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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Drug watch, Pearl Harbor and cracking down on drunk driving

  • Drug watch: On Dec. 5, officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and Rolla Police Department concluded a short term narcotics investigation in St. James.
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  • Drug watch: On Dec. 5, officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and Rolla Police Department concluded a short term narcotics investigation in St. James.
    As a result of the investigation, officers obtained and executed a search warrant in the 500 block of Kyle Avenue in St. James. The search warrant was executed by officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Rolla Police Department and St. James Police Department. During the search of the residence, officers located heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
    Angela M. Schropp, 38, of St. James, and Robert L. Quick, 42, of St. Robert, were arrested in connection with the items seized.
    Schropp was later charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $50,000. Quick was later charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $25,000.
    The charges for which Miss Schropp and Mr. Quick have been arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
    On Dec. 9, officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Rolla Police Department and Phelps County Sheriff’s Department concluded a short-term narcotics investigation in Rolla. As a result of the investigation, officers obtained and executed a search warrant in the 13000 block of County Road 7020 in Rolla.
    The search warrant was executed by officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Rolla Police Department and Phelps County Sheriff’s Department warrant service team.
    During the search of the property, officers located an active methamphetamine laboratory and a quantity of methamphetamine, methamphetamine laboratory materials and drug paraphernalia.
    Roger D. Stroup, 49, of Rolla, was arrested in connection with the items seized. Further arrests are anticipated in connection with this investigation. Stroup was later charged with first-degree drug trafficking. His bond was set at $100,000.
    The charges for which Mr. Stroup have been arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
    Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 marked the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
    The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. There were simultaneous Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong.
    Page 2 of 4 - From the standpoint of the defenders, the attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers.
    All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. All but one were later raised, and six of the eight battleships returned to service and fought in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer.
    One hundred and eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. Important base installations such as the power station, shipyard, maintenance and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. One Japanese sailor was captured.
    The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day (Dec. 8) the United States declared war on Japan. Domestic support for non-interventionism, which had been strong, disappeared.
    Clandestine support of Britain (for example the Neutrality Patrol) was replaced by active alliance. Subsequent operations by the U.S. prompted Germany and Italy to declare war on the U.S. on Dec. 11, which was reciprocated by the U.S. the same day.
    There were numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action by Japan. However, the lack of any formal warning, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim Dec. 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy.”
    This next entry is from the desk of Sgt. Tim Mayfield who coordinates our traffic division. Tim writes: “From mid-December through New Year’s Day, Rolla police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on drunk driving.
    “The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Rolla, will run from Dec. 13, 2013, through Jan. 2, 2014. The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement and high-profile events and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving over the winter holidays.
    “The Rolla Police Department will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk, far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.
    “The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic. ‘Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,’ said Chief Mark Kearse. ‘In 2012, 230 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every one and a half days.’
    Page 3 of 4 - “Chief Kearse added the winter holidays are particularly dangerous. During the Christmas holidays in 2012, a total of 12 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving impaired drivers or motorcycle riders.
    “ ‘Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Rolla’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period,’ said Chief Kearse. ‘We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,’ says Chief Kearse.
    “Chief Kearse noted that being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver’s license and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of a job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
    “ ‘Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ said Chief Kearse. For more information, visit the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign at www.saveMOlives.com or call Sgt. Tim Mayfield at 573-308-1213.
    This next entry is from the desk of Communications Chief Paula Volkmer who also manages our records division. Paula writes: “On Dec. 9, Chief Mark Kearse presented Rolla Police Department Records Secretary Christy Moberly with a certificate of appreciation from the Missouri Army National Guard for her outstanding assistance to the Missouri National Guard State Safety Office while conducting an accident investigation involving a Missouri National Guard soldier. Christy dedicated many hours of work getting critical information to prevent further accidents of this nature. Excellent job, Christy!”
    On Thursday and Friday of this week Kelly Beets, who is our area representative for Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA) was here and provided firearms training on the MILO Firearm Training Simulator to all of our officers. This system is a firearms simulator with real-time true-to-life shooting situations presented to the students who, based on the situation, will need to make split decisions in the shooting scenario. This training is provided to us annually and mandatory for all of our officers. Lt. Doug James and Lt. Jim Macormic assisted Beets in the training.
    Page 4 of 4 - Have a great week.
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