Porter County Law and Order
January 8, 2013 4:00PM
Updated: January 8, 2013 4:00PM
Man beat woman, threw hamster, kicked dog
Angered by the outcome of the football game they watched that night and their bar bill, Kenneth King, 34, of Portage, reportedly took out his aggression on a 37-year-old woman and her pets.
According to the police report, the woman called 911 at 11:33 p.m. Monday from their home, in the 5900 block of Wonderland, saying King had battered her and broken her property but the incident was over. While she still was on the line with a dispatcher, however, King allegedly punched her in the nose and then asked, so he would be overheard, why she was punching herself, the woman later told police. During the fight, King also allegedly threw a hamster in its plastic cage across a room, with the cage cracking when it struck a wall; and allegedly kicked her dachshund in the stomach. Both animals seems unharmed, police said.
King reportedly told police the woman, whose nose was bleeding, must have battered herself. He was arrested for domestic battery, criminal mischief and on two counts of cruelty to an animal; all charges are misdemeanors.
Juvenile first home after burglary
Between 7 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Monday, a burglar stole three television sets, a laptop computer and a Blu-ray player from a rural home southeast of Kouts, in the 400 block of East County Road 1050S. The rear door had been kicked in, and a juvenile returning home alone discovered the break-in and ransacked rooms, according to the police report. The loss and damages are approximately $3,500.