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Portage

Man who entered home has no bond

The Portage man who casually conversed with an 82-year-old woman after he broke into her home and looked for prescription meds is being held without bond.

Bond could be set for Carlo S. Ernandes, 34, when he has an initial hearing before Porter Superior Judge William Alexa on charges of Class B felony burglary and Class D felony possession of a controlled substance.

However, no date is set for the hearing, and Ernandes faces up to 20 years in prison on the B felony from the Dec. 5 incident.

Ernandes allegedly climbed through a window in the woman’s home in Camelot Manor, where he also lives, and told her he was looking for a friend and asked to use her bathroom.

Man charged with dealing cocaine

A Portage man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Porter County Superior Court to two of the three cocaine dealing charges against him.

The Class B felony dealing in cocaine charges came after an October 2011 Porter County Drug Task Force sting, after an informant told the task force that he regularly bought crack cocaine from Francisco C. Lucio, 25, by walking to his trailer in The Oaks without even calling first.

Lucio allegedly sold just under a gram of cocaine for $100 each time, once measuring out the amount in front of at least two young children.

At the Feb. 26 sentencing hearing, the prosecution and defense will argue not only how much of up to 20 years Lucio will be sentenced to on each count but also whether or not the sentences will be consecutive or concurrent.

Valparaiso

VU student faces drug charges

A Joliet, Ill., man attending his first semester at Valparaiso University has been charged with multiple drug and alcohol offenses.

Nicholas A. Sosenko, 20, faces up to three years in prison on each of three Class D felony charges: possession of a controlled substance (LSD), possession of a controlled substance (Adderall) and possession of marijuana (more than 30 grams).

Sosenko is also charged with misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and misdemeanor minor possession of alcohol.

Police found the LSD and Adderall in a safe in the closet of Sosenko’s College Avenue apartment on Dec. 9, the marijuana and pipes around his bedroom and a 24-pack of Miller Lite, Rolling Rock beer and “Mad Dog 20/20.”



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