Law and Order Lake County
December 3, 2012 2:32PM
Updated: December 3, 2012 5:21PM
Sex assault at gov’t center reported
Lake County police are investigating the sexual assault of a woman who said she was attacked by a county employee while performing community service at the Lake County Government Center Nov. 14.
County police spokesperson Patricia Van Til released no other information about the incident on Monday afternoon.
Isom jury is up to eight members
Eight jurors have been chosen to serve in the death penalty trial of a Gary man accused of killing his wife and two stepchildren.
One additional juror was chosen Monday, the sixth day of formal questioning for jurors who will hear evidence in the trial for Kevin Charles Isom, 46, who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his wife, Cassandra Isom, 40, and her two children, Michael Moore, 16, and Ci’Andria Cole, 13. Isom also is charged with four counts of attempted murder involving Gary police officers who were called to the family’s apartment in the Miller section in August 2007.
The trial before Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. is scheduled to begin Jan. 7. Isom’s first trial ended in mistrial in March when there was an inadequate number of jurors to complete the panel of 12.
Deputy prosecutors David Urbanski and Michelle Jatkiewicz and defense attorneys Herbert Shaps and Casey McCloskey, who are questioning potential jurors with the judge, will select four alternates.
The court held a rare Saturday hearing to conduct an evidentiary deposition of a witness who will be unavailable during trial.
Work release for apartment burglary
A Dolton, Ill., man was sentenced Monday to four years and ordered to pay $1,350 in restitution for burglarizing a Hammond apartment.
James Matthew Gary, 32, admitted he burglarized a neighbor’s apartment on March 15 in the 40 block of Elizabeth Street after breaking through a back door. He stole comic books and DVDs.
Gary will serve two years in Lake County Community Corrections Kimbrough Work Program, and the remaining two years of his sentence will be served on probation.
A burglary charge punishable by six to 20 years was dismissed.
Five years for attack on father
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Hammond man to five years in prison for an assault that severely injured his father.
Thomas E. Stevens, 52, admitted he struck John Stevens with a heavy wooden tray as the older man was watching television on May 31 at his home, hitting him on the head and body until John Stevens fell down and lost consciousness.
When he regained consciousness, John Stevens dialed 911 and was taken to Community Hospital in Munster and later to Christ Advocate Hospital in Illinois. The elder Stevens suffered bleeding on the brain, cuts and bruises to his head, a swollen ear, cut on his arm and broken ribs.
The plea agreement capped Thomas Stevens’ sentence at five years, and Murray said that was an appropriate sentence for “a brutal beating without any provocation.”
Burglary, auto theft mean jail time
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Dolton, Ill., man to 11 years in prison for three counts of burglary and one count of auto theft.
Arturo Mazon, 25, admitted he burglarized three homes in Hammond on April 24, stealing jewelry from one residence, a DVD player and three watches and a credit card from the second residence. Hammond police caught Mazon inside the third residence where he was attempting to steal items.
In the auto theft case, Mazon took a 2005 Chevrolet Impala on March 2 from the 1400 block of Truman Avenue. The car was parked with his engine running outside a home.
Mazon had faced six to 20 years on the burglary charges. His plea agreement outlined an 11-year sentence on each of the charges and two years on the auto theft. The sentences will be served concurrently.