Gary Law and Order
August 8, 2012 3:36PM
Updated: August 16, 2012 10:15AM
Two years for man who confined wife
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Gary man to two years in an alternative program for criminal confinement.
Barry DeShield Rogers told the judge he made a mistake and apologized to his wife, Sherry Lynn Brown Rogers. His wife told the judge she had forgiven her husband and said the 91 days he spent in jail was sufficient.
“We have moved on,” he said.
Rogers, 44, admitted he confined his wife, slapped her and prevented her from leaving their bedroom at about 3:15 a.m. Dec. 3 in the 700 block of Polk Street. Rogers was on parole at the time of the crime.
The prosecutor dismissed charges of burglary, a class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years, and stalking, a class B felony punishable by a sentence of six to 20 years, before the plea agreement was filed.
Rogers will serve his time in Lake County Community Corrections Kimbrough Work Program.
In June, Rogers came forward and provided a sworn statement in which he took responsibility for a 2009 shooting incident in Gary in which Gary defense attorney Jerry Peteet was charged with battery. Those charges were dropped, but in June, Peteet was indicted in Missouri on charges of racketeering, attempted murder in the aid of racketeering and witness tampering.
Peteet has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $20,000 bond.
Rogers admitted in a notarized statement that he shot Robert “Damn Fool” Taylor on May 28, 2009, outside the Diamond Center near the Gary RailCats Stadium.
Teen assaulted woman frequently
A Black Oak teen is scheduled to appear in Lake Superior Court Friday on multiple felony battery counts in connection with a series of assaults on a neighbor that began in May.
Kristina A. Beauchamp, 18, of 5940 W. 29th Ave., is charged with four counts of battery and two counts of criminal confinement.
The 22-year-old victim told Detective JerVean Gates the trouble began when she was riding her bike and passed a group of people walking in the middle of the street.
Later, she was confronted by Beauchamp and another person. Beauchamp pulled out the woman’s hair, knocked her down and started kicking her.
Another neighbor tried to intervene and has since “been harassed by Kristina and her friends,” the probable cause affidavit states.
The victim said she was assaulted again on July 15 by Beauchamp, who punched her in the face.
The victim has obtained a protective order against Beauchamp.
Customers complain about woman
Customers inside Church’s Chicken at 14th Avenue and Broadway called police Tuesday night to report “a white woman inside trying to fight a group of females.”
When Crime Suppression Unit members Cpl. Damon Bradshaw and Cpl. Donald Briggs arrived, the women said they called police “because they thought she was crazy,” the arrest report states.
Jesaka Cole, 32, of 1548 E. 44th Place, pleaded guilty to public intoxication in Gary City Court on Wednesday.
She told police she drank three beers, three shots of vodka and taken pain pills.
Judge Deidre Monroe asked Cole a few questions, then ordered a drug test.
“She looks like she’s on more than vodka,” the judge said.
Man came back to town, got arrested
A Lafayette man who returned to Gary to address some old court matters must serve a one-year sentence for his probation revocation.
Scott Hopkins, 42, told Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe he was arrested on his way to court.
Monroe reviewed his 2005 probation record that showed he failed to pay any fees or perform community service.
“He has to be sentenced,” Monroe said.
Drug test shows pot in man’s system
Just out of jail after serving six months, Calvin Howard appeared in Gary City Court Wednesday and tested positive for marijuana.
“So the first thing you decide is to go out and get a little smoke?” Judge Deidre Monroe asked Howard, 22.
“I forgot I had to come back,” Howard replied.
Howard has been arrested for possession of marijuana twice in four years, the latest Feb. 2, 2012.
Since then he was charged with trafficking with an inmate at the Lake County Jail and pleaded guilty in May.
Monroe sent Howard back to jail for one night and ordered him to return Aug. 29 to take another test.
“If you’re not clean then, you will serve the rest of your sentence,” she warned.