Updated: May 8, 2013 9:09PM
Daughter unknowingly hid heroin
When she was arrested for driving with a suspended license last month, a 42-year-old Portage woman asked her juvenile daughter, who was with her during the arrest, to keep her purse safe until she was released from jail. On Monday, the girl’s stepmother looked inside and found drugs, according to the police report. The girl told police no one knew she had the purse, no one had touched it, and she hadn’t even looked inside until she gave it to her stepmother, telling her that her mother would be coming to get it. Police requested a warrant to charge the woman with felony possession of heroin and hypodermic needles.
Man harassed while driving U.S. 30
A 44-year-old man from Matteson, Ill., told police that while driving on U.S. 30 Tuesday afternoon, two men in a white Chevrolet shouted racial slurs at him while making shooting gestures and simulating hanging from a noose. This behavior continued from the area of Deep River Water Park in Lake County into Porter County, where the incident was reported at about 1:45 p.m. The victim wrote down the suspect vehicle’s license plate number, but police said they believe he copied it incorrectly since the plate returned to a different color and type of vehicle. A plastic bottle the Chevrolet’s passenger threw at the victim’s vehicle left a dent in the driver’s side door.
Man used elderly roommate’s card
Roger Brys, 25, admitted taking all but $199 out of his 74-year-old roommate’s bank account while the victim was in the hospital Tuesday. When arrested for felony theft, Brys told police he used the money to make a down payment on an apartment and buy alcohol, and the $205.94 in his pocket was the remainder. The victim told police Brys had helped him activate his debit card earlier in the day and then, when the victim returned home to the 300 block of Union Street at about 6 p.m., Brys allegedly refused to return the card. Brys was walking away from the apartment when police arrived. The victim also accused Brys of stealing 60 to 70 pills of an antiepileptic medication, possibly to sell it; police did not locate any pills.
Smoked drugs before probation
Sara Timberman, 26, of Hobart, was arrested on drug charges after police received a complaint of a woman allegedly smoking narcotics at about 10 a.m. Tuesday in a vehicle parked on Washington Street, outside the county courthouse. Police found Timberman inside the courthouse, awaiting a probation appointment. A still-hot glass smoking device with plant material residue was in the center console, and one Xanax pill was in her purse, according to the police report. Timberman said the pipe was not hers, but the Xanax was left over from an old prescription.