Porter County Law and Order
March 25, 2013 12:38PM
Updated: March 25, 2013 4:56PM
20 Cubs tickets stolen from vehicle
Two tickets to each of 10 Chicago Cubs games were reported stolen between Wednesday and Friday from a probably unlocked vehicle in driveway of a home in the 400 block of Amber Drive, east of Valparaiso. The tickets, for the bleacher section, were valued at $800, according to the police report.
Drunken delivery driver fled crash
Jose Alvarez, 50, of Chicago, was arrested after reportedly being involved in a hit-and-run crash while driving a delivery truck. Alvarez was making deliveries for Ashley Furniture when he struck a pickup at about 11:20 a.m. Saturday at Indiana 149 and County Road 1050N, east of Portage. Police stopped him on U.S. 6 near McCool Road in South Haven, and Alvarez allegedly admitted fleeing from the crash because he had been drinking beer. He was arrested for misdemeanor leaving the scene of a crash and drunken driving. Two coworkers were in the truck, but it was impounded because neither had a driver’s license.
Habit of beating ex’s boyfriends
William Gulley, 33, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, went to his ex-wife’s home at about 8 a.m. Saturday and allegedly attacked and threatened to kill her 40-year-old boyfriend. Gulley’s hands were bruised and swollen, as was the boyfriend’s face; the latter said he did not hit back but only attempted to hold Gulley away from him by the hair, according to the police report. After the fight inside the home on County Road 600W, north of Lake Eliza, Gulley returned home, where he was arrested.
Police noted Gulley was charged with battery last month for allegedly battering a different man who dated his ex-wife.
Pepper Creek storm drain covers gone
Six steel storm drain covers, worth $600 each, were reported stolen from the Courtyards at Pepper Creek subdivision, west of Valparaiso. They were discovered missing Saturday afternoon, although it is unknown when they were taken.
Credit cards stolen from purse
Someone swiped a wallet out of an unzipped purse hanging on the back of a diner’s chair at Panera Bread between 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday, then immediately made purchases with the victim’s credit cards at Target, Best Buy, Family Express and Walgreens, all in Valparaiso, according to the police report.
Church soccer field vandalized
An unknown vehicle, likely a car, tore ruts in the soccer field at St. Paul Catholic Church overnight Saturday, police said. The damage to the field, at 1855 W. Harrison Blvd., was estimated at $500.
Best Buy employee arrested for theft
Adrieanna Davis-Coco, 19, of Portage Township, was arrested Saturday for felony theft for allegedly stealing cash and video games from Best Buy, at 91 S. Silhavy Road. Police said Davis-Coco, an employee of Best Buy, reportedly admitted to taking a combined $500 from the cash registers on three days in January and March, plus three games worth about $150 together.
Employee heard fighting, threat
Christopher Robinson, 26, was arrested on several felony charges after allegedly strangling a 21-year-old woman in a hotel room as their two children watched. The couple, which has been living at Days Inn, 6161 U.S. 20, began arguing over the TV at about 11:35 a.m. Friday. When she dialed 911, he hung up the phone and removed its cord, she told police, then pushed her to the bed and squeezed his hands around her neck. His alleged threat to kill her was overheard by a hotel employee who knocked on the door and then informed police. Robinson was charged with domestic battery, strangulation and intimidation, all felonies; plus misdemeanor interfering with the reporting of a crime.
Driver arrested for marijuana and pills
In a traffic stop at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Stone Avenue and Swanson Road, police arrested Gilberto Noriega, 42, of Lake Station, for felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of marijuana with a prior conviction. In addition to marijuana, police said Noriega allegedly had four prescription sedatives in an Advil bottle, plus 14 pills a pharmacist was unable to identify for police.
Excise arrests six for dealing at bar
Six people were arrested on narcotics dealing charges by Indiana Excise Police, who then cited the bar in which they were arrested.
Excise, with help from the Porter County Drug Task Force and Burns Harbor Police Department, investigated complaints of drug dealing in and around The Shift Change, 295 Melton Road. As a result, six people were arrested, two at the bar and four in nearby homes for their involvement.
The Shift Change was cited for being a public nuisance, not maintaining a high-and-fine reputation, purchasing alcohol from another retailer and refilling liquor bottles.
The Portage, Porter and Ogden Dunes Police Departments also assisted in serving the arrest warrants.