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Suspect in killings had history of violence against women

Suspect in killings had history of violence against women

The last time Gary officers encountered Darren D. Vann — in 2004 — he had poured gasoline over himself and threatened to set himself on fire.

October 20, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Lake Station man accused of abusing 6-year-old girl

CROWN POINT | A 25-year-old man is accused of inappropriately touching a 6-year-old girl. 

October 19, 2014 12:05 am
Sweet second chance

Sweet second chance

William Hirtman unloads turkey legs from racks at Heinkel’s Packing Co., Inc. where he has been working for five months in Decatur, Ill. Hirtman, 53, of Decatur, is about to graduate from Macon County Hybrid Court, a diversion program that gives offenders guilty of nonviolent felonies the su…

October 19, 2014 12:00 am

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Supreme Court sides with equality for all

October 18, 2014 12:00 am

Drug charges net Gary man two-year prison sentence

CROWN POINT | A 65-year-old man was sentenced Friday to two years in prison after admitting to having hydrocodone pills without a prescription. 

October 17, 2014 9:39 pm
Merrillville woman found not guilty in Hobart store fight

Merrillville woman found not guilty in Hobart store fight

CROWN POINT | A Merrillville woman who was accused of choking and threatening a shopper at a Hobart store was acquitted of the charges this week. 

October 17, 2014 6:33 pm Related
Mother accused in fatal beating of Gary toddler appears in court

Mother accused in fatal beating of Gary toddler appears in court

CROWN POINT | A woman accused of beating to death her 22-month-old son made her first formal appearance in court Friday. 

October 17, 2014 6:26 pm Related

Hammond man beat neighbor to death with bat, police say

CROWN POINT | As Hammond officers were investigating the beating death of Robert K. Swafford Wednesday, a neighbor across the street was burning his bloody clothing.

October 16, 2014 6:50 pm Related

Gary man gets 16 years in attack in exchange for police cooperation

CROWN POINT | A 30-year-old man admitted Thursday to driving over a man who had been shot then stabbing him multiple times, according to court records. 

October 16, 2014 6:40 pm Related
After four years of delays, E.C. woman asks judge to dismiss child abuse case

After four years of delays, E.C. woman asks judge to dismiss child abuse case

CROWN POINT | The case against an East Chicago woman who is accused of beating her toddler to death could be dismissed, and she could be released from jail as early as next week.

October 16, 2014 6:15 pm Related

Bail bid dropped for boy in killing of 90-year-old

HONESDALE, Pa. | A 10-year-old boy charged with fatally beating a 90-year-old woman remained in adult prison Wednesday after his lawyer withdrew a request for bail, saying his family isn't ready to have him released into their custody.

October 15, 2014 4:50 pm
Judge seals expenses for defense in Blount's trial

Judge seals expenses for defense in Blount's trial

CROWN POINT | A Lake County judge has ordered the county auditor's office to seal itemized billings, expenses and fees for the defense of a man accused of killing Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield. 

October 14, 2014 6:45 pm Related

Cops hit redial to catch suspect in pizza delivery robbery

HAMMOND | It didn't take much to figure out who a suspect was in an armed robbery of a Hammond pizza delivery worker. 

October 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Gary woman accused of forging checks from elderly patient

CROWN POINT | A former certified nursing assistant at the Chicagoland Christian Village is accused of forging and cashing checks from a former resident, according to court records.

October 13, 2014 6:00 pm
Gary teen accused of breaking into home, raping woman

Gary teen accused of breaking into home, raping woman

GARY | An 18-year-old man is accused of breaking into a woman's home in August and raping her, according to court records. 

October 13, 2014 5:30 pm Related
Couple accused of failing to return money stolen from elderly woman

Couple accused of failing to return money stolen from elderly woman

VALPARAISO | A Michigan City man and woman are accused of violating their probation by falling way behind in the amount they are ordered to pay back after pleading guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly, blind Chesterton woman they were helping to care for over a period of thr…

October 13, 2014 12:55 pm

Psychologist says Pistorius is 'broken man'

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius is a "broken man" after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he lost her, his reputation, friends, income and sense of self-worth, a psychologist called by the Olympic runner's lawyers testified Monday.

October 13, 2014 7:50 am
Court interpreter accused of taking money to toss charges

Court interpreter accused of taking money to toss charges

HAMMOND | An interpreter in Hammond City Court is accused of taking money from Spanish-speaking defendants and dismissing at least five cases without the court's permission, according to court records. 

October 11, 2014 5:20 pm
Gary man sentenced to 60 years in neighbor fatal beating

Gary man sentenced to 60 years in neighbor fatal beating

CROWN POINT | A 20-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in prison for the beating death of his neighbor. 

October 09, 2014 7:55 pm Related
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