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Results from Targeted Patrols Along State Road 49

On March 9th the Valparaiso Police and Indiana State Police began working targeted patrols, within the city limits, along State Road 49 after a serious bodily injury crash occurred at State Road 49 and 500 N involving a semi-tractor trailer and passenger car.

Valparaiso Police and the Indiana State Police combined to worked numerous targeted patrols through the time period of March 9th thru March 25th. 

The patrols were conducted during the morning, afternoon and evening hours of the day. The patrols resulted in a total of 142 traffic stops, from those stops, 68 traffic citations were issued, mostly for speeding or disregarding a traffic signal. From the 142 traffic stops, State Police conducted 42 semi-tractor trailer inspections while on a traffic stop. From the 42 truck inspections 4 semi-tractor trailers where taken out of service due to safety issues. 

Valparaiso Police Officers worked many patrols using grant funding from the Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving/Operation Pull Over.

Valparaiso Police and the Indiana State Police are committed to improving the safety for motorists along State Road 49. Targeted patrols will continue along State Road 49 as needed.


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Officer Balon Promoted to Captain

The Valparaiso Police Department is announcing the promotion of Detective Sgt. Jeff Balon to Detective Captain Balon.

Captain Balon is a 23 year veteran of the police department, (11 years as detective), he holds a Bachelors Degree from Calumet College in Public Safety Management. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy (PELA) and School of Police Staff & Command at Northwestern University.

Jeff previously was a member of the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and held the position of Assistant Commander during his tenure on the task force.

With the promotion to Detective Captain, Jeff will supervise the entire Investigations Division of the department. He assumes his new duties immediately.

Congratulations Detective Captain Jeff Balon!

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Police Seize over 9 lbs of Marijuana from Disabled Vehicle
 
This morning (8:20 a.m.) on State Road 49 at Laporte Ave (southbound lane) a Indiana State Police Trooper observed a disabled vehicle and stopped to assist a motorist who’s engine compartment was smoking heavily and on fire.

Valparaiso Police and Fire Department were called to assist at the scene. Police began to investigate further and identified the driver as Luis Silva, 41 yrs old of Hammond and his passenger (mother) Josefina Silva, 78 yrs old also of Hammond.

During the investigation, while at the scene, a badly burnt jacket was found smoldering on the ground near the vehicle. Located underneath the burnt jacket were numerous bricks of marijuana. The bricks had a strong smell and some were badly burned. Police later learned the bricks were being stored inside the engine compartment and likely caused the fire to start and were removed from the vehicle once the engine compartment caught fire, prior to police/fire arriving on scene. The bricks of marijuana weighed 9.3 pounds.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Dealing Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. The passenger, Josefina Silva was arrested and charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance. Both were transported to the Porter County Jail.



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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.