Porter County Law and Order
February 15, 2013 1:22PM
Updated: February 15, 2013 7:23PM
Three generations threatened by man
Joseph Moffatt II, 43, was arrested for felony intimidation after allegedly threatening to kill his children’s grandmother at about 7:50 a.m. Thursday. The 50-year-old Chesterton woman told police she stopped by Moffatt’s home in the 1100 block of Winter Park Drive, in a neighborhood at Meridian and U.S. 6, to take her daughter to a doctor’s appointment. She said when she spilled a drink on Moffatt, he started screaming, opening the kitchen knife drawer and telling her he would stab and shoot her if she didn’t leave, which she did.
During the investigation, the allegedly threatened woman’s daughter and granddaughter told police Moffatt has battered them in the past. Moffatt denied threatening the eldest woman and beating the other two, but he admitted having anger issues and causing the majority of the holes that police said riddled the walls and doors of the home.
Cops: Woman stole
from motel guest
Patricia McClelland, 54, of Portage, was arrested for felony theft for allegedly stealing items from another guest’s room at Days Inn, at 6161 U.S. 20. When police were called about 11:25 p.m. Thursday to break up a disturbance involving McClelland, who lives there, an acquaintance of hers told officers items were missing after McClelland visited earlier in the evening and had been left alone in the room. McClelland was accused of emptying two boxes of Girl Scout cookies, most of a bottle of liquor and most of two bottles of nutritional supplements and a bottle of Advil.
A bottle of men’s body spray was found in her purse, and McClelland eventually admitted taking it from the room, police said.