Porter County Law and Order
June 20, 2012 2:12PM
Updated: June 20, 2012 8:39PM
An Indiana State Police officer was struck by a van as he got out of his car at about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, on eastbound Interstate 94.
Master Trooper Jeff Council stopped behind a disabled vehicle, about 2.5 miles west of the Michigan City exit. Both the squad car and the disabled vehicle were completely on the shoulder and car’s emergency lights were flashing, police said, when a white 2000 Ford E250 van sideswiped Council as he got out of his vehicle. Council was hit on his right side, and the driver’s door of the Dodge Charger police car was bent and its window shattered.
Nonna Warda, 59, of Chicago, said she did not see the trooper. She was ticketed for failure to yield.
Council was treated and released at Indiana University Health hospital in LaPorte.
battery with ashtray
Tammy Goncales, 44, of rural Chesterton, was arrested for felony domestic battery after allegedly throwing a glass ashtray at and hitting a 44-year-old man. This reportedly happened during an argument at about 11:55 p.m. Tuesday at their home, in the 200 block of Danielle Drive, and was witnessed by two children, police said.
Drunken driver was on mo-ped
Robert Hennings, 41, of rural Porter County, was arrested for felony drunken driving, with a prior conviction, after being stopped for speeding on his mo-ped at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, at west Division Road and Fish Lake Street.
Traffic stop yields pot, Xanax in car
Stopped for disregarding a stop sign, Eric Cannon, 21, of Portage, denied being on or even having a cell phone — although one was in his lap — and denied knowing how drugs got into his pocket and vehicle, police said.
Police stopped Cannon at about 4 a.m. Wednesday at Midway Drive and McCool Road, and reportedly found marijuana, generic Xanax and drug paraphernalia. Cannon was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
stolen over 2 nights
A blue 2008 Vento Trito mo-ped was reported stolen between 11 p.m. and midnight Tuesday from an alley near the 400 block of Union Street.
A red 1988 Yamaha Razz mo-ped was reported stolen between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday from the 100 block of Greenwich Street.
Woman shoplifting toys brings kids
Tanya Price, 27, was arrested for felony theft after allegedly shoplifting approximately $175 worth of children’s toys, plus cat food, at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at Wal-Mart, 2400 Morthland Drive. Two young children with Price were released to a friend, at her request, police said. Price is a suspect in a prior theft at the same store, and she also was wanted on a warrant for misdemeanor conversion.