Updated: December 27, 2012 6:32PM
Man caught trying to get into cars
A Valparaiso man prepared for the holidays by helping himself to what was in other people’s vehicles, which led to him being tasered, according to charges filed against him in Porter County Superior Court.
Nathan S. Kiaurakis, 24, faces up to three years in prison on each of three Class D felony charges filed against him for the alleged Dec. 22 incidents: attempted theft and two counts possession of stolen property.
An officer saw Kiaurakis trying door handles about 2 a.m., and Kiaurakis tried to hide in his Jeep where the stolen property was.
The police tasered him twice while he ran and then fought captivity, which led to a misdemeanor resisting law enforcement charge.
Sleeping driver rear-ended car
An allegedly drunken driver either passed out or fell asleep before rear-ending a vehicle stopped for a train at 2:52 a.m. Monday at Calumet Avenue and Sycamore Street. Police said David Morris, 34, of Valparaiso, appeared asleep at the wheel of his black 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer and the car still was in drive when they arrived. After officers woke him with difficulty, Morris reportedly failed field sobriety and breath alcohol tests. He was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving.
Thief filled cart with TVs and liquor
An unknown person attempted to leave Wal-Mart with a shopping cart loaded with stolen items: three 32-inch LED televisions, two bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey, two 24-packs of Budweiser beer, a Batman DVD, men’s boots and razors. Store loss prevention officers confronted the man at 1:13 p.m. Monday in the foyer of the store, at 2400 Morthland Drive, and he ran, according to the police report. They lost sight of the man, who had black hair and was wearing glasses and a black coat, near Steak n Shake. The recovered property is worth $962.63.
In a separate incident, Nicholas Barron, 18, of rural Porter County, was arrested for felony theft at 7:56 p.m. Saturday after leaving Wal-Mart with a bottle of vodka hidden in his pants.
Multiple police visits end with arrest
On police officers’ third visit Wednesday to an apartment in the 1900 block of Chicago Street, they arrested James Orris, 47, of Michigan City, for felony intimidation, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery causing injury. Orris was taken to another location following the first two calls, for verbal fights. He returned at 8:48 p.m., however, and allegedly struck a 29-year-old male resident in the head. The victim then hit Orris and restrained him as another resident got a neighbor to call 911. The 23-year-old neighbor then took over holding Orris for police, using a choke hold to cause him to lose consciousness after Orris allegedly threatened to kill him. Orris, who was drunk and had a head injury, was treated at Porter Regional Hospital before he was jailed, police said. The 29-year-old victim also said he would get medical treatment.
Two burglaries at water utility
Water utility equipment worth $18,000 was reported stolen between 10 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Wednesday from RMS Utility Services, at 79 W. U.S. 6. A laptop and other computer equipment, worth $1,300, also was stolen in the forced-entry break-in, the second at the business in a week, according to the police report. Police said a door was pried open at its deadbolt.