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Updated: March 18, 2013 10:54PM



Hammond

Battery of teen stepson alleged

A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with battery resulting in bodily injury involving his 13-year-old stepson.

Genaro Medellin Jr., 34, of the 6800 block of Waveland Avenue, is charged with punching and biting the boy after an argument over the boy refusing to drink spoiled milk.

The boy had a bite wound near his right shoulder that was bleeding when police responded to a fight at the family home. The boy also had a red mark on his stomach and redness to his left ear.

The Friday incident began when Medellin went into the boy’s room to tell him about a dentist appointment. While in the room, Medellin noticed an glass of milk and told the boy to drink it. The boy refused and said that the milk was spoiled and his stomach had been upset for the last couple days.

SCHERERVILLE

Gary man wanted for stereo theft

A Gary man is wanted and at-large on a Class D Felony Theft warrant.

Shane Trenity Woodruff, aka Shane Lee Woodruff, 25, allegedly stole a stereo from an Omni 41 employee’s 2007 Chevy Trailblzer parked at the sports complex. The owner noticed the passenger-side window had been broken.

Blood evidence from the scene was taken and analyzed by the Indiana State Police, where it was found to match Woodruff’s.

There is no bond on Woodruff’s warrant.

Anyone with information on Shane Woodruff can contact the Schererville Police Department at 322-5000.

Man wanted for sexual battery

A Schererville man charged with criminal deviate conduct and sexual battery remains at-large.

A probable cause affadavit states Michael Travis Mansfield, 31, allegedly digitally penetrated a woman after she’d fallen asleep at the home of Mansfield’s girlfriend Oct. 25, groping her breasts afterward as the woman further protested. Police obtained text messages sent by Mansfield apologizing to the woman for jeopardizing their friendship and begging her not to involve police from the woman’s phone.

Mansfield has been charged with Class B Felony Criminal Deviate Conduct and Class D Felony sexual battery. His bond has been set at $30,000.

Anyone with information on Michael Mansfield can contact the Schererville Police Department at 322-5000.

East Chicago

Brother now accused in shooting

Charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and battery with a deadly weapon have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a 20-year-old Hammond man.

Adrian Barriga, of the 6200 block of Jackson Street, faces 20 to 50 years if convicted of the most serious of the felony counts filed in a March 11 shooting outside a tire shop in the 4700 block of Tod Avenue, East Chicago.

On Friday, charges were dropped against Barriga’s brother, David Luna Jr., 19, of East Chicago. Luna denied involvement in the shooting. The police investigator noticed Luna appeared to have a full beard, but the somewhat fuzzy surveillance tape indicated the shooter did not appear to have a full beard. Luna told police Barriga might have been involved, the probable cause affidavit states.

When police questioned the victim further, he said the shooter had a thin beard and long hair. The victim identified a photo of Barriga from a photo lineup as the shooter.

The victim, Jesus Fuentes-Lopez, underwent surgery for wounds to his chest and groin.

Witnesses said two men wearing black hoodies came into the shop, asked what time it closed, and left. Fuentes-Lopez felt something wasn’t right and walked outside the garage. Witnesses reported hearing three to five gunshots.

New Chicago

Portage man accused of molesting

A Portage man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with child molesting based on allegations dating to 2006.

Omar Arturo Perez, 29, of the 100 block of Camelot Estates, is charged with molesting a boy between August 2006 and December 2007 when Perez was living in the 3300 block of Michigan Street in New Chicago.

The boy, who is 10, told his mother last summer that he had been molested. The child indicated he didn’t say anything to her before because he thought he would get into trouble. The child has since moved out of state.

The charges are punishable by 20 to 50 years.



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