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Judge Salvador Vasquez

Judge: 183 years for Gary teen in murder of brothers

Judge: 183 years for Gary teen in murder of brothers

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez Friday sentenced 17-year-old Donnell D. Wilson to a total of 183 years in prison for murdering two brothers in Gary on March 17, 2013, a robbery while armed of another man, and conspiracy to commit criminal gang activity.

August 02, 2014 3:00 pm
Judge sentences 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison

Judge sentences 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison

CROWN POINT | Lake County Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced an 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison Thursday for two crimes he admitted committing in Gary on March 17, 2013.

July 31, 2014 6:30 pm

Parking lot melee breaks out after Garza hearing

CROWN POINT | A melee in the parking lot outside Lake Criminal Court followed an omnibus hearing Thursday for Hammond resident David Garza, who faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for driving while intoxicated in a fatal traffic crash in Hammond in November.

July 24, 2014 6:07 pm

Judge cuts $200K bond in half for Gary man

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez reduced by half Thursday the $200,000 bond for a Gary man being held in Lake County Jail on multiple felony charges for attempted armed robbery, but the defendant will remain in custody.

July 24, 2014 5:51 pm

Hammond man pleads guilty to child molestation

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man pleaded guilty Tuesday to one Class A felony charge of child molestation just six days before his trial was to begin in Lake Criminal Court.

April 22, 2014 7:35 pm

Mexican national pleads guilty to charge of dealing cocaine

CROWN POINT | A Mexican national accused of dealing cocaine pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges.

April 20, 2014 8:30 pm

Lake County veterans treatment court to open in June

CROWN POINT | Some U.S. military veterans face myriad challenges when they re-enter civilian life, including homelessness, employment problems, mental health issues, substance abuse and encounters with the criminal justice system.

April 16, 2014 6:45 pm

Judge Vasquez is strict, firm, no-nonsense

Kim Calabrese's March 19 letter referred to Judge Salvador Vasquez's rulings in two separate cases. I have known Judge Vasquez since he was a deputy prosecutor and I was a rookie detective. We came to know each other and became friends.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Gary man pleads guilty to 2 separate burglaries

CROWN POINT | A Gary man on Tuesday admitted he burglarized a home last year while he was free on bond in a separate burglary case.

April 15, 2014 6:00 pm

Hammond man gets 12-year prison term after conviction

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man received a 12-year prison sentence Thursday for his part in crimes against a woman to whom he and two other men offered a ride in Harvey in the early morning hours of July 28.

April 10, 2014 5:30 pm

Harvey man given 2 years for Munster bank robbery

CROWN POINT |  Billy Covington said Monday he robbed two banks in Illinois and Munster in a three-day period in 2010, hoping to commit suicide by cop after post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder took him down a dark path during which he unsuccessfully tried to hang himself.

April 07, 2014 5:30 pm

Gary man acquitted of murder charge

CROWN POINT | After six days of listening to testimony and evidence presentations, a jury on Tuesday found Jamal Lawshea not guilty of murder after deliberating for about an hour.

March 18, 2014 7:45 pm
Singleton gets 50-year prison term for road rage murder

Singleton gets 50-year prison term for road rage murder

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced Edgar Singleton, 62, to 50 years in prison Friday for the murder of East Chicago resident Montrell Moss, 23, in a road-rage dispute last summer.

March 14, 2014 6:30 pm

2 Hammond men charged in shooting of teen

CROWN POINT | The two Hammond men arrested in connection with a retaliatory armed robbery and shooting in Hammond on March 1 now face seven felony charges filed by Lake County prosecutors.

March 14, 2014 6:00 pm Related


Surprises mark Lawshea murder trial

Surprises mark Lawshea murder trial

CROWN POINT | Surprises cropped up Thursday during the murder trial against Jamal Lawshea, 27, of Gary, in the fatal shooting of Gary resident Latarus Foster, 29, in September 2012.

March 13, 2014 8:30 pm
Jury selected in retrial of Gary man accused of murder

Jury selected in retrial of Gary man accused of murder

CROWN POINT | A jury of 10 women and two men was selected Monday for the retrial of Gary resident Jamal Lawshea on murder charges.

March 10, 2014 6:35 pm Photos




Hammond man sentenced in child neglect case that’s 4 1/2 years old

CROWN POINT | In a case that has dragged out in court for more than 4 1/2 years, a Hammond man was sentenced Friday for failure to seek prompt medical attention for his then-7-month-old child.

February 28, 2014 4:54 pm

Judge rejects bail reduction for C.P. man accused in sex crime case

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Judge Salvador Vasquez denied a motion Friday that would have allowed a bail reduction for a Crown Point man whose trial earlier this week on a class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor charge resulted in a hung jury.

February 28, 2014 3:30 pm

C.P. man's sex crime trial ends in hung jury

CROWN POINT | After two days of deliberation, a jury on Tuesday could not come to a verdict in the case of a Crown Point man charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony.

February 26, 2014 6:39 pm

Prosecution calls pathologist, witness in Singleton murder trial

CROWN POINT | Graphic evidence, including autopsy photos of Montrell Moss, and testimony from a witness who tried to stop Moss’ bleeding, came Wednesday during the second day of Edgar Singleton’s murder trial in Lake Criminal Court.

February 19, 2014 8:00 pm
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