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Updated: May 15, 2013 6:42AM



Porter County

Airport suing over runway work

The Porter County Regional Airport is suing a local contractor over runway work done in 2009 and 2010.

According to the suit filed in the Porter County Court system April 3, The Porter County Municipal Airport Authority, which runs the airport, hired G.E. Marshall of Valparaiso for the transient apron reconstruction project.

The project engineer gave a partial acceptance of work in December 2009, a final acceptance was never issued, and the airport is suing for repair and maintenance because of 77 cracked slabs of 388 slabs.

The suit alleges that subcontractor Gariup Construction of Gary used a brittle concrete mix from Ozinga Bros of Mokena, Ill., but neither are defendants.

Ross Marshall, Corporation Secretary for G. E. Marshal, said there were negotiations about the matter, but he wasn’t aware of a suit filed.

“I hate to comment on something I haven’t even seen yet,” he said.

Neither airport officials or their attorney returned calls.

Robber’s return leads to capture

Robbing a neighbor’s home and then returning the next day to try again will cost a Lake Eliza area man four years in prison.

Elijah D. Swelfer, 27, will also serve two years on probation after that for his plea to Class C felony burglary.

Swelfer stole a 52 inch television on Valentine’s Day in 2011, and a neighbor saw him carry it down the street.

Another neighbor saw him looking into the same house the next day and called Porter County Sheriff’s Police, who found him at the scene with a screwdriver that matched pry marks on a window and caught him after a foot chase.

VALPARAISO

Man admits
unemployment fraud

A Valparaiso man pleaded guilty on Friday to receiving more than $15,000 in unemployment benefits while he was employed from February 2009 to July 2011.

There’s a year’s cap on incarceration on the six-year sentence that Joseph M. Lejeunesse, 57, faces at his May 31 sentencing, and the rest will be served on probation while he repays the money and a fine, a total of $26,153.

Lejeunesse pleaded to two Class D felony welfare fraud charges and originally faced up to eight year in prison for a Class C welfare fraud charge.

He told police that he had gone from making $35,000 a year as a roofer to $20,000, court records state.

Probation for
stealing checks

A Valparaiso woman will serve a three-year probation sentence for stealing two checks from a roommate’s grandmother and cashing them for $7,500 to pay for car repairs.

Nicole A. Suchocki, 24, will also have to repay the money from the two checks cashed May 19 and 21.

Suchocki had pleaded to Class D felony theft in the matter before Friday’s sentencing.

Her roommate had unlocked the grandmother’s garage door and texted Suchocki to come in and take some money from her purse for gasoline for the two of them, court documents state.



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