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Updated: May 9, 2014 5:32PM



GARY

Judge wants more info on incident

An arrest stemming from a custody matter puzzled Gary City Court referee Itsia Rivera, who set an evidentiary hearing for July 22 to learn more about the incident.

Patrolman Gerald Richardson arrested Christopher Payton, 19, at his home in the 1500 block of Hayes Street Saturday evening after Payton became angry at the actions of officers. The police report states Payton’s half-sister’s mother wanted to retrieve her daughter from the home where the girl had been living with her father for three months. Police went inside and Payton argued with officers and allegedly bumped Richardson’s shoulder, then struggled as he was arrested. He was charged with battery on law enforcement, resisting law enforcement and intimidation.

“The best thing is to stand back and let it happen and deal with it later,” Rivera told Payton. She learned the mother has legal custody of the girl, but said she needed to know more before deciding if Payton’s case should proceed.

Man asked for test, wasn’t given one

A drunken driving charge against Corteau Givens may be dropped when he returns to court Aug. 5. Police arrested Givens early Monday as he drove the wrong way down a one-way street. He told Gary City Court referee Itsia Rivera he asked to take a breath test, but he was not given one after police stopped him near 16th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street.

“They were fighting at the Blue Room and I was trying to get out of the way. I was not intoxicated,” Givens said.

His trial is set for Aug. 5. “Or it might be defective,” Rivera said of the evidence.

Paralyzed driver had no license

Police arrested Untonise Harper, 40, Sunday afternoon after Cpl. Dante Colza saw him driving without a seat belt.

It was after Harper stop that Colza learned Harper did not have a valid license.

“He has 11 suspensions,” Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Joan Kouros said in court Monday.

Harper, who said he was paralyzed from a gunshot wound several years ago, admitted to Gary City Court referee Itsia Rivera that he knew he shouldn’t drive. She set his trial for Aug. 5 and his bond at $200 cash.

EC man told to avoid Delaney

Gary Housing Authority task force officers arrested Damon Edwards, 35, Sunday night when they saw him standing outside a home in the Delaney Community Housing Development. Edwards, of East Chicago, told officers he was visiting his daughter for her birthday, claiming her babysitter lives in the home where he was located. He pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, but Gary City Court referee Itsia Rivera refused to accept it after hearing his responses to several questions

“I didn’t know they put me on the trespass list,” Edwards said. Rivera also entered a order prohibiting Edwards from stepping on any housing authority property.

Released from prison in 2010 on a drug charge, Edwards failed to complete his probation satisfactorily, court records show.



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