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Five inmates at PCJ charged with disorderly conduct after disturbance

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Five inmates at the Porter County Jail have been charged with disorderly conduct after the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said that they attempted to instigate a disturbance on April 7 in their pod.

According to police, at 11:08 a.m. jail staffers were removing an inmate from Pod C-7 after his involvement in a fight there when inmate Nicholas Ramirez, 26, of 1602 Loveland Court in Liberty Township, demanded that the inmate be returned and the power in their podÑwhich had been turned off following an incident the prior eveningÑturned back on.

When staffers ordered all inmates in the pod to return to their cells, several refused, prompting staffers to remove the TV, microwave, and cleaning supplies from the pod, police said. At the same time, announcements were made instructing the inmates to “lock down” or face disciplinary action.

Some of the inmates did lock down but most did not, police said.

Ramirez, for his partÑaccompanied by four othersÑrallied the inmates to gather on the top tier, where they “poured water on the stairs,” blocked the stairs with slipcovers, and tried covering surveillance cameras in the pod, police said.

At this point, PCSP officers were dispatched to the pod and the Emergency Response Team and K-9 units ordered to muster, police said. Staffers were waiting for the ERT and the dogs to arrive when the inmates began returning to their cells.

Charged with disorderly conduct were Ramirez; Justin Antecki, 21, of 3426 Coronado Ave. in Portage; Ryan Kingery, 26, of 6657 Old Porter Road in Portage; William Tomason, 30, of 5148 Bell Court in Portage; and Mathew Watson, 31, of 5005 Indianapolis Blvd. in Valparaiso.






Posted 4/15/2013