Updated: April 3, 2013 9:45PM
Speeding stop netted marijuana, cash
Valparaiso police seized marijuana and over $56,000 cash in a traffic stop at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 94 near Chesterton. The Valparaiso officers were there as part of a county-wide joint venture, funded by a federal grant, targeting drug trafficking.
When the officer stopped driver Jean Marie Peek, 26, of Flint, Mich., for speeding, she and her passenger, Yong Sok Padgett, 66, of Grand Blanc, Mich., provided inconsistent information, so he called a Chesterton K-9 unit to check the vehicle. The drugs and cash were hidden in a pillow, according to the police report.
Peek and Padgett were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Hunting bow, chainsaw stolen
A $1,000 camouflage bow and a $300 chainsaw were reported stolen from a broken-into shed Tuesday, in the 800 block of Meadowdale Court, northeast of Valparaiso.
Van damaged in theft attempt
A blue 2001 Dodge Caravan was damaged when an unknown person apparently attempted to steal it. The damaged ignition and passenger-side door were discovered Sunday, although the attempted theft could have happened anytime in the previous three weeks, according to the police report. The van was parked at a home in the 1700 block of Iroquois Court, in the Coolwood Acres subdivision southeast of Valparaiso.