Porter County police reports
August 12, 2013 8:26PM
Updated: September 14, 2013 6:14AM
Valpo man pleads guilty in drug case
A Valparaiso man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to sneak heroin to a friend in Porter County Jail and to using a false name when during a traffic stop.
Jason Robert Craig, 35, faces up to eight years in prison for Class C felony attempted trafficking with an inmate and up to three years for Class D felony identity deception, although the court will decide at his Sept. 9 sentencing whether those will run concurrent or consecutive.
In April 2012, Craig slipped foil packets of heroin into cards for Jessica Greene, 31, who is now serving 10 years in prison for dealing in a narcotic, which she did with Craig in 2011.
As part of Craig’s plea, the state dropped two Class B felony dealing in a narcotic charges; two Class D felony attempted theft and one Class D felony theft charges from August 2011; and misdemeanor driving while suspended charge from December 2011, when he gave the false name.
after teens’ fight
A fight between two teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday at Kirchoff Park, 400 N. Roosevelt Road, resulted in the arrests of two adults and likely battery charges against both Valparaiso teens.
Randy Heider, 44, also of Valparaiso, was charged with battery for reportedly punching the 17-year-old in the stomach after she fell.
David Ethridge, 48, of Valparaiso, was arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly yelling threats and telling police to let Heider go so he could deal with him himself.
Day Reporting for drug conviction
A Gary man received a sentence of time served — six days — for dealing cocaine in Porter County, although he will have to spend four years on the strict Day Reporting probation.
Defense attorney Scott King argued at Monday’s sentencing that this was the first felony for Marshall Dwayne Brown, 42, who had been self-medicating since he was wounded in a drive-by that also killed his son and is starting a full-time boilermaker job.
Brown pleaded earlier this year to Class C felony possession of cocaine, down from Class A felony dealing and Class B felony delivery charges.
After he sold a gram of crack to Porter County Drug Task Force agents in May 2010, police found $1,580 and11 baggies of the drug in Brown’s car.
Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford said, “You might be benefiting from the fact that you were dealing cocaine rather than heroin,” noting that heroin had been a plague for Porter County that receives little mercy in sentencings.
Found wallet contained heroin
A Liberty Township man turned over to police a wallet containing 14 packages of heroin, which he said he found at about 6:10 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of a business in the 3000 block of Calumet Avenue. Identification for James Hetchler, 24, of Valparaiso, was in the wallet. When police contacted Hetchler at home, according to the arrest report, he eventually admitted buying the heroin in Illinois for $150 earlier that day. He was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance.
Felony drug charges filed
Eric Sullivan, 25, of Portage, was arrested for felony possession of heroin at 9:04 p.m. Friday. Police received a complaint of a suspicious person allegedly doing drugs while sitting for an hour in a vehicle parked behind Pestos restaurant, 3125 Calumet Ave.
Man threatened girl who saw him use drugs
Jesse Martinez, 43, of Liberty Farms mobile home park at 76 E. U.S. 6, faces numerous charges after a guest allegedly caught him using what she believed was crack cocaine. After the juvenile, a friend of a 19-year-old female relative of Martinez, walked in on him at about 12:52 a.m. Saturday in the bathroom, she hid outside as, according to the police report, Martinez broke items in the home and allegedly screamed that he would kill the girl. He allegedly pushed the 19-year-old when she took her friend’s side, and he then fled in his red 1994 Dodge Dakota pickup.
After a chase that ended in the 600 north block of Indiana 49, police arrested Martinez on felony charges of intimidation and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, and misdemeanor charges of battery, drunken driving and driving with a suspended license.