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Updated: June 4, 2012 7:21PM



GARY

Gunmen claimed
to be policemen

Gunmen claiming to be police chased an east side man early Sunday, wounding him as he tried to flee and a second man who was in bed at a nearby home.

Darrell Martin, 36, said he was getting out of his car in the 2000 block of Kentucky Street about 3 a.m. when two men wearing masks ran toward him with guns.

The men shouted to Martin they were police officers and ordered him to stop, but Martin told Patrolman Daniel Perryman “they didn’t look like police,” Martin said, so he ran west to Ohio Street. He was shot in the upper leg.

Raefael Walker, 54, who lives on Ohio Street, said he was asleep when he heard shots and discovered he had been wounded in his thigh, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.

Martin knocked on a woman’s door, throwing his cash and phone toward the assailants as he sought refuge. The resident didn’t open her door until police arrived. She reported damage to her door and window from the incident, King said

Sgt. Larry Robertson is investigating the shooting.

Armed man robs Cricket phone store

A man with a gun robbed the Cricket store in Miller just before employees closed for business Saturday.

The man entered 5925 E. U.S. 20 about 4:30 p.m., pointed a gun and demanded money from two cash registers.

Detective Cpl. Jeff Hornyak is investigating the robbery. Anyone with information can call him at 881-7514.

Woman offers ride, gets stabbed

A woman told police she was stabbed in the face and arm Friday night after she offered a co-worker a ride.

Lakaisha Lockhart, 32, said she was leaving work and was at 3rd Avenue and Lake Street about 6 p.m. when she offered the man a ride. A woman walked up to her car and argued with the man and Lockhart noticed she had a knife. Lockhart tried to intervene and was injured.

The suspect is an ex-girlfriend of the man in Lockhart’s car, police said.

Man’s marriage is ‘four terrible years’

Michael Guyton, 60, arrested Sunday on domestic battery and possession of marijuana charges, appeared in Gary City Court Monday and told Judge Pro Tem Itsia Rivera he’d been married “four terrible years.”

His wife, Yolanda Guyton, 56, told Patrolman George Dickerson that her husband was angry about something her daughter said and demanded an apology.

He threatened to “break every bone in her body,” the arrest report states. Dickerson said when he arrived, she was shaking and crying.

Patrolman Burton Hulse found marijuana on a bed at Guyton’s Glen Park home.

Guyton pleaded not guilty. Rivera ordered him to stay away from his wife while the case is pending and set his bail at $500 cash.

Work release for man who shot teen

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Gary man to three years in the sheriff’s work release program for battery after he admitted he wounded a 13-year-old boy in the leg.

Kenneth J. Talbert, 24, who pleaded guilty to battery, told the judge he was sorry for his actions.

The boy’s mother, Katricia Cox, said her son used to enjoy martial arts and basketball, but now he can’t because his leg aches from the injury. In addition, her son has trust issues.

Talbert was playing basketball in the street with the teen and others on June 22 near 6th Avenue and Mount Street in Gary. After the game concluded, Talbert and two other people were involved in an altercation. Talbert grabbed his pistol and fired into a group that included the victim. The boy’s younger siblings were present.

Cox said the family moved from Gary to Chicago after the shooting.

Murray imposed a four-year sentence and ordered one year suspended and served on probation.

Hammond

Alternative sentence for burglary

A Hammond man was sentenced to an alternative program and probation for burglary.

Robert Lee Tyson, 20, admitted he kicked in a back door to get inside a building Nov. 20, 2010, in the 1600 block of 174th Street, Hammond, with the plan to steal items from the owner.

Tyson was ordered to serve three years in Lake County Community Corrections, followed by one year on probation.

GRIFFITH

Cricket employee robbed in store

Police are investigating a robbery at Cricket Wireless, 1085 E. Ridge Road.

An employee told police a man asked about a cell phone at about 12:18 p.m. Saturday. When she asked for the man’s identification, he walked around the counter and grabbed her purse. She fought back, and the man removed her keys and wallet from the purse before he ran. The woman noticed a second person standing outside as the man ran toward Glenwood Avenue.

The employee told officers the same man came inside the store about 10 minutes before the robbery, looked around and left.

The employee and a second witness said the man was about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin to medium build and cornrows or dreadlocks.

MERRILLVILLE

Man arrested
after hiding in trash receptacle

A Merrillville man was arrested early Sunday morning after trying to run from police and hide in a garbage bin, according to police.

Dexter Lacey Hoskins III, 20, now faces charges of resisting law enforcement, battery on law enforcement, possession of marijuana and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.

According to police, an officer stopped the car Hoskins was driving around 1:26 a.m. Sunday near the Red Roof Inn in the 8200 block of Georgia Street. After smelling a strong odor of marijuana, the officer had Hoskins sit on the curb while he attended to the passenger, Mariah Cheron Turner, 19, of Merrillville, and search the car. However, Hoskins took off running, according to police.

Police, with the help of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, eventually found him hiding in a nearby garbage receptacle. Turner, who was wandering the parking lot when they returned and at first tried to give police false information about herself, was charged with false informing.

VALPARAISO

Fireworks rules
to be enforced

The Valparaiso Police Department issued a notice to remind residents the city’s fireworks ordinance will be enforced.

The rules prohibit consumer fireworks except from June 29 to July 9. On those dates, fireworks can be discharged only between 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset, with expanded hours of 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

No one under 18 is to use fireworks in the city limits without a parent or legal guardian present and supervising.

The penalty is $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second and $100 for the third.



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