Vinton Police Department

  • Agency: Vinton Police Department
  • Address: 310 A Avenue, Vinton , 52349 IA
  • Chief: Jeff Tilson (Chief of Police)
Phone: (319) 472-2321
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Vinton Police Department is located at 310 A Avenue, Vinton , 52349 IA. The Chief of Police of the department is Jeff Tilson. The Vinton Police Department phone number is (319) 472-2321.

Vinton Police Department News

REMINDER: As the weather gets nicer to please remember that yard waste and disposal by open burning is only allowed on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in April and the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday in May in the spring. The hours are from 7 am to 9 pm.

Press Release: April 17, 2018 Vinton Man Charged With Dissemination of Obscene Material to Minors On February 21, 2018, the Vinton Police Department received a report that Lyle Arthur Fowler, age 43, of Vinton, had been communicating with underage girls and requesting nude photographs of them via cell phones and social media. A subsequent investigation found evidence of inappropriate communications between Fowler and two minor females. Fowler is alleged to have sent photographs of his genitals to the same two minor females who he also allegedly knew were under the age of 18. Two criminal complaints were subsequently filed against Fowler for the following offense: Dissemination & Exhibition of Obscene Material to Minors (Two Counts) Serious Misdemeanor, section 728.2 of the Code of Iowa Fowler was arrested on a warrant and booked into the Benton County Jail on April 11, 2018. He was released from custody after posting bond on April 12, 2018. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant(s) is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

April has been declared Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We encourage everyone to learn more about preventing sexual violence.

UPDATE: DOG FOUND. LOST DOG: Female dachshund, brown in color - with white face. Answers to Porcha - no collar - is microchipped. Area of 2nd Avenue, Vinton. Please call 319-472-2321 or 472-2337 if located.

LOST DOG : Yellow female labrador named Chloe, but will not come to her name. Wearing purple collar. Missing north of Shellsburg 59th Street Trail around 9 pm last night 4/9/18. Her human recently died and she is very stressed out right now. Please call the BCSO 319-472-2337 or Vinton PD at 319-472-2321 if you see her. She is extremely shy.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of April 2-8, 2018 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests April 3 Bogart Dylan Fisher 31 Vinton, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Eluding With Speeds Over 25 Over Limit. (Benton County) April 5 Christian Michael Miller 24 Marion, IA Arrested on a Violation of a No Contact Order. Juvenile Referrals None Six citations were issued for the Week of April 2-8, 2018 for Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Curfew, Parking Complaints and Speed. Eleven written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of April 2-8, 2018 and they were for Equipment Repair, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Operating Non-Registered Vehicle and Speed. No reported Motor Vehicle Accidents for the Week of April 2-8, 2018. For the Week of April 2-8, 2018 – 73 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

The new SRO Josh West was being a "hero" and nailing his dance moves, along with Officer Katie Schimerowski at the Benton County Health and Wellness Fair held from 8-12 today at the Vinton Shellsburg High School. Also in attendance was Ben Parmater and K-9 Officer Gino (of course our K-9 hero), along with Chief Ted Paxton, who was being a hero by keeping kids safe. Go out and "Be a Hero" everyday!

PRESS RELEASE: April 6, 2018 VINTON’S FIRST SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER SELECTED The Vinton Police Department is pleased to announce that Senior Police Officer Josh West has been assigned as the department’s first School Resource Officer (SRO). In this role, Officer West will act as a liaison between the Vinton Police Department and the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District. Officer West is a 7-year veteran of the Vinton Police Department and 2001 graduate of Vinton-Shellsburg High School. He is currently a sexual assault investigator, field training officer, child safety seat technician, and standardized field sobriety testing instructor. He recently attended a 40-hour basic SRO training course in Des Moines along with two building administrators from the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District. Officer West will officially begin full-time SRO duties as soon as his replacement, Officer Katelyn Schimerowski, completes her field training. The SRO will immediately begin working to build relationships with students, staff and parents. The School Resource Officer fills three primary roles; 1) Educator: The SRO advises students, parents, and faculty on law enforcement related issues and presents programs on a variety of law enforcement and emergency response related topics that may include; drug abuse, emergency response procedures, crime prevention, and firearm safety. 2) Mentor/counselor: The SRO is a positive role model for students and works to identify and prevent delinquent behaviors through informal counseling and referral. The SRO’s daily interactions with students, parents, and faculty help to develop positive relationships and provide for a safer environment for all. 3) Law Enforcement Officer: The SRO investigates criminal complaints and enforces state laws and city ordinances. The SRO also helps to provide a safe environment through collaborative and preventative security planning with district officials resulting in an improved emergency response when needed. The SRO program comes to fruition after several years of informal conversations which led to two years of intensive study and meetings between City and School officials. Vinton Police Captain Eric Dickinson and Shellsburg Elementary Principal Ryan Davis travelled to Maquoketa and Dewitt to meet with local police and school districts regarding their SRO programs. Maquoketa and Dewitt were specifically chosen for site visits due to the fact they each have similar sized police departments, communities, and school districts compared to Vinton. Each of their SRO programs have been active for more than a decade and have been very successful. The Vinton Police Department applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office. In mid-November 2017, the Vinton Police Department was notified by the Department of Justice that they would be awarded a grant for $125,000.00. The grant covers approximately half of the cost of an additional officer for three years in order to assign an officer to full-time duties as a School Resource Officer. The City and School District will split the remaining cost of the extra officer. The SRO position is required to be continued for at least one additional year after the grant funding ends. At that time, the City and District will re-evaluate the program and determine its future.

SPO Josh West talking with the Lions Club about his new position as School Resource Officer.

Repost from October, 2017....We have had inquiries on whether K-9 Officer Gino has a security/protection vest after the suspect apprehension last week.

Found In the 1200 block of 2nd ave. Please contact 319-472-2337 or 319-472-2321 if you have any information.

03/29/18 - SUCCESSFUL APPREHENSION The Vinton Police Department K-9 Unit was requested by the Benton County Sheriff's Office early Thursday morning around 7:35 AM to assist a deputy in apprehending 24 year old Jordan Dale Turner who ran from a Benton County Deputy southeast of Vinton in rural Benton County. K-9 handler SPO Ben Parmater and his K-9 Gino arrived on scene at the Turner residence located at 2710 61st Street Lane around 8:09 AM and was able to pickup the scent of Turner and began to track southbound through a cornfield into a wooded area along the railroad tracks. At 9:03 AM Gino successfully tracked and located Turner who was hiding under thick brush and downed trees. The area was over a half mile away from where Turner ran from the deputy. The Benton County Deputy was initially at the Turner residence to arrest Jordan Dale Turner on outstanding arrest warrants. Turner was transported to the Benton County Jail without further incident. *An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Today a countywide proclamation was signed for sexual assault awareness. This coming April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/saam/announcing-2018-sexual-assault-awareness-month-theme

We would like to say "thank you" to the Vinton Shellsburg School District and all the students for their time and donation from the sale of the "Vinton Strong" shirt order. Another testament to why we are so proud to serve and protect our community. THANK YOU!

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of March 19-25, 2018 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests None Juvenile Referrals None Six citations were issued for the Week of March 19-25, 2018 for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability and Speed. Ten written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of March 19-25, 2018 and they were for Equipment Repair, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Failure to Carry Registration Card, Improper Registration Plate Lamp and Speed. Two reported Motor Vehicle Accidents for the Week of March 19-25, 2018. For the Week of March 19-25, 2018 – 78 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Vinton Shellsburg High School Career Day with Officer Josh West, Officer Ben Parmater and partner K-9 Officer Gino and Officer Katie Schimerowski. Thanks for all who stopped by to visit with us!

PRESS RELEASE: March 21, 2018 CHARGES FILED RELATED IN GALKOWSKI CASE The Vinton Police Department has filed criminal charges against two Vinton residents related to a case that originated in Vinton on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. This case involved children living in unsanitary conditions in a house containing approximately 700 animals which were not being adequately cared for. Barbara Dyan Galkowski, age 38, and Marshall Ray Galkowski, age 36, of Vinton were booked into the Benton County Jail, taken before a magistrate, and released on their own recognizance. Each of the Galkowskis were charged with the following offenses; 1) Three (3) counts of Child Endangerment (Aggravated Misdemeanor), section 726.6(1)(a) / 726.6(7) of the Code of Iowa 2) Four (4) counts of Animal Neglect (Simple Misdemeanor), section 717B.3(1)(a) / 717B.3(2) of the Code of Iowa. An administrative search warrant had been executed on the above date by the City of Vinton’s building inspector and the Vinton Police Department due to suspected violations of city ordinances and nuisance abatement. The Iowa Department of Human Services is continuing to work with the family to ensure the continued care of the involved children. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant(s) is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of March 12-18, 2018 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests March 15 Jennifer Nichole Cox 36 Vinton, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Original Charge of Forgery. March 16 Hannah Michele Clair 31 Vinton, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Failure to Appear on Original Charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs Juvenile Referrals None Three citations were issued for the Week of March 12-18, 2018 for Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle, Failure to Maintain Control and Speed. Ten written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of March 12-18, 2018 and they were for Equipment Repair, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way and Speed. One reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of March 12-18, 2018. For the Week of March 12-18, 2018 – 80 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Cub Scouts in the house....we had a great time last night talking to the Cub Scouts about "stranger danger" and providing them with their own ID badge. Officer Schimerowski explained all the dangers to the kids and answered all the questions inquiring minds want to know. They did a great job challenging her. Officer Parmater and Gino our K-9 narcotics detection dog (among other wonderful things) also provided the Cub Scouts with vital information on drugs and gave a great demonstration on how Gino is trained to detect narcotics. Again they had some great questions for K-9 Officer Parmater. Thank you for allowing us to show all of you what we do!

**SCAM ALERT** Today, a county resident received a phone call from what appeared to be the Vinton Police Department phone number 319-472-2321. The person claimed to be from the "US Legal Department". The resident was given a reference number and a number to call back. They were then told that there was a warrant for their arrest and they demanded money. The number they were demanded to call was 1-844-335-1076. We called that number and a "Brian" answered and when he was advised he was talking with someone from the Vinton Police Department he immediately hung up and would no longer answer our calls. If you ever recieve a call from anyone claiming there is a warrant for your arrest and a payment is demanded, hang up immediately. It is a scam! No one will ever contact you by phone demanding payment of any kind. If you do recieve such a call and no loss has incurred we would like you to contact the Iowa Attorney's General Office at www.iowattorneygeneral.gov 1-888-777-4590 or email consumer@iowa.gov

Remember St. Patty's day is coming up and as you prepare to head out for the festivities this St. Patrick’s Day, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Make a plan to get home safely before you ever head out for the party! That green beer may taste weak, but you may be more buzzed than you think. Everyone’s tolerance level is different, but even one drink can be too many. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. In 2016, 60 people lost their lives in drunk driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Don’t become a statistic. Remember the life-saving message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Think you need to outdrink that Leprechaun? Just make sure you have a sober ride home. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, which is why you must always arrange for a sober designated driver before you head out to a party. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Drunk driving killed 269 people during the 2012-2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. End the deadly cycle. Today, and every day, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Drunk driving is not worth the risk of injury, time in jail, your death, or the death of another. As you head out to the St. Patrick’s Day parties, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Sometimes, even one drink is one too many. This St. Patrick’s Day, and every day, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. The luck o’ the Irish won’t be with you if you choose to drink and drive. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. It is illegal in all 50 States and the District of Columbia to drink and drive—St. Patrick’s Day and every day. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of March 5 - 11, 2018 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests March 8 Phillip James Horak 37 Vinton, IA Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia March 9 Stephen Kelly Hiepler 34 Blairstown, IA Charged with Driving While License Under Suspension March 10 Holli Jean Burnell 19 Vinton, IA Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia March 11 Darious Dewane-Martinez Coleman 23 Vinton, IA Charged with Domestic Abuse Assault 1st Offense Juvenile Referrals None Three citations were issued for the Week of March 5 - 11, 2018 for Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Responsibility, Speed, and Equipment Repair. Six written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of March 5 - 11, 2018 and they were for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device, Failure to Possess a Valid Driver’s License, Equipment Repair, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, and Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way. No reported Motor Vehicle Accidents for the Week of March 5 - 11, 2018. For the Week of March 5 - 11, 2018 – 69 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of February 26 - March 4, 2018 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests February 27 Clayton Denver Miller 42 Cedar Rapids, IA Charged with Driving While License Under Suspension March 1 Ethan Ray Dedrick 18 Vinton, IA Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia March 2 Paul Raymond Wuorio 48 Davenport, IA Charged with Driving While License Under Suspension Juvenile Referrals March 3 15-year-old female juvenile charged with Interference with Official Acts and Assault Causing Bodily Injury Seven citations were issued for the Week of February 26 - March 4, 2018 for Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Responsibility, No Valid Driver’s License, Operating Non-Registered Vehicle, Fraudulent Use of Registration, and Failure to Maintain Control. Ten written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of February 26 - March 4, 2018 and they were for Speeding, Unsafe Passing, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, and Insufficient Number of Headlights. Two reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of February 26 - March 4, 2018. For the Week of February 26 - March 4, 2018 – 78 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of February 19-25, 2018 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests None Juvenile Referrals February 23 17-year-old male juvenile referral to Central Iowa Detention Center. Four citations were issued for the Week of February 19-25, 2018 for Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Responsibility, No Valid Driver’s License, Speeding, Violation of Condition of Restricted License. Eight written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of February 19-25, 2018 and they were for Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way, Defective or Unauthorized Muffler System, Driving With Obstructed View or Control, Speeding and Equipment Repair. No reported Motor Vehicle Accidents for the Week of February 19-25, 2018. For the Week of February 19-25, 2018 – 75 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Please join us in welcoming our newest sworn officer, Officer Katie Schimerowski. We are excited to have her join the force.