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Updated: October 7, 2011 5:06PM



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Booze, gambling at seniors club raid

For the second time in less than a year, Indiana State Excise police raided a Midtown club serving alcohol without a license.

Thirteen people ranging in age from 50 to 87 years old who were inside the Gary Safe and Sound Senior Citizens Social Club Thursday night face criminal charges, excise Lt. Tim Cleveland said.

Jesse James Sturgis, 58, owner of the club at 2224 Broadway, was arrested and charged with serving alcohol without a permit and promoting professional gambling, the same charges filed against him after excise police hit the club Nov. 5.

Twelve others were charged with visiting a common nuisance, a misdemeanor. They are: Robert Cook, 74, Donald Dennie, 64, Donna English, 50, Squire Henderson, 70, Robert Jones, 75, Levi Keyes, 82, Eugene Lewis, 87, Charles Murray, 55, Lewis Palm Jr., 61, Bonita Parker, 55, and Joyce Williams, 60, all of Gary, and Christopher French, 55, of East Chicago.

Cleveland said police seized a craps table, beer and liquor during the raid.

Man admits taking officer’s taser

A 20-year-old Gary man faces a maximum 18-month sentence for resisting arrest in a Gary clothing store, plus another one year sentence for a probation violation.

Jamell Jaquan Brooks Jr., pleaded guilty to the class D felony count. He admitted that during a struggle with police, Cpl. Shauna Poirier-Peter tried to dry-stun Brooks using her Taser. Brooks tried to get the Taser away from Poirier-Peter, who suffered a wrist injury on May 10 at Citi-Trends Clothing. Police were trying to arrest Brooks on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

If Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez accepts the plea agreement on Nov. 4, a charge of disarming law enforcement, punishable by a maximum eight-year sentence, will be dismissed, along with other charges. Defense attorney Karen Coulis and deputy prosecutor Fred Moore will argue an appropriate sentence. The plea also spells out that Brooks’ conviction will remain a felony.

Brooks was on probation for residential entry at the time he was charged in the confrontation with police



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