Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Party host, 4 others arrested in Portage ]]> Lead story image

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 arrested about 2 a.m. Sunday outside his home, in the 6400 block of Portage Avenue, on three felony charges — intimidation with a deadly weapon and two counts of sexual battery. He also was charged with misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and two counts of battery. He denied all accusations. The women, … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:03:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pair face drug, neglect charges ]]> Lead story image

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. About 12:29 p.m. Monday, police received complaints of a female panhandling with a baby near the entrance of Town & Country Market, 6046 Central Ave. An officer followed the woman as she left the area, pushing the stroller to a blue 2000 Mercury Villager parked near Leslie Pools, 6030 Central Ave. Ryan Ericson was in … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:03:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Erratic behavior leads to arrest of Portage 18-year-old ]]> Lead story image

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 intoxication, disorderly conduct and underage drinking. About 20 minutes before the incident at 7:39 p.m. Tuesday, witnesses said, Dane was dropped off at a home in the 6800 block of Fox Tail Avenue, where a group of young people was outside. A witness said Dane “started causing problems immediately,” according to the police report. Dane … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:03:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order: Valparaiso man reported missing ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:45:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:03:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 as captain of the police force, which has six full-time members, as well as some part-time and reserve officers. He declined to comment on whether Sibbrell would remain on the force in another capacity. “He will not be serving any active duty on the department,” he said, adding he could not discuss the matter further … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:02:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Alexis Ronan, the show’s title character, or even a walk-on role. Thad Donovan and Carly Smith, principals for Smith Donovan, a Chesterton marketing firm, have come up with the pilot for “Alexis Ronan” and are crowd funding to get the project off the ground, hoping to raise $6,000 by Aug. 28. To learn more about … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:08:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order ]]>

PORTER COUNTY 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 police said. Jennifer Jahovic, 35, became unresponsive while being transported to the county jail and was taken to Porter Regional Hospital for treatment for alcohol poisoning, according to police. They said Jahovic is expected to be charged with drunken driving. Repeat DUI driver  had infant in back seat A resident of unincorporated Porter County has … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:36:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lifeline law message slow to get out ]]> Lead story image

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 minors know about these protections is the other key piece, state officials and proponents say, but it’s unclear whether enough is being done in Northwest Indiana. The original Lifeline Law, which the Indiana General Assembly approved in 2012, gave immunity to minors on certain charges -- public intoxication, minor possession, minor consumption and minor transport … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Clancy wins Dem nod for treasurer in Porter County ]]> Lead story image

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.” Party chairman Jeffrey Chidester swore Clancy in immediately after she won a majority of the 62 ballots cast. She takes office Monday. Former treasurer Mike Bucko, who announced he was resigning almost two weeks ago and who finished up in the office Friday, said Clancy was instrumental in helping with the changes he made while … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:02:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Valpo bus station part of bigger plan ]]> Lead story image

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 that will extend from the area around Central Park downtown to Joliet Road on the west and U.S. 30 on the south. It would include shopping areas, apartments or condominiums, single-family homes and office space, but it all depends on whether the city can get financing to get the project rolling. “It’s very preliminary at … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:03:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Porter County Fair: Kids put miniature horses through their paces in event judging ]]> Lead story image

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 the miniature equine contest. They wore outsized cowboy hats and went through the paces with their small, well-groomed horses, as the crowd in the livestock arena clapped enthusiastically. Twelve kids are in the project this year, McCollough said, and some of them participate in the horse and pony project as well, but the minis “are … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:01:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Valplayso timetable unveiled ]]> Lead story image

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 from Oct. 6 to 12, department Superintendent John Seibert said. “It’s a while until October, but we’ve got benchmarks we need to keep hitting,” Seibert said. That includes having 600 volunteers ready to go by Aug. 5. If all who indicated they’d sign up had done so, the project would have 1,000 volunteers, and Seibert … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:01:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 to Class B felony aiding in a burglary. Lewis implicated three others in the crime. He confessed to the crime on Dec. 6 after police arrested him for driving without a license, telling them he wanted to make changes in his life because he had a baby coming. Lewis said he and Shane Ed Parks, … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:02:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Class D felony charges, said the counties typically don’t shuttle prisoners back and forth because of the logistics. Usually they will bring prisoners over to make a plea for a charge or for a sentencing but not for the prisoner’s presence at a simple status hearing. “I don’t want to go through the machinations,” Bradford … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:02:03 -0500