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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Drug watch, fireworks safety and more

  • Drug watch: Officers from the Rolla Police Department conducted several investigations June 24 into methamphetamine sales and distribution. Officers witnessed a meth transaction taking place on a parking lot and made three arrests for distribution and possession.
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  • Drug watch: Officers from the Rolla Police Department conducted several investigations June 24 into methamphetamine sales and distribution. Officers witnessed a meth transaction taking place on a parking lot and made three arrests for distribution and possession.
    Following up on the information obtained, a search warrant for a residence on Southbrook Drive was conducted. At the residence officers seized methamphetamine, marijuana, digital scales and other assorted narcotic-related paraphernalia. An additional arrest came from this location.
    While executing the search warrant on Southbrook, a mutual aid request from Pulaski County Sheriff's Office was received for Rolla's SWAT Team. Members of the team responded to Pulaski County, where they assisted in searching for a person wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
    The warrant for the individual was for possessing methamphetamine and fully automatic firearms. The suspect was apprehended that same night.
    On June 26, officers conducted several knock and talks in the area of White Columns Drive. Officers located items which are used to package and consume methamphetamine.
    While conducting the investigations a stabbing occurred on the 900 block of Lanning Lane and officers were requested to assist the Phelps County Sheriff's Department in locating and detaining the suspect.
    When officers arrived on scene the suspect was taken into custody without incident and the victim was provided medical treatment by paramedics.
    As you know, the country will be celebrating Independence Day next week, and the Rolla community will follow suit. Traditionally part of the celebration involves the use of fireworks over this period. If you and your family decide to take part in this activity, please use caution and a little bit of common sense.
    Parents should monitor all fireworks use and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions when discharging the product. Section 14-2 of the Rolla city code states that any individual or organization may discharge fireworks, without a permit, from July 1 to July 5 only! The discharge of fireworks during any other day of the year is prohibited.
    Please also remember that fireworks may not be discharged between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m., and no fireworks shall be discharged within 50 feet of any stand, booth or other location where fireworks are being sold. It is also unlawful for anyone to discharge fireworks in city parks any day throughout the year (Section 31-1, Rolla city code).
    Another Fourth of July tradition is the annual Lions Club Carnival. This carnival has become one of the premiere carnivals in the area and is attended each year by thousands of participants who enjoy the rides, games and, of course, the outstanding fireworks display that seems to get better each year.
    This year the 78th annual Rolla Lions Club Carnival will be held Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 6.
    Page 2 of 3 - The Rolla Police Department and City of Rolla Fire and Rescue will be on site with the Homeland Security Mobile Command Post that will be used to provide dispatch services in the event of an injury or mishap at the park. We will also have officers patrolling the site so if you need assistance or need to report unsafe activity, please contact them.
    And please remember that traffic congestion in the area is extremely high during the carnival and motorists need use caution when traveling in or near the Lions Club Park. Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department will be assisting us with traffic control.
    This next entry is from the desk of Sgt. Vince Giacolone, who coordinates our VIPS program and also our Law Enforcement Torch Run events.
    Vince writes: On Tuesday, July 9, Colton’s Steak House & Grill, located at 1675 N. Bishop, Rolla, will feature members of the Rolla Police Department serving as “wait staff” from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with 100 percent of their tips going to Special Olympics Missouri. Envelopes will be provided for your tips along with information about Special Olympics.
    Special Olympics Missouri and the Rolla Police Department invite you to come out to enjoy a hearty meal in a fun, family friendly atmosphere and help our amazing athletes here in south central Missouri through a tip for the fine services provided by these outstanding officers, who are volunteering during their off-duty time.
    Special Olympics Missouri’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with mental disabilities. For more information on the Tip-A-Cop or Special Olympics, contact Sgt. Vince Giacolone at 573-308-1213.
    We would also like to wish Vince a happy birthday.
    The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2012, 244 people were killed and 885 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.
    That’s why the Rolla Police Department will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving July 3-7.
    The Rolla Police Department will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols enforcing Missouri’s DWI laws and keeping impaired drivers off the road.
    Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of driver licenses or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
    “Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences,” stated Sgt. Tim Mayfield. “Our message is simple and unwavering: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
    Page 3 of 3 - For more information, please visit www.saveMOlives.com.
    On June 24, at 9:10 p.m. the Rolla Police Department was dispatched to a public property accident with injuries at the intersection of 10th Street and Forum Drive in Rolla.
    Vehicle 1 was a 2004 Hyundai Elantra owned and operated by Megan N. James, 22, of Rolla. Vehicle 2 was a 2006 Chevrolet Impala owned and operated by Marjorie M. Sterling, 83, of Rolla. Vehicle 1 was traveling northbound on Forum Drive toward 10th Street. Vehicle 2 was traveling southbound on Forum Drive toward 10th Street.
    The accident occurred when Vehicle 2 was making a left turn from Forum Drive onto 10th Street and was struck by Vehicle 1. Vehicle 1 had major front-end and front driver side damage and both air bags were deployed. Vehicle 2 had major front-end damage and the front air bag was deployed.
    Phelps County Ambulance transported two occupants to Phelps County Regional Medical Center due to injuries sustained in the accident. The front seat passenger of Vehicle 1 had a laceration to the right side of her head, was treated and later released.
    The driver of Vehicle 2, Marjorie M. Sterling, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Sterling’s next of kin was notified.
    The Rolla Police Department was assisted by the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, Phelps County Ambulance, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Phelps County Coroner’s Office. An accident investigation into this fatality accident is ongoing by the Rolla Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    In closing, we would like to congratulate Telecommunicator Tom Grisham on his graduation from the academy and successful certification to become a police officer. Great job, Tom!
    Have a great week!
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