Two arrested, two injured in Portage collision
PORTAGE | Two people were arrested and two others were injured Thursday afternoon in a collision at the intersection of County Line Road and Independence Avenue.
According to police reports, Brendan Shonk, 20, of DeMotte, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer westbound on Independence around 2:15 p.m. when he pulled out in front of a 2000 Ford SE driven by a 58-year-old Valparaiso woman traveling north on County Line Road .
During the investigation, Shonk failed field sobriety tests and was transported to Porter Portage Hospital, where he tested positive for amphetamines, benzoates, cocaine, opiates and marijuana. Shonk was arrested and charged with four counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of maintaining a common nuisance.
His passenger, Nicole Barnett, 18, of DeMotte, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia when police found a smoking pipe in her jacket pocket and Barnett allegedly removed a baggie of marijuana from her bra.
Both were transported to Porter County Jail.
The Valparaiso woman complained of pain to her neck, and her passenger, a 68-year-old Lake Station woman, complained of pain to her back.
Roofing materials stolen from Portage driveway
PORTAGE | Police received a report just after noon Thursday that roofing materials had been stolen from the driveway of a home in the 5700 block of Holmes.
Missing were packages of shingles and other construction materials valued at $1,100.
Hubcaps stolen from car at Portage residence
PORTAGE | A resident of the 3200 block of Spinnaker in Port Crossing Apartments reported to police Thursday morning that someone had removed the four hubcaps from her car within the last two days.
The car was parked in front of her residence. The hubcaps were valued at $824.
Damage reported to St. Patrick church, school
CHESTERTON | Police here received a report Wednesday morning that someone had caused damage to St. Patrick Catholic Church and the school.
The complainant took police to an access gate to a trail that runs behind the church property, where it appeared someone forced open the gates, causing them to be torn from the posts to which they were attached. The damage was estimated at $200.
It also appeared that someone tried to climb onto the roof of the school as a 10-foot section of gutter was torn from the building. The damage was estimated at $300.