Law and Order, Porter County
April 8, 2013 3:48PM
Updated: April 8, 2013 8:01PM
Thrown drink at Fight Club resulted in arrest
Maria Shoemaker, 30, of Highland, reportedly threw an alcoholic drink in the face of a friend’s husband as police attempted to quiet their argument. This happened at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday during the Hoosier Fight Club at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, south of Valparaiso.
A police officer working security said he approached Shoemaker as she argued with the 35-year-old man and accused him of “thumping” her, even though the other spectators around them said she was the aggressive one. As the officer attempted to escort Shoemaker away, police said, she threw her drink on the man with whom she had been arguing. As she was questioned, police said Shoemaker antagonized and cursed at random spectators. She was arrested for misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.
Burglar paused for cola break
A house being renovated by its owner was ransacked and burglarized between 9 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, in the 100 east block of north County Road 750, about halfway between Valparaiso and Chesterton. After entering through an unlocked rear window, according to the police report, the burglar took a large number of Dewalt tools, a Marlin Chipmunk .22 caliber rifle, new and used chainsaws, a crossbow and backpack-style leaf blower. The culprit also reportedly took a Pepsi from the fridge and left it, half drunk, on the counter; police swabbed the bottle for DNA.
Man battered woman giving him ride home from hospital
Just after he was released from an evaluation for allegedly making suicidal statements, Djuro Higi, 30, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, allegedly battered the woman who picked him up from Porter Regional Hospital. The two argued outside in the parking lot and in the vehicle, both told police, and he struck her in the face. Then, she said, he pulled her out of the vehicle by her hair and then drove off in her sister’s vehicle. Higi told police the woman jumped out of the car while it was moving. He left the vehicle a ways down U.S. 6 from the hospital. Police arrested him for battery, unauthorized use of a vehicle and invasion of privacy, since there already was a protective order to keep him away from the woman. All charges were misdemeanors.
Man suspected of overdose arrested for battery
Jason Mitchell, 32, was pale and sweaty around noon Friday when his parents called for help, saying Mitchell claimed to have taken 30 methadone pills. When police arrived at the family home in the 500 east block of north County Road 900, southeast of Chesterton, Mitchell said he did not overdose and allegedly yelled expletives at and pushed an officer while making his way toward his father, yelling at him as well. The officer pushed Mitchell into a chair, damaging the drywall behind it, according to the police report. Mitchell was arrested for misdemeanor battery and resisting law enforcement.
Unlocked Jeep with keys reported stolen
A brown 1999 Jeep was reported stolen between Wednesday and Friday, while its owner was on vacation. The Jeep had been left unlocked in a driveway in the 700 block of Timberline Parkway, with its keys on the floorboard.
More drugs found during warrant arrest
When police went at about 7:50 a.m. Friday to a 28-year-old Chesterton woman’s home in the 100 north block of 16th Street to arrest her on a drug-related warrant, officers reportedly found drugs and paraphernalia in plain view - including the powder out of morphine capsules lined up with straws ready to snort it. Emily Murff was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, felony maintaining of a common nuisance, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Her husband, Evan Murff, 27, was arrested for felony maintaining of a common nuisance.