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Two charged with battery at the County Fair, another with public intoxication

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Two LaPorte County residents were arrested at the Porter County Fair on Friday on charges of battery after the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said that they were the “main aggressors” in a melee at the grandstand during a concert.

Ray Evers, 44, of LaPorte, was charged with three counts of battery and Mark A. Bailey, 46, of Westville, was charged with one count, police said.

According to police, the incident began around 11 p.m., when a witness advised that Evers “became upset with her and the group she was with for blocking their view of the concert.” She further advised that when Evers “was confronted by the group for harassing the girls, a fight broke out.”

A different witness reported that Evers “began to stumble and was hitting anything he could reach,” including her juvenile daughter, who took a blow to the eye, police said.

Evers, for his part, “showed extreme signs of intoxication” and “made few statements,” police said. Evers did admit to “putting his hands” on another person in the melee who he said elbowed him first.

Bailey, meanwhile, admitted to striking a another person while they were both on the ground but said that the other person was the “primary aggressor.”

“After being briefed on the disturbance, it was determined due to injuries suffered by the victims and all witness statements, that the two male subjects identified as Ray Evers and Mark Bailey were the primary aggressors,” police said.

Charged with Public Intox

and Disorderly at the Fair

Then, on Sunday, a Valparaiso resident was arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct after another disturbance at the grandstand, police said.

According to police, at 9:36 p.m. a guest at the grandstand reported that Murray J. Banks, 21, of 2655 Longford Ave., was “extremely intoxicated and causing issues with other guests.”

Officers made contact with BanksŃwho turned 21 on SundayŃand advised him that he was to be escorted off the property and his friend would be taking him home. While en route to the parking lot, however, Banks began “screaming at officers,” using obscenities within earshot of children in the area, and saying that the officers couldn’t kick him out because it was his birthday, police said.

Banks continued yelling while in his friend’s car, “out the window,” police said. Finally, officers ordered him to exit the vehicle while it was still on fairground property and he was taken into custody, police said, at which time he registered a blood alcohol content of .28 percent on a portable breath test.

Due to his level of intoxication, Banks was transported to Porter Regional Hospital for medical clearance, where he continued to yell at officers and disturb “elderly patients in the rooms across from (Banks) who were attempting to rest,” police said. “It’s my birthday and you cannot arrest me,” police quoted him as saying.

Banks was medically cleared and transported to Porter County Jail.



Posted 7/21/2014