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Valparaiso Police Chief Mike Brickner

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Two Subjects Arrested after Stealing from Vehicles

Valparaiso Police responded this morning (3:30 a.m.) to a report of suspicious activity in the area of George St and Yellowstone Rd. Officers learned from a resident that two male subjects were on foot in the area and acting suspiciously. Police obtained a clothing description of the subjects and learned one of the male subjects was carrying a backpack.

Officer Michelle Kodicek shortly after arriving in the area located two subjects matching the description and one of the two subjects was carrying a backpack at the intersection of Center St and Bond Ave.

Police began to investigate and identified the subjects as Jonathan Spicknall 19 yrs old of Valparaiso and a 17 yr old male juvenile also from Valparaiso. Police learned that both subjects had been entering unlocked vehicles and removing property. Numerous items removed from vehicles in the area were recovered on the individuals.

Spicknall was arrested on charges of theft, minor consumption of an alcoholic beverage and possession of a legend drug (prescription drug). He was held at the Porter County Jail. The 17 yr old was arrested for theft and minor consumption of an alcoholic beverage and held at the Porter County Juvenile Dentition Center. 


Sgt. Melanie Sheets First Female Detective at VPD

On January 5th Sgt. Melanie Sheets became Detective Sgt. Melanie Sheets for the Valparaiso Police Department.

Sgt. Sheets has been with the department for 17 years and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in January 2005. Melanie had recently been a Patrol Supervisor prior to her lateral transfer. While in patrol she was the department’s Field Training Coordinator overseeing all the training for new offices hired.  She was also a domestic violence instructor, crime scene specialist and drug recognition expert.

Detective Sgt. Melanie Sheets is the first female detective at the Valparaiso Police Department. Congratulations Melanie!


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.