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Law & Order: Caregiver threatens to kill disabled man

Updated: March 10, 2014 6:35AM



PORTER COUNTY

Caregiver threatens
to kill disabled man

A 51-year-old rural Portage woman was temporarily committed to Porter Starke Services after allegedly telling police she would kill a 57-year-old mentally and physically disabled man, for whom she is the caregiver.

At about 5:18 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the home for a verbal disturbance and found the suspect was drunk and had been arguing with her charge. Although the man was in a wheelchair, the woman said he kicked her and she wanted police to “do something,” or else she would kill him.

After she was arrested for felony intimidation, the woman begged the officer to take her to Porter-Starke, saying she was depressed and wanted to kill herself.

Driver crashes, faces DUI charge

Jacqueline Randazzo, 31, of Michigan City, was arrested for misdemeanor drunken driving after a single-vehicle crash at about 11:25 p.m. Thursday at Division and Smoke roads, south of Valparaiso. Randazzo told police she overcorrected when her red 2006 Ford Escape started to slide; the SUV ended up lying on its driver’s side.

Ex-friend won’t leave, arrested

Daniel Ittel, 25, of Valparaiso, was arrested for felony residential entry at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at an apartment at 1903 Chicago St. The 54-year-old resident told police Ittel walked uninvited through the unlocked front door and went into her son’s bedroom. Told to leave, Ittel reportedly said to the son, “I don’t care. I’m not leaving, you’re my only friend,” according to the police report. The victim said Ittel used to be a family friend but was no longer welcome.

The residents told police they had not spoken with Ittel since October 2013, when he was arrested for trespassing after refusing to leave the same apartment.



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