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Alleged gang members in racketeering indictment had criminal history in Lake County

HAMMOND | A search through Lake County Criminal Court records would not reveal that a 61-year-old woman was part of a violent street gang named in a recent federal racketeering indictment. 

September 20, 2014 11:15 pm Related

Couple accused of filing false tax returns in $1.1 million case

HAMMOND | A St. John couple is accused of filing false individual tax refund forms totaling more than $1.1 million, according to court records.

August 08, 2014 9:11 pm

Prosecutors seek anonymous jury for gang member's trial

HAMMOND | Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to keep the identities of jury members secret for the trial of a high-ranking leader of the Imperial Gangsters street gang. 

August 08, 2014 7:59 pm

EDITORIAL: IU study a reminder of corruption's cost

The revolving door between Northwest Indiana local government offices and the Hammond federal courthouse often makes our region the butt of public corruption jokes locally and abroad.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am

Former LaPorte County township official pleads not guilty to federal tax charges

HAMMOND | A former deputy trustee for LaPorte County's Michigan Township pleaded not guilty Friday to three counts of failure to file a federal tax return.

July 11, 2014 1:53 pm

Gary store owner pleads guilty to food stamp fraud

HAMMOND | The owner of a Gary grocery store pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding the federal food stamps program of about $60,000, court records state.

May 23, 2014 7:00 pm

Illinois man sentenced in Hammond Sanitary District pollution case

HAMMOND | Another employee of an embattled environmental firm was sentenced to probation Friday for violating the federal Clean Water Act by polluting within the Hammond Sanitary District.

May 23, 2014 2:42 pm
Gary man gets life in prison for child porn counts

Gary man gets life in prison for child porn counts

HAMMOND | A Gary man who admitted to production and possession of child pornography will spend the rest of his life in a federal prison under a sentence issued this week in Hammond federal court.

May 16, 2014 5:45 pm

Police: Griffith man charged in Chase Bank robbery used toy gun

HAMMOND | A Griffith man faces a federal bank robbery charge after robbing a Chase Bank earlier this week using a toy gun painted to look authentic, a federal criminal complaint alleges.

May 02, 2014 11:15 am

Plea expected in car crash scheme

HAMMOND | A Michigan City man is expected to plead guilty in connection with an insurance fraud scheme that occured between December 2005 and July 2009.

April 28, 2014 5:30 pm

Developer charged with stealing Riverdale funds

CHICAGO | A Chicago real estate developer who was a key government witness in corruption cases is facing federal charges after authorities say he stole $370,000 from Riverdale.

April 19, 2014 12:00 am
FBI on hunt for suspects in brazen bank robbery in East Chicago

FBI on hunt for suspects in brazen bank robbery in East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO | The FBI identified two East Chicago residents accused of taking part in a brazen armed bank robbery and shooting at officers.

April 03, 2014 8:15 pm Photos


Dying Munster woman asking court to recognize her same-sex marriage

MUNSTER | A Munster woman is asking a federal judge to compel the state to recognize her as a married woman before she dies. 

April 01, 2014 8:30 pm

Third defendant arrested in alleged Asia-to-NWI prostitution ring

HAMMOND | A third suspect in an alleged international prostitution ring with local ties was arrested and appeared before a federal court judge Friday in Hammond, court records show.

March 28, 2014 8:15 pm

Two women face illegal prescription drug dealing charges

HAMMOND | Authorities arrested two women in Hammond on Friday on charges of illegally selling prescription narcotics, federal court records show.

February 21, 2014 6:45 pm

Gary man sentenced in Hammond bank robbery, shooting of officer

HAMMOND | A federal judge sentenced a Gary man to more than 23 years in prison Friday following the suspect's 2013 guilty plea to an armed Hammond bank robbery.

February 21, 2014 6:45 pm

Gary man, 23, pleads guilty to felony heroin deal charge

HAMMOND | A Gary man pleaded guilty Friday to selling heroin to an undercover informant in Lake County, court records show.

February 07, 2014 5:54 pm

Gary man among seven charged in cellphone store robbery ring

CHICAGO | A Gary man is among seven defendants charged in a two-state robbery ring of cellular phone stores, including an April heist at a LaPorte business, federal prosecutors said Friday.

February 07, 2014 5:01 pm

Three more admit guilt in Imperial Gansters gang violence case

HAMMOND | Three more East Chicago street gang members pleaded guilty Friday for their roles in a violent wave of murder, drug sales and street violence.

January 10, 2014 7:30 pm

Illinois man sentenced in appliance theft case

HAMMOND | An Illinois man will have 18 months in federal prison to think about his financial betrayal of region business owners who had tried to help him, a judge concluded Friday.

January 10, 2014 3:52 pm
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