Nurse Faces Level 5 Felony after Allegedly Trafficking Cell Phone into La Porte County Jail

Mugshot of Gina Salinas Provided by LCSD

A nurse employed by Advanced Correctional Healthcare has been arrested for the Level 5 Felony of trafficking with an inmate after she allegedly snuck a cell phone into La Porte County Jail with the intention of delivering it.

A press release issued by the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office indicates that on Friday, March 16th, Jail administrative staff received information that an inmate within the jail was potentially in possession of a cellular telephone.

Upon receiving the information, an investigation was immediately launched and Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division of the La Porte County Sheriff’s office were called to assist. Continue reading

Accident Claims the Life of La Porte County Driver


Officers from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a crash that claimed the life of the driver Friday morning.

Police say a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 64-year-old George W. Johnson, Jr. was traveling east on County Road 400 North, east of County Road 50 West, when it left the south side of the roadway, struck small trees, flipped end-over-end, and landed upright approximately 200 feet from where the Jeep initially left the roadway. As a result, the driver was ejected from the vehicle and was found lying next to the rear passenger side of the vehicle in a corn field.

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Arrest Made in Double Fatality Crash

Tron Gorbonosenko

La Porte County officers have arrested a New Carlisle man following a double fatality crash on Friday, Oct. 6.

According to police, 40-year-old Tron Gorbonosenko drove his Ford Mustang head-on into a Honda Odyssey occupied by Don and Angie Kaczmarek. They died as a result of the collision, according to the report. Gorbonosenko was critically injured and was flown from the scene to Memorial Hospital in South Bend where he remained for a week. Continue reading

Armed Robbery under Investigation

An armed robbery suspect is in custody after an Wednesday morning incident at a LaCrosse business.

According to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, a black male entered the BP gas station in LaCrosse at 11:15 a.m. CT and demanded that the cashier open the register. Police say the suspect told the cashier that he had a weapon in his possession, but it was not displayed. The suspect fled the area south on Washington Street.

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La Porte County Sheriff’s Department Looking for Theft Suspects


A significant number of vehicle thefts have been reported to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department and police are asking for help in identifying suspects allegedly involved in the thefts.

Investigators have approximately 50 open cases of theft from vehicles and another 50 are open with other agencies in La Porte County and surrounding departments. Several cases involve forced entry. The items reported stolen were left in plain sight. Electronics, money and firearms have been taken from vehicles.

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Bicyclist Dies after Accident with Semi


A 53-year-old Hammond man died after he reportedly rode his bicycle into the path of an oncoming semi truck.

On Monday evening, La Porte City Police say witnesses saw the semi turning north on J Street at the intersection of 6th Street in La Porte and had a green light. A bicyclist, Glen Byrley, disregarded the signal and drove his bicycle into the path of the semi, according to the press release. The driver of the semi, 63-year-old Jeffrey Smith from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, reportedly could not stop in time to avoid a collision.

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