Drug Watch: On Saturday, December 9, 2011, Spo. Ben Tinsley stopped a motorist on I-44 for a traffic violation. The traffic stop led to the discovery of $18,000.00 in drug money and a quantity of “medical” marijuana. The motorist was released pending further investigation and the cash, vehicle and marijuana were seized. As you may recall last week, Spo. Tinsley also seized $17,000.00 from 2 drug smugglers from California. Great job Ben!
This past week the Rolla Police Department handled 722 calls for service. Of these calls there were: 21 arrests, 11 alarms, 20 accidents, 39 traffic complaints, 94 traffic stops, 25 disturbance (including domestics), 6 suspicious nature, 20 assists of other agencies, 16 field interviews, 12 escorts, 6 leave without pays, 32 animal control, 5 mental health,4 destruction of property, 2 order of protection violations, 39 follow up investigations, 10 intoxicated persons reports. This call total is up 191 calls from last week and yes, another busy week.
The City of Rolla has reposed special trust and confidence in the knowledge, courage, integrity, and professional excellence of Cpl. Chrissy Smith. In view of these qualities and her demonstrated abilities as a police officer and dedicated service to the policing profession, she is therefore assigned as Traffic Supervisor for the Rolla Police Department, effective immediately. Congratulations Chrissy!
The City of Rolla has reposed special trust and confidence in the knowledge, courage, integrity, and professional excellence of PTO Chris Reeder/854. In view of these qualities and his demonstrated leadership potential and dedicated service to the Rolla Police Department, he is therefore promoted from the rank of Patrol Officer to Senior Patrol Officer. Promotion and date of rank are effective December 11, 2011. Congratulations Chris!
I would like to take a moment to introduce you to Jason Goebel. Jason has been a firefighter with the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue for nearly 5 years. Although Jason is a native of the St. Louis area, he and his wife Brianna have become active members of this community since moving here and now call Rolla their home. They have a beautiful 2 year old daughter and are expecting their second child soon. Jason has dedicated his life to be a firefighter while protecting and serving the citizens in the Rolla community. He has battled countless fires and auto accidents. Jason has made a sacrifice each day in order to protect lives and property. Not only is Jason a firefighter, he has worked with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Ambulance as a paramedic. All who know Jason can say that he is a kind and generous person, always wanting to help someone else. That is Jason’s nature. Unfortunately, Jason now has a new fire to battle...CANCER.
We have several fundraising activities scheduled over the next few months to help raise funds for Jason and his family as he continues to recover from surgery and many months of chemotherapy. These fundraisers are a chance for his fire department family and the community he loves to help him. We want to show Jason our support and let him know how he and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. With the Holidays approaching, a baby on the way and the out-of-pocket medical expenses Jason will incur, we hope that we can help relieve some of his financial burdens so he can concentrate on his recovery. Events include a Chili Supper and Silent Auction on December 11th, a Drawing for a Henry Golden Boy .22 Rifle on December 22rd, and firefighters will be collecting pledges to shave their heads on Friday, January 6th, 2012. Additionally, through these fundraising activities we hope to increase cancer awareness and the importance of education, prevention and early detection. Businesses who would like to sponsor any of these events or make a donation for the chili supper or silent auction may do so by contacting Fire Administration at 364-3989 or visit our Facebook page for more information!
This next entry is from the desk of Animal Control Supervisor John Redshaw. John writes: The Rolla Animal Shelter just received a $1000.00 donation from the Mobil-On-The-Run owned by Wallis Oil Company. This donation was made possible by proceeds from the "Cutest Pet Contest" event which was recently held at the business. This donation money will be used to purchase 21 Kuranda Pet Beds for the outside kennels at the Rolla Animal Shelter. The entire donation event was coordinated and overseen by Maryann Lubbers who is the Shift Leader for Mobil-On-The-run. The Rolla Animal Shelter cannot thank Ms. Lubbers and Mobil-On-The-Run enough for their generosity. The actual winners of the Cutest Pet Contest elected to donate their winnings to the Rolla Animal Shelter. The winners requested to remain anonymous but we would like to thank them for their kind heartedness and generosity.
In closing I would like to thank our Patrol Division, the members of our Explorer Post, our VIPS volunteers and my staff for their involvement during the Annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade held last Saturday. The weather was nearly perfect and the community response was great. The parade was a great success and fun for all in attendance. I would also like to thank the Behind the Badge organization for another wonderful pre-parade breakfast.
Have a great week!
Chief Mark Kearse