PORTAGE | A Gary man was arrested Wednesday morning, accused of leaving his 1-year-old son in the car while he went into the local Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, 3339 Willowcreek Road.
Charles Boyer Jr., 28, was charged with felony neglect of a dependent and transported to Porter County Jail.
Police were called to the office about 10:30 a.m. and found the boy in a car seat in the backseat of the car. The windows were rolled up and doors were locked. The temperature was exceeding 80 degrees, said the report.
Police said the boy seemed unresponsive when they arrived and when the owner of the vehicle couldn't initially be found, police shattered the driver side window to remove the boy. Emergency medical service personnel were called to check the child, who did not appear to be dehydrated.
The child's father, who told police he was only in the office for two minutes, was arrested and, after Child Protective Services was called, the child was released to his mother.
Portage police arrest two in drug deals investigation
PORTAGE | Portage police arrested an Illinois man Wednesday who is accused of dealing drugs and other charges.
A Portage man also was arrested. He is facing charges of possession.
According to the police report, for the last three weeks police had been receiving information about possible drug use or drug dealing in the 5300 block of Plaza Ave.
On Wednesday, a man who had been previously seen in the area acting suspiciously and later identified as Daniel Torrence, 29, of Dolton, was spotted in the area again.
Police stopped Torrence's vehicle and found a digital scale with white powdery substance and plastic bags with the same substance and a green leafy residue. Torrence was arrested, accused of dealing narcotics and possessing paraphernalia.
Police then went to the home of Joseph A. Barnes, 33, of 5316 Plaza Ave., to question him about their suspicions. After a search warrant was obtained, police searched the home, where a woman and 5-year-old child also lived, and hypodermic needles along with other drug paraphernalia and two rocks that later tested positive for cocaine reportedly were found. Two plastic bags also reportedly tested positive for heroin.
Barnes was charged with drug possession, possession of paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needles and neglect of a dependent.