Porter County Law and Order
June 4, 2012 4:10PM
Updated: June 4, 2012 7:16PM
Man wanted to see security systems
A man claiming to be a worker needing access to a home to check on a security system was reported seen by residents in two separate incidents on Saturday evening.
When a homeowner photographed the unknown man at about 7:40 p.m., he got angry and left southbound on Coventry Lane, according to the police report.
The man was described as 6 feet tall with a thin build and red hair. He was wearing a white polo shirt with a GE logo and gray shorts, and driving a black Nissan Sentry with Arizona license plates, police said.
Off-road vehicles stolen from barn
Two four-wheelers and a dirt bike were reported stolen overnight Friday from an open pole barn in the 200 block of East County Road 500N, Washington Township. According to the police report, the keys had been left in the vehicles: a red and silver 2004 Honda dirt bike, a red 1985 Honda ATV and a red unknown year Yamaha ATV. The loss is estimated at $2,600.
Fireworks rules to be enforced
The Valparaiso Police Department issued a notice to remind residents the city’s fireworks ordinance will be enforced.
The rules prohibit consumer fireworks except from June 29 to July 9. On those dates, fireworks can be discharged only between 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset, with expanded hours of 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
No one under 18 is to use fireworks in the city limits without a parent or legal guardian present and supervising.
The penalty is $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second and $100 for the third.
New police officers starting duty
The Valparaiso Police Department swore in two new officers on Friday morning at City Hall, Ryan Sobierajski, 23; and Mark Lamotte, 22.
Sobierajski is a graduate of Merrillville High School and Indiana University, where he majored in public safety management.
Lamotte is a graduate of Wheeler High School and Indiana University, with a degree in business management and criminal justice.
Both men previously worked for the Indiana University Police Department and are graduates of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.