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Law and Order Porter County

Updated: December 18, 2012 4:21PM



VALPARAISO

Woman tries to set own price at 7-11

A woman who offered 50 cents for a cup of what she said was hot water was arrested for felony theft after walking out of 7-Eleven when the cashier told her the price for the extra large coffee was $2.09. “I am not paying that. … Call 911,” Natasha Darden, 42, reportedly said. The Arizona woman told police she was walking to Texas when she was arrested at about 8:15 a.m. Monday outside the convenience store at 708 Lincolnway.

PORTER COUNTY

Thieves spend hours on site

A 4-foot bucket and another attachment were stolen off a John Deere tractor between 11 a.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Monday at a construction site in the 800 block of North Meridian Road. The owner told police it would have taken approximately three hours to remove the equipment — and the bucket weighs about 8,000 pounds — without damaging the tractor in the process, and the tractor was undamaged. The loss is estimated at $15,000.

Unknown when rifle was stolen

A camouflage Remington .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle with scope was reported stolen between Dec. 12 and Monday from a house in the 1000 block of North County Road 200W, in Liberty Township. There were no signs of forced entry, and the victims told police they occasionally leave a door unlocked during quick trips.

Gift reported stolen from mailbox

A gift sent via U.S. Postal Service was reported stolen sometime Friday from a mailbox in the 400 block of West County Road R, in Union Township.

PORTAGE

Stun gun used on man entering vehicles

Dominique Walton, 20, of Portage, was arrested on an assortment of misdemeanor charges after a resident of the 5200 block of Brookline saw him allegedly pulling on the handles of vehicles in the area.

Police found Walton at 7:10 p.m. Monday reportedly rummaging through a vehicle parked in a driveway at Brookline and Parkside. He ran briefly but was grabbed by and fought with the witness who had been helping police locate him; police used a stun gun on Walton’s buttocks to apprehend him. He is charged with unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana, underage drinking and public intoxication

Suspicious activity resulted in arrest

Officers checking on a complaint of suspicious activity at about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lots of hotels in the 6100 and 6200 blocks of U.S. 20 arrested Rhoda Tawil, 25, of Worth, Ill., for identity deception and possession of a legend drug, both felonies; and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.



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