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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Burglars who struck while victim slept are charged

  • This week we will be saying so long to a Rolla police family member with the departure of Animal Control Officer Kathleen McMeen.
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  • This week we will be saying so long to a Rolla police family member with the departure of Animal Control Officer Kathleen McMeen.
    Kathleen has accepted another position with the City of Rolla in code enforcement. Kathleen became an animal control officer in May of 2004. She served in that capacity until 2006, and then again from 2011 until the present, working both in full-time and part-time capacity.
    We wish Kathleen the best of luck in her new career challenge and will miss her quick smile and great attitude. Good luck, Kathleen!
    On June 29, the Rolla Police Department received a 911 call regarding a burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Southbrook Drive. Reportedly, an unknown suspect or suspects forced entry into the victim’s residence while she was sleeping and took multiple items including her vehicle.
    When officers arrived, it was determined that the victim was unaware of the incident until she woke up the next morning. The victim was unharmed.
    The Rolla Police Department division of criminal investigations was called to the scene to investigate.
    During the course of the investigation, the victim’s vehicle was located and recovered on the following day. The vehicle was unattended at the time.
    In addition to the vehicle and additional items being recovered, two arrests were made in connection with the burglary. Arrested July 3 were Lazaro Molina Jr., 29, and Richard Sanders, 40, both of Rolla. Both were charged with first-degree burglary and stealing a motor vehicle.
    They were placed in the Phelps County Jail with a bond of $100,000 each.
    These charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
    If you have additional information pertaining to this case, contact Detective Dillon of the Rolla Police Department at 573-308-1213 or the Rolla Police Department’s confidential tip hotline at 573-364-0111.
    The Rolla Police Department will crack down on impaired drivers by conducting one to two sobriety checkpoints during the month of July.
    Law enforcement efforts will be increased in an endeavor to reduce the deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers. Those caught drinking and driving could lose their license, money and freedom. For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
    In closing I would like to take this opportunity to thank those members of the Rolla Police Department reserve unit who worked at the Lions Club Carnival last week, to help ensure a safe and enjoyable event. We appreciate their taking time from their busy schedules to help out!
    Thank you Sgt. Jeremy Martens, Cpl. Chrissy Smith, Cpl. J. Fleck, Spo. Tim Boone, Spo. Mike Hargis, Pto. Mike Watson and Pto. Paul Heinlein!
    The reserve officer program was created to bolster our patrol division, where certified police officers, typically retired or former police officers volunteer their time in support of the Rolla Police Department. Currently our reserve roster consists of 12 officers.
    Page 2 of 2 - Have a great week!

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