McClleland honored by local police By David Lias
Plain Talk He doesnâ�?�?t wear a badge or walk a beat. But Tim McClelland of Vermillion played a key role in helping police nab two individuals who allegedly armed Davis Pharmacy at gunpoint the evening of July 1. For his key assistance, Vermillion Police Chief Art Mabry presented McClelland with an award Monday at the start of the Vermillion City Council meeting. Most of the community is well aware of the robbery, Mabry said. â�?�?What not may be known is the night before (the robbery) the suspects in that robbery had contact with Tim,â�? the chief said. â�?�?He thought their actions were rather suspicious, and gave us a call. An officer responded and took the information, and although the information didnâ�?�?t rise to the level of being a crime, it definitely put these two individuals on our radar screen.â�? After the robbery occurred the following night, â�?�?it only took a few minutes before we were able to put everything together and realize that the two individuals that were brought to our attention were most likely the suspects in this robbery.â�? Mabry presented McClelland with a plaque from the police department in honor of his assistance to local law enforcement. He humbly accepted it, to the applause of members of the city council. â�?�?I think as a citizen of the community â�?�? this should be something that every person should do,â�? McClelland said. â�?�?Iâ�?�?ve spent 16 of my 39 years here, Iâ�?�?m raising my family here â�?�? I just want this to be a safe community.â�?