Updated: March 18, 2013 5:39PM
Woman finds no justice in court
Sidra Rodgers left Gary City Court in a fury Monday morning, saying, “I am so upset, this is not justice.”
Rodgers, 30, a resident of St. Johns apartments, testified against a neighbor, Monica Mitchell, 28, accusing her of damaging her car door and making threatening comments.
Mitchell was found not guilty of criminal mischief and intimidation after court referee Itsia Rivera heard both women’s accounts of the July 24 incident in the parking lot of their complex.
Rodgers said Mitchell dented her car door about 4 a.m., but Mitchell said her sister’s boyfriend was driving his car and opened the door to let her out of the back seat. When his door struck Rodger’s car, Mitchell said he apologized and offered to pay damages. But the matter was not settled, despite a meeting between the two women that was arranged by their apartment manager. Mitchell said the estimate rose from $100 to $900. She was represented by David Masse.
Cursing truck driver gets arrested
A truck driver from Chicago Ridge, Ill. was arrested early Monday at Truck Stops of America after he continued to yell and curse inside the business.
Skirmantas Slavinska, 42, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct.
Cpl. Charles Lucas arrested Slavinska about 4:20 a.m. at 2510 Burr Street after hearing the driver first shouted at the clerk, then argued with a customer and began calling the customer names. Lucas told the man to quiet down, but as he walked out the door, he began cursing, prompting the arrest.
Court referee set Slavinska’s bail at $100 cash and scheduled his trial for July 15.
Man arrested after robbing Peoples Bank
Police caught a man was running away from a Peoples Bank after he robbed the bank Monday afternoon.
Around 3:50 p.m., a man wearing a black bubble coat, black shorts and white socks entered the bank at 1801 W. 25th Ave., and demanded money. He received an undetermined amount of money and fled the bank on foot, heading south toward Grant Street. Gary Police tracked the man down to 26th Avenue and Pierce Street.