Mary Beth Bonaventura
Indiana's new chief justice, Loretta Rush, who will be sworn in Monday, has a lot on her plate. She not only has to preside over the Indiana Supreme Court, but also to modernize the state's other courts as well.
The latest report on child abuse and neglect in Indiana shows some improvement, but there's still a long way to go.
INDIANAPOLIS | Four of the 34 Indiana children who died of abuse or neglect between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, lived in Northwest Indiana, according to a state report released Friday.
The Lake Superior Court Juvenile Division handles many different types of cases and is the catalyst for many different services. Specifically, the court handles delinquency cases (when kids break the law). But the scope of the court is much more.
GARY | A courtroom, crowded with judicial and elected officials, signaled a celebration Friday for the return of the Title IV-D Juvenile Court to the city.
December isn't the normal time to talk about parks. But this is the season of giving, and this column is about giving back to the community by cleaning up parks.
INDIANAPOLIS | Leaders of Indiana's executive, judicial and legislative branches met Wednesday to begin finding ways of working together on behalf of the state's most endangered children.
When I talk with parents of school-age children, their No. 1 concern is school safety.
INDIANAPOLIS | Mary Beth Bonaventura revealed to a new state oversight panel Wednesday that she intends to be a transformational director of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
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.
CROWN POINT | Local officials said they will begin interviewing applicants Aug. 8 for the upcoming judicial vacancy in Lake Criminal Court.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak's announcement Friday he will become the new Lake Juvenile Court judge puts a person in that position who has previously gone through the merit selection process.
CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak said Friday afternoon he will be the new Lake Juvenile Court judge.
Lake Superior Court Judge Nicholas Schiralli cannot transfer into the Lake Juvenile Court, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Mediation failed to resolve the feud over filling the Lake Juvenile Court vacancy. So now it's up to the Indiana Supreme Court to order that state law be obeyed.
Lake Superior Court judges and magistrates were unable to reach a compromise in their legal squabble regarding how to fill the Lake Juvenile Court vacancy, court records filed Wednesday show.
INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers have given the Department of Child Services all the new tools they believe the agency needs to protect Hoosier children from abuse and neglect.
The recent Indiana Department of Child Services report showing 40 children died of abuse in Indiana — five of them in Northwest Indiana — in a 12-month period should cause anyone reading it to shed a tear for those children.
GARY | William Kellibrew IV was 10 years old the day he says he stared down a gun and begged for his life.
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