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Updated: March 18, 2013 7:08AM



Drug possession nets woman a 4-year sentence

Using a motel room as a place to do drugs earned a Portage woman a four-year prison sentence with no probation on Friday.

Amy Garenski, 30, had pleaded to Class C felony possession of a narcotic drug on Dec. 21, down from a Class B felony charge of possession of a narcotic drug with intent to deliver.

Garenski could have served up to 20 years on that original charge after police found her and Carl David Pancer Jr., 30, of Portage, in a motel on U.S. 20 in December 2011 with 24 packets of heroin they bought in Chicago for $220.

They also had used cocaine in the motel room, and an employee called police because of the needles left after their last visit.

Police initiated a search after seeing a wrapped Xanax pill on a table.

Man charged
in alleged sale
of heroin

A Portage man faces up to 20 years in prison for selling heroin to a Porter County Drug Task Force informant.

Charles Henry Vandenburgh III, 21, has been charged with Class B felony dealing in a narcotic drug for the Aug. 16 sale.

Vandenburgh sold two packets of heroin mixed with Benadryl, weighing 0.49 grams total, for $40 at a Portage snack bar.

He told the informant, “What I get next should be 10 times better,” court records state.

Family sues water company for water damage

A South Haven family is suing Indiana-American Water for allegedly flooding their home and forcing them to move into a hotel.

According to the suit filed Feb. 11 in Porter County courts, workers for Indiana-American Water were fixing a leak on a main line near the 700 block of Governor Road in February 2011.

Those workers left the mainline unattended for an unspecified amount of time, causing flooding to the property of David and Melissa Mata and damaging the “home, swimming pool, shed, driveway, yard and landscaping,” the suit states.

The defendants also suffered lost wages and the loss of a family vacation because of the flooding, but the suit doesn’t provide a cost of all the damages.

An Indiana-American spokesman said they’ve turned the matter over to their insurance provider. Mata’s attorney didn’t return a call on the matter.



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