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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: 11 fireworks-related complaints during holiday

  • Drug watch: On Monday, July 8, officers conducted a traffic stop which led to the seizure of illegally possessed prescription narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia.
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  • Drug watch: On Monday, July 8, officers conducted a traffic stop which led to the seizure of illegally possessed prescription narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia.
    Following the stop, a search of a house unrelated to the original investigation revealed more illegal narcotics. Following up on leads obtained from the two investigations, officers were able to identify and begin additional cases with arrests to follow.
    Reports from the patrol division indicate a somewhat safe and relatively incident free Fourth of July holiday weekend. I checked our stats and we only responded to 11 fireworks-related complaints during the holiday timeframe and fortunately none of the calls resulted in injury. This is quite impressive considering the popularity of backyard fireworks displays.
    As usual the Rolla Lions Club offered an amazing fireworks display Thursday, July 4, and then again Saturday, July 6. Patrons of the fireworks display and the Lions Club Carnival were very patient each evening during the brief traffic congestion as spectators left the park area.
    We owe the safe weekend to the community who used caution and common sense and provided supervision to those discharging fireworks. We hope you had a safe and fun-filled weekend.
    On Tuesday, July 8, the Rolla Police Department teamed up with Special Olympics-Missouri to host the first Tip-a-Cop event at Colton's Steakhouse in Rolla. Rolla police officers and VIPS volunteers assisted Colton's staff with dinner service for their patrons.
    Any tips collected were donated to our Special Olympic athletes in an effort to allow them to continue with this wonderful program. All in all the night was a success as over $1,100 was raised in the five-hour event.
    This was a law enforcement torch run event and our coordinator, Sgt. Vince Giacolone, writes: "The Rolla Police Department and Special Olympics Missouri would like to thank everyone who supported last week's Tip-A-Cop held at Colton's in Rolla; the event was a huge success! With your help we were able to raise $1,150 in tips! Every penny will be used to help our Special Olympics athletes throughout the state of Missouri. Thanks again for your generous support."
    This next entry is a letter from Emily, of the Life Crisis Services office in St. Louis. Emily writes: "I would like to express my gratitude to your department for the excellent handling of a recent caller that contacted our hotline, Lifeline. We contacted you on July 1, 2013, regarding a caller, Daniel, who reported that he took pills as a suicide attempt. Your officers responded quickly and were able to go to the man's house, but although unfortunately, he was not home. They also called Daniel and spoke with him. Your dispatcher Alicia did a great job of keeping us updated on the progress of the wellness check. Please know that we truly appreciate your hard work and your dedication to our callers and hotline."
    Page 2 of 2 - In closing, I would like to congratulate all those members of the Rolla police family who are celebrating July hiring dates.
    They are as follows: Sgt. Jeremy Martens, with 17 years of service, Lt. Rick Williams, with 13 years of service, Sgt. Will Loughridge, with 10 years of service, Detective Robert Jones, with nine years of service, Senior Telecommunicator Tony Craft, with eight years of service, Senior Telecommunicator Amanda Jones with five years of service, Patrol Officer Chris Giacolone, with two years of service and Telecommunicator Keri Lloyd, with two years of service.
    Congratulations to all and thank you for all you do!
    Have a great week!
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