Updated: May 9, 2014 5:32PM
Charges filed after fight over boy
A fight over a boy left one Gary woman with a broken foot and the other charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Sharnece S. Stingley, 19, of 4149 Pierce St., who admitted to Detective Richard McClelland that she fought one woman and used her car to hit a second victim. Stingley will be held on $40,000 bond when apprehended, court records state.
Arlyse Hemphill, 18, said Stingley ran over her foot with her car, causing her to break a bone. The fight began at Tolleston Park on June 15, involving Stingley and another woman. Hemphill left the area and was driving home until she realized Stingley was following her, the probable cause affidavit states. The fight resumed near Horace Mann High School where Stingley threw a crow bar at Hemphill.
Stingley is charged with two counts of Class C battery and two lesser crimes. She could serve up to eight years in prison on each Class C, but Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter on Tuesday granted a plea deal reducing two C felonies to one B misdemeanor involving no jail time.
Two charged with stealing church furnace
Two men are charged with stealing a furnace and other items from Berean Fellowship Baptist Church, then trying to sell the furnace to a church member.
Warrants have been issued for Jason C Dodds, 29, of 3933 Pierce St., and Ulysses Green, 38, of 5025 W. 5th Ave., both charged with burglary and theft.
A stove, refrigerator, water heaters and audio equipment were among the items reported stolen on May 10. A church member said someone he knew as “Zman,” offered to sell him a Lennox Pulse furnace like the one stolen. Detectives Sgt. Freddie Cook and Richard McClelland worked with he church member to arrange the purchase, then recovered the furnace, which matched serial numbers provided by pastor Raymond C. Dix.
Dodds will be held without bail when he is apprehended. Green has $30,000 bail.
Plea deal rejected for man accused of assaulting mother
Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe rejected a plea agreement allowing a deferred prosecution for a 45-year-old man charged with assaulting and threatening his 73-year-old mother.
Georgia Sanders told Monroe she wasn’t afraid of her son, despite her statements in the police report made May 1 at the family’s Brunswick home. Sanders told Cpl. David Goshay Ronald Sanders hit her in the face with a stick and threatened to burn the house down if she called police. Her granddaughter was on the phone during the incident, court records state.
In court Wednesday, after reviewing the plea, Monroe said, “We’re having a trial.” Sanders then agreed to plead guilty to the charges. Sentencing is set for Aug. 14. Sanders can be released from jail on a home monitor or pay $500 cash bond.