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Innocent man
spends 10 days in jail
because of name confusion

(File photo)
(File photo)

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PORTER COUNTY — An innocent Chesterton man was arrested by the Porter County Drug Task Force and left in jail for 10 days because he had the same first and last name as a drug suspect.
Steven M. Thompson, a service technician at Arcelor-Mittal Steel, received an “early morning visit” from the narcotics unit which was serving a drug warrant on on May 5th.  He was taken from his home to the Porter County Jail, leaving his teenage daughter at home. He was accused of being a drug dealer.
Except he isn’t actually a drug dealer.
Mr. Thompson thought his name would be easily cleared, but he ended up spending 10 days behind bars.  With such difficulty in correcting the error, he began to think that going to prison might be a real possibility.
Two felony charges were levied against Thompson: dealing pills and heroin.  The Class B felonies each carry a 6-20 year prison sentence.
Although the man arrested matched the warrant — down to the date of birth and middle initial — the information in the warrant had been incorrectly obtained.  The intended suspect was Steven P. Thompson, who is three years younger.
Attorney Bob Harper, of Valparaiso, confirmed to the Gazette regarding the mistaken middle initials and DOB.  With Harper’s help, Mr. Thompson was able to prove his innocence and be freed, but not before losing his job, racking up bills, and facing threats of eviction from his home.
Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel oversees the Porter County Drug Task Force (PCDTF), and dropped charges after it was evident that the wrong man had been arrested.


 

Valparaiso Business Networking Membership Drive

roi membership drive

Join Valparaiso Indiana’s premier selective, non-compete referral group and skyrocket your business with the help of a hand-picked local marketing team. The ROI, Referral Organization of Indiana, is inviting local business owners and sales associates to attend their membership drive. It will be held at Suzie’s Café, located at 1050 Southpoint Cir. (next to the License Branch) off Highway 30 in Valparaiso. Times will be from 8am – 9am. Please rsvp by Tue. May 27th 2014 to agreathairdaysalon@gmail.com

Valparaiso ROI is the premiere business-to-business referral group of Northwest Indiana. We bring together professionals from all industries to generate business across disciplines. Our unique culture selects only one industry representative per chapter, creating a non-compete environment that allows members to focus on growing their businesses and generating referrals for the group.

Unlike traditional networking, our chapters meet weekly and require one-on-one meetings between members on a monthly basis, allowing for the opportunity not to simply shake hands with potential business partners, but to develop relationships that last a lifetime.

Our basic meeting format allows an opportunity for 30-second member introductions,  5-minute business growth speakers, 10-minute in-depth business introduction speakers, testimonials, exchange of referrals, and announcements of upcoming business networking opportunities. Each group has a unique energy and style and we recommend you visit all that have your business category open to see which chapter fits best with your business.
You can trust ROI industry leaders to take unconditional care of your friends, family and associates the way you would. Think of us as an extension of your own business. Roi will Revitalize your business with consistent referrals from trusted partners. Come visit this annual Membership drive to see who we are and find out what ROI Valparaiso stands for.
Please rsvp by Next tuesday, May 27th to agreathairdaysalon@gmail.com

Portage Man Arrested for Child Porn

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deyoung

Porter County-A Portage man turned himself into the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso today, Wednesday, May 21st, after being charged with five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Indiana State Police Crimes Against Children investigators received information in January 2014 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Michael DeYoung, 39 of Portage was uploading child pornography.

A search warrant was executed on April 17. 2014 at his residence on Clem Road in Portage and the Indiana State Police Mobile Forensics’ Vehicle was able to uncover evidence.

Five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, Class D Felonies, were filed through the Porter County Prosecutor’s office yesterday, May 20th, 2014 and DeYoung turned himself into the Porter County Jail this morning.

Investigation included: ISP Crimes Against Children Unit Detective Tracy Kunstek and Detective Jennifer Richmond, ISP Cyber Crimes Unit Sergeant Jeremy Chapman and Sergeant Alva Whited, Portage Police Department, and Homeland Security.

Anyone wishing to provide a tip concerning child pornography can contact their local Indiana State Police Post or on-line at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Severe Weather Blasts Region Again

Severe thunderstorm alert for Northwest Indiana

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Northern Lake County until 3:30 a.m. May 21, 2014. Hail up to 1.75″ in diameter may be expected. Small hail is already being reported in Hammond. Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect in Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana.

As always, if you have severe weather pictures we would love to share them on the Northwest Indiana Gazette.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
928 PM CDT TUE MAY 20 2014

ILC031-197-INC089-127-210330-
/O.CON.KLOT.SV.W.0051.000000T0000Z-140521T0330Z/
WILL IL-PORTER IN-COOK IL-LAKE IN-
928 PM CDT TUE MAY 20 2014

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR LAKE…
SOUTHEASTERN COOK…WESTERN PORTER AND EASTERN CENTRAL WILL COUNTIES
UNTIL 1030 PM CDT…

AT 925 PM CDT…A LARGE AND DANGEROUS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXTENDS
FROM EAST CHICAGO TO CRETE…AND WAS MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25
MPH.

HAZARD…GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL AND 70 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED AND SPOTTER CONFIRMED.

IMPACT…PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT HAIL
DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXPECT
CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR…
HIGHLAND AND DYER AROUND 935 PM CDT.
GRIFFITH AROUND 940 PM CDT.
GARY AND ST. JOHN AROUND 945 PM CDT.
NEW CHICAGO AND LAKE STATION AROUND 955 PM CDT.
OGDEN DUNES AND MERRILLVILLE AROUND 1000 PM CDT.
PORTAGE AROUND 1005 PM CDT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS STORM HAS A LONG HISTORY OF PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS AND
LARGE DAMAGING HAIL. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND
STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

&&

LAT…LON 4136 8716 4130 8742 4142 8773 4148 8782
4177 8756 4175 8753 4169 8749 4168 8745
4169 8743 4168 8741 4165 8742 4162 8726
4163 8719 4166 8715 4158 8709
TIME…MOT…LOC 0228Z 298DEG 22KT 4162 8743 4143 8763

HAIL…1.75IN
WIND…70MPH

$$

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Frontline Chesterton Announces Life Recovery Group Sundays

Frontline, a substance abuse treatment provider, presents the Life Recovery Group held at The Conduit Recovery Community Center each Sunday at 6pm beginning May 11.
Utilizing the Life Recovery Bible as a powerful resource for reconciliation and healing, the Life Recovery Group focuses on the 12-Step principles through Biblical Scriptures.

  • When: Each Sunday Starting on May 11, 2014
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Where:

The Conduit Building
Frontline Foundations, Inc.
1008 Broadway
Chesterton, IN 46304

K9 Officer Boss Retires From Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police Canine Officer Boss retired on May 6, 2014.
Indiana State Police Canine Officer Boss retired on May 6, 2014.

Indiana State Police Canine Officer Boss retired on May 6, 2014.

Lowell-Corporal Mike Jones lost his working partner to retirement but gained a lifelong friend and companion. Jones’ K-9 partner Boss was officially retired May 6th, 2014.

Boss, a German shepherd, from Holland graduated January 5, 2007 in a ceremony at the Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Boss and Jones underwent 17 weeks of intense training. The multidimensional K-9 was certified in area of Obedience, Evidence Search, Area and Building Searches, Tracking, Aggression Control and detection of several controlled substances.

Boss was purchased through a generous donation by the Porter County’s prosecutor’s office.

Jones and Boss have worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Marshall, Gang Response Investigation Team, Domestic Highway Enforcement, local police and sheriff departments, assisted Michigan State Police and other departments in Illinois.

Since 2007 Boss and Jones have been responsible for: 16 tracks, 16 finds, 502 searches, 128 arrests, 27 building searches, 9 article searches, and 155 perimeter searches.. They have also recovered 0.53 pounds of methamphetamine, 5,370 pounds of marijuana, 38.58 pounds of cocaine, 5.71 pounds of crack, .02 pounds of ecstasy, and 28.33 pounds of heroin.

First Sergeant Terrance Weems, acting commander of the Indiana State Police Lowell Post stated, “Boss has proven to be a tremendous service to our citizens and law enforcement. We are very thankful for his contribution and assistance. He will be missed.”

Boss is now residing in the lap of luxury with Corporal Jones and his wife in their home in Porter County.

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