Valparaiso news: Charges in home invasion; golf course passes will cost more
BY JAMES D. WOLF JR. Post-Tribune correspondent January 9, 2014 2:22PM
Updated: January 10, 2014 10:21PM
Man charged in home invasion
One man — so far — in a home invasion in Portage in which two men broke down the door and robbed a group of people at gunpoint.
Zachary A. Dees faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of Class B felony aiding in a robbery for the Dec. 15 incident.
Two men — one in a ski mask and the other in a blue bandana and wielding a pistol — kicked in the door about 8:45 p.m. and forced six or seven people onto the kitchen floor, demanding, “Where’s the money? Where’s the safe?” according to court documents.
The men ransacked the house and took everyone’s wallets and cellphones.
A resident drove after the two men and saw them crash in Lake Station.
Police found a plastic garbage bag in the woods about 150 feet from the accident containing the cellphones, some jewelry and some other items stolen.
While checking the cellphones to identify the owners, police found text messages come up on Dees’s phone indicating that while at the party, he’d been part of the group that planned to rob the house of drugs and money.
Off to prison after punching relative
Getting mad at a step-relative and punching him so hard the man had skull fractures and bleeding on the brain will cost a Valparaiso man up to three years in prison.
Terrence Marshon Gordon, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the lowest felony he was charged with for the Sept. 19 incident, Class D felony criminal recklessness. He is scheduled for sentencing March 11; he had faced up to eight years in prison on Class C felony battery.
Gordon attacked the man because he was telling Gordon’s mother that she was too soft on her sons after Gordon refused to pick up his brother because he had to go to work.
Stranded vehicles could be towed
With worst of the storm passed, Valparaiso is asking residents for help and to move vehicles.
People parking on the street in Valparaiso could find their vehicles towed or ticketed as crews remove the massive amounts of snow that fell or drifted on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6.
The Valparaiso Fire Department is also asking residents to help uncover fire hydrants to help firefighters if they need them.
The city’s parking ordinance requires vehicles to be off city streets until both sides of the street have been plowed from curb to curb.
The Valparaiso Police Department will be ticketing and towing, the city stated in a press release.
Golf course pass will cost more
The cost of buying a golf pass for Valparaiso courses has increased this year, as it does every other year.
Parks Department officials said costs averaged a 5-percent increase.
However, the probable management of the Creekside Golf Course by a private firm delayed the usual December sales at 2013, so the 2013 prices will continue the first few weeks of January.
If the Creekside lease goes through, passes sold now will be honored at both courses.
The increases are from $735 to $775 for resident Preferred Plus passes and $640 to $675 for simple Preferred passes.
Non-residents will see an increase of $980 to $1,025 for Preferred Plus and from $860 to $900 for the Preferred pass.
Resident couples will see an increase of $1,215 to $1,300 for Preferred Plus and from $1,060 to $1,125 for Prefered, while resident seniors will see an increase from $560 to $600 for Preferred Plus and $480 to $500 for Preferred.
Resident senior couples will see an increase from $945 to $1,000 for Preferred Plus and $820 to $860 for Preferred.