Kettle thief charged with robbery
A convicted sex offender who stole a Salvation Army donation bucket form in front of a Walgreens at has been charged with robbery, a class C felony.
According to documents filed with Lake County Superior Court, Tolin Brown, 46, of 453 Marshall St. came up to Stanley Fields of the Salvation Army, Monday, Dec. 7, looked at the collection bucket and said he needed it. He grabbed the bucket and warned Fields he had a gun, but did not show him the weapon.
Fields told the security guard in the store that Brown was stealing the money. The security guard pursued Brown as he headed south. Brown turned and said, “I have a gun, I’ll shoot,” but still didn’t pull a weapon.
Patrolman Tommie Tatum said the guard grabbed Brown and was holding him down when police arrived.
The bucket and money were returned to the front of the store.
Man came in through home’s window
A man allegedly forced his way into a house in the 5000 block of West 19th Avenue in Gary, and now faces residential entry, a Class D felony, interfering with reporting a crime, a Class A felony, and battery, a Class B felony.
Tracy Earl Baker came to the residence of the mother of his child, and started kicking the door, according to Detective Shauna Poirier-Peter of the Gary Police Department.
Baker then entered the front window after trying to enter a second floor window. He opened the unlocked window, ripped the screen out, then closed the window behind him. The resident tried to have Baker leave, but he refused. He went upstairs then came back down.
The resident opened the door and twice asked him to leave, when he stepped out. While standing in the door, Baker tried to take her phone, and hit her in the left cheek and ripped her shirt.
Police noticed a fifth of gin laying in the grass after the arrest, and were told that Baker had sent text messages and voice mails with threats about the resident’s boyfriend staying at the house around Baker’s child.
Warrant set for accused dogfighter
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez issued a warrant for a Gary man facing 41 charges stemming from allegations he ran an dogfighting operation.
Vasquez granted the request for a bench warrant for Juble Nathan Hairston, 34, of the 900 block of Willard Street, and allowed Hairston’s attorney to withdraw his representation. Hairston also listed an address of 3234 W. 22nd Ave., Gary.
Defense attorney Thomas Vanes said he has had no contact with Hairston since September and indicated in his motion to the judge that the attorney-client relationship had deteriorated.
Vasquez said he would cancel Hairston’s jury trial, set for April 15, and hold Hairston without bail after he’s arrested.
Hairston was charged in September 2011 with promoting or staging an animal fighting contest, using an animal in a fighting contest, purchasing or possessing an animal for an animal fighting contest and 19 counts of animal cruelty. Authorities allege Hairston held dogfights between Jan. 1 and July 7, 2011, at a residence and detached garage near another residence at the Willard Street address.