Law and Order Lake County
October 4, 2012 4:46PM
Updated: October 4, 2012 8:09PM
Burglar may have taken items
Police are investigating a burglary in the 300 block of North Ernest Street. The homeowner discovered items out of place at about 3:35 p.m. Wednesday and called police, who discovered a broken rear window which had been unlocked. A pillowcase was missing from the master bedroom and it appeared costume jewelry with little value was missing. The owner was in the process of determining what else may have been stolen.
Girlfriend charged for role in killing
The girlfriend of a Calumet Township man sentenced Wednesday to 33 years in prison for a 2009 pickax murder has been charged in Lake Superior Court with assisting a criminal.
Andrea Michelle Elliott, 34, of Highland, was arrested on probable cause on the charge immediately after Calvin J. Peacock’s sentencing hearing before Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.
Peacock, 32, admitted he struck Kevin Sperry in the head with a pickax after becoming angry that Sperry had stolen and sold a shotgun that Peacock’s grandfather had given to Peacock. Sperry was killed in October 2009 and dismembered. His bones were later found buried in the backyard of the home Peacock owned at 3953 Calhoun St.
On April 26, Elliott came forward to Indiana State Police, signed a waiver of her constitutional rights and gave a statement in which she implicated Peacock in the killing and outlined her role. She told police Peacock was extremely drunk and became angry that Sperry, described as a transient, had stolen the prized shotgun and sold it.
Elliott told police Peacock threatened to kill her if she didn’t help him dispose of the body and clean up the blood. The probable cause affidavit indicates Elliott had reported two incidents of domestic violence involving Peacock, in April 2011 and in March 2012.
The charge is a class C felony, which is punishable by a sentence of two to eight years in prison.
Trio arrested for defacing transit property
Three Calumet City, Ill., residents were arrested for posting anarchist and white supremacist flyers Wednesday night at the Hegewisch South Shore Station.
William Conti Jr, 61; his daughter Lauren Conti, 32; and her husband Robert Roy, 23; were charged with misdemeanor criminal defacement of perty and criminal trespass to state supported land.
Around 7:25 p.m., NICTD Transit Police Officer Charlie Mathewson stopped three people who said they were posting garage sale flyers. He quickly discovered that they were gluing obscenity-laden signs to transit property that were directed at whoever was tearing down their professionally printed signs. The signs promoted their beliefs, and they also possessed literature of anarchist and racist groups called the Burnside Bums and Hegewisch Vagabonds.
The trio was jailed at the Chicago Police Department’s Fourth District Headquarters and have a Nov. 7 court date.