HOBART — Police arrested a Gary woman Saturday on allegations she stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the neck, took his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, led officers on a high-speed chase with kids in tow, lost control of the car and attempted to flee on foot.
The 26-year-old woman was arrested Saturday evening after the car chase ended in the area of Clay Street and Marquette Road in Lake Station, Hobart police Capt. James Gonzales said.
Police discovered the woman had four children in the car after the chase ended. The officer initially didn't notice the children, he said.
The children were not hurt, but were transported to a hospital as a precaution, police said.
The day's events began about 9:15 a.m., when Hobart police responded to the ex-boyfriend's home in the 3700 block of Colbourne Street for a stabbing.
The man told officers he had argued with his ex-girlfriend, they fought and she cut his neck with a knife before fleeing in his Camaro, police said.
The man was taken to a local hospital and later flown to a Chicago-area hospital for further treatment. He was in stable condition Sunday, police said.
Hobart investigators learned the woman lived in the 3300 block of Delaware Street in Gary. While conducting a check of that area about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, an officer noticed the woman driving the Camaro, police said.
The officer activated his emergency lights, and the woman sped off as the officer followed with lights and siren on, police said.
The pursuit continued west on 36th Avenue, north on Broadway, west on Interstate 80/94, south on Burr Street and east on Interstate 80/94 to Central Avenue.
The woman lost control of the car in the area of Clay Street and Marquette Road, where the vehicle came to a stop. She got out and attempted to run, but was caught by police, Gonzales said.
The pursuing Hobart officer's car slid into the Camaro, causing minor damage to both vehicles.
The woman was being held pending the filing of formal charges Monday in the car chase, Gonzales said.
Police also continued to interview the woman, her ex-boyfriend and sort through other facts.
HAMMOND – More than two dozen Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters were each sentenced Monday to one count of health care theft.
According to U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch's office, 27 members of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters pleaded guilty to filing false medical claims illegally requesting reimbursement of medical expenses from the union’s health care program.
All have been ordered to pay restitution to the union in the amount of $531,422.68, according to a news release.
“Both the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefit and Security Administration take health care fraud seriously. To be able to have restitution ordered in excess of $500,000 greatly enhances the reliability of these plans," Kirsch said.
James Vanderberg, special agent-in-charge for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General's Chicago region, said his office will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit and Security Administration and our law enforcement partners "to protect the integrity of employee benefit plans."
Jeffrey A. Monhart, with the Employee Benefits Security Administration in Chicago, said in a news release the office will continue aggressively investigating such crimes to "protect the right of America's workers."
These cases were investigated by the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General and the Employee Benefits Security Administration and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Indiana.
The defendants sentenced include: Michael Broviak, 60, Crown Point; Brian Clare, 41, Hebron; John Considine Jr, 38, Hobart; Bradley Crostreet, 48, Valparaiso; Ryan Cundiff, 42, Crown Point; Thomas Drutis, 61, Highland; Brian Ellis, 48, Hobart; Dennis Gardner, 55, LaPorte; William Gramhofer IV, 35, Valparaiso; Robert Gutierrez, age unknown, Demotte; Edgar Hilzley, 39, Portage; Luka Kljajic, 58, Griffith; Derek Lamprecht, 35, Hebron; Christopher LeBell, 38, Cedar Lake; Justin Lindner, 34, Lake Village; Eric Murray, 40, Valparaiso; Daniel Rehfeldt, 51, Hobart; Jeremy Ryba, 46, Walkerton; Eric Sampias, 41, Lowell; Darrell Smith, 50, Lake Station; Kenneth Tolson, 44, Monterey; Ryan Valentine, 41, Valparaiso; Aaron Vaughan, 27, Lake Station; Trommel Walters Sr., 44, Michigan City; Joshua Westfall, 40, LaPorte; Joshua Zale, 29, Chesterton; and Thomas Zale, 53, Valparaiso.
CROWN POINT — A man accused of fatally shooting another patron at a Gary cheesesteak shop last year will argue he acted in self-defense at his murder trial next month, his attorney said in a court hearing Monday.
Attorney J. Michael Woods said at a motion hearing Monday the defense would not dispute at trial Marcus L. McCain was depicted in surveillance footage shooting Marcel T. Harris during the early morning Aug. 5 at Philly's Steak and Lemonade, 5405 W. 25th Ave. in Gary.
Woods said the video clearly depicted McCain, and it would be “malpractice” to suggest otherwise. He said instead the 30-year-old Wisconsin man will argue he acted in self-defense by shooting Harris.
Witnesses told police at the time of the shooting Harris and McCain were involved in an altercation, according to court records. Surveillance footage allegedly showed Harris pushing McCain before the defendant retrieved a handgun from an associate and shot Harris in the head. Harris was 29.
McCain, his friend and a woman then left the scene in a black SUV. Authorities released a portion of the surveillance footage after the homicide, which led to tips identifying McCain as the shooter.
Woods' statements were made as attorneys wrangled over several pretrial motions in McCain's case, which is scheduled for trial Dec. 17 before Judge Samuel L. Cappas.
CROWN POINT — A woman is charged with slapping a toddler last month while she was an employee at a day care in Gary.
Alexis L. McFerson, 34, was charged in Lake Criminal Court with battery, a level 6 felony, on allegations she struck a 2-year-old boy Oct. 8 at Pathways day care, 1061 Harrison Blvd. in Gary, according to court records.
The boy's mother told Gary police she was dropping her child off with the 34-year-old woman at the home day care. She said the boy threw a toy at McFerson's head, and the employee responded by smacking her child in the face, records state
The mother told police the blow was so forceful it left a hand print. The child suffered bruising and an eye hemorrhage, records state.
Georgie Haskins, owner of Pathways, said Monday McFerson was fired immediately after the incident. She said McFerson, who she described as a good employee before the incident, told her, “It was like a reflex.”
McFerson remained wanted on a warrant Monday morning, records state. Her surety bond is $20,000.
GARY — Scores of family members gathered Sunday night with candles, teddy bears and tearful hugs by the train tracks in Gary where 16-year-old Jeremiah Robinson was struck and killed the night before.
He was struck by a train while on break from his job at a McDonald's down the street, a time he would normally spend shooting hoops at a nearby park.
They bowed their heads in prayer in the wintry cold and released balloons into the dark night sky in remembrance of a happy-go-lucky teenager who loved to sing, dance and play basketball.
"He was always awesome," his mother Rena Robinson said. "There was never a dull moment with him. Never. He was always smiling. He was always happy. He's in a better place, and he's not suffering."
The Lake County coroner's office was dispatched around 9:40 p.m. Saturday to Methodist Hospital Northlake in regard to a subject that had suffered blunt force trauma at an incident in the city's Miller neighborhood, according to a news release.
The incident is under investigation by the Gary Police Department. Indiana State Police assisted CSX and Gary police.
"CSX appreciates the swift response by local emergency personnel and extends its thoughts to those impacted by this event," a CSX spokesperson said. "At CSX safety is our highest priority in the communities we serve. We remind the public that any activity on or near a rail line can be dangerous."
A student at Gary Lighthouse Charter School, Robinson lived with his mother and siblings in Gary's Glen Park neighborhood. He was so diligent he would ride his bike 12 miles all the way to his job at the McDonald's in Miller if his mother's car wasn't working, relatives said.
"He was the man of the house," his mother said. "He was the oldest. He's going to be missed. For him to be 16, he had a lot of impact on people."
He did chores for neighbors, such as mowing their lawns.
Robinson was remembered as a high-spirited churchgoer who was protective of his siblings.
"He was a happy kid, full of life," his aunt Shalonda Allen said. "He loved to dance. He loved to rap. He was an entertainer. He loved basketball. He loved his mother. Full of life ... full of life ... full of life."
Relatives described him as a jokester who loved to make others laugh and a mother's boy. One of his final Facebook posts last week said, "My mama is the strongest woman I know, making sure we have everything we need. There is no one I love more than you."
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