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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Citizens can sign up for alerts

  • Drug watch: On Wednesday, April 2, officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Rolla Police Department and Phelps County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant in the 1600 block of North Pine Street in Rolla.
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  • Drug watch: On Wednesday, April 2, officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Rolla Police Department and Phelps County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant in the 1600 block of North Pine Street in Rolla.
    As a result of the search warrant, officers seized a "butane hash oil" lab, approximately one pound of marijuana, over 150 separate packages of hash oil and drug paraphernalia. Brian Pohl, 23, of Rolla, was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school.
    He was later incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail, pending a warrant application. The charges for which Pohl was arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt.
    On Thursday, April 3, the Rolla street crimes unit arrested a subject on warrants for burglary and felony dangerous drugs. The subject was placed in the Phelps County Jail.
    Additionally, the Rolla street crimes unit conducted a short-term investigation which led to the search of a residence. During the search, methamphetamine, illegal prescription medication and several syringes were located.
    The Rolla street crimes unit also conducted a short-term investigation which led to the search of a residence where a subject was illegally purchasing prescription medication and snorting them. During the search, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia were located.
    The Rolla street crimes unit also conducted a traffic stop of a subject. During the stop, it was found the subject was a convicted sex offender and had failed to register. The street crimes unit also arrested the subject and placed them in the Phelps County Jail.
    Well, spring in Missouri is finally here. How do we know? We can tell by the National Weather Service’s influx of severe weather warnings such as, severe thunderstorm warnings, flash flood warnings, tornado watches and tornado warnings.
    As we all know, Missouri weather is notorious this time of year for going from having a fairly nice day one morning to tornado warnings that afternoon. Sometimes change is hourly.
    So far this week we have had severe thunderstorm warnings, high winds, hail, flash floods, tornado watches and full-blown tornado warnings.
    Did you receive these warnings? Do you feel that it is important for you and your family members to be advised of impending severe weather?
    If so, the City of Rolla has joined Phelps County in contracting with the Everbridge system for citizen alerts to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents in minutes in the event of an emergency.
    Everbridge is an industry-leading interactive communication and mass notification solutions provider that helps organizations save lives, manage critical activities and improve the efficiency of daily operations.
    The City of Rolla is now able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and violent crimes in process. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms — cellphone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager, and more – ensuring that residents and town/city staff receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes.
    Page 2 of 2 - Citizens listed in the city’s 9-1-1 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by landline, though any individual may self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out.
    We have a commitment to protect our citizens from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency in order to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment, which is why we selected the Everbridge system.
    The Everbridge mass notification and interactive communication system ensures the city will be able to react quickly and efficiently to reach each individual in the case of an emergency. The Everbridge SmartGIS system can deliver messages to you any way you want — on your home phone, cellphone, email and more. This way, we can reach you in any emergency.
    We may also use the system in non-emergency situations to let you know about important city-related events, such as meetings, parade closures or street cleaning changes.
    How does it work? The process begins when the city issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including listed landline phones, cellphones, email and more.
    If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.
    The success of this service relies on you. Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please update your contact information as soon as possible. Updating is easy and only takes a few minutes.
    Just go to https://member.everbridge.net/index/1332612387831861#/login to sign up for these emergency alerts. Thank you in advance for you cooperation and participation in this important program.
    In closing, I wanted to bring you up to date on our new outdoor warning siren slated to be installed in the Line-Barnitz subdivision very soon. The siren unit and control box were shipped and arrived in Rolla this week.
    The installation crew of Blue Valley Public Safety will let us know the installation date early next week. The new siren will bring the total number of outdoor warning sirens in the City of Rolla to 10.
    Have a great week!
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