Portage Police are investigating an incident involving a suspicious package
that was found at the Speedway gas station located at 5011 Central Avenue on
Thursday, said Sgt. Keith Hughes, public information officer.
At 4:41 p.m., police were dispatched to the gas station in reference to a
suspicious package that was left near the gas pumps on a garbage can. Upon
officers arrival, it was learned the secured postal package had a delivery
address of “Iraq” and was from “Dr. Phil.”
After inspecting the package briefly, the business was shut down and
evacuated. The Porter County Bomb Squad was called to inspect and secure the
Once the bomb squad arrived, they worked in conjunction with a NICTD Police
Department K-9 handler who used his bomb dog to search the package after it
was x-rayed. The K-9 did not make any positive alerts for explosives.
The package was then removed from the scene and opened. Officers found the
Hughes said Portage police will continue to investigate.