Eight years for man who had cocaine
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Gary man to eight years in prison for dealing in cocaine.
Michael Paul Freeman, 37, admitted he had more than 7 grams of cocaine in his possession on Aug. 24 when officers with the Gang Response Investigative Team executed a search warrant at his home in the 4100 block of East 11th Avenue in Gary. Freeman also had in his possession a scale and silver spoon, both with cocaine residue, inside his home.
Freeman had faced 20 to 50 years on the original charge. His plea agreement capped his sentenced at 10 years on the class B felony charge of dealing in cocaine, which is punishable by six to 20 years.
Man tells police he was shot, robbed
A 62-year-old Black Oak man told police he was robbed and shot late Wednesday night near a Brunswick gas station.
Lawrence Snow said he saw two men watching him as he walked near 5th Avenue and Colfax Street and started south on Colfax when the men demanded his wallet. He told officers he gave the assailants his wallet, but then one of the men shot him in the leg. The suspects fled. The victim also left the area. Medics and police found him at 15th and Cline avenues, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said. Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez is investigating the robbery/shooting. Anyone with information can call him at 881-4750.