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Valparaiso Police Chief Mike Brickner

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Court House Vandalized—Subject in Custody

July 20, 2016
This morning at 5:45 a.m., Valparaiso Police were called to the Porter County Court House, 16 Lincolnway, for a male subject that had been located inside the building. An employee arriving at work located the subject. Police arrived and learn that much of the inside of the Court House had been vandalized overnight by the male subject.

Police learned that the male subject had broken a window on the east side of the Court House to gain entry into the building. Once inside the building he broke multiple windows inside the building. Numerous offices were entered and multiple items broken, including office equipment, an electrical panel and vending machines. Total damages are “estimated” at $12,000.  

The male subject was identified as Kristopher Newcomb 26yrs old of Battle Creek Michigan. He is being held at the Porter County Jail on charges of Burglary (Felony), Theft, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief (Felony).

The Court House remains closed this morning and police continue to investigate the incident.


Valparaiso Police Participating in National Night Out

                      Neighborhoods Wanted!!!!

July 6, 2016

The Valparaiso Police Department will be participating in the 33rd annual National Night Out on Tuesday August 2nd from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. National Night Out is an national event designed to unite community members and police against neighborhood crimes.

Police Chief Michael Brickner is inviting community members to organize an activity for the event. “This is a great night for community members, neighborhoods and crime watch groups to organize special activities in their neighborhoods”, explained Chief Brickner. Valparaiso Police Officers will be visiting the special activities planned in each neighborhood to show their support. Officers from the K-9 team, Bicycle Unit, Patrol Division and Detective Division will be present in neighborhoods to show their support. Previous National Night Out events have been a great success and we always look forward to visiting all the events planned, explained Chief Brickner. This is the 12th year the Valparaiso Police Department has participated in National Night Out. 

Start planning your activities today and notify the police department of your involvement. In previous years neighborhoods have planned cook-outs, ice cream socials and live music.  Officers from the department would like to attend your event. For further assistance, questions or to notify the Valparaiso Police Department of your participation call Sgt. Michael Grennes at 462-2135 (ext: 2313) or email at


Follow the Valparaiso Police on Twitter @ Valparaisopd

The Valparaiso Police starting today, Monday November 17th will be providing information through twitter for individuals wishing to sign-up and following the Valparaiso Police Department on Twitter.

Information being tweeted out from the Valparaiso Police Department will typically be public safety or general information regarding an ongoing situation/incident when immediate information is needed to be provided to the general public, for example-road closures due to a crash or police incident scene.

Twitter will be just another source of information available to the general public. The Valparaiso Police Department will continue to use their website, Facebook page, Tip411 Alerts, Youtube and through their email notification system to distribute community information. 

Police Investigating Shooting

July 1,2016

On Friday morning (3:07 a.m.) Valparaiso Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Union St for the sound of gun shots in the area. Police arrived and learned that a male subject had been shot. Valparaiso Fire/EMS arrived to treat the subject a short time later.

Police were able to obtain a description of the shooter from the victim, including a vehicle description. All information was disseminated to local law enforcement and a short time later the Porter County Sheriff’s Department located the possible suspects WB on US 30 near the Porter/Lake County line.

The suspects were stopped by police and currently two individuals (a male and female) of interest are being interviewed by Valparaiso Police. All parties involved were known associates with each other. The victim was transported to Porter Regional Hospital and since has been transported to a Chicago Hospital.

Police continue to investigate the incident and as additional information becomes available it will be made available.