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Monday, January 12, 2009

[CA] 30 year veteran retired Cpt. Rolen kills wife Carol and himself

Former MVPD captain, his wife found dead
Mountain View Voice, CA
Jan 9, 2009
Local police and community members who knew Noris and Carol Rolen are mourning the death of the couple this week after the two were found shot dead in their Grass Valley-area home Jan. 1. Noris Rolen was a police captain for more than 30 years in Mountain View and retired in about 1990. He was the last remaining police captain to be appointed by longtime police Chief Arthur Nielsen. Police suspect that Noris, 78, and Carol, 75, died in a murder-suicide. With both of them suffering from health problems, Noris is believed to have shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. The deaths are still under investigation. Police found the couple in their home in the town of Peardale after daughter Marcy Rolen, not having heard from her parents in four days, requested that police check on them. [LINK]


  1. Such ignorance. You post your little news articles that you find with no fact checking or follow up to verify a story. You trust that a tiny news article tells the entire story of two lifetimes (in this particular story's case). You believe that one human reporter makes no mistakes and is able to take a multi-faceted situation and make it starkly black and white. You don't even bother to find out what the conclusion of the story is, you just take the printed assumptions even though an article may say that a case is "still under investigation" and lead everyone to believe that this is the end of the tale. What you are doing is no better than some sick propaganda stunt. How about you look around and be really clear on the fact that domestic abuse, murder, and abuses of power come in all kinds of forms. Wake up!

  2. It was actually Marla (Rolen) Gibson that placed the call, after checking with her stepsister about recent contact with their parents, not Marcy. Knowing the situation intimately, we prefer to view their death as a 'Romeo and Juliet' passing. It was for love they lost their lives that day; not malice. They were married 45yrs - a third marriage for one and second for the other; that's a testimony of love right there. Yes, it was devasting to lose them, but not to dark violence or abusiveness, but a heart that ached with compassion for the one he loved.

    RESOLUTION NO. 14683
    SERIES 1987


    WHEREAS, Noris L. Rolen joined the Mountain View Police Department as a Police Officer on January 16, 1956 and, through his leadership abilities, was promoted to Sergeant in February 1960, to Lieutenant in February 1962, and then to Captain in September 1967; and

    WHEREAS, Noris L. Rolen has faithfully and effectively com-manded every major division of the Police Department, and his most enjoyable assignment in his years of service was that of a motorcycle officer; and

    WHEREAS, Noris availed himself of every opportunity to increase his skills through the numerous training institutes he attended and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy; and

    WHEREAS, one of his many contributions was as the Police Department representative to design and implement the needs of the department in the construction of the award-winning Police Service-Fire Administration building; and

    WHEREAS, Noris L. Rolen has the unique ability to accomplish difficult tasks without delay and fanfare, and these skills have gained him respect and the reputation of being an outstanding Police manager;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Mountain View wishes to express its sincere appreciation and thanks to Captain Noris L. Rolen for his 31! years of devoted and loyal services to the citizens of Mountain View;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Council sends its best wishes for a long and happy retirement and enjoyment of his travels and time on the tennis courts.

    The foregoing Resolution was regularly introduced and adopted at an Adjourned Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Mountain View, duly held on the 25th day of August, 1987, by the following vote:

    AYES: Councilmembers Figueroa, Freelen, Heppler, Perry, Shaskey, Zesch, and Mayor Schatz

    NOES: None

    ABSENT: None

    NOT VOTING: None





    I do hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of Mountain View at an Adjourned Regu1ar meeting held on the 25th day of August, 1987 by the foregoing vote.

    Alice Roylance
    City Clerk
    City of Mountain View


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