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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: 6 identified in connection with property damage case

  • During the first week of August 2014, the Rolla Police Department responded to multiple reports of property damage where windows were reportedly shot out of vehicles and businesses in various locations within the city of Rolla.
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  • During the first week of August 2014, the Rolla Police Department responded to multiple reports of property damage where windows were reportedly shot out of vehicles and businesses in various locations within the city of Rolla.
    All of the property damage incidents were committed with what was reported to be either a BB gun or a pellet gun. There were in excess of 30 separate incidents reported within the city of Rolla during the period of one week.
    During the course of the follow-up investigation, two adults and four juveniles were identified as being responsible for these incidents. All of these cases will be forwarded to the Phelps County prosecuting attorney’s office and to the Phelps County juvenile office for review and for filing of the appropriate charges.
    This incident is still under investigation by the Rolla Police Department’s criminal investigations unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Dillon at 573-308-1213, or call the Rolla Police Department’s confidential tip line at 573-364-0111.
    On Aug. 27, at approximately 2:29 p.m., the Rolla Police Department responded to CVS Pharmacy located at 500 North Highway 63 in reference to the report of harassing telephone calls.
    When officers arrived, they contacted an employee inside the pharmacy, and it was discovered that another employee was still on the telephone with the caller.
    During the course of the follow-up investigation it was determined that an unidentified male individual had called the pharmacy and had demanded the employee of the pharmacy send him a large sum of money via a pre-paid credit card device.
    During the course of the telephone conversation with the employee, the caller threatened to blow up the pharmacy if the employee did not comply with his demands.
    As a result of the threats made by the caller, the pharmacy was evacuated by officers on the scene and a perimeter was established. After a period of time had elapsed, a search of the business was conducted by pharmacy management and no explosive device was found.
    This incident is still under investigation by the Rolla Police Department’s criminal investigations unit.
    Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Adam Meyer at 573-308-1213, or call the Rolla Police Department’s confidential tip line at 573-364-0111.
    This next entry is from Sgt. Ken Nakanshi concerning an event he witnessed this past week. This is just another example of what a fine community we have here in Rolla.
    Ken writes: This morning, a motorist called Central Communications and reported a broken down vehicle on Pine Tree Road near the intersection of Soest Road which had traffic backed up to RTC. At the time Central Communications had broadcast the call, I was on Pine Tree Road, approaching Rolla Junior High from the opposite direction.
    Page 2 of 3 - As I got closer, I saw a gentleman who was holding a gas can and talking to the lady driver of the broken down vehicle. Before I was able to pull up to them, the gentleman waved good-bye to the lady and the lady drove off.
    As she passed me, I could see that she was wiping tears from her face. She seemed to be traveling alone and I could only imagine how she might have felt stuck in the middle of school traffic by herself.
    I was able to catch up to the gentleman and spoke to him briefly. He told me that the lady had run out of gas so he went home and brought her some.
    Here’s to you “JJ.” Thank you for stopping and helping out your fellow citizen.
    So far this year, we have responded to approximately 250 motorist assist calls. Sometimes we can lend a hand, sometimes we end up directing traffic until a tow truck arrives, and sometimes we’re there just to be with you.  
    I would like to take a minute to address a growing traffic problem in the areas around our schools. As you know, just before school and just after school, traffic congestion in the school areas becomes high.
    The schools have taken measures to reduce traffic congestion by expanding parking/driveway areas, signage and traffic cones. These measures certainly helped the problem, but we still see a high volume of vehicles lined around the schools.
    If you are in these lines, waiting for your turn to enter the drive, please remember to use common courtesy while in line. By this, we mean please be patient and take into account that businesses and residents that live in those areas will still need to come and go from their properties.
    If you realize as the line progresses that you may have to stop in a driveway area, stop just before the drive and allow traffic ahead of you to clear that area before you proceed. This will only take a minute or two and will allow residents and customers the ability to use their driveways.
    I want to remind you that our first Coffee with RPD is next week! 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 members of the Rolla Police Department on the issues each of us face. With the support of the community we hope that this program will be a success!
    Stop in on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7-8 a.m. at Penelope’s Restaurant.
    Page 3 of 3 - The Rolla Police Department’s Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) has taken on a new responsibility. This week, VIPS officers have begun issuing courtesy notices for particular ordinance violations that they come across while on patrol in the neighborhoods.
    When issued, these notices will list the specific ordinance violation and are not intended to replace tickets. We hope that by issuing these courtesy notices, we can encourage compliance.
    In closing, I would like to congratulate those members of the Rolla police family who are celebrating August hiring dates.
    They are: Detective Adam Meyer with nine years of service, Sgt. Tim Mayfield with five years of service, VIPS volunteer Joyce Heidecke with four years of service, crossing guard Duane Nevels with three years of service, Telecommunicator Crystal Allen with two years of service, VIPS volunteer Russ Schmidt with two years of service and crossing guard Aaron Wells with one year of service.
    Congratulations and thank you for all you do.
    Have a great week.

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