On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Lt. Jim Macormic was invited to speak to the Noon Kiwanis Club concerning emergency preparedness.
Lt. Macormic is the emergency management director for the City of Rolla and is tasked with briefing appropriate officials and new employees on their roles in emergency management, coordinating all emergency management activities and making decisions on routine day-to-day matters pertaining to emergency management.
He also advises elected officials on courses of action available for major decisions, ensures proper functioning and staffing of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and coordinates EOC operations during an emergency.
In addition, if necessary he prepares an emergency proclamation of a state of emergency when/if appropriate, and acts as liaison with other local, state and federal emergency management agencies.
On Aug. 19, Circuit Judge William Hickle sentenced Jerry “Junior” Birdsong to serve four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for two counts of resisting arrest. The four-year sentences were ordered to be served consecutively to a four-year sentence for driving while intoxicated executed last week by Circuit Judge Gregory Warren.
The cases were prosecuted by Phelps County Assistant Prosecutor Brendon Fox.
Birdsong had previously pled guilty to the class D felony of driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender for an incident occurring on April 9, 2012. That case was investigated by Phelps County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mitch Wofford and Cpl. Paul Lambert.
“The sheriff’s department did an excellent job in (its) investigation of Jerry Birdsong’s third DWI. We were able to get the maximum sentence allowable by law and continue to strive to protect the community from repeat DWI offenders,” said Fox.
Birdsong also pled guilty to two counts of resisting arrest for incidents occurring on July 19, 2012, and May 13, 2013. Those cases were investigated by Spo. Leann Robertson and Cpl. Adam Meyer of the Rolla Police Department, respectively.
“Robertson and Meyer both had highly charged situations with Mr. Birdsong that they were able to resolve without anyone getting hurt, including Mr. Birdsong. They did a great job,” said Fox.
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said, “Over the last year, I have had a number of residents from Mr. Birdsong’s neighborhood call to complain that he was a menace and terrorizing our community. I am pleased with the hard work of PCSD, RPD and my office in working together to make the streets safer by sending Jerry Birdsong to prison.”
I wanted to mention that in September 2013, the Rolla Police Department will begin our Citizens Police Academy. The purpose of the Citizens Police Academy is to bridge the gaps between the police department and the people it serves.
The Citizens Police Academy is intended not only to remedy some of the misunderstandings, but also to allow private citizens to experience some of the training and situations normally known to only those individuals of the law enforcement profession.
Page 2 of 2 - The academy is an eight-week program, meeting once a week on Wednesday nights for three hours.
Citizens that are interested in the program may obtain an application at the Rolla Police Department (1007 N. Elm St.) or by contacting a Rolla police officer.
Applications for this session need to be returned by Aug. 31, 2012. If you have any further questions, contact Lt. Doug James/702 at 308-1213.
I would like to congratulate all those members of the Rolla police family who are celebrating August hiring dates.
They are as follows: Cpl. Adam Meyer with eight years of service, Sgt. Tim Mayfield with four years of service, VIPS Don Reed with four years of service, VIPS Joyce Heidecke with three years of service, Telecommunicator Crystal Allen with one year of service, crossing guard Duane Nevells with one year of service, and VIPS Russ Schmidt with one year of service. Congratulations to all and thank you for all you do!
In closing, I would like to thank all of you for your consideration and patience while driving in traffic during our first days of the new school year. Our officers and VIPS volunteers were assigned to patrol and assist with traffic control around all of the area schools this past week.
There were no incidents reported and even with the new construction at Rolla High School, traffic flowed smoothly. Please continue to exercise caution in these areas and remember to show consideration at crosswalks and intersections as students travel to and from school.