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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Man arrested after 300 lbs. of marijuana found on I-44

  • Drug watch: On Tuesday, March 25, a resident of Lake Park, Ga., was arrested by a Phelps County Sheriff's Department deputy for first-degree drug trafficking following a traffic stop on Interstate 44. At approximately 8:30 a.m., the deputy initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 44 for a traffic violation.
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  • Drug watch: On Tuesday, March 25, a resident of Lake Park, Ga., was arrested by a Phelps County Sheriff’s Department deputy for first-degree drug trafficking following a traffic stop on Interstate 44. At approximately 8:30 a.m., the deputy initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 44 for a traffic violation.
    During contact with the driver, the deputy obtained consent to search the vehicle.  While conducting a search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered approximately 300 pounds of marijuana hidden within the contents of the cargo of the vehicle.
    Brian F. Ackerman, 30, who resides in Lake Park, Ga., was arrested and transported to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department. Ackerman was held pending a warrant application with the Phelps County prosecuting attorney’s office.
    On March 25, a warrant was issued on Ackerman for one count of first-degree drug trafficking. His bond was set at $500,000. Assistance was provided by officers of the Rolla Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    The charge for which Ackerman has been arrested is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
    On Thursday, March 27, the Rolla street crimes unit conducted a short-term investigation, which led to a search of a residence where methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia were located.
    On Friday, March 21, at approximately 4:40 p.m., the Rolla Police Department responded to a residence in the 600 block of Woodland Drive in reference to a report of a subject impersonating a police officer.
    During the course of the preliminary investigation it was determined that shortly before calling 911, a female victim returned home to find an unidentified white male individual in the backyard of her residence.
    When the victim contacted the male subject, the individual told her that he was a Rolla police officer and he demanded access to her residence. When the victim questioned the suspect and asked to see his credentials, the suspect fled the scene in a grey colored, newer model SUV.
    The suspect was described as a white male individual in his early to mid 20s, with dark hair and wearing a dark colored jacket. Upon further investigation into this matter, Chance A. Melton, 35, of Springfield/Rolla, was identified as the person responsible for this incident.
    At approximately 7:30 p.m., Rolla Police Department officers determined that the suspect was inside a house in the 900 block of Forest Drive. A perimeter was established and after several failed attempts to convince the suspect to voluntarily exit the house, the Rolla Police Department’s SWAT team was activated.
    At approximately 10:50 p.m. with the assistance of a Rolla Police Department K-9 team, tactical officers entered the residence and took the suspect into custody without incident. Melton was arrested on the charges of burglary in the first degree, assault in the second degree and false impersonation of a police officer. Melton was incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail pending the issuance of warrants.
    Page 2 of 3 - On Wednesday, March 26, at approximately 5:15 a.m., the Rolla Police Department received a 911 call of a domestic disturbance in progress at the residence located in the 100 block of Fairburn Drive in Rolla.
    Upon arrival of the initial responding officers, a 41-year-old Rolla female victim was located in the front yard of the residence. She was suffering from injuries that she had sustained from an assault.
    The victim reported that she had been held against her will inside her residence for the previous 12 hours during which time she was repeatedly physically assaulted and sexually assaulted by her husband. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
    As a result of this investigation, Caleb A. English, 29, of Rolla was arrested on the charges of domestic assault in the first degree, forcible sodomy, armed criminal action and felonious restraint. English was incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail pending the issuance of warrants.
    The charges for which English was arrested are mere accusations. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
    It is with great pleasure that I announce that the City of Rolla has reposed special trust and confidence in the knowledge, courage, integrity and professional excellence of Police Training Officer James Cornett.
    In view of these qualities and his demonstrated abilities as a police officer and dedicated service to the policing profession, he is therefore assigned to the SWAT team. Cornett joined the Rolla Police Department in December of 2013 after serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq and studying for his degree in criminal justice. Congratulations, James!
    This next entry is from the desk of Cpl. Frank Hawkins who writes: Several people have reported receiving an automated telephone call, informing them that their debit or credit card has been locked. Please be aware that these are not authentic and, if you attempt to follow up, you will be asked to give personal information "in order to unlock your card." If you receive a call of this nature and are concerned it may be true, call your bank using a local number or number you have used in the past and know is legitimate.
    In closing, each month I like to recognize those Rolla Police Department employees who are celebrating hiring date anniversaries during that month. For the month of March, I would like to recognize Communications Chief Paula Volkmer with 32 years of service, Administrative Assistant Kerri Shults with 20 years of service, Communications Supervisor Chuck Satterfield with 19 years of service, Telecommunicator Chrissy Smith with 16 years of service, Sgt. John Frey with 12 years of service, Animal Control Supervisor John Redshaw with 11 years of service, Animal Control Officer Roy Taylor with six years of service, Reserve Patrol Officer Dave Reynolds with five years of service and VIPS volunteer Keith LeCroix with five years of service. Thank you for all you do.
    Page 3 of 3 - Have a great week!

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