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Porter County Courts

Updated: February 20, 2013 6:13AM



VALPARAISO

Man’s testimony
leads to charges

A Valparaiso man’s admission during testimony at his father’s hearing has lead to the man being charged for a crime himself.

David A. Smith, 29, faces up to three years in prison for Class D felony impersonation of a public servant because he allegedly knocked on a door at the El-Kay Motel on U.S. 6 and claimed to be a Valparaiso police officer.

At the Jan. 4 sentencing for William Henry Smith Jr., 49, the son said during direct and cross-examination that in March 2010 he said he was a police officer because he didn’t think his mother would open the door otherwise.

The father was sentenced to five years in prison for fighting a man found in the motel room and dropping a TV on his head, and police arrested the son outside the courtroom on Jan. 4.

The younger Smith is scheduled for an initial hearing on the charge Jan. 29.

Charges dropped in pub stabbing case

The Porter County prosecutor has dropped three felony and three misdemeanor charges against a Valparaiso man accused of stabbing two men outside the Franklin House pub on Indiana Avenue on April 13.

The motion stated that one of the victims was out of the country, apparently serving in the armed forces.

Clark I. Hogan Jr., 23, had faced two to eight years in prison on each of two counts of Class C felony battery, plus up to three years in prison for Class D felony criminal recklessness.

Court documents state that bouncers told Hogan to leave after he fought with a number of people in the bar, including the two brothers he later stabbed in the parking lot.

Hogan allegedly reignited the fight when the brothers left the bar for their vehicle.

The state could bring charges again later against Hogan.

Probation, time served for pills

Selling morphine sulfate pills -- known as Oxymorphine -- means seven years of supervision for a Union Township man.

Richard D. McClure, 45, had pleaded guilty in Porter County Superior Court to one of two Class B felony charges of dealing in a narcotic drug and received the probation sentence -- minus time served -- on Friday.

Exactly a year before his sentencing, McClure sold 10 Oxymorphine pills to a Porter County Drug Task Force informant for $70, and on Jan. 19, 2012, he sold 10 Oxymorphine and eight Vicodin for $100.



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