GARY

Arguing teens
made up in jail

Two Glen Park teens arrested Sunday when police broke up their fight for the second time appeared in Gary City Court on Monday.

Laranda Jones, 18, said she and Bianca McCray, 18, argued over “he said, she said,” but couldn’t give court referee Itsia Rivera any specifics about the disagreement.

Jones said she and McCray had talked while locked in adjacent jail cells and agreed they could be friends.

Rivera released Jones on her own recognizance.

McCray’s mother told Rivera her daughter had left her baby with a stranger and that she was trying to get custody of the child.

Rivera said she didn’t understand why the young women continued to argue and fight in front of police officers. “It bothers me that you disregard the police,” she said.

After listening to McCray’s account, Rivera set her bail at $200 cash and suggested that her mother not post her bail.

Trial for both women, charged with two counts each of disorderly conduct, is set for June 17.

Chicago man admits
store robbery

A Chicago man faces six to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

Reginald Binion, 21, admitted he and a co-defendant tried to rob a convenience store on Oct. 31, 2011, at 440 N. Lake St., Gary. Binion and the man put a handgun to Ahamad Ghouleh’s head, threatened to shoot him and demanded cash. Two other store employees also were held at gunpoint.

The owner feared for his life because he recognized Binion as a store patron. Neither Binion nor co-defendant Floyd Spencer were wearing masks or attempting to conceal their identities.

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray scheduled a March 11 sentencing hearing during which defense attorney Roxanne Mendez Johnson and deputy prosecutor Aleksandra Dimitrijevic will argue an appropriate sentence.

The plea agreement calls for dismissal of the original attempted murder charge, which is punishable by 20 to 50 years.

Spencer, 22, has pleaded not guilty. His next court date is Feb. 20.

Man let go when
report has issues

Gary City Court referee Itsia Rivera dismissed criminal trespass charges against Charles Smith, 61, on Monday, saying the arrest report and charging information were “defective.”

Patrolmen Isiah Price and Jamal Milton arrested Smith April 23, 2011, inside a vacant house. Court records show the incident at 1823 and 2318 Mississippi St. Other pertinent facts were not included, Rivera said.

Smith was allowed to leave, but told the charges could be refiled.

Witness described
burglars clothes

Two men arrested near the scene of a burglary in Brunswick last month have been charged with burglary, residential entry and theft.

Jirrel Dotson, 20, of 3309 W. 19th Ave., and Emmanuel Powell, 18, of 365 Clark Road, were wearing clothing described by witnesses as suspects seen carrying a flat-screen television in the 300 block of Matthews Street Jan. 29.

Patrolmen Jamaal Joseph and Isiah Price located the suspected and recovered a television remote and a loaded handgun, along with personal documents belonging to the victims.

Both men admitted to Sgt. Brian Farrow they broke into the house and stole items, including a television and handgun.

Charged for attack on ex-boyfriend

Mario Tolbert, 27, is charged with felony battery by means of deadly weapon, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, criminal confinement and criminal mischief for an incident at his mother’s home Jan. 15.

Tolbert’s ex-boyfriend told Detective JerVean Gates he was playing cards and drinking at the woman’s house when Tolbert became angry and struck his face, breaking his glasses, then hitting him with a metal tray, the probable cause affidavit states.

Tolbert hit the man several times and locked him in a room before the victim could escape, court records state.