Legal prescription led to crash
A woman who had not consumed any alcohol was arrested for operating while intoxicated following a crash at about 2:50 p.m. Monday in the 1600 block of Indian Boundary Road, east of Chesterton. Diane Stephan, 41, of rural Chesterton, said she had taken several of her own prescription medications; and police described her as drowsy and confused, with short-term memory loss that caused her to repeatedly ask the same questions. She drove off the road and struck a mailbox and a yellow flashing school zone caution light. Stephan also was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.
Teen caught with stolen bike
A 17-year-old Valparaiso male was arrested for felony theft for allegedly stealing a bicycle from in front of Christ Lutheran Church, at 2610 N. Campbell St. The 17-year-old owner told police that soon after going inside around 5:50 p.m., he went back because he realized he did not lock up his bike. He ran after the teen he saw riding away with it but fell behind and called police. A witness walking along Campbell Street recognized the suspect, and police found him at home and the bicycle in the next-door neighbor’s backyard, police said. The suspect was taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.
Copper theft outside Blythe’s
Copper piping was reported stolen between Saturday and Monday from three air conditioning units on the east side of Blythe’s Sport Shop, at 2810 Calumet Ave. The stolen metal was worth approximately $20, according to the police report, but Blythe’s owner said a mechanic estimated it would cost another $500 to refill the units with freon.
Properly dispose of medications
The Valparaiso Police Department will take part in Saturday’s nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Unwanted prescription medications will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station, at 355 S. Washington St.
Vandals targeted bird bath, feeder
Between 8:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Monday, vandals targeted the yard of a home in the 200 block of East Chicago Street, breaking a metal bird bath into three pieces, smashing a wooden bird feeder into pieces, breaking a window and throwing cigarette butts across the porch. The damages are estimated at $170.