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Witnesses testify they picked up Alsip man at Majestic Star

CROWN POINT | Two East Chicago residents testified Thursday about giving Ralph Martinez a ride from Majestic Star Casino on March 28, 2013, during a third hearing to determine if the Alsip man charged with murder in the slaying of Griffith business owner Mary Austgen will be granted bail.

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Chicago woman pleads guilty to five felonies

CROWN POINT | A Chicago woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lake County criminal court to five felony charges stemming from pickpocketing incidents throughout Lake County during 2012.

March 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Man pleads guilty to burglary at Gary auto parts store

CROWN POINT | A 23-year-old Gary man pleaded guilty to burglarizing Broadway Auto Parts in Gary in March 2013.

January 28, 2014 6:00 pm

Debate swells over Lake judicial selection

CROWN POINT | A St. John lawyer is challenging how Lake County picks its judges just as Gov. Mike Pence contemplates who he will name as the newest member of the county's judiciary.

September 24, 2013 6:30 pm

Gary man gets 30 years in prison for killing man, wounding teen two years ago

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell sentenced a Gary man to 30 years in prison Monday for killing a man and wounding a teenager two years ago while intoxicated.

September 23, 2013 7:18 pm
Suspect in Austgen killing still looking for defense attorney

Suspect in Austgen killing still looking for defense attorney

CROWN POINT | An Alsip man charged in the death of 76-year-old Mary Austgen remains without a lawyer one month after his arrest.

May 31, 2013 8:20 pm Photos

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Dyer man gets 12 years for burning down officer's home

CROWN POINT | A judge sentenced a Dyer man to 12 years of prison and home detention for burning down the home of a Lynwood police officer and her three children.

April 12, 2013 1:35 pm
Man, 74, pleads guilty to lesser battery charge in child molestation case

Man, 74, pleads guilty to lesser battery charge in child molestation case

CROWN POINT | A man suspected of child molestation — who was twice released by Texas authorities before finally facing justice — pleaded guilty to a lesser battery charge Wednesday in Lake County court.

February 06, 2013 5:45 pm

EDITORIAL: Judges shouldn't hesitate to extradite

Enrique Marks Jr. settled the question of whether to extradite him from Brownsville, Texas, by turning himself in to Lake County authorities after four years as a fugitive. The larger question of how to handle similar cases in the future, however, remains unresolved.

December 14, 2012 12:00 am
Molestation suspect from Texas surrenders

Molestation suspect from Texas surrenders

CROWN POINT | After about four years on the run, a Texas man charged with molesting an 11-year-old Highland girl turned himself in to Lake County authorities.

December 11, 2012 10:00 pm
Alleged molester not extradited

Alleged molester not extradited

HIGHLAND | If some alleged felons run far enough away from Lake County, they don't have to hide, because local authorities will not pursue them.

December 02, 2012 12:00 am
Choate trial delayed until the fall

Choate trial delayed until the fall

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell is delaying the murder trial of a Hammond man whose son died following a year of neglect, beatings and being locked in a dog cage.

August 01, 2012 10:00 am

Judge alleges case was improperly steered to his courtroom

CROWN POINT | Questions of unethical behavior swirled Tuesday around the case of a Valparaiso businessman awaiting trial on criminal charges in a fatal 2010 crash.

April 10, 2012 6:15 pm

Questions remain on Choate body's release

CROWN POINT | It remained unclear Tuesday afternoon who will take custody of the body of teenage abuse victim Christian Choate.

August 03, 2011 12:30 pm Related
Judge frees Christian Choate's body for burial

Judge frees Christian Choate's body for burial

CROWN POINT | A teenage victim of years of abuse finally may be laid to rest two years after his death.

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MARK KIESLING: The accused is protected, but what about the child?

MARK KIESLING: The accused is protected, but what about the child?

It's great to see a Lake County judge is very concerned about the rights of Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina, who are charged with murder in the death of Choate's 13-year-old son, Christian.

July 13, 2011 12:00 am

Prosecutor steps up Choate probe

CROWN POINT | A lawyer representing the sister of 13-year-old Christian Choate is resisting prosecution efforts to question her under oath about her brother's alleged captivity and beating death.

July 01, 2011 1:00 pm

Prosecutor wants DNA from father of Christian Choate

CROWN POINT | The Lake County prosecutor's office wants a DNA sample from the father of 13-year-old Christian Choate, whose body was found last month in a shallow grave.

June 30, 2011 1:45 pm

Illinois man sentenced for '08 Highland gas station robbery

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell sentenced an Illinois man to 10 years in prison Monday for a 2008 service station holdup.

June 27, 2011 12:37 pm

Officials hope to bring jail bracelets back into fashion

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials will make another attempt to free the county's get-out-of-jail bracelet system from judicial disfavor.

June 15, 2011 5:00 pm
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