Law and Order, Gary
Post-Tribune staff reports April 10, 2013 11:02PM
Murder charge dropped in case of burned body
Prosecutors have dismissed a murder charge filed against a Gary man in a 2005 case involving a 17-year-old who was shot and his body burned.
There is insufficient evidence to proceed on the murder case filed Feb. 1 against Michael Dwayne English, 32, but prosecutors have the option of refiling the case if additional evidence is available in the homicide of Calvin Golden, whose body was discovered June 15, 2005, in a wooded area in the 4200 block of Vermont Street, Gary. The murder case was dismissed March 28.
Meanwhile, Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Stephaniak sentenced English on two unrelated cases on Wednesday.
English was sentenced to 12 months for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and 28 months for trespass. The sentences will be served concurrently. English admitted he and two other men on March 30, 2011, entered Riley School on East 43rd Avenue in Gary without permission of the owner. Defense attorney Scott King said his client buys and rehabs buildings and was interested in purchasing the school, but had been given bad advice from a “middle man” and didn’t own the property.
English had faced two to eight years on a burglary charge, which was dismissed under terms of the plea agreement.
Two shot driving on Clay Street
Two people were shot Tuesday night as they drove south on Clay Street near 15th Avenue.
Kennedy Dupree, 36, and Jasmine Manuel, 20, heard “a loud banging sound,” then noticed the back window of the car was broken, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said. Dupree told police he saw that Manuel was bleeding and sped to the Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus about 9 p.m. for treatment. She suffered a graze wound to her head and Dupree was wounded in the back.
Detective Cpl. James Nielsen is investigating the double shooting. Anyone with information can call him at 881-4754.
Wallace student arrested after struggle with officer
A 16-year-old student at Lew Wallace High School was arrested Tuesday after he struck a Gary reserve officer working security at the school. The teen and school security guard were both injured in a struggle outside the gymnasium about 12:30 p.m. The student is at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center charged with battery on law enforcement, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
Police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said the officer, Gerald Horton, was trying to move students toward the gymnasium because of a large fight going on in the building when the teen saw Horton escorting his sister and told Horton to leave his sister alone. King said the boy cursed at the officer and argued with him.
Horton told the brother to go into the gymnasium and he became belligerent. The officer grabbed the teen’s shirt “to keep him from walking away,” King said, but the boy began struggling and swinging his elbows. Horton had a hand injury and the boy’s eye was bruised.