Updated: May 9, 2014 5:32PM
Neighbor who shot man in hip charged
Kathryn Fleming-Green, 56, arrested outside her home Sunday night, is being held on $90,000 bail on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and two more battery charges.
Police arrested her after Aaron Brown, 28, was shot in the hip while planting flowers outside his aunt’s home in the 800 block of Connecticut Street. Fleming-Green lives next door.
Brown was hospitalized and needs surgery, the probable cause affidavit states.
He told Detective Lorenzo Davis that he was planting flowers for his aunt, who is an amputee, when Fleming-Green, “who he has known his entire life,” sitting in a car parked nearby, court records state. She began shouting and threatened to kill him.
She told him, “If you stay out of my flowers, I’ll stay out of yours,” the affidavit states. Brown agreed and returned to his work when she fired a shot into the air, then shot him. “We are even now,” she told him, the affidavit states.
Argument over garbage can escalates
Two neighbors in the 400 block of Tyler Street argued Wednesday night about the placement of garbage cans. A 54-year-old resident said she had the trash can by the alley, but then discovered it had been moved next to her garage, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said. The woman confronted her 82-year-old neighbor, who screamed obscenities at her, then grabbed a power tool and threatened to cut her head off.
“When the power tool wouldn’t start, he got into his vehicle and started it up and hit the 54-year-old woman in her leg,” King said. The victim refused medical treatment from emergency personnel who arrived at the scene.
Silver dollar theft remains a felony
Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced a 22-year-old Gary man to two years on probation for burglary.
Matthew Seeger admitted he broke a rear glass door of a home in the 400 block of Jasper Street in Gary on Jan. 30, 2012, and stole a silver dollar.
Deputy prosecutor Michael Haynes argued for a four-year term served on probation and community service. He noted the victim wanted any restitution used to help Seeger get an education so he doesn’t commit more offenses.
Defense attorney Teresa Hollandsworth noted her client has no prior criminal history other than traffic tickets. “It was a bitter pill for him to swallow to plead guilty to a felony,” Hollandsworth said of her client. Seeger admitted his wrongdoing from the onset, she said.
Seeger said he was with another person when he committed the offense and was acting under peer pressure.
Stefaniak noted Seeger’s remorse for the crime appeared genuine and that while the crime is serious, he didn’t think Seeger belonged in prison.
Seeger had faced six to 20 years on the original charge, which was dismissed.
Cocaine, handgun put man back in jail
Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Gary man to six years in prison for possession of cocaine and carrying a handgun without a license.
Kriston Lamar Barbee, 27, admitted he had cocaine and a handgun in his possession when he and others with him were approached by Gary police on Aug. 8, 2009, in an alley in the 3600 block of Georgia Street.
The judge imposed six years on each charge. The plea agreement indicated that the sentences will be served concurrently.
Barbee had faced six to 20 years on the original charge of unlawful possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon.