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VU Student Arrested after Making Threats

Valparaiso Police, Valparaiso University Police and the Porter County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the Christopher Center for Library and Information Services on the campus of Valparaiso University (Tuesday night 7:05 p.m.). Police initially received a phone call from a male subject informing police he had taken hostages, was armed with a gun and was in the library.

Police arrived on scene and evacuated the library. Police continued to investigate and located no immediate threats. The library was searched by the Porter County SWAT team with negative results.

Valparaiso Police and Valparaiso University Police began a joint investigation and learned of a possible suspect. Police located the subject, a Valparaiso University student in nearby Gellersen Hall. The male subject was identified as Michael Clemens, 5/18/94 of Chesterton. The subject was transported to the Valparaiso Police Department and during an interview with police admitted to making the phone call. 

Clemens was arrested and charged with Felony Intimidation (Level 6) and Felony False Reporting Causing an Evacuation (Level 6). He was held at the Porter County Jail. 


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!


Officer Jerame Simpson Promoted to Patrol Sergeant

The Valparaiso Police Department is announcing the promotion of Officer Jerame Simpson from Patrol Officer to the rank of Patrol Sergeant. Jerame is a eight year veteran of the Valparaiso Police Department.

Sgt. Simpson is a graduate from Ivy Tech with a degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of Chesterton High School.  He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy. Jerame currently is a K9 handler for the department and has earned numerous awards for his service with the department including the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police “Officer of the Year Award” in 2012.

Prior to coming to the Valparaiso Police Department Sgt. Simpson worked as a police officer with the Valparaiso University Police Department for 3 yrs. Jerame assumes his supervisory responsibilities immediately with the department.

Congratulations Jerame!!


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.