For-sale pickup stolen from roadside
A blue 2009 Chevrolet Colorado crew cab pickup, worth $20,000, was reported stolen between July 10 and Monday from the grass on the northwest corner of U.S. 30 and Joliet Road, west of Valparaiso. The owner told police he parked it there to try to sell it.
Burglar cuts fence to steal lawnmower
A high-end riding lawnmower and the 12-foot trailer it was on were reported stolen between 8 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Monday from the 600 north block of Calumet Avenue, near Mink Lake north of Valparaiso. The equipment was within a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, but someone cut through it, police said. The loss and damages are approximately $9,600.
Harassing phone calls complaint leads to drug arrest
Jason Mitchell, 32, of rural Chesterton, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance as police investigated allegedly harassing phone calls at about 12:05 a.m. Monday.
A rural Valparaiso man told police Mitchell has been calling his house nonstop for about a week to talk to the complainant’s grown son, and he believes Mitchell is a bad influence.
Mitchell did not answer when police called, so they went to his home and found him on the back porch, trying to hide a bottle containing assorted pills under his chair, police said.
Police said at least 36 of the pills — narcotic painkillers and anti-anxiety medications — had not been prescribed to him. Mitchell also was charged with resisting law enforcement, a misdemeanor, for allegedly disposing of some of pills by swallowing them after being told to show his hands.
Police smell marijuana while investigating reckless driving
John Cebulski, 24, and Catherine Roche, 21, were arrested on felony drug charges at about 6:25 p.m. Friday in the 1000 block of McCord Road. Police went to their apartment to investigate a reckless driving complaint made against Roche, but they reportedly were met with the odor of burnt marijuana.
Both were charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana — more than 60 grams — and possession of drug paraphernalia.