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Law and Order: Wanted man bitten by police K-9

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Updated: June 3, 2013 3:22PM



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Wanted man bitten by police K-9

A Calumet Township man wanted on warrants for a several sex-related crimes and other charges ran out the back door of his home Wednesday morning when Lake County police arrived to arrest him.

David W. Urbaszewski, 34, was apprehended in a wooded area at 42nd Avenue and Rutledge Street near his home when police, the county helicopter, and K-9 Sgt. Scott Bock and his partner Gunner closed in on him.

Urbaszewski, who is also charged with stealing metal nameplates from a Glen Park cemetery this year, was treated for dog bites he obtained during his arrest.

Urbaszewski was featured this week as one of the “most wanted” suspects by the U.S. Marshal Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

He is charged with child molesting, criminal deviate conduct, confinement and intimidation in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a victim.

Three homes raided, 2 arrested

The Gary police Narcotics-Vice Unit and SWAT team raided three houses in the same east side neighborhood Tuesday night, arresting two and seizing drugs, weapons, ammunition and paraphernalia.

Lt. Thomas Ruzga said police received anonymous tips about suspected drug activity at 2001 Kentucky St., 2000 Tennessee St. and 1936 Martin Luther King Drive. After a lengthy investigation, police obtained search warrants for all three sites and struck them simultaneously.

Police seized 17 bags of crack cocaine on Kentucky Street and are searching for the 36-year-old target; Bryant Walker, 48, was arrested on Tennessee Street after an undercover purchase of heroin there. Police seized a shotgun, scales and suspected heroin during the raid. At the Martin Luther King Drive scene, police found scales, .40-caliber bullets and magazines.

Ruzga said officers are looking for the targets who were not arrested during the raids.

Judge won’t accept plea agreement

A plea agreement for a 50-year-old Gary man fell through when Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe read the arrest report.

Monroe sent Arcine Cook back to jail, saying she would not accept a 120-day sentence for a man arrested more than once on public intoxication.

“I don’t know why we as citizens should have to deal with this, standing in the street with a cup of beer, touching little 15-year-old girls on the shoulder,” Monroe said.

Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Rosie Lynch told the judge she had witnesses in court early Wednesday to testify in the arrest, but released them after reaching the agreement with public defender Christ Schmidgall.

Monroe set a new trial date for June 12.

Jail, probation time for admitted thief

Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced a 48-year-old Gary man to 280 days in jail and placed him on probation for the remainder of his 30-month term.

Robert Thomas Sr., admitted he had car axles and parts in his truck that belonged to B & B Auto on July 10 when he broke into the business at 3875 Georgia St., Gary.

Stefaniak said Indiana officials tell judges throughout the state that short-term incarceration is ineffective in terms of cost to taxpayers. Thomas, who had spent 115 days in the Lake County Jail, will serve another 25 days in custody before he is released to complete his sentence on probation.

Two burglary charges punishable by two to eight years were dismissed.



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