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CROWN POINT A 40 year old man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for the neglect that caused his toddler son’s death.

Bernard A. Dillon was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with five years suspended for probation, as per the terms of the plea agreement he agreed to last month with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.

Dillon, 40, of Gary, declined to provide a statement at his sentencing hearing before Judge Clarence Murray. No witnesses spoke on behalf of the state or defendant.

Brandon Dillon was found dead Sept. 30, 2014, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The 22 month old boy suffered a variety of injuries a ruptured stomach, broken spine, bruised internal organs and head trauma that were allegedly inflicted by his parents during potty training.

Dillon and Selena Strong, the boy’s mother, were charged with murder, two counts of neglect of a dependent and battery for their role in the child’s death.

Dillon pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a level 1 felony.

Strong, 29, of Gary, pleaded guilty Friday to the same offense in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

She is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 26.

VALPARAISO Jeffrey John Smar has now been charged with allegedly committing three armed robberies this month in Porter County.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Porter Superior Court this week also ties Smar to armed robberies committed in Winfield last weekend.

A second suspect seen in a surveillance video during a robbery Saturday at La Posh Salon in Winfield was taken into custody Tuesday night, Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball said. The second suspect is a 46 year old Hebron man, he said.

Smar, 47, of Hebron, was charged in Porter County with felony robbery for the Dec. 1 robbery of the Smoke Shop in Hebron; the Dec. 7 robbery of The Designer’s Club salon on Ind. 2 in Center Township and the Dec. 11 robbery of the Country Kitchen in Hebron.

Smar allegedly made off with more than $600 from the salon and $300 from the restaurant,
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according to the affidavit.

Smar is also a suspect in the robbery at La Posh Salon,7853 E. 108th Ave., and a robbery Sunday at Pizza Hut,10889 Randolph St., Winfield.

When Smar was arrested Dec. 11, police found receipts in the pocket of a tan jacket from a business that had been robbed in Winfield, according to the filing.

In all three Porter County cases, Smar allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded money. In two incidents, he fled in a white Buick and in the salon robbery, fled in a tan Honda.

When police began surveillance of Smar’s home on County Road 600 West near Hebron, they spotted a white Buick in a garage at the residence and a beige Honda in the driveway. Both vehicles were registered to Smar’s mother.

In addition, police located a silver revolver wrapped in a rug outside the rear of the home; found multiple tan jackets, as described in two of the robberies, inside the home along with a black Purdue jacket described as being worn in the Smoke Shop robbery. Thursday before Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.

HOBART Police released surveillance images and video of a smash and grab burglary early Tuesday at a T Mobile store. Tuesday, and one of them threw a landscaping brick through the window, Lt. James Gonzales said.

The man entered the store and stole several phones from a display counter.

A second suspect was seen in unreleased video, but the quality of the footage was too poor to determine the man’s identity, Gonzales said.

The first suspect was wearing gloves, a black Nike sweatshirt and Timberland style boots.

Both men fled on foot and were tracked to the area of Rand Street, near the Shelby Street apartments, police said.

CROWN POINT A criminal court judge has appointed two special prosecutors to pursue felony charges against Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington.

Stanley M. Levco and John H. Meyers were appointed Tuesday to prosecute the councilman on charges of criminal confinement, intimidation,
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misdemeanor battery and interference with reporting a crime.