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Lake Station mayor, wife, stepdaughter plead not guilty to corruption charges

Lake Station mayor, wife, stepdaughter plead not guilty to corruption charges

HAMMOND | Lake Station's mayor, his wife and his stepdaughter entered a Hammond federal courtroom in shackles Thursday, all three pleading not guilty to a total of 15 criminal charges spanning two public corruption indictments.

April 17, 2014 1:55 pm Photos



20 former employees sue Lake Co. for age discrimination

HAMMOND | A group of 20 former Lake County employees filed an age discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court Friday.

April 11, 2014 5:00 pm

S'ville surgeon sentenced to year in prison for tax fraud

HAMMOND | A Schererville doctor has received a year and a day in prison for failing to collect and pay employment taxes to the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

April 11, 2014 12:45 pm

Ex-Illinois department aide, from Homewood, pleads guilty to fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A former chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Public Health has pleaded guilty in connection with a $13 million bribery and kickback case.

April 10, 2014 2:30 pm

Ex-Markham deputy chief gets 5 years for sexual assault of woman in police custody

CHICAGO | A one-time Harvey Police Department officer who went on to become deputy chief in Markham was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison on charges he sexually assaulted a woman in police custody in 2010.

April 09, 2014 2:15 pm
FBI on hunt for suspects in brazen bank robbery in East Chicago

FBI on hunt for suspects in brazen bank robbery in East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO | The FBI identified two East Chicago residents accused of taking part in a brazen armed bank robbery and shooting at officers.

April 03, 2014 8:15 pm Photos


Hammond woman, Hebron man indicted for fraud

HAMMOND | Two people were indicted Wednesday over illegally acquiring Social Security funds.

April 02, 2014 12:15 pm

Dying Munster woman asking court to recognize her same-sex marriage

MUNSTER | A Munster woman is asking a federal judge to compel the state to recognize her as a married woman before she dies. 

April 01, 2014 8:30 pm

Former teacher, Hammond schools agreed to dismiss lawsuit

HAMMOND | An agreement was filed Wednesday to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a former Hammond teacher who was acquitted of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

March 26, 2014 6:00 pm
Jack Schaap wants sentence overturned

Jack Schaap wants sentence overturned

HAMMOND | Defrocked First Baptist Church of Hammond Pastor Jack Schaap is acting as his own attorney for the time being as he attempts to get his sentence for having sex with a minor overturned.

March 21, 2014 6:15 pm

Progress reported in NIRPC disability case

HAMMOND | Negotiators report "significant and substantial progress" has been made in resolving federal legal action filed by a local disability-rights group against the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

March 19, 2014 10:30 am

Trial delayed of man accused in illegal gun scheme with cops

HAMMOND | The trial of a Philadelphia man accused of conspiring with two former Lake County deputies to sell illegal guns was delayed until Sept. 15, according to court records. 

March 18, 2014 9:15 pm

Man sentenced to 11 years in prison in child prostitution case

HAMMOND | A Minneapolis man accused of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in prostitution was sentenced to 11 years in prison, according to court records.

March 18, 2014 8:34 pm

Man sentenced to probation in Medicaid claim fraud case

HAMMOND | A Chicago man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to one year probation after admitting to fraudulently submitting Medicaid claims totaling $5,000, according to court documents.

March 18, 2014 8:30 pm

Prison still awaits two former Lake cops in gun scandal

HAMMOND | Two former Lake County police officers have long been disgraced, but not yet imprisoned for illicit firearms sales.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am

Woman charged with stealing her child's Social Security pay

HAMMOND | A Gary woman faces charges of using Social Security benefits intended for her daughter.

March 11, 2014 6:45 pm

Ex-teacher's appeal denied in federal child pornography case

HAMMOND | A federal judge denied the appeal of a former Morton High School teacher who is in prison after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography, according to court records.

March 06, 2014 8:15 pm

Merrillville man pleads guilty to insurance scam

HAMMOND | Sentencing has been set for May 21 for a Merrillville man who pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of mail fraud involving a scheme to defraud insurance companies.

March 03, 2014 7:05 pm

Illinois man sentenced in Gary fraud case

HAMMOND | A Hammond federal court judge sentenced an Illinois man to nearly three years in prison Friday for his role in a Gary fraud scheme.

February 28, 2014 8:15 pm

Federal lawsuit targets online sex registry

HAMMOND | Seven Lake County men have filed a class-action lawsuit on their own seeking millions in compensation from the Lake County Sheriff's Department, Google and others alleging they were wrongly posted online as sex offenders.

February 27, 2014 10:30 pm
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