Law and Order Gary
August 22, 2012 4:56PM
Linda Martin who was strangled in Gary in 1979. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: September 24, 2012 7:47AM
1979 homicide almost solved
Lake County police say they are close to solving a 33-year-old homicide that occurred here.
Linda Carol Martin was strangled to death Feb. 21, 1979, after she left the Playboy Lounge at 11th Avenue and Taft Street.
Her body was found near 23rd Avenue and Rutledge Street in the Small Farms area hours later.
Deputy Cmdr. Rob Arnold said Detective Matt Eaton has an “unnamed person of interest,” but needs the public’s help with some additional information before he can obtain criminal charges.
Anyone with information can call Eaton at 755-3356.
Car wash worker took camera
An employee of a Miller car wash has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing a digital camera from a customer’s van.
Video surveillance at Quality Car Wash, 4680 E. U.S. 20, shows Romel Brown, 33, of 1736 Maryland St., taking something from the back seat of a van at the business
The business owner said Brown was a dryer and should not have been inside the van, the probable cause affidavit states.
Brown admitted to Sgt. Brian Farrow that he took the camera and sold it. An arrest warrant has been issued for Brown.
Why no license? Driver’s blind
Jarmal Sain’s driving caught Patrolman Kwata Osborne’s attention Tuesday, and he stopped the 38-year-old Gary man near 19th Avenue and Burr Street.
Sain did not have a driver’s license or insurance and was not wearing a seat belt.
Sain appeared in Gary City Court on Wednesday. Judge Deidre Monroe asked him why he didn’t have a license.
“I’m blind in one eye and have only 25 percent in the other,” Sain said. He said he was on his way to get his 7-year-old daughter.
“I don’t want to hear about anyone blind driving,” the judge told him. She issued a $316 fine.