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LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS

Bear repellent sprayed on man

Albert Skiba, 26, was arrested at about 6:50 p.m. Saturday for allegedly battering a 64-year-old male relative at the family home, in the 1600 block of Sunnyslope Drive. The victim told police that when he confronted Skiba about taking a bottle of alcohol, Skiba shoved him twice and repeatedly lunged at him. The victim responded by shooting bear repellent at Skiba. The victim and another relative told police they bought the pepper spray specifically to protect themselves against Skiba, after a prior incident of him losing control. Skiba was charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

PORTER COUNTY

Drunk stranger tried to enter home

A homeowner grabbed his rifle and called police when a man he did not know attempted to open his front door a little after 1 a.m. Monday. Police found Nathan Gamblin, 21, of Valparaiso, on the front porch of the home in the 500 block of East County Road 600N, in Washington Township. According to the police report, Gamblin did not know where he was, could not explain why he was there and his behavior ranged from sobbing to hostile. After being medically cleared at Porter Regional Hospital, Gamblin was jailed for misdemeanor criminal trespassing and public intoxication.

Driver wanted on felony charges

A driver stopped for unsafe lane movement ultimately was arrested on two LaPorte County warrants to face felony charges. Anthony Vigil, 26, of Trail Creek, is charged with misdemeanor driving with a suspended license and felony railroad mischief and theft. Porter County Sheriff’s Police stopped Vigil’s SUV at about 4:50 p.m. Sunday for swerving on U.S. 20 in Pine Township.

Burglary reported at landscaper

Checks and $326.14 cash were reported stolen between 7:15 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday in a forced-entry burglary of Clarks Landscape Center, at 15 E. U.S. 6, in Liberty Township. The culprit removed the glass from a window and cut the window screens, police said.

VALPARAISO

Suspect choked bouncer at brewery

Shawn Newton, 42, of Valparaiso, was arrested after allegedly pushing and choking a 39-year-old bouncer working at Figure 8 Brewing, in front of numerous witnesses. Police said Newton denied remembering what happened in the incident at about 1:10 a.m. Saturday at the brewery, at 150 Indiana Ave., but he admitted confronting the bouncer about something unrelated to the pub. Newton is charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor battery causing injury.

Theft reported from unlocked home

A laptop computer and two video game consoles were reported stolen between 8 p.m. Sunday and 1 a.m. Monday from a home in the 3900 block of Campbell Street. The back door had been left unlocked during the time frame of the theft, police said.

SALT CREEK COMMONS

Accused of grabbing kitchen knife

Kyle Evensen, 36, of Salt Creek Commons, had been drinking before he allegedly swung a kitchen knife at a 37-year-old woman during an argument at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday at their home, in the 400 block of Sandalwood Drive. No one was injured and Evensen was arrested without incident on a felony intimidation charge. He told police he grabbed the knife to cut the tires on his truck but decided against doing that.

LAKE ELIZA

Handgun, knife, gone after burglary

A burglar stole a Glock handgun, a folding knife, $2,000 cash and laptop computer between 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday from S.T.A. Construction, at 528 W. Division Road, in Lake Eliza. Police said it appeared the culprit either jumped the perimeter fence or squeezed through an opening at the gate before prying open a door to the business. A window also had been broken out of a company pickup, and it and filing cabinets in the building had been gone through.

PINES

Man seen looking into mailboxes

Residents reported seeing an unknown man going through mailboxes at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the 4000 block of Pine Street. At least one person’s mail was taken, according to the police report.



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