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Zoeller ready to defend Indiana marriage laws

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller is confident he can defend Indiana's laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples and denying recognition to gay marriages performed elsewhere against five federal lawsuits filed this month seeking to have the statutes declared unconstitutional.

March 18, 2014 1:20 pm

Indiana dips toe in national debate over religious liberty, discrimination

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana lawmakers last week nearly jumped on a bandwagon of states seeking to add measures that some contend legitimize discrimination under the guise of religious liberty.

March 03, 2014 12:00 am
Marriage amendment will not be on ballot in '14

Marriage amendment will not be on ballot in '14

INDIANAPOLIS | Eight seconds of near silence, followed by the sharp bang of a wooden gavel and the roar of cheers and applause ended Indiana's marriage debate — for now.

February 13, 2014 5:15 pm Photos



Costly drug testing requirement for welfare recipients clears House

INDIANAPOLIS | With little debate, the Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 71-22 on Tuesday to subject the state's 27,000 recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits — mostly single mothers with children — to mandatory drug testing as a condition of receiving cash as…

January 28, 2014 7:02 pm Related


Imperial Gangster pleads guilty in racketeering case

HAMMOND | A Munster man admitted to murder and conspiracy to participate in racketeering in a plea agreement filed Friday in federal court.

December 27, 2013 9:30 pm

Indiana lawmakers to keep starting meetings with prayer

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican leaders controlling the Indiana House and Senate schedules will continue starting legislative session days with a prayer, even as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of the practice.

June 16, 2013 6:45 pm

Former Hammond schools administrator sues for discrimination

HAMMOND | A former School City of Hammond administrator filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court against her former employer over allegations of racial discrimination.

June 13, 2013 7:45 pm

Lake Station man accused of making, distributing child porn

HAMMOND | A Lake Station man was arraigned Friday in Hammond federal court on charges of sexual exploitation of children.

May 24, 2013 10:25 pm

Two M'ville residents charged with kidnapping, use of firearm

MERRILLVILLE | A man who thought he was meeting an acquaintance from an online dating site was instead allegedly being set up to be kidnapped and robbed.

April 18, 2013 8:04 pm

Veteran police officer sues Crown Point mayor, police chief

CROWN POINT | A federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges Crown Point officials sought to have a veteran police officer fired over a challenge from the FOP about an appointee to the board of works.

February 04, 2013 6:32 pm

Feds seek nine years for Gary man for crack cocaine dealing

HAMMOND | The United States attorney's office is seeking a nine-year prison term for a Gary man it said distributed an ounce of crack cocaine each week for six months.

October 13, 2011 2:00 pm

Gary woman, 51, pleads guilty to wire fraud counts in scam

HAMMOND | Eloise Blackmon, 51, of Gary, pleaded guilty Thursday in a plea agreement related to a real estate hustle that allegedly siphoned at least $600,000 from lenders.

August 11, 2011 3:33 pm

Indiana to appeal injunction halting abortion law

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller will appeal a federal judge's order that put Indiana's law defunding Planned Parenthood on hold.

June 28, 2011 3:15 pm

Former Gary officer guilty in beating; victim awarded $850K

HAMMOND | A federal jury has awarded a Gary man $850,000 for injuries he suffered in a 2007 arrest by city police that left him partially blind.

April 14, 2011 10:00 pm
Local children of incarcerated parents suffer sentences of their own

Local children of incarcerated parents suffer sentences of their own

Billie Chette and her husband, John, had planned to meet on a Wednesday for an ultrasound appointment to check on her pregnancy. John called at the last minute, apologizing and saying he had to do a roof estimate. During his second call, John told Billie he loved her -- and that federal agen…

January 02, 2011 12:00 am Photos


Man given 2 years probation in crack cocaine sale

HAMMOND | A federal judge sentenced an East Chicago man who distributed small amounts of crack cocaine to an undercover FBI agent to two years probation Tuesday.

November 24, 2010 12:00 am

Porter County man sentenced to more than 5 years in meth case

HAMMOND | Three phone calls landed a Hebron man in prison.

November 20, 2010 12:00 am

NWI holdups admitted in plea deal

HAMMOND | A serial bank robber entered into a plea agreement Friday, claiming responsibility for robbing banks in Hammond, Highland and East Chicago.

November 13, 2010 12:00 am
Pabey still pulling strings?

Pabey still pulling strings?

The FBI is investigating allegations former East Chicago Mayor George Pabey and City Council President Richard Medina are threatening retribution if precinct committeemen don't vote for Medina in the upcoming mayoral caucus, several sources told The Times.

September 28, 2010 12:00 am Related

Jupiter to pay more than $600,000 in fines

Hammond's Jupiter Aluminum Corp. will pay $664,000 in a settlement over disputed technical violations of a federal consent decree, according to federal court filings last week.

September 19, 2010 12:00 am
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