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Two Arrested after Vehicle Stops on Tracks

A trip for two men didn’t go as planned after the car they were in became disabled on train track near Tipton Street crossing in LaPorte.

In the overnight hours on Saturday, LaPorte police were called to the scene where they found a pickup stuck on tracks west of the location, near Detroit Street. The staff in the dispatch center was alerted to contact the railroad and stop all train traffic until the vehicle could be removed.

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Man Arrested in Homicide Investigation

LaPorte police are investigating a homicide that occurred after 2 a.m. CT Saturday.

Officers were called to the 1000 Block of Lincolnway and found a man who was bleeding profusely. The victim was immediately transported to IU Health LaPorte Hospital and later died.

A preliminary investigation and evidence collected at the scene led to the arrest of Justin M. Lower. Lower, 26, has been preliminarily charged with murder and is being held in the LaPorte County Jail.

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Stolen Water Service Lands Man in Jail

A LaPorte man was arrested on Sunday after reportedly stealing water service from the City of LaPorte.

LaPorte police were called to a 4-unit apartment at 101 Bond Street after a complaint was filed about theft of water services.

Police learned that the water service had been turned off to the apartment. Several notices had been given to the tenant that it was unlawful to turn on the water unless it was done by an employee with the water department.

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Suspect Detained in Battery Incident in Knox Park

The Knox City Police Department is investigating the battery of a 14-year-old boy in Wythogan park on Monday night.

According to witness statements given to a Knox officer, a male juvenile had approached the victim in the park and struck him on the head. The victim fell and struck his head on the concrete walkway. The suspect, later identified as a Knox resident, was in a gold-colored passenger car with four other people that left the scene.

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LaPorte Man Arrested on Child Pornography, Child Exploitation Charges

Ronald E. Wheaton

Ronald E. Wheaton

A LaPorte man was arrested Monday afternoon after several police agencies served a state search warrant at his home.

Detectives with the Indiana State Police (ISP), ISP Crimes Against Children Detectives, North Mobile Forensic Vehicle, and the ISP K9 assisted the LaPorte City Police Department in serving the search warrant at 205 Woodward Street in LaPorte. It was there where officers found possible evidence that 34-year-old Ronald E. Wheaton was allegedly in the possession of child pornography.

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Arrest Made in LaPorte Shooting

Shirron Taylor

Shirron Taylor

A suspect has been arrested in a shooting incident at Ellian’s Pub on Michigan Avenue in LaPorte yesterday morning.

An intense investigation by the LaPorte City Police Department, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, the Michigan City Police Department and the U.S. Marshal Service found evidence that led to the arrest of Shirron Taylor, 32.

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Police Investigate Shooting in LaPorte

Officers from the LaPorte City Police Department are looking for more information in a shooting early this morning at Ellian’s Pub/Avenue Bar in the 600 block of Michigan Avenue.

Witnesses told police that an African American man confronted another African American man which escalated into gunfire. The victim was shot once and the suspect fled the establishment in an unknown vehicle.

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Man Arrested after Alleged Stabbing Incident

Joshua Tawney

Joshua Tawney

A LaPorte man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly stabbed someone with a knife when a fight broke outside a bar.

The victim stated he was inside the establishment when he heard someone outside screaming. He went to see what the commotion was about and saw Joshua L. Tawney, 22, of LaPorte, yelling at patrons telling them that the parking lot was his. The bouncers attempted to get Tawney to leave and he reportedly threw a barbecue grill causing a fire in the adjacent parking lot.

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One Arrested in Apparent Homicide

Daniel G. Shoffner

Daniel G. Shoffner

One person is in custody in an apparent homicide in LaPorte.

Daniel Shoffner was arrested on a  preliminary charge of murder, pending further investigation. Formal charges are pending and could be filed in two days.

The incident occurred at a residence in the 100 block of McClung Road Sunday evening. Officers from the LaPorte City Police Department found the body of a woman at that residence.

LaPorte Officer, F.O.P. Member under Investigation

Mark Bishop has resigned from the LaPorte City Police Department and as the Secretary/Treasurer of the LaPorte Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.). It is alleged that he made many unauthorized transactions using F.O.P. money for his own use and a criminal investigation into his actions is underway.

The Indiana State Police is conducting the investigation.

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LaPorte Officer Resigns, Investigation Launched into Missing F.O.P. Funds

A LaPorte City Police officer resigned his position with the police department amid an investigation into stolen funds with the Fraternal Order of Police.

According to LaPorte Police Chief Adam Klimczak, the F.O.P. leadership found that officer Mark Bishop reportedly had been using F.O.P. funds for personal reasons. Several thousands of dollars are not accounted for.

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LaPorte Man Arrested on Firearm Charges after Traffic Stop

Nathan E. Harrison

Nathan E. Harrison

A LaPorte man was arrested early last week after police found him in possession of a stolen handgun.

LaPorte police conducted a traffic stop after they found that Nathan E. Harrison, 33, had disregarded a stop sign at Hillcrest Street and Southmoor Avenue.

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Arson Incident Under Investigation in LaPorte

LaPorte Police are looking for a suspect or suspects responsible for a fire at 505 Maple Ave on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the investigation, the resident told police that a grill and two tires caught fire in the back yard and the tires were reportedly purposely moved to that location and a gasoline container was found nearby. The container had been on the front porch and moved to the area where the fire originated. It is suspected that gasoline was used as an accelerant.

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Two Arrested in LaPorte for Attempted Armed Robbery

A 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were arrested in LaPorte on Sunday after attempting to get into Little Caeser’s Pizza on Monroe Street.

According to LaPorte police, the employee had just locked the front door to close the business when they arrived. One suspect was reportedly masked and caried a weapon when he tried to open the locked door. When they found the door to be secured, they ran from the business.

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Seat Belt and Impaired Driving Patrols Scheduled in April in LaPorte

Officers with the LaPorte City Police Department will be working 40 hours of Operation Pull Over funded seat belt patrols in April. Impaired driving patrols will be held every weekend in April that are organized through the LaPorte County DUI Taskforce.

LaPorte City Police Department officers have investigated several accidents so far this year. Severe weather and alcohol contributed to most of the accidents.

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LaPorte Man Allegedly Fires Gun at Passing Train

A case has been forwarded to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s office that provides the details of a LaPorte man who allegedly fired two gun shots in the 1400 block of Lake Street.

On Friday, March 28, LaPorte police officers found a man sitting in a chair outside an abandoned building. The 20-year-old man reportedly told officers that he was upset over some personal issues. He denied having any weapons, but police found two knives in his pockets and a .357 revolver in his pocket along with ammunition.

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LaPorte Couple Reports Tax-Related Identity Theft

A LaPorte couple recently found out they were victims of identity theft after getting a cashier’s check and a letter from a bank in California. The letter from Citizen’s Bank in La Lolla, Calif. stated the cashier’s check for $3,675.06 could not be deposited using the information that was provided to them. That’s when the couple discovered their identity had been stolen, and someone had used their Social Security numbers to file a federal income tax return. They contacted the IRS and a credit monitoring agency to report the activity and also filed a report with the LaPorte Police Department.

Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website to learn how to guard against identity theft and the steps to take should your identity be stolen. You can access all this information at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft.

Operation Pull Over Blitz Successful in LaPorte

The LaPorte City Police Department recently wrapped up another successful Operation Pull Over Blitz.

Officers worked 52 hours of impaired driving patrols and 122 hours of aggressive driving patrols. Six arrests were made that included a preliminary charge of Operating While Intoxicated and two arrests for other offenses. Officers wrote a total of 267 citations and 225 warnings for other violations; of those, 128 were for speeding, 19 for driving while suspended, 14 for stop sign and traffic signal violations, 61 for seat belt violations, five for texting while driving and several others for various offenses.

Operation Pull Over Blitz #78 ran from Feb. 28 to March 23.

Operation Pull Over is a federally funded enforcement initiative administered by the Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

LaPorte Bank Employees Report Suspicious Patron

Employees at a bank in downtown LaPorte called the police on Friday to report a man who was acting suspicious. The incident happened around noon at the PNC Bank at 800 Lincolnway. A bank representative says a white man came into the bank and walked away each time an employee asked if he needed assistance. The man appeared to be studying the ceiling, and possibly the camera system, according to bank officials. He was also typing or texting something on his cell phone while in the bank and appeared to be wearing an ill-fitting wig. The officer who took the report told the bank employees to call the police immediately should any other suspicious activity occur.

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