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Girl was whipped with switches

A Gary woman has been charged with felony battery after allegedly whipping her 11-year-old niece with switches when she got in trouble at school.

Sheresa M. Randall, 41, of the 1300 block of West 41st Avenue, is charged in an April 17 incident. A passerby noticed a young girl ducking down in a weeded area just off the street on Ridge Road at Grant Street in Gary as he was driving. As the man drove past a second time after picking up his children, he saw the girl sitting by a vacant building and asked if she was OK. The girl said she was having some family problems and didn’t want to go home. He asked if she wanted a ride to the police station and she said yes.

The girl said Randall, with whom she lives, stopped on the way home after meeting with her teacher and told her to get some switches. When she got home, Randall told her to take off all her clothes and then whipped the girl, the probable cause affidavit states. At the police station, an employee of the police department found about 30 welts on the girl’s back, buttocks and both arms and legs. Child Protective Services was called.

The charge is punishable by a maximum three-year sentence.

Teen gets max for armed robbery

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a 19-year-old Gary man to six years in prison for robbery.

Lavara Blanchard, 27, admitted he and Jacquan Strong robbed Tacarra May at gunpoint while she was driving on July 24, 2012, and forced her to hand over her purse and cell phone. The robbery occurred near 19th Avenue and Harrison Street in Gary.

Defense attorney Roxanne Mendez Johnson noted her client has a drug problem and is prepared to step up and make a change in his life. She argued for a five-year sentence.

Deputy prosecutor Dave Rooda argued for a six-year sentence, noting Blanchard’s criminal history and his self-admitted gang affiliation.

Blanchard apologized for his actions.

Murray imposed the maximum sentence outlined in the plea agreement. “You are well on your way to becoming a career criminal,” Murray told Blanchard.

Strong, 18, of Gary, who pleaded guilty to robbery in March, is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday.

Argument leads to man getting shot

A 19-year-old Brunswick man was shot in the shoulder Saturday night shortly after he argued with a man who owes him money.

Shaquille Simmons told Patrolman Emililio Guajardo he had argued with man while standing outside at 5th Avenue and Durbin Street about 6:25 p.m. He said he did not know the man’s name.

Then after driving around for about 10 minutes, the victim went to a gas station in the area. He noticed three men in a red Dodge, including the man who owed him the money. Simmons said as he drove away, he heard shots and was struck in the right shoulder. He drove himself to the hospital.

Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information can call him at 881-4750.



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