Porter County crime briefs

2014-06-17T00:00:00Z Porter County crime briefsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 17, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Two arrested after obstructing traffic, threatening cop

SOUTH HAVEN | A 19-year-old South Haven man and a juvenile were arrested Friday afternoon after several young men refused to remove themselves from a roadway, despite police orders.

Police were called to the area of County Road 700 North and Fox River Road about 4 p.m. Friday in reference to several teenagers throwing rocks at a home. The incident led to the teens being warned several times to stay out of the road.

Jordan Head, 19, of 766 Heritage Road, and the juvenile refused to abide by the warnings and continued to harass the officer. Head was heard by several residents threatening to get a pistol from his home and shoot the officer in the head.

Head was charged with intimidation and transported to Porter County Jail.

The juvenile was charged with resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct after interfering with the officer and, at one point, walking toward the officer in an aggressive manner, causing the officer to point his taser at the juvenile. He was transported to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.

Pines man arrested after telling police to 'shoot him in the heart'

TOWN OF PINES  | A Town of Pines man was arrested Saturday evening after he was told to leave people's property, then became belligerent with police.

Chris Brodien, 49, of 1523 Main Ave., at one point, according to the police report, told officers to "shoot him in the heart" because he was going to kill the officers once he got out of jail.

Brodien was charged with intimidation, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

The incident started about 9:20 p.m. when police received reports of a suspicious person in the 3900 block of U.S. 12. They found Brodien standing in the roadway at U.S. 12 and Maine, and placed him under arrest. 

Brodien continued to be agitated and made several threats. He was transported to Porter County Jail.

Wheeler man arrested in fight over fireworks

SOUTH HAVEN | A Wheeler man was arrested for battery Friday night after a verbal dispute rose to a physical altercation and he allegedly struck a woman trying to pull him and another man apart.

The incident started at 7:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Capitol Road when a resident walking down the street with his children yelled at some children he believed were recklessly setting off fireworks.

Joshua Branshaw, 210 Second St., Wheeler, came out of a home and began arguing with the man who yelled at the children. The verbal argument continued along the street until they got to the man's driveway, with Branshaw allegedly threatening the man.

At the end of the driveway, Branshaw and the other man began to get into a physical fight when a woman tried to step in between them and was allegedly struck by Branshaw.

Branshaw was charged with battery, intimidation and disorderly conduct and was taken to Porter county Jail.

Teen arrested for falsely reporting her abduction

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso teen was arrested Friday night after telling police she had been abducted by men in a white van while playing at Valplayso. 

The teen claimed she was abducted while her friend was in the bathroom.

While providing the false report, the girl said she felt sick. Police called for EMS, but the teen and her grandfather, who has custody of the girl, refused treatment. After that, the teen admitted to police that she made up the story.

Police arrested the teen for false reporting of a crime, a class B misdemeanor. She was transported to Porter Juvenile Detention Center. 

Man arrested after resisting law enforcement in ER

PORTAGE | Police arrested a Gary man Friday night for operating while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement after he became "belligerent" at the Portage Hospital emergency room. 

Charles Lopez, 37, of 4178 Calhoun St., Gary, was arrested in the parking lot of Portage High School after recording a .259 blood alcohol level in a portable breath test. Police transported him to the ER because of his high level of intoxication. 

At the ER, a nurse tried to give Lopez a pill that would help with his nausea and vomiting, but he refused. He brought his arms, which were handcuffed behind his back, in front of him and stood up toward the nurse, yelling at her. When police tried to make him sit back down, he resisted and said, "I'll resist if I want to," according to a police report. 

Lopez was transported to Porter County Jail and charged with operating while intoxicated, endangering and resisting law enforcement.

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