EXCLUSIVE: Gary Council Member’s Husband Charged With Murder, Dealing in Cocaine, Heroin

Linda Barnes-Caldwell could not be reached for comment regarding this article.  A source informed the Gazette that Councilwoman Barnes-Caldwell and Teddia Caldwell may have been separated before his arrest.

  • Teddia Caldwell a/k/a Teddy, 42, of Gary, Indiana
  • o   Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
  • o   Count 2, 3, 4, 5, 16, 17- Distribution of Crack Cocaine
  • o   Count 6, 9-Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Heroin
  • o   Count 10-Distribution of Heroin
  • o   Count 11-Felon in Possession of A Firearm
  • o   Count 12, 13-Possesion of A Firearm in Furtherance of A Drug Trafficking Crime
  • o   Count 18-Murder of Akeem Oliver While Engaging in A Narcotics Conspiracy
  • o   Count 19-Murder of Kevin Hood While Engaging in A Narcotics Conspiracy

All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.

February 23, 2018-According to a source close to the investigation, Teddia Caldwell, age 42, who was charged today in the murders of Kevin Hood and Akeem Oliver as well as dealing drugs, is the husband of Gary Common Council Member Linda Barnes Caldwell.   Teddia Caldwell, like so many politically connected in Lake County, seems to have had serious felony charges disappear in the past.  In 2006 Caldwell was charged with a Class A Felony, the highest charge other than murder in the State of Indiana.  In that case Gary Police alleged that Teddia “Teddy” Caldwell was dealing cocaine.  The case was scheduled for a jury trial in 2010 but was dismissed by Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter according to Court records.  Neither Gary Police nor Lake County Sheriff’s Police were involved in today’s raid of seven locations.

In a 2008 case, there is a court notation that as follows:

Crim Div CF – G04 (45G04-0101-CF-00035)
State of Indiana vs TEDDIA CALDWELL
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2008-08-13 Order dated 08-12-08 received in Clerk’s Office 08-13-08. Notified Ms. Caldwell @ 2692 Connecticut St, Gary In 46407 and Atty Jerry Peteet with copy of order dated 08-12-08. [mm/13]

This address is the same as that used by Gary Common Council Member Linda Barnes-Caldwell in her 2015 annual campaign finance statement:

 

Crim Div FA – G04 (45G04-0609-FA-00054)
State of Indiana vs TEDDIA CALDWELL

 

Action Code Action Description Disposition Disposition Date Offense Ticket Number Speed Zone
35-48-4-1(FA)(A) Dealing in Cocaine Charge Dismissed State 2007-09-10 Class A Felony
35-48-4-1(FA)(1) Dealing in Cocaine Charge Dismissed State 2007-09-10 Class B Felony
35-47-4-5X Unlawful poss of firearm by serious violent felon Charge Dismissed State 2007-09-10 Class B Felony

Other charges were also dismissed, possibly due to a plea agreement.  Caldwell was convicted of a single count of Robbery in

Crim Div CF – G04 (45G04-0101-CF-00018)
State of Indiana vs TEDDIA CALDWELL
Action Code Action Description Disposition Disposition Date Offense Ticket Number Speed Zone
35-42-5-1(FB) Robbery Charge Dismissed State 2001-11-29 Class B Felony

2 Comments

  1. Maybe, just maybe someone might request Bernie Carter why he dismissed those charges?

    I’m surprised there are not more charges!

    & the council person, spouse had no idea, right? 😉

  2. Thats the reason why we need to stop re- elected these no good people in office cause they put these bums back on the street to kill people when they should have be locked up…simple

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