Porter County police briefs

2012-11-26T19:00:00Z Porter County police briefs nwitimes.com
November 26, 2012 7:00 pm  • 

Police: Lake Eliza man shot at neighbors with shotgun

LAKE ELIZA | Police are seeking a warrant for the arrest of a Lake Eliza man who is accused of shooting at neighbors with a shotgun.

Porter County police were called just after 9 p.m. Saturday to McCurahan Street where people reported about 18 shots from a shot gun coming from a nearby man’s porch.

Police said several people were gathered at a bonfire at the McCurahan Street home and they saw muzzle flashes from the man’s porch. They could also hear the shot gun pellets hitting the trees and home.

One woman told police the man accused of shooting at the group was an ex-boyfriend who was angry she was at the bonfire.

Police did not find the man at his house. A warrant was issued for his arrest.


Police arrest man with no pants at Valpo apartment

VALPARAISO | Family members who left their apartment about 5:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day returned about six hours later to find a man wearing no pants inside.

Timothy Stephens, 60, of Valparaiso, was arrested on a burglary charge, a Class C felony, police said.

Residents of the apartment in the 450 block of South Franklin Street noticed things out of place outside the apartment, and one of the residents walked in to find someone’s clothes in their living room, police said.

He left the apartment and had another resident call police. The residents told police they could see through a window someone walking around inside.

When an officer arrived, the door to the apartment opened.

The officer drew his weapon on Stephens, who was wearing no pants but had a Christmas stocking on one foot.

Police said Stephens claimed he lived there and also said he knew the landlord. But  he didn’t correctly identify the landlord or the man actually lived there, police said.

Stephens was taken to jail, and the Christmas stocking was returned to the residents.

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