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Gary man’s act below the belt for cops

Updated: January 14, 2013 7:25AM



GARY — For police, Maurice Donelson’s fashion statement said, “Arrest me.”

Donelson, 19, was in Gary City Court Wednesday morning with Anthea Terrell, who was scheduled to go on trial for battery.

As court referee Itsia Rivera proceeded through cases, Donelson stood up from his seat near the back of the room, pulled up his shirt, pulled down his jeans and adjusted the belt about mid-thigh, exposing his blue and white underwear.

Cpl. Debbie Walden, who works in the courtroom, quickly approached Donelson and told him he would have to get his pants up around his waist.

She escorted him into the hallway and reminded him of the posted dress code requirements for the courtroom. “That’s some b---s---,” he shouted.

Walden told him she would arrest him, which made Donelson angry and argumentative. He tried to return to his seat when Patrolmen Jamal Milton and Jamaal Joseph joined Walden and began walking him toward the jail door. He struggled with officers as they took him into custody, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

Terrell, 27, was found guilty of battery after she admitted during her testimony that she struck her former friend and roommate, LaShaundria Jones, 22.

Terrell said Jones lived with her for a while and owed her $250. The women had argued over the debt Feb. 2, then Terrell punched Jones in the face.

Before she was sentenced, Terrell said she was having financial problems and needed the money to help her five children. She said she doesn’t receive child support and told Rivera she doesn’t communicate with any of her children’s fathers, who are “all in jail.”

Rivera told the unemployed Terrell, who is pregnant now, not to loan money that her children need. Rivera sentenced her to complete anger management classes and serve 40 hours of community service.

Terrell and Donelson live at the same address in Glen Park.



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