Porter County courts: Truck driver found guilty of misdemeanors
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent June 26, 2013 11:44PM
Updated: August 2, 2013 6:23PM
Truck driver found guilty of misdemeanors
A jury didn’t find a Monticello truck driver guilty of two felonies in an accident with a 1999 black Saturn in April 2012.
However, they did find Daniel C. Baker, 53, guilty of three misdemeanors when he went through a red traffic light at Indiana 49 and Gateway Boulevard: Class A misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness and Class C misdemeanor leaving the scene of a property accident.
Baker caused damage to the front, driver’s side and roof of the car, court documents state.
He faces up to a year incarceration on each of the Class A convictions and 60 days on the Class C when he’s sentenced Aug. 6.
Magazine salesman arrested in theft
One of two men who allegedly stole money from a Valparaiso woman while they sold magazines door-to-door has been arrested on charges of receiving stolen property.
Dameron S. Ervin, 26, of Maiden, N.C., faces up to three years in prison for the Class D felony for his role in the theft of $696 on June 11, and a vice president of the company contacted Valparaiso police after seeing two of his employees implicated in a Google alert.
Ervin allegedly followed the woman back to her bedroom as she got $30 to pay for a subscription and saw her take the money out.
He and Eddie Zetzer returned and said they gave her the wrong receipt, and Zetzer said he had to use her bathroom because of bladder problems.
Ervin told police he got $100 from Zetzer for helping, and Zetzer allegedly quit and took a bus to Arkansas.
Five years for Luke Oil robbery, chase
A Harvey, Ill., man who robbed the Luke Oil on U.S. 20 in Porter County and led police on a chase received a five-year prison sentence Monday.
Jerry Allen, 50, received four years for Class C felony burglary and one year for Class D felony resisting law enforcement for the Jan. 20 incident, although Class D felony auto theft and misdemeanor criminal recklessness were dropped as part of his May 20 plea.
Allen and an alleged accomplice backed a stolen van with stolen plates up to Luke Oil while someone across the street was out smoking a cigarette.
Portage police alerted by the smoker chased the van to Interstate 94, where it went off the shoulder and the inhabitants ran from Portage and Lake Station officers.
The alleged accomplice, Melissa Ann Bourland, 27, is scheduled to appear in court on July 15 on two Class C felonies, aiding in a burglary and burglary, and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.