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One Dead in Two Vehicle Accident in LaPorte County

One person has died as a result of a two vehicle crash this morning at 0101 North U.S. Highway 421 in LaPorte County.

LaPorte County Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman pronounced one driver dead while two others in another vehicle were transported by LaPorte County EMS to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City for treatment and observation. The extent of their injuries is unknown, according to police.

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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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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Scheduled This Weekend

Hazardous Household Waste trailerThe Lake Michigan Household Hazardous Waste District is conducting a collections event at the La Porte County Fairgrounds on Saturday Aug. 23rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT. Items that can be disposed of include, ammunition, flares, fireworks, aerosols, automotive supplies, batteries, corrosives, expired medications, mercury containing products, florescent tubes, thermometers, thermostats, paint, medical sharps, pesticides as well as other poisons, and waste fuels.  Continue reading

Household Hazardous Waste Event Planned in LaPorte County

LaPorte-TRIADNeedles, syringes and anything sharp can be disposed of during the household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, Aug. 23 in LaPorte.

Personnel at the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department have had a recent influx of the disposal of needles and syringes in the lobby’s drop box. To reduce a health hazard, cap the needles and place them in an empty plastic detergent bottle and dispose of them in one of the seven hazardous waste collection events held by the LaPorte County Solid Waste District. Free hazard stickers are available to place on those bottles to warn of its contents.

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Officers Participating in COPS Bicycle Ride to Arrive in LaPorte Today

Police officers who are participating in the annual Concerns of Police Survivor’s bicycle ride will be going through LaPorte today.

Officers will be arriving at 9 a.m. CT. They are riding around the perimeter of the state to help support families of officers who were killed in the line of duty and raise awareness of survivor issues.

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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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Pointon Surrenders Himself to LaPorte County Jail

Brandon Pointon

Brandon Pointon

A LaPorte man turned himself into the custody of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Brandon Pointon, 21, was wanted on a charge of dealing a schedule III controlled substance (suboxone) which is a Class A felony.

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Suspected Homemade Explosives Manufacturer Remains at Large

Robert L. Ofcky

Robert L. Ofcky

Detectives from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department remain on the lookout for 54-year-old Robert L. Ofcky. He is wanted for possession of an explosive device, a Class C felony.

He fled his home after officers responded to his residence on Monday night regarding a domestic disturbance. Officers reportedly found numerous explosive devices inside the home in the 7200 West block of County Road 125 North in LaPorte County.

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LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Implements New Phone System

LaPorte County Sheriff's Department

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department has made it easier for you to gather information on inmates including charges, bonds, court dates, court locations, and release dates.

The new Automated Information System (AIS) is operational 24 hours a day for any resident to access the information. Inmates are also able to access the same information from jail telephones.

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Suspect Harboring Possible Explosive Devices on the Run

Robert L. Ofcky

Robert L. Ofcky

Police never know what they walk into when called out.

LaPorte County police deputies were called to a domestic disturbance at a home in 7200 west block of County Road 125 North on Monday evening. When inside the home officers found what appeared to be homemade explosive devices.

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LaPorte Sheriff’s Office to Host Memorial Service

LaPorte County Sheriff's Department

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office will host the 15th annual Peace Officer Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 21 at 11 a.m. CT.

The keynote speaker will be Associate Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, Mark S. Massa. Justice Massa was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012 and has served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and has also served as a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Indiana.

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LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit Arrests Several on Drug Charges

Jennie Searing

Jennie Searing

The LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit had a big week of arrests this week.

On Monday, officers from the Metro Operations Unit and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at a home in the 600 block of Pulaski Street in LaPorte. That search resulted in the arrest of Jennie Searing, 24, on an outstanding warrant for three counts of dealing a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) plus preliminary charges of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug as a Class A Felony and possession of a controlled substance as a Class D felony. She is being held in the LaPorte County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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Three Arrested for Drug Charges in LaPorte

Brett Curry

Brett Curry

Justin Jarrett

Justin Jarrett

Jillian Townsel

Jillian Townsel

Three LaPorte County residents were arrested Monday after police from the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit and LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department found drugs in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

At 6:14 p.m., a passenger car driven by Justin R. Jarrett of Rolling Prairie, was pulled over for a traffic violation in the 1300 block of Pine Lake Ave. The police service dog, Rambo, indicated the presence of drugs. Officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found heroin in Jarrett’s possession.

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LaPorte County Officers to Participate in Click it or Ticket Campaign

The LaPorte County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the Click it or Ticket campaign that begins Friday, May 9 through Sunday, June 1.

This blitz will focus on seat belt and child restraint infractions. If you are not wearing a seat belt or passengers and children are not properly restrained, you will receive a ticket.

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Traffic Stop Ends With Drug Bust

State Police reportedly recovered 136 baggies of heroin from Kelly A. Koranda, 36 of Logansport, at IU Health Starke Hospital.

State Police reportedly recovered 136 baggies of heroin from Kelly A. Koranda, 36, of Logansport, at IU Health Starke Hospital.

A Logansport woman faces numerous drug charges in Starke County following a traffic stop late last week by a LaPorte County Deputy and Indiana State Trooper on U.S. 35 near Hamlet. The deputy pulled Kelly A. Koranda, 36, of Logansport, over just south of Starke County Road 500 North on Thursday, April 24 for an unspecified traffic infraction. According to a news release sent this afternoon by the Indiana State Police, Koranda appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital for blood and urine tests.A nurse there reportedly found several packets of heroin in Koranda’s underwear. Officers say she admitted eating 10 packets of the drug before being pulled over and hiding more in her underwear. They recovered 172 baggies of heroin weighing about 36 grams from Koranda. She was admitted to the hospital for observation. Officers arrested her there Sunday when she was released. She’s charged with felony dealing a narcotic drug, felony possession of a narcotic drug over 3 grams, felony maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor operating while intoxicated on a controlled substance. Koranda was taken to the Starke County Jail.

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Receives 3D Scanner

LaPorte County Sheriff's Department

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department recently purchased a machine to help spot evidence with any sort of investigation.

Major John Boyd told WKVI that the sheriff’s department partnered with the LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney’s office to purchase a 3D crime scene and accident scene forensic scanner.

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LaPorte Police Seeking Wanted Sex Offender

James Adams

James Adams

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department is on the lookout for a wanted sex offender.

James W. Adams, 31, is wanted on a charge of Failure to Register, a Class D felony. Adams was convicted in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin of third degree Sexual Assault of a Child in 2001. He was identified as an Offender Against Children with lifetime requirement to register with law enforcement.

Adams first registered in LaPorte County in 2009 and in October 2013 he told the sheriff’s office he was homeless. Since October of 2013 he had been registering as homeless every seven days as required but he last registered in mid-February but has not been seen or heard of since. He was last seen in the Michigan City area.

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LaPorte Man Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges

Wayne Cory, Jr.

Wayne Cory, Jr.

A LaPorte County man was arrested Wednesday on five counts of Child Exploitation.

Investigators from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant at the home of 42-year-old Wayne E. Cory, Jr. in the 7700 North block of Fail Road in rural LaPorte County.

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Two Arrested on Heroin-Related Charges

Nicholas Albertson

Nicholas Albertson

Brian Wilkinson

Brian Wilkinson

Two LaPorte County men were arrested on heroin charges Friday after a traffic stop in LaPorte County.

During the traffic stop, a K9 conducted an “outer free air sniff” of the vehicle and the dog alerted that drugs were in the vehicle. A search was conducted of the vehicle where more than 29 grams of heroin were located. As a result, Nicholas Albertson and his passenger Brian Wilkinson were arrested.

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