Law and Order Porter County
March 11, 2013 2:08PM
Updated: March 11, 2013 11:12PM
Arrest made during death investigation
While investigating the death of a 31-year-old man, police arrested his roommate, Ryan Herring, 30, for felony possession of a hypodermic needle. Paramedics were called at about 7:45 p.m. Friday to the home in the 1900 block of Linden Drive where the 31-year-old, whose name has not been disclosed, was found to be not breathing.
Man pushes woman to start a fight
Larry Warner, 58, of Wanatah, was arrested for allegedly pushing a 65-year-old Valparaiso woman at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday at the Moose Lodge, at 108 E. Indiana Ave. The victim, who was not injured, told police Warner and Gregory Reynolds, 57, of Valparaiso, were trying to start a fight with her husband. Reynolds, who was backing a minivan out of its parking spot when police arrived, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving and felony driving despite losing his license, as a habitual traffic offender.
Bullets hit car outside ex’s home
A 26-year-old woman who returned to her recent ex-boyfriend’s home to retrieve her car found bullet holes and broken windows on the driver’s side. The vehicle was damaged between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday while parked in the 3700 block of East U.S. 12, according to the police report.
Thefts reported at two mobile homes
A mobile home at 76 E. U.S. 6 was burglarized and ransacked between 3:30 p.m. Friday and 12:50 a.m. Saturday. Police said entry was by prying open a window and then reaching through to unlock a door. Two guns, three laptop computers, jewelry and $600 cash were among the stolen property.
Between 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday at another lot in the same trailer park, a taillight assembly was stolen off a vehicle, according to the police report.
$25,000 semi reported stolen
A semi was reported stolen between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Friday on Morthland Drive. The white 2007 International tractor-tractor is worth an estimated $25,000, according to the police report.
Teen mom among battery arrests
A 16-year-old female was arrested for felony battery for allegedly hitting the 20-year-old father of her child an unknown number of times at about 1:20 p.m. Friday at their home, in the 1800 block of Monticello Park Drive in Valparaiso. The victim, Jonathan Weaver, 20, who had visible injuries, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
James Morgan, 45, of the 400 block of Laurel Lane, was arrested for allegedly battering his stepson at about 1:25 p.m. Saturday at their home, east of Lake Eliza. The victim told police Morgan slammed him onto the floor and held him down with a knee in his back, and punched him several times in the head and body. Morgan told police the juvenile has been out of control and he was holding him down to keep the younger male from hitting him when he tried to discipline him.
Michael Novak, 44, of rural Hebron, was arrested for battery after admitting to punching his daughter’s boyfriend in the nose, police said. The 20-year-old victim said the attack happened at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday at Novak’s home, in the 200 block of South Indiana 2.
Theodore Muench, 54, was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday. Muench allegedly pushed down a 48-year-old woman and punched her twice in the face at their apartment, in the 400 block of Oak Street in Valparaiso.
Blake Klimasara, 43, was arrested at about 7:10 p.m. Sunday at his apartment, in the 5900 block of Sundance Trails, in Portage, for allegedly pushing a 41-year-old woman into the wall during an argument, with children present. Klimasara was charged with felony domestic battery and possession of marijuana; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.
Raymond Vassil, 25, of Hobart, was arrested at about 11:10 p.m. Sunday at his girlfriend’s home, in the 300 block of Camelot Estate, Portage. Police said Vassil allegedly choked a 23-year-old woman and attempted to hit her sister, but instead he struck the 23-year-old when she got between them. Vassil is charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor battery.