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Updated: November 8, 2012 5:05PM



Friend accidentally shot teenager

Police say a 19-year-old man apparently was shot accidentally Wednesday night.

Aareck Allen, of the 2300 block of Pierce Street, told Patrolmen Arron Allen and Jeremy Joseph he was at home about 4 p.m. when his friend unloaded bullets from a revolver.

Later, the friend fired the gun and struck Allen in the thigh.

Lt. Del Stout investigated the shooting.

Teen charged with battering mother

A Glen Park teen who became upset when his mother would not take him to court lashed out at her, punching her in the face, then breaking glass on her ex-husband’s head.

Verdell D. Davis, 18, is charged with battery resulting in serious body injury and battery resulting in bodily injury for the Oct. 29 incident at his mother’s home.

His mother, Tammy Weatherspoon, told Detective JerVean Gates that Davis wanted her to drive him to Gary City Court for a battery charge he faces where she is the victim, the probable cause affidavit states.

The victim’s ex-husband, Francios Russell, intervened, but Davis “reached around him and punched his mother in the face,” the affidavit states.

Russell needed 10 staples in his head after Davis allegedly struck him with two glass vases and a drinking glass.

Davis was arrested and scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Cedar Lake man tried to take car

Lake Superior Court Magistrate Natalie Bokota sentenced a Cedar Lake man to four years in prison for attempted theft and being an habitual offender.

James E. Czerwinski, 34, admitted he tried to break into a Ford Escape on Dec. 27, 2011, while it was parked at 4641 Washington St., Gary. Czerwinski was about to open the car door when the owner arrived home and scared him off. Czerwinski ran from the victim’s home but was caught minutes later.

Czerwinski has felony convictions for theft in 2006 and auto theft in 2008. He had faced six to 20 years on the original burglary charge.

Bokota ordered that Czerwinski be placed in a therapeutic community within the Indiana Department of Correction, where he can take advantage of programs to assist him in becoming a more productive member of society.

Man thought cop trying to hurt him

A Gary man whose testimony was instrumental in the convictions of two co-defendants charged in a 2004 quadruple murder in Gary has been arrested for resisting law enforcement and other offenses.

Lenzo Aaron III, 32, told Gary police Patrolman Brandon Gildon he thought Gildon was someone who was trying to assault him because he assisted with a murder case.

Aaron was a key witness in the jury trials of Antonio Jones and James Parks, who are serving 240-year sentences for murder in perpetration of a robbery in the Jan. 16, 2004, shooting deaths of Jimmy Jones, 45, his wife, Larice Jones, 47; Anthony McClendon Sr., 24; and his son, Anthony McClendon Jr., 2, at a drug house in the 2600 block of Polk Street, Gary.

On Saturday, Gildon was near 15th Avenue and Virginia Street when he saw a green car run a red light. Gildon turned onto Virginia Street and was preparing to activate his lights and sirens to pull over the car when the driver, identified as Aaron, made a U-turn at 11th and Virginia and began driving south on Virginia at a high rate of speed. Gildon turned around and followed the car with his light and siren on, but the car speeded up and turned west onto 15th Avenue without signaling, then north onto Maryland, again without signaling. As the car tried to negotiate a turn onto 13th Avenue, it crashed in a yard at 600 E. 13th Avenue.

Aaron also was charged with two misdemeanors – reckless driving and operating a vehicle without a license.

Aaron pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery and received a 20-year sentence in February 2005 on each charge. The sentences were ordered served concurrently. In Indiana, inmates receive day-for-day credit for good behavior on their sentences. Inmates also can reduce their prison time by taking classes.



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