Porter County police blotter
August 19, 2013 11:06PM
Senior lost $3,725 in phone scam
A 73-year-old rural Porter County man gave away $3,725, supposedly to pay shipping charges for a Mercedes and a $2.5 million prize he “won,” before he realized it was a scam.
About a week before the police report was made Friday, the victim said, a male caller directed him to purchase $1,725 worth of Green Dot prepaid cards and give him the access numbers.
The same caller later said there was a problem and directed him to buy another $2,000 worth of Green Dot cards.
The third time he asked for more money, the victim realized what was happening.
Man saw woman’s bruises, called police
An anonymous man asked police to check on a 56-year-old Valparaiso woman who supposedly was being abused by her 37-year-old boyfriend. When police found the couple outside their Union Street home, they saw the woman was limping and had bruises on her hands, arms and legs.
She said Keith Clifford battered her during an argument between 11 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday. Clifford was arrested at 8:23 p.m. Saturday on a felony charge of domestic battery.
The woman, who declined medical attention despite complaining of pain, told police the abuse has been going on for five years but she was afraid to report it. Clifford told police he had been drinking and could not remember the specifics of the argument.
Woman with injuries reported battery
Christopher Traywick, 33, was arrested at 5:06 p.m. Sunday at his home in the 1200 block of LaPorte Avenue, for felony strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery charges.
A 31-year-old woman with visible injuries told police she and Traywick had been arguing since Saturday night. When she told him to leave, she said, Traywick allegedly squeezed her neck while pushing her down on a couch.
She struck him in the face to get away to call 911.
Drunken, speeding motorcyclist arrested
Lucas Dudley, 30, of South Haven, was arrested for an assortment of charges, including driving despite losing his license as a habitual traffic violator, a felony, during a traffic stop at 12:10 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of McCool Road.
Police stopped Dudley, who was driving a motorcycle with a female passenger, for speeding. He also was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and for being wanted on a Porter County warrant for failure to appear, police said.