Law & Order, Porter County - July 19
July 18, 2011 5:48PM
Updated: July 18, 2011 11:26PM
Drunk woman shoplifts underwear, calls cop ‘evil’
Julie Wardell, 43 of Lynwood, Ill., faces a felony theft, and misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and for public intoxication after allegedly being caught shoplifting five pairs of underwear from Portage Super Kmart.
Wardell paid for groceries but was caught hiding the underwear on surveillance tape, police said. Wardell had bloodshot eyes, was slurring her speech and her breath smelled of alcohol.
Upon being informed she was under arrest, she told the officer, “No, I’m not.” She also told the officer he was “evil” when he informed her that being uncooperative would result in more charges.
When police impounded her car, they found a crack pipe with burn marks and residue.
Man threatens to kill
pregnant estranged wife
David Sons, 31 of Hobart, faces a felony intimidation charge after allegedly repeatedly calling and texting his estranged wife, threatening to kill her in front of their two children.
David Sons had been threatening his wife, who’s six months pregnant with their third child, throughout the day Sunday. The wife called police after her husband told her he was driving to her house to kill her, burn her house, throw her body in the car and burn it. Their two children overheard the threats and began crying, begging their mother to call police.
Police filed a 10-day no contact order. Sons was involved in another unrelated disturbance Sunday and was arrested for possession of illegal bath salts.
Gasoline stolen, car
damaged in process
Charles Obringer, 73 of Hebron, reported stolen gasoline from his two vehicles Friday morning and also discovered his Oldsmobile’s gas cap open.
Obringer reported six gallons of gasoline missing from his Oldsmobile and $67 worth of gasoline missing from his Cadillac. Obringer also reported damage to his Cadillac’s driver’s side door lock and the ignition.
Alleged BB gun shooter’s car shot with BB gun
Brandy Ditterline, 33 of Valparaiso, reported a BB dent just below the rear window of her Ford Expedition to officers Friday.
Ditterline said she thought the damage occurred July 11 or July 13 and told police she noticed a suspicious green GMC sport utility vehicle following her, but didn’t hear anything to indicate someone in the vehicle shot at her car.
The Ford Expedition is registered to Dennis Ditterline, 38 of Valparaiso, who was arrested on several counts of allegedly shooting a BB gun at cars in southern Porter County from February to May.
Animal complaint leads
police to pot plants
Newton County Sheriff’s officers discovered several marijuana plants inside a porch and in the rear of the residence when they responded to an animal complaint call in Sumava Resorts Friday.
Police captured the animal and tried to contact the owner but Charles Gilliam wasn’t home. He returned home later and agreed to a search and police found about 30 marijuana plants in a homemade set-up in the basement. There were also several bags of harvested marijuana.
Gilliam was arrested and charged with felony cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, said Officer Brian Runyon.