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Man found guilty in beating death of 60-year-old woman

CROWN POINT | For three days in December 2012, Dorothy J. Griffin slowly died at a local hospital as her brain swelled from injuries suffered in a beating inside her Gary apartment.

September 04, 2014 8:15 pm

Man facing retrial in neighbor slaying rejects plea deal

CROWN POINT | A 20-year-old man charged in the beating death of his neighbor is scheduled to stand trial this week. 

September 02, 2014 5:45 pm
Former jail guard on trial for murder claims self-defense

Former jail guard on trial for murder claims self-defense

CROWN POINT | A jury will decide if a former Cook County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer fired his 9 mm service weapon in self-defense Aug. 8 near Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino or if he murdered a 23-year old East Chicago man in a road rage incident.

February 18, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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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
William Beavers

William Beavers

Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers

December 03, 2013 8:30 am
Third rape trial underway for Gary man

Third rape trial underway for Gary man

CROWN POINT | A Gary man is facing a third rape trial in less than a year.

November 19, 2013 6:30 pm

Trial date delayed in slaying of store clerk

MERRILLVILLE | A trial has been delayed indefinitely for a Merrillville man accused in the fatal shooting of a Lucky Mart Foods clerk.

July 03, 2013 5:20 pm
Tkachik takes the stand in case against mom of Jada Justice

Tkachik takes the stand in case against mom of Jada Justice

CROWN POINT | Timothy Tkachik spent most of Tuesday describing the lifestyle he and his then-girlfriend, Engelica Castillo, were living in 2009 when they killed 2-year-old Jada Justice.

June 25, 2013 7:30 pm Photos

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Trial provides portrait of Jackson as a father

Trial provides portrait of Jackson as a father

Courtrooms have supplied the epilogue to Michael Jackson's life. They've provided the forum where his debts have been settled, his final days dissected and his life depicted as a cautionary tale.

June 25, 2013 12:00 am

Cozmanoff trial spawns marathon jury selection process

CROWN POINT | Jury selection in the trial of Jason R. Cozmanoff was still going on late Monday in Lake Criminal Court, interrupted at one point by a storm-related power outage.

June 24, 2013 9:05 pm

FBI agent: Swiontek was suspicious of cousin's boyfriend

CROWN POINT | Retired FBI agent Theodore May opened the trial against 31-year-old Melissa Swiontek on Monday, testifying Swiontek admitted early in the investigation knowing her daughter's babysitters used marijuana.

June 24, 2013 6:45 pm
After vowing he would testify, Beavers doesn't

After vowing he would testify, Beavers doesn't

CHICAGO | Despite vowing for months that he would speak directly to jurors, an influential Cook County commissioner told a federal judge on Wednesday he would not be taking the stand at his tax-evasion trial.

March 20, 2013 8:00 pm Photos

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After vowing he would testify, Beavers doesn't

After vowing he would testify, Beavers doesn't

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers speaks to reporters, as his attorney Sam Adam Jr. listens, after Beavers' arraignment on federal tax-evasion charges on March 2 in Chicago.

March 20, 2013 4:17 pm

IRS agent: Beavers gambled at frantic pace

CHICAGO | A Chicago Democrat cashed multiple four-figure checks from his campaign to himself and then gambled the money away on slot machines at a feverish pace — sometimes within hours on a single day — an Internal Revenue Service agent testified on Monday at the Cook County commissioner's …

March 19, 2013 12:00 am

Casino: Beavers lost $500,000 on slot machines

CHICAGO | A powerful Chicago politician who earns just a five-figure salary gambled away nearly $500,000 playing slot machines over three years at a single casino, according to records entered into evidence by prosecutors Friday at the Democrat's tax-evasion trial.

March 16, 2013 12:00 am

Prosecutors: Beavers lied about campaign money

CHICAGO | A powerful Chicago politician fond of playing slot machines spent thousands of dollars from his campaign coffers at a casino and then falsely declared he'd spent it on authorized campaign expenses, a prosecutor told newly seated jurors Thursday.

March 14, 2013 8:30 pm
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