Law and Order Porter County
November 4, 2012 11:16PM
Updated: December 6, 2012 6:20AM
Man fatally shot on Sunday
A Gary man was shot to death in an apparent homicide Sunday night outside a home in the 5000 block of W. 7th Avenue.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office said James J. Parker, 22, suffered fatal gunshot wounds. He resided at 1768 Noble St.
Gary man faces multiple
A traffic stop led police to arrest a man for possession of marijuana, crack cocaine and other drugs early Saturday morning.
Jimmie L. Sanders, 48, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, two counts of possession of a legend drug, and operating while intoxicated with a previous conviction, which are Class D felonies, along with misdemeanor marijuana and drunken driving charges.
Around 12:33 a.m., police saw a red Chevy pickup weaving excessively and repeatedly crossing the center line into the southbound lande of County Line Road.
The officer pulled over the truck and spoke to the driver, who smelled of burnt marijuana. His speech was slurred and he displayed slowed reactions and poor manual dexterity by repeatedly dropping his ID. He also had burn marks on his lips.
He admitted to smoking “weed.” He failed field sobriety tests by repeatedly stumbling and losing his balance. He retrieved a bag of marijuana from his shoe as well as a bag of crack cocaine.
Police also discovered seven pills that a friend gave him for his sore back; they were identified as prescription muscle relaxers.
Sanders refused chemical tests, but records revealed that he had a previous OWI conviction in March 2012.
Four people arrested on alcohol, drugs charges
Police broke up an alcohol and drugs party involving four teenage girls and one boy early Saturday morning.
Around 12:59 a.m., an officer stopped pulled into the Cast Away Motel parking lot. located at 5400 U.S. 20, when he noticed two cars — a red Chevy Cobalt and a silver Chevy Malibu — parked with their engines running.
Two 18-year-old girls were in the Cobalt, while two 15-year-old girls, a 16-year-old girl and 18-year-old Lake Station resident Oscar Hernandez-Gutierrez were in the Malibu. Police found an unopened bottle of rum, Coke and plastic cups in the Malibu. Police also found a canister of marijuana on the driver’s side floorboard.
Hernandez-Gutierrez said he joined the girls when the stopped by a friend’s house because he wanted to party with them. He said his goal was to have sex with them. When the girls were asked if they were hiding any marijuana, one pulled out a cigarette carton with marijuana inside and another had a smoking pipe in her purse. Police found some Xanax pills in a container on Hernandez-Gutierrez’ key ring
Hernandez-Gutierrez was charged with possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance, which are Class D felonies, and several misdemeanors. The juvenile girls are facing drug and alcohol misdemeanor charges.
Portage man arrested for marijuana possession
Police found marijuana in a man’s truck after they pulled him over for expired plates Saturday morning.
James C. Sonntag, 51, was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession
At 9:15 a.m., a Portage officer pulled over a red Ford pickup for expired plates near Dombey Road and Evergreen Avenue. The officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana, but Sonntag and his passenger, Jay McHargue, denied that they had been smoking. Sonntag told police that he’d been at a fire where maybe others were moking.
The officer asked the two men to exit the vehicle and performed a pat-down search, discovering $800 in Sonntag’s coat pocket. A search of the car revealed several pill bottles with what appeared to be marijuana residue.
Sonntag grew nervous and he reached into a roof compartment and produced a plastic bag with marijuana inside. Sonntag was transported to the Porter County Jail.
Man charged with OWI
A license plate check revealed that a Portage man was driving while intoxicated on Saturday night.
David W. Rogers, 50, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated.
Around 11:44 p.m., police stopped a red Ford Taurus for expired plates near 3100 Willowcreek Road. Rogers’ breath had the strong odor of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.
Rogers told the police that he drank four or five Vodka shots that night. He had a 0.12 percent blood-alcohol content. Rogers was transported to the Porter County Jail.