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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Drug watch; safety reminders for summer

  • As you know, Thursday, May 22, was the last scheduled school day for the Rolla Public Schools. I believe Lutheran and Catholic schools dismissed this week as well. This means that children and adults will be taking part in the many summer-related outdoor activities over the next few months and motorists need to keep this in mind while driving through the community.
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  • Drug watch: On May 16, officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Newburg Police Department and Rolla Police Department concluded a short-term narcotics investigation in Newburg.
    As a result of the investigation, officers obtained a search warrant. Officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Newburg Police Department and Rolla Police Department then served the warrant in the 200 block of West Third Street in Newburg.
    As a result of the search warrant, officers seized multiple methamphetamine laboratories and meth. Michael E. Henderson, 41, of Newburg, was arrested in connection with the items seized. Henderson was placed in the Phelps County Jail, pending a warrant application for various drug violations.
    On May 17, warrants were issued on Henderson for first-degree drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $500,000. He remains in jail.
    The charges for which Henderson 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.
    Also on May 16, officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Newburg Police Department and Rolla Police Department concluded another short-term narcotics investigation in Newburg.
    As a result of this investigation, officers obtained a search warrant. Officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Newburg Police Department and Rolla Police Department then served the warrant in the 40 block of West Fourth Street in Newburg.
    As a result of the search warrant, officers seized meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
    Jeffrey L. Deberry, 57, Angela R. Cape, 47, and Justin L. Placher, 23, all of Newburg, were arrested in connection with the items seized. Deberry, Cape and Placher were placed in the Phelps County Jail pending warrant applications for various drug violations.
    On May 17, warrants were issued on Deberry, Cape and Placher for possession of a controlled substance. Their bail was set at $50,000 each. The charges for which Deberry, Cape and Placher were 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, officers with 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 a search warrant. Officers with the three agencies then served the warrant in the 12000 block of Beaver Manor Drive south of Rolla.
    As a result of the search warrant, officers seized meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.
    William C. Crank II, 49, Randall R. Houston, 54, and John M. Hannan, 42, all of Rolla, were arrested in connection with the items seized. All three men were placed in the Phelps County Jail, pending warrant applications for various drug violations.
    Page 2 of 3 - On May 15, warrants were issued on Hannan and Houston for possession of a controlled substance. Their bail was set at $25,000 each. A warrant was also issued on Crank for possession with the intent to distribute. His bail was set at $50,000.
    The charges for which Crank, Houston and Hannan were 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.
    As you know, Thursday, May 22, was the last scheduled school day for the Rolla Public Schools. I believe Lutheran and Catholic schools dismissed this week as well.  This means that children and adults will be taking part in the many summer-related outdoor activities over the next few months and motorists need to keep this in mind while driving through the community.
    Please be aware of cyclists, skateboarders, skaters, joggers and pedestrians as we approach intersections and side roads. Remember to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and to use caution when approaching parks, ballfields and activity-minded businesses. If you are participating in these activities, be sure to dress in bright-colored clothing and if cycling, skateboarding and skating, remember to wear protective helmets. With the rising fuel prices, many motorists will be turning to mopeds, scooters and motorcycles for daily transportation. Please watch for these smaller and sometimes slower vehicles.
    I, too, would like to thank you for your awareness and caution used during the school year. The 20 mph school speed limits and flashing yellow lights are a minor inconvenience but are a vital tool in keeping our students safe.
    Memorial Day weekend is here! Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off holiday for the summer. Families will be hitting the highways and traveling to visit relatives, state parks, theme parks, lakes, rivers, streams and many other attractions to enjoy the extended weekend.
    Before you travel, plan your route by allowing for increased traffic, road construction, higher temperatures and inattentive drivers. Be sure your vehicle is safe for travel and that your tires and brakes are in good shape.
    Prepare an emergency travel kit that includes items such as bottled water, a flashlight, emergency flares or reflective triangles, cellphone and charger, small hand tools and a first-aid kit.
    And most of all be sure to drive friendly, obey all traffic laws and if you plan to use alcohol, do not drink and drive.
    This next entry is from the desk of Lt. Doug James, our in-house IT guy who keeps us abreast of the newest and ever-changing technologies.
    Doug writes: We have more exciting technology news to share. The Rolla Police Department now has a mobile app. You can download it for free for your Apple or Android phone from iTunes or the Google Play Store.
    Page 3 of 3 - We hope you find this app informative and helpful. The Rolla Police Department is now a click away. You can use this app to access our Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube page as well as other important information.
    The app has many features unique to the Rolla Police Department. We will spotlight some of these features in the upcoming days. We encourage you to download this app today. Please let us know what you think. We would love your feedback.
    To download the app, search “MYPD” wherever you download your apps. Download the free app and select Rolla Missouri Police Department. This will become your default department.
    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on Facebook. We will help you any way we can. We hope you enjoy.
    In closing, I would like to welcome our newest members to the Rolla police family. They are Central Dispatch telecommunicators Carla Stacks and Jessi Queen. Carla Stacks recently moved to St. James from Conway, Arkansas. She is married to her husband, Chris, and they have six children. Carla has worked in emergency medical services since 1997. In her free time she likes to sew, crochet and read.
    Jessi came to us from Phelps County Regional Medical Center. She worked there for 10 years but decided to make a change and join us. Jessi has been married for 18 years. She and her husband have three lovely daughters. Their oldest is 16 and they have 8-year-old twins. During her spare time Jessi loves to train dogs and she is the owner of Canine Connections. Welcome aboard.
    Have a great week!

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