Law and Order Porter County
January 17, 2013 2:52PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 3:08PM
Man had concealed gun without permit
David Leeper Jr., 23, of Valparaiso, was arrested for carrying a handgun without a concealed weapon permit, a misdemeanor charge, at about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday. Police went to Leeper’s home, in the 2900 block of Winchester Drive, to investigate a criminal mischief incident in Hobart, and found him getting out of his vehicle. Police said he had a gun strapped to his ankle.
A 51-year-old rural Chesterton man allegedly stopped his pickup in the roadway because he did not like how the elderly woman behind him was driving, then punched the other vehicle’s windshield.
The force broke the 73-year-old Union Mills’ woman’s windshield.
The suspect was the one to call police to report the incident that took place at about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday southeast of Chesterton, in the 300 block of East County Road 1050N. He gave police the plate number of the car he admitted punching and said the driver tried to run him off the road.
Police found the other vehicle still in the area and its driver’s version of events was similar to the suspect’s, except for the part about allegedly trying to force him off the road. The woman told police she left the scene because she was scared but planned to call police once she got to work.
The rural Chesterton man was not arrested, but police forwarded a possible charge of misdemeanor criminal mischief to the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office.
Job applicant steals donations jar
At about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, a South Haven man allegedly stole a donation jar off a counter at Al’s Supermarket while simultaneously leaving a job application with his actual information. A surveillance camera at the store, at 392 W. U.S. 6, filmed the theft. Employees immediately recognized the 23-year-old suspect, a near-daily customer of the grocery store. He left the scene before the theft was discovered and was not at home, so police are requesting a warrant for felony theft.