Porter County Courts
February 27, 2013 5:28PM
Man sold cocaine in front of children
Dealing in crack cocaine while children where in his The Oaks trailer earned a Portage man two four-year prison sentences on Tuesday.
Francisco C. Lucio, 25, will also serve two 10-year probation sentences after prison for his plea to two of three Class B felony dealing in cocaine charges.
Lucio sold just less than a gram of crack cocaine for $100 each time, once measuring and packing it while two young children were in the next room.
An informant for the Porter County Drug Task Force knocked on his door without calling first, and court records state he did it often that way.
Man stole from family business
A Chesterton man faces up to three years in prison for stealing more than $3,440 from a relative’s business account.
Nicholas A. Criswell, 26, took about $3,440 from the debit account of a Dairy Queen family business from Sept. 4 to Oct. 11 and also stole a family television, court records state.
He was charged this week with Class D felony theft for the roughly 10 withdrawals of money, eight of which the police used to identify him through a security camera.
The business owner said she was concerned because she knew Criswell has a drug problem.
Criswell is held in Porter County Jail on $8,500 bail bond and is also being held on drug paraphrenalia-related charges.
Seven years for robbing gas station
A Hobart man who robbed a Valparaiso gas station at gunpoint and hid out in Chesterton received a seven-year prison sentence Tuesday.
Alex Joseph Bliss, 28, failed out of Porter County therapeutic Drug Court program after being sent into it in May 2011.
Bliss’s sentence, which includes an additional year of probation, comes from a February 2011 robbery of the Family Express on Calumet Avenue.
Bliss handed over a plastic bag and kept his right hand in his coat pocket while telling the cashier to give him the money or he’d shoot.
Police traced him through a cellphone message he sent to someone he stole medications from.
Man who stole half dollars sentenced
A Hebron man who broke into a Porter County home and stole 12 rolls of silver half dollars received a sentence of 30 days community service, 30 days in Porter County Jail and 22 months on probation.
Spencer Lee Hartmann broke into the West Division Road home by breaking out a basement window in September 2011, then let in a partner.
They two had pawned some of the coins in Valparaiso, which is how police traced them.
Hartmann faced up to 20 years in prison on Class B felony burglary charges but pleaded to Class D felony theft on Nov. 29.