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Updated: December 28, 2012 10:33PM



Lake County

Kentucky driver had pot in his car

A Princeton, Ky., man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after being stopped for speeding and driving erratically.

Terrance Benson, 22, invited the officer to search his car, which smelled of marijuana, after he was stopped by Lake County police in the 17800 block of Wicker Avenue. Benson was clocked on radar at 72 mph in a 60 mph zone and crossed the fog line several times, the probable cause affidavit states. Police found several large bricks of marijuana in sealed bags, which Benson admitted was his.

The charge is punishable by two to eight years. Benson posted $1,000 cash bond and has a Jan. 11 initial hearing before Judge Salvador Vasquez.

HAMMOND

New case for pair accused of murder

Two of three men charged with murder in a Dec. 17 drug-related homicide have been charged with attempted murder in a shooting that left two cousins wounded.

Marcus Anthony Flanagan, 18, of Gary, Marvel Arnez Harper Jr., 22, of Gary, and Jonathan Matthew Lira, 19, of Hammond, face 20 to 50 years in the shooting of Shawn Scott and Chester Palmer, who were gunned down as they walked to a gas station near the 6200 block of Harrison Street.

Lira, in a statement to police, described himself as a future gang member who was told to go with Flanagan to the area of Jackson Street to look for people to shoot at. The order came from a gang member, who informed Lira that another gang member had been shot.

Lira said he drove a minivan down Jackson Street. Harper and Flanagan got out of the van after he parked on Kenwood facing Calumet Avenue. Marcus and Harper yelled a gang slogan and opened fire at three men walking down Kenwood.

Scott was wounded in an artery in his leg and underwent two surgeries at an Illinois hospital.

Palmer, who was shot in the back, had surgery to remove part of his small intestine.

The three men also are charged with aggravated battery and battery by means of a deadly weapon and face 20 to 50 years on the attempted murder counts.

On Wednesday, Harper, Flanagan and Dontrel Hughes, 19, were charged in Lake Superior Court with murder and murder in perpetration of a robbery in a Dec. 17 robbery-shooting near Alice Avenue and Carroll Street that killed David Alexander Jr.



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