Two male juveniles suspected of vandalizing property about two weeks ago in the Savannah Heights area of Portage, have been taken into custody.
Police Chief Troy Williams says over a dozen of the reported incidents consisted of racial slurs, racial symbols, broken car windows, defecating on a vehicle and spray painting numerous vehicles and residences, causing an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in damages.
Chief Troy says after parents of the suspects refused to cooperate and failed to meet with department detectives as previously scheduled on Tuesday, the 16 and 17 year olds were arrested Wednesday morning at their respective high schools (Portage High School and Hebron high School).
The police chief thanks the public for their input the department received once suspect photos were released on social and print media sites. He also acknowledges the department's detectives who worked tirelessly to bring a resolution to these" numerous, senseless acts of vandalism."
Chief Troy also encourages parents to talk with their children about the "effects and consequences" that "pointless acts of destruction" can cause in terms of distress for the victims and the cost of reimbursing for damages.
Valparaiso Police Officers used the first day of school to visit principals, parents, teachers and students at schools throughout the city. Officers were visible throughout schools and school zones to show their commitment in keeping schools throughout Valparaiso a safe place for all who attend.
The high visibility of officers throughout schools and school zones will be a common site for individuals visiting the schools early this school year.
Motorist should be reminded that all Valparaiso Schools are back in session and caution should be used when driving through school zones. All speed limits are reduced in school zones and officers will be enforcing the reduce speed limits.
Charges filed against the juvenile include “Killing A Domestic Animal,” a D Felony and “Torturing Or Mutilating A Domestic Animal,” also a D Felony.
Any questions regarding this case can be directed to Lake County Sheriff’s Department Detective Michelle Dvorscak at 219-755-3346.
Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is looking for environmentally and community minded individuals to join their volunteer task force. Volunteer opportunities include tending gardens, giving tours, and helping with special events. This hands-on experience offers endless opportunities to learn and teach about the native landscape and wildlife of Northwest Indiana. Volunteers can work with outside community groups and join special on-site volunteer teams to assist with ongoing projects, such as the Bluebird Watch Team.
Volunteers who serve at least 40 hours receive the following benefits: free individual membership, on-site class and service discounts, special event entry, volunteer outings, and more. Taltree’s volunteer program also is good for active volunteers seeking to fulfill needed hours for conservation certification program such as Master Naturalist and Master Gardeners.
“We truly appreciate our volunteers. Without them Taltree would not be what it is today,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Hard-working, kind-hearted volunteers are the foundation of every great not-for-profit and ours rank among the best.”
Recently voted the Best of the Region, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a beautiful 360-acre oasis of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes, and exhibits.
As a 501(c)3 public charity, all proceeds received power Taltree’s education, restoration, and conservation initiatives. Support Taltree’s efforts by becoming a member! As a member you can enjoy Taltree’s beautiful grounds year round and receive discounts on educational programs and at The Taltree Store. You’ll enjoy other benefits too, like admission discounts into other American Horticultural Society garden locations, garden magazine discount subscriptions and shopping discounts at these area nurseries: Chesterton Feed & Garden Center, Jake’s Feed & Garden, and Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery, Inc.
Taltree main entrance is located at 450 West 100 North, near Valparaiso, Indiana in Northern Indiana, just south of U.S. 30, approximately 15 minutes east of Interstate 65. For more information, visit Taltree.org or follow Taltree on Twitter at @TaltreeArb and Facebook at facebook.com/Taltree.
According to a press relase from Sgt. Patti Van Til of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at approximately 7:00 am, seven Lake Ridge Middle School students were waiting for the school bus in the area of 24th and Gerry Street in Gary, Indiana. While waiting at the bus stop, a black 4 door Chevy Impala drove up to the students, 2 male black subjects and 2 female black subjects exited the vehicle and advised the students that something bad would happen to them if they didn’t give up their money and cell phones. One of the students responded that they didn’t have anything and she was going to call police. One of the female suspects, referred to as “LaKiesha” by her companions, proceeded to batter the student by punching the student to the face, she was joined by the second female suspect who then hit her about her person. A resident of the neighborhood exited their home and yelled that she had called the police at which time the suspects fled the area in their vehicle. The suspects are described as follows: 1st female: mid 20’s, light skinned African American, dyed blonde hair in a ponytail, wearing a pink shirt and blue jean shorts. 2nd female: mid 30’s, dark skinned African American, wearing a blue shirt with blue and purple pajama bottoms, and a white and black hat. 2 males: late 30’s or early 40’s. The student victim sustained a bloody nose and lip. The students did not recognize any of the suspects.
It was also reported to Lake County Police around the same time, in the 6800 block of West 25th Avenue in Gary, Indiana, a male adult resident was approached by subjects believed to be the same group of males and females asking for directions. One of the suspects pushed the resident who then fled. Further a resident in the area of 25th and Henry Street in Gary, Indiana also reported that a sixth grade student also waiting for the bus was approached by this group of suspects asking if the student had seen their lost puppy. At this point the parent yelled to the suspects who then fled. Anyone with information please contact Lake County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer Zabrina Harris at the Lake Ridge Middle School at 219.980.0730.
Repair crews are on the scene of a broken water main in Hammond at the intersection of Columbia Avenue and 150th St. According to reports, a construction crew working in the area hit a water main causing high standing water on Columbia Avenue near 150th St....
(L- R) Porter County Community Foundation Board Member Jane Maxwell presents grant check to Healthlilnc CEO Beth Wrobel at Healthlinc's new clinic in Valparaiso
The Porter County Community Foundation presented a grant check to HealthLinc, Inc. to assist with the purchase of optometry equipment for its new Valparaiso clinic on Sturdy Road. “We are happy to be able to help our local nonprofits expand their services to meet the growing needs in Porter County,” said Barb Young, President of the Porter County Community Foundation. “We are proud of HealthLinc’s success and what it provides for our community.” The health clinic now offers comprehensive patient care at the new facility with the addition of optometry to its medical, dental, behavioral health services and pharmacy.
The Foundation strengthens the work of nonprofits through grants and programs designed to help them do their work better. In 2012, the Foundation was able to provide more than $1.8 million in grants, investing in critical services for individuals and families throughout Porter County.
The Foundation inspires giving and engages our community to improve lives in Porter County now and forever. To learn more, visit online at www.portercountyfoundation.org or call (219) 465-0294.
Shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, fire crews responded to a report of a vehicle versus a building in the 1000 block of N. Lakeshore Drive at Lakes of the Four Seasons. Traffic tipsters reported that the guard shack at the subdivision's main entrance was reportedly struck by a vehilce contianing only the driver. No injuries were reported but the accident caused a natural gas leak. NPSCO repair crews were called to the scene and as a result of the leak the main entrance to Lakes of the Four Seasons remains closed at this time.
Police in LaPorte took possession of a three-legged dog that witnesses report was kicked continuously by a woman Tuesday night in the one-thousand block of Maple Avenue. LaPorte Police report the woman told officers at the scene the dog belonged to her ex-boyfriend, and denied kicking the animal, which police reported as being very skittish and that it appeared to be malnourished and in a state of neglect. The dog was taken to the LaPorte County Animal Shelter and a review of criminal charges has been forwarded to the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office.
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No one was reported injured and operations were not impacted according to US Steel officials after a small fire in a crane Tuesday night at their Portage facility. Firefighters from Portage were called in to assist and provided an aerial truck to battle the fire, which is under investigation.
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