Vandalia police stepping up patrols following Friday’s shooting in Butler Township

VANDALIA — Vandalia Police Chief Kurt Althouse spoke to News Center 7′s John Bedell Saturday and said they have increased staffing since Friday’s shooting in Butler Township.

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He said this was done because the person of interest, 39-year-old Stephen Marlow, is still at large and known in the community.

“The department wants to make sure citizens are aware they are keeping a vigilant eye throughout their city while the investigation in Butler Township is ongoing,” Althouse said.

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Vandalia Mayor Richard Herbst made a statement on Facebook Friday night saying the city continues to monitor the situation and are increasing the number of officers on patrol as a precaution.

“We’ve also cancelled outdoor activities and closed our recreation facilities as a precaution,” he said. “This is a situation we will continue to closely monitor moving forward.”

Herbst said they will remain in close contact with Butler Township authorities to stay ahead of all developments.