Updated: April 1, 2013 8:31PM
Princess Diana collectables stolen
A widow’s home was ransacked when she was gone from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday for her husband’s funeral.
Several witnesses, guests of the victim, reported seeing a red or maroon, four-door car, possibly a Honda Accord or Civic, with Illinois plates parked across the street when they returned to the home around the end of that time frame. A neighbor told police two men had knocked on her front door between 2 and 2:30 p.m., asked if she spoke Spanish, then left in a red car.
A Princess Diana Rose and Princess Diana doll in a blue velvet dress, two gold-coated Egyptian figurines, a laptop computer, wallet and luggage were reported stolen from the house on north County Road 400E, in Washington Township.
False accusation against fiance
Karrie Robinson, 42, was arrested after allegedly falsely accusing her fiance of pointing a gun at her head around 10:45 p.m. Friday. A neighbor in an apartment attached to the couple’s house, in the 200 block of South County Road 500W, about halfway between Valparaiso and Hebron, told police he looked in the window when he heard fighting and saw Robinson attack her 63-year-old boyfriend. His gun was in a lockbox at the time, police said. The boyfriend received minor injuries but did not want to pursue charges, only asking police to remove Robinson until she was sober.
Robinson was charged with false reporting of a crime and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.
Neglect for not having driver’s license
Ashelyin Mance, 21, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested for felony neglect of a dependent for allegedly driving without ever receiving a license, a misdemeanor charge, police said. Police stopped Mance at about 1:40 p.m. Friday at U.S. 6 and Indiana 49 because her license plate belonged to a different vehicle. Two children, ages 10 months and 2, were in the vehicle.
Man threatened officer during arrest
While assisting Valparaiso police around 3 a.m. Friday during a blood draw at Porter Regional Hospital, because a man that department had arrested was being abusive, the suspect reportedly made threats toward the Porter County Sheriff’s Department officer.
Keith Smith, 42, of Valparaiso, accused the officer of laughing at him and said he knows where he gets gas for his vehicle and, “once you’ve forgotten about this in two weeks or so, you never know who will come up to you at the gas station and blow your (expletive) head off,” according to the police report.
Porter County police requested a warrant to arrest Smith for felony intimidation. Valparaiso police arrested him on three misdemeanors - possession of marijuana, resisting law enforcement and intimidation.
Child served as translator for cops
A 9-year-old witness acted as translator as police questioned his non-English-speaking parents about a fight around 9:20 p.m. Friday at their home, in the 500 block of Ravine Drive. The 34-year-old woman had visible injuries and Trung Le, 43, admitted to hitting her, police said. Le was arrested for domestic battery, a felony charge because of the presence of children.
Following ex earned charge
A Valparaiso woman seeking to escape a relationship took refuge, with her three children under age 4, at the home-based daycare that previously cared for them. She got the home/daycare owner’s permission to spend Sunday night there while arranging to get services through The Caring Place, a shelter for battered women. Her live-in partner, Rachel Wright, 18, showed up around 11:50 p.m. at the house in the 2100 block of Eisenhower Avenue, allegedly forcing her way into the garage. Police found her banging on the door to the residence and arrested her for felony residential entry.
Suicidal man admitted battery
While seeking treatment Friday at St. Anthony’s in Chesterton for suicidal thoughts, a 21-year-old Chesterton man admitted to battering his 21-year-old girlfriend and damaging two vehicles the day before. Police confirmed the incidents, for which no police reports had been filed, happened around 7 p.m. Thursday. The suspect allegedly punched the woman while in a vehicle at the Dune Acres beach, broke a window and the dashboard of the vehicle when they returned to her family home, on Lupine Lane; and keyed the vehicle of a man who intervened. The man is expected to be charged with battery. Criminal mischief charges are not being pursued because the suspect’s parents agreed to pay for the vehicle damages, police said.