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Imperial Gangsters

Trial of alleged gang member delayed

HAMMOND | The federal trial of an Imperial Gangster member who could face the death penalty was pushed back Wednesday, according to court records.

February 12, 2014 8:15 pm

E.C. police chief describes frustration in fight against gang violence

East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said conflicts among gangs, and between gangs and police boil down to one thing: frustration.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am Related
A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

By late 2008, Javier Solis Jr. was tired of living the gangster lifestyle.

February 03, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

Julius Solis and his older brother had been hanging out with Imperial Gangsters since before they could walk.

February 02, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Former member: Gangs are terrorist organizations

Former member: Gangs are terrorist organizations

We need to quit looking at gangs as just some neighborhood nuisance. They are a terrorist organization looking to make your child a domestic terrorist.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Detective: Informant named someone other than defendant as shooter

HAMMOND | Testimony from an East Chicago detective during the federal trial of alleged Imperial Gangster Richard Reyes on Thursday revealed a confidential informant who claimed Armando Ortega was actually the shooter in the 2007 drive-by killing of Rene Alonzo.

January 23, 2014 8:00 pm

Witness claims he provided E.C. man with gun in 2007 slaying

HAMMOND | One witness testified being inside the van when reputed Imperial Gangster Richard Reyes fatally shot Rene Alonzo in 2007 on the street near the U.S. Sports Bar in East Chicago.

January 22, 2014 7:30 pm

2 witnesses say E.C. man was shooter in 2007 slaying

HAMMOND | Two witnesses claimed to see alleged Imperial Gangster Richard Reyes driving a maroon minivan that was involved in the 2007 drive-by shooting of Rene Alonzo outside the U.S. Sports Bar in East Chicago.

January 21, 2014 8:00 pm

Co-defendant at gang trial links E.C. man to 3 break-ins

HAMMOND | A witness at Richard Reyes' federal trial on Thursday linked Reyes to three separate break-ins to steal money or drugs from dealers in Illinois and Indiana.

January 16, 2014 8:30 pm

First witness testifies in Imperial Gangsters trial

HAMMOND | A jury was selected, opening statements by both sides presented, and a witness for the prosecution testified Wednesday in federal court on the first day of trial for alleged Imperial Gangsters member Richard Reyes.

January 15, 2014 8:30 pm

Reputed gang member on the brink of trial takes plea deal

HAMMOND | A reputed member of the Imperial Gangsters street gang who was days away from standing trial entered a plea agreement, according to court records.  

January 13, 2014 5:23 pm

Two alleged gang members accept plea agreements

HAMMOND | Two defendants of the sweeping federal racketeering case against the Imperial Gangsters street gang have accepted plea agreements, according to court records.

January 08, 2014 8:11 pm

Winter storm delays start of federal gang trial

HAMMOND | The winter storm that swept through Northwest Indiana this week caused disruptions in the ongoing federal case against the Imperial Gangsters street gang. 

January 08, 2014 6:43 pm

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

E.C. man receives prison term for gang activity

HAMMOND | An East Chicago man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison on Friday for engaging in racketeering activity with the Imperial Gangster street gang.

December 20, 2013 8:45 pm

Man charged in sweeping racketeering gang case

HAMMOND | Federal authorities arrested a man Thursday as part of the sweeping Imperial Gangsters street gang racketeering case.

September 19, 2013 8:48 pm

Government won't seek death penalty for some in gang case

HAMMOND | Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday in federal court stating the government will not seek the death penalty against four defendants in the Imperial Gangsters racketeering case.

July 02, 2013 8:28 pm

Federal judge denies bond to alleged Imperial Gangster

HAMMOND | A U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday denied alleged Imperial Gangster Richard Reyes’ petition to be released on bond as he awaits trial.

June 13, 2013 7:45 pm

Alleged gang member denied bond in federal court

HAMMOND | An East Chicago man charged in the sweeping Imperial Gangsters racketeering case was denied bond in federal court Thursday.

June 10, 2013 7:59 pm
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