Law and Order Lake County
February 28, 2013 4:32PM
Updated: February 28, 2013 5:05PM
Police payroll clerk charged with theft
A former payroll clerk for the Hammond Police Department has been charged with theft for paying himself nearly $50,000 in overtime for which he was not entitled.
Harold G. Wallace Jr., 46, of the 800 block of Willow Court, admitted that he submitted the unauthorized overtime claims between 2010 and 2013, the probable cause affidavit states. Police Chief Brian Miller supervised the inspection of every overtime slip or voucher submitted during the pay periods for those years. City Controller Robert Lendi determined that Wallace was paid $1,945 in unauthorized overtime pay in 2010, $15,945 in 2011 and $27,743 in 2012. Through Feb. 1, Wallace received a total of $3,318 in unauthorized overtime pay. Wallace had submitted 45 hours of unauthorized overtime to collect an additional $1,134 on Feb. 15, but that claim was not paid.
The total amount of money Wallace collected without authorization was about $48,941 during the three-year time period.
Munster man gets 6 years for robbery
Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Munster man to six years for robbery and possession of a controlled substance.
Ravell Monte Jamison, 25, admitted he and a co-defendant robbed a cashier at a Speedway gas station at 1950 U.S. 41 in Schererville. On Feb. 16, 2011, Jamison and the accomplice went into the gas station wearing masks over their faces. Jamison was carrying a gun. The men ordered the cashier to raise his hands and give them the money, then told him they knew him, where he lived and where his parents lived. The men stole cash from the register and two packs of cigarettes.
Jamison also admitted he had seven small bags of heroin in his possession on Nov. 2, 2011, when Munster police approached him at the Marathon station at 7890 Calumet Ave., Munster, after receiving information that Jamison had fled from Hammond police during an arrest that day.
Boswell ordered two years served in the Indiana Department of Correction and four years in Lake County Community Corrections.
Jamison had faced six to 20 years on a robbery charge, which was dismissed along with other another drug possession case.