Law and Order Gary
September 20, 2012 5:08PM
Updated: September 20, 2012 11:40PM
After school fight leads to arrests
Two teenage girls and the father of another teen were arrested Wednesday afternoon as police broke up a brawl that began when students from Gary New Tech High School alighted from their bus at 47th Avenue and Harrison Street.
Tonie Vance, 18, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement as she allegedly first interfered with police who tried to get the crowd under control.
Leticia Starks was arrested after patrolman James Sheets saw her grab another girl by the hair and try to hit her.
Joseph Hill, 34, arrived and stopped his car in the middle of the road. Lt. Samuel Roberts and Patrolman Calvin Taylor told him to move his car, but he said he was there to locate suspects who attacked his daughter.
When Hill did start driving, Roberts heard a threat from an occupant of the car and stopped Hill east of Harrison Street.
Hill moved from Illinois more than 60 days ago and had an expired driver’s license. He became irate and argumentative and was arrested for driving without a license and three traffic violations.
Felon who ran from police arrested
A convicted felon who allegedly ran from police Wednesday was arrested when officers recovered a semiautomatic handgun dropped during the chase.
Deron Moten, 23, was standing in a group of men about 2:30 p.m. when Crime Suppression Unit Cpl. Javier Garza and Patrolman Justin Clark arrived to check reports of a possible fight involving weapons at Dorie Miller Housing Development.
One man saw officers and ran, prompting the officers to chase him.
Garza saw the man drop an item in a garbage can and recovered a loaded handgun. Moten has a prior conviction for possession of cocaine. He faces charges of resisting law enforcement and being a felon in possession of a handgun.