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Supreme Court likely to uphold Isom death sentence

Supreme Court likely to uphold Isom death sentence

INDIANAPOLIS | The five justices of the Indiana Supreme Court reacted skeptically Thursday to claims that judicial and prosecutorial mistakes allegedly made during Kevin Isom's death-penalty trial rise to the level of fundamental error and warrant a new trial.

May 29, 2014 1:30 pm Related

Judge reduces juvenile inmate population

MERRILLVILLE | The Lake County Juvenile Court judge said he is looking to find new ways to make justice less confining for underage offenders.

March 28, 2014 7:44 pm

Lake County Council approves weather-related overtime money

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council shoveled $137,000 of overtime pay over to the Lake County Highway Department on Tuesday to compensate the staff for long hours removing snow.

February 11, 2014 6:45 pm
Scores of supporters turn out for Cappas swearing-in

Scores of supporters turn out for Cappas swearing-in

CROWN POINT | The turnout for what had been expected to be a low-key event left newly seated Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas nearly speechless.

December 20, 2013 6:59 pm Photos

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Appeals court affirms 50-year prison term in murder of Gary teen

Appeals court affirms 50-year prison term in murder of Gary teen

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected a sentence reduction request Monday from a Michigan City man serving 50 years for the 2011 murder of a Gary teenager, on top of a 20-year prison term for shooting at a Merrillville couple while driving on Interstate 80/94.

November 18, 2013 3:26 pm Related

Cal Twp. man termed nonthreatening and released

CROWN POINT | A 62-year-old Calumet Township man accused of killing his mother is again free on bond after a judge ruled he isn't a threat to society.

August 23, 2013 6:45 pm

Judicial vacancy attracts 11 applicants

CROWN POINT | Judicial magistrates and veteran trial lawyers are among 11 men and women hoping to be the next Lake Criminal Court judge.

July 24, 2013 5:30 pm
Judge gives man who helped kill Jada Justice 40 years

Judge gives man who helped kill Jada Justice 40 years

CROWN POINT | Timothy Tkachik appeared stunned Friday when Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced him to 40 years in prison for his role in killing 2-year-old Jada Justice in 2009.

July 19, 2013 12:30 pm Photos

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M'ville man gets 20 years for klling one, wounding another

CROWN POINT | A Merrillville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for a shooting that left one man dead and another injured.

July 02, 2013 10:30 pm

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
DOUG ROSS: Stefaniak preparing for bench, and benches

DOUG ROSS: Stefaniak preparing for bench, and benches

Were you surprised when Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. announced at the last minute he was going to become the next Lake Juvenile Court judge? You're not alone.

June 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Man must perform public penance for skipping jury selection

CROWN POINT | A man who had been called for jury duty in early December in a fatal drunken driving case was sentenced Monday for failing to sit out jury selection.

January 23, 2012 6:15 pm

Appeals court orders new trial for M'ville bank robbery suspect

INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary man convicted of robbing a Merrillville bank in 2008 will get a new trial.

September 14, 2011 4:15 pm

Jury finds Gary man guilty of fatal robbery

CROWN POINT | A Lake Criminal Court jury convicted a 19-year-old Gary man Thursday afternoon of firing a hail of bullets that killed one man and injured another last year in a Gary street robbery.

June 30, 2011 6:30 pm

Appeals court affirms 40-year sentence for Gary child molester

INDIANAPOLIS | Forty years in prison is an appropriate sentence for a Gary man who molested an underage relative for years, eventually producing two children with her, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

June 24, 2011 6:30 pm

Death penalty juror choices may take months

CROWN POINT | Jury selection for the capital murder trial of a Gary man will begin in April, more than five months before the first evidence is presented.

March 18, 2011 5:00 pm

E.C. fatal shooting nets 8-year term

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced a 19-year-old East Chicago man to nearly eight years in prison Friday for killing an acquaintance in an apparent street gang rivalry nearly a year ago.

March 18, 2011 1:44 pm
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