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Updated: January 6, 2012 10:58PM



PORTER COUNTY

Man accused ex of setting him up

Steven Carman, 49, of Warsaw, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, during a traffic stop at 1:42 p.m. Thursday at U.S. 30 and south Washington Street. Police said Carman was driving recklessly, had an expired trailer plate on his vehicle and — following a tip initially given to Lakes of the Four Seasons security officers — police also found several plastic bags containing prescription drugs, 25 pills in all, under a loose piece of the vehicle’s carpet. Carman told police he believed his ex-wife planted the drugs and switched his license plate, but police released the two children in the vehicle to her custody. The Prosecutor’s Office will determine whether to add charges of intent to distribute.

Victim’s teen son stood up to suspect

Gary Simon, 43, of rural Valparaiso, was arrested for felony domestic battery after a disturbance at about 9:35 p.m. Thursday at his home, in the 4000 block of Cardinal Lane. Simon allegedly struck a 41-year-old woman in the face in front of a 9-year-old child. Simon, who reportedly left the home after the victim’s 19-year-old son stepped in and fought him, denied the fight turned physical, police said.

CHESTERTON

Key left in ignition of stolen vehicle

A 2001 Chevrolet Metro was reported stolen between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 8:38 a.m. Wednesday from the 1200 block of Saratoga. The vehicle was unlocked and the key was in the ignition.

PORTAGE

Welfare check led to another’s arrest

When a 6-year-old called police to help with his mother who had passed out, the woman turned out to be fine but a man living in the home, in the 500 block of Camelot Manor, was arrested on multiple charges.

Once police learned Michael Maldonado, 19, was wanted on warrants for theft and probation revocation, he allegedly gave a false name and date of birth, and ran. He was stopped by an officer’s Taser. For the incident at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police added charges of resisting law enforcement, fleeing and identity deception.



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