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Updated: March 19, 2013 4:12PM



Hobart

Man charged with assault on girlfriend

Criminal Confinement, intimidation, battery and strangulation charges have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a Hobart

man accused of assaulting his girlfriend.

Jason Ray Rose, 38, of the 500 block of East 37th Avenue, is charged in an assault that occurred early Sunday morning. The victim, Linda Nicholson, told police she and Rose had been at a party in Morocco, Ind., the previous night when Rose became angry with her because he thought she had winked at another man. While driving home, Rose backhanded the woman in the face and punched her repeatedly. He pulled a knife from Nicholson’s purse and threatened to kill her if she left while he went to a friend’s house in New Chicago. Rose then drove somewhere near water, possibly Riverview Park, where he continued to punch her, choked her with her jacket and again threatened her with the knife while continuing to ask her about the guy at the party. Nicholson said she made up a lie about knowing the man and winked just to say hi to him.

Rose then told her to go inside the 219 Bar on Rush Place in Lake Station, but Nicholson begged him not to make her go inside because her face was swollen from the beating.

Rose left with the car keys and her cell phone, and Nicholson said she got inside an unlocked police car and stayed there for a couple hours. She later went back to the 219 Bar and told the owner she had been battered by Rose.

The woman was treated at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart for bruises, scrapes and swelling to her face, pain to her left side and soreness on her neck.

GRIFFITH

Winds, ash lead to home fire

Police were called to a home that caught fire by the front door at 800 N. Arbogast St.

Homeowner Richard Metsch told police he was smoking inside the home when a cigarette ash dropped onto his shirt, causing it to catch fire. Metsch threw the shirt outside the front door, thinking it would burn itself out, but the high winds caused the shirt to ignite the exterior wall and spread to the front door of the home. The fire was reported at about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

An arriving officer extinguished the fire with an extinguisher.

Hammond

Attempted murder charge for man

A Whiting man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, aggravated battery and other charges in a Hammond shooting.

Michael Anthony Gloria, 23, of the 1300 block of Lakeview, is free on $10,000 cash bond posted on March 14, the day charges were filed in Lake Superior Court.

Court records indicate Gloria was with David Martinez and Gerardo Mendez, who told police he and Gloria had been drinking heavily when Gloria drove to his home at about 5:25 a.m. March 13 and got his .38-caliber handgun. Gloria then drove around some more, pulled over in the 1400 block of Warwick in Hammond, and started to brandish his gun toward Mendez inside the pickup. Mendez told police he grabbed Gloria’s arm and pushed it toward the floor of the truck. The gun discharged. Gloria then reached up, waved the gun at Mendez’s head and fired. The bullet missed Mendez, but took out the front passenger side window. Mendez then got out of the truck and ran, leaving Gloria in the driver’s seat and Martinez in the back passenger seat. While Mendez was still not far from the truck, he heard two more shots.

Martinez, who was shot in the side, was taken to St. Margaret Health Care Center and then to an Illinois hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Police found Gloria more than a block away talking on a cell phone. Located nearby was a handgun and two cell phones. On the 911 call, Gloria can be heard talking on the other cell phone, telling his girlfriend that he just shot two people, the probable cause affidavit states.

Each of the attempted murder charges is punishable by 20 to 50 years.

Munster

DNA leads to convicted felon

DNA left at the scene of an assault and attempted criminal confinement in Munster has resulted in charges in filed Lake Superior Court against a convicted felon.

Larry Smith Jr., 27, of the 1900 block of Wright Street, was charged after DNA obtained from a jacket left at the scene matched his DNA.

The victim told police he arrived home at about 10 p.m. Nov. 27 in the 8100 block of Manor Avenue after stopping at Church’s Chicken on 5th Avenue in Gary to get dinner when he heard someone walking up from behind. He turned, saw the shadow of an individual and was knocked to the ground and struck in the head twice with a handgun. As he struggled to get away, the individual grabbed him by the neck, tried to choke him and told him not to say anything. During the struggle, the man screamed for his wife. After a while, the individual got up, ran to a waiting car parked down the street, got into the passenger seat and the car drove away.

The victim told police he managed to pull off the attacker’s dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, and police found a hat in the yard that was believed to belong to the assailant.

The victim suffered a bruise and cut above his left eye.

Smith has prior theft and possession of cocaine convictions for which he served prison time.

Hobart

Woman threatened to shoot officer

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Merrillville woman to four years for intimidation.

Bridget Annette Wilkie, 44, admitted she pointed a gun at Merrillville police Patrolman Luke Shaw, who was at her home on Sunset Road checking on her well-being on March 20, 2012. As Shaw was walking to the front door, Wilkie came outside, pointed the gun at the officer and said, “I will shoot you. I will kill you.”

Shaw repeatedly asked Wilkie to put down the revolver, but she didn’t. Shaw wounded Wilkie with her service weapon.

Wilkie told the judge she was depressed and using drugs at the time.

Under terms of her plea agreement, two years of her sentence were suspended and ordered served on probation. As of Tuesday and with credit for good behavior in the Lake County Jail, Wilkie had served the executed portion of her sentence.

Charges of criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm and resisting law enforcement were dismissed.



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