Law and Order Porter County
October 5, 2012 1:14PM
Updated: November 8, 2012 11:58AM
Vandalism mocks O.E. clients
Someone vandalized Opportunity Enterprises’s facility along Lake Eliza, at 40 Fish Lake St., using chalk and spray paint to draw swastikas and obscene pictures, plus carving “cryples” into a concrete pillar. “It is believed the person who did this has a low education level and is trying to make fun of the O.E. clients,” the responding officer wrote in his report.
Woman leaves child at school
Kathleen Bush, 36, of Portage, was arrested after reportedly leaving a 5-year-old child alone at Aylesworth Elementary School at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday. She later told police she got confused and thought it was time for school.
A custodian at the school, at 5910 Central Ave., called police when he found the crying child, but Bush returned and picked the child up about 20 minutes later, before officers arrived. Police arrested Bush later at her home on a felony charge of neglect of a dependent and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, which Bush reportedly admitted to selling.
Man admits battering woman
Steven Smith, 42, of Portage, was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Friday for allegedly battering a 32-year-old woman at her home, in the 6000 block of McFarland. The woman told police that during an argument at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Smith threw her to the ground and repeatedly punched her in the face and said he’d kill her if she called police.
Smith admitted knocking the woman to the ground but denied punching or threatening her, according to the police report. The woman was treated at Portage Hospital for a broken finger, she said it was injured when she tried to shield her face.
White ATV stolen from backyard
A white 2003 Suzuki ATV, valued at $2,000, was reported stolen between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday from the backyard of a house in the 800 block of North County Road 450W, in Portage Township.