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  • Drug watch: On Aug. 8, officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and the Rolla Police Department concluded a short-term narcotics investigation in Rolla.
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  • Drug watch: On Aug. 8, officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and the 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 Highway E in Rolla.
    The search warrant was executed by officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and the Rolla Police Department.
    As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine, oxycodone and drug paraphernalia.
    Scotty Dean Gately, 38, of Rolla, was arrested in connection with the items seized. Gately was placed in the Phelps County Jail, pending a warrant application for the drug violations.
    Then Aug. 9, warrants were issued on Gately for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence. His bail was set at $100,000.
    The charges for which Gately 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 Aug. 11, officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff's Office and the Rolla Police Department concluded another short-term narcotics investigation in the 1600 block of Holloway Street in Rolla.
    Officers executed a search warrant at a residence which resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia.
    Matthew K. Fox, 21, and Nichole M. Rosenburg, 23, both of Rolla, were arrested in connection with the items seized. Fox and Rosenburg were placed in the Phelps County Jail pending warrant applications.
    On Aug. 12, Fox and Rosenburg were both charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Fox and Rosenburg were held on a $250,000 bail.
    The charges for which Fox and Rosenburg 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.
    How do you like your coffee? With cream? With sugar? How about with a police officer? Most of the time, citizen-police contact occurs when enforcement actions are needed. The situation may be tense and the interaction brief, leaving little time for building a meaningful relationship with the community.
    As you know the Rolla Police Department is continually searching for new ideas on better ways to keep the community abreast on happenings here in the police department and in the community.
    Our Facebook site, Chief Chat column, Rolla Police TV and Rolla Police Insider are examples of programs designed for this cause.
    While all of these programs are doing very well and get our message out, they do not provide face-to-face personal contact between our officers and members of the community.
    Page 2 of 2 - Our newest program, which was either created or stolen by Sgt. Ken Nakanishi (I am not entirely sure which) is called Coffee with RPD. This unique get-together provides a casual atmosphere where citizens can meet members of the Rolla Police Department and engage in a variety of discussions over a cup of coffee.
    We hope that this program will foster a better understanding between the community and the members of the Rolla Police Department about the issues we face. With the support of the community, we hope that this program will be a success.
    Our first Coffee with RPD event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7-8 a.m. at Penelope’s Restaurant at 1048 Kingshighway in Rolla. We hope to see you!     
    On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Rolla Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint within the city of Rolla in accordance with the annual nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on drunk driving campaign.
    This effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown included high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events and was supported by national paid advertising to create a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.
    During the four-hour operation several motorists were checked, netting two driving while intoxicated arrests, two warrant arrests, two driver’s license violations and numerous registration and equipment violation warnings.
    We appreciate your patience and cooperation during these operations and will continue to do what we have to do to get drunk drivers off the road.
    As many of you may already know, I will be retiring from the Rolla Police Department after a 32-year career in law enforcement. I have submitted my formal retirement notice to the City of Rolla to be effective Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.
    I have enjoyed a 32-year career in law enforcement with 30 years here at the Rolla Police Department. The mayor, city council and city administration are a great group of public servants and a joy to work for.
    I could not be more proud of the service and dedication of the members of the Rolla Police Department! My plan is to spend more time with my family and on new business ventures.
    Have a great week!

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