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Chesterton

Church burglar could get six years

A Portage man may find himself in prison for six years for his Monday guilty plea to burglarizing a Chesterton church.

There’s a cap of six years on incarceration when Tayler Edward Hussain, 25, get sentenced May 20 for Class B felony burglary, although with probation time, the sentence could last up to 20 years.

As part of Monday’s plea agreement, the state will drop two Class D felony theft charges for the August 2011 stealing of jewelry from a friend.

The burglary of Healing Place Church on Morgan Boulevard in Chesterton happened in September 2010, and Hussain admitted to throwing a concrete chuck through the door and stealing a 16 channel Roland piano, a mixer board, three guitars, a 42-inch TV, a laptop and an amplifier.

Police caught him when he tried to sell the piano and mixer board to Guitar Center in Hobart, which sold the items to the church.

Portage

Chicago heroin run trips up woman

Making heroin runs to Chicago could cost a Portage woman six years in prison at a May 20 sentencing.

Ashley Michaela Luise Creason, 26, pleaded guilty to Class B felony dealing in a narcotic drug on Monday, and a Class B felony conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug charge will be dropped if Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford accepts the plea.

Creason contacted a Porter County Drug Task Force informant by phone while the informant was working a different drug sting in September 2011, letting him know she and a boyfriend were going to Chicago.

The informant discretely paid her $150 in a trailer where her boyfriend, child, mother, grandmother and grandmother’s nurse were and picked up the heroin there later.

Police arrested her four days later after following her car to Chicago and back.

VALPARAISO

Man admits relations with teens

Being honest about relationships with underage girls has cost a mentally challenged Valparaiso man two years on home detention.

Mark E. Laing, 26, was already on three years of strict probation for his May 2011 conviction to a plea of Class D felony child solicitation, which defense attorney John Vouga argued led to his being honest with Project PRO therapists and his probation officer.

On the original conviction, Laing pursued and illegally touched a 15-year-old he met at a park during April 2010, and on urging in therapy to come clean about other misdeeds, told about another 15-year-old, the sister of a friend he picked up from high school in March 2010.

That happened before the other crime, and Vouga said Laing operates at the “low average range” mentally.

Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford said the 423 days Laing spent in jail this time would go towards the probation for the first guilty plea and Lain will serve six years probation for this plea after home detention.



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