On Monday, Nov. 11, we celebrated Veterans Day, which is a day when the nation recognizes the men and women who have proudly served our country in the U.S. Armed Services.

On Monday, Nov. 11, we celebrated Veterans Day, which is a day when the nation recognizes the men and women who have proudly served our country in the U.S. Armed Services.
Veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and U.S. Coast Guard were remembered for their patriotism, honor, duty and sacrifice as they boldly stepped forward in defense of our great nation.
All veterans from the newest recruit just entering boot camp to the men and women fighting present-day battles to those entombed in Arlington deserve our respect, support, reflection and unending gratitude for allowing us to continue to live our lives as free Americans!
Thank you to all our veterans for what you are about to do, what you are doing and what you have done!
The Rolla Police Department is very proud of our own veteran heroes who have served in the past and are continuing to serve today.
Our veterans include Lt. Rick Williams, Lt. Jim Macormic, Sgt. Kenny Moberly, Sgt. Will Loughridge, Sgt. Ken Nakanishi, Detective Robert Jones, Sgt. John Frey, Cpl. Adam Meyer, Housing Officer Luke Kearse, PTO Phil Moss, PTO Shane Switzer, PCO Larry Seest, Animal Control Manager John Redshaw, Telecommunicator Matt Goss, Reserve Officer Mike Watson, Reserve Officer Mike Hargis, Reserve Officer Tim Boone, Reserve Officer Scott Langley, Reserve Officer Tommy Davis, VIPS Don Rowland, VIPS Don Reed and VIPS Keith LeCroix. To you, we owe our freedom!
Sadly on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 12:09 p.m. the Rolla Police Department was dispatched to a public property accident with injuries at the intersection of Third and Olive streets in Rolla involving a 1986 Lincoln Town Car operated by Ova C. Rice, 101, of Rolla, and a 2000 Nissan Maxima operated by Brooke L. Hobaugh, 18, of Rolla. The Lincoln was traveling east on Third Street at Olive Street. The Nissan was traveling south on Olive Street at Third Street.
The accident occurred as the Nissan failed to obey a stop sign and was struck by the Lincoln. The Lincoln then was diverted south on Olive Street and struck a utility pole at Olive Street and Second Street. There was major damage to the Lincoln and moderate damage to the Nissan.
There were no injuries reported at the scene to the driver of the Nissan, however a Phelps County ambulance did transport the Rice to Phelps County Regional Medical Center due to injuries sustained in the accident. Rice succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. Rice’s next of kin was notified.
The Rolla Police Department was assisted by the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, Phelps County Ambulance District and Rolla Municipal Utilities. An accident investigation into this fatality accident is ongoing by the Rolla Police Department and county coroner’s office.
The Rolla Police Department Explorer Post 170 is now accepting applications for Explorers! If you are a young male or female age 15-21 and interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, you may be interested in becoming a Rolla Police Explorer.
Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth. In addition, the program offers insight into the day-to-day operations of the police department.
Explorers assist the patrol division with special events such as the Route 66 Summerfest, Rolla Lions Club Carnival, Project Halloween and many other functions.
If you think you may be interested in learning more about this program, contact our post advisers: Officer Anthony Lauth or Officer Jessie Hoyt for application forms or more information at the RPD at 573-308-1213.
Have a great week!