A LaPorte man was cited after disregarding an activated school bus stop arm.
The incident occurred just after 3:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 14 when Joseph Dennis, 29, drove around a school bus in the 400 block of Pine Lake Avenue when the stop arms were extended.
Police later learned that Dennis had a suspended driver’s license, according to a news release. Dennis was given a summons to appear in court on the charge of driving while suspended as a Class A misdemeanor and reckless driving as a Class B misdemeanor.
A LaPorte County Jail inmate faces new charges after police there say he did not return from work release. They found Jesus Temores-Casillas, 33, of LaPorte, at a home in the 400 block of Lawrence Street there and say he refused to leave. He was arrested on a warrant for the Level 6 felony offense of escape. Temores-Casillas also faces a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy for violating an active protective order keeping him from being at the residence and having contact with his wife.
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 Police are investigating reports of counterfeit $100 bills being presented for payment at two businesses on Pine Lake Avenue. Officers were called to the NAPA Auto Parts last Thursday after an employee took a $100 bill from a customer who bought $28 worth of merchandise. The clerk checked the bill with a counterfeit pen, according to the incident report but later realized it was a fake. Continue reading
Police in LaPorte warn of telephone scammers pretending to be IRS agents preying on unsuspecting citizens. The scammer claims there is something wrong with the victim’s tax return and tries to scare the victim into wiring them money by threatening to send an IRS agent to the home within an hour. Police say the scammers seem to be targeting senior citizens, some of whom get a second telephone call claiming a grandchild or other relative is in jail and needs bond money. Continue reading
A gas station employee in LaPorte told police there a customer tried to make a purchase with a counterfeit $20 bill Sunday evening. The clerk at the Citgo Station at 104 E. Lincolnway checked the bill with a counterfeit pen and verified it was a phony. The clerk notified the police, told the customer and asked him to wait until the authorities arrived. Continue reading
A Saturday night bachelorette party ended with a trip to jail for two LaPorte women after an incident at a Wal-Mart store. LaPorte Police responded to the Wal-Mart on Boyd Boulevard just before midnight. Witnesses told the officers a large group of loud, obnoxious people came into the store. Continue reading
The investigation into Wednesday’s high-speed pursuit through Grovertown and into Marshall County is continuing. A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy initially tried to stop a car driven by Paul Coffin on U.S. 30 at 1200 East. Coffin drove for another mile before pulling over, according to information released by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. As the deputy was getting out of his car, Coffin reportedly backed into it, causing the patrol car to strike the deputy. Continue reading
The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a high-speed pursuit that started near Grovertown and ended in Marshall County. A sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a vehicle on U.S. 30 west of 1200 East, but the driver kept going. He finally stopped at 1100 East but put his car into reverse when the officer got out of his patrol vehicle. The suspect backed into the police car, causing the vehicle to strike the deputy. Continue reading
Police in LaPorte are investigating a child seduction incident that occurred via social media. They were contacted Saturday by the mother of a 15-year-old girl who found disturbing photos on her daughter’s smart phone. Police say the girl had been using the smart phone messenger service Kik to talk to several men. Continue reading
LaPorte Police are investigating a reported robbery at a discount store. They were called to the Family Dollar on Lincolnway Friday evening. A store employee told the officers she saw two white women leaving the store with items they had not purchased. Continue reading
LaPorte Police are investigating the recent theft of two auto batteries from a church van.
Authorities in LaPorte believe a Sunday night fire at a McClung Street residence was deliberately set. The LaPorte Police and Fire Departments responded just before 8 p.m. to a home at 159 W. McClung Road, Apt. A and found the structure in flames. Continue reading
A LaPorte woman who became upset when a police officer there told her she could not report the vehicle she co-owns with her boyfriend stolen just because he is in jail ended up behind bars herself early Sunday morning. Continue reading
The 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
The LaPorte Police Department is getting an early start on Labor Day traffic enforcement. Starting today and continuing through Sept. 1 officers will be taking part in a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” blitz. The national campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement. Continue reading
The LaPorte Police Department is investigating an early morning armed robbery. They were called to the 200 block of East Lincolnway around 12:30 a.m. The victim and witnesses were sitting outside and saw two people dressed in all dark clothing run between the American Legion and the Falcons. Continue reading
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.
LaPorte Police say comments made on Facebook are to blame for a fight between two 14-year-old girls Tuesday night at LaPorte High School. Police responded just after 9 p.m. Continue reading
LaPorte Police responded Saturday afternoon to a home in the 100 block of Whispering Boulevard when the homeowner found an unattended 4-year-old boy trying to get into her swimming pool. She told police she saw the boy climb her privacy fence and intercepted him before he got into the water. He could not tell the officers where he lived, according to a news release. Continue reading