Porter County news briefs
October 10, 2013 3:48PM
Updated: October 10, 2013 3:48PM
Man was drunk, doesn’t recall crime
Kicking in the door of an ex-girlfriend’s home and stealing jewelry will get a Valparaiso man a 12-year prison sentence, although he told police he didn’t remember doing it because he was drunk.
Michael Szajko, 31, pleaded guilty to Class B felony burglary Monday and is scheduled for a Nov. 4 sentencing should Porter County Superior Judge Roger Bradford accept the plea.
When questioned, Szajko told police he had been drinking with a relative and had a blackout and he often committed crimes during drunken blackouts.
Police didn’t find any of the jewelry at Szajko’s home but did match his shoe to a footprint on the door.
Heroin dealer gets work-release
A Portage man will spend two years on work-release from prison and four more on probation for dealing heroin, once going to Chicago for more of the drug with a 6-year-old in the car.
Jeremy Dale Harrel, 35, received the sentence Monday for his June plea to a Class B felony dealing charge for two September 2011 incidents where he charged $150 for making a run to Chicago for a gram of heroin.
When officers of the Porter County Drug Task Force pulled the car over the second time, they found heroin and paraphernalia on Harrel and his girlfriend, Ashley Michaela Luise Creason, 26.
Creason was given a 10-year sentence of time served and the rest on probation on May 20.
— By James D. Wolf Jr., Post-Tribune correspondent