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.

Operating as usual

*Reminder* Our Jail Officer Hiring Event is approaching quickly!  July 29 is just over a week away.  Email info@porterco...
07/21/2020

*Reminder* Our Jail Officer Hiring Event is approaching quickly! July 29 is just over a week away. Email [email protected] to schedule your interview!

Today, our Office celebrated the addition of 11 new Hybrid Police Interceptor Sport Utility Vehicles.  We are excited to...
07/17/2020

Today, our Office celebrated the addition of 11 new Hybrid Police Interceptor Sport Utility Vehicles. We are excited to add these and eventually convert our entire fleet to these hybrid vehicles. This will save taxpayer dollars and reduce harmful emissions over many years to come.

Sheriff Reynolds said, “The Porter County Sheriff’s Office has always taken pride in being proactive and progressive regarding public safety and the use of technology. Going with the new hybrid police interceptor SUVs makes the Porter County Sheriff’s Office one of the first law enforcement agencies in the Stare of Indiana to adopt the technology and as Sheriff, I am very proud of that.”

Thank you to South Shore Clean Cities who wrote the successful grant application and serves as project manager for the alternative fuel vehicle program. We are grateful to all that made this needed change possible.

2020 Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is approaching quickly!  We look forward to this year’s group and all the fun tha...
07/13/2020

2020 Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is approaching quickly! We look forward to this year’s group and all the fun that will be shared!

Applications and waivers are located here:
https://www.portercountysheriff.com/events

Applications are being accepted through this Friday. We have a few spots left!

Please see the attachment reference our Jail Officer hiring event.
07/08/2020

Please see the attachment reference our Jail Officer hiring event.

*UPDATE* - Rodrick has been located.We are still looking for Rodrick Moore.  We are asking the public to please look at ...
07/07/2020

*UPDATE* - Rodrick has been located.

We are still looking for Rodrick Moore. We are asking the public to please look at the attached picture of Rod from Tuesday evening. He was seen walking east on Southpoint Circle at approximately 7:56 p.m. that night.

If you have any information, please contact us at 219-477-3000 or Submit a Tip via our App. Thank you!

*UPDATE* - Rodrick has been located.The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating th...
07/01/2020

*UPDATE* - Rodrick has been located.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the below missing individual:

Rodrick (Rod) Moore, 75 years of age. Last seen leaving his residence on Mississnewa Court at approximately 7:45 p.m. this evening. We are told he suffers from dementia. Believed to be wearing a baseball hat, grey long sleeved shirt, light colored shorts, and tennis shoes.

If you have any information, please contact us at 219-477-3000 or Submit a Tip via our App. Thank you!

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the wanted individual below.  If you h...
06/26/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the wanted individual below. If you have any information on his whereabouts you can Submit a Tip anonymously through our Sheriff’s App or call 219-477-3000. Thank you!

- RICHARD TEDDY YARCHAN (4-25-69), W/M 510/250 BLONDE/BLUE
- POSSIBLY DRIVING EITHER A RED NISSAN FRONTIER PICKUP OR AN OLDER RED FORD F250 4-DOOR PICKUP
- BELIEVED TO BE STAYING IN THE GARY, IN OR GRIFFITH, IN AREA
- BELIEVED TO BE A METAL SCRAPPER
- WANTED FOR DEALING COCAINE (Felony Level 4, Felony Level 5), AND FOR THEFT (Felony Level 6)

Today, Sheriff David Reynolds, President of the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, presented two $750 scholarships to Cooper...
06/25/2020

Today, Sheriff David Reynolds, President of the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, presented two $750 scholarships to Cooper Blanchard and Ethan Monks. Cooper plans to attend Purdue University and Ethan plans to attend Indiana University Northwest. Congrats to both of you and we are exited to see what your futures hold!

2020 Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is approaching quickly!  We look forward to this year’s group and all the fun tha...
06/18/2020

2020 Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is approaching quickly! We look forward to this year’s group and all the fun that will be shared! Please be checking in at: https://www.portercountysheriff.com/events for an updated application and waiver coming soon. Applications are due by July 10, 2020.

We wanted to thank these awesome Residents of Porter County who came by station to bless our Station Personnel, Patrol U...
06/18/2020

We wanted to thank these awesome Residents of Porter County who came by station to bless our Station Personnel, Patrol Units (Days and Afternoons), and even our K-9 units with Treat Bags, Beverages, and topped it off with gigantic deliveries from Jimmy Johns. We are so grateful to be able serve and protect this wonderful community. Thank you again!

We wanted to take a moment and thank some of our recent donors for thinking of us during these times: Louie Wingz, Chest...
06/12/2020

We wanted to take a moment and thank some of our recent donors for thinking of us during these times: Louie Wingz, Chesterton Manor, the Salvation Army, and Tom from K2 Construction. We appreciate the food and masks that all of you provided us. We are grateful!

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted subject, Troy L. Hearst, (D.O...
06/09/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted subject, Troy L. Hearst, (D.O.B. 4/24/1984). 6'1” and 245lbs, Black Hair / Brown Eyes.

Last known address was in Valparaiso, may be in the company of his girlfriend, Lacy. Drives a 2014 Dodge Charger.

He is wanted on the charges of Intimidation (Level 5 Felony) and Criminal Recklessness (Level 6 Felony). If you have any information reference this individual you can call dispatch or Submit a Tip via our Sheriff's App - which can be done anonymously.

Thank you!

Please see the attachment from the American Red Cross reference an upcoming Blood Drive in Porter County.
06/05/2020

Please see the attachment from the American Red Cross reference an upcoming Blood Drive in Porter County.

*Update - the subject is now in custody on an unrelated charge, thank you!*The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking...
06/04/2020

*Update - the subject is now in custody on an unrelated charge, thank you!*

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in an investigation of a recent burglary that occurred in Boone Grove.

Please see the pictures for a person of interest, Randall Syler, that Detectives would like to speak with. If you know the whereabouts of this individual or could have him contact our Office, it would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any information regarding this case please contact Detective Alonzo at 219-477-3128. Thank you!

06/01/2020

*UPDATE* Thank you for the assistance, Elizabeth has been located and is speaking with Officers.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted subject, Aaron M. Metzner, (D...
05/27/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted subject, Aaron M. Metzner, (D.O.B. 6/20/89). 5’10” and 135lbs, Brown / Brown.

Last known addresses were in Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, and Hobart. May be in the company of Edward Furlong Jr, Ashley Jones, or Michael Weiss.

Last known to drive an older gray sport utility vehicle with a cracked windshield on the passenger side, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

He is wanted on the charges of Battery (Level 5 Felony) and Theft (Level 6 Felony).

Thank you to the Warrior Foundation for donating these masks for Office - We appreciate it!  Through these unexpected ti...
05/27/2020

Thank you to the Warrior Foundation for donating these masks for Office - We appreciate it! Through these unexpected times we have seen so many acts of kindness, we will get through this together!

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Steve Kobitz’s family, friends, and work family at the Valparaiso Police Departme...
05/26/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Steve Kobitz’s family, friends, and work family at the Valparaiso Police Department during this difficult and unexpected time.

It is with great sadness; the Valparaiso Police Department announces the loss of Sergeant Steve Kobitz. Sergeant Kobitz end of watch came May 25, 2020, as the result of what is believed to be unknown medical conditions, while serving our community. Sgt. Kobitz began his career in February 1992, honorably serving the City of Valparaiso for over 28 years. Our condolences are extended to his family, friends, and fellow officers. You will be missed.

05/23/2020

Double Homicide Follow-up** May 23, 2020

In reference to the Double Homicide Investigation regarding the murders of Thomas Grill and Molley Lanham, Porter County Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested and taken into custody, 19 year-old, John Silva II, on two counts of Felony Murder.

Sheriff Reynolds said, “I want to commend the work of our Criminal Investigations Division and the Prosecutor’s Office, for working tirelessly since we learned of this tragedy. I also again want to send my sincere condolences to families of Thomas Grill and Molley Lanham. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

05/15/2020

Earlier today at the Porter County Sheriff’s Office our Honor Guard conducted a Wreath Laying Ceremony in Honor of Fallen Officers. Special thanks to Alex Rodriguez who played Amazing Grace and also Chaplain Birky for speaking.

**Update:  Subject is now in custody.  Thank you!**The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance...
05/15/2020

**Update: Subject is now in custody. Thank you!**

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Timothy E. Hampton (DOB 4/29/1975).

Last known addresses are 201 Woodlawn Ave and 313 W Coolspring in Michigan City, Indiana. He has no known vehicles.

He is believed to be staying with various friends or at motels in the greater Michigan City area.

Hampton is wanted for failure to appear on the following charges: Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm (with Prior within 15 years), Theft of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

If you have information please ‘Submit a Tip’ via our Sheriff’s App or call 219-477-3000.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the following subjects and vehicle ...
05/11/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the following subjects and vehicle in connection with a local burglary. The vehicle may have a disabled placard in the window.

If you have any information please contact Detective Alonzo at 219-477-3128. Thank you!

In compliance with Governor Holcomb’s Order, we unfortunately are cancelling a very important service this month, our Po...
05/04/2020

In compliance with Governor Holcomb’s Order, we unfortunately are cancelling a very important service this month, our Police Memorial. While we are sad to announce this, we know we will get through this uncertain time and that this is the best option given the circumstances.

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.

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Valparaiso, IN
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