JACKSON TOWNSHIP | A 42-year-old Westville man will be arrested on accusations of threatening to kill a woman and her children after he recovers from bite wounds caused by a police dog, officials said.
Porter County police said they released the dog into a house at 696 E. County Road 900 North on Wednesday after Jeffrey Wineinger, of the same address, refused to surrender.
Officers were first called to the address in the morning in response to a report that Wineinger battered Connie Goldsworthy in front of her children and then threatened to kill the group by burning down the house, police said. The children were removed from the home and placed with their grandmother, police said.
An active no-contact order prohibits Wineinger from having contact with Goldsworthy, police said.
Police returned just before 5:30 p.m. and saw a man believed to be Wineinger. After another man confirmed Wineinger was in the residence, officers approached Goldsworthy and she denied Wineinger was at the site, police said.
Shortly after releasing the dog into the house for a search, police heard Wineinger screaming from the laundry room, according to police.
Wineinger was taken to Porter Regional Hospital and will need surgery on his leg to repair a wound caused by the dog, police said. The hospital will notify police when he is ready to be released.
Goldsworthy, 38, was taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge of false informing.
Wineinger faces charges of invasion of privacy and resisting law enforcement, police said. He also is wanted on a charge of fraud.