Updated: December 3, 2012 9:06PM
Two stabbed at bar closing time brawl
Two people were caught in a brawl and suffered stab wounds as the Blue Room closed early Monday,
Sheila Wiggins, 35, and Jermell Anderson, 26, both of Gary, told police they were at the bar about 3:45 a.m. when a large fight began.
Wiggins said she tried to get out of the way, but her purse strap became tangled with a man’s arm, then she realized she been stabbed in the buttocks.
Anderson said he left during the fight and was outside the bar when he discovered blood on his shirt. Both victims were treated at The Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus for their wounds. Lt. Del Stout is investigating the stabbings. Anyone with information can call him at 881-7439.
Man admits killing before trial begins
On the day his murder trial was scheduled to begin, a Gary man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a February homicide in Gary.
Carlos Lamonte Minor, 33, admitted he killed David Norwood on Feb. 1 in front of Norwood’s home in the 5200 block of East 13th Avenue. Norwood confronted Minor about insults Minor had made to Norwood earlier in the day. Norwood opened the door of the sport utility vehicle in which Minor was seated, and a verbal and physical altercation ensued in which Norwood was killed. The probable cause affidavit indicates Norwood, 28, was shot several times in the face.
The plea agreement sets 12 years as a maximum sentence Minor can receive in the case on the class B felony charge, which is punishable by six to 20 years.
Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell scheduled a Jan. 22 sentencing hearing. Prosecutors will ask the judge to dismiss the murder charge, which is punishable by 45 to 65 years.
Man out of court, and right back in
A Chicago man left Gary City Court Monday morning owing a fine for driving without a valid license, but was back with a new charge before noon.
Cpl. Richard Pratt stopped Lonnie McMullen, 35, as McMullen drove away from the Public Safety Facility. Pratt arrested him.
Court referee Itsia Rivera asked McMullen why he decided to drive.
“I had to come to court. It was a decision I had to make,” he said. “No excuses. I know I broke the law.”
No license charge dropped quickly
Court referee Itsia Rivera read Yessica Joseph’s arrest report and immediately dismissed a charge of failing to have a driver’s license in her possession.
Joseph, 24, of Chicago, was the passenger in a car Patrolman Shakia Shelton stopped Sunday in the 3500 block of E. 15th Avenue.
The driver did not have a license, the report states.
Joseph pleaded not guilty to false reporting. Her trial is set for March 4. Rivera set bail at $100 cash.
Judge lectures mother, daughter
A mother and daughter who appeared to be playing “keep away” in Gary City Court waited for their hearing in lockup after court referee Itsia Rivera ordered them taken into custody.
When Judy Jemison, 60, and her daughter, Jaleah, 30, returned to the courtroom, Rivera delivered a stern lecture.
“I don’t know what was going on, but that conduct was absolutely, totally disrespectful,” she said. Rivera saw the mother chasing her daughter around the courtroom while Rivera conducted business from the bench.
“If you act up, I will send you to the Lake County Jail,” she warned.
Judy Jemison testified against Pamela Hunter, 32, charged with battery and criminal mischief.
Hunter and Jaleah Jemison have been feuding more than a year and obtained protective orders against each other
On July 26, Hunter and Judy Jemison had a confrontation and Hunter spit on Jemison. Then Hunter broke out Jemison’s car window, Jemison testified. She could not, however, identify the item used to break glass.
Rivera acquitted Hunter of mischief and ordered her to pay $200 plus court costs on the battery conviction. She ordered Hunter to avoid contact with Jemison for two years.