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Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

HARTFORD, Conn. | Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold.

September 16, 2014 8:00 am Related

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Trial of alleged gang member delayed

HAMMOND | The federal trial of an Imperial Gangster member who could face the death penalty was pushed back Wednesday, according to court records.

February 12, 2014 8:15 pm

Detective: Informant named someone other than defendant as shooter

HAMMOND | Testimony from an East Chicago detective during the federal trial of alleged Imperial Gangster Richard Reyes on Thursday revealed a confidential informant who claimed Armando Ortega was actually the shooter in the 2007 drive-by killing of Rene Alonzo.

January 23, 2014 8:00 pm

Witness claims he provided E.C. man with gun in 2007 slaying

HAMMOND | One witness testified being inside the van when reputed Imperial Gangster Richard Reyes fatally shot Rene Alonzo in 2007 on the street near the U.S. Sports Bar in East Chicago.

January 22, 2014 7:30 pm

2 witnesses say E.C. man was shooter in 2007 slaying

HAMMOND | Two witnesses claimed to see alleged Imperial Gangster Richard Reyes driving a maroon minivan that was involved in the 2007 drive-by shooting of Rene Alonzo outside the U.S. Sports Bar in East Chicago.

January 21, 2014 8:00 pm

Co-defendant at gang trial links E.C. man to 3 break-ins

HAMMOND | A witness at Richard Reyes' federal trial on Thursday linked Reyes to three separate break-ins to steal money or drugs from dealers in Illinois and Indiana.

January 16, 2014 8:30 pm

First witness testifies in Imperial Gangsters trial

HAMMOND | A jury was selected, opening statements by both sides presented, and a witness for the prosecution testified Wednesday in federal court on the first day of trial for alleged Imperial Gangsters member Richard Reyes.

January 15, 2014 8:30 pm

Reputed gang member on the brink of trial takes plea deal

HAMMOND | A reputed member of the Imperial Gangsters street gang who was days away from standing trial entered a plea agreement, according to court records.  

January 13, 2014 5:23 pm

Two alleged gang members accept plea agreements

HAMMOND | Two defendants of the sweeping federal racketeering case against the Imperial Gangsters street gang have accepted plea agreements, according to court records.

January 08, 2014 8:11 pm

Winter storm delays start of federal gang trial

HAMMOND | The winter storm that swept through Northwest Indiana this week caused disruptions in the ongoing federal case against the Imperial Gangsters street gang. 

January 08, 2014 6:43 pm

Imperial Gangster pleads guilty in racketeering case

HAMMOND | A Munster man admitted to murder and conspiracy to participate in racketeering in a plea agreement filed Friday in federal court.

December 27, 2013 9:30 pm
Zoeller tabs school safety funding as top accomplishment for year

Zoeller tabs school safety funding as top accomplishment for year

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller considers his work to secure funding for additional school resource officers and other school safety equipment his top accomplishment of 2013.

December 27, 2013 2:30 pm

Gang member from Chicago receives 22 years in prison

HAMMOND | A Latin King member was sentenced to 22 years in prison in a sweeping racketeering case. 

October 09, 2013 6:26 pm

Suspected Imperial Gangster pleads to conspiracy charge

HAMMOND | Suspected Imperial Gangster Darmaile Cortez Sutton, 29, of East Chicago, reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors Thursday.

October 03, 2013 2:26 pm

Man charged in sweeping racketeering gang case

HAMMOND | Federal authorities arrested a man Thursday as part of the sweeping Imperial Gangsters street gang racketeering case.

September 19, 2013 8:48 pm

Prosecutors asking high-ranking Latin King spend 23 years in prison

HAMMOND | Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to sentence a high-ranking Latin King member to 23 years in federal prison.

September 11, 2013 7:10 pm

E.C. man seeks 16-year term in Imperial Gangster plea deal

HAMMOND | An East Chicago man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering as part of a larger investigation into the area's Imperial Gangster gang.

September 11, 2013 12:05 am

High-ranking Latin King slated for sentencing in September

HAMMOND | A high-ranking member of the Latin Kings is scheduled to be sentenced next month in a sweeping federal racketeering case.

August 14, 2013 7:45 pm

Government won't seek death penalty for some in gang case

HAMMOND | Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday in federal court stating the government will not seek the death penalty against four defendants in the Imperial Gangsters racketeering case.

July 02, 2013 8:28 pm

Alleged Latin King member sentenced to 20 years

HAMMOND | An alleged Latin King gang member was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Thursday in a sweeping racketeering case. 

May 02, 2013 8:00 pm
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