LaPorte County Traffic Stop Leads to Lengthy Prison Sentence for South Bend Man

A South Bend man has been sentenced to almost 22 years in prison, in connection with a LaPorte County traffic stop that reportedly turned up heroin, crack, and a .38 caliber revolver back in April. Marvin Cates, 43, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.

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Pre-Halloween Compliance Sweep Turns Up Three Non-Compliant Sex Offenders in LaPorte County

With trick-or-treating coming up, police in LaPorte County teamed up Wednesday for a compliance check on the county’s sex offenders. Of the 102 people registered as sexually violent predators or offenders against children, three of them were found to be non-complaint, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.

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Man Arrested After Allegedly Attacking Security Deputies at Michigan City Courthouse

Two LaPorte County Sheriff’s Deputies were injured Friday morning, after a man reportedly walked into the Michigan City Courthouse and started attacking them. The Sheriff’s Office says Joshua Duncan, 37, of Michigan City, was entering the security checkpoint and without warning, “sucker punched” Courthouse Security Deputy Jon Keene in the nose.

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LaPorte Resident Injured in U.S. 35 Crash Wednesday Morning

 

A crash on U.S. 35 in rural LaPorte County Wednesday morning sent one person to the hospital. The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 7:20 just south of Schultz Road. Officers believe Rachel Tibbs, 67, of LaPorte, was driving south on U.S. 35 in a 2014 Ford SUV, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway, traveled into a ditch, and overturned, coming to a rest on its roof.

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Four Arrested in Connection with Kingsbury Industrial Park Home Burglary

 

LaPorte County Police have arrested four people in connection with last month’s burglary of a home in the Kingsbury Industrial Park. It was initially reported on July 18. At the time, officers said a group of people had apparently vandalized the home and stole several items while the resident, a 72-year-old Vietnam War veteran, was away visiting family.

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LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help with Burglary Investigation

LaPorte County Police are looking for multiple people who they believe vandalized and stole several items from the home of a 72-year-old Vietnam War veteran. Officers say that over the past week, guns, prescription drugs, and a large amount of scrap metal have been taken from the property along 3rd Line Road in the Kingsbury Industrial Park. On top of that, several vehicles reportedly had their windows shattered and one vehicle was flipped over.

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LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Looking for Non-Compliant Sex Offender

LaPorte County Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a non-compliant sex offender. Darell L. Eckwood is wanted for two felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He’s considered a serious sex offender with residency restrictions, after police say he was convicted of child molestation back in 2011.

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LaPorte County Police Investigate Weekend Drowning

Police say a LaPorte County man drowned Saturday afternoon, in a pond in the 7100 block of West Joliet Road. The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office says Glenn F. Zeman, 61, had been out on the pond in a watercraft. But then family members who’d been there with him said they couldn’t find him. Police say the watercraft Zeman had been riding was then found capsized, and his body was pulled from the water a short time later.

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Dentist with North Judson Practice Arrested, Following Fatal February Crash

A dentist with a practice in North Judson has been arrested, in connection with a February crash that left one person dead. According to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffrey J. Bilyak, 47, of Chesterton, surrendered himself at the LaPorte County Jail Wednesday. Officers say a warrant had been issued for his arrest, following an investigation into the February 15 crash.

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Two Arrested During Crackdown on Snowmobile Violations in Southern LaPorte County

 

A crackdown on snowmobile violations in southern LaPorte County led to two arrests Friday night. Indiana Conservation Officers, LaPorte County Police, and Westville Police saturated the area of U.S. 421 and County Road 375 South, after a group of snowmobile riders allegedly went there after fleeing from Conservation Officers around 10:30 p.m.

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LaPorte County Police Make 11 Arrests, Issue Over 100 Citations During Operation Pull Over Blitz

A recent Operation Pull Over blitz led to 11 arrests and more than 100 citations for the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office. The 24-day enforcement effort was funded with federal highway safety money administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Officers say they’ll continue to crack down on impaired driving, seat belt violations, and other crimes, through the remainder of the holiday period.

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