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

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of October 1 – October 7, 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 October 5 Jerry Lee Wehde 43 Unknown Charged with Criminal Trespass 1st Offense and Interference with Official Acts. October 7 Skye Alexis Garcia 18 Vinton, IA Charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury Juvenile Referrals None No citations were issued for the Week of October 1 – October 7, 2018. Six written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of October 1 – October 7, 2018 for Improper Brake Light, Failure to Stop and Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way, Insufficient Number of Headlights, Operating a Motor Vehicle with Expired License, and Improper Registration Lamp. One Reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of October 1 – October 7, 2018. For the Week of October 1 – October 7, 2018– 81 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Please Don't Text and Drive In School Zones. We want to remind you that when you you are driving in school zones to please put your phone down, drop your child off and be mindful of other children crossing the roads along with crossing guards. We all know the dangers that come along with texting and driving.

Please help identify: The Vinton Police Department received a complaint of a Caucasian male subject attempting to steal money from the community washing/drying machines at the Vinton Park Apartments (1603 W 1st Street). The subject drives an extended cab Ford Ranger pickup with LED headlamps. Please contact the Vinton Police Department with any information at (319) 472-2321.

IT'S BACK- FREE SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP: Wednesday October 24th 7-9 pm. Held at the Vinton Skate Center. The workshop will be put on by Benton County Sherriff's Office, Vinton Police Department, Urbana Police Department, and Belle Plaine Department. Please contact Leslie McKibben at mckibben@vintonpd.com or 319-472-2321. Local law enforcement officers from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Vinton Police Department, Belle Plaine Police Department, and Urbana Police Department will be hosting a self-defense training workshop on October 24th. This training is open to the general public, and is absolutely free. The event will be held at the Vinton Skate Center from 7:00 –9:00 pm. This training is for both men and women, age 14 and up. No experience is required. This workshop will include both lecture and hands-on training. Topics will include pre-encounter preventative measures, top situational awareness tips, and five of the most effective and practical techniques that can be used against a hostile attacker regardless of your age, gender, or skill level. Participation is encouraged, but not required. Observation is okay. Please wear athletic clothing and comfortable shoes. This workshop is limited to the first 50 people that register. If the class fills, we will plan on scheduling more events to accommodate as many people as possible. To pre-register, please contact Leslie McKibben at 319-472-2321 or email her at mckibben@vintonpd.com. *This is note this is not affiliated with the offering being held Thursday October 25th.

WE NEED YOUR VOTE! Aftermath K-9 grant.....Starts October 1 and closes October 16th. PLEASE SHARE! The link is below https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ Go to the nomination form. You can come back every 12 hours and also on Instagram see all the information below! The Aftermath K9 Grant was founded to showcase, support, and reward the unique contributions made by law enforcement and their K9 units across the country. Indirectly, the K9 Grant raises safety awareness and community kinship throughout the neighborhoods that Aftermath and our law enforcement partners proudly serve. This year, the Aftermath K9 Grant will award a total of $16,500 in grants that can be used to further established K9 units or to create brand new ones. Communities nationwide will determine the top eight award recipients through popular vote. After nominations close on October 16th, popular voting will begin on October 18th and conclude on November 2nd. Anyone in the community – whether you are a student, a local business, or a fellow officer – can vote to support their favorite K9 unit! Individuals may vote ONCE every 12 hours online and ONCE on Instagram (follow @AftermathK9Grant for instructions). Please vote responsibly. Votes will be tallied after the voting period ends and the winning K9 units will be announced on November 5, 2018. So be sure to spread the word and come back daily starting October 18th to ensure that your departments wins a grant!

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of September 24 – September 30, 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 September 25 Dillon Duane Winterroth 20 Vinton, IA Arrested on Intrastate Warrant for Burglary 3rd, Theft 5th and Criminal Mischief. September 27 Devon Jay Murray 25 Vinton, IA Arrested on Intrastate Warrant for Failure to Appear on the Original Charge of Driving While License Under Suspension. Juvenile Referrals 17-year-old Female Juvenile Referral for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Three citations were issued for the Week of September 24 – September 30, 2018 for Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Operating Non-Registered Vehicle and Speed. Four written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of September 24 – September 30, 2018 for Equipment Repair and Failure to Stop and Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way, Failure to Possess Valid Driver’s License While Operating A Motor Vehicle, and Speed. Two Reported Motor Vehicle Accidents for the Week of September 24 – September 30, 2018. For the Week of September 24 – September 30, 2018 – 82 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Thank you to all of those who participated and provided their time for the first Free Self Defense Workshop provided by the Vinton Police Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Urbana Police Department and Belle Plaine Police Department that took place Saturday September 29th. We hope you all gained useful everyday tools you could use to protect yourself but also had a great time. Please provide useful feedback and watch for future workshops. Again Thank you!

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of September 17 – September 23, 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 September 19 Travious Lee Newburry 33 Vinton, IA Charged with Public Intoxication 3rd Offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense. Juvenile Referrals None Three citations were issued for the Week of September 17 – September 23, 2018 for Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way, and Speed. Two written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of September 17 – September 23, 2018 for Equipment Repair and Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability. Two Reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of September 17 – September 23, 2018. For the Week of September 17 – September 23, 2018 – 87 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Officers Justified in Shooting..... Benton County Attorney David Thompson released the official report today regarding the shooting incident involving Mr. Lyle Arthur "Artie" Fowler, Jr. on Sept. 7th, 2018. Fowler remains in Benton County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of September 10 – September 16, 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 September 13 Stephen Craig Bartz 36 Vinton, IA Charged with Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury September 14 Daryn Edward Salger 52 Vinton, IA Charged with Domestic Abuse Assault – 1st Offense Ryan Lyle Fuehrer 34 Marion, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Original Charge of Theft 2nd X 2 September 16 Jacob Edward Doty 34 Vinton, IA Charged with Domestic Abuse Assault – 1st Offense Juvenile Referrals None No citations were issued for the Week of September 10 – September 16, 2018. One written warning for offense was issued the Week of September 10 – September 16, 2018 for Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle. Two Reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of September 10 – September 16, 2018. For the Week of September 10 – September 16, 2018 – 76 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Game ball is on its way! Thank you to all those who are participating and Chief Paxton and Sheriff Tippett for making sure all are safe! Go Vikes! Vinton Shellsburg Community Schools

We want to acknowledge the recognition from Vinton Today and Valerie Close. We appreciate it! Vinton Today

PRESS RELEASE: September 11, 2018 Vinton Police Department Accepting Reserve Officer Applications The Vinton Police Department is accepting applications for its Reserve Officer program. Minimum Qualifications: Must be 21 years or older at the time of employment. Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any state. Felony convictions and disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years are not allowed. U.S. Citizen. Must be able to effectively read and write the English language. Must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious habits. Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent. Any other requirements established by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. An informational meeting will be held on September 24, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. at City Hall. Applications will be due by October 1, 2018 by 4:00 P.M. Written testing will be held at City Hall on October 8th, 2018 at 6:00 P.M Applications may be found on Vinton’s website: https://cityofvinton.org/ Addresses: City Hall: 110 E 3rd St Vinton PD: 310 A Avenue Vinton, IA 52349 Vinton, IA 52349 Local Contact: Sergeant Alex Reinert Vinton Police Department Email: reinert@vintonpd.com Phone: 319-472-2321

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of September 3 – September 9, 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 September 3 Drew Alexe Nunemaker 32 Vinton, IA Charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense Monet Ellyse Elwick 18 Vinton, IA Charged with Controlled Substance Violation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs September 4 Dustin James Stratton 19 Vinton, IA Charged with Disorderly Conduct Dylan Mathew Stratton 20 Vinton, IA Charged with Disorderly Conduct September 6 Michael Ryan Neal 21 Vinton, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Failure to Appear on Original Charges of Probation Revocation Juvenile Referrals None Three citations were issued for the Week of September 3 – September 9, 2018, for Criminal Trespass Three written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of September 3 – September 9, 2018 for Failure to Carry Registration Card, and Speed No Reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of September 3 – September 9, 2018. For the Week of September 3 – September 9, 2018 – 56 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

FREE SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP: Local law enforcement officers from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Vinton Police Department, Belle Plaine Police Department, and Urbana Police Department will be presenting a FREE self-defense training workshop for the general public on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at the Vinton Skate & Activity Center, 1703 C Avenue, from 9:00 – 11:00 am. This training is for both men and women, age 14 and up. No experience is required. This workshop will include both lecture and hands-on training. Participation is encouraged, but not required. Please wear athletic clothing and comfortable shoes. While there is no cost, pre-registration is required. The class size is limited to the first 50 people that register. If the class fills up, we will plan on scheduling more events in the future. To pre-register, please contact Leslie McKibben at #319-472-2321 or email her at mckibben@vintonpd.com with the following information for each attendee; name, age, email address and phone number.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of August 27 – September 2, 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 August 30 Matthew Francis Fox 19 Vinton, IA Charged with Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs x 2 and Driving While License Under Suspension, Denied, Cancelled or Revoked September 2 Holly Marie Goodenbour 28 Vinton, IA Arrested on Intrastate Warrant for Driving While License Under Suspension, Denied, Cancelled or Revoked Juvenile Referrals 14-year-old Male Juvenile Referral for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia x2 14-year-old Female Juvenile Referral for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 17-year-old Male Juvenile Referral for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 15-year-old Male Juvenile Referral for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Two citations were issued for the Week of August 27 – September 2, 2018, for Depositing or Throwing Litter on the Highway and Speed Eight written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of August 27 – September 2, 2018 for Insufficient Number of Headlights, Improper Registration Plate Lamp, Improper Brake Lights, Failure to Carry Registration Card, Failure to Use Headlamps when Required, and Speed No Reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of August 27 – September 2, 2018. For the Week of August 27 – September 2, 2018 – 71 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

We would like to welcome our new hire Cory Nesbitt. Cory had his swearing in at the last City Council Meeting on August 23. We are excited to have Cory and his family become part of our family! Good luck at the Academy and stay safe!

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of August 20-26, 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 August 24 Thomas Earl Overly 67 Vinton, IA Charged with Disorderly Conduct August 25 Thomas Richard Kinnaman 57 Monmouth, IL Charged with Operating While Under the Influence 1st Offense Hanna Virginia Pavao 19 Vinton, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Failure to Appear on Original Charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine 1st August 26 Jared Jay Willger 20 Cedar Rapids, IA Charged with Criminal Mischief 5th Degree Lucas Reed Novotny 18 Swisher, IA Charged with Criminal Mischief 5th Degree Travious Lee Newburry 33 Vinton, IA Charged with Public Intoxication 3rd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Juvenile Referrals None One citation was issued for the Week of August 20-26, 2018, for Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle. Twelve written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of August 20-26, 2018 for Insufficient Number of Headlights, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Improper Registration Plate Lamp, Failure to Give Notice of Address or Name Change, Defective or Unauthorized Muffler System, Failure to Obey Flashing Red Signal and Speed. No Reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of August 20-26, 2018. For the Week of August 20-26, 2018 – 108 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

JUST A REMINDER: Before going to Iowa Humane Alliance with a trapped cat to be spayed or neutered for our TNR program you must fill out the rental/liability forms. Also if you want to recieve a discount voucher you must request one through Friends of the Shelter at vintonshelter@yahoo.com as we do not have them at the police department. A sample of the voucher is attached. Below is the information posted on our website which also has the link the to form that needs to be filled out prior to going to IHA. TRAP-NEUTER-RELEASE The City of Vinton has implemented a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) all voluntary program. This is a humane approach to addressing the communities ever growing cat population. By trapping, altering and returning them to their territory helps keep unaltered cats from moving in which stops the cycle from continuing. To distinguish an already altered cat, they should have an ear tip. TNR is very effective in addressing community concerns, reducing complaints about cat nuisance, and stopping the breeding cycle. *Please note if you have outdoor cats, initially there may be no distinction between feral cats and outdoor pets that have not been spayed or neutered, so please microchip or have a clearly marked collar on your pet. *You are also responsible to release any other animal you catch in the trap back into their natural habitat. The City has several deposit refunded traps available for $40 (refunded) through the police department. The City bares no responsibility either financially or any liability for this all voluntary program. Information packets including how to trap and transport and also financial assistance forms to be used at Iowa Humane Alliance in CR are found at the police department along with the refunded deposit rental/liability forms (Also required a copy of current DL). Information packets can also be found at Friends of the Shelter, Inc. (211 W 4th Street) during open business hours. * If you use your vet please ask that they check for microchips and if deemed a stray to ear tip them. For more information please call 319-472-2321 or email mckibben@vintonpd.com.

LOST DOG: Found in the 500 BLK of E 8th Street. Please call 472-2321 or 472-2337 with any information. Please Share!

This is Rafal Zyskowski. He has a valid door-to-door sales or peddler's permit for the City of Vinton and for the entirety of Benton County. He will be in the area for at least the next couple of weeks selling educational material. This is not an endorsement of any product only a notification that he has city/county permit.

First Day of School for Senior Police Officer Josh West as the School's Resource Officer for the Vinton Shellsburg School District! It's going to be a great year for the new SRO Program!

Back To School: Tomorrow is the first day of the new school year. So remember to be aware of your surroundings when driving or walking and watch for stopped buses and children in school cross walks! Let's make this a safe and great school year!