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VALPARAISO — A 35-year-old Center Township man was arrested early Monday morning after battering a neighbor living in a tent just north of Valparaiso over what he felt was an excessive and ongoing noise problem, according to Porter County police.

Brant Heavilin, who faces potential misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct, reportedly told police the three neighbors living in tents in a backyard in the 1400 block of Wildwood Road have been continually noisy.

He said he became upset when he heard loud music from the site Sunday night since his children started school the following morning.

One of the tent residents, who had been staying at the site for three months with the permission of the landowner, said he was watching a movie in one of the tents with the two others when he heard Heavilin outside yelling at him, police said.

When the man opened the zippered tent door to see what was wrong, he said Heavilin grabbed him by the neck, pulled him out of the tent and threw him on the ground, police said. When the man stood up, he said Heavilin shoved him to the ground.

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The three tent occupants ran from the camp site and called police.

Heavilin said he knocked on the tent wall and asked the group to turn down the music, which caused one of the occupants to begin yelling at him, police said. He said the confrontation never became physical and he never put his hands on anyone.

The case has been referred to prosecutors.

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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.