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Law and Order, Porter County: Dog left without food or water after move

Updated: July 27, 2013 6:31AM



PORTER COUNTY

Dog left without food or water

A 32-year-old woman who was already wanted on a warrant for child neglect allegedly left a dog behind when she moved out of an unhabitable mobile home.

After the trailer park manager called police, the dog was found at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, without access to food or water, in the home on Wilson Court, south of Chesterton.

The manager told police she has not seen the woman or her children for more than a week, although an unknown person let the dog out on Thursday.

Police described the trailer as being surrounded by shin-high grass, and having piles of dog feces and unwashed dishes, garbage and clothing inside.

Child Protective Services and the Porter County Health Department are involved in the case.

Relative asks police to arrest heroin user

After a relative reported her alleged drug activities, police arrested Lucy Courtney, 27, at about 8:55 p.m. Sunday at her rural Chesterton home, for possession of a controlled substance — heroin — and possession of a hypodermic needle; both are felony charges.

The relative told police she turned in Courtney because she feared that if she continued using, she would end up in the morgue.

17-year-old accused of attacking men

A large disturbance at about 11:05 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park ended with the arrest of a 17-year-old male.

Out of the approximately 20 people gathered on Valley Drive, divided into two groups, police questioned the teen because he was shirtless, out of breath, sweating and had scrapes and cuts from the fight on Valley Drive.

He refused to give any information, police said.

Two men, ages 25 and 35 and seemingly intoxicated, were found down the street and also had visible signs of being involved.

They told police the group of juveniles started an argument with them as they walked past, and then the suspect ran up to them and threw the first punch.

A nearby homeowner said the attacked happened as the two men tried to walk away. No one would tell police what the argument was about.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center for battery.

Pump stolen from diesel barrel

A fuel pump worth $600 was reported stolen over the weekend from a 500-gallon diesel barrel at Crisman Sand Co., 736 N. County Road 400E.

LAKE ELIZA

Tip leads to man’s arrest for burglary

A tipster reported Scott Millender, 26, of rural Valparaiso, was at a house in the 700 block of west Division Road, and police arrested him on warrants for multiple felony charges, including burglary.

When the arrest was made at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Porter County Sheriff’s Police said, Millender had a baggie of prescription painkillers, for which he is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Valparaiso Police asked the public to look for Millender on June 17, after he allegedly was seen leaving a storage business when it was burglarized on June 11 and then stolen property was found at his home south of Valparaiso.

VALPARAISO

Man kept woman at home after battery

James Chadwick, 41, of Valparaiso, was arrested on a number of felony charges for his alleged reaction to learning his 24-year-old live-in girlfriend had looked up an ex-boyfriend on Facebook.

The incident happened at about 3 p.m. on Thursday or Friday; the date is unclear as the victim, suspect and neighbors gave police conflicting information.

According to the police report, the woman said that as they argued, she tried to call someone to pick her up, but Chadwick took the phone.

She then yelled for help out the window, and Chadwick allegedly covered her mouth and nose with both hands, and the physical fight escalated after that.

She said Chadwick did not allow her to leave their Brown Street apartment until Saturday.

He was arrested for felony domestic battery with a prior conviction and in the presence of a child, felony criminal confinement, felony strangulation, and misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime.



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