Law and Order, Porter County
Truck stolen from impound lot
A box truck was stolen from an impound lot after an unknown man came asking for it, according to the Chesterton Police Department.
The Porter County Sheriff’s Department ordered the 53-foot white truck impounded from its location in the southbound lanes of Indiana 49 near County Road 700N.
The truck, which did not have an attached trailer, was taken to Joe’s Towing in Chesterton. A few hours after, a man came to the lot asking about the truck. He did not ask or pay for its release, however. When employees didn’t see the man for a while, they went looking and discovered that both he and the truck were missing.
Police determined the truck’s license plate is registered to Norfolk Southern Railroad, although it was unclear if the truck itself belonged to the company.
Woman grabbed gun in fight with boyfriend’s kids
Shawn Higgins, 43, of Griffith, called police to report that she was assaulted by her boyfriend’s 16-year-old daughter and his 20-year-old son, but she was the one charged with misdemeanor battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the family’s Lake Eliza home. Higgins grabbed a shotgun during the incident, although she did not know how to use it and did not fire.
The siblings told police Higgins was the first one to strike during the fight although the brother, John Bielak, admitted hitting her in return and to try to get the gun away from her, according to the police report. Bielak was charged with underage drinking and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. An underage drinking charge is being considered against the 16-year-old and one of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor is being considered against their father, whom police said was in the home, in the 600 block of west County Road 50S, and aware of their drinking.
Chief Brickner appointed president of Indiana association
Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner has been appointed president of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police for 2013. In previous years, he has served in numerous offices within the association and on its board of directors.
Man charged in fight over cell phone
Kevin White, 22, was charged with felony domestic battery, in the presence of a child, for an incident at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at his home, in the 4700 block of Andover Court. Police said he and a 19-year-old woman were fighting over his cell phone, and she received several minor injuries.
Man arrested for pushing woman in face
Police arrested Rayjun Reed, 22, for allegedly striking or pushing a 22-year-old woman in the face as they argued just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, at their apartment in the 5900 block of Old Porter Road. Reed is charged with felony domestic battery in the presence of a child, and on a Lake County misdemeanor warrant. Both parties said the woman “got in his face” during the argument.