Law & Order
October 1, 2013 2:14PM
Prescription fraud charged
Theresa Cattani, 35, Burns Harbor, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Friday when she tried to pick up a prescription for a narcotic painkiller that she allegedly had called in while pretending to be a doctor. Cattani denied any wrongdoing, police said.
A manager of Fagen Pharmacy, at 390 W. U.S. 6, said a woman claiming to be a Michigan City physician left a message ordering the prescription on Thursday; the pharmacist called the doctor to confirm and found she had not ordered the medication. Police arrested Cattani on preliminary charges of felony prescription fraud and on a LaPorte County warrant.
Abusive ex enters home
A 34-year-old woman told police she found her 27-year-old abusive ex-boyfriend in her bedroom, begging to talk with her, when she returned at about 8:40 p.m. Friday to her apartment, in the 700 block of Juniper Road.
The victim told police their relationship ended in March when he was arrested on charges of domestic battery, but the man has a key because he used to live with her. When she ran outside and yelled for help, the suspect left on foot, according to the police report.
When police contacted the suspect by phone, he said he had gone to visit the woman but claimed not to know there was a protective order.
He said he was on his way home to Indianapolis and declined to return to talk with police. Police are requesting a warrant to arrest the man for misdemeanor invasion of privacy.
Teen hospitalized after binge
A 14-year-old with alcohol poisoning was taken by ambulance to Porter Regional Hospital at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, after helping himself the night before to a bottle of tequila kept in his Salt Creek Commons home.
He and a 15-year-old male who had spent the night both will be charged with underage drinking, police said.
Teen girl attacks parents
A 15-year-old female was charged with battery after allegedly biting her father and repeatedly hitting both parents when they took away her cell phone as punishment for swearing.
The incident occurred about 7 a.m. Friday at the family home, east of Hobart.
The 44-year-old man had three bite marks on his back and a swollen wrist, police said.
The teen was released to her parents once she was calm and agreed to go to school.
Crashes led to drunken driving charges
-David Baldwin Jr., 30, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving, after a one-vehicle crash at 2:54 a.m. Saturday at Indiana 2 and County Road 600 north. His silver Ford Fusion was discovered lying on its driver’s side about 20 feet off the road; Baldwin, who only received minor cuts, reportedly was hiding behind a tree, where the fire department found him by using a thermal imager.
-Tanasia Beavers, 19, of Schererville, was arrested, for misdemeanor drunken driving and underage drinking, after crashing at 4:58 a.m. Saturday into a ditch off an access road at Indiana 49 and U.S. 6. She told police she swerved to avoid a deer.
-Carlos Sotres (cq), 22, of Lowell, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving after crashing into a tree at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday at Indiana 2 and County Road 200 west. Sotres told police he fell asleep.