Law and Order Porter County
November 26, 2012 2:28PM
Updated: November 26, 2012 11:38PM
Man strangled teen for videotaping argument
Robert Westfall, 54, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested for felony strangulation and misdemeanor battery after allegedly attacking a 17-year-old female relative.
At about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, at a home in the 300 block of West County Road 400S, north of Boone Grove, the teen told police she was using her phone to record an argument between Westfall and her brother. Her mother said Westfall choked the teen and banged her head against a cabinet to get the phone, which he smashed, according to the police report.
23 charged with drunken driving over weekend
Twenty-three people were booked at the Porter County Jail on drunken driving charges over the long holiday weekend — between Wednesday night and early Monday. The majority of the arrests were made in the early hours of Thursday. Porter County Sheriff’s police made the most arrests, eight, followed by Portage police officers, who made five.
Among the arrests, at least one involved a crash and two involved drivers with a history of drunken driving:
Richard Jakich, 27, of Wheatfield, was stopped at about 2:55 a.m. Thursday after traveling east in the westbound lane of Veterans Avenue. Police said Jakich, who refused field sobriety and chemical tests, had two prior drunken driving convictions within the past five years. He was charged with felony drunken driving with a prior, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Emanuel Pack, 50, of Gary, was arrested for felony drunken driving with a prior during a traffic stop at about 1:05 a.m. Sunday, for not staying in his lane on U.S. 20, west of Indiana 149.
Gregory Orzech, 41, of rural Michigan City, was arrested at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday after crashing into a NIPSCO pole on the Porter/LaPorte County Line Road. He was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving.
Faulty lock blamed for medication thefts
Between 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Saturday, an unknown person reportedly stole four types of medications from an apartment in the 100 block of Jamestown, east of Valparaiso. There were no signs of forced entry, but the rear door’s lock is faulty, police said. The same types of medications, and other items, also were stolen in a prior burglary at the same address, police said.
Car stolen and recovered
A red 2004 Saturn Ion was reported stolen between 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, from outside an apartment building in the 300 block of Worchester Drive. The car was found unattended that morning in the 1900 block of Driftwood Street in Portage.
Man arrested for allegedly choking woman
Matthew Clark, 29, was arrested for felony strangulation at his home in the 2900 block of Roosevelt Road.
A 40-year-old woman living with him told police Clark choked her on and off over the course of two hours, leaving visible injuries; she reported the battery at about 9:20 p.m. Saturday, after he left. He was arrested when he returned home at about 11:25 p.m. Clark also was charged with misdemeanor invasion of privacy, even though he and the victim each told police they thought her protective order against him had been dropped.
Shoplifters caught at Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart security helped police make two felony theft arrests in separate incidents at the store at 6087 U.S. 6.
Ramon Jones, 19, of Gary, was arrested at about 4:30 p.m. Friday for allegedly stealing seven video games worth $269.33. He used a razor blade to open the packaging, which he left on the shelves, police said.
Michele Beverly, 26, of Portage, was arrested at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Store security accused Beverly of leaving the store with $96.08 worth of merchandise, including underwear and bathroom items, hidden under her coat.