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Updated: March 26, 2013 5:55PM



MERRILLVILLE

Kmart worker accused in theft

A Gary woman has been charged with the theft of $1,095 from the cash register at the Merrillville Kmart store on Jan. 4.

Police said Sharaya L. Blackwell was observed on surveillance video counting down her cash register drawer at the end of her shift and the deposit totaled the missing amount. Police said her deposit bag was found sealed with no money inside.

Blackwell, 21, did not show up for an interview with a Merrillville detective. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Hammond

Man accused of attack on his ex

A former Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with battery resulting in serious bodily injury, domestic battery, strangulation and theft in a Sunday morning incident at his former girlfriendā€™s residence.

Nicholas R. Jasso, 33, who also lists an address in Chicago, is charged with assaulting the woman after she confronted him about stealing $75 from her purse. The woman told police Jasso accused her of being with someone else, pushed her into the wall, punched her in the face and bit her on the arm. He then removed the television from the wall and hit her in the head and back with it. He tried to wrap the cord around her neck, then choked her with his hands. One of their children came into the room and the woman was initially unable to get up. She found her cell phone while Jasso was in the kitchen, where he was breaking items. Jasso emerged from the kitchen with a knife in each hand and said he was going to kill himself and take her with him. The woman begged Jasso to stop, and he saw another of their children and told her to take care of the babies, the probable cause affidavit states.

The woman received five stitches for a wound above her left eye, which was bruised and swollen. She had lumps and soreness on her forehead and head, a bite mark on her left arm, bruises and soreness on her back, both arms and legs, and red marks on her neck.

Jasso has prior felony convictions for aggravated battery and discharging a firearm and possession of cannabis and armed robbery.



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