Law and Order Lake County
February 26, 2013 5:50PM
2 charged for stealing game systems
A burglary charge has been filed in Lake Superior Court against two people accused of breaking into a Hammond home in November and stealing and pawning game systems.
Janice Michelle Dunn, 41, of the 5200 block of Hohman Avenue, and Lumer Foxworth III, 37, of the 3900 block of Alder Street, East Chicago, are charged in a Nov. 16 burglary of a home in the 4800 block of Oak Avenue.
The homeowner said when she returned home from work around 2:30 p.m., she discovered the door slightly open and damage to the locks. Missing items included an Xbox 360 system, a Wii system, some Xbox games and a blue blanket.
Police discovered the Nintendo Wii game system had been pawned by a person who identified himself as Foxworth at EZ Pawn in Hammond. In a statement to police, Foxworth admitted he pawned the other game system at another pawn shop in Hammond.
The charge is punishable by a sentence of six to 20 years.
Man sentenced to three years for battery
An East Chicago man was sentenced Tuesday to three years for battery.
Gary Deonte Walton, 26, admitted he shot Dominic Dwaun Lynch in the leg on Nov. 5. 2011, during a fight at an apartment in the 3900 block of Alder Street in East Chicago.
Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced Walton to serve six months in custody, and placed Walton on probation for the remaining 30 months. The sentence was outlined in the plea agreement.
Prosecutors also dismissed a separate case in which Walton was charged with attempted murder stemming from a Nov. 15 incident in the 3700 block of Deodar Street, East Chicago, in which more than 20 shots were fired at an apartment building.
Defense attorney Mark Gruenhagen said the state would have had a difficult time proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt.