Noble County police were dealing with a hostage crisis on Christmas Eve. Ligonier Officers were sent to a home on East Union St., just off of SR-5 just before 7 PM to check out a reported battery complaint. When they got there, officers were told that a woman was hit several times by her boyfriend, 50-year-old Michael Strammer, then dragged inside the home. Police tried to contact the two, with no success. A crisis negotiator was brought in and contacted Strammer by telephone. After several minutes, the woman was released. The suspect later came out and was taken into custody without further incident.