1. Trust me Dream, I am very educated on addiction and root causes. Ryan needed to get help years and years ago. There are plenty of places to go if someone cannot afford to pay their way through rehab. There is no need to feel bad for me, I know how I am. John was absolutely not the type of person whom would have even touched heroin, unless somehow the junkie living with him helped. If Ryan is such a wonderful person who was trying to get "clean" what was he doing with a needle? Perhaps cross stitch? I doubt it. Ryan has never been a saint. Family and friends of John all know how he was. Ryan on the other hand obviously couldn't rely on family. I'm sure the rest of his user friends couldn't help him either. The guy is on a downward spiral, it's time for him to burn out. The guy is 30 years old, never really had any legitimate employment, never tried to be a productive member of society (Unless you count keeping police and jail staff busy with job security) and really has never shown to what I have seen any real want to get clean.

    The last time I saw Ryan he was so strung out he had no clue what he was doing. It's unfortunate that someone like John will ultimately end up being slandered due to an act of kindness on his part. With any luck justice will come to the family of John. Any friend of his (John) can attest to the kind of person he was. He was trying to help someone that clearly cannot be helped. John will be remembered for the person we all knew, not some supposed drug user that the coroner labeled him to be. And to let you know, there are many many people who feel the same way I do. I've known John and many of his friends for years and years. Trust me we all feel the same way.
    March 13, 2013 7:59 pm on Porter County coroner: Suspected heroin-related deaths on the rise
  2. Hey Chef, you say you know Ryan personally? So you should also know that this reject has been in some sort of trouble since he was old enough to know better? Ryan is a sad case of someone whom should have been on the other end of this article. Unfortunately Ryan is still among the living, while the friends and family of John mourn the loss of a loved one. If Ryan was truly trying to "fight his addiction" he wouldn't have been living on the streets until John took him in (Out of the kindness of his heart mind you) It pains me to see such a kind person be labeled as a "Junkie" over some scumbag who could never get it together. Ryan is no more than a user, thief, liar, and now an accomplice to a death. I pray the justice system does something, so as frontier justice doesn't have to come into play. With any luck Ryan will finally find that dirty needle he so desperately deserves.
    March 13, 2013 12:37 am on Porter County coroner: Suspected heroin-related deaths on the rise
  3. Sorry buttercup you are the ignorant one. Ryan is the problem, let him struggle with heroin in a nice quaint prison cell.
    March 12, 2013 9:30 pm on Porter County coroner: Suspected heroin-related deaths on the rise
  4. And Rob you nailed it. John was not a user, might have been a bit of a goof ball from time to time. I will blame that on Mountain Dew and sugar though. Herring will get what he deserves.
    March 12, 2013 9:18 pm on Porter County coroner: Suspected heroin-related deaths on the rise
  5. Again Ryan is trash! John should be considered a saint for even letting a derelict like Ryan stay in the same home.
    March 12, 2013 9:16 pm on Porter County coroner: Suspected heroin-related deaths on the rise
  6. Look I also know both of them. Ryan has been a scum bag since high school. He was a doper then and look how times have changed. If for some reason there are drugs found in Johns system, you can bet Herring put them there. Ryan should have been euthanized years ago, this tragedy could have been avoided. And don't even try to argue your statement, Ryan is trash plain and simple. From what I have read you are probably a family member. If that's the case I pity you. People like Ryan should not be allowed to walk the streets. Him and all of his buddies should all be in line for prison.
    March 12, 2013 9:14 pm on Porter County coroner: Suspected heroin-related deaths on the rise
  7. Much credit to Valpo showing up and managing yet again to put on a professional show. Unfortunately for me I had to see the Town of Hebron in all its splendid glory. I will give Hebron credit for trying (Failing miserably) at the National Night Out. I decided I would take my kids to the park in Hebron to see what it was all about. I got lucky enough to see a police officer covered in what looked like jailhouse tattoos, wearing guages in his/her ears (not sure). Way to set an example, if I wanted to see a joke I would have went to the comedy club.
    August 08, 2012 10:25 am on Valpo residents, police team up against crime
  8. Get the show on the road! I cant wait for BG football!
    August 08, 2012 10:06 am on Boone Grove football program growing bigger, stronger
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