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Updated: November 28, 2012 1:38AM



VALPARAISO

Man delayed reporting broken jaw

Early Monday morning, a Crown Point man’s jaw was broken in two places during a fight outside the Franklin House, 58 Campbell St. A nurse at The Methodist Hospitals Southlake campus reported the battery to police, as she was required by law, even though the 30-year-old man said he did not want to pursue it.

His girlfriend, however, blamed his injuries on one of the bar’s bouncers. She said her boyfriend and another man were fighting in the parking lot at about 3 a.m., and when she tried to break them apart, all three of them ended up rolling around on the ground, with the two men still throwing punches. A bouncer then came over, picked up the alleged victim and “choked him out, and then threw him to the ground,” she told police.

Police are contacting the bouncers who worked that morning.

Electronics taken in home burglary

Between 9:15 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. Monday, a burglar stole a television set and a laptop computer, and looked through several drawers, although nothing was missing from them, according to the police report. The front door of the home, in the 400 block of East Indiana Avenue, had been pried open, damaging the door, lock and frame. The loss and damages are estimated at $2,000.

PORTER COUNTY

Man aggressive toward police

During his arrest, Bruce Harris, 58, of Salt Creek Commons, aggressively tried to grab either the arresting officer’s taser or his testicles, police said.

Police responded at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a disturbance in an open garage in the 400 block of Sable Drive, in Salt Creek Commons. As soon as Harris was told to step outside to talk, he reportedly began screaming and cursing, and he allegedly made a fist while stepping aggressively toward a woman, according to the police report. The officer pulled him away from the woman and pinned him against a vehicle in the garage, while Harris struggled and grabbed at the officer’s waist and thigh. After the struggle, Harris complained of rib pain. When paramedics placed him on a gurney, Harris reportedly kicked the police officer in the thigh and made a number of threats against him and Harris’ own wife.

No one else was injured in the disturbance, which witnesses told police entailed Harris coming home drunk and breaking a number of items. He was jailed on charges of felony intimidation and misdemeanor battery, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

HEBRON

Burglar removed air conditioner

At an unknown date, a burglar entered Tom’s Auto and Tire Sales, 701 W. Indiana 2, by removing an air conditioner from a shop window. The break-in was reported Saturday. The owner said eight tires and two computers were among the property stolen, and a van was damaged.

PORTAGE

Habitual traffic violator arrested

Lawrence Jones, 40, of Michigan City, was arrested at about 3:20 p.m. Sunday on a felony charge of driving despite losing his license as a habitual traffic violator. Police pulled over Jones because the borrowed vehicle he was driving had equipment violations, the windshield was cracked and the officer said he thought there was an unrestrained child in the front seat, because of the way the female passenger was slouched down.



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