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Bank robber hit with nearly 22-year prison sentence

HAMMOND | A federal judge sentenced a convicted bank robber with a criminal history spanning four decades to nearly 22 years in prison this week.

January 24, 2014 1:56 pm

Repeat offender with multiple offenses over 40 years seeks leniency

HAMMOND | A Hammond bank robbery suspect led a 40-year life of crime, including a past murder conviction, his attorney conceded in Hammond federal court documents filed Friday.

January 17, 2014 6:30 pm

Illinois man sentenced in appliance theft case

HAMMOND | An Illinois man will have 18 months in federal prison to think about his financial betrayal of region business owners who had tried to help him, a judge concluded Friday.

January 10, 2014 3:52 pm

Michigan City woman pleads guilty in phony car accidents case

HAMMOND | A Michigan City woman admits to her role in a scheme to stage phony car accidents in the region in order to collect insurance payouts, court records filed Friday show.

November 15, 2013 8:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Criminal code reform on right track, tweaks needed

GUEST COMMENTARY: Criminal code reform on right track, tweaks needed

During the 2013 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly took positive steps in enacting the first comprehensive criminal code reform since 1977 in House Enrolled Act 1006. This was a significant step toward a better criminal justice system in Indiana.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am

Two Hobart men charged with burglary

HOBART | Two Hobart men stole items from the house of a neighbor and later pawned them, police said.

September 06, 2013 12:00 am

Gary man pleads guilty in Hammond robbery

HAMMOND | A 24-year-old Gary man pleaded guilty Friday to the 2012 robbery of BMO Harris Bank in Hammond's Woodmar section, during which a police officer was shot.

August 30, 2013 1:16 pm

Police: Gary man with master key stole TVs from apartment

HOBART | A Gary man used an unauthorized master key to burglarize a Huntington Cove apartment, police said.

August 08, 2013 12:00 am

State legislative panel studies criminal court bond practices

INDIANAPOLIS | The bond procedures that counties follow to release those accused of crimes from jail before trial were scrutinized Thursday by a panel of state lawmakers and court system leaders.

July 18, 2013 5:15 pm

Hobart police asking for info about recent home burglary

HOBART | Police are seeking help in solving a June 17 home burglary reported in the 3500 block of County Line Road.

June 20, 2013 9:00 pm

Gary man charged with burglary from Hobart house

HOBART | A 19-year-old Gary man asked another man to burglarize the Hobart home of a friend, police said.

June 14, 2013 7:30 pm

Gary sex offender given six months for failure to register

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Gary man to six months incarceration Monday for failing to register as a sex offender.

June 03, 2013 6:02 pm

Gary felon given 51 months for possession of ammunition

HAMMOND | A Gary man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

June 01, 2013 12:05 am

U.S. attorney plans Friday announcement in public corruption probe

HAMMOND | A news conference scheduled for Friday will announce "several matters" relating to public corruption, the Hammond-based U.S. attorney reported Thursday.

May 16, 2013 6:15 pm
Salinas pleads guilty to federal bribery charge, resigns from council seat

Salinas pleads guilty to federal bribery charge, resigns from council seat

Disgraced Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas resigned from office Monday, just a few hours after pleading guilty to taking more than $10,000 in kickbacks for steering city work to a contractor.

May 13, 2013 3:20 pm

Pence OKs new criminal code, expungement law

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has approved two of the most significant changes to Indiana's criminal law in decades.

May 06, 2013 5:47 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Legislature must focus on unfinished work

On two issues -- sentencing reform and local government reform -- the Indiana General Assembly took a step in the right direction this year, but not far enough.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am

Hobart woman faces charge after man is wounded in leg

HOBART |  A 34-year-old Hobart woman was charged with criminal recklessness after shooting a man in the leg, police said.

March 28, 2013 12:05 am

Two area men are charged with Hobart house burglary

HOBART | Two area men broke into a house in Hobart and stole a television, electronics and baseball memorabilia, police said.

March 28, 2013 12:05 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: A rewrite of Indiana’s criminal code

GUEST COMMENTARY: A rewrite of Indiana’s criminal code

For the past several years, state legislators from both parties have been working with prosecutors, judges, public defenders and many other experts to reduce recidivism - the number of repeat offenders - in Indiana by overhauling the laws governing our criminal justice system. The end result…

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