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  • Chief Chat: Sentencing issued in heroin case; Rolla Subway robbery arrests made

  • Drug watch: Phelps County Prosecutor John Beger announced that Dennis Elms, of Rolla, pleaded guilty to the class B felony of possession with the intent to distribute heroin.
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  • Drug watch: Phelps County Prosecutor John Beger announced that Dennis Elms, of Rolla, pleaded guilty to the class B felony of possession with the intent to distribute heroin.
    Elms was sentenced to serve 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and because of his prior drug convictions, he is not eligible for probation or parole.
    Senior Patrol Officers Steven Gray and Luke Kearse, of the Rolla Police Department, investigated the case. Assistant Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox prosecuted the case.
    Elms was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute heroin April 8, 2013. SPOs Gray and Kearse received information that Elms was in possession of a large amount of heroin and began conducting surveillance on Elms.
    After observing Elms driving with a revoked license, SPO Gray conducted a traffic stop at Love’s Truck Stop on Hypoint Boulevard in Rolla. During the arrest, an eyeglass case was retrieved from Elms’ underwear containing 38 capsules with heroin.
    During questioning, Elms admitted the heroin was packaged for sale. “This is a big win for Phelps County. Dennis Elms was the biggest distributor of heroin in the county,” Beger said. “SPOs Gray and Kearse did an excellent job investigating and arresting one of the most dangerous men in Phelps County.”
    Beger said he was pleased with the result: “We all know what a big problem heroin is in this area. It seems like every day we have another overdose or death because of people like Dennis Elms. Mr. Elms will serve every day of his sentence of 15 years which is a great result for Phelps County, my office, RPD and Mr. Fox.”        
    On April 10, 2014, at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Rolla Police Department received a 911 call regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Subway restaurant located in the 900 block of Forum Drive in Rolla.
    It was reported that a single suspect, dressed in a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, a black mask, black gloves and blue jeans, approached an employee in the parking lot, armed with an edged-weapon. The suspect allegedly forced the victim back into the restaurant.
    He then demanded money from the cash register. An undisclosed amount of money was turned over to the suspect at which time he reportedly fled the scene running south on Forum Drive. An immediate search of the area was conducted by law enforcement but the suspect was not located. The victim reported she received minor injuries.
    As a result of the investigation and due to evidence and multiple inconsistencies in regards to the original report, three subjects were arrested in connection with this case.
    Jessica R. Taylor, 21, of Rolla, was arrested for stealing, filing a false report and tampering with evidence.
    Page 2 of 2 - Michael J. Wallenfang, 19, of Rolla, was arrested for stealing.
    Dustin W. Taylor, 19, of Rolla, who was arrested during a separate investigation, was issued a summons for the charge of stealing related to this investigation.
    The charges against Jessica R. Taylor, Dustin W. Taylor and Michael J. Wallenfang are mere accusations. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented to a competent court of jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
    If you have additional information pertaining to this case call Detective Dillon of the Rolla Police Department at 573-308-1213, or the Rolla Police Department’s confidential tip hotline at 573-364-0111.
    This next entry is from the desk of Senior Patrol Officer Jessie Hoyt who is our Explorer Post adviser. Jessie writes: Rolla Police Explorer Post 170 is having a fundraiser yard sale at 903 Angus Valley Drive at the corner of 10th Street near Country Mart this Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds go to the Explorers for new uniforms, awards and extracurricular activates. Thank you for your support.
    In closing, I would like to congratulate those members of the Rolla Police Department who will be celebrating their hiring dates during the month of May.
    They are as follows: Lt. Doug James, with 23 years of service; Communications Supervisor Stacey Smith, with 18 years of service; Assistant Cpl. Ben Tinsley, with eight years of service; Cpl. Jason Copeland, with eight years of service; V.I.P.S. Volunteer Arlen DeKock, with two years of service; Patrol Officer Todd Snyder, with one year of service; and Patrol Officer Joey Lahman, with one year of service. Congratulations and thank you for all you do. Have a great week!

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