Two shot in separate incidents
Two men were shot Saturday in separate incidents, police said. About 12:06 a.m., Vincent Washington, 22, was struck in the arm as he and a friend returned to the victim’s apartment in the 2000 block of W. 5th Avenue. Sgt. Dan Callahan is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information can call him at 881-7545.
At about 8;25 p.m. Saturday, Brandon Bynum, 28, was sitting in a car in the 4000 block of Connecticut Street in Glen Park when a man walked from between two houses and started shooting, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said. He was struck in the lower back and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Detective Alex Jones is investigating this shooting. Anyone with information can call him at 991-7477.
Judge tells victim to think of herself
Demetrius Parmer, 31, said very little Monday morning as he appeared in Gary City Court on a battery charge. His answers were little more than grunts. Court referee Itsia Rivera entered a not guilty plea on Parmer’s behalf, and had plenty to say to victim, who stood next to her boyfriend at the podium.
“You need to think more of yourself,” Rivera told Teresa Wilson, 20. “You don’t need to allow anyone to touch you in any way that is less than loving.” Rivera noted the lump on Wilson’s forehead and told her that police were obligated to arrest Parmer after seeing her injuries, which they also photographed. At her home in the 500 block of Rhode Island Street Sunday morning, Wilson told Patrolmen Jamal Milton and Kwata Osborne that she didn’t want Parmer arrested.
“Fortunately for you, a neighbor got involved,” Rivera said.
She set Parmer’s bond at $1,000 cash and scheduled his next court hearing for May 29. Parmer was arrested and charged with domestic battery, intimidation and strangulation in 2010 and pleaded guilty to the intimidation charge.
Helpful teen gets shoved by neighbor
A 13-year-old Glen Park boy was shoved and knocked down by his neighbor Sunday afternoon while he was helping his neighbor’s wife clean her garage.
Howard Jones, 67, of 4357 Lincoln St., pleaded not guilty to battery and public intoxication in Gary City Court on Monday.
The teen’s mother told Patrolman Julian Bliss her son was at the neighbor’s when Jones returned home and pushed her son in the chest, forcing him to fall backwards against a fence. When police spoke to Jones, he showed signs of intoxication, the police report states.
Jones asked court referee Itsia Rivera to lower his bond, but she kept it at $300 cash and set a trial for May 29. She ordered him to avoid all contact with the victim.
Battery, cocaine sentences levelled
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Gary man to three years for possession of cocaine.
Murray also sentenced James Edward Smith, 39, to one year for misdemeanor battery. The sentences will be served concurrently in Lake County Community Corrections.
Smith admitted on Feb. 7, he was at the victim’s apartment in the 5000 block of West 25th Avenue in Gary when he and the woman got into an argument. The dispute turned physical and Smith admitted he struck the woman with a closed fist on her head and face, causing swelling, redness and bruising.
After Gary police arrested Smith, they found 11.2 grams of crack cocaine in his possession.