Men charged with carrying handguns without permits
MICHIGAN CITY — Michigan City Police collected 145 firearms from people who voluntarily turned them in during a gun buy back program Friday and Saturday, and picked up a couple more during arrests on the street a day earlier.
About 11:45 a.m. Thursday, an officer conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of South Woodland Avenue and Welnetz Road, where he saw a car doing 46 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to a police report.
The officer said in the report he noticed a strong odor of cannabis and air freshener coming from the car.
The driver, identified as 21-year-old Armahni Deshawn Devale Jackson of Michigan City, was found to be in possession of a handgun – a Springfield Armory semi-automatic with five rounds in an extended magazine concealed in his crotch – and a bag of green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana or hashish, according to the report.
A records check showed he did not have a license to carry the handgun, and his driving privileges were also suspended, police said.
He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a handgun without a license, possession of marijuana and driving while suspended with a prior conviction, according to police. He was also wanted on a warrant from Porter County charging him with driving without ever having received a license, according to court records.
Jackson is being held without bond in the La Porte County Jail, and is scheduled to appear March 15 in Superior Court 4, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.
Court records show he has two driving while suspended cases pending in La Porte County, one from October 2018 and one from January 2019; and a pending carrying a handgun without a license case from August 2018.
About four hours later, an officer was dispatched to the 900 block of Chicago Street about 3:18 p.m. for a report of a man walking down the street with a handgun, according to a police report.
The man was located and identified as 19-year-old Nicholas Allen Lindley of Michigan City, according to the report, which said he had a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm in the waist band on his pants.
Lindley was carrying a handgun and extended magazine to hold more ammunition, police said. A records check showed he did not have a license to carry the gun, and he was charged with a misdemeanor count of carrying a handgun without a license.
Lindley pleaded not guilty Friday, and was released on a $600 cash bond, according to court records. He is scheduled to return to Superior Court 4 on March 29.
Both men were arrested a day before the Silence the Violence Gun Buy Back drive conducted by the MCPD. A total of 99 guns were turned in at the police station on Friday, and the drive ended Saturday with a total of 145 firearms collected.
Anyone still wishing to turn in unwanted handguns, rifles, shotguns, ammunition or gun parts can still do so by contacting Sgt. Chris Yagelski at (219) 873-1461, ext. 1020, or ASKACOP@Emichigancity.com.
—From staff reports