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2 sex offenders nabbed failing to register in Halloween crackdown, police say
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2 sex offenders nabbed failing to register in Halloween crackdown, police say

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LAPORTE — A recent compliance check of local sex offenders ahead of Halloween resulted in the arrest of two on allegations of failing to register as is required by law, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department.

Ladonna Lowhorn, 39, and Jose Thomas, 47, were found to be out of compliance and face a felony count of failing to register with a prior conviction, police said.

Lowhorn was located by police Saturday in Henry County and was arrested and taken to the LaPorte County Jail, where she was held on a $15,005 cash-only bond, according to police.

Members of the Fugitive Apprehension Street Team located and arrested Thomas in Michigan City on Tuesday, police said. He also was taken to the county jail and held on a $15,005 cash-only bond.

The action came in the wake of a multi-agency, countywide compliance check on all sexually violent predators and offenders against children, police said.

The Operation Scare and Beware targeted 104 offenders.

"During Operation Scare and Beware, each offender was strongly encouraged not to participate in trick-or-treat activities," police said.

County police use an offender watch system to manage and monitor the whereabouts of convicted offenders. The public can view the site at laportecountysheriff.com.

Specific questions related to the Sex and Violent Offender Registry can be directed to the coordinator, Lisa Harlow, at 219-326-7700, ext. 2320, or Detective Gabriel Struss at ext. 2443.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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