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Law & Order: Pair charged with stealing catalytic converters

Updated: April 22, 2014 6:10AM



VALPARAISO

Pair charged with stealing catalytic converters

Two men suspected of stealing numerous catalytic converters off vehicles in Porter and Lake counties have been charged in Porter County with felony theft.

Eric Goodson, 42, of Merrillville, and Edward Fouts. 28, of Griffith, are charged with multiple counts, according to Valparaiso police. They are being held at the Lake County Jail, pending charges also being filed in Lake County, authorities said.

Valparaiso, Portage and Valparaiso University police and Porter County sheriff’s police interviewed Goodson and Fouts after learning that Hammond police had arrested them for similar thefts. The men admitted that they had stolen catalytic converters in Porter County, Valparaiso police said.

Sentencing set in Valpo home burglary

A Valparaiso man who admitted to robbing an alleged marijuana dealer’s home because the dealer wasn’t there to sell pot to him and his friends faces up to 14 years in prison.

Travis J. Talley, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony burglary for the Oct. 16 crime and is set to be sentenced on April 3. A designation of Talley as a habitual offender was dropped as part of the plea agreement with prosecutors.

The resident returned home to find a car with a woman inside parked in his driveway and blocked her in with his car, telling her he had a gun and she should go inside, according to prosecutors.

They said Valparaiso police found her inside, two televisions in the back yard and the smell of burning marijuana in the home, and officers found Talley and Michael J. Daunora walking nearby. Daunora is set to appear in court May 9 on a burglary charge.

The resident, Joshua Scott , faces two marijuana-related felony charges because police got a search warrant and found marijuana in the home.

Guilty plea in child molesting case

A resident of Lake of the Four Seasons pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting a 10-year-old child whom he was he was baby-sitting last year.

Under the plea deal, Daniel S. Policiccho, 22, would spend a year in prison and four years on probation. His sentencing is scheduled for April 22.

The incidents happened between Aug. 1 and Sept. 26, according to prosecutors.

They said the child had accused Policiccho of improper sexual touching the year before when they lived in Merrillville, but no charges were filed then.



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