Woman charged with attacking cops says she’s Orville Redenbacher’s granddaughter
BY JAMES D. WOLF JR. Sun-Times Media December 5, 2012 12:46AM
Jordan Jones | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 6, 2013 10:06AM
VALPARAISO — Less than six months after Valparaiso honored former resident Orville Redenbacher with a statue downtown, one of his descendants has made news in a more infamous way.
Jordan Elizabeth Jones, 22, whose car was hit by a train Sunday and who allegedly fought and wounded police and medical workers, said in court Tuesday morning that she pays for college with a trust fund from her grandfather, Redenbacher.
Because of that trust fund, Porter County Superior Judge David Chidester declined to give her a public defender and set her bail bond at $7,500.
As of Tuesday evening, she was being held in Porter County Jail, where she had been since Sunday.
Chidester set her trial date for June 24, and she next appears for a hearing on Feb. 5.
She was charged with felony charges of battery, resisting law enforcement and two counts of battery by bodily waste. Misdemeanor charges include battery, criminal mischief, drunken driving and disorderly conduct.
She was jailed Sunday after allegedly injuring two police officers and a nurse. Police said it took eight people to restrain her so she could get stitches on her second trip to a hospital emergency room after she knocked herself out by repeatedly bashing her head against the cage separating the back seat of the squad car from officers in the front.
Jones had called Chesterton Police at 4:15 a.m. after her yellow 2003 Pontiac Sunfire got stuck on railroad tracks.
She had locked herself out of the vehicle, and a train hit the rear passenger side. She was not hurt.
A call to a relative of Orville Redenbacher for confirmation about the trust fund wasn’t returned by deadline.