Porter County crime briefs

2014-04-07T00:05:00Z 2014-04-07T21:47:10Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 07, 2014 12:05 am  • 

Restaurant window shot while diners ate, Portage police say

PORTAGE | Police are investigating who may have shot at a restaurant while diners ate Sunday night — from the inside of the restaurant.

Police were called to El Pueblo restaurant, 5350 U.S. 6 Sunday night. The manager told police that at about 5:30 p.m. someone shot a window in the front of the restaurant.

The manager said guests said they heard a popping sound coming from the window by their table and then a few small shards of glass fell from behind the curtains and landed on the window sill next to the table.

According to the report, police found one hole near the top of the window, but the window did not shatter. It appeared, according to police, that the window was shot at from the inside of the restaurant.

The manager disagreed, believing the window was shot from the outside as the curtains on the inside showed no damage.

Sunglasses, cellphone stolen from two unlocked vehicles

PORTAGE | Two vehicles in a driveway in the 6300 block of Coronado were entered and items removed sometime overnight Saturday into Sunday.

Residents reported that a pair of prescription sunglasses, valued at $200 was taken from one vehicle and a cellphone, valued at $100, was taken from a second vehicle. Neither vehicle was locked.

Hobart man charged with DUI, leaving scene of an accident

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | A Hobart man was charged with drunken driving, resisting law enforcement and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Porter County police were called about 10 p.m. Saturday to the area of U.S. 6 and McCool Road where police learned a silver Ford F150 had been involved with two accidents. The truck was left unoccupied in a nearby parking lot.

A police K-9 tracked the driver to the nearby Pepe's bar parking lot where patrons directed officers to the north. A man matching the driver's description was found and chased down in a large open field.

Daniel Jenkins, 40, of Hobart, was arrested. Police said Jenkins was cut and had bled on officers. Police said he acted aggressively toward staff members at Porter Regional Hospital, where he was taken.

Smoke from suspicious fire damages home in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Police were called to investigate a fire that started inside a home in the 100 block of Harmel Drive.

Police were called about 8:45 a.m. Friday by the owner of the home who told police he arrived at the home, which is being remodeled, about 8:30 a.m. and found smoke filling the garage and kitchen.

He found a bag of garbage, which had been in the garage, in the kitchen. It had been burning.

Police said there was no fire when the owner arrived, but the home sustained about $10,000 in smoke damage.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Police: 2 ran from restaurant without paying; one caught

VALPARAISO | Two teens dined and dashed from the Valparaiso Steak n Shake, and one was arrested in a nearby wooded area.

McEvoy Jackson, 18, of Valparaiso, was arrested and charged with theft and minor consumption of alcohol.

The other boy, who is 17, ran from police. A warrant was requested for his arrest.

Police were called about 2:30 a.m. Saturday by a restaurant employee who said the pair skipped out on a $15 dinner bill.

An officer spotted the two in a nearby wooded area and was able to put one in custody, but the other fled.

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