Police Department at (573) 308-1213 or the Rolla Police Department’s confidential tip hotline at (573) 364-0111.

This Saturday, Dec. 1, the Downtown Business Association and Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Christmas Parade scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The parade route will be manned by our officers from the patrol division and also members of Volunteers in Police Services and our reserve unit.

Officers will be on site to ensure safety of both the spectators and parade participants. We ask that parents be sure to keep children back away from the passing parade units to avoid a mishap. We also ask parade participants to keep to the center of the parade route and to be sure to follow city ordinance and refrain from throwing any objects from moving parade vehicles. Items may be handed out by participants walking along the parade route. We urge motorists to use caution when approaching or leaving the parade route and to be sure to watch for pedestrian traffic near the area.

The parade route will start at Sixth and Rolla Streets, travel east on Sixth to Pine, then north on Pine to 12th Street. The parade participants will then begin dispersing along Rolla Street.

This year the Rolla Police Department will be entering a float in the parade for the first time. We will have drug awareness banners on the float, and will also include a theme common to law enforcement…. yes, donuts! One of our banners will entice you to “Do Donuts not Drugs.” We will have our very own donut chef who will be doing his best to keep his prized donuts from falling into the hands of the insatiable “Keystone Cops” who will be in close pursuit of the float in a classic black and white patrol car.

We will also feature special guests on the float such as Elvis, a dancing Christmas tree and Korean pop artist PSY of the Gangnam Style fame. You never know but if you watch closely you just might see the RPD Donut Dance. We also have give-aways and some great music.

In closing, I would like to remind you that the holiday season is upon us and even though it is a time for joy and happiness it is also a time where we see an increase in home invasions, thefts from vehicles and credit card fraud. This time of year predators come out in force hoping to catch you leaving your homes and cars unsecured, purses and wallets unattended and not using caution when using credit or debit cards.

During the holidays many families leave home to visit family and friends and leave their homes unattended. If you plan to leave for the holidays, remember to secure all doors and windows, stop newspaper and mail delivery and use timers on lights and other electronics to ward off burglars. If you have an alarm system, be sure to arm it as you leave. Contact a trusted neighbor or family member to watch your residence while you are gone. Contact the Rolla Police Department and set up a vacation security check which will allow us to check your residence periodically while you are away.

Also remember to lock your vehicles, especially while shopping. Do not leave tempting items in plain view inside your vehicles. If you must leave items inside, cover them or place them in the trunk. Try to park your vehicle in lighted areas and if shopping at night, try to shop with a buddy. Remember there is safety in numbers. And finally, if you are a victim of a crime, be sure to report it to us as soon as possible. If we do not know that it occurred, we cannot help.