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Porter County juvenile court magistrate may get more duties

Porter County juvenile court magistrate may get more duties

INDIANAPOLIS | A plan to convert Porter County's juvenile magistrate position into a circuit court magistrate empowered to act, under a judge's supervision, on a variety of legal matters has cleared the first hurdle at the Statehouse.

October 16, 2014 6:10 pm
Portage woman seeking to ease murder sentence

Portage woman seeking to ease murder sentence

VALPARAISO | A Portage woman is hoping to modify the 45-year prison sentence she was given in 2009 for shooting and killing an 82-year-old South Haven man that same year.

June 30, 2014 3:45 pm
MARC CHASE: Protect victims, don't just punish monsters

MARC CHASE: Protect victims, don't just punish monsters

It's impossible to feel any measure of sympathy for convicted sex offenders, especially those who victimize children. The parent in me says hit these monsters with every possible penalty the law prescribes.

April 24, 2014 12:00 am
Sexting teacher can remain in home despite proximity to park

Sexting teacher can remain in home despite proximity to park

VALPARAISO | Bryan Tyman will be able to stay in his home, despite its proximity to Olson Memorial Park and the Prairie Duneland Trail.

April 22, 2014 5:27 pm
Truman molestation trial begins in Valpo

Truman molestation trial begins in Valpo

VALPARAISO | A portrait of dysfunctional families, who were close friends and watched professional wrestling on TV twice a week together, was presented to jurors in the opening of the molestation trial of Christopher Truman on Monday.

December 16, 2013 7:00 pm
Appeals court upholds 54-year prison term in molest case

Appeals court upholds 54-year prison term in molest case

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals has rejected a request for time off the 54-year prison term issued to a Porter County man who convinced his girlfriend to molest a child and send him photographs of the act.

November 11, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Porter County involved in serving children better

The Indiana Division of State Court Administration recently published a special edition of The Indiana Court Times magazine. This issue is dedicated to addressing how the courts serve children in our state.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am
Indiana appeals court rejects Beta Steel ownership claim

Indiana appeals court rejects Beta Steel ownership claim

The Indiana Court of Appeals has rejected a partial ownership claim for a Portage steel mill made by a son of the late Greek entrepreneur who founded Beta Steel.

November 03, 2013 8:37 pm Related
Trial delayed in Center Township double murder

Trial delayed in Center Township double murder

VALPARAISO | A third delay has been granted in the trial of a man accused in a double homicide at a home just outside the city limits.

October 22, 2013 11:30 am
Appeals court upholds attempted murder conviction of Lake Station man

Appeals court upholds attempted murder conviction of Lake Station man

INDIANAPOLIS | Asking a police officer during an interrogation, "Am I going to need an attorney?" is not the same as asking for an attorney, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

July 25, 2013 12:00 pm Related
Fraud case dismissed against Chesterton woman

Fraud case dismissed against Chesterton woman

VALPARAISO | A welfare fraud case against a Chesterton woman was dismissed Wednesday at the request of the Porter County prosecutor's office.

July 18, 2013 10:30 am
Couple given probation for bilking elderly woman

Couple given probation for bilking elderly woman

VALPARAISO | Porter County Superior Court Judge Mary Harper accepted a plea agreement Wednesday for a Michigan City couple who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly, blind Chesterton woman they were caring for.

July 17, 2013 5:44 pm Photos

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Figueroa sentenced to six years for leaving fatal accident scene

Figueroa sentenced to six years for leaving fatal accident scene

VALPARAISO | With little emotion, Reinaldo Figueroa III turned to the family of Frank Ivey on Wednesday afternoon and apologized.

February 20, 2013 4:30 pm

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: New court aids in more effective child support collections

The court system in Porter County now has a circuit court judge, five superior court judges and three magistrates. Each of these nine judicial officers has certain types of cases assigned to them. Last year 37,475 cases were filed in our courts, representing 32 separate case types.

December 30, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Juvenile justice system gives kids a chance

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Juvenile justice system gives kids a chance

One thing we can all probably agree upon is that our kids are our future and that we must do everything we can to make a better life for all of them.

November 18, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Man given seven years in church burglary

VALPARAISO | A 30-year-old South Haven man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to a church burglary and auto theft.

September 25, 2012 6:00 pm
Partial power outage delays hearings in fatal hit-and-run

Partial power outage delays hearings in fatal hit-and-run

VALPARAISO | A partial power outage Tuesday morning delayed numerous hearings at the downtown courthouse, including several motions in the case of a Portage man accused of fleeing after a fatal crash.

July 24, 2012 12:00 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Concerted effort could ease jail crowding

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Concerted effort could ease jail crowding

The Porter County Jail, as now configured and staffed, is overcrowded. The number of inmates should not be a surprise when case filings and reasons for incarceration are analyzed.

July 08, 2012 12:00 am
Church service lands defendant in hot water

Church service lands defendant in hot water

VALPARAISO | A 19-year-old Portage man accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal crash is accused of violating the terms of his pretrial supervision just a few days after a judge agreed to lower his bond so he could leave jail.

May 29, 2012 4:15 pm

Porter County turns to feds for help in jail overcrowding

VALPARAISO | Porter County is turning to the federal government for help in tackling overcrowding at its jail.

May 22, 2012 8:30 pm
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