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.

In the words of Governor Holcomb, “We are doing this together!”  To read the Governor’s Address from today and the full ...
05/01/2020

In the words of Governor Holcomb, “We are doing this together!” To read the Governor’s Address from today and the full plan to get Indiana Back on Track please visit: https://backontrack.in.gov

We wanted to thank our Jail Officers and Medical Staff who have been working tirelessly at the Porter County Jail, takin...
04/21/2020

We wanted to thank our Jail Officers and Medical Staff who have been working tirelessly at the Porter County Jail, taking on extra duties and risks during this evolving situation.

From Sheriff Reynolds - “Their dedication and commitment to their job has been inspiring to all. Everyday during this period of uncertainty, which this coronavirus brings, has brought out their very best. As their Sheriff, I want to thank them, knowing we will get through this.”

Thank you to Listing Leaders Real Estate and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for breakfast and lunch today.  We are extremely ...
04/15/2020

Thank you to Listing Leaders Real Estate and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for breakfast and lunch today. We are extremely grateful for the meals and honored to serve this community.

PORTER COUNTY, IN - Two inmates in custody at the Porter County Jail have tested positive for the coronavirus and are cu...
04/13/2020

PORTER COUNTY, IN - Two inmates in custody at the Porter County Jail have tested positive for the coronavirus and are currently in stable condition. The inmates have been quarantined in medical isolation within the facility. No staff members have tested positive for the virus.

It is unknown how the inmates contracted the virus and that is currently under investigation. Both inmates were living in the same population area. Inmates that were previously housed in the same living quarters as the subject were placed on quarantine status and are being monitored 24/7 by medical staff. The housing area was immediately sanitized and is continually being sanitized twice daily.

The health and safety of our public, inmates, and staff is our first priority. We want to assure the community our jail has been preparing for the virus since the pandemic was declared approximately four weeks ago. If you have a family member or loved one that works at our Office or is temporarily living in our facility, know we are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus.

We are working with the Porter County Health Department and Local Officials through this process. In addition, the Indiana Health Department Strike team came into our facility and tested 15 additional inmates today.

As soon as we have more details we will send out an additional release. We have no further comment or information to release at this time.

Happy Easter - what a perfect day to say, “THANK YOU!” to our Nurses, Doctors, and all the Support Staff that are on the...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter - what a perfect day to say, “THANK YOU!” to our Nurses, Doctors, and all the Support Staff that are on the front lines at all of our hospitals! Last night we gathered at Porter Regional Hospital during shift change to show our support, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

A gigantic thank you to Al and Tiffany Alic, the owners of Cappo's restaurant in Portage, Indiana and the following dono...
04/10/2020

A gigantic thank you to Al and Tiffany Alic, the owners of Cappo's restaurant in Portage, Indiana and the following donors who partnered with them: Suzi Manoski Colville, Bill Manoski, Debbie Podgorski, Cindy Raskopf, Jerry and Barb Spooner, Joe Petrovich, Nancy Schoff, Christina Giotte, and Caressa Retherford. Also, thank you to Kelly Monks Burton and Nagwa Azar for donating your hard work and efforts to help in this cause!

On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office along with multiple other agencies and healthcare workers were blessed with an enormous amount of delicious food. This not only fed us, but also lifted our spirits. It’s acts like these that further show why Porter County is such a great place to live and work. To say we are thankful would be an understatement.

If you’ve never been to Cappo’s they have some of the best Italian beefs and pizza in the state! This is not the first time they have blessed our community and it won’t be the last. If you went to the fair you’d remember they donated one of the bicycles that were given away at our tent, just to name one other example, the list goes on. THANK YOU again!

We want to encourage everyone in this time that we will get through this and to continue stay vigilant!

04/10/2020
How To Help Prevent COVID-19

We wanted to share this, less than a minute, informational message regarding the COVID-19 from the Indiana Sheriffs' Association

04/06/2020

On Saturday, 4/4/2020, Cpl. McFalls was honored to be invited to read a book aloud for Washington Township Elementary School by incoming Principal Kaufman.

Reading aloud to students is proven to improve reading skills, build vocabulary, and encourages a love of reading. The video was placed on the school’s eLearning website today and we thought we’d share here.

The book is for Kindergarten / First Grade level reading. We hope you enjoy!

Scholastic

We have been noticing all the artwork on driveways in our community and we love the inspirational messages that are bein...
04/03/2020

We have been noticing all the artwork on driveways in our community and we love the inspirational messages that are being shared! We’d like to see more so please post below!

We have received more information about fraudulent COVID-19 home test kits and phishing emails.  Please see the attached...
04/01/2020

We have received more information about fraudulent COVID-19 home test kits and phishing emails. Please see the attached documents from the National Sheriffs’ Association.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of the following scams involving the coronavirus pandemic, please...
03/27/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of the following scams involving the coronavirus pandemic, please see below:

Treatment scams: Scammers are offering to sell fake cures, vaccines, and advice on unproven treatments for COVID-19.

Supply scams: Scammers are creating fake shops, websites, social media accounts, and email addresses claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand, such as surgical masks. When consumers attempt to purchase supplies through these channels, fraudsters pocket the money and never provide the promised supplies.

Provider scams: Scammers are also contacting people by phone and email, pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for COVID-19, and demanding payment for that treatment.

Charity scams: Scammers are soliciting donations for individuals, groups, and areas affected by COVID-19.

Phishing scams: Scammers posing as national and global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are sending phishing emails designed to trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information.

App scams: Scammers are also creating and manipulating mobile apps designed to track the spread of COVID-19 to insert malware that will compromise users’ devices and personal information.

Investment scams: Scammers are offering online promotions on various platforms, including social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19, and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result. These promotions are often styled as “research reports,” make predictions of a specific “target price,” and relate to microcap stocks, or low-priced stocks issued by the smallest of companies with limited publicly available information.

We wanted to take a moment to thank Custom Dosing Pharmacy for their very generous donation of hand sanitizer for each o...
03/27/2020

We wanted to take a moment to thank Custom Dosing Pharmacy for their very generous donation of hand sanitizer for each of our Officers. To say we’re grateful would be an understatement.

Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a wanted subject, Louis Washington.  If yo...
03/24/2020

Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a wanted subject, Louis Washington. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this subject please 'Submit a Tip' via our website or Sheriff's App. This can be done anonymously. Thank you for your help.

https://www.portercountysheriff.com/submitatip

Louis Washington (DOB 8/11/1982), 6', 250 lbs, black hair and brown eyes, tattoo on left wrist "SIGYN". Last known address was at the "Brother's Keeper" men's shelter in Gary, IN. Believed to be staying in the Lake County, IN area either in hotels or with friends. Reportedly has female friends check him into hotels under their names. Possibly working at a restaurant in this area also.

Louis is wanted for Probation Violation...on an original charge of Child Molesting (C-Felony).

03/23/2020

This morning, Lt. Van Kley and Cpl. McFalls participated in a short surprise “Happy Birthday” parade. As we all can imagine having to postpone a Birthday party would be quite a bummer, so sometimes it’s the little gestures that count. Jackson, Grant, Bella, Sophia, Adeline, and Arianna we want to wish each of you a Happy Birthday and hope you have a great day with your families!

Precautionary measures ordered by Porter County Sheriff David ReynoldsPORTER COUNTY, IN - During these unprecedented tim...
03/20/2020

Precautionary measures ordered by Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds

PORTER COUNTY, IN - During these unprecedented times, for the safety of our community, it is imperative that our emergency responders stay safe and healthy. Therefore, the following precautionary measures have been taken at the Porter County Sheriff’s Office.

Effective March 20, 2020, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office has limited access to our building to only jail matters and necessary business. If you are unsure of the importance of your situation, call the Sheriff’s Office at 219-477-3000.

Calls for Service:
Officers will respond to all emergency and in progress calls as in the past. At this time, non-emergency calls that do not require the physical presence of an Officer will be handled by an Officer over the telephone.

Please understand that Officers may be wearing latex gloves and offering no handshakes. Officers will likely be maintaining a safe interview distance (minimum 6 ft, and may request, whenever possible, to communicate in open-air locations (outdoors, porches, etc).

Title (VIN) checks - All Indiana BMV's conduct title checks at the license branch. Until further notice, citizens will need to obtain their title (VIN) checks at the BMV. If the Bureau of Motor Vehicles temporarily suspends services, there likely will be no immediate need for said paperwork.

Copies of Reports:
Crash Reports: Please call our records department (219-477-3000) and we can either e-mail, fax, or send them through the US Postal Mail.

Copies of incident reports will be emailed upon request. To request a copy of an incident report call our office (219-477-3000) or email Support Services Supervisor Tanya Gear at [email protected]. Make certain to include your name, date of incident, type, and location of incident.

Handgun permits:
The application process begins online https://www.in.gov/isp/firearms.html. We will need a copy of your fingerprint receipt, a copy of your driver’s license, and money for the actual permit. You can call or look up the price online.

Tax Warrants:
All Tax Warrants can be paid online at www.GovPayNow.com. You will need to enter code PLC7765 or call 219-477-3000 and we can assist you over the phone.

Inmate visitation & deposits:
All lobby visitation, via kiosk, are still open, family may visit with inmates from home via video visitation. For video visits go to www.gettingout.com. There is a fee for online visitation. Placing funds on an inmate's Commissary Account should be done at www.gettingout.com. The jail lobby kiosk will remain open for deposits. Placing funds on an inmate’s phone account should be done at www.gettingout.com The jail lobby kiosk will remain open for deposits.

Arrestees & Courts:
The Porter County Courts and Jail will be fully exercising video arraignment procedures. While court proceedings require the presence of the defendant, via video, public access to the courtrooms have been suspended at the Courts discretion at this time.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for the public, our staff, and individuals under our care and custody. Our number one priority is the safety, security, and health of every citizen in Porter County. We are working closely with the Health Department, Commissioners, President of the County Council, Jeremy Rivas, Emergency Management, 911, and all the Police Departments.
In addition, we have been on conference calls with the Department of Corrections, regarding the care of inmates and have established a protocol for all arrested to assure that they would not potentially infect our jail population. I want to thank the Judges and Prosecutor Gary Germann for working with Law Enforcement to assure the Criminal Justice system remains intact during these trying times."

Stay safe. Stay inside.

David M. Reynolds
Sheriff
Porter County Sheriff’s Office

Porter County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the Eagle Ridge subdivision, (Liberty Township, near US 6 / 200 W), at app...
03/20/2020

Porter County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the Eagle Ridge subdivision, (Liberty Township, near US 6 / 200 W), at approximately 2:33 p.m. this afternoon for a report of a subject down. Officers located an unconscious male subject that is believed to have been riding a skateboard in the area.

If you have any information, observed anything suspicious, or have video footage near this area between 2:00-2:45 p.m. today, please call Detective Sgt. Boone at 219-477-3131. Please keep the subject and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

We wanted to say a big “Thank You” to this Donor who stopped by our Office today!  Officer Brown was on hand to receive ...
03/17/2020

We wanted to say a big “Thank You” to this Donor who stopped by our Office today! Officer Brown was on hand to receive the donation of food and treats. We are so thankful to live and work in this great community.

***UPDATE***  Both subjects have been located.  We want to thank them for their cooperation and for the public’s assista...
03/17/2020

***UPDATE*** Both subjects have been located. We want to thank them for their cooperation and for the public’s assistance in this matter.

Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating two wanted subjects. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these subjects please 'Submit a Tip' via our website or Sheriff's App. This can be done anonymously. Thank you for your help.

https://www.portercountysheriff.com/submitatip

Amy Lynn Eaton (5/29/86) is often in the company of her boyfriend, James Smith, and is believed to be residing in the Portage area, possibly Camelot Estates or Camelot Manor. Recently been seen as a passenger in a silver Chevrolet HHR and a small black passenger car. She is wanted for Failure to Appear on Charges of Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Level 6 Felony), Theft with a Prior Conviction (Level 6 Felony), and Possession of Paraphernalia (C-Misdemeanor).

Leroy Michael Cortez (7/6/68) drives a black 2000 GMC Yukon, possible Indiana license plate of 471RDY, and is believed to be residing anywhere between Chesterton, Michigan City, or Hammond. Known to work construction related jobs and has a habit of visiting casinos. Most recently has been frequenting the Majestic Casino in Hammond, IN. May be staying with friends / family or in motels along US 12, US 20, or off of I-94. He is wanted for Strangulation (Level 5 Felony) and Domestic Battery (Level 6 Felony).

*Attention*Due to the coronavirus situation, the Sheriff’s Office front lobby will remain closed until further notice.  ...
03/16/2020

*Attention*

Due to the coronavirus situation, the Sheriff’s Office front lobby will remain closed until further notice. The Jail Lobby is still open for Jail related business. If you need the assistance of the Civil Bureau or Records Departments, please call 219-477-3000.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks to everyone who came out and ran, walked, or volunteered at the 15th Annual Foot Pursuit 5K.  We had a great turn...
03/13/2020

Thanks to everyone who came out and ran, walked, or volunteered at the 15th Annual Foot Pursuit 5K. We had a great turnout and race! Proceeds from the race directly fund the Timothy Hecht Scholarship Program, which is awarded every year to several students pursuing a degree in the field of Law Enforcement. #47

***UPDATE***  Mr. Nalley turned himself in to the Porter County Jail yesterday evening.  We want to thank him for his co...
03/09/2020

***UPDATE*** Mr. Nalley turned himself in to the Porter County Jail yesterday evening. We want to thank him for his cooperation and for the public’s assistance in this matter.

Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted subject. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this subject please ‘Submit a Tip’ via our website or Sheriff’s App. This can be done anonymously. Thank you for your help!

https://www.portercountysheriff.com/submitatip

NATHAN JOSELUKE NALLEY

BORN 08-05-80... APPROX 509/215LBS...BROWN HAIR/GREEN EYES...HAS A LARGE TATTOO OF A CROSS ON HIS LEFT SHOULDER THAT SAYS "FRESSY" AND "LUGO"...ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER TATTOOS ON HIS ARMS

NOT KNOWN TO BE DRIVING ANY VEHICLES...USUALLY OBTAINS RIDES FROM OTHERS.

RESIDES PERIODICALLY IN KNOX, IN, HOWEVER OCCASIONALLY VISITS THE LAKE STATION AREA

HE'S WANTED BY PORTER COUNTY ON 3 COUNTS OF FELONY DRUG DEALING.

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, Cpl. McFalls attended the “Freezin’ for a Reason, Polar Plunge” at Eagle Creek Park in India...
03/09/2020

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, Cpl. McFalls attended the “Freezin’ for a Reason, Polar Plunge” at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN. The event and funds raised directly benefit over 18,000 Special Olympics Athletes right here in Indiana. We wanted to share some photos from the 27 degree morning!

The juvenile has been located and the Silver Alert has been cancelled.  Thank you for your assistance during this incide...
02/19/2020

The juvenile has been located and the Silver Alert has been cancelled. Thank you for your assistance during this incident!

***Juvenile has been located, thank you***The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in lo...
02/19/2020

***Juvenile has been located, thank you***

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 12 year old juvenile, Mercadez, who is believed to be in danger. She was last seen in the area of US Highway 6 / County Road 200 W on 2/18/2020 at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Mercadez is approximately 5’4” tall, 145 lbs, black hair and brown eyes. She is believed to be wearing blue jean pants, a dark green fuzzy sweater, and a thigh length green Columbia coat. She is believed to have left her residence on foot at approximately 8:00 p.m. this evening. Mercadez does not have a cell phone.

A Silver Alert has been issued for Mercadez. If you have seen her or have had contact with her during this time span, we are asking you to contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. If you have information on the whereabouts of Mercadez please contact the Porter County Dispatch Center at 219-477-3170.

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Valparaiso, IN
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