Law and Order Porter County
October 26, 2012 1:28PM
Updated: November 28, 2012 6:09AM
Black gun found in library donation
A gun was hidden in a book donated to the Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson Street. Because no records are kept on book donations, it is unknown when the book, “Outerbridge Reach,” was received. The hidden compartment holding the gold A.S.M. 31 caliber, single shot black powder firearm with a wooden handle was discovered Wednesday.
Numerous street signs stolen
The Valparaiso Street Department reported a number of street signs, worth approximately $560, were stolen over the past week.
Cash disappeared during garage sale
An envelope containing $500 was reported stolen during a garage sale, between 11 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. Thursday in the 2007 block of Rebecca Street. The cash was in the victim’s home, and she told police she allowed one couple inside to look at a mattress she wanted to sell.
Drug paraphernalia on alleged thief
Jessica Myers, 21, of DeMotte, was arrested for felony theft and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after allegedly shoplifting at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday at Kohl’s, 350 Silhavy Road. Police said Myers hid boots, socks and jewelry, worth $121.99 all together, in her purse.
Taillights stolen off older-model pickup
The taillight assemblies of a 1998 GMC Sonoma pickup were reported stolen between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, from in front of the owner’s home in the 700 block of Long Run Road.
Drunken driver crashes into tree
Dustin Barnett, 34, of South Haven, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving after crashing at about 11:55 p.m. Thursday into a tree at Lahonda Drive and Eagle Creek Road.
Bow, other hunting equipment stolen
An unknown person damaged a vehicle’s lock to steal a hunting bow, knife and hunter’s clothing from the pickup in the 3200 block of Blue Jay Drive, in Center Township south of Valparaiso. The theft happened between midnight and 7 a.m. Thursday and the loss is estimated at $2,300.
Worker sent away for being drunk
Norma Campbell, 53, of Portage, was arrested at about 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Central Avenue and Vivian Street for alleged drunken driving, a felony because of a prior conviction. Police were notified by one of Campbell’s Speedway coworkers that she was being sent home for being drunk at work, and the coworker believed it was unsafe for her to drive.