Law and Order Porter County
December 11, 2012 12:58PM
Updated: December 11, 2012 4:33PM
Man on probation caught with ecstasy
When his probation officers performed a random house call at about 8:40 p.m. Monday on David Serrano, 37, of the 6900 block of Roosevelt, they allegedly found he was drinking alcohol, a violation of his probation for drunken driving. In a jewelry box in the living room, they found five baggies containing ecstasy and eight capsules filled with the same white powder, according to police. Serrano was arrested for dealing a controlled substance, a Class A felony; a conviction could carry a sentence of 20 to 50 years.
Woman unconscious in vehicle
Police arrested Julia Trachtenberg, 28, of Portage, at about 8:40 p.m. Monday after finding her unconscious inside her vehicle in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy, 3240 Willowcreek Road. Trachtenberg is charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of hypodermic needle — which contained an unknown liquid — and misdemeanor public intoxication.
Relatives, neighbor held suspects
Portage relatives of a 80-year-old Chesterton woman saw a juvenile in her unlocked car as Robert Davis, 19, of Portage, appeared to be the juvenile’s lookout. They and a neighbor held both males for police, even though nothing was taken during the incident at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday in the 6500 block of Evergreen. The juvenile, who was found to have a collapsible baton, admitted stealing from a vehicle the previous night, police said. He was arrested for felony theft and misdemeanor trespassing. Davis was arrested for felony attempted theft and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Woman tells cops she is her sister
Stopped for driving with a suspended license, Kelly Rivera, 39, of Valparaiso, tried to convince the officer that she was her sister. It didn’t work, though, since Rivera weighs more than twice the 110 pounds listed on the sister’s driver’s license. Rivera was arrested, at about 2:20 p.m. Sunday during the traffic stop at Lafayette and Bush streets, for felony identity deception and misdemeanor false informing. She was ticketed for driving with a suspended license and her vehicle was impounded.
Newly purchased home burglarized
A vacant home on Basher Street, which had been recently renovated and was purchased less than a week ago, was reported broken into between Dec. 3 and Saturday. According to the police report, someone broke in through the kitchen window and stole the wiring from the basement. Other damage included paint spilled on a wood floor and damage to a furnace duct and a pried-open garage door. The loss is estimated at $600.
Purses stolen, car windows smashed
Early Monday morning, purses were reported stolen from two locked vehicles, on Lourdes and Kenworthy streets. Each vehicle had a window smashed by the culprit or culprits, who used a large rock in one instance and a landscaping block in the other.