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Law and Order - Lake

May 20, 2010


Police have suspects in two unrelated burglaries.

Someone removed a screen and went in through a window of a home in the 1400 block of North Jay Street. The owner arrived home and saw someone running inside her fenced back yard at 3:25 p.m. Monday. A game system and iPod were stolen.

In the second burglary, between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday someone went in through a window at a condo in the 500 block of North Oakwood and stole a TV and glass tables.

Man on work release assaults woman

Shawn M. Johnson, 28, of Gary faces a felony charge of theft/receiving stolen charges and misdemeanor domestic battery, invasion of privacy and interfering with reporting a crime after he allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend, stole her phone and ran from police.

The woman, who has a restraining order against Johnson, told officers he grabbed her as she was leaving Casey's General Store, then struck her in the left eye, took her phone, threw her keys into a nearby field and fled in a blue mini-van.

While the officer was completing paperwork, the woman's sister said she had been receiving disturbing text messages from Johnson on her sister's stolen phone. Through the messages, police learned Johnson was sleeping in a blue van near 47th and Buchanan.

He ran from police but was quickly caught.

Johnson told police he violated the terms of work release, where he was sentenced by Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray to two years for theft, followed by two years on probation for domestic battery.


Mail carrier can't make deadline, dumps mail

A mail carrier has been charged with theft after she left seven tubs of mail undelivered outside an apartment complex in Gary.

Deanna Nicole Lowe, 32, of Calumet City, Ill., was charged in Lake Superior Court following an investigation that grew from an anonymous call on May 10. The caller told police there were four bins with mail, three tubs with sales fliers and a phone book, and one empty tub outside the mailboxes at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Mississippi Street.

An investigation showed Lowe, described in court records as a transitional employee, had been assigned to deliver mail from those routes.

In a statement to investigators, Lowe said she became "overwhelmed" at the amount of mail that had to be delivered and decided to leave it at the apartment complex at about 4:45 p.m., returned to the post office and clocked out at about 6 p.m. without informing anyone. She said she went back to the complex after work but the mail was gone.

The charge is punishable by a maximum three-year sentence.


Dyer man accused of selling methadone

A Dyer man was arrested for attempting to sell methadone to undercover officers at the Lake Station Burger King on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 4:15 p.m., the man drove into the parking lot of the restaurant, located at 2203 Ripley St.

The 43-year-old man gave the officers 15 methadone tablets, which are worth $150. The man's name will not be released until he is formally charged today.

Lake Station Police Chief Mike Stills said the man was so shocked by the arrest that he experienced either an asthma attack or some type of seizure. Officers had to administer CPR on him until a Hobart ambulance arrived.

The man was taken to Porter hospital in Portage for treatment.