Law and Order Porter County
January 4, 2013 2:24PM
Teen grabbed wheel to crash
Nicholas Baumgarte, 31, of Wheatfield, was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Calumet Avenue, Vale Park and Roosevelt Roads. The 15-year-old daughter of Baumgarte’s girlfriend was in the vehicle, and she told police she grabbed the car’s wheel and steered to the right, into the side of one vehicle, when she feared Baumgarte was going to collide head-on with another one when he entered the intersection despite a red light. Baumgarte’s vehicle continued into the lawn of the nearby Prudential building, and the teen ran to Kmart. Police found Baumgarte’s car in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Roosevelt Road and conducted field sobriety tests, which he failed, and two breath-alcohol tests, one of which he passed.
Upset woman attacked her sister
Trina Rogers, 31, of Valparaiso, was arrested for misdemeanor battery for allegedly attacking her 34-year-old sister, of LaPorte. At about 5:15 p.m. Thursday, the sister went to Rogers’ home, in the 400 block of South Sturdy Road, because relatives had told her they feared Rogers may hurt herself over a child custody dispute. According to the police report, Rogers admitted to pushing the victim when she refused to leave her alone, and the fight escalated until the victim’s husband separated the sisters.
LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS
Windows broken during auto thefts
Between midnight and 1:15 p.m. Thursday, two shotguns were reported stolen from a vehicle in a driveway in the 2000 block of Hidden Valley Drive. The vehicle’s rear window was broken to access the guns, a 16-gauge Merkel worth $7,000 and in a cloth camouflage case, and a 20-gauge Merkel worth $4,500 in a leather case.
Between midnight and 7:20 a.m. Thursday, two windows were broken out of a vehicle parked in the 2100 block of Hidden Valley Drive, and a laptop computer was stolen. The loss and damages were estimated at $1,700.
Speeder found with marijuana in car
Octavius Derby, 24, of Michigan City, was arrested for felony possession of 114 grams of marijuana when stopped speeding at 8:13 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 20 at Willowcreek Road. Police said Derby admitted he was driving with his cruise control set at 60 miles per hour in the 45 mph zone. He was ticketed for driving with a suspended learner’s permit. Because Derby claimed possession of the drugs, his two passengers were released at the scene.
Victim knows who stole property
A pair of diamond earrings and a Playstation2 video game console were reported stolen Thursday from a home on Rushingwater Drive, in Portage Township, although it is unknown when they were taken. Police have information on a suspect.
Teen violent when parent takes iPad
A 16-year-old Washington Township boy will be charged with battery in juvenile court for allegedly hurting his mother when she took away his iPad. The mother told police the incident began at about 10:15 p.m. Thursday at their home, in the 200 block of Deerfield Court, and the teen pushed her in the abdomen and held her against the washing machine when she refused to give the iPad back. A short time later, the woman sent her daughter to speak with the boy about making a visiting friend leave, and the suspect allegedly grabbed his sister by the arm and pulled her backward down the basement stairs.