On Duty

On Duty October 24

The Vermilion Police Department received a request for assistance at 11:01 a.m. when a business in the 10 block of Market discovered an unknown powdery substance. The VPD has a protocol for such discoveries. Officers, wearing protective gear, collect the substance and transport it to the South Dakota State University veterinary sciences lab in Brookings for testing. Results are known within 48 hours. Businesses have the option to close voluntarily until test results return. The FBI will be called if results are positive for anthrax. This substance came back negative.

VPD Assistant Chief Kim Callahan urges the public not to panic or become overly alarmed. The VPD is answering these types of calls "but use common sense," he said. "We're not discouraging people to call if they find something suspicious, but don't read more into it than is there." He added that if people are suspicious about a package in their mail "don't open it."

October 25

A report was made at 4:47 a.m. about a person trying to gain entry into a residence in the 200 block of E. National. A window was broken. A 22-year-old male was arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to register as a sex offender.

Officers were called to a domestic-related incident at 2:50 a.m. in the 500 block of Elm. A verbal argument had taken place. A 22-year-old male was arrested for violation of probation and taken to the county jail. An 18-year-old female was cited for driving with a suspended license.

October 26

Officers were called to the same residence as above for a domestic dispute at 12:22 a.m. The male was arrested for simple assault/domestic.

The VPD received a request for assistance at 3:28 p.m. at a residence in the 10 block of W. Dartmouth. A person had found a white powdery substance in an envelope. Evidence was taken to SDSU. Preliminary tests are negative for anthrax.

October 27

A domestic dispute was reported at 4:13 a.m. in the 100 block of E. Clark. A woman was heard screaming for help inside an apartment. Officers gained entry and a 24-year-old male was arrested for simple assault/domestic and transported to the county jail. The victim was a 22-year-old female.

Grand theft of a large amount of cash was reported to the VPD from a business in the 900 block of E. Cherry. The incident occurred Sept. 26. Investigation continues.

Theft of a 1997 Haulmark trailer was reported at 1:19 p.m. in the 800 block of Princeton. The dolly for the trailer was also stolen. Value is $2,000.

A fight was reported at 10 p.m. in the 1200 block of E. Clark at an apartment complex. The fight was over when officers arrived, but a party was in progress. A 23-year-old male was arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

October 28

A stolen vehicle was reported at 1:23 a.m. in the 700 block of Ratingen. The 1992 Ford Tempo was located shortly thereafter in the 500 block of N. Pine and returned to its owner.

A noise complaint was received at 2:04 a.m. from the intersection of Stanford and Clark. The caller reported that it was either a gun or a transformer blowing out. Officers discovered that someone had discharged fireworks. Onlookers were observed by the officers as the investigation took place and a street sign was seen in a resident's window. As a result, officers conducted a consent search and the resident was arrested for illegal possession of a traffic sign and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Hit and run was reported at 2:40 a.m. in the 400 block of S. University. The pickup that was struck appeared to have been pushed about 75 feet by another vehicle. It received minor damage. Investigation continues.

Vandalism was reported at 7:47 a.m. in the St. Agnes parking lot. Pieces of glass were found and a parking pole had been pulled out of the ground. It was apparent that a vehicle had struck the pole and left the scene.

Vehicle burglary was reported at 10:23 a.m. in the 500 block of N. Dakota. Missing items include two Pioneer speakers, two stereo boxes and a Pyramid amplifier valued at about $450. The vehicle was unlocked at the time.

Vehicle burglary was reported at 11:59 a.m. in the 300 block of N. Dakota. A small amount of change was missing, but the vehicle was damaged in the incident. The glove box was pulled out, visors were torn off and it appeared that there was an attempt to tear off the top of the back seats. There was also a dent in a door.

A vehicle that may have been involved in the St. Agnes hit and run was located at 12:01 p.m. in the 500 block of Valley View. It is being processed by detectives.

October 29

The VPD received a request for assistance at 12:10 p.m. from a business in the 10 block of E. Cherry. A white powdery substance was found in a letter. The evidence was transported to SDSU. Preliminary testing is negative for anthrax. The business closed voluntarily until results were in.

October 30

Vehicle burglary was reported at 2:15 a.m. in the 400 block of N. Plum. Two pairs of sunglasses, one CD and a flashlight were reported missing. A suspect was observed running from the scene.

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