New Camera System At Michigan City Beachfront Helps Arrest Two
La Porte County Emergency Management Director, Larry Butcher, in conjunction with Mayor Ron Meer, came up with a plan to monitor the Michigan City beachfront through a program called, “Beach Safety Monitoring”. With this program numerous cameras have been placed throughout the beach area, parks and our pier and lighthouse. Michigan City Police said the program was designed to not only save potential lives, but also monitor behavior of our visitors. These cameras along with other safety equipment such as life preservers, and a digital warning system was designed and installed in January of this year. The cameras can be monitored in the 911 Center, the Police Department and also the office of Emergency Management. Yesterday, just after 10am, Director Butcher noticed from his office two adult males walking on the rocks associated to the pier. As he watched these two subjects he zoomed in to discover that they pulled out Sharpie markers and began drawing obscene images on the pillars towards the lighthouse. Mr. Butcher was then able to contact the police and give complete descriptions of suspects and the incident along with being able to record all of their actions. Numerous officers responded and immediately the subjects were located, and both placed under arrest for criminal mischief. Arrested were 42 year old Adam Barlow, of Muncie, and a 17-year-old from out of the area.
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