Law and Order Lake County
October 26, 2012 4:10PM
Updated: November 28, 2012 6:09AM
Mom drives with kids loose in car
A Hammond woman has been charged with two counts of neglect after police said she was driving on Tuesday with the children unsecured in car seats.
Katie Melissa Lendi, 34, pulled onto the lawn at a high rate of speed while attempting to turn into the driveway in the 6900 block of Knickerbocker Parkway in Hammond. Lendi’s husband saw his 3-year-old standing in the front seat and his 2-year-old was in the back seat.
Lendi was unstable on her feet, her speech was slurred and her clothes were in disarray and dirty, the probable cause affidavit states.
Lendi’s husband found an open mini-bottle of wine in the center console and told police the car reeked of booze. A blood test showed a score of .18 percent.
The charges are punishable by a sentence of six months to three years.
Man accused of sex with 13-year-old
A Crown Point man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with six counts of child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor.
Richard James Kalecki, 46, is charged with having sex with a girl beginning in December 2010 when the child was 13 years old. The girl told police Kalecki also fondled her.
The girl told police the sexual abuse continued until March and that Kalecki photographed the girl and recorded their sexual encounters.
The charges are punishable by maximum 50-year sentence.
Gas station robbery nets man 8 years
Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced a Gary man to eight years in prison for robbery.
Jason Eugene Ballard, 20, admitted he and two other individuals robbed an employee at gunpoint at Speedway at U.S. 30 and Colorado Street in Hobart and stole money from the cash register. The holdup occurred on June 7, 2011.
Ballard’s plea agreement outlined the eight-year sentence. He had faced six to 20 years on the charge.