Porter County Law and Order
June 13, 2012 2:50PM
Updated: June 13, 2012 4:19PM
Teen throws knife, injures mom
A 17-year-old female was arrested for felony battery after allegedly throwing a kitchen knife with an 8-inch blade at her mother, cutting her forearm, police said. The two were arguing at about 3:55 p.m. Tuesday about the teen having been forbidden to use her cell phone because she was grounded. The 41-year-old mother called a grown son to come to the home, in the 1200 block of Chicago Street, to help take the phone from the teen. After he did, the girl started throwing things, the mother told police. The juvenile was taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.
Woman makes up story of assault
A 36-year-old Valparaiso woman was arrested for misdemeanor false reporting after making up a story of fighting off two attackers in the Wal-Mart parking lot, police said. Crystal Sledge told police two men followed her in the store for about half an hour Monday before attacking her at about 11:30 p.m., as she loaded her bags into her vehicle. After police reviewed surveillance video and saw her uneventful trip to the store, including in the parking lot, Sledge reportedly admitted to fabricating the assault, which she reported from her home.
Wedding, bowling jewelry taken
More than $7,000 worth of jewelry was stolen in a residential burglary between 10 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, in the 200 block of South County Road 600W, about halfway between Hebron and Valparaiso. Wedding rings, a pearl earring and necklace set, and men’s bowling rings were stolen, along with costume jewelry and a container of quarters, according to the police report. There was no forced entry to the house.
Man admits prior battery of wife
Mark Clapp, 47, was arrested for felony intimidation after he allegedly threatened his 51-year-old wife with a rope and a bowie knife at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at their home, in the 5800 block of Central Avenue. Police said Clapp admitted he “bounced her head off the wall twice” during the previous weekend. He also is charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, interfering with the reporting of a crime, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Burglar returns after prior break-in
A lawn mower was reported stolen between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday from a garage in the 1500 block of Willow Street, which had been broken into the night before. The owner did not report the first break-in, she later told police, because nothing was missing that morning.