Just a small sampling of several larger boxes of chocolate donated today by Fairhaven Baptist Church. Thursday just became a cheat day!
Chief of Police: Mike Candiano Asst Chief: Ted Uzelac Major: Joe Reynolds Patrol Capt.: Mark Monks Capt.: Keith Hughes Capt.: Scott Harmeling
Officer Assistance - 24 hrs Clerical Hours: M-F 7am-7pm Sat 8am-4pm
Mission: The Portage Police Department is dedicated to working with all of its citizens in fighting crime, defending human rights, protecting life and property, and making our community safe for all. The public and visitors alike will find our officers to be courteous, dedicated professionals willing to help in any way they can.
Just a small sampling of several larger boxes of chocolate donated today by Fairhaven Baptist Church. Thursday just became a cheat day!
We are seeking assistance in identifying the subject shown in the picture. He is a suspect in a theft from a vehicle that occurred on July 3rd 2020 about 2:30 am near Central & Samuelson. If you have any information please contact the Police Department at 219-762-3122 or Detective Garzella at 219-764-5710. Thank you.
The Portage Township Autism Action Coalition is asking for your help. Through the Portage Township Trustee's office the PTAAC is hoping to raise funds to provide first responders with sensory kits and the training to help when contacting persons on the autism spectrum. If you think you'd like to support this cause please see the message below.
We received this card and some Bam Pizza from the Johnson family the other day. We are very grateful for their kind words and donation. The Johnson family has a long history with Portage PD. Lee Allen (1943-2007) was unit #29 with Portage PD and Billie Miletich was a member of the Police Merit Commission for 19 years. The department has many reasons to give thanks to this family.
This morning Offc. Rosaschi was with his Field Training Officer at the scene of a motor vehicle crash in a parking lot when he was approached by three children who gave him this card and a couple Subway gift cards. Thanks so much Medina & Flatz families!
We don't want to forget about the generosity of Jennifer Chandler and her mom and dad. They donated the pictured lunch last Friday. They even had some Milk Bones in there for the K-9's! Sorry it took so long Jennifer.
Thank you Lauderback family! Jimmy John's just dropped off some sandwiches and chips to the station for the officers on the afternoon shift.
Today we need to recognize the Exchange Club of Portage, Indiana. This club put together and donated the pictured child comfort bags. Each bag contains age appropriate comfort items that our officers can hand out to children who may find themselves in any stressful situation that involves a police response. These could be cases of neglect or abuse, a motor vehicle collision where the child does not require medical treatment but a parent or sibling might, or when a child is unfortunately present during the arrest of a family member. We hope these comfort bags help to lessen any emotional stress a child might experience and grow a positive relationship between our officers and the community.
We are looking for assistance in identifying the suspect pictured below. This suspect is believed to have spray painted several areas outside of Fegely Middle School as well as stop signs in the area Cooley, Sherwin, and Brown Street just west of Fegely. This incident occurred at approximately 2:20a.m. on Monday July 6th.
Please contact Detective Meyers at 219-762-3122 if you have any information that would assist with this investigation. Thank you.
Today we pay our final respects to Lieutenant Jerry J. Ferda badge #14 (1940-2020). Lieutenant Ferda retired in 1986 after serving with the Portage Police Department for twenty years. May you never be forgotten.
We want to thank Trailblazers Bike Barn for their help with our Recon Power Bike. Unfortunately it got a flat rear tire last week and due to the electric motor being part of the rim it was a little bit out of our technical abilities to fix that ourselves. Trailblazers not only fixed the tire but did so free of charge!
Thank you Robert Friar of the Miller Beach Detective Agency. Robert dropped off several Subway gift cards so the officers could grab a healthy lunch.
***THE SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED***
Thank you to everyone who contacted us.
The Portage Police Department is investigating a criminal mischief to a residence on Oglethorpe Ave., which occurred on July 7, 2020 at 12:30 am. Prior to the mischief the homeowner’s were visiting a local bar when the female was approached by one of the males. She rejected his advances which upset the suspect. The victim’s left the bar and approximately 30 minutes later their residence was vandalized. Surveillance video shows the suspect’s trespassing around the residence. At one point, the suspect with the white hooded jacket throws a full corked bottle against the residence, breaking a window.
If anyone can identify any/all of the suspects, contact Detective Vaughan at 219-764-5705. Your information can remain anonymous.
***CENTRAL AVE. IS NOW OPEN***
Central Avenue is closed between Brown St. and Engle St. due to a structure fire. Please use alternate routes. Initial reports are that all occupants are evacuated and safe.
Press Release Regarding Shooting Investigation * Update *
The following further information has been developed: A 27 year old male resident of Gary, stated he arrived at his girlfriend’s residence around 5:15 A.M. He stated he was immediately fired upon by unknown suspects and struck in the buttocks. The male subject stated he didn’t know who fired at him and he was unable to provide any description of them or any vehicles. Witnesses described a dark colored SUV leaving the scene, but there was no further description of suspects or vehicles given. This investigation is ongoing, however we have received information this was an isolated incident related to a domestic issue and not a random act.
**Press Release Regarding Shooting Investigation**
On July 7th at approximately 5:16 A.M. the Porter County 911 Center received multiple calls regarding a disturbance, followed by multiple shots fired, outside an apartment complex, located near 6045 Canden. Responding officers located a male subject with a bullet wound. He was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.
Preliminary information obtained at the scene, indicates at least 40 rounds were fired from at least 4 different caliber weapons. In addition to the injured individual, numerous vehicles and buildings were struck by gunfire.
At this time this investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Sgt. Chris Burch at 219-762-3122.
There have recently been posts going around social media, regarding a motor vehicle crash, which occurred during the evening of July 4th. According to the posts, the driver was intoxicated and left the scene in an attempt to escape reporting the crash. Due to the post, we've received multiple questions regarding why we didn't make an arrest when we responded.
This is an example of how social media can often contain incorrect information. However, once it is shared over and over, people interpret it as "fact". As other people add information, the story can get further and further from the actual facts of what occurred. Social media is an excellent way to stay in touch and share information, but it is also makes people susceptible to spreading partial and / or incorrect information.
As for this particular case, the driver in question was emotionally upset, due to an unrelated incident, which had occurred prior to the crash. The driver indicated she was distracted and crashed into a parked vehicle. She then proceeded to her intended location, approximately 1-2 houses away from the crash scene, and provided a statement to responding officers. At that time, officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests and the driver passed. Furthermore, there was no indication, she was under the influence and it is believed her demeanor was due to the circumstances she was involved in before the crash and the aftermath of the crash itself. A state crash form was completed and there were no applicable criminal charges.
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What a great video put together by Lakeshore PBS highlighting the
MAAC Foundation in Valparaiso and some of the training that goes on there. We are extremely fortunate to have access to a local facility such as this that police, fire, and EMS can use for free! Portage Police Department instructors frequently use this facility to hone the skills of our officers. I'm sure you'll see plenty of familiar PPD faces and other region first responders in this video. If this is something you think you would like to support please visit their page MAAC Foundation or check out our next post with a link directly to the donation page.
We're proud to support our first responders.
The following is a listing of arrests made in June 2020. These statistics indicate the ongoing pattern of a large number of individuals, who are committing crimes, coming from outside cities.
Incidents Resulting in Arrest - 48 1.80% of total incidents
Non-Portage Citizens Arrested - 23 43% of total arrests
Types of Arrest
Auto Theft - 1
Battery - 1
Battery/ Battery to Police/ Invasion of Privacy - 1
Domestic Battery - 4
Domestic Battery / Resisting - 1
Driving While Suspended - 3
Fleeing w/ Vehicle / Narcotics - 1
Intimidation / Resisting - 1
Invasion of Privacy - 1
Leaving the Scene of a Crash - 2
Narcotics - 4
OWI - 7
OWI / Battery/ Resisting - 1
OWI / Leaving Scene of Crash - 1
Poss. Of Methamphetamine / Warrant - 1
Public Intoxication / Disorderly Conduct - 1
Strangulation / Domestic Battery - 2
Theft - 12
Theft / Narcotics - 1
Trespass - 1
Warrant - 6
The following is a breakdown of our most pertinent calls for service from June 2020:
Total Incidents 2,906
Avg Incidents / Day 97
Types of Calls for Service
911 Call - 66
Alarms - 97
Assault - 14
Assist Other Jurisdiction - 26
Assist to Fire / EMS - 74
Burglary - 15
Child Abuse - 1
Citizen Assist - 180
Civil Incident - 47
Fights/ Disturbance - 226
Fraud - 22
Intoxicated / Disorderly - 2
Missing Person - 9
Motor Vehicle Crash - 108
Overdose - 9
Property Damage - 12
Reckless Driving - 63
Robbery - 0
Sex Offense - 7
Suspicious Incident - 288
Theft / Shoplifting - 46
Threats / Harassment - 54
Trespass - 7
Vandalism / Damage - 22
Vehicle Theft - 13
Well-Being Check - 96
What To Know About Fourth Of July Fireworks
***HWY 20 IS NOW OPEN***
Avoid the area of Hwy 20 at Clem Road. A single vehicle collision has caused a tree to block the roadway. All lanes will be closed between Dombey Rd. and Old Porter Rd.
Last night was Nakir's final shift as a Portage K-9 officer. We are very grateful for Nakir's seven years of hard work. He tracked down many a bad guy as well as missing children/endangered adults. Nakir had a mild temperament that made him a favorite of the groups who toured our station or would meet our K-9 teams at their various public appearances. Enjoy retirement Nakir. It is well deserved!
After 7yrs of service K9 Nakir will work his last night on duty. We would like to thank his handler Officer Dandurand and Nakir for their service to the PPD and the City of Portage. Have a happy retirement Nakir!!! What a Good Boy! 💙🖤💙🐾
Thanks Brett Huber - State Farm Insurance Agent for the case of water. We can definitely use it this week.
Indiana Goes Hands-Free Tomorrow!
Beginning July 1, 2020, Indiana law will prohibit drivers from holding mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in their hands while driving to reduce distracted driving and improve safety on Hoosier roadways. You can go to https://www.in.gov/indot/4063.htm for more information and frequently asked questions.
We had a nice lunch time surprise today. Bob & Lori Higgins had three Dominos pizzas delivered to the station for the officers. We also had two lovely ladies from Girl Scout Troop #35588 drop off a basket filled with care bags. You know, "For Days That Suck". Thank you everyone.
Press Release Regarding Large Fight at Sk8 World
On June 27, at approximately 10:19 P.M., Portage Police Officers responded to Sk8 World, located at 3600 Scottsdale, in reference to an emergency distress call, requesting immediate assistance from a Portage Reserve Officer for multiple fights at the listed location. As initial Officers arrived they requested additional assistance and reported multiple fights occurring inside and outside of the building.
As additional Officers arrived they described the scene as “total chaos” and encountered a group of approximately 200 -300 subjects. The subjects were described largely as teens and young adults. A large group were acting aggressive and combative, while yelling threats and vulgarities. It appeared these threats were both directed to Officers and other combatants.
Officers attempted to deescalate the situation by ordering the subjects to separate and disperse, but they received little to no compliance and additional large fights broke out in various areas of the parking lot. Portage Officers then requested assistance from outside agencies, as there were no further Portage Officers available to respond.
During the chaos, Officers encountered numerous active physical fights and attempted to intervene. At one point an Officer fell onto his back, attempting to separate combatants. Other Officers had to force their way into the crowd in an attempt to assist him. Officers then reported approximately 100 subjects advanced on them, continually screaming and pushing. Officers were pinned against the wall of the business and had to force their way out of the crowd.
Eventually Officers from the following departments arrived and the crowd began to slowly disburse: Porter County Sheriff’s Department, Burns Harbor Police, Ogden Dunes Police, Chesterton Police, Hobart Police, Lake Station Police, and the Indiana State Police. Officers had to remain on scene for approximately an hour and 15 minutes, before it was satisfactorily controlled and disbursed.
There have been numerous reports on social media, regarding weapons being involved. At this point, Officers have not received any information to substantiate these claims.
One juvenile was arrested for various charges, however the investigation is ongoing, as the majority of the involved subjects left prior to giving statements to Officers. Additionally, no Officer injuries were reported and no civilian injuries were reported as a result of police interaction.
The Portage Police Department would like to thank all Officers involved, including PPD and the other agencies for acting quickly and together to gain control of a totally chaotic and rapidly evolving scene.
Portage Police Department
Due to COVID-19 pandemic this year’s public awards ceremony had to be cancelled. The various awards were still handed out in private to the recognized officers and civilians. Over the next several days we will be providing that information to the public via our page.
Today we would like to publicly congratulate Detective Nicole Heuberger who was elected by her peers as the 2019 Portage Police Department’s Officer of the Year. Detective Heuberger is being recognized for her work on the Adriana Saucedo homicide investigation.
Ms. Saucedo was reported missing on the evening November 20th 2019. Detective Heuberger was assigned the case on the morning of November 21st and began her investigation without delay after realizing the unusual circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Within ten hours of receiving the case Detective Heuberger was able to identify a suspect, who in the original case report, was known only by his nickname. The suspect was located in an adjoining city and brought to the station for questioning. It was here he disclosed that Ms. Saucedo was deceased and her body had been hidden inside an abandoned building in the City of Gary from where she was recovered as quickly as possible. Although this incident is tragic we are extremely proud of Detective Heuberger’s quick actions and good police instincts that led to the timely arrest of the three suspects responsible for this crime.
***UPDATE WILLOWCREEK ROAD IS NOW OPEN***
Both drivers were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.
Please avoid the area of Willowcreek Rd between Stone Avenue and Sunrise Avenue due to a motor vehicle collision with rollover.
A big thank you to Maureen Gray for dropping off some Dilly Bars for the officers on Friday!
We would like to thank Douglas Terbush for having eight Dominos pizzas delivered to the officers the other day. Thanks Doug! What a pleasant surprise.
***ROAD IS NOW OPEN***
Please avoid the area of US Hwy 20 near Clem Rd. There had been a single motorcycle accident and the roadway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.
6260 Central Ave
The Portage Police Department is comprised of 66 sworn officers, 14 reserve officers, and 7 civilians. Please feel free to look at the different divisions that comprise the Portage Police Department, including Administration, Patrol, Detective Bureau, Community Relations, Records, and Reserves. The Portage Police Department was founded in 1959 with Vernon Reibly being appointed as the first Chief of Police. The first police station was a small white building located on Central Ave. We moved to the current police station in June 1967 with an expansion to the existing building conducted in 1974.
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