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Chesterton

Town suing water company

The town of Chesterton and its utility department are suing the company that provides water to the residents for 2011 sewer pipe damage.

Indiana American Water Company excavated a portion of North Calumet Avenue in March 2011 to put a trench box and repair a water line, the suit filed Nov. 5 states.

The trench box weight caused a sewer line collapse, and a homeowner in the 400 block of North Calumet had sewage back into their basement because of it.

The sewer line damage is $14,822, and the repairs to the homes affected ran $11,268.

Chesterton has paid both costs and seeks restitution.

Attorney Charles Parkinson, who filed the suit for Chesterton, declined to comment on the matter.

Indiana American spokesman Joe Loughmiller said the company hasn’t seen what Chesterton filed yet.

“We’ll look into it and work with our insurance provider,” Loughmiller said.

Portage

Mushroom grower sentenced

The Portage woman who called police while her boyfriend overdosed on psilocybin mushrooms received a eight month sentence Tuesday.

Devon Nicole Morton, 21, had faced up to 20 years in prison on a charge of Class B felony manufacturing a controlled substance and up to three years in prison on each of two Class D felonies, possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance.

However, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia earlier this year, based on her admitting to using a glass smoking pipe police found in the home to smoke marijuana.

She will also not be allowed contact with Michael D. Funston, 21, who will next appear in court Dec. 28 on the same charges Morton was originally charged with.

The incident happened Aug. 1, and police found a mushroom growing operation in their apartment.

When they began arresting Morton, she said, “Please don’t cuff me. I used the mushrooms, too, and I am freaking out.”

Valparaiso

LaPorte man admits pointing gun

A LaPorte man who threatened a Valparaiso man with a gun received a sentence of four years in prison Tuesday.

Cheyenne Shariff Herezi, 36, pleaded guilty on July 10 to Class C felony possession of a handgun without a permit having a felony conviction within 15 years of the offense.

In August 2011 on Hill Road, Herezi pulled up in an SUV and cocked the slide of a Llama .38 black semi-automatic handgun at a group of people his girlfriend was with.

His sentence included three years on probation after his prison term.

He was convicted of burglary in Cook County, Ill., in 1998.

Man pleads guilty to drug charges

A Valparaiso man who hanged from the railing of Porter County Jail’s second floor and threatened to hurt himself pleaded guilty to three charges Tuesday.

Kenneth Jack Seelie Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to Class D felony possession of drugs for selling 10 Codine pills to Porter County Drug Task Force agents on Feb. 20 and to two misdemeanors, battery and disorderly conduct.

The misdemeanors occurred Sept. 27 when he shoved a prison employee with his forearm when he pushed by her and then he hanged from the ledge, yelling demands of the guards and inciting other inmates to verbal hostilities, court files state.

He’s scheduled for sentencing Dec. 11 and faces more than three years in jail as the charges will be sentenced consecutively.



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