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Hebron

Couple smoked pot in front of child

A Hebron couple has been charged with multiple felonies because they allegedly used marijuana in front of their child Dec. 30.

Court records state that Steven W. Larsen, 37, and Diane C. Larsen, 43, smoked with their “5-year-old son present inside the house, causing the house to be filled with an excessive amount of smoke.”

Each has been charged with two Class D felony charges, neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance, which each carry a possible sentence of up to three years, in Porter County Superior Court.

She is charged with two misdemeanors, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He is also charged with possession of marijuana as a Class D felony due to a 1995 previous conviction in Clinton County.

Valparaiso

BMV office sued over woman’s fall

A woman and her husband are suing the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Maryland corporation that installed the carpeting at the Porter County branch.

According to the suit filed Dec. 29 in Porter Superior Court, Barbara Fagerstrom was waiting in the Porter County bureau in January 2011 when she responded to her name being called and went around the curved wall separating the waiting area from the service desks.

She tripped and fell over a rolled-up carpet on the other side of the wall, injuring her head, chest, right knee and both hands.

Fagerstrom is suing for medical expenses past and future, and the suit says Unifirst Corporation was negligent for leaving the carpet in a likely path and for not alerting customers.

Portage

Credit service company sued by AG

The Indiana Attorney General’s office has filed suit against a California credit services and foreclosure consultant that allegedly took $1,400 from a Portage couple, telling them they qualified for a Home Affordable Modification Program.

However, after taking the money in October and December 2011, Certified Processing and Legal Preparation Services, did not get a HAMP loan modification, as it stated in an email.

The suit states that the company is owned by Shaun Lambert, also named in the suit, and that it never filed a $25,000 surety bond before doing business in Indiana.

The suit states that the company also charged the couple before completing any work, which is against Indiana code for credit services, and didn’t provide them with a written notice of their rights.

The attorney general is suing for its costs, $10,000 for each violation of the Home Loan Practices Act, $5,000 per violation of the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act and $500 per violation for other violations.



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