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VALPARAISO

Man tries to hit brother with van

Jeffrey Riesland, 23, of Valparaiso, was arrested after multiple people called police at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, saying the driver of a silver minivan, which was missing a headlight, was trying to hit a person near Farrell and Logan streets. Police grabbed Riesland when he stopped at Madison and Chicago streets.

Riesland told officers that when he had arrived home to the 1000 block of Farrell Street, his 20-year-old brother came out of the house and was threatening him for using his body spray, jumping on the hood of his vehicle when he tried to leave.

The brother also told police he came outside to confront Riesland about using his things. However, he said the older brother backed up toward him while yelling, “I’m going to slit your throat!” then turned around and drove at him twice more, causing him to jump on the hood to avoid being seriously injured.

Riesland is charged with criminal recklessness and leaving the scene of a crash, both Class A misdemeanors.

SOUTH HAVEN

Teen point knife at mom, stepfather

A 15-year-old South Haven male, who told police he is a member of the Gangster Disciples in Gary, was arrested for felony intimidation with a deadly weapon for admittedly pointing a knife during an argument with his mother and stepfather. On Sunday, the teen had set a fire in his bedroom while playing with a lighter and an aerosol deodorant. The mother learned of this when she returned home from work at about 12:30 a.m. Monday and woke the teen to confront him, which is when he grabbed the knife, according to the police report. He is being held at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.

PORTER COUNTY

Suspended driver forces cars off road

Megan Gentry, 34, of Wheatfield, reportedly forced several southbound vehicles off Indiana 49 by driving down the center line at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday, north of Kouts and near County Road 600S. Police said the inside of the vehicle smelled distinctly of marijuana and alcohol, and Gentry repeatedly identified herself as her sister. Gentry was arrested for driving despite having a lifetime suspension as a habitual traffic violator and for identity deception, both felonies. Gentry told police she already had a court date scheduled for later this month for a prior arrest for driving as a habitual traffic offender.

Pipes cut out of house for sale

Copper piping worth approximately $2,500 was reported stolen between Friday and Sunday from a vacant house in the 100 block of South County Road 570W, south of Lake Eliza. The owner discovered the damage - drywall cut away and pipes removed from inside the walls - while showing the building to a potential buyer. A side door had been pried open, according to the police report.

Man napping on stranger’s property

One of three men who reportedly stopped in a wooded area off U.S. 6 to nap, after drinking at a nearby bar, was arrested for false informing. When police arrived at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, because the homeowner asked them to remove three unknown people from his property, Sean Lane, 43, of South Haven reportedly misspelled his name and gave a false date of birth, since he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear. Police allowed the other men to leave and told them not to return.

PORTAGE

Pair shoplift bottle of run from store

Joshua Newsome, 22, of South Haven, was arrested for felony theft at about 3:40 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart, 6087 U.S. 6, for allegedly shoplifting a bottle of rum. A second man, who entered and attempted to leave the store with Newsome, also stole a bottle of alcohol but was apprehended, police said.



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