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Law and Order Gary: Ex accused of attempted murder

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Updated: May 15, 2013 10:02PM



GARY

Ex accused of attempted murder

The ex-girlfriend and her new beau are charged with attempted murder and other felonies in the May 3 shooting of her former boyfriend, court records state.

Tyshia M. George, 27, of 1924 Vermont St., and Eric M. Johnson, 19, of 2124 Delaware St., will both be held without bail when they are apprehended on charges filed Tuesday, which also include aggravated battery and battery by means of a deadly weapon.

Samar Hines, 19, was shot several times, including once in the head, during a dispute outside George’s home about 3:45 p.m. that Friday afternoon.

Witnesses told Sgt. Dan Callahan that Hines asked to speak with Johnson, who approached with a gun and started shooting. Hines fell on the ground and Johnson yelled, “I will kill your ass,” and shot the victim in the left side of the head. George, who was sitting behind the wheel of her car at the scene, drove away with Johnson.

Man took cell phone from woman

James W. Upshaw, 20, is charged with theft for stealing a woman’s cell phone from her hand as she walked to her mother’s house on March 28.

The victim told Detective JerVean Gates that she saw Upshaw approaching as she walked on 21st Avenue near Georgia Street and they spoke briefly. “Then he snatched her cell phone from her hand and took off with it,” the probable cause affidavit states.

Upshaw, of 638 Polk St., appeared in court Monday on the charge.

Woman took dad’s pension checks

While her father was hospitalized last year, Loretta K. Hill, 28, cashed his pension checks and stole items from his apartment, police said.

Hill is charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of theft.

The victim, Larry Hill, told Detective Richard McClelland he was in the hospital for about two weeks and asked his daughter to bring him his mail and other personal items from home.

He later discovered she had cashed two pension checks and removed radios, a microwave and other things from his apartment. He told police he does not know where his daughter is living now. An arrest warrant has been issued for her.

Portage man punched woman

Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr., sentenced a Portage man to two years for criminal recklessness.

Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr., 24, admitted he punched a woman in the face. The woman told police she was awoken by an argument on Oct. 7, 2011, between Blount and another woman and ran outside the house in the 5000 block of Tennessee Street in Gary with the woman’s phone. Blount followed her outside and punched her.

Blount’s plea agreement called for 12 months in custody and 12 months served on probation. He had faced two to eight years a battery charge, which was dismissed along with a misdemeanor battery count.

Four yeas for hitting groundskeeper

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a 23-year-old Gary man to four years in prison for battery.

Aaron Scott admitted in court last month that he struck Barney Gilbert, a groundskeeper at Oak Knoll Apartments in Gary, with a baseball bat during an argument between Scott, his co-defendant Antoine Lyons and Gilbert.

Both Scott and Lyons had been told to leave by Gilbert’s supervisor, but they returned to the 4300 block of West 23rd Court. Lyons punched Gilbert with his fists and hit him with his elbows, and Scott struck Gilbert in the head with a baseball bat.

Gilbert suffered a traumatic brain injury, seizure disorder and other injuries from the assault.

Lyons, 27, of Gary, was sentenced to four years in prison in April for battery.

Both men had faced 20 to 50 years on the original robbery charge, which was dismissed along with charges of aggravated battery.



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