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Warrant out for domestic incident

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old Brunswick man charged with three felonies involving the mother of his infant son.

Horace L. Sherrod, of 627 King St., will be held on $40,000 bond when he is arrested on charges of criminal confinement, sexual battery and domestic battery for a Feb. 22 incident at his home.

The victim told Detective Shauna Poirier-Peter she and their son were at his house when he demanded sex and she refused. He locked her in the house and took her keys and phone when she tried to leave, the probable cause affidavit states.

The 22-year-old victim said she was eventually able to reach her mother and Sherrod threw her purse outside into the snow and she and the baby left his home.

Escape nets 10 years prison

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Gary man to 10 years for escape and burglary.

Christopher Traicoff, 35, was just two months into a four-year stint for burglary in Lake County Community Corrections when he used the cell phone of a community corrections employee to make arrangements to have an unauthorized individual pick him up at Walgreens, 2600 West 93rd Ave., Crown Point. An employee had taken Traicoff to the store to get a prescription after he’d just left Methodist Hospital.

Police were called at 2:45 a.m. Dec. 2 after Traicoff failed to come out of the store where the employee was waiting for him.

Traicoff also was sentenced Tuesday to four years for an April 8, 2012, burglary in unincorporated Lake County. That sentence will be served consecutively to the two years for escape. The judge also placed Traicoff on probation for four years.

Burglar gets 48 months for plea

A Gary man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to attempted burglary was sentenced to 48 months.

Leroy Fair, 43, was placed on probation for 31 months and given credit for time he spent in custody under terms of the plea agreement accepted by Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell on Tuesday..

Fair admitted he removed cement blocks from the back wall of Jinny’s Clothing Store, 2427 Broadway, Gary, and tried to get inside the locked business on Feb. 28, 2012, to steal items.

Fair had faced two to eight years for the crime. Prosecutors agreed not to file an habitual offender sentencing enhancement.

Neighbor helps catch burglars

A call and detailed information from a watchful neighbor led to burglary charges against two men and a woman seen breaking into a Westbrook apartment Feb. 24.

Brittany N. Alexander, 18, of 3552 Van Buren St., her boyfriend, Marcus Jernigan, 20, of 9258 Bigger St., Merrillville and Marquel Crook, 20, of 5014 W. 18th Ave., are all wanted on warrants and will be held on $40,000 bond each when they are apprehended.

Alexander and Crook are charged with burglary, intimidation, residential entry and theft and Jernigan is charged with intimidation and theft only.

The victim told Detective Richard McClelland she was at church when her neighbor called her and said he saw three people outside her home and heard glass breaking. She reported two televisions, a game system and computer tablets were among the items missing. The neighbor called police, who followed footprints in the snow to another apartment and spoke to Alexander briefly. Later witnesses saw Jernigan and Alexander carrying a television from that apartment.

McClelland identified the suspects with help from witnesses, the probable cause states.



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