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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Juvenile Court improvement efforts reaping benefits

Lake County has begun to realize the benefits of joining the Indiana’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a bipartisan movement for juvenile justice system improvement — placing the right kids in the right place, for the right reason, for the right amount of time. Through this inten…

October 12, 2014 12:00 am
Fate of 3,800 Lake adoptions hangs on justices' ruling

Fate of 3,800 Lake adoptions hangs on justices' ruling

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a dispute that could void 3,800 Lake County adoptions approved over the past 14 years.

September 18, 2014 5:03 pm Related
MARC CHASE: Protect adoptions from local court snafu

MARC CHASE: Protect adoptions from local court snafu

There isn't a parent among us who hasn't feared the loss of a child. It's a natural, primal fear of anyone blessed with the privilege of raising children.

April 29, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Court program erases slate on tattoos

First impressions make a big difference when looking for a job, and visible tattoos can be a deterrent to employment.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am
Scores of supporters turn out for Cappas swearing-in

Scores of supporters turn out for Cappas swearing-in

CROWN POINT | The turnout for what had been expected to be a low-key event left newly seated Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas nearly speechless.

December 20, 2013 6:59 pm Photos

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Judges throw doors open to renovated Juvenile Justice Center

Judges throw doors open to renovated Juvenile Justice Center

CROWN POINT | On the cusp of Lake County Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr.'s taking the helm of the juvenile division, the doors to the newly renovated Juvenile Justice Complex were open Friday to children's advocates of all stripes.

December 06, 2013 7:15 pm Photos

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11-year-old charged in stabbing of Lansing boy

LANSING | An 11-year-old boy was named in a juvenile delinquency petition on a charge of reckless conduct for a Sept. 28 incident in which a 7-year-old boy was stabbed in the head, police said.

November 01, 2013 10:40 am
Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura

Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura

Mary Beth Bonaventura, director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, was juvenile court judge in Lake County for 20 years prior to her 2013 appointment by Gov. Mike Pence.

July 31, 2013 12:00 am

Teens in LaPorte County Fair bomb case will not be charged as adults

LAPORTE | Two 16-year-old boys will not be charged as adults in connection with a sparkler bomb found July 11 at the LaPorte County Fair.

July 24, 2013 1:20 pm

17-year-old Hammond teen gets 50 years for raping girls

CROWN POINT | A 17-year-old Hammond teen was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to raping three girls.

July 11, 2013 6:00 pm
Supreme Court sets process for putting children on sex offender registry

Supreme Court sets process for putting children on sex offender registry

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday clarified the process juvenile court judges must follow before a child who commits a sex crime can be added to the state's sex offender registry.

July 01, 2013 7:30 pm Related

Train as volunteer to advocate for children

CROWN POINT | Every year, April brings the promise of spring. It also represents a month in which child abuse prevention and awareness can help bring the hope of safe, permanent homes to thousands of abused and neglected children in Lake County.

April 08, 2013 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Children shouldn't see how judges are behaving

RICH JAMES: Children shouldn't see how judges are behaving

If someone made a movie about the effort to name a new Lake Superior Court Juvenile Division judge, it would have to be rated PG-13.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County child support court must return to Gary

CROWN POINT | Child support court will return to Gary.

April 03, 2013 7:15 pm

High court prevents judge's move to Lake juvenile bench

CROWN POINT | The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday granted a temporary stay sought by three Lake Juvenile Court magistrates who oppose the selection of Lake Superior Judge Nicholas Schiralli as Juvenile Court judge.

March 21, 2013 8:00 pm

Assistants sue their judicial bosses over Lake Juvenile Court succession

CROWN POINT | Three Lake Juvenile Court magistrates are suing to stop Lake Superior Judge Nicholas Schiralli from becoming the next Lake County juvenile judge this month.

March 20, 2013 2:39 pm

Outgoing juvenile court judge needs time to tie up loose ends

CROWN POINT | Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura said Friday she is delaying her departure from the bench, but only for a few weeks.

February 22, 2013 6:00 pm
Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura

Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura

Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura is the next director of the state's Department of Child Services.

January 30, 2013 3:30 pm

Additional DCS reforms endorsed by Senate panel

INDIANAPOLIS | Two more proposals intended to protect Hoosier children and improve the Department of Child Services have cleared a Senate committee.

January 30, 2013 11:30 am

Lake juvenile judge named new Indiana DCS director

CROWN POINT | Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday chose Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura to lead the Indiana Department of Child Services.

January 30, 2013 11:20 am Related

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