Porter County Courts
June 19, 2012 5:06PM
Man injured by fireworks display sues
A Valparaiso man is suing his neighbor over injuries he received when a fireworks display malfunctioned at a party.
According to the suit filed June 5 in Porter County Court, Nicholas Orlich was at a party at the Porter Township home of Thomas F. Gielow on July 9 when a PVC pipe being used to launch mortars exploded.
Orlich has had at least two surgeries to remove shrapnel from his leg and cannot perform his duties as a landscape crew manager, said Orlich’s attorney, Joseph Bombagetti.
Gielow’s son was also injured.
No criminal charges have been filed against Gielow. Bombagetti said Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents investigated the incident.
Another burglary charge for man
A man in Porter County Jail on multiple burglary charges faces another burglary charge in connection with a house on Indiana Boundary Road in Chesterton.
John Allan Tener, 47, admitted to police on Jan. 24 that he burglarized the home of people he was acquainted with on Oct. 13.
Tener allegedly damaged the back door to get in and stole a rifle, a shotgun and jewelry.
He faces up to 20 years on a Class B felony burglary charge and was already awaiting trial on two Class C felony burglary charges that carry sentences of up to eight years each, another Class B felony burglary charge and a charge of driving after being judged a habitual traffic violator.