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Porter County Courts

Updated: December 22, 2012 6:29AM



Porter County

Teen waived to adult court

A man from the Porter County part of unincorporated Westville has been waived from juvenile court to adult court for alleged child molesting that happened in 2007.

Zachary Coen, now 19, faces up to 20 years in prison for sex with a girl that happened between February 2007 and December 2007. She was 12 to 13 during that time, and Coen was 14.

During Tuesday’s initial hearing and bail bond setting in Porter County Superior Court, Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek brought up Coen’s use of medications and his saying he doesn’t recall the year in question because of that.

Porter Circuit Judge Mary Harper set bail at $10,000 cash on Tuesday and set Coen’s trial for the week of April 8.

Portage

Man sentenced
for robbery try

The second of two Portage men who tried to rob Bunch Jewelers, 3355 Willowcreek Road, on Feb. 8 was sentenced in Porter County Superior Court for that crime, as well as for a purse snatching in the Portage Wal-Mart parking lot on Feb. 13.

Michael J. Dwyer, 19, received a 20-month sentence for Class C felony aiding in an attempted robbery for the incident in which they shattered the store window, and for Class D felony retaining stolen property.

After the Bunch Jewelers incident, police found multiple items from January vehicles break-ins inside Dwyer’s Jeep.

He will also serve two years probation for Class D felony aiding in a theft for the purse snatching.

The other man in the Bunch Jewelers case -- Seth Andresen, 18 -- was sentenced to six months home detention and 18 months probation on Oct. 5.



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