CROWN POINT — Complaints by neighbors of a suspicious odor in an East Chicago apartment building resulted in a drug bust that netted police 219 pounds of marijuana.
East Chicago police received several complaints from residents Jan. 29 about a marijuana odor at the apartment building, 3612 Superior Court, which residents believed came from apartment No. 4, according to court documents.
An officer learned a white truck parked outside the building was registered to an occupant of apartment No. 4. The officer observed a man obtain a backpack from the truck, and then leave the complex in a gray car.
The gray car was stopped by police near Harbor Foods, 3830 Guthrie St., documents state. The driver was identified as Darnell Anderson Jr.
Anderson provided the officer permission to search the vehicle, and while doing so the officer found a plastic bag containing 1-pound of a green, leafy substance, which later tested positive for marijuana.
A more thorough search of the vehicle turned up eight boxes loaded with an additional 218 pounds of marijuana, court documents state.
Anderson, 30, admitted to police the 1-pound of marijuana belonged to him, but said the other 218 pounds belonged to a family member.
Anderson was charged Thursday in Lake Criminal Court with two felony counts of dealing marijuana and two misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession.
Anderson's surety bond is $20,000, documents state.
Black ice and an infrastructure repair tied up traffic Monday on the Borman Expressway during the morning rush hour and into the early afternoon, officials said.
Indiana State Police responded to multiple slide-offs and spin-outs because of black ice on Interstates 80/94 and 65.
Cold temperatures likely contributed to the icy conditions, and police requested Indiana Department of Transportation crews respond to salt the highways.
No serious injuries were reported in any of the crashes, Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said.
Late Monday morning, officials discovered an expansion joint along the Borman Expressway in Hammond in need of patching, said Matthew Deitchley, spokesman for INDOT's Northwest District.
The issue caused traffic to become backed up, as vehicles slowed down to avoid jarring, police said.
INDOT crews organized a team and briefly shut the expressway down to repair the length of the joint, Deitchley said.
Expansion joints occasionally need patching because of the freeze-thaw cycle, he said. The purpose of expansion joints is to allow the bridge to expand and contract safely, so the bridge structure is not damaged.
Temperatures hovered near zero early Monday and were expected to rise into the teens and low 20s, according to the National Weather Service.
The cold followed nine days of snow, which tied a record for most consecutive days with measurable snow in Chicago. Previous records were set in from Jan. 6 to 14, 2009, and Jan. 29 to Feb. 6, 1902.
Snowfall totals for the season went from well below normal to above normal during the nine days, the weather service said.
LOWELL — Police on Monday said they did not anticipate seeking charges in connection with a standoff Sunday in the 300 block of Navajo Trail.
Lowell police were dispatched about 9:50 a.m. Sunday for a report of a domestic disturbance, Police Chief Erik Matson said.
When officers learned a man was armed, they requested help from the Lake County SWAT team, he said.
The SWAT team took a man into custody about two hours after the standoff began.
Officers were seen bringing the man out of the front door of the house on a stretcher, which they wheeled into an ambulance parked in front of the house. Sheriff's police said Sunday the man was taken to a hospital for observation, as a precautionary measure.