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Law and Order: Man accused of trying to steal poker machine

Updated: May 2, 2013 11:00PM



SOUTH HAVEN

Man accused of trying to take poker machine

John Staples, 49, of Schererville, allegedly stole a countertop gambling machine from Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant, 809 McCool Road, then fled in his pickup up and down South Haven’s residential streets, before hiding in a barn in the 600 block of North Indiana 149. Another bar patron followed Staples and gave police his location. The theft happened at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said, and Staples was arrested in the hay loft at about midnight. He was charged with felony theft, and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and criminal trespassing.

PORTER COUNTY

Stealing manhole covers dangerous

Stolen manhole covers are leaving dangerous situations for children, who may fall into the 5- to 20-foot-deep holes. A representative of Agua Indiana, which serves Salt Creek Commons, told police the gases present at times in the underground system would kill anyone who fell in, within seconds. One cover was discovered missing April 19 from the greenspace behind a home in the 500 block of Raven Road; another on April 23 in the 300 block of East Salt Creek Parkway, and a third April 29 also from behind a home on Salt Creek Parkway. Each cast iron cover weighs between 25 and 75 pounds.

SWAT team uses less-lethal force

A SWAT team arrested Randolph Koss, 57, of the Aberdeen subdivision, at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday for felony domestic battery. When police arrived at about 3:30 p.m. for a reported fight in the 100 block of Wexford Road, officers saw a broken glass door and a 54-year-old victim with minor facial injuries; Koss, however, did not respond to attempts to contact him inside the house. During the arrest, officers shot Koss in the back with a less-lethal projectile. Koss was convicted in 2009 of battery against the same victim, police said.

Kouts woman arrested for biting

Jamie O’Dea, 37, was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for allegedly pushing and biting a 48-year-old man at their rural Kouts home. The man told police O’Dea also made threats directed at his coworkers. O’Dea is charged with felony domestic battery, as juveniles witnessed the altercation.



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