Law and Order Gary
October 1, 2012 4:54PM
Updated: October 1, 2012 11:24PM
2 women arrested in tussle at Denny’s
Police arrested two women outside Denny’s restaurant when they responded to a fight and found themselves targets.
Jawana Davis, 29, and Jaquayla Cousinard, 19, were arrested about 3 a.m. Sunday as Lt. Thomas Pawlak and Patrolman Franklin Peckler tried to separate the sparring women who had been told to leave the restaurant on Grant Street near the Borman expressway.
As Peckler, who was working security at the business, tried to pull the two women apart, Davis jumped on his back.
Cpl. Timothy Komoscar arrested Davis, who was charged with resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and battery on law enforcement.
She pleaded not guilty in Gary City Court Monday morning, claiming her sister was the offender.
Her attorney, Rinzer Williams, told the judge the women look similar.
Her trial is set for Jan. 14.
Convicted felon found guilty of driving without a license
A convicted felon whose bench trial was interrupted Monday when he continued to interrupt the judge was eventually found guilty of driving without a valid license.
Gary City Court Judge pro tem Itsia Rivera suspected Linn Smith, convicted in 1999 of reckless homicide, was drunk when he arrived at court, but he refused to a urine test.
“That’s your right,” Rivera said. “That means the court is going to base your credibility on what the court believes.”
Smith, 51, of 4183 Adams St., admitted he was driving when he was stopped for ignoring a stop sign.
He said he hasn’t been able to obtain a driver’s license “because I’m on a monitor.” He was charged in March with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
Rivera noted his license has been suspended since 2001.
“That’s 10 years. You haven’t been on a monitor for 10 years,” she said.
She sentenced Linn to 60 days in jail or a fine and costs of $364.
“I’ll pay it,” Smith said.
Woman accuses boyfriend of hurting her
A 27-year-old Ambridge woman said her live-in boyfriend burned her with a hot iron, threw a picture frame at her, then stabbed her with a barbecue fork during an argument at their home Saturday evening.
Shavoen Warren said her 30-year-old boyfriend fled before police arrived.
Detective Cpl. Jeff Hornyak is investigating.
Gun jams on senior citizen upset with roommate
An argument between a 35-year-old man and his 75-year-old roommate ended when the senior citizen pointed a loaded gun and tried to fire it.
Thomas Walker told police he asked his roommate, a stepuncle, if he could make a sandwich and the man said no. A later request was answered the same way.
When the victim then asked for a candy bar, the man met him on the stairs of their home in the 600 block of Johnson Street Sunday afternoon and pointed the gun.
The man pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed.
Walker fled the house, the police report states.
Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez is investigating the criminal recklessness.