Partial power outage delays hearings in fatal hit-and-run

2012-07-24T12:00:00Z 2012-07-25T00:41:07Z Partial power outage delays hearings in fatal hit-and-runBy Bob Kasarda, (219) 548-4345

VALPARAISO | A partial power outage Tuesday morning delayed numerous hearings at the downtown courthouse, including several motions in the case of a Portage man accused of fleeing after a fatal crash.

Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper instructed attorneys for Reinaldo Figueroa III to work out an agreement with prosecutors on the most immediate of the concerns -- a request to allow Figueroa to travel to Monroe County on July 31 to attend an initial court hearing on accusations of possessing alcohol as a minor.

Figueroa had been participating in a deferral program for the offense stemming from an Indiana University football game in October, according to the request. The case was placed back on the court's active docket after Figueroa's arrest in Porter County.

Figueroa is charged in Porter County with striking and killing Frank Ivey, 22, of Valparaiso, on April 2 as Ivey rode his mo-ped on County Road 700 North near County Road 500 West in Portage Township.

Authorities accuse Figueroa of leaving Ivey in the road, where another driver ran him over and then called emergency officials.

The other pending motions in the case were rescheduled for Aug. 14.

Attorneys for Figueroa are seeking to delay the September trial because they have not received all the evidence.

They are also seeking to modify the terms of Figueroa's pretrial release so he can be out past his 6 p.m. curfew to train as a cook at a restaurant in Portage.

A hearing is also pending on allegations Figueroa violated the terms of his pretrial supervision just a few days after Harper agreed to lower his bond.

He left Porter County on May 13 to attend a church service in Tinley Park, Ill., according to Adult Probation Officer James Taylor.

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