Updated: May 9, 2013 10:52PM
Two teens arrested for burglary
Two teens have been arrested for a burglary at the Bargain Barn, at 815 Calumet Ave.
At about 11:30 p.m. on April 29, two subjects shattered the glass front door of the business and stole five skateboards. Their faces were covered with bandanas and masks.
Police later received information that a teen male was riding one of the stolen skateboards in the downtown area. Valparaiso Police Detective Brian Thurman learned the suspect’s identity and interviewed him, and he admitted to the burglary, according to a Valparaiso Police news release issued Thursday.
Charles Dushon O’Connor, 18, of Valparaiso, was arrested for Class B felony burglary. A 17-year-old Valparaiso male facing the same charge is being held at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.
Details of robbery raise suspicions
While being treated at the emergency room in Michigan City for a possibly broken hand and other injuries, a 22-year-old Pines Township man described fighting three men who robbed him of $120 and his socks and shoes late on Wednesday.
The man told police he had been drinking at two bars along U.S. 12 in Porter County before deciding to walk home. He said a dark blue Cadillac pulled behind him at about 11:30 p.m. on U.S. 20 east of Ardendale Avenue, and three men got out and demanded money. He said he fought off two of the men as a third got a shotgun from the car’s trunk and hit him in the back of the head with it twice, baseball bat-style. However, there was no sign of injury to the back of the man’s head, according to the police report.
Staff of Franciscan St. Anthony Health and police also noted the man was acting abnormally, quickly shifting from laughing to crying, and running down the hospital hallway before collapsing and screaming about pain.
Wrong-way driver on U.S. 30 arrested
Several complaints about a Jeep going west in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30, east of Valparaiso, led to the felony drunken driving arrest of Sheila Wilson, 46, of Westville. Police stopped Wilson, who has a prior drunken driving conviction from 2011, at about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday just east of Strongbow Center Drive. Police said Wilson believed she was northbound on Indiana 49. Wilson also was ticket for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, having an open alcohol container and for an expired driver’s license.
Teen being committed lashes out
A 42-year-old rural Valparaiso woman told police her 17-year-old foster daughter backhanded her in the face, causing her left eye to bleed, when she brought the teen for a mental health evaluation at Porter Regional Hospital. Their verbal fight and the blow happened at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday when they arrived at the hospital, at 85 E. U.S. 6, and the girl learned they were there because her foster mother had found out she was cutting herself.
The victim was treated at the emergency room and released, and the teen was committed to the hospital for mental evaluation. She is being charged with misdemeanor battery causing injuries.
Battered man does not want to pursue
A 20-year-old Merrillville reported being battered by three men at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday as he left a home on Rushingwater Drive in the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park, in Portage Township. The man told police the unknown men, covered by hooded sweatshirts, “jumped” him at the bottom of the trailer’s stairs. The victim had visible facial injuries, but he told police he did not want to pursue the matter further. Neighbors told police they did not hear a disturbance.
Downspouts pulled off of house
Four new downspouts were reported stolen between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday off a house in the 900 block of East County Road 250N, southeast of Chesterton. The loss is estimated at $200, and it was not immediately known if the remaining gutters were damaged when the attached downspouts were removed.
All vehicle’s occupants charged
Four young adults were arrested for possible charges of dealing marijuana and other misdemeanors during a 3 a.m. Wednesday traffic stop at McCord and Sturdy roads. During a vehicle search, done with the consent of both its owner and the driver, police found five individually wrapped nuggets of a green leafy substance that smelled of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia; all four vehicle occupants denied ownership.
Michael Maack, 19, of Valparaiso, who was driving despite an indefinitely suspended license, police said, also was charged with underage drinking and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Katherine Klinge, 21, of Valparaiso, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and held on a Monroe County warrant. Kelsey Cummins, 20, of Valparaiso, and Aaron Warner, 21, of Wanatah, also were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Although all four were listed as facing a dealing charge on the incident report filed by the arresting officer, only Warner was booked on that particular charge according to the Porter County Jail roster.