Police blotter

1997-01-03T00:00:00Z Police blotter nwitimes.com
January 03, 1997 12:00 am

Sobriety checkpoint results in

The New Year holiday resulted in only two misdemeanor drunken driving

charges as a result of police sobriety checkpoints in Porter County.

Police said 304 cars passed through the seven checkpoints located as far

north as U.S. 20 west of Interstate 94 and as far south as Hebron.

Seventy vehicles were stopped, with sobriety tests resulting in only two

minor alcohol-related arrests.

Two drivers received safety belt warnings, and one driver was cited.

Ten motorists received miscellaneous warnings for such offenses as bad

headlights or other equipment violations.

Police arrest 26 during New Year's Eve bash

WESTVILLE - An anonymous caller alerted police to an underage drinking party

New Year's Eve, resulting in 26 arrests.

Sheriff's police arrived at the Sokol residence at 599 E. U.S. 6 about 20

minutes before the new year and discovered a party in the pole barn behind the


Arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor was Nancy Sokol, 46.

Daniel Glatthorn of Valparaiso, 18, was arrested for battery and resisting


Also arrested on charges of minor consuming were:

Amber L. Martinez, 18, of Chesterton; Todd Schrenk, 18, of Chesterton;

Andrew Karch, 19, of Valparaiso; Susan Ahrens, 18, of Porter; Erin E. Lobsiger,

18, of Chesterton; Robert J. Niksic, 18, of Chesterton; Kevin Milletary, 18, of

Valparaiso; Stephanie Tharp, 18, of Chesterton; Joshua H. Goin, 18, of

Valparaiso; and Bradley Bremhorst, 19, of Valparaiso.

In addition, police took into custody 14 juveniles ranging in age from 15 to


House fire may have been arson

VALPARAISO - An early morning fire that damaged a vacant house Thursday may

have been set deliberately.

"The cause is suspicious," said Valparaiso Assistant Fire Chief David

Cheatham about a blaze that struck a multiple-level residence at 4405 Claussen

at 4:23 a.m.

The house was vacant and no utilities were hooked up, leading fire officials

believing the blaze may have been arson.

The fire was doused by 6:18, according to reports.

The home's owner has not been determined, Cheatham said. No estimate of

damages was available Thursday.

Officer dodges angry driver

LIBERTY TWP. - A motorist whose truck had been stuck in mud nearly ran over

a county police officer on New Year's Day.

Officer Douglas Snider reported he responded early Wednesday morning to a

call by Walter Privette of the Elmwood Park Mobile Home Park.

Privette told police a truck was stuck in the mud on Vail Road. A second

car and then a third car, whose drivers attempted to help, soon joined the

vehicle owned by Jason Corzan of Valparaiso.

Snider approached Corzan's truck, whose headlights were activated, and

pointed his flashlight at the driver.

Corzan became enraged, according to Snider's report, and began yelling

obscenities at the officer. Corzan then aimed the truck at Snider and drove

toward him "at full throttle," according to Snider.

Snider sidestepped the moving vehicle, which continued for 30 feet before

stopping, snapping a strap that had connected the truck to a second vehicle.

Corzan was arrested for criminal recklessness, while the other two drivers,

Kevin Tavernier of Portage and Andrew Gray of Valparaiso, were arrested for

public intoxication.

Father reports attack by son

WASHINGTON TWP. - Richard Peters told police he was eating dinner on New

Year's Eve when his son, Christopher Peters, 18, became argumentative.

The argument culminated in Christopher Peters allegedly throwing a glass

dinner plate at his father, who sustained a swollen right eye, lacerations and

a bloody nose.

Police located Christopher Peters when they were dispatched to the Wal-Mart

on U.S. 30, where he ingested Excedrin pills in an apparent suicide attempt,

according to police.

Police seeking husband after violent encounter

WHEELER - Cynthia Watts told police she and her husband, William Watts,

began arguing as they prepared for bed New Year's Day.

According to police reports, Cynthia Watts claimed her husband slammed her

face first into a support pole in the basement of their home. Police noted a

large contusion on Watts' forehead and several lacerations.

The woman told police she believed her husband had a gun. A search by police

indicated William Watts had fled the couple's home.

Police are seeking a warrant to arrest Watts on battery charges. He remained

at large Thursday.

Indy couple's car stolen on holiday visit

MORGAN TWP. - Geoffrey Ingram awoke early New Year's Eve to see the dome

light on in his 1992 Oldsmobile.

Thinking his wife, Kristin Ingram, was getting something from the car, he

went back to sleep, according to police reports.

The Indianapolis couple was visiting Geoffrey Ingram's parents for the


When Ingram again awoke at approximately 11 a.m., the car was gone and so

was more than $13,000 in checks, a cellular phone and $200 in miscellaneous


Cab driver claims customer stiffed her

VALPARAISO - Cab driver Donna Craig says she drove James Mitchell, also of

Valparaiso, to Gary and back only to have him not pay the $55 fare.

Then when police went to Mitchell's home, they needed to use chemicals to

subdue him, according to police reports. In investigating Craig's complaint,

police discovered a warrant for Mitchell's arrest.

Craig told police she drove Mitchell to a Chase Street location in Gary and

returned him to Valparaiso, where he disappeared between two residences.

Mitchell admitted not paying the fare, but told police someone else was

supposed to pay, according to police reports.

County arrests for Dec. 31-Jan. 1

Driving with suspended license - Jacquellyn Abring, 26, of DeMotte.

Possession of marijuana - Sawsan Alghazali, 21, of Canton, Ohio; Edward

Nelson, 21, of Fort Wayne; Panagiotis Panousopoulas, 27, of Detroit.

Drunken driving - Francisco Avalos, 29, of 362 S. Locust St., Valparaiso;

Ronald Bell, 52, of 16 Maxwell, Hebron; Gerald Brunn, 38, of Gary; Bryan

Kukelka, 18, of 18050 County Line Road, Hebron; Vern Rhodes, 51, of 491

Meadowood Drive, Valparaiso; Terry Ustanik, 41, of Griffith; Joe Allonde, 43,

of 1766 Samuelson Road, Portage.

Public intoxication - Steve Batides, 28, of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Richard

Burks, 22, of Merrillville; Diane Grieger, 29, 505 Freeman St., Valparaiso;

William Marrs, 31, 253 W. County Road 700S, Hebron; Kevin Mosier, 21, of 5930

Old Porter Road, Portage; Gregory York, 40, of Gary.

Public intoxication, disorderly conduct - Tracy Batides, 34, of Hermosa

Beach, Calif.

Violation of protective order - Shannon Clark, 24, of 897 N. Ind. 49,


Failure to appear - David Corbett, 45, of 408 Eastwood Court, Valparaiso;

Roger Henderson, 27, of Lake Station; Jonathan James Jr., 30, of Gary; Donald

Magee, 36, of 5572 Tulip, Portage; Scott Murphy, 31, of 5259 Evergreen,

Portage; Joan Serynek, 38, of 6048 Mill Run Ave., Portage; Claudia Snuffer, 24,

of 419 Hickory Lane, Chesterton; Shannon Snuffer, 26, of 419 Hickory Lane,

Chesterton; Rick Spicer, 408 Michigan, Valparaiso; Jennifer Tolson, 21, of 414

Glendale, Valparaiso; Freddy Rodriguez, 34, of Gary; Naomi Baker, 19, of

Hobart; Albert Hutman, 37, of 6035 Camden Ave., Portage.

Contempt of court - Scott Criswell, 34, of Hobart; John Staples, 32, of Lake


Simple assault - Kieth Duvall, 23, of 714 Fox River, Valparaiso.

Burglary, driving with suspended license - Nicholas Irvine, 1208 Aspen

Drive, Valparaiso.

Aggravated assault - Eric Kelly, 27, of 406 Parkside, Valparaiso.

Illegal consuming by adult - Daniel Karch, 18, of 804 Tanner, Valparaiso;

Jeremy Ring, 20, of Hobart.

Driving with suspended license, contributing to delinquency of a minor -

Steven Sanders, 25, of 1622 15th St., DeMotte.

Shoplifting - Karen Parker, 41, of 6622 Old Porter Road, Portage.

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