Updated: December 7, 2012 5:08PM
Dozen arrested in police sweep
Twelve people were arrested on various charges Thursday night when several area law enforcement agencies joined Gary police in a sweep through the community, spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.
Gary Capt. Charles Austin arrested a Glen Park man outside a convenience store at 45th Avenue and Harrison Street.
Carrington Pitts, 23, of Gary, was being held pending charges of possession of a controlled substance.
Tracy Banker, 23, a Miller resident, was arrested in the 5000 block of W. 19th Avenue pending a felony residential entry charge.
Patrolman Donald Briggs and an unnamed Portage officer saw two people loitering outside a liquor store at 49th Avenue and Georgia Street. Marcus Morton, 29, and Timothy Frierson, 19, were both charged with possession of marijuana.
In the 700 block of Ralston street, police arrested James Youngblood, 23, facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance and Tony Floyd, 27, and Errick Banks, 31, on warrants.
Arrested on warrants were: Bianca McDuffie, 29, of Fort Wayne; Donnel Lewis, 28, of Gary; Ronald Hunter, 24, Shantrice Johnson, 30, and Tiffany Byrd, 33.
Two shot in separate incidents
Two people were shot in separate incidents Thursday, police said.
Russell Phelps, 18, a resident of the Glen Ryan subdivision, was shot in the foot as he ran from assailants in the 4200 block of Madison Street about 10:20 p.m.
Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information can call him at 881-4750.
Earlier Thursday, Wesley Thornton, 31, a Glen Park resident, said he was walking in the 5200 block of W. 20th place about 9:15 a.m. when he heard arguing and was shot in the arm.
Sgt. Larry Robertson is investigating the case. Anyone with 881-7545.
Teen pleads to recklessness
A 17-year-old Gary teen was placed on probation for one year after pleading guilty Friday to criminal recklessness.
Larry Lamar Harris admitted he and others agreed to help a female take money from an individual on Dec. 31 outside West Side High School in Gary. Harris admitted he pulled a jacket over the victim’s head while Harris, the female and others attacked the victim, who sustained scrapes, bruises and swelling to his right eye. The female took $300 during the assault.
Harris must pay $182.48 in restitution and earn his GED while on probation.
He pleaded guilty to a felony charge, but judgment was entered as a misdemeanor under terms of the plea agreement, which was accepted by Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.