Updated: May 7, 2013 5:06PM
EC man accused of burglarizing closed library
An East Chicago man with a pending felony case has been charged in Lake Superior Court with burglary and criminal mischief.
Curtis Alonzo Bonds, 47, was charged with burglarizing the shuttered Hayward Branch of the Hammond Public Library, 1212 172nd St.
Police were called to the branch on April 15 after the head of maintenance for the Hammond library system was doing a routine check of the recently closed building and discovered a door appeared to have been pried open. Inside, motion detector equipment was knocked down and front panels of larger electrical fuse boxes were removed. About 25 feet of heavy gauge copper wire leading from the outside transformer to the inside panel box had been torn away and removed. The building was intact when it was inspected three days earlier.
Fingerprints lifted from the door panels were run through a database and came back to being consistent with Bonds. Verification was done with the fingerprints on file with Lake County police.
Meanwhile, Bonds is scheduled for a jury trial before Judge Diane Ross Boswell on May 28 on charges of forgery and theft.
Man killed, two hurt in house fire
An elderly man was killed, while a woman and 11-year-old boy were injured in a Saturday afternoon fire that destroyed a Hammond home.
The fire started about 4 p.m. Saturday in the 4300 block of Torrence Avenue in Hammond and a neighbor called 911, Hammond Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Margraf said.
Pregnant woman assaulted by man
Samuel Odisho Jr., 36, who was released from prison on a robbery charge last year, has been charged with three new counts in connection with an alleged assault on a pregnant woman at a home in the 4300 block of Calhoun Street.
Odisho, of 3990 Garfield St., is charged with battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman, theft and misdemeanor battery. The victim, Dominique Montpetit, 30, who is three months pregnant, told Lake County police Detective Traci Harbin that Odisho pushed her down several times, then grabbed her as she went up some stairs, causing burns to her legs, back and elbows. Police spokeswoman Patti Van Til said the victim’s 4-year-old child saw the assault. Odisho left the home with items belonging to Montpetit and her child, Van Til said.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Odisho, who will be held on $40,000 bail when apprehended.
NWI Task Force elects officers
The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force police chiefs elected officers of their 2013 executive board Friday. They are: St. John Chief Fred Frego, president; Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District Chief Robert Byrd, vice-president; Griffith Chief Greg Mance, treasurer; and Highland Chief Pete Hojnicki, secretary.
Dyer police Sgt. Donald Foley is the task force commander of the 50 detectives from 24 agencies in Lake and Porter counties who work together on major crimes such as murder, rape and arson, Byrd said in a news release.