Porter County Law and Order
February 11, 2013 2:54PM
Updated: February 11, 2013 11:04PM
Credit card opened with woman’s name
A 60-year-old rural Porter County woman accused a 29-year-old relative of opening a credit card in her name and also of using, without permission, two credit cards the victim opened herself. The bank that issued the unauthorized credit card has been calling about an unpaid balance of more than $10,300, and the amount of unauthorized charges and transfers to two legitimate cards was unknown, according to the police report.
Just bought SUV stolen in driveway
A white and gold 1999 GMC Yukon was reported stolen overnight Thursday from the driveway of the owner’s home, in the 100 block of East County Road 700N, north of Valparaiso. The owner had bought the SUV two weeks before for $2,800, which police confirmed with the seller, and the title was inside it.
Driver charged with dealing pot
Joshua Scott, 22, of Union Mills, was arrested for felony dealing in and possession of marijuana, plus other drug charges, during a traffic stop at about 7:30 p.m. Friday at Calumet Avenue and Burlington Beach Road. Police found five plastic bags of marijuana, one of which Scott reportedly asked his passenger, Morgan Del Real, 19, of Wanatah, to hide. Del Real was arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance. The marijuana all together weighed more than 180 grams.
Teen’s joyride damaged church land
A 17-year-old Valparaiso male allegedly took a parent’s vehicle without permission and, in front of a police car at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, shut off the headlights, jumped the curb on the west side of Sturdy Road and spun out the property of Immanuel Lutheran School, at 1700 Monticello Road, tearing up the grass, police said. The teen was charged with unauthorized control of a motor vehicle - felony conversion - plus misdemeanor criminal mischief, driving without a license and underage drinking. The teen, who admitted being in trouble recently for damaging mailboxes, was taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center. His passenger was released from the scene.
Inmate’s house broken into again
The home of a Porter County Jail inmate has been reported broken into for the second time in less than a month. A family member preparing the house on Frame Street for sale reported one burglary on Jan. 22 and a second on Sunday, when she found a window and back door forced open. The water and electric lines to the washing machine were stolen, and so were three large metal troughs outside, for an estimated loss of $1,550.
Three arrested for cruising with beer
Three teens driving around while drinking beer were taken to jail after another driver reported their allegedly reckless behavior, including tossing a beer can out the window, according to the police report. When police stopped the vehicle at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday at Lute and Willowcreek, a half-full case of beer was sitting on the front passenger seat’s floor and another half-full case was in the trunk. Driver Austin Vander Luis, 19, of Dyer, was arrested for misdemeanor underage drinking and felony possession of a controlled substance - six pills of a prescription narcotic, which he reportedly admitted he planned to take even though he was unsure of what they were; his breath-alcohol level did not reach the standard for drunken drinking. Luke Hiskes, 18, of Schererville, and Alex Doornbos, 19, of Lansing, Ill., also were arrested for underage drinking. It appeared one of the teens may have bought the beer using an older sibling’s identification.
Most teens at party weren’t drinking
The majority of those present at an underage drinking party did not consume the beer, according to officers who broke up the party at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Carmody Drive. Out of the 24 attendees, all under age 21, one 17-year-old female and five 17-year-old males tested positive for alcohol. They were released to their parents.
The party host’s 23-year-old sister also was present. She told police she did not provide the alcohol but she also did not stop the juveniles from drinking it. She was not arrested but a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor will be filed, police said.