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Lake Criminal Court

Franklin found not guilty of murder

CROWN POINT | After slightly more than two hours of deliberation, a jury Wednesday acquitted Samuel Lee Franklin of the murders of two Gary men on Jan. 14, 2013.

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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
Rape charge may have triggered domestic homicide

Rape charge may have triggered domestic homicide

GRIFFITH | Police continue to look for what triggered a murder-suicide Monday outside St. Mary's School where a Gary man killed his estranged wife

April 22, 2014 6:00 pm Photos



Judge: Pay restitution to victim or go to jail

CROWN POINT | A federal tax refund stands between a Hazel Crest man and up to 180 days incarceration in the Lake County Jail.

April 18, 2014 5:50 pm

Expert witness may be barred from murder trial that begins Monday

CROWN POINT | An expert witness in eyewitness misidentification  scheduled to testify for the defense next week in the murder trial of Samuel Lee Franklin became a lightning rod Thursday in Lake County Criminal Court.

April 18, 2014 5:35 pm

2 charged in fatal Gary shooting

CROWN POINT | Authorities are searching for two Gary men charged Wednesday with murder in the Aug. 8 shooting death of a third man at an apartment complex where all three lived.

April 17, 2014 5:45 pm

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

Gary man back in court after mistrial on murder charge

CROWN POINT | Nearly six weeks after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial on murder charges, Ahkeem Shakur Scott-Manna was back in court Monday for a status hearing and to request release on house detention.

April 14, 2014 8:00 pm
Son, 34, charged in slaying of parents in their Lowell home

Son, 34, charged in slaying of parents in their Lowell home

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors have filed murder charges against the West Creek Township man accused of killing his parents last fall.

April 14, 2014 3:50 pm Photos


Hammond man convicted of four felony charges in rape case

CROWN POINT | A jury on Friday found Facundo Martinez Callejas, of Hammond, guilty of four of six felony counts, including the Class C felony of sexual misconduct with a minor, in a case dating back to 2010.

April 11, 2014 6:20 pm

Man insists on jury trial in attempted murder case

CROWN POINT | A former East Chicago man charged with Class A felony attempted murder and two other felony counts insisted Thursday he wanted to be tried by a jury rather than accept a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors.

April 10, 2014 8:15 pm

Murder charges filed against Hammond husband

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors recently filed murder charges against a Hammond man in the shooting death of his wife in their home March 29.

April 09, 2014 8:15 pm

Cocaine dealer gets 10-year prison term

CROWN POINT | A Calumet City man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for dealing cocaine.

April 09, 2014 8:00 pm

Teen testifies against Hammond man accused of raping her in 2010

CROWN POINT | Emotions ran high in the second day of the trial of a Hammond man charged with the rape of a 15-year-old New Jersey girl who was visiting the family’s home in 2010.

April 08, 2014 8:00 pm

Hammond man returned to prison for burglaries

CROWN POINT | A 46-year-old convicted burglar who transitioned out of prison in 2013 and again burglarized homes was sentenced Tuesday to two 15-year prison terms.

April 08, 2014 7:45 pm

Hammond man accused of killing son back in court

CROWN POINT | The legal saga of a Hammond man charged with murdering his son in 2011 continued Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with yet another court date slated for April 16.

April 02, 2014 8:30 pm

Sentencing postponed for Hammond man who pleaded guilty to murder

CROWN POINT | Sentencing of a Hammond man who pleaded guilty in the 2011 murder of a neighbor was postponed Thursday in Lake County Criminal Court until April 24.

March 27, 2014 7:30 pm
MARC CHASE: Driving recklessly in OWI litigation

MARC CHASE: Driving recklessly in OWI litigation

When do we stop creating more laws and demand prosecutors and judges enforce a plethora of legal measures already on the books?

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

S'ville woman testifies she was molested by relative

CROWN POINT | A Schererville woman testified Monday that for years she didn't tell anyone she had been repeatedly molested by a relative because she was afraid no one would believe her.

March 17, 2014 8:00 pm

Man charged with raping ex-girlfriend in Griffith

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors filed a Class B felony rape charge Thursday against an Indianapolis man.

March 17, 2014 7:30 pm
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