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Griffith man sentenced to prison in armed gas station robberies

CROWN POINT | A Griffith man was sentenced to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to three armed robberies of area gas stations, according to court records. 

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Feds: Munster accountant stole from doctor to gamble at casinos

Feds: Munster accountant stole from doctor to gamble at casinos

HAMMOND | The owner of a Munster accounting firm was accused of stealing about $660,000 from a physician's account to gamble at local casinos.

September 26, 2014 1:00 pm Related

Female S'ville cop files federal sexual discrimination suit

HAMMOND | A Schererville police officer has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against her employer in U.S. district court.

September 25, 2014 6:45 pm

Disgraced Lake sheriff's officers may remain free awhile longer

HAMMOND | The U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday sought to delay when two former Lake County sheriff's officers expected to testify at a gun dealer's trial must report to prison.

September 24, 2014 10:25 pm

Arizona man reaches plea deal in federal narcotics charge

HAMMOND | An Arizona man facing a federal narcotics charge after police found four bags of methamphetamine stuffed in a hot chocolate box reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors Tuesday.

September 24, 2014 7:24 pm

Lake Station mayor, wife, stepdaughter set for April trials

HAMMOND | A federal magistrate granted a request Tuesday by Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and stepdaughter to delay their trials until April.

September 23, 2014 10:00 pm

Gary man admits selling drugs while free on bond

HAMMOND | A Gary man pleaded guilty Monday to dealing drugs while he was free on bond following his indictment in U.S. District Court.

September 22, 2014 10:46 pm

Juror anonimity crucial in reputed E.C. gang member trial, prosecutors say

HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors are pressing for a fully anonymous jury during the upcoming trial of a reputed Imperial Gangsters member facing the death penalty.

September 21, 2014 8:39 pm
U.S. attorney discusses public corruption

U.S. attorney discusses public corruption

SCHERERVILLE | Members of the Lake County Advancement Committee got a behind the scenes look Friday into federal investigations targeting public corruption.  

September 12, 2014 7:30 pm

Two to admit to staging crashes for insurance payouts

HAMMOND | Two more defendants plan to plead guilty to charges alleging they staged car crashes in Northwest Indiana and Illinois to profit from insurance payouts, federal court records show.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am
Right-to-work took long journey to Supreme Court

Right-to-work took long journey to Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in Attorney General Greg Zoeller's first appeal of two Lake County judicial rulings finding the state's right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution.

September 03, 2014 6:30 pm Related

Defendant admits he sought cocaine from undercover cop

HAMMOND | A man pleaded guilty on his second day of trial Tuesday to federal charges alleging he attempted to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from an undercover officer at a Gary truck stop.

August 27, 2014 9:25 pm
Judge denies Schaap's request to overturn 12-year prison sentence

Judge denies Schaap's request to overturn 12-year prison sentence

HAMMOND | A federal judge denied a petition from Jack Schaap, former First Baptist Church of Hammond pastor, to overturn his 12-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 16-year-old church member.

August 26, 2014 5:00 pm

M'ville woman gets home confinement for role in drug deal

HAMMOND | A Merrillville woman will spend the next year under home confinement over a federal drug dealing charge.

August 21, 2014 5:05 pm

Competency exam ordered in federal child porn case

HAMMOND | A Valparaiso-area man has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination to determine if he is competent to face federal charges of producing and sharing child pornography.

August 20, 2014 1:43 pm

M'ville man admits ID theft to file for bogus tax refunds

HAMMOND | A judge has accepted a Merrillville man's guilty plea to charges he stole individuals' identities and used the information to falsely claim their federal tax returns, federal court records unsealed Monday show.

August 12, 2014 5:38 pm

Couple accused of filing false tax returns in $1.1 million case

HAMMOND | A St. John couple is accused of filing false individual tax refund forms totaling more than $1.1 million, according to court records.

August 08, 2014 9:11 pm

Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in federal court to one misdemeanor tax count

CHICAGO | An Illinois lawmaker who faced nearly 20 federal bank-fraud charges that could have landed him in prison for decades pleaded guilty Monday to a single misdemeanor tax count for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,700.

August 04, 2014 9:00 pm

Former pastor seeks hearing in effort to overturn sentence

HAMMOND | A former pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond on Friday asked a federal judge to at least allow his attorney to present evidence showing his 12-year sentence should be overturned.

August 04, 2014 8:30 pm

Former Lake Station school treasurer pleads guilty to theft

VALPARAISO | A former Lake Station elementary school extracurricular treasurer pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to theft from a federally funded organization.

July 30, 2014 9:33 pm
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