Law and Order Porter County
May 21, 2013 11:30AM
Updated: May 21, 2013 3:44PM
Cases of treats stolen from school
Burglars struck both concession stands at Washington Township School, 383 E. Indiana 2, between 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Monday. Someone smashed open the roll-up doors with a chunk of concrete and stole 17 boxes of candy and four cases of Gatorade and other beverages from the recently-stocked stands, according to the police report. The loss and damages were estimated at $1,440.
Attack allegedly about money owed
Tara Black, 42, of rural Valparaiso, was intoxicated when she was arrested for allegedly battering a former friend at about 8:15 p.m. Monday, when she went to the friend’s home to confront her about money owed to Black’s boyfriend. The 53-year-old victim, whom police said had a bloody nose and black eye, said Black was waiting for her when she returned home to the 400 block of Hughart Lane, north of Valparaiso. She accused Black of damaging a 1959 Harley Davidson motorcycle’s taillights, gas tank, seat and saddle bags; of dumping gas on property in the garage; and of punching her in the face about 10 times. Black denied all of this. She was charged with battery and resisting law enforcement, police said.
Man attacked ex’s current boyfriend
Kelvin Gross, 44, of Portage, was arrested for felony strangulation and misdemeanor battery for allegedly attacking a 27-year-old man at about 4:15 p.m. Friday, outside his home in the 500 block of Raven Road, in South Haven. The victim’s girlfriend once dated Gross, police said.
Storm water grates stolen near U.S. 30
On Monday, four steel grates were reported stolen at an unknown time from a concrete storm water basin in the 300 block of West U.S. 30. The grates, worth about $150 according to police, belong to the Indiana State Highway Department.
Teen girl bit her mother and sister
A 17-year-old female allegedly bit her mother and sister when they confronted her about her drinking, at about 11:10 p.m. Sunday at their home in the 2800 block of Cumberland Drive, police said. The teen was taken to the juvenile detention center on two counts of battery and one of underage drinking, all misdemeanors.
Correctional officer arrested for trafficking
A Westville Correctional Facility Officer was arrested Friday at the facility for trafficking with an offender.
Joyce Sokolowski, 54, of Merrillville, was stopped and questioned by internal affairs at the facility. She was found to possess tobacco and other contraband intended for an offender. She was arrested on one count of trafficking, and transported to the La Porte County Jail.
Sokolowski was hired in May 2012.