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Updated: January 3, 2013 4:45PM



PORTER COUNTY

Gun permit procedure changing

Beginning Jan. 14, gun permit applicants living in unincorporated Porter County must work with L1 Solutions to have their fingerprints put into an electronic database. The Sheriff’s Department will no longer be doing fingerprinting in-house for gun permits.

The first step to apply for a gun permit will be to complete an online application with the state. The next two steps, which can be done in any order, are to schedule an appointment online with L1 Solutions and to go to the Sheriff’s Department to sign their application and pay the local fee using a money order. L1 charges $9.95 for the electronic prints and also will collect the state fee.

L1 does not accept walk-ins, and applicants may visit the Sheriff’s Department only between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Go to www.portercountysheriff.com for instructions and the links to the state’s application Web site, aries.in.gov/firearms/permit.aspx, and L1 Solutions, www.l1id.com. Anyone with additional questions can contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Records Division at 477-3080.

Paintballs crack home’s siding

Paintballs launched at a house cracked its siding in several places, police said. The vandalism happened between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Eagle Ridge Drive.

PORTAGE

Woman blames crime on neighbor

When arrested at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for felony theft, Tira Peak, 48, of South Haven, claimed a neighbor had ordered her to steal the items from Wal-Mart, 6087 U.S. 6, or he would assault her.

After officers unsuccessfully searched the parking lot for the man at her direction, Peak changed her story about how they were supposed to meet, according to the police report, and several other details of her story did not make sense. The stolen and recovered goods included bread, an orchid, a men’s coat, liquor and batteries.

Driver unsuccessfully flees police

When Michael Sutkowski, 47, of Portage, ignored a police officer’s attempts to pull him over, he received a felony charge of resisting law enforcement instead of facing only a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.

A officer attempted to stop Sutkowski at 7:52 a.m. Wednesday near Woodland Park for repeatedly failing to use his turn signal, police said. Sutkowski then allegedly sped up and drove home to the 200 block of Ryan Street.

He was arrested at gunpoint after getting out of his vehicle and taking a few steps at a run, police said.



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