Briefly in Porter County
October 5, 2012 5:22PM
Updated: November 8, 2012 12:04PM
City water may
Residents who find their water discolored between Sunday night and Thursday shouldn’t be alarmed.
The Valparaiso City Utilities Department of Water Works is testing the Flint Lake Well System, beginning at 11 p.m.
The discoloration isn’t harmful to people’s health, and it shouldn’t last long, Utilities Director Steve C. Poulos stated in a press release.
To get rid of the color, residents can run cold water in their bathtub for five to 10 minutes
If the water is still discolored, residents should call the Valparaiso City Utilities Customer Service office at 462-6174.
Man now judged competent for trial
A Valparaiso man accused of shooting his mother’s boyfriend in October 2009 has been judged competent to stand trial for murder.
Edward A. Ibarra, 24, was first judged not competent in March 2010 and sent to the Indiana Department of Mental Health institution.
In August 2010, the institution pronounced him competent when he takes medication for a personality disorder, but he later returned to Logansport.
Ibarra allegedly shot Juan Garcia, 33, of Illinois, multiple times after a physical fight. He used a 9 mm pistol to kill Garcia and walked away from the Morgan Boulevard house, disassembling the gun and throwing pieces in trash cans.
Police recovered pieces from the gun.
On Friday, Porter Superior Court Judge William Alexa set Ibarra’s trial for the week of Nov. 13.
Footprints in snow lead to burglar
A 61-year-old Valparaiso man who walked across the street from his apartment to burglarize a business could be sentenced up to six years in prison, based on a Friday plea.
Johnnie Seay Jr., aka Leroy Bonner, pleaded guilty to Class C felony burglary on Friday and is set for a Dec. 7 sentencing.
On Dec. 17, Seay and another man allegedly broke a glass door at Thorgren Tool & Molding and took a cash machine and a touchscreen laptop, then walked back to his apartment at Casa Del Sol.
They tossed the machine in a side street after they’d opened it, and police followed footprints in the snow from Thorgren and from the abandoned cash machine to Seay’s apartment.
With a search warrant, police found an iPod from another burglary, a crack pipe and multiple prescription bottles with various names, court records state.
Home detention, probation for teen
One of the Portage men who tried to burglarize Bunch Jewelers, 3355 Willowcreek Road, will serve six months on home detention.
Seth Andresen, 18, will also serve 18 months on probation afterwards for his plea to Class D felony attempted theft, although he faced up to eight years in prison on Class C felony attempted burglary before his Aug. 10 plea.
He and Michael Joseph Dwyer, 18, shattered the window at the Portage business on Feb. 8 at 1:13 a.m., and police responded to the alarm.
Police took clues from tire prints and surveillance video.
Dwyer pleaded guilty to three Class D felonies in three different cases on Sept. 25 and faces a sentence of up to nine years on Nov. 20.