Porter County Courts
March 11, 2013 5:32PM
Updated: March 11, 2013 11:12PM
More drug charges for LC cop
A Lake County Sheriff’s Police patrolman has additional drug-related charges against him based on an alleged steroid manufacturing lab found in his Portage apartment in June.
Police also found cocaine among various pills, chemicals and equipment that were in the apartment of Gary A. Pilipovich, 29, on June 8.
This is the second set of charges for Pilipovich, who was charged for various drugs on June 14 after police went back to his home and allegedly found three baggies of marijuana and prescription pills he had no prescription for.
He originally faced up to three years in prison on each of three Class D felonies: possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of a hypodermic needle.
With the lab results back on the first arrest, Pilipovich faces up to 20 years in prison on each of two Class B felonies, dealing in a controlled substance with intent to deliver and manufacture of a controlled substance.
Lake County Sheriff’s Police spokeperson Patti Van Til said Pilipovich is suspended with pay pending a merit review board hearing.
Bail bond is set at $50,000, but he wasn’t listed as a Porter County Jail inmate on Monday.
Probation for having child porn
A Center Township man arrested in May 2011 with child pornography on five computers won’t serve more time imprison beyond seven days.
Instead, Ari E. Spector, 47, will spend eight years on probation in Illinois.
Spector was sentenced Monday for his Jan. 7 plea to Class C felony child exploitation and one of the 10 charges of Class D felony possession of child pornography against him.
Police arrested Spector in 2011 after an email to the We Tip hotline led to a search warrant and the finding of thousands of videos and photos dating back to 2005.
Spector’s case was delayed while federal law enforcement officials considered charges, but they decided to let the state handle it, defense attorney Bob Harper said.
Harper noted Spector was never accused of molesting a child.
Woman accused of apartment burglary
A Porter woman faces up to six years in prison for burglarizing the apartment over a restaurant where she applied for a job.
Rhiannon N. Daniel, 27, pleaded guilty Monday to Class B felony burglary for the June 2011 incident, and as part of the agreement, there’s a six-year cap on incarceration when she’s sentenced June 3.
Daniel said in court Monday that she followed another woman into the Porter apartment.
The victim, who was working in the restaurant, saw her leaving with his stuff and followed her vehicle after she pushed him down.
She took a DVD player, a printer, an MP3 player, a game cube and DVDs, court records state.