Porter County Sheriff's Office

Porter County Sheriff's Office The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is committed to protect the lives, property, and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the laws.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is committed to protect the lives, property and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the laws. The Porter County Sheriff’s Department will strive to accomplish this mission by setting goals and objectives and practicing the values of the Department. The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for the professional care and custody of those confined in our jail, the security of our courts and the prompt investigation of crime when it occurs. It is our mission to improve and maintain the quality of life we enjoy and to ensure that our county is a safe place to live, work, and visit. We are totally dedicated to this mission, to the County we serve, and to accepting the responsibility of attaining our goal of achieving excellence within our profession.

06/21/2019

Update – US Highway 20 has been reopened. The pedestrian has been identified as 31-year-old, Anthony Roots, of Michigan City, IN. He was flown from the scene of the crash by Memorial Medflight to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Other departments assisting with the investigation were the Indiana State Police, Beverly Shores Police, Beverly Shores Fire, and Washington Fire.

06/21/2019

Due to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian this afternoon, the east and westbound lanes of US Highway 20 in the area of Ardendale Avenue, in Pine Township, will be closed until further notice.

Kate & Fiona visited the Department today to personally thank the Officers that assisted them in a traffic accident last...
06/20/2019

Kate & Fiona visited the Department today to personally thank the Officers that assisted them in a traffic accident last week and also brought some homemade cookies! Pictured here with Lt. Van Kley.
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THANK YOU for your support of law enforcement!!
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06/19/2019

The last two days the Porter County Sheriff’s Office had qualifications for all of our Officers and Jail Officers. Officers must qualify with their weapons annually and our Department offers monthly practice ranges for all employees. Special thanks to the NPCCC - North Porter County Conservation Club for providing law enforcement with a great range over the years!
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Featured is Lt. Van Kley competing against fellow instructors in a timed competition.

Our very own, Chaplain Jay Birky, was selected as the 2019 National Chaplain of the Year by the National Sheriffs' Assoc...
06/18/2019

Our very own, Chaplain Jay Birky, was selected as the 2019 National Chaplain of the Year by the National Sheriffs' Association. This award recognizes a chaplain who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and his/her agency or who had demonstrated conspicuous excellence in the performance of his/her duties.

We are honored to have him mentoring our employees, jail population, and the community at large. Chaplain Birky works very hard implementing programs in our facility on a daily basis. Well deserved Chaplain Birky!

06/16/2019

Happy Father’s Day from all of us at the Sheriff’s Office!
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Saturday, Cpl. Benjamin McFalls traveled down to Terre Haute to help present awards to the athletes participating in thi...
06/10/2019

Saturday, Cpl. Benjamin McFalls traveled down to Terre Haute to help present awards to the athletes participating in this summers 50th Special Olympics. All the athletes did great, always had a smile on their faces and loved being presented their awards from Officers throughout Indiana.

This afternoon Sheriff Reynolds and Chief Manteuffel attended the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents b...
06/07/2019

This afternoon Sheriff Reynolds and Chief Manteuffel attended the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents banquet where Dr. John Hunter of Union Township Schools, was inducted as the new President for the State. We enjoy building our relationships with our schools and continuing to show our support. Congratulations Dr. Hunter! Pictured below are Dr. Stacey Schmidt (inducted as Secretary), Sheriff Reynolds, Dr. John Hunter, and Chief Tim Manteuffel.

We had a great time Saturday night at the ‘Party in the Park’ Fundraiser sponsored by Valpo Parks. A special thank y...
06/04/2019

We had a great time Saturday night at the ‘Party in the Park’ Fundraiser sponsored by Valpo Parks. A special thank you to Rob Thorgren for always supporting the Porter County Sheriff’s Office! One last note....we left with the bigger trophy 🏆

05/30/2019

On Sunday, May 26, 2019 between 1:40 pm and 2:15 pm, a female was walking along CR 600 N in the area of the Public Fishing Area just west of St Rd 149. The female stated a pewter or silver Toyota, traveling eastbound stopped behind her. A male with a dark complexion with facial hair, described as 6’0” 200 lbs., wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, exited the vehicle and physically attacked the female. The suspected then entered his vehicle and fled the area eastbound.

If anyone has any information or was in the area during this time, please contact Det, Mike Spicer at 219-477-3138.

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close and the kids prepare for a fun summer off, Sheriff David Reynolds and Herb...
05/28/2019

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close and the kids prepare for a fun summer off, Sheriff David Reynolds and Herb Stepherson author of Junkbox Diaries continue to speak to the students about the substance abuse problems in Porter County. This morning they stopped in at Washington Township High School. Prevention and Education!

Today, Monday, May 27th, 2019, our Offices will be closed to honor and remember those that served and never made it home...
05/27/2019

Today, Monday, May 27th, 2019, our Offices will be closed to honor and remember those that served and never made it home.

05/23/2019

Porter County Sheriff’s Officers responded to a two vehicle injury crash today at approximately 2:30pm on St Rd 130 at the intersection of CR 475 W. Initial investigation shows a 2014 gray Ford F150 driven by a 38 year old Valparaiso resident, was stopped westbound on St Rd 130 waiting to make a left turn (southbound) onto CR 475 West. The Ford F-150 was suddenly rear ended by a silver 2006 Dodge Stratus driven by a 35 year old Knox resident. Lutheran air was called in to transport the driver of the Dodge for injuries to their lower extremities. The westbound lanes of St Rd 130 were temporarily shut down while fire extricated the subject from thebvehicle. Charges are pending against the driver of the Stratus for Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended. Assisting at the scene was Union Township Volunteer Fire Department, Green’s Towing, Porter EMS, and Lutheran Air.

Great public safety event opportunity by Valparaiso Fire
05/20/2019

Great public safety event opportunity by Valparaiso Fire

Save the date Valparaiso!!

Keep your hands off your phone, and your eyes on the road!Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 s...
05/19/2019

Keep your hands off your phone, and your eyes on the road!

Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

***UPDATE at 6:00pm on 05/18/2019. The missing Adult had been LOCATED and she is being checked by medical staff***Porter...
05/18/2019

***UPDATE at 6:00pm on 05/18/2019. The missing Adult had been LOCATED and she is being checked by medical staff***

Porter County Sheriff’s Officers and Porter County Search and Rescue are currently looking for a 76 YOF with Alzheimer’s, Eva Hopkins, in the area of CR 900 North and CR 250 East in Jackson Township. Eva Hopkins, is described as 5’5” approximately 150lbs, gray hair and green eyes, last seen wearing a red sweater. She left her residence on foot around 11:30am. If you know where she is or you have seen her, please call Porter County Central Communications at 911.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and with the temperatures rising, we can expect to see more motorcycles on the...
05/18/2019

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and with the temperatures rising, we can expect to see more motorcycles on the road. Motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely than car drivers to die in an accident. We urge you to slow down and look twice before merging or changing lanes. Help keep everyone safe on the road.

We are grateful to Immanuel Lutheran Church & School and teacher Candy Mues, for their continued support. Each year duri...
05/17/2019

We are grateful to Immanuel Lutheran Church & School and teacher Candy Mues, for their continued support. Each year during National Police Week, the students in Mrs. Mues' class put together goodie bags to be passed out to each of our officers. Pictured below with Officer Tim Dernulc are Mrs. Mues and a few of her students. THANK YOU for your support for all of our Officers and helping to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

May 12th through May 18th of 2019 is dedicated as National Police Week. Today, May 15th, is Peace Officer Memorial Day. ...
05/15/2019

May 12th through May 18th of 2019 is dedicated as National Police Week. Today, May 15th, is Peace Officer Memorial Day. We at the Porter County Sheriff’s Office, are grateful for the community members we serve today and everyday. It is truly an honor to be at the forefront of our community. Although it is never expected, we are beyond appreciative, to be acknowledged by the members we get to serve each day, all year long. THANK YOU to all of you who have dropped off goodies as a token of appreciation for our Officers and staff. Below are pictures from just a few of those good people.

05/15/2019

**ROADWAY/INTERSECTION CLOSED Due to Fatal Crash**
Porter Township: CR 350 South/CR 600 West

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at approximately 5:48pm, Porter County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the area of CR 350 South and CR 600 West in rural Porter Township in reference to a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a Jeep Cherokee. Also arriving on scene to assist was Hebron Police Department. Initial investigation and witness statements show a black 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by 45 year old Hebron resident Michael Kotas, was traveling westbound on CR 350 South when he disregarded a stop sign at CR 600 West. Traveling southbound on CR 600 West was a white 2016 Jeep Cherokee driven by 46 year old Scott Paul of Hebron. In disregarding the stop sign, the motorcycle struck the Jeep. Kotas was ejected from the motorcycle and was declared deceased on scene. The driver of the Jeep was not injured, was cooperative and submitted to a breath test subsequently registering 0.00 with no alcohol present. Porter County Accident Reconstruction Unit was called to the scene to assist and will be handling the investigation. A utility pole was sheared in half, causing the roadway remain closed. The intersection is expected to remain closed the rest of the night while crews work. Assisting at the scene were the following agencies: Hebron Police, Valparaiso Police Department Reconstruction Unit, Boone Grove Fire Department, Lakes of Four Seasons Fire Department, Porter EMS, Porter County Coroner’s Office, NIPSCO, Porter County Highway, and Sandberg’s Towing. Toxicology results pending.

Officers from various police agencies attended an Ambush training course hosted by the Porter County Sheriff’s Office ...
05/13/2019

Officers from various police agencies attended an Ambush training course hosted by the Porter County Sheriff’s Office and Laporte County Sheriff’s Office. The class was instructed by Owners and Founders of N&F Training Solutions LLC, Sheriff Mike Neal and Chief Jason Fitzwater. The class was sponsored by Hero911 Network and Guard911 owner, Nate McVicker. Later, Instructors had the opportunity to shoot the John Dillinger gun, pictured below.

Today, we honored Court Security Officer Jerry Gruett who is retiring after 8 years with the Porter County Jail. Officer...
05/10/2019

Today, we honored Court Security Officer Jerry Gruett who is retiring after 8 years with the Porter County Jail. Officer Gruett previously retired from the Lake Station Police Department with the rank of Lieutenant and also served with the Valparaiso University Police Department. We want to thank Officer Gruett for his years of service and wish him the best on his retirement.

05/09/2019

**2019 Northwest Regional Sheriff's Camp FULL**

Camp leaders are announcing, the application process for the 2019 Northwest Regional Sheriff's Camp is now closed. They are however still allowing applicants to send in applications WITHOUT a check to be 'wait-listed,' in the even that there are openings. Any applications received or postmarked after today's date (Thursday, May 9th, 2019) will be wait-listed and will be notified by July 19th if there is an opening for them. We are excited for this summers camp! Those that have applied and sent in checks, you will be hearing from assigned camp counselors in the next month!

May 15th, is Peace Officer Memorial Day. During that week, law enforcement agencies throughout the country have Memorial...
05/08/2019

May 15th, is Peace Officer Memorial Day. During that week, law enforcement agencies throughout the country have Memorial Services to honor those that have died in the line of duty. This morning the Porter County Sheriff's Office had their formal department inspection and pictures at the Sheriff's Office, followed by a Memorial Service at Ivy Tech Community College Valparaiso. We had many local, state and federal leaders in attendance and we were honored to have Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch as our keynote speaker. Thank you to everyone that attended! A special thank you to Pipes and Drums of the Lake County Indiana Sheriff's Department, Union Township School Corporation Choir, and our essay winners, all from John Simatovich Elementary School!

Sheriff Reynolds was presented with a handmade, engraved wooden plaque by Indiana Department of Corrections, Gary Parole...
05/02/2019

Sheriff Reynolds was presented with a handmade, engraved wooden plaque by Indiana Department of Corrections, Gary Parole District Supervisor, Erik Kruper Sr. this morning for the unified public safety mission between our agencies. Our jail and patrol Officers have a strong working relationship with Indiana’s D.O.C and we are grateful.

04/30/2019

**UPDATE Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 2:00pm**
Tenants of Baltimore Cove Apartments have been released to return to their residences. NIPSCO is still working in the area. There was no explosion, no injuries and no sickness reported. Thank you for helping spread the word to keep the area clear for personnel.

** Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00am**
South Haven Fire Department is out checking on a gas leak at the Baltimore Cove Apartments, between Baltimore Road and State Road 149 in Portage Township south of US Hwy 6. The Porter County Sheriff’s Office has been informed only two complexes are being evacuated at this time by South Haven Fire and NIPSCO is already on scene. This is expected to take most of the day. Porter County EMA is also responding to set up a command center for emergency responders and provide assistance in getting transportation for tenants involved, that need relocating during this incident. There are no injuries, sickness or cause for serious concern at this time. It is unknown how the leak was determined. South Haven Fire and NIPSCO are asking the media and the public to stay clear of the area to allow them to work.

04/26/2019
Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA

National Take Back Day is tomorrow from 10a-2p at participating locations! Be sure to check www.DEATakeBack.com for a drop off site near you that is participating. The Porter County Sheriff's Office lobby is always accessible to drop off your unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs. (No needles/sharps or liquids please). #TakeBackDay

Most teens who abuse Rx drugs get them free from a relative, friend or the family medicine cabinet. Remember #prevention starts at home. Keep them safe. Clean them out. Take them back. Learn more from our partners #OperationPrevention #TakeBackDay www.deatakeback.com

In April of this year, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration received a narcotics...
04/26/2019

In April of this year, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration received a narcotics tip regarding manufacturing and sales of synthetic drugs in the 5600 block of Carnation Ave. in Portage, IN. Investigators assigned to the Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group (PCMEG), assisted by the DEA and Portage SWAT, executed a search warrant at the residence on April 25th, 2019. Located inside the residence were 64lbs of synthetic drugs, 940 grams of synthetic chemical compound used to manufacture the substance commonly referred to as ‘spice,’ evidence of several gallons of acetone which is also used to manufacture the substance, $2,955 dollars in USC from the illicit sales of narcotics, a stolen Ruger mini 14 rifle, and a Glock 37 semi-automatic pistol. Both suspects, 31 year old male Muhammad Sobuh and 34 year old female Kesha Sobuh both of Portage, were arrested at the residence and transported to Porter County Jail for the following preliminary criminal charges:

Level 2 Felony Dealing in a controlled substance,
Level 6 Felony Dealing in a synthetic drug,
Level 6 Felony Manufacturing of synthetic drug,
Level 6 Felony Maintaining a common nuisance and
Level 6 Felony Possession of a stolen firearm.

The chemicals that are used in the clandestine production of ‘spice’ are extremely volatile and create a serious health and environmental hazard. We encourage the community to continue submitting detailed tips to the Porter County ‘Submit a Tip’ on our website.

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, the Porter County Jail implemented the use of the Soter RS Body Scanner. The Scanner was...
04/25/2019

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, the Porter County Jail implemented the use of the Soter RS Body Scanner. The Scanner was originally approved for funds in November of 2018, after the purchase and training of jail staff, it officially went into service on April 17th. As soon as Sunday, April 21st, 2019, Jail staff located a lighter hidden in the pant leg of an arrestee. Then again on Tuesday, April 23rd, Jail staff located a baggie of heroin and a baggie of cocaine hidden in the vaginal cavity of a 28 year old Valparaiso woman arrested earlier that night on Operating While Intoxicated (under the influence of drugs) by Officer Jostes of the Porter County Sheriff’s Office. That scan locating the narcotics, resulted in two additional Level 6 Felony charges being added: Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Heroin. Yesterday, another lighter was located on an arrestee, where it was hidden in an internal pocket under the person's pants.
“The use of the Body Scanner is already proving to be invaluable to the safety of our Jail staff, the inmates already in custody and the new arrestees being brought into our facility. I have no doubt the implementation of this Body Scanner will continue to prove its worth, as it already has, and will continue to be an asset to preventing future liability lawsuits”- Sheriff Reynolds.

***UPDATE April 25,2019***-Porter County Detectives have developed a suspect. Thank you for all the tips submitted and s...
04/24/2019

***UPDATE April 25,2019***
-Porter County Detectives have developed a suspect. Thank you for all the tips submitted and sharing our post! No further assistance is needed at this time.

Porter County Sheriff’s Officers were called to the Speedway Gas station, 796 St. Rd 149, on Tuesday night, 04/24/19 at approximately 9:10pm for a theft of money from the cash drawer by an unknown male. No weapon was displayed or implied during this incident and it is being investigated as a theft at this time. Officers arrived and met with the clerk, who advised a white male with a scruffy appearance, wearing blue jeans, a tan Carhartt type zip-up jacket and a grayish camo colored, curve billed hat with sunglasses on top entered the store to purchase chewing tobacco. There was no one else in the store at the time of the incident. The male subject handed the clerk an unknown amount of currency for the chewing tobacco and when the clerk opened the cash drawer to get change, the male reached over and grabbed money out of the drawer. He then fled out of the store on foot toward the west. The initial officer was on scene within 2 minutes of the call, and multiple officers flooded the area to search for the suspect as well as a K9 unit, with negative results. Store video surveillance is being checked by Detectives and they ask anyone that may have been in the area at the time of the incident and recalls seeing a person matching this description or may have something on their own security cameras to call Detective Sgt. Darrell Hobgood at 219-477-3139. We also would like to remind the residence of Porter County to look into and sign-up for, the voluntary SafeCam program that our Detectives utilize in instances just like this case. Information on the SafeCam program can be found on our website at www.portercountysheriff.com under the ‘Education’ tab.

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