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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Remember safety this Halloween

  • The patrol division will have an increased presence in our neighborhoods in an effort to keep our trick-or-treaters safe.
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  • Drug Watch: Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger announces that on Oct. 17, Wilbert Robinson, 22, had his probation revoked after a hearing before Senior Judge John D. Wiggins.
    At the hearing, Assistant Prosecutor Brendon Fox put on evidence that Robinson had committed a new robbery and tried to intimidate the victim from testifying against him.
    "The victim did the best she could considering she was in fear for her family. Officer Jessie Hoyt from the Rolla Police Department did a great job investigating the robbery and ensuring we had enough evidence to send Wilbert Robinson to prison for a long time," said Fox.
    After the hearing Judge Wiggins imposed a sentence of 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
    As the month of October quickly draws to an end, we begin to welcome cooler temperatures, fall colors and of course, Halloween.
    Once again, the Rolla Downtown Business Association will host the annual "Have a Safe Trick or Treat Night" from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in downtown Rolla.
    Central Federal Savings and Loan will sponsor its "Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest" on their parking lot to benefit the Phelps County Animal Welfare League. Christ Episcopal Church will have its hot dog and beverage giveaway on its parking lot. Drama Force will have performances on the John's Firestone Parking lot.
    Sunny 104.5 will have a booth on the Phelps County Bank parking lot, along with the Central Missouri Trikers Association and the Barnhardt Dental Clinic. Come out and enjoy Halloween in downtown Rolla.
    With all of these events taking place in the downtown area, pedestrian traffic will be congested, to say the least. Please use caution if you must drive through the downtown area and pay special attention at the intersection of Sixth and Pine streets where pedestrians are crossing Pine Street.
    There will be traffic cones in place and we will have several police officers, reserve officers and Explorer cadets patrolling the downtown area. In addition the patrol division will have an increased presence in our neighborhoods in an effort to keep our trick-or-treaters safe.
    I am proud to announce that the City of Rolla has reposed special trust and confidence in the knowledge, courage, integrity and professional excellence of SPO Jason Copeland.
    In view of these qualities and his demonstrated leadership potential and dedicated service to the Rolla Police Department, he is therefore promoted from the rank of senior patrol officer to corporal. Promotion and date of rank are effective Oct. 27, 2013.
    Jason began his law enforcement career with the Rolla Police Department in May of 2006 when he was hired as a patrol officer. Jason was promoted to senior patrol officer in May of 2008 and has served as a field training officer, a SWAT team member and also serves as one of our firearms instructors.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jason will be assigned as assistant shift supervisor under Sgt. Ken Moberly. Congratulations, Jason!
    This next entry is from the desk of Detective Sgt. Ken Nakanishi who writes: "Law enforcement paid a visit to the kindergarten classes at Mark Twain Elementary this past week. When asked what a police officer does, the first response always seemed to be to put people in jail. We hope that these visits will help change that.
    "I would like to thank Sgt. Childers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Deputy French of the Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Lt. Kilgore of the Missouri S&T Police Department, and PTO Lahman of the Rolla Police Department for helping me with this PR program."
    This next entry is from the desk of Capt. Jason Smith and includes an entry from Phelps County Sheriff Rick Lisenbe.
    Jason writes: "For 21 years the Cops Care program has provided Christmas gifts for less fortunate children in our community. Without this program, these children may not receive anything during this glorious time of year. Throughout the year the program has relied on the generous citizens of Phelps County to make this part of Christmas a reality for our local children in need.
    "For the past few years donations have been on a slow decline. With the economy the way it is, this year will be much more difficult to reach our goal of taking 100 area children Christmas shopping for themselves.
    "Sponsoring one child with a $75 donation would help us accomplish making this Christmas a joyous time of year in the eyes of many less fortunate children. In fact, any donation would help us reach our goal.
    "If you're not familiar with the Cops Care program, law enforcement officers, dispatchers, jail staff, office personnel and their families show up at our local Walmart on a scheduled Saturday in December to shop with the children referred to this program.
    "If you would like to make a donation of any amount please mail a check payable to Cops Care at: Phelps County Sheriff's Department, 500 W. Second St., Rolla, MO 65401. Please help us make this wonderful program possible. Unlike some other programs, there is no overhead, no operating costs and no employees to take away from these donations. One hundred percent of them go to the children right here in Phelps County.
    "Each year Rolla Police Officers and other area law enforcement agencies/officers participate in this program which is administered by the Phelps County Sheriff's Department. Please consider helping us out with this very worthwhile cause."
    Have a great week!

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