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CROWN POINT — A man accused of operating a dog-fighting business in St. John was ordered Thursday to provide police an example of his handwriting. 

Robert Harper, 46, is charged in Lake Criminal Court with two felony offenses related to animal fighting after a 2015 police raid at his St. John home turned up wounded dogs and dog-fighting paraphernalia.

The paraphernalia included hand-written notes, training regimens, dietary logs and journals.

Deputy Prosecutor Maureen Koonce requested Thursday that Judge Diane Boswell order Harper to provide police a sample of his handwriting, which prosecutors could use to determine whether he created the materials found in the home.

Defense attorney Paul Stracci objected to the motion. He said Harper's dogs were show dogs, which is why he kept the training and diet journals.

Boswell granted the state's motion for a handwriting example.

Harper's next court date is May 14.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.