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Updated: February 27, 2013 4:28PM



Gary

Battery victim claims no injury

Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe rejected a plea agreement Wednesday when the alleged victim of the domestic battery said her live-in boyfriend didn’t hurt her.

Cpl. Brock Brnicky and Patrolman Henry Waddell arrested James V. Ballard, 48, on Jan. 23 at the Lakeshore Dunes apartment he shares with his 55-year-old girlfriend.

Police noted the woman had a bloody finger that showed bite marks.

But in court on Wednesday, the victim told the judge she scratched her finger on his coat.

Lake County deputy prosecutor Joan Kouros said, “the officer saw the injury” and added that the victim could be charged with making a false report.

The trial is set for April 3. Ballard is still in jail, being held on $1,000 cash bond but could be placed on a home monitor.

Ballard served a six-year prison term after being convicted of child molesting.

The Lake County sex offender registry shows his home address in Glen Park, not the Miller apartment where he was arrested.

Employee shot making delivery

An employee for City Wrap, 3712 Grant St., was shot in the neck Tuesday night as he left the business to make a delivery, police said.

Jerry Fields Jr., 42, told Patrolman Louis Hudson that he obained permission from his manager to use his car to make the delivery, but her ex-boyfriend approached him and ordered him to get out of the car, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.

The victim said that after he refused to get out of the manager’s car, the man shot at him twice, striking him in the neck.

Merrillville police arrested Willie Miller, 54, a Merrillville resident, who is being held facing charges of attempted murder, assault with a firearm and criminal recklessness.

Detective Lorenzo Davis is investigating the shooting.

Hammond man took ex’s delivery

A 32-year-old Hammond man is charged with theft after allegedly intercepting a delivery intended for his ex-girlfriend.

Blake Donaldson signed for receipt of a cell phone delivered to the woman’s old address shortly after she moved.

The victim also told Detective JerVean Gates that Donaldson used her benefits card to buy groceries in November, the probable cause affidavit states.

Donaldson appeared in court on Wednesday and will make his next appearance March 27.

Warrant issued for Chicago man

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Chicago man charged with burglarizing a house in Glen Park Nov. 17.

William Pass, 26, was arrested as he fled a house in the 4500 block of Virginia Street.

Police found a flat-screen television near a broken window at the victim’s home. The victim identified the television as hers.

Pass is charged with burglary, residential entry, theft and criminal mischief.

MVille man admits selling cocaine

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell imposed a six-year sentence for a Merrillville man who admitted he sold cocaine to an undercover informant.

Charles Lenell Gatlin, 37, admitted he received $60 after delivering three plastic bags containing crack cocaine to the confidential informant working with Lake County police. The drug deal occurred May 26, 2011 in the 2200 block of West 48th Place in Gary.

Gatlin told the judge he has been making good money by working overtime at his union job and has turned around his life. “I want to just tell you I made a very, very stupid mistake,” said Gatlin, who added that he hadn’t considered the consequences of his actions at the time.

Boswell told Gatlin she was giving him a one-time break by ordering four years of the sentence to be served in Lake County Community Corrections and suspending the remaining two years.

Man admits casino pay out theft

Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr., imposed an 18-month sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to theft.

Percy Lashun Brewer, 32, of Gary, admitted that in August 2011 he submitted two “paid in, paid out” slips at Majestic Star Casino that purported to have been made by an employee but were forged. Brewer received $600 and $650 in two separate transactions one week apart and received $50 from the individual for whom he submitted the slips.

Brewer must pay $1,250 in restitution to the casino.

Deputy prosecutor Michael Hayes argued for a 24-month sentence, with all but time served spent on probation, while defense attorney sought a time-served sentence and probation to allow her client to repay the stolen money.

Brewer was given credit for the 127 days he spent in the Lake County Jail. The remainder of his sentence will be served on probation. A forgery charge punishable by two to eight years was dismissed under terms of the plea agreement.



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