Law and Order Porter County
February 4, 2013 4:40PM
Woman attacks Mom when confronted about drug use
Lisa Arend, 38, was arrested on an assortment of charges stemming from her reaction to her mother confronting her about suspected drug use.
At about 10:45 p.m. Sunday, at the home they share in the 5200 block of Heath, Arend allegedly battered the 65-year-old woman, who uses a walker and is in general poor health, police said. Meanwhile, Arend reportedly was rummaging through the older woman’s pockets, searching for cash, said witnesses, one of whom Arend pushed away when she tried to intervene.
When police arrived, Arend screamed she was not going to jail and raised her fists, hitting one officer in the side of his head and grabbing at another’s face, police said. An officer used a Taser on Arend’s back, enabling them to put her in handcuffs. She allegedly also spit on an officer’s neck as he drove her to jail.
Arend is charged with three felony counts — intimidation, battery with a child present and battery by bodily fluid; and two misdemeanor counts — battery, resisting law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Teen batters sister, man batters teen
A 15-year-old male was arrested for allegedly battering his 10-year-old sister, and the siblings’ mom’s boyfriend was arrested for allegedly choking the 15-year-old.
The mother told police the teen, who is on probation for school-related offenses, was “terrorizing” the family Saturday morning because she refused to buy him an iPhone 5. The teen admitted throwing things and that when his sister started cleaning up the mess, he tried to drag her to her room, according to the police report. She fell and struck her head on the corner of the couch.
At about 12:10 p.m., David Parrott, 43, came inside the home, in the 6700 block of Portage, after plowing snow and, learning of the morning’s problems, allegedly grabbed the 15-year-old by the throat and threw him to the ground. The teen had been in the process of swallowing a bite of pancake, which came back up, impeding his breathing, according to the police report. The mother declined medical treatment for both children.
The teen was charged with battery and taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center. Parrott was charged with felony strangulation.
Drunken man threatens to kill police officers, security guard
Richard Sheffer, 60, of Valparaiso, was arrested after allegedly fleeing from a minor crash at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Indiana 130 in Lake County.
The driver of the other vehicle followed Sheffer to a gas station in Porter County, where he allegedly offered the couple money not to call the police.
They continued to follow him until he stopped on County Road 325W and yelled at the man for not getting out of his vehicle. Police said the female was treated at the scene for an apparent anxiety attack.
Once taken to Porter Regional Hospital for a judge-ordered blood-alcohol test, Sheffer allegedly threatened the lives of two police officers and a hospital security guard.
Sheffer was charged with felony intimidation and three misdemeanors — drunken driving, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
Man flees police to meet with military recruiter
Jeffrey St. Martin, 27, of Lowell, crashed while fleeing from an attempted traffic stop, police said.
An officer turned on his lights and sirens to stop Martin at about 9:35 a.m. Friday for allegedly traveling at 72 mph in a 55-mph zone on Indiana 2.
Martin reportedly sped up and continued north, passing a pickup in a no-passing zone on a curve. Martin then allegedly went through a red light while trying to turn north onto Thornapple Way but lost control and hit a utility pole.
Martin told police he ran because he was trying to make an appointment with an Air Force recruiter.
He was arrested for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a felony charge; and misdemeanor reckless driving. He was ticketed for speeding, improper passing and disregarding an automatic signal.
Teens admit damaging mailboxes
Two 17-year-old males were charged with seven counts of criminal mischief after admitting to damaging seven mailboxes on east U.S. 6, near the Indiana 49 bypass. The two were found at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday walking west along U.S. 6, soon after the complaint was made. Police released them to their parents.