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Mary Beth Bonaventura

'Easy decision’ to revive court

'Easy decision’ to revive court

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.

March 28, 2014 7:35 pm Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Sprucing up parks plants pride, responsibility

DOUG ROSS: Sprucing up parks plants pride, responsibility

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.

December 27, 2013 12:00 am

New state commission eyes issues facing at-risk youths

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.

August 21, 2013 7:15 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Two meetings aren't enough for school safety

GUEST COMMENTARY: Two meetings aren't enough for school safety

When I talk with parents of school-age children, their No. 1 concern is school safety.

August 21, 2013 12:00 am
Bonaventura tackles tough tasks at child services agency

Bonaventura tackles tough tasks at child services agency

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.

July 31, 2013 5:00 pm
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

Officials taking applications for Lake County judge vacancy until July 23

CROWN POINT | Local officials said they will begin interviewing applicants Aug. 8 for the upcoming judicial vacancy in Lake Criminal Court.

June 27, 2013 5:45 pm

EDITORIAL: Merit selection law merits clarification

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. 

June 04, 2013 12:00 am

Thomas Stefaniak to become new Lake Juvenile Court judge

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak said Friday afternoon he will be the new Lake Juvenile Court judge.

May 31, 2013 9:00 pm
Supreme Court prohibits Schiralli's transfer to Juvenile Court

Supreme Court prohibits Schiralli's transfer to Juvenile Court

Lake Superior Court Judge Nicholas Schiralli cannot transfer into the Lake Juvenile Court, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday.

May 17, 2013 12:00 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Expand merit selection for judges

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.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am

Lake Superior judges, magistrates fail to reach deal over Juvenile Court vacancy

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.

May 08, 2013 4:19 pm

Plans to improve state child services agency set to become law

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.

April 29, 2013 7:10 pm Related
EDITORIAL: Report drives home urgency of DCS reforms

EDITORIAL: Report drives home urgency of DCS reforms

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.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am Related
More than 350 attend forum on child abuse, neglect

More than 350 attend forum on child abuse, neglect

GARY | William Kellibrew IV was 10 years old the day he says he stared down a gun and begged for his life.

April 26, 2013 7:15 pm Photos

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State report: 5 region children died of abuse, neglect injuries in a year

State report: 5 region children died of abuse, neglect injuries in a year

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana was home to five of Indiana's 40 children who died of abuse or neglect between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, a state report released Monday shows.

April 22, 2013 3:40 pm Related

Lake juvenile venue remains up in the air

GARY | The wheels of justice are grinding too slowly for Gary, East Chicago and the NAACP lawyers who want Lake Juvenile Court child support hearings returned to Gary.

April 15, 2013 5:35 pm
WILLIAM NANGLE: Make judges follow merit selection law

WILLIAM NANGLE: Make judges follow merit selection law

Justice appears to be running amuck in Indiana.

April 07, 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
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