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Lake County Law and Order: Gary teen gets 8 years for robbery

Updated: May 15, 2013 10:05PM



Merrillville

Gary teen gets 8 years for robbery

A 19-year-old Gary man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for robbery.

Breshaud Avonte Tremell Holder admitted he was with three other people on Nov. 13, 2010, when they robbed a Speedway employee at gunpoint at the store at 3990 W. U.S. 30 in Merrillville.

On May 23, 2011, Holder admitted he was with the same three individuals when they robbed a female employee at gunpoint at the same gas station.

Holder’s plea agreement outlined the eight-year sentence, which will be served consecutively to the 12 year prison sentence he received for aggravated battery in a robbery-shooting in Gary when he was 16.

Dementia patient robbed by cook

A Merrillville woman has been charged with exploitation of an endangered adult after authorities allege she bilked an elderly woman with dementia of more than $167,000.

Martina L. Norwood, 39, of the 4700 block of Taft Place, is accused of stealing the money between January 2010 and May 2012, after a substitute guardian was appointed to see to the affairs of the victim.

The victim met Norwood at the Towne Center Senior Complex where she was living and Norwood was working in the dietary department. After the woman moved to a different residence in the complex, Norwood started cooking for the woman and would take her to her doctor’s appointments and shopping. A relationship developed between the two women.

Around October 2011 when the new guardian was appointed, a check was returned for insufficient funds to a veterinary clinic. It was then that the new guardian learned the victim’s investments had dropped from $213,000 to less than $46,000.

In addition to numerous cash withdrawals, the money apparently was spent on restaurant tabs, gas station purchases and other purchases from businesses including Macy’s, Marshall’s, Victoria Secret, Value City, Best Buy, JC Penney, Sears, Sam’s Club, Costco, Grant’s appliances, U-Haul, Keylime Cove, Noah’s Ark Family Park, Hobby Lobby, Dollar General, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Finish Line, Sassi Soles, Aeropostale, Verizon, Comcast, Southlake nautilus, Radisson Hotel, Menard’s Lowe’s Home Depot, Southwest Airlines and Carnival Cruise Lines.

East Chicago

Timed served for assisting criminal

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Gary woman to time served for misdemeanor assisting a criminal.

Catina Anderson, 38, admitted in court last month that she drove co-defendant Eugene Brame in her Chevrolet SUV on May 10, 2011, to the Maple Leaf Inn 719 W. 151st St., East Chicago. Brame walked into the bar with a sawed-off shotgun, fired it into the ceiling and robbed two people, then fired a second shot, which went into the floor of an apartment above the bar. Brame stole $800 from the cash drawer and a customer’s wallet.

Anderson had faced six to 20 years on each of four counts of robbery, which were dismissed along with a charge of criminal recklessness, which is punishable by two to eight years.

Anderson served 259 days in the Lake County Jail.

Brame, 29, is serving a 15-year sentence for robbery and criminal recklessness.



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