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Dubuque Police respond to two meth related incidents; One at Loras College

29-year-old Dennis Hantelmann 29-year-old Dennis Hantelmann

Dubuque police and fire officials responded to a fire alarm shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday on the Loras College campus.

The alarm, located at the Lynch-McCarthy Apartments, indicated the sprinkler system was active.

Officials found an active methamphetamine lab had exploded, causing the alarm.

The person responsible for the lab fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. An email sent to Loras students by the Loras College Communications Department said the responsible party was not a Loras student, but a guest of a student. As of Wednesday evening, the person remains missing.

Police said the lab and explosion happened in a common bathroom area in the apartment complex. They say there was extensive damage but no known injuries. The email sent to students also said this was the first incident of its kind on campus.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are likely.

In a second and, police say, unrelated event at 10:51 a.m., police responded to a home at 1922 White Street and located a man with meth-making materials.

He is 29-year-old Dennis Hantelmann, who has no permanent address. Police wanted him on several warrants for Interference with Official Acts, Aggravated Public Intoxication, Theft Second Degree and Forgery and Disorderly Conduct, with the total bond set at $20,000.

Hantelmann also has an out-of-state warrant from Jo Daviess County, Ill., for Felony Obstruction of Justice, with a bond there of $50,000.

According to police, officers tried placing Hantelmann under arrest, but he physically resisted. The officers used pepper spray to subdue Hantelmann and take him into custody.

Hantelmann is in the Dubuque County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

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