Updated: December 10, 2012 10:38PM
Masked robber struck liquor store
In what police classified as a strong-arm robbery, an unknown man wearing a black ski mask and gloves stole an unspecified amount of cash at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday from South Shore Liquors 2, 5454 Central Ave.
The 63-year-old female cashier said the man, dressed in blue jeans and a gray sweatshirt, took money from a charity bucket on the counter and the cash register drawer, which she already had open to count. He took the business’s cordless phone as he left, according to the police report, although the phone later was found in bushes outside.
Canines tracked the culprit west through several back yards on the north side of Central Avenue before losing the scent.
Odor alerted police to quantity of drugs
Nicholas Sosenko, 20, was arrested for dealing marijuana after someone anonymously complained at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday about the smell in a stairway of an apartment building on south College Avenue. Police found nothing of significance in a search of the first apartment to which a police canine alerted. When Sosenko exited his apartment, directly above the first one that had been searched, however, police said a wave of burnt marijuana smell came with him into the hall. Police said they found 52.5 grams of marijuana in the apartment, LSD, pills for which Sosenko did not have a prescription, alcohol and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. In addition to dealing, Sosenko is charged with three other felonies: possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana and two counts of possession of a controlled substance; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol.
Suspicious envelope with powder found at office
The Valparaiso Fire Department and Porter County Hazardous Materials team responded to a report of an envelope containing a suspicious white powder Monday afternoon at the Social Security Office.
Valparaiso Fire Battalion Chief Mark Taylor said fire personnel were called to the office, located at 3810 Calumet Ave., around 2:45 p.m. He said firefighters were released from the scene about 30 minutes later after investigators determined that the powder was not hazardous.
McDonald’s reported drug activity
McDonald’s management called police, at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, to stop the suspected sale of drugs from the dining area of the restaurant at 480 Indian Boundary Road. Police arrested Jeremy Lawson, 19, of Chesterton, on three felony charges: possession of a hypodermic syringe and two counts of possession of a controlled substance - heroin and a prescription dissolving film to treat opiate addiction; and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Lawson was out on bond at the time of the arrest.
Six arrested at Coffee Creek Park
Police found six young people in a Chevrolet Blazer at about 8:50 p.m. Saturday at the back of Coffee Creek Park, 246 E. Morgan Ave., which was closed for the night. Aric Deangelis, 19, of Chesterton, who claimed ownership of everything illegal in the vehicle, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement and underage drinking. Deangelis already was facing a charge for allegedly robbing a man in March at Kirchoff Park in Valparaiso. Kendall Owens, 20, of Chesterton, was arrested for underage drinking, and the others were released.
Red tow truck used to steal vehicle
A light green 2007 Saturn Ion, worth $6,000, was reported stolen at about 9 a.m. Friday from the 700 block of Pintail Lane, east of Hobart. A friend of the vehicle’s owners told police he saw a red tow truck take the vehicle, and the tow truck driver allowed him to remove the car’s stereo. Police were unable to find any record that the car was towed by a legitimate company.
Gifts stolen out of unlocked vehicle
Christmas gifts worth $585, including electronics, toys, clothing and gift cards, were reported stolen between 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday from an unlocked vehicle in the 1100 block of Winter Park Drive in Liberty Township.
ATV reported stolen from shed
A gray 2009 Polaris four-wheeler was reported stolen overnight Thursday from an unlocked shed in the 500 block of North County Road 550W. The key had been left in the ignition of the $10,000 all-terrain vehicle.