Party host, 4 others arrested in Portage


PORTAGE — Caleb Westfall repeatedly and unwantedly groped at least two females at a party at his home, police said. When their male friends confronted him, Westfall allegedly charged at one of the women with a knife, threatening to slit her throat.

Westfall, 24, was …

Pair face drug, neglect charges


PORTAGE — A 23-year-old Michigan City man was arrested on drug and auto theft charges and faces escape charges after being found Monday with a juvenile panhandler and her infant son. The juvenile also was arrested, and her baby was released to his maternal grandmother. …

Erratic behavior leads to arrest of Portage 18-year-old


PORTAGE — After behaving erratically at an acquaintance’s house, 18-year-old Travis Dane allegedly forced his way into her neighbor’s home and attacked the 62-year-old resident.

Dane, of Portage, was arrested on charges of felony residential entry and resisting law enforcement; plus misdemeanor domestic battery, public …

Law & Order: Valparaiso man reported missing


A 50-year-old Valparaiso man was reported missing Tuesday by his parents, who told police he has serious medical issues, including alcoholism and untreated bipolar disorder, police said.

Law & Order: Police stun man for resisting arrest

A South Haven resident was physically subdued by police Saturday afternoon, including being zapped three times with a stun gun, after he ignored police orders and resisted arrest, according to sheriff’s police.

Hebron town marshal resigns; interim marshal named

HEBRON — The Hebron Town Council on Monday accepted the resignation of Town Marshal Steven Sibbrell and appointed Tony Frencl to serve as the interim marshal. Town Council President Don Ensign said Frencl has been with the department for a number of years and served …

Chesterton directors seeking funds for pilot TV project

CHESTERTON — This isn’t your usual fundraising campaign. Forget the tote bag and the coffee mug. Help get a pilot going for a TV series about a woman looking for her son and, depending on your level of commitment, you can get a postcard from …

Law & Order


Driver hospitalized
for alcohol poisoning

An Ogden Dunes woman had a blood-alcohol level more than 41/2 times when she ran her vehicle into a ditch on the south side of Indiana 130 near County Road 550W about 1:30 p.m. Friday, Porter County sheriff’s …

Lifeline law message slow to get out


When state legislators passed the Lifeline Law two years ago, the goal was to encourage minors to call for help by giving them immunity from being prosecuted for certain crimes, including underage drinking. Getting the law passed was only half the battle, though. Making sure …

Clancy wins Dem nod for treasurer in Porter County


PORTAGE — Porter County Democrats selected Michelle Clancy on Saturday to serve as the county’s next treasurer. “I will work my hardest,” said Clancy, of Portage Township. “I’m going to make sure no one regrets their vote. I will see you in the treasurer’s office.” …

New Valpo bus station part of bigger plan


VALPARAISO — The site that the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority is considering for a new bus station and its parking is slightly larger than two blocks. However, it’s part of a much bigger plan for the area south of downtown, a major transit-oriented development …

Porter County Fair: Kids put miniature horses through their paces in event judging


VALPARAISO — “Isn’t this just the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen?” gushed Steph McCollough, 4-H miniature equine superintendent at the Porter County Fair, on Saturday. And it was, as two kids, both 9, took turns trotting out their miniature horses for the start of …

Valplayso timetable unveiled


VALPARAISO — The city’s parks and recreation department is $150,000 short of its goal to raise $800,000 by Aug. 5 to rebuild Valplayso Park. The department would like to attain the goal to make sure everything’s in place when volunteers come to rebuild the park …

Burglary confession nets 8 years of probation

VALPARAISO — A Chesterton man who confessed to police about a December 2012 burglary to clean up his life will spend eight years on probation, minus 31 days credit jail time. Robert Avonte Edward Lewis, 19, received the sentence Friday for his July 1 plea …

Porter County will wait for Blount appearance

VALPARAISO — A Porter County warrant held Carl Le’Ellis Blount, 25, until Lake County charged him in the homicide of Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield, but Blount won’t face those Porter County charges anytime soon. Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford, whose court is assigned the …