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Updated: April 14, 2013 6:29AM



PORTER COUNTY

Teacher accused
of pushing student

A 12-year-old has accused a Union Township Middle School teacher of battery, according to a police report filed Monday afternoon. The student told police that although he is not in the male teacher’s class, the teacher allegedly singles out him and his friends.

At about 12:45 p.m., he said, he and two friends were in the restroom when the teacher entered, and one of the boys ordered him out. As the student walked past the teacher, he allegedly grabbed him by both arms and pushed him backward, causing the student’s armpit area to strike a sink.

Police photographed the reddened area and directed the student’s parent to photograph it in the coming days to document any bruising, but officers did not immediately question the teacher or anyone else from the school, which was closed by the time the incident was reported.

Dogs wake man
to house on fire

The basement of the home at 702 W. County Road 250S was damaged by fire Monday morning. A 59-year-old man told police that after seeing his wife off to work at about 6 a.m., he went back to sleep in the basement. He smelled smoke when he was woken at about 7:15 a.m. by his two dogs barking. Firefighters are investigating.

PORTAGE

Impaired driver draws attention

Police arrested a 24-year-old Hobart woman on drunken driving and drug-related charges after an officer reportedly witnessed her cross three lanes of traffic without signaling and then make a U-turn, on U.S. 20 at Indiana 249, while she had a red light.

Police stopped Jennifer Garrett at about 11:55 p.m. Monday in the 6100 block of U.S. 20. Garrett allegedly had been drinking and said she had taken her prescribed Xanax also, according to the police report. After she failed field sobriety tests and was arrested, police found 24 small bags with white powder residue in Garrett’s purse, plus hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.

She was charged with felony possession of heroin, felony possession of a hypodermic needle, and misdemeanor drunken driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. Garrett also was ticketed for driving with a suspended license.

VALPARAISO

Gang resistance charity effort

To raise money for their Gang Resistant Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, Valparaiso Police officers will be helping servers from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Kelsey’s Steak House, 2300 Morthland Drive. Tips will go toward the program, which is taught to seventh graders.



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