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Judge won’t take plea from man

Arcine Cook, 49, tried to plead guilty to a charge of public intoxication for an arrest in August, 2011.

But when Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe asked him to describe what happened, he said, “I don’t remember.”

Cook was arrested Tuesday night on a warrant for failing to appear on the charge. Cmdr. Kerry Rice responded to reports of a suspicious person in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street and found Cook.

Patrolmen Tommie Tatum drove Cook to the police station, where he threatened to kill Tatum, the arrest report states.

Cook, who appeared in court wearing socks but no shoes, said he missed court because he was sick.

His trial is set for Feb. 20.

Woman loitering outside bar had pot

Police arrested a Merrillville woman they saw loitering outside Ms. Lees Lounge Tuesday night.

Jasmine Hill, 20, pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana.

Patrolmen Greg Tatum and Jeston Walker saw several people outside the club at 37th Avenue and Georgia Street, and when they checked later, they were still there, the arrest report states.

Police found 2.3 grams of marijuana in Hill’s pocked.

Her trial is set for Feb. 20.

Two burglaries net man seven years

A Gary man was sentenced to seven years in two separate burglary cases.

Walker Harris Jr., 56, admitted on April 8 and Oct. 10, 2011, he broke into two Gary residences by breaking windows to get inside.

Harris will serve half of his time in the Indiana Department of Correction, with the remainder served in Lake County Community Corrections.

Alternative program for 2 cases

A Gary man was sentenced to an alternative program and probation for attempted burglary and drunken driving.

Lawrence Martin Cunningham, 24, will serve two years in Lake County Community Corrections after police caught him Jan. 5 inside a building at 4689 Broadway in Gary with burglary tools nearby. Police were alerted to the break-in by a silent burglar alarm.

Cunningham also admitted to an operating while intoxicated charge after police found him at about 2 a.m. Dec. 30, 2011, asleep behind the wheel at U.S. 20 and Grant Street in Gary. Cunningham was placed on probation for one year and his license was suspended for a year in that case.

Charges of escape, theft, resisting law enforcement and criminal mischief were dismissed in the attempted burglary case, and theft, conversion and additional drunken driving charges were dropped in the second case.



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