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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Drug watch, stuffed animals and a quick-thinking bus driver

  • Drug watch: On Wednesday, Nov. 6, officers from the street crimes unit observed what appeared to be a narcotics transaction taking place on a public parking lot. Acting on this observation, an officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the two individuals.
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  • Drug watch: On Wednesday, Nov. 6, officers from the street crimes unit observed what appeared to be a narcotics transaction taking place on a public parking lot. Acting on this observation, an officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the two individuals.
    During the brief verbal exchange, officers observed several indicators of criminal activity. Both suspects were taken into custody for possession of controlled substances, sales of controlled substance, tampering with evidence and stealing.
    This past week the ladies of Missouri S&T’s Lamba Sigma Pi sorority stopped by and presented the Rolla Police Department with more than 200 stuffed animals that they had gathered from families and friends of the sorority.
    They washed the animals and then attached small personal tags that read “Smile from the ladies of Lamba Sigma Pi.” These stuffed animals will be issued to our patrol officers to hand out to children they encounter that may need a reason to smile. Thank you to the fine ladies of Lamba Sigma Pi!
    On the morning of Sept. 16, 2013, Rolla Public Schools bus driver Don Lewis was traveling east on Martin Springs Drive in a Rolla Public Schools bus, transporting approximately 40 students to school.  Adjacent to the school bus, a Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling the same direction on I-44.
    The driver of the Freightliner suddenly lost control, and the truck left the road, struck the guardrail and flipped onto its side. The guardrail was ripped from its posts and both the guardrail and the Freightliner shot across the road in front of the school bus.
    Mr. Lewis observed the events as they unfolded and immediately reacted by braking to slow the bus and while exercising great control, was able to steer the bus around the quickly approaching tractor-trailer and completely avoid a collision.
    Mr. Lewis’ driving skills, quick reactions and ability to stay calm during an extremely tense situation resulted in all of the students making it safely to school.
    After viewing the footage of this incredible incident, from the school bus video camera I felt the need to recognize Mr. Lewis’ outstanding efforts with a letter of recognition and a certificate, in grateful appreciation. Thanks for a job well done!
    This next entry is from Detective Derrick Dillon of the division of criminal investigations. Derrick writes: “We would appreciate your feedback. How important do you think it is to teach our children about Internet safety? What age do you think is an appropriate age to start? Would you like to see more resources such as presentations locally that would educate adults and children about the Internet?
    “Would you like to see in-school presentations about Internet safety? How involved would you be as a parent if you and/or your child had an opportunity to attend a presentation about online safety?
    Page 2 of 2 - “We are exploring options to make Internet safety a priority with our children in our community. Our department has learned from experience that this is an important topic that should be discussed with our children.
    “The truth is, technology is ever evolving, so much that it is hard for parents (and officers) to keep up. As with any department, we have time, resources and manpower to consider but I for one would like to make this a priority.
    “Please take time to discuss your feelings on this subject. Any comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.”
    In closing each month I recognize those Rolla Police Department employees who are celebrating hiring date anniversaries during that month. For the month of November I would like to recognize Detective Sgt. Ken Nakanishi with 12 years of service and Senior Patrol Officer Jessie Hoyt who is celebrating five years of service. Congratulations to Ken and Jessie!
    Have a great week!
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