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LaPorte County Courthouse Evacuated after Bomb Threat

A Michigan City man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly sending a bomb threat notice by mail to the LaPorte County clerk’s office.

The employee received a letter addressed to the clerk’s office delivered by the United States Postal Service. When she opened the envelope, she found a powdery substance and a letter, according to a news release. She immediately took the envelope and the contents to the courthouse security office.

The letter stated that explosives were located in or near the courthouse, as noted in the press release. With that, the courthouse was evacuated and a request was made for the assistance of the Michigan City Police Department, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, LaPorte County Hazardous Materials Team, Michigan City Fire Department and LaPorte County Emergency Management.

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Non-Compliant Sex Offender Found Living Next to Day Care Facility

Michael Sofranko

Michael Sofranko

A Michigan City man was arrested on Tuesday for being a non-compliant sex offender.

In August, officers found that Michael Sofranko, 36, was no longer living at his registered address and did not complete his annual registration with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department.

Sofranko was convicted of a felony child molesting charge in LaPorte Circuit Court in 1998. He was also identified as an offender against children. As a result, he is required to register as a sex offender with law enforcement until 2022.

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Wanted Drug Suspect Surrenders to LaPorte Authorities

Sable Connor

Sable Connor

An Illinois woman was arrested Wednesday after surrendering herself to LaPorte County police.

Sable E. Conner, 28, had an outstanding warrant for dealing in a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), a Level 4 felony. Conner has posted a $20,000 bond and was released from the jail and is scheduled to appear in circuit court.

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Two Arrested after Drug Investigation

Anthony Santolino

Anthony Santolino

Devonte Stevens

Devonte Stevens

Two men were arrested in LaPorte County on Wednesday after a drug investigation by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit.

A search warrant was executed by LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Warrants Division officers in the 1200 block of Jackson Street in LaPorte where drug evidence was seized.

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Two Extradited to LaPorte County

Richard Maynard

Richard Maynard

Christina Stultz

Christina Stultz

Two wanted offenders were recently extradited to LaPorte from Tennessee by deputies from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and booked into the LaPorte County Jail.

Richard Maynard, 50, and Christine Stultz (aka Christine Riegle), 40, were detained in Coffee County, Tennessee after law enforcement officers there found the pair were wanted on drug charges in an investigation by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit.

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LaPorte County Man Arrested after Police Pursuit

James Brinfield

James Brinfield

A Westville man was arrested on Tuesday after he fled police in a vehicle.

LaPorte Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop on Boston Street near the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing near Factory Street. The officers recognized James D. Brinsfield, 38, who was wanted on a charge of dealing in a schedule I controlled substance (heroin) as a Class A felony.

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Two Arrested on Cocaine Charges

Joseph Szynal

Joseph Szynal

A 50-year-old man and a juvenile were recently arrested for their alleged role in dealing cocaine.

Officers from the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit arrested Joseph M. Szynal and the 15-year-old juvenile without incident at a home in the 100 block of McClung Road in LaPorte. Cocaine was seized in this incident.

An investigation led to the arrest of the pair for the distribution of cocaine in and around the city of LaPorte.

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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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LaPorte Man Turns Himself in on Drug Charge

Kyle Shumate

Kyle Shumate

A LaPorte man turned himself into the LaPorte County Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of dealing in a schedule III controlled substance (suboxone) which is a Class B felony.

Kyle Shumate, 24, surrendered himself on Monday. He was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond. Shumate will appear soon for an initial hearing in LaPorte County Circuit Court.

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LaPorte Woman Charged with Dealing Heroin

Jillian Townsel

Jillian Townsel

A LaPorte woman will be facing an additional charge after information received in a recent drug investigation.

Jillian A. Townsel, 22, was being held in the LaPorte County Jail for revocation of a suspended sentence for theft. She was placed into custody on this charge on May 16. On Friday, May 30, she was charged while being held in the LaPorte County Jail on a preliminary count of Dealing a Schedule I Controlled Substance (heroin), a Class B felony.

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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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Wanted Sex Offender Surrenders to Staff at LaPorte County Jail

James Adams

James Adams

A wanted sex offender has turned himself into the LaPorte County Jail.

James W. Adams was a non-reporting sex offender and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Thursday. Adams told police that he opted to surrender himself when he heard a news report that he was wanted for failing to comply with the terms of Indiana’s Sex and Violent Offender Registry.

He was booked into the LaPorte County Jail Friday morning on a charge of Failure to Register as a Class D felony. He is being held on a $7,500 bond.

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Kingsbury Woman in LaPorte County Jail on Drug Charges

LaPorte County Sheriff's Department

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office

A Kingsbury woman surrendered herself at the LaPorte County Jail on Saturday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Alisha Lukac, 24, was arrested for two counts of Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Morphine), both of which are Class B felonies. She is being held in the LaPorte County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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LaPorte County Corrections Inmate Arrested on Several Drug Charges

Ronald Robinson

Ronald Robinson

A LaPorte County Community Corrections inmate was arrested Tuesday, March 11 after police reportedly found drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Ronald E. Robinson, 56, was stopped along U.S. 35 north of Johnson Road and when the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department K9 conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle, the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics.

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LaPorte Jail Inmate Charged with Arson

An inmate has been charged with arson after setting a mattress on fire in his jail cell at the LaPorte County Jail.

After an investigation was conducted, it was found that on July 4, Marzono Shelly reportedly started the fire in his cell in the south end of the jail. 40 inmates were moved from that part of the jail and Shelly was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He was later transferred to the Indiana Department of Corrections due to his destructive and dangerous behavior.

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LaPorte County Officials Investigating Jail Fire

Officials in LaPorte County are still looking into the cause of a July 4th fire in a jail cell that sent one inmate to the hospital and forced the temporary evacuation of about 40 others. The fire started just before 1 p.m. in a cell occupied by Marzano R. Shelly, 35, of Michigan City. He’s jailed pending trial on charges of murder, robbery, possession of a firearm by a violent felon and battery by bodily waste. Shelly was alone in the cell, according to “The Times,” and is believed to have tried to burn his mattress. It smoked but did not fully ignite. Matches and lighters are banned from the jail, so it’s unclear how Shelly may have started the fire. The cell is located in an area of the jail reserved for inmates with disciplinary problems. The other nearby inmates were shifted to another part of the jail for a few hours.

 

LaPorte Man Arrested on Freon Thefts

A LaPorte man was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly stealing Freon from two businesses.

A witness at a business on E. Lincolnway told police that a man was messing around with the air conditioning units outside the building. The witness told police that the suspect was lying between the air conditioning units next to the building. As other employees were arriving to work, the suspect was seen messing with the air units. He was told to leave the property.

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Jemiolo Accused of Beating and Stabbing Wife to Death

Joseph Jemiolo

Joseph Jemiolo

A LaPorte County man accused of killing his wife was in LaPorte Superior Court for an initial hearing Thursday.

The affidavit for probable cause outlines a gruesome incident in which Joseph Jemiolo allegedly beat and stabbed his wife, Kathy Jemiolo, to death at their home in the 800 block of E. Street in LaPorte on Tuesday, June 11.

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