Diamond ring, jacket, cash stolen from unlocked vehicle
PORTAGE | A resident of the 5200 block of Rebekah reported to police Monday evening that someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole items.
The items included an $800 14-karat yellow gold ring with a diamond and ruby, a $200 black North Face brand jacket and about $50 in cash.
Two accused of using pot in Portage motel arrested
PORTAGE | Two Maryland men were arrested Monday evening when it was alleged they were smoking marijuana in their motel room.
Billie Shires, 59, was charged with possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. Jesse Benfield, 27, was charged with visiting a common nuisance.
Police were called to the Dollar Inn, 6142 U.S. 20, about 5 p.m. after a motel guest complained to the front desk of a strong odor of marijuana coming through the vents of the bathroom.
A K-9 unit tracked the odor to the room occupied by Shires and Benfield. Marijuana cigarettes reportedly were found in Shires' pocket. Both men were taken to Porter County Jail.