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Updated: April 6, 2013 4:41PM



Gary

Man arrested after police find drugs

Lake County police arrested a resident of Glen Ryan subdivision Thursday afternoon when they responded to reports of drug activity.

Daniel Thomas Sr., 33, of 628 New Jersey St., was not at home when police arrived and found uninhabitable conditions there, “including urine, feces, rat/mouse droppings and molded food,” department spokeswoman Patti Van Til said.

Police found a door open and went inside because the foul odor emanating from the house suggested a crime scene, Van Til said. Thomas, described as a known gang member, has a previous conviction for possession of marijuana.

They found 113 grams of marijuana, morphine pills and PCP in the house.

Thomas was being held pending drug charges.

Police arrest
convicted felon

Members of the Crime Suppression Unit arrested a convicted felon with a handgun after they stopped him because he was walking in the road instead using the sidewalk.

Deshalon France, 21, was stopped near 40th Avenue and Delaware Street Thursday afternoon by Lt. Samuel Roberts, Cpl. Damon Bradshaw and Patrolman Donald Briggs. He admitted having a gun, which police seized. He was charged with carrying a gun without a license. He was arrested by Gary police in 2011 for the same charge. That case is still pending, court records show.

Sgt. Freddie Cook is investigating the case.

Two men arrested after stealing items

Reports of two men taking items from an abandoned garage led to the arrest of Jeffrey Howard, 53, and a second suspect who is also wanted on a warrant in LaPorte County.

Police went to the 4000 block of Massachusetts Street about 4:10 p.m. Thursday and saw two men with some items, who ran from officers. Both were apprehended and were being held facing charges of criminal trespass, resisting law enforcement and theft.

Nephew in custody after shooting at uncle

A 27-year-old man is in custody facing felony charges after his uncle accused him of pointing a gun and firing at him Thursday night.

The victim told police he was visiting his sister when his nephew, Leo Taylor, “started playfully poking him in his side,” police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said. He told Taylor to stop, causing Taylor to become angry. Taylor produced a gun and threatened to shoot his uncle, then fired a shot in his direction, King said.

Detective Cpl. Jeff Hornyak is investigating.

Delivery man
robbed at gun point

A delivery man for Golden Chop Suey told police he was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday at 21st Avenue and Rhode Island Street.

The 21-year-old employee went to the area about 9 p.m. and looked for a man on a bicycle, because the caller said that’s how he would be identified. The man on the bike said he had placed the order, but then a second man arrived with a gun and demanded the driver’s money. Both suspects then fled, one on foot and the other on a bike.

Griffith

Police looking into burglary attempt

GRIFFITH — Police are investigating a burglary at a storage unit business.

Officers were called to GTC Ulock, 249 Ivanhoe Court, were the owner had discovered nine storage units had been entered between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 5:20 p.m. Thursday. The owner discovered the front gate locked, but a hole had been cut in the fence on the east side of the lot. A suitcase was discovered in a field about 15 to 20 feet east of the hole in the fence.



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