Law and Order Porter County
April 29, 2013 2:40PM
Fake cash under hotel mattress
A guest of the Courtyard Marriot, 2301 Morthland Drive, found $320 in counterfeit $20 bills under her mattress Saturday night. The woman reported it to staff at the front desk. The prior guests of that room had been from a South Dakota construction company, which had rented several rooms for one month, said police, who are investigating.
Teen charged with biting her mom
A 14-year-old female was taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center for allegedly biting her mother and 12-year-old brother at about 5 p.m. Friday, at their home in the 200 block of South Valparaiso Street. Both had visible injuries. The teen had friends over a short time before, the mother told police, and was made because the mother made them leave because the daughter was grounded for being involved in a fight earlier in the week.
Stolen pickup stopped by mud
Someone stole a pickup stored at A1 Reliable Storage, 44 W. U.S. 6, driving it through the fence surrounding the storage facility but abandoning it when it got stuck in a muddy field. The pickup’s bed was loaded with assorted musical instruments, taken from a trailer at the storage facility.
Neighbors called police to investigate loud noises in the area at about 11:10 p.m. Friday; one said she saw a person wearing a baseball cap leaving the area on a moped with a loud exhaust, carrying a long black box. Police have information on a possible suspect.
Identity thief wanted baby clothes
An unknown person opened a Kohl’s credit card with a 58-year-old South Haven woman’s information, placing several orders online for baby clothes to be delivered to an East Chicago address, according to an identity theft complaint filed Friday.
Vehicle window damaged by BB
Between 9 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday, an unknown person reportedly shot a BB into the window of a red 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, which was parked in the driveway of a home in the 500 block of West County Road 900S (Hebron).
Teens explored abandoned house
Two Porter Township teens were charged with trespassing after a neighbor of a vacant house in the 100 block of Springwood Drive, south of Lake Eliza, saw them go inside at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. When police arrived, the 15-year-old cooperated but the 16-year-old fled, eventually being found at his grandparents’ home. The 16-year-old faces the additional charge of resisting law enforcement. The teens did not damage the house or anything in it.
Garage wall tampered with in theft
Between 9 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Sunday, an unknown person broke into a garage in the 1500 block of Ardendale Avenue and stole a push lawn mower worth $600. Police said a portion of the detached garage’s wall, between the side door and the roof, had been pushed open.
Confinement and battery charged
Jeremy Hawkins, 31, was arrested on felony charges of domestic battery and criminal confinement for allegedly dragging his 29-year-old girlfriend into their bedroom during an argument, and twisting her arm and wrist as he held her down on their bed Saturday for about 15 minutes. The woman said they started arguing at about 10 a.m., with him punching and pushing her on and off throughout the day at their apartment, in the 5100 block of Central. Hawkins left after the woman went to a neighbor’s apartment, but he was arrested when he returned home at about 10:05 p.m.
Driver slow to turn on his headlights
Adam Moehl, 25, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested Monday for felony drunken driving with a prior conviction. Police stopped Moehl at about 3:35 a.m. at McCool Road and Midway Drive, for allegedly swerving over the center line and not immediately turning on his headlights or putting on his seatbelt while driving on U.S. 6.