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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Drug arrests and honoring fallen officers

  • This past week, May 11-17, was proclaimed National Police Week, when the nation remembers and pays tribute to the men and women of law enforcement who have given the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their duties.
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  • Drug watch: Last week, the Rolla Street Crimes Unit conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle, in which methamphetamine, a digital scale and syringes were located.
    The Rolla Street Crimes Unit also conducted a short-term narcotics investigation, which led officers to search a residence and locate methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
    Additionally, the Rolla Street Crimes Unit conducted stealing investigations which led the officers to obtain a search warrant at a storage unit. The officers recovered several stolen items and were able to return the items to the proper owners.
    On May 12, the Rolla Street Crimes Unit conducted a short-term drug investigation, which led to a search of a residence where methamphetamine, glass methamphetamine pipes and other drug paraphernalia were located.
    On May 13, officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and Rolla Police Department concluded a short-term narcotics investigation in Rolla. As a result of the investigation, officers obtained and executed a search warrant in the 10000 block of County Road 2020 near Rolla.
    The search warrant was executed by officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and Rolla Police Department. As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Adam W. Light, 23, of Rolla, was arrested in connection with the items seized.
    On May 14, warrants were issued against Light for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and tampering with evidence. His bond was set at $100,000. He remains incarcerated.
    The charges for which Light was 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 May 14, the South Central Drug Task Force concluded a short-term narcotics investigation in Rolla. Officers of the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and the Rolla Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the 2200 block of Vienna Road in Rolla. As a result of the search warrant, officers seized a quantity of crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
    Avery D. Bryant, 25, of Rolla, was arrested in connection with the items seized. Bryant was also arrested on a warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Bryant was incarcerated at the Phelps County Jail, pending a warrant application for first-degree drug trafficking and the Illinois warrant.
    The charges for which Bryant was 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 innocence or guilt.
    This past week, May 11-17, was proclaimed National Police Week, when the nation remembers and pays tribute to the men and women of law enforcement who have given the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their duties.
    Page 2 of 3 - Each year, between 140 and 160 law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty. During National Police Week, law enforcement officials, police survivors and members of the community attend candlelight vigils, police officer memorial dedications and many other services to pay their respect to those who gave all!
    Here in Rolla, our officers displayed a black band across their duty badges in remembrance of their fallen comrades. They also displayed (C.O.P.S.) blue ribbons on their patrol cars during the week as a tribute to the cause. The ribbons are provided to each law enforcement agency by the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) organization.
    The C.O.P.S. organization, in its 29th year, is a non-profit organization that provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.
    This next entry is from the desk of Lt. Doug James: The flags of the United States and the State of Missouri at all government buildings in Missouri were flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday, May 15, in honor of Missouri’s Peace Officers Memorial Day, so designated by a 1996 state law.
    The day commemorates the sacrifices of the federal, state, county and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the performance of their duties.
    “This is another way in which we can honor those Missouri law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice as they protected our safety,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “When Missourians see the lowered flags on Thursday, it will serve as a reminder of the courage and selflessness of those who guard our safety every day.
    This next entry is from the desk of Cpl. Frank Hawkins: One of our best weapons in crime prevention is to eliminate, or at least limit, opportunity.
    Imagine you’re a fellow inclined to steal. You’re walking through a parking lot and see an iPod in one vehicle and a GPS device in another. The vehicle with the iPod is locked. The one with the GPS device is not. Which would you steal? A large percentage of thieves (especially of the variety we tend to find in Rolla) will simply take the path of least resistance.
    Here are some ways you can limit opportunity for criminals:
    • Lock cars and homes.
    • Don’t leave keys or valuable property inside your vehicle.
    • Don’t let strangers in your home.
    • Don’t send money (via Western Union/Moneygram) to people you have never met.
    • Don’t give personal information over the phone or Internet.
    Page 3 of 3 - • Don’t fall for sweepstakes or employment scams you’ve never entered or applied for. Authentic employers will never ask you to send them money to “start employment.” Nor will they send you a big check and ask you to send part of it back to them.
    Perhaps most importantly, watch the company you keep. If you’re hanging out with questionable people, chances are very good that you will become a crime victim.
    In closing, I would like to welcome our newest member to the Rolla police family with the hiring of Pto. Carl Kossuth III. Carl is from St. James, where he graduated from John F. Hodge High School. He then served five years in the U.S. Navy as a builder.
    Carl came to us after serving as a patrol officer then detective with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department. Carl is assigned as a patrol officer serving under Sgt. Ken Moberly and Cpl. Jason Copeland. Carl is married with two children and enjoys hunting and fishing. Welcome aboard, Carl!
    Have a great week!

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