Law and Order Lake County
March 4, 2013 3:12PM
Updated: March 4, 2013 9:38PM
Man accused of molesting girl
A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with child molesting involving a 10-year-old girl.
Steven M. Johnson, 26, of the 4900 block of Columbia Avenue, is charged with placing his penis in the girl’s hand as she lay in bed. The girl told police she was asleep at about 6:30 a.m. Feb. 15 when Johnson came into her room and awoke her. She screamed loudly and Johnson lft her bedroom.
Johnson was charged with child molesting in May 2004, but the case was dismissed in May 2006.
Four years for home burglary
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Hammond man to four years in prison for burglarizing a home.
Charles Lacy, 20, admitted he and a second individual broke into a home in the 4300 block of Torrence and stole a game system, three controllers, a game, the victim’s phone and $5. The burglary occurred on July 24.
Vasquez said the fact that Lacy had an open burglary case in Illinois and was in possession of a razor blade while incarcerated figured into his decision to impose a prison sentence. Lake County Community Corrections declined to accept Lacy into the alternative sentencing program.
Lacy had faced six to 20 years on the original count.
Hobart pair face robbery charge
Attempted armed robbery charges have been filed against two Hobart residents charged in a Feb. 28 holdup attempt at a Lake Station pizza restaurant.
Michael J. Felker, 32, and Jessica Lee Weis, 20, are charged in the Feb. 28 robbery attempt at Papa John’s, 3200 Central Ave.
An employee told police that a man displayed a knife and demanded money from the register. The employee refused to hand over any cash and pointed out two police cars in the nearby Chase Bank parking lot. The suspect left.
Police noted a dark-colored Saturday station wagon in the parking, which pulled into a parking spot, backed out and drove to the east side of the building out of range of the surveillance camera.
The employee identified Felker as the suspect after seeing a photo lineup.
Through the investigation, police developed a possible address for Felker in the 500 block of North Shelby Street, where both he and Weis were taken into custody.
The charge is punishable by a sentence of six to 20 years.