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Law Enforcement Agencies Begin Operation Pull Over Blitz

Law enforcement agencies across Indiana are taking part in an Operation Pull Over blitz through the end of the month. Patrol officers will be looking for drunk drivers and seatbelt violators.

Last November 490 alcohol-related crashes occurred in Indiana, resulting in 224 injuries and 13 fatalities. A total of 735 drivers were arrested statewide for driving under the influence, and 9.504 seatbelt citations were issued to drivers and passengers who were not buckled up. Continue reading

LaPorte Sheriff to Host Halloween Event

Halloween-trick-or-treatThe sixth annual Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Safety event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31, hosted by LaPorte County Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer.

The event promotes safety for children while trick-or-treating in the community. Children attending the event will receive a reflective trick-or-treat bag with an activity book and crayons. A reflector badge will also be supplied. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

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LaPorte Police Participating Special Enforcement This Week

LaPorte County police will be stepping up patrols this week for a traffic safety project called “Operation Stop Arm”.

Sheriff’s deputies have partnered with Michigan City officers and Indiana State Police Troopers to make drivers more aware of school bus loading and unloading during this National School Bus Safety Week.

Driver who disregard stopped buses with stop arms extended and flashing lights can be cited on a Class A infraction of arm signal device: duty to obey. That carries a fine of up to $10,000. A driver can be arrested for a Class B misdemeanor offense of reckless driving if the driver recklessly passes a school bus while loading or unloading students. That offense carries up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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Three Injured in LaPorte Accident

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department investigated a two vehicle accident on Johnson Road at the Indiana Toll Road on Tuesday morning.

Deputies were called to the scene at 8:29 a.m. CT where a 31-year-old driver from LaPorte was stopped at the stop sign, entered the intersection and was struck by a pickup truck. The pickup hit the driver’s side of the car, according to police. The driver and her children were transported to IU Health LaPorte Hospital. One child was subsequently airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injures.

Johnson Road between County Road 400 West and County 500 West was closed for two hours while officers reconstructed the accident scene as part of their investigation.

The driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

LaPorte Police Investigate Burglary

LaPorte Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary that occurred at a residence in the 8000 W. block of County Road 400 North.

The two suspects left the area on foot by the time the officers arrived at the scene Friday morning. One of the suspects was taken into custody who was found walking along the road. That suspect had an active arrest warrant.

A second suspect ran into a wooded area adjacent to Creek Ridge County Park, according to a news release. A K9 unit responded to the scene and a track was initiated.

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Fatality Accident Reportedly Caused by Impaired Driver

Daniel Grigalanz

Daniel Grigalanz

A LaPorte County man was arrested after reportedly driving under the influence and causing an accident that resulted in the death of his passenger Wednesday night.

LaPorte County sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 0900 North block of County Road 640 West where a passenger car left the roadway and hit a tree, according to a news release. The passenger, Lanny Franks, 47, of LaPorte was transported to St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Michigan City where he was pronounced dead.

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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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