Work release plus 6 mos. for dealing
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Hammond man to six years for dealing in cocaine or a narcotic drug.
Jedidiah D. Edmonds, 33, will serve six months in prison, followed by five-and-a-half years in Lake County Community Corrections day-reporting program.
Edmonds detailed a series of personal tragedies, including the overdose death of his 16-year-old nephew, losing his eyesight and losing his job. When money became tight, he started selling drugs in 2011. Edmonds admitted he sold cocaine to a detective working undercover on Nov. 3, 2011, at the GoLo gas station, 7306 Indianapolis Blvd., Hammond. He had been charged with four additional drug-dealing offenses involving marijuana and cocaine, which were dismissed.
Defense attorney Noah L. Holcomb said his client has taken steps to turn around his life, including regaining custody of his children who were taken away following Edmonds’ arrest in 2012, and continuing with counseling and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Deputy prosecutor Michael Woods argued that the six-year term outline in the plea agreement should be served in prison because the drug deals involved considerable quantities and because Edmonds had problems completing probation in the past.
Four charged with illegal gambling
Four men have been charged in connection with an illegal gambling operation at the Dyer VFW Post 6448.
Theodore J. Cattoni, 61, of Schererville; Marc A. Cole, 44, of Crown Point; Brian L. Thompson, 50, of Dyer and Fred A. Tibias, 64, of St. John, are charged with promoting professional gambling, professional gambling and maintaining a professional gambling site – five class D felonies that each carry a maximum three-year sentence.
The charges filed in Lake Superior Court stems from an investigation by the Indiana Gaming Commission in which authorities allege the men were involved in offering or prompting gambling at the post at 2125 Gettler St. between Aug. 3 and May 7 when a search warrant was obtained.
Cattoni, who owns Al’s Tap and Liquor Store in Lynwood, Ill., is identified as the owner of four electronic Cherry Master gambling machines.
Cole told investigators he had been the canteen manager and was paid an hourly rate plus cash from proceeds from the machines that were confiscated during the execution of the search warrant.
Thompson is responsible for building maintenance of the organization.
Tobias is the post commander.
From August to March, the post took in $114,503 through the four machines and paid out $71,140, for a net income of $43,363. Court records state that the post got 60 percent of the income and Cattoni took 40 percent.
The investigation also showed money from tip board payouts, stamp machines that vended pull-tab games, and various other raffles, including for a set of golf clubs, and dice games
Cattoni denied owning the gambling machines when interviewed by Indiana Gaming Commission investigators.