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Updated: March 15, 2012 5:40PM



Crown Point

Probation given for sex with teen

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Crown Point man to three years on probation and 540 hours of community service for sexual misconduct with a minor.

Rodrigo Gonzalez, 21, admitted he knew the girl was 15 when he engaged in sexual activity from May to June 2011 in Crown Point.

Gonzalez also admitted he and three other people broke into a car and stole jeans, sun block, and a designer purse, wallet and bag on April 13 near Deertail Drive and Beiriger Drive in Dyer.

The girl’s mother, who came home and discovered Gonzalez with her daughter at lunch time, said in a letter that Gonzalez took advantage of the teen during a vulnerable time in her life. The girl told the judge she didn’t want to see Gonzalez go to jail.

Gonzalez had faced from six to 20 years on the original charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, which were dismissed under terms of his plea agreement.

Habitual traffic offender sentenced

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell imposed nearly three years for a habitual traffic offender who fled an accident scene in Crown Point on Sept. 15.

Boswell said she was “thoroughly disappointed” in Danny Ramos Jr., 23, who pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor counts Feb. 3 without a plea agreement.

Ramos’ mother told the judge her son was grieving his father’s death in 2008 of cancer and his 19-year-old brother’s death in a drunken driving crash and has matured significantly since his latest arrest.

Defense attorney Shane O’Donnell argued that Ramos deserves another chance and sought a misdemeanor conviction so Ramos could have his driver’s license reinstated at age 32.

Deputy prosecutor Michael Haynes noted Ramos has had four straight years with a major traffic violation in seeking an alternative sentence.

Boswell imposed two years in Lake County Community Corrections for the habitual traffic count and 60 days for misdemeanor failure of duty. Ramos also must serve 300 days for a probation revocation. Boswell ruled out reducing the felony conviction to a misdemeanor.

SCHERERVILLE

Police find drugs in pair of cases

A man was arrested March 7 after police caught him with unprescribed Vicodin pills, according to Schererville police. Jake Rosinko now faces one charge of possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony. Police discovered the drugs during a traffic stop.

A Schererville resident faces one count of possession of a controlled substance after she was caught with heroin on Jan. 9, according to Schererville police. Police had responded to a call of a possible drug overdose in the 2400 block of Venice Drive. While there, they discovered a bag with white residue in it. Yiannis G. Sakelaris, a resident of the address, was charged Tuesday in connection with it, according to police.

MERRILLVILLE

Man arrested on battery charge

A 35-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning on a preliminary battery charge after police responded to a call in the 1700 block of West 57th Avenue in Merrillville.

According to records, police were called to the victim’s residence at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, and they arrested Alec Jamaal Johnson.

Hammond

Beating in alley earns 18 months

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Hammond man to 18 months for criminal recklessness.

Marcus Depre Lamar McCullum, 20, admitted he attacked Jerry Shelton by hitting him in the head several times on July 13 in an alley near the 6700 block of Nebraska Street, Hammond. Shelton lost consciousness for 15 to 20 seconds and had a “goose egg” from his head. He continues to suffer from headaches.

Prosecutors dropped charges of attempted robbery, punishable by six to 20 years, and misdemeanor battery.

Gary

Woman robbed wants restitution

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Gary woman to three years in Lake County Community Corrections female work program for burglarizing a Gary home.

Loleta J. Henson, 26, admitted she and co-defendant Montrell Triplett broke into the home and removed a flat-screen TV, box of pennies and jewelry box and stashed them in an abandoned building with an idea of selling them later on April 4, 2011 in 1000 block of Hamilton Place.

The owner, Carol McQueary, 64, said she still works part-time despite health problems and wanted $202 in restitution for the damage caused to her door when Triplett kicked it in. McQueary said she’s had to take off work to attend court hearings and felt Henson had a “cocky attitude” when she was captured red-handed after a neighbor called police.

Henson apologized to the woman.

Boswell also ordered Henson to spent one year on probation.

Triplett, 25, of Gary, was sentenced to six years, with five years ordered served in Lake County Community Corrections Kimbrough Work Program and one year suspended and served on probation.



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