Police Substation in Rosewood–Donations Sought

The Columbia Police Department is opening a K-9 substation on Adeline Dr. in Rosewood!

They are in need of office furniture and are open to any and all donations. They’ll be willing to take a look at whatever anyone has to offer and help move it! Items needed include office chairs, office desks, shelving, storage type furniture, other various chairs, and the long shot….a refrigerator.

Email Sgt. Blendowski at ptblendowski@columbiasc.net to arrange for a donation or for more information.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone below who has donated towards the purchase of bulletproof vests for Columbia police officers. We raised $1,753!

Bob Amundson
Virginia Andrews
Kay Blakeney
Gerry Dickinson
Beth Durant
Lauren Gilstrap
Lane and Ed Goodwin
Maegan Gudridge
Chris Kenney
Kaye McCoy
Debbie McDaniel and Ralph Waldrop
Katy McShane
Mike Miller
Rebecca Munnerlyn
Teresa Payne
Helen Rigby
Victor Snipes
Jenna Stephens
Judy Stephens
Paige Tyler
Wanda Vincent
Carol Williams
Foster Yarborough

Bulletproof Vest for a Columbia Police Department Officer

Update: This campaign is over. Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $1,753!

Rosewood Community Council is raising money to purchase bulletproof vests for Columbia Police Department Officers and we need your help. Each vests costs $545.

Your contribution of $15, $25, or whatever you can afford will help ensure our officers have the tools they need to keep Rosewood safe. Please consider making a contribution. Every dollar we raise will go directly to purchasing vests for our officers. Your contribution will also be matched dollar-for-dollar by JHS Capitol Advisors.

Click here to donate online. Or contact Jenna Stephens at  jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com to arrange for a contribution via check or credit card in person. RCC is a 501(c)(3), so your contributions may be deductible.

These vests save lives. Rosewood’s own PACE Officer, Officer Broder, was saved by his bulletproof vest when he was shot during a routine traffic stop two summers ago. Our police officers face possible danger daily in even the most routine tasks.

January 17, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Rosewood Community Council
1/17/2013 Quarterly Meeting
Hamilton-Owens Airport conference room

Jenna called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm and introduced Lane Goodwin as a new board member and secretary.

District 5 County Council member Seth Rose provided an update on his initiative to improve the Rosewood Trail at Owens Field. An RFP has been issued for a design for the trail and storm water run-off issues have been discovered. Once these issues are addressed, the project can move forward. Richland County is providing $65,000 toward the project.

Mr. Rose has sponsored a motion through Richland County Council asking the city to work with County Council to approach Associated Asphalt about relocating the plant to a more appropriate location in the county. Jenna stated that Mr. Rose’s motion is the only recent activity concerning the asphalt plant. The Easy St. area has been cleaned by the EPA and deemed safe from lead and arsenic. RCC still retains counsel but no lawsuit has been initiated.

Corporal Scott Stover of the city’s Crime Prevention Unit spoke about home crime prevention. The unit provides free home security surveys. He encouraged residents to call (803) 545-3555 to set an appointment. He also spoke about the city’s new RAIDS online crime-mapping system.

Officer Broder of the Proactive Community Enforcement (PACE) unit gave an area crime update. Residents have expressed concern about people walking through the neighborhood knocking on doors. Officers have field interviewed these people and determined they have valid peddlers licenses from the city. However, any resident may post a “no soliciting” sign on their home in order to not be solicited and is encouraged to call CPD if he or she sees suspicious behavior.

Captain Navarro of the city’s Community Services Division introduced himself and spoke about the city’s Citizens Police Academy beginning March 5. The program is open to all residents but slots are limited to 30 citizens per course.

Corp. Stover stated that an assessment had been done and sent to the city’s Park and Recreation Department about installing a call box in Owens Field Park.

Jenna stated that RCC plans to raise money for bulletproof vests for CPD and will send an e-mail with more information soon. Also, a grant has been awarded to Rosewood Elementary School to install a sidewalk on Walker St. between Heyward St. and Harvard Ave.

Michelle Huggins announced that every Saturday from now until the end of February, from 2-5 PM, registration will take place for youth baseball. The league is looking for coaches and sponsors.

CPD Contacts:
Officer Broder (803) 315-9143; asbroder@columbiasc.net
Capt. Sharp (South Region Captain) (803) 737-5881
Corp. Stover (803) 545-3555 (office); (803) 240-8009 (cell); mstover@columbiasc.net
Capt. Navarro (803) 545-3391 (office); (803) 413-5760 (cell)
Sgt. Wesley, PACE (803) 730-7926; djwesley@columbiasc.net
Lt. Felder, Community Services Division: (803) 413-8451
Officer Carrizales, Community Services Division (803) 413-8318

Richland County Sheriff’s Department Contact:
Dep. Hall, Community Action Team, Richland County Sheriff: (803) 513-3396

National Night Out Postponed to August 14

Please join us on Tuesday, August 4, at Owens Field Park [map] to meet your neighbors and local police officers. This community safety-awareness event begins at 6 p.m. and will include:

This neighborhood event is for kids of all ages. Hope to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook.

Rosewood’s National Night Out is sponsored by Rosewood Community Council, Central Rosewood, South Kilbourne, and Edisto Court Communities, and the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods.

National Night Out–August 14

Update: This event has been postponed to August 14.

On Tuesday, August 7, families all over Rosewood will come together at Owens Field Park [map] to meet their neighbors and local police officers. This community safety-awareness event begins at 6 p.m. and will include:

This neighborhood event is for kids of all ages. Hope to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook.

Rosewood’s National Night Out is sponsored by Rosewood Community Council, Central Rosewood, South Kilbourne, and Edisto Court Communities, and the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods.

Crime Watch Signs

You and your neighbors can purchase neighborhood crime watch signs (pictured left) for your street for $26.75 each. Signs will be mounted on existing stop signs if possible.

There is also a sign for an “establishment” (pictured below) instead of “neighborhood” if you would like to purchase one for your business.

 

Please make checks payable to Rosewood Community Council and contact Jenna Stephens at jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com to arrange for payment.

 

 

January Quarterly Meeting: Crime

Homes in the Rosewood neighborhood and businesses on Rosewood Drive have seen a number of dangerous crimes in the last few months. The Rosewood Community Council is holding a special meeting Thursday, January 19th, at 6:30 p.m. dedicated solely to addressing crime.

Please join your neighbors, our city councilmember Dr. Gergel, Captain Sharp of the Columbia Police Department, and business owners from Rosewood Drive as we work together to try to curb this problem. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton-Owens Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

Public Safety in Rosewood

Many of you may have read about a slight increase in home burglaries in Columbia since the Thanksgiving weekend. The police generally see an increase in crime over the holidays. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or cars driving by frequently to the Columbia Police non-emergency number: 803-252-2911. And of course call 911 if you see a burglary in process.