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Crime briefs: October 24, 2019

Bloomington police respond to the area of 1300 W. 12th St., after multiple reports of shots fired, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Reports of shots fired 

The Bloomington police received an anonymous call at around 6:38 p.m. Wednesday that shots had been fired in the 1300 block of 12th Street. Multiple people in the area reported hearing gun shots, according to Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo. 

Officers arriving were told that shots had been fired in a parking lot between 12th and 13th Streets, and a witness described 5-6 black males running east, and a thin black male holding a handgun, and tucking it into his pocket, according to Pedigo. Officers investigating found no shell casings, or damage. There were no injuries. One person reported hearing three shots, and another said they heard one. 

“Just because we didn’t locate casings does not mean it didn’t happen,” said Pedigo. Pedigo noted that casings can end up in strange places, and that if a revolver had been fired, there wouldn’t be casings. 

Stolen car recovered, two arrested 

Police arrested two men, and recovered a 1993 Honda car reported stolen, at the Motel 6 at 1800 North Walnut around 1:50 a.m., Oct., 23rd, according to Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo. 

The car had been parked in the 2400 block of S. Walnut, and reported stolen the previous night. A police officer identified the car parked at the Motel 6, said Pedigo. Three people were in the car. The driver of the car claimed that a friend said he could borrow the car, and he had no knowledge of it being stolen. The driver provided a false name to the police who then determined he had outstanding warrants, and was also driving on a suspended license. Another passenger also gave a false name, and was in possession of a synthetic drug that looked like spice, according to Pedigo. A female in the car was released with no charges. 

Jason D. Allen was charged with unauthorized entry of a vehicle; Michael K. Gillespie was charged with possession of a synthetic drug, false identity statement, and driving while suspended. Gillespie also has an outstanding warrant. 

Boy on school bus pepper sprayed 

A boy was pepper-sprayed on a school bus Wednesday according to Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo. 

Officers responded to the intersection of South Spicewood Lane and E. Hemlock Circle where a boy was standing outside a school bus attempting to flush pepper spray from his eyes around 3:25 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Two teenage girls were passing a can of pepper spray back and forth, and when a boy turned around a 15-year-old girl sprayed him. The 15-year-old girl, who said she found the pepper spray, said it was an accident. The mother of the boy did not wish to press charges, according to BPD Capt., Pedigo. Medics called to the scene tried to help the boy flush his eyes, but he was not taken to the hospital. 

Man arrested for dealing spice 

Isaiah C. Berry, who is experiencing homelessness, was arrested in the area of S. Henderson St. and S. Brandon for dealing drugs, according to BPD Capt. Ryan Pedigo. 

An officer passing Berry recognized him, and knew he had an outstanding warrant. When officers took Berry into custody they found a container with a plant like substance that he confirmed to be synthetic marijuana known as spice. Officers also found a glass device used to ingest spice. Berry was also carrying an unlocked safe with a large amount of money organized into various denominations, plastic bags, and a digital scale. According to Pedigo, the spice weighed 231 grams, which is about half a pound.

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