Updated: May 14, 2013 6:13AM
Investigators wonder: Was battered man the victim?
Police are seeking to charge a 47-year-old Pines man for allegedly beating his 31-year-old nephew at about 4 p.m. Thursday, leading to the nephew being taken by ambulance to Franciscan St. Anthony Health Center in Michigan City.
The victim, who also lives in the Pines, told police he went to his grandmother’s house, in the 1500 block of Louisiana Avenue, and called down the basement stairs to ask his uncle for a cigarette.
Instead, he said, the suspect allegedly came up and punched him in the head. The victim fell, and the suspect continued punching him in the ribs and chest, until the victim fled.
The grandmother told police the victim has been told repeatedly that he is not allowed at her house, because he allegedly “breaks into the house all the time and steals.” Other family members told police they did not see the battery and did not know where the suspect was, but that the nephew broke the man’s finger.
Police told them that if the suspect does not contact them to tell his side of the story, he will be charged with battery.
Repeat drunken driver arrested
Richard Laursen, 31, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested for felony drunken driving with a prior conviction during a traffic stop at 1:25 a.m. Friday. Police stopped his vehicle at Indiana 130 and County Road 475W for not having tail lights and for swerving over the center line. Laursen also was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.