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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



CEDAR LAKE

Two men accused of
molesting girl for 6 years

Two men are facing child molestation charges for allegedly abusing a girl for several years.

Michael A. Fulton, 42, is charged with three counts of child molestation, and one count of criminal deviate conduct, confinement and neglect of a dependent; the charges range from Class A felony to Class D felony.

Nicholas D. Fisher, 32, is charged with child molesting, a Class C felony.

In July 2010, the 13-year-old victim spoke to police about abuse that she had suffered at the hands of the two men for the past 6 years.

She told police that Fulton would take her to Deep River Waterpark, then molest her at her Cedar Lake home. She tried to scream, but Fulton told her that no one could hear her, and even if they did, no one would believe her. The girl said that Fulton has tattoos all over his body.

The girl told caseworkers she has been trying to protect her younger sister from abuse. She said she had reported the abuse in the past — including to her mother — but no one believed her.

The girl tried to block Fulton’s access to her room, but he came in and started rubbing her back, which made her feel disgusting.

The victim said that Fisher, who is friends with Fulton, has abused her as well. She told police that Fisher told her that if Fulton could be with her, then so could he.

Police bust 20-year-old for cocaine after traffic stop

A man was arrested after police found nearly a gram of cocaine in his car during a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

Daniel Lee Jones Jr., 20, is charged with possession of cocaine, a Class D felony.

Around 2:35 a.m., an officer saw a red Dodge Durango driving north on 133rd Place without its headlights on.

Police stopped the SUV, and the officer noticed that Jones was nervous and his hands were shaking.

Jones handed the officer his learner’s permit, which was suspended. The officer smelled marijuana, and observed small pieces of a green leafy substance and seeds on the floorboard and center console.

While waiting for a tow truck, police saw a small plastic bag with a white rocklike substance on the floorboard between the driver’s seat and the console. It tested positive for 0.09 grams of cocaine.

Man accused of trying
to fill fake prescriptions

The former chief deputy administrator at the Lake County Coroner’s Office was charged with trying to fill two prescriptions that he cobbled together for Lorcet and Valium on Feb. 8.

Jeffrey Ray Wells, 52, is charged with two counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, a Class D felony.

The man walked into the CVS Pharmacy and tried to get two prescriptions filled. The pharmacist told police that the prescriptions were fake.

The man admitted he had written some things on the prescription. The pharmacist called his doctor’s office, who told her that they had not written the prescription.

The pharmacist refused to fill the prescription or return the slips to Wells.

Wells was previously charged with prescription fraud last fall.

NORTHWEST INDIANA

Six accused of cashing fake checks at Walmart stores

Six Illinois residents have been charged in connection with a fraudulent check-cashing scheme at Walmart stores in Hammond and Hobart.

Lawanda Brooks, 19, of Chicago, was charged in Lake Superior Court with theft and earlier had been charged with forgery and check fraud.

Deanse P. Means, 24; Aaron C. Ross, 20; Marcellous A. Wilcoxon, 24; Jimmie Tony Williams, 26, all of Chicago; and Myryssa B. Melesio, 19, of Calumet Park, Ill., were charged with forgery; aiding, inducing or causing forgery, and attempted check fraud after they were stopped March 7 outside the Hobart store.

Authorities said six individuals came into the Hammond Walmart and Melesio and Williams presented fraudulent checks to cash for $1,600 to $1,700. A couple hours later, Melesio and Williams tried to cash checks at the Hobart store and were turned away.

Brooks allegedly cashed a bogus check March 7 at the Hammond store.



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