Domestic dispute ends with arrests of man, woman
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent May 30, 2013 5:38PM
Updated: July 2, 2013 7:44AM
She said he beat her, threatened to kill her and tried to set fire to their house as her children slept; still, Connie Goldsworthy reportedly tried to hide her boyfriend from police.
She was arrested and the boyfriend, Jeffrey Wineinger, 42, needed surgery after being bitten by a police canine. He will face an assortment of charges when he is released from the hospital.
Goldsworthy, 38, called police a few minutes after midnight on Wednesday to the couple’s home in the 600 block of north County Road 900E, northwest of Westville. Wineinger was no longer at the scene, and Goldsworthy told police he punched her in the head during a fight over money and threatened to kill her and set the house on fire. He then reportedly lit a number of paper towels on fire and threw them in various rooms. According to the police report, this included a child’s bedroom, where a pillow caught fire and was extinguished by Goldsworthy.
The next day, child protective services removed the children from the house and gave them to another relative, in part because Goldsworthy insisted on waiting there for Wineinger to return home, saying he had been texting her and was apologetic.
At about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, an officer driving by saw activity at the house that suggested Wineinger had returned. As several officers approached the house with a K9, Joker, Goldsworthy came outside and insisted Wineinger wasn’t there. Police announced into the house that they would release the dog if he did not show himself. Shortly after Joker was released, Wineinger screamed from the laundry room, where the dog had latched onto his lower left leg, police said.
While waiting for medics, police described Goldsworthy’s behavior as varying from yelling at Wineinger and calling him a liar, to rubbing and kissing his head while criticizing police’s handling of him and the situation.
She was arrested for false reporting.
Wineinger will be charged with felony domestic battery, misdemeanor intimidation, invasion of privacy for violating a protective order and resisting law enforcement; other charges are pending.
There also is an active Porter County warrant to arrest him for fraud, and he was charged three months ago with domestic battery.
Wineinger is listed as noncompliant on the Porter County Sheriff’s Department’s sexual offender registry, on which he declared a Portage address. In 2001 and 2002, he served approximately 10 months for sexual battery.