Law and Order Lake County
April 16, 2013 4:54PM
(L to R)James Baker of Lake Station, Jermaine Stanley of Gary and Michael Baker of Lake Station. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: April 16, 2013 5:54PM
Gary man accused of molesting girl
A 21-year-old Gary man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with child molesting involving a 6-year-old girl.
Kevin A. Byrd is accused of molesting the girl on Saturday at an apartment in the 5700 block of Grant Street in Merrillville. A witness told police he and Byrd were babysitting the child. The witness was in his bedroom and Byrd and the child were in the living room watching television. When the witness left his room and walked to the bathroom, he discovered the child with her pants and underwear down bent over the couch and Byrd’s face near her buttocks.
The witness told Byrd to leave.
The charge is punishable by a sentence of 20 to 50 years.
Father, son back in jail following raids
A Lake Station father and son with extensive criminal histories are behind bars again.
James Dean Baker, 55, and his son, Michael Allen Baker, 36, were arrested Tuesday in two raids by Lake County police, spokeswoman Patti VanTil said in a news release.
A third raid in the 5800 block of Vermont Place in Gary resulted in the arrest of Jermaine Antonio Stanley, 40, being held pending charges of dealing cocaine and possession of marijuana.
James Baker, charged with dealing cocaine, was released from prison in July after a 35-year sentence for dealing cocaine. He had just completed a five-year term in federal prison on a drug charge when he was arrested by the Lake County Drug Task Force in 1995. Baker is the former owner of the long-shuttered Boot Hill Tap on Ridge Road.
His son was released from prison in April 2011 on charges he tried to kill a witness who would testify against his father in the 1995 drug trial. He is being held facing charges of dealing heroin, dealing controlled substances and dealing marijuana. The senior Baker lives in the 3300 block of Minnesota Street and his son lives in the 3300 block of Iowa Street, both at the far southwest corner of Lake Station.
Stanley also has a criminal past. He was charged with kidnapping and pleaded to criminal confinement. He has been out of prison since 2008 on that charge.
Sheriff John Buncich said the raids were the result of anonymous tips and said he encourages residents to call 1(800) 750-2746 to report criminal activity.