Updated: April 29, 2013 4:22PM
Judge: Ambulances aren’t taxi cabs
When Patrolman Francis Peckler arrived at 35th Avenue and Buchanan Street Saturday night, it was the second time he’d encountered Jaime Huerta-Loera, 42, drunk, standing in the street and calling for an ambulance because he wanted a ride to Merrillville.
Peckler arrested Huerta-Loera, who pleaded guilty to public intoxication Monday in Gary City Court.
Court referee Itsia Rivera translated for the Hammond resident, who spoke little English. He told her “I have many years drinking. That’s why I want to stop.”
Rivera told him he couldn’t use ambulances as taxi cabs and he nodded his head. He told her a friend had “dropped him off at the other guy’s house,” and he called for medics. She sentenced him to 60 days in jail, but suspended most that time and ordered him to attend 20 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. She agreed he could also enter a residential treatment program.
Man robbed of car keys by six people
A 61-year-old Glen Park man told police six men took his car keys from him at gunpoint at the back of his home late Friday night. The victim said he had just returned home in the 300 block of E. 43rd Avenue when the assailants, one armed with a gun, approached and demanded his key. The suspects fled in his silver 2013 Hyundai Accent. Detective Lorenzo Davis is investigating the robbery. Anyone with information can call him at 881-4738.
Man shot, suffers graze wound
Detective Alex Jones is investigating the shooting of Mike Edwards, 33, who told police he was at 19th Avenue and Grant Street about 2:45 p.m. Saturday when a car pulled up alongside him and someone fired at him. Edwards suffered a graze wound and drove to the Methodist Hospital Northlake campus for treatment. Anyone with information can call Jones at 881-7477.
Teen gang member arrested for guns
Police arrested a 19-year-old member of the 22nd Avenue Boys gang Thursday afternoon when they found three weapons, including two handguns that were reported stolen, cocaine and cash at his parents’ home.
Charles Denson Jr. was being held pending a charge of criminal recklessness. His mother told Lake County Detective and anti-gang coordinator Tom Branson her son had exchanged gunfire with another man then ran onto the house.