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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Make 2014 a safe year

  • Happy New Year! Your friends at the Rolla Police Department wish you a very Happy New Year and hope 2014 is a great year for all of us and all of you!
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  • Happy New Year! Your friends at the Rolla Police Department wish you a very Happy New Year and hope 2014 is a great year for all of us and all of you!
    We would like to thank you for a great 2013 and look forward to continue serving you as your police department in 2014!
    Here are a few tips to keep you safe during the remainder of the holiday season:
    Decide Who's Driving: New Year's Eve and drunk driving ... many people associate those two and rightfully so. New Year's Eve is when we celebrate a brand new year and some celebrate with alcohol. Make sure to designate a driver who will not drink to take everyone home from the party. It’s a life-and-death decision.
    Be Alert: Be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting. Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. Taking preventive measures is the key. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or leaving with someone they do not know. It's important to keep an eye out for each other.
    Don't Drive: If you don't have to go behind the wheel, avoid it. More people will be driving under the influence on this particular night, so avoid a potentially dangerous accident by staying off the road. Otherwise, be alert and drive defensively. Most importantly, wear your seat belt! Also, using public transportation is a wise option. If taking a cab is too expensive, crashing at a friend's place nearby is a convenient solution.
    Sexual Assaults: Many times sexual assaults occur when one or both people are too drunk to know what is going on or the female is passed out. This happens more than you think. There are predators and deviate people out there who will spike your drinks so they can get you under their control. An unattended drink gives an opportunity for a predator to slip something into your drink. Accept drinks only from people you know well.
    Stick Together: This way we can look out for our friends and family. Going out to parties and nightclubs means a fast-paced, crazy night; so be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you in this environment, especially for women, is imperative.
    Monitor Your Alcohol Intake: A majority of people will be drinking on New Year’s Eve, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as it does not cause you or others to get into trouble. Just be sure to pay attention to how much you and others are consuming. Drinking too much alcohol can have lethal effects. Be responsible.
    Liquor Check: A safe party lies with the host, though everyone else isn't any less responsible. The host should know a few things about the liquor that is being served. Beer and wine are just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler and an ounce and a half of liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol. Mixers won't help dilute alcohol.
    Page 2 of 3 - Carbonated mixers like club soda or tonic water cause alcohol to be absorbed into a person's system more quickly. Fruit juice and other sweet mixers mask the taste of alcohol and may cause people to drink more.
    Fatty food provided with the alcohol will help because it will create a lining around the stomach that will prevent the alcohol from getting inside. This will ensure that the drinker is not overly dehydrated. There is a tendency to rely on someone's physical appearance to determine his or her state of drunkenness, and this must be avoided at all costs.
    This next entry is from the desk of Communications Supervisor Stacey Smith who writes: “This year we lost a precious woman - a longtime member of our RPD family, Judge Joanne Mayberry. She was a staunch supporter of our RPD employees for many years. She often sent small tokens of appreciation to our staff for no particular reason, or simply called to compliment on someone's attention to a problem.
    “The Christmas season though, she never forgot her RPD friends. There were years that she would send over loose change for the employees to "treat" themselves to a snack from the vending machine. Over the past several years, a beautiful red poinsettia would arrive to brighten the season; enclosed would be a personal note of her appreciation, signed "your friend, Joanne Mayberry.”
    “This year, employees Kenny and Christy Moberly could not let the season pass without a reminder of our special friend. They purchased the beautiful poinsettia for us all to enjoy in honor of Judge Mayberry. We appreciate their contribution and tribute to our special friend's memory. Merry Christmas, Rolla Police Department! You have an angel watching over you.”
    On Thursday, Dec. 26, at approximately 8 p.m. central dispatch was notified of a possible abduction from a local business in Rolla. The initial report stated a 19-year-old female with limited mental capacity was supposed to be picked up from the business at a designated time by her father, but upon his arrival, the female was gone. The father then notified the Rolla Police Department. Sgt. Tim Mayfield, Cpl. Tony Lauth and Pto. Shane Switzer arrived on scene. A short time later, Detective Derrick Dillon, Lt. Rick Williams and I also arrived to assist.
    A review of the surveillance video revealed that the missing female had walked out of the store with an unidentified male. It appeared that she willingly walked out, but at one point, it appears as if she tried to walk away and was grabbed by the male and forced to walk in a different direction.
    Due to the female’s limited mental capacity, she was believed to be endangered. During a short-term investigation, a person of interest was identified. He was located a short time later and was in the company of the female.
    Page 3 of 3 - The male and female were interviewed separately and it was determined that the female had left the business of her own free will and that no criminal acts had occurred. The female was able to re-join her father, and the male went his own way. Great work by all involved!
    In closing, each month I recognize those Rolla Police Department employees who are celebrating hiring date anniversaries during that month. For the month of December I would like to recognize Capt. Jason Smith with 20 years of service, Detective Hank Harper with six years of service, Sgt. Vince Giacolone with five years of service, VIPS volunteers Connie Giacolone and D’ettra Kearse each with three years of service, and Records Clerk Melissa Riley with one year of service. Thank you for all you do.
    Have a great week!
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