Law and Order: Porter County teen escapes alleged attack
Post-Tribune staff reports January 7, 2014 5:00PM
Updated: February 9, 2014 6:34AM
Teen escapes after
About 8 p.m. Monday, in subzero weather, a 17-year-old female in pajamas ran outside and to the nearest highway. Dean Schapiro, 38, is accused of hitting her in the face, splitting her lip, police said.
The incident allegedly occurred in Liberty Farm Mobile Home Park, east of U.S. 6 and Indiana 49. Police said Schapiro, arrested for misdemeanor battery, admitted striking the teen as discipline.
lead to 2 crashes
Joseph Diryawish, 23, of South Haven, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving after sliding into a ditch while trying to pass two snowplows about 5 a.m. Sunday on Indana 130, west of Valparaiso near Wolf Road.
Mary Lagone, 47, of unincorporated Center Township, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving and leaving the scene of a two-vehicle crash that reportedly occurred about 7:50 p.m. Saturday at Martinal and Sager roads, south of Valparaiso. A car matching the suspect vehicle’s description was found in a ditch on Martinal Road, less than half a mile from the original crash scene. Lagone denied being involved. The other driver was treated at the hospital for neck pain.
Car reported stolen
A gold 2004 Chevrolet Malibu was reported stolen between 2 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday from a ditch at Donovan Drive and Northwest Hills Drive. Police said there was no record of the vehicle being towed and impounded.
Man admits using pot, driving toddler
Quentin Lawrence, 26, of Valparaiso, was arrested at 11:25 p.m. Friday, when police stopped him in the 1600 east block of Lincolnway for a malfunctioning license plate light.
Lawrence admitted smoking marijuana about two hours before the traffic stop, according to the arrest report; he does not have a valid license, and his 16-month-old daughter was in the back seat. He was arrested for impaired driving with a minor in the vehicle, which is a felony.
The toddler was released to her mother, who also was a passenger in the vehicle.
Police: Get vehicles
off unplowed streets
Valparaiso Police announced they will ticket vehicles parked on unplowed streets, as per city ordinance. These vehicles increase the danger to other drivers as well as to city crews trying to clear the streets, according to a police press release.
Vehicles must stay off those areas until the street has been plowed from curb to curb. Vehicles in violation may be towed at the owners’ expense.