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EDITORIAL: Disgraced Gary councilman should step down

EDITORIAL: Disgraced Gary councilman should step down

Add Gary city Councilman Ronier Scott to the long list of disgraced Northwest Indiana politicians.

December 12, 2013 12:00 am Related

C.P. businessman admits guilt to lying about income, taxes

HAMMOND | The owner of a Crown Point graphic design business has pleaded guilty to federal charges of understating his income on tax returns and lying during bankruptcy proceedings.

May 31, 2013 5:38 pm
Salinas pleads guilty to federal bribery charge, resigns from council seat

Salinas pleads guilty to federal bribery charge, resigns from council seat

Disgraced Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas resigned from office Monday, just a few hours after pleading guilty to taking more than $10,000 in kickbacks for steering city work to a contractor.

May 13, 2013 3:20 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Ethics training pays off, but doesn't cost much

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ethics training pays off, but doesn't cost much

What has the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission done lately? Quite a lot but never enough. The commission is composed of seven member communities -- Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Highland, Munster, Schererville and Whiting. We are a nice mix of urban and suburban, large and small. We welco…

March 03, 2013 12:00 am

Schaap objects to delaying January sentencing hearing

HAMMOND | The sentencing for disgraced former Hammond megachurch Pastor Jack Schaap should proceed as scheduled later this month despite requested delays by federal prosecutors, Schaap's defense attorney argues.

January 07, 2013 7:00 pm

Michigan City doctor indicted for insurance fraud

MICHIGAN CITY | A physician with practices in Michigan City and Chicago has been indicted on federal charges of submitting more than $3 million in false medical claims to private insurers and the government.

December 26, 2012 6:45 pm

Republican election officials raise red flag over phony IDs

CROWN POINT | Lake County GOP officials are calling for an investigation into whether a ring of identity thieves also may have dabbled in vote fraud.

October 16, 2012 4:30 pm

EDITORIAL: Shore up public's trust in local government

So many public corruption indictments have been handed down against public officials in Lake County over the years that voters run the danger of expecting local government officials to be corrupt. That should prompt action by good, decent, honest officials to shore up the public's trust.

October 05, 2012 12:00 am
NWI feds nab 6 in separate public corruption cases

NWI feds nab 6 in separate public corruption cases

HAMMOND | If Indiana's U.S. attorneys lag behind their nationwide colleagues in generating public corruption cases, as recently published federal statistics show, it wasn't apparent Thursday.

October 04, 2012 12:25 pm Photos

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Feds: Gary man charged in drug trafficking case

CHICAGO | A Gary man faces a federal charge as part of a sweeping case against alleged members of two separate Chicago-area drug trafficking rings.

September 28, 2012 12:45 pm

EDITORIAL: Philpot provides incentive for ethics training

Yet another politician has been removed from office because of public corruption. Former Lake County Clerk Thomas Philpot was convicted on five counts of theft and fraud charges.

August 28, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Indictment promotes ethics in government

EDITORIAL: Indictment promotes ethics in government

Friday's indictment of a school official has put government ethics in the spotlight once again.

March 13, 2012 12:00 am Related
MARK KIESLING: Start prosecutions low, then work your way up

MARK KIESLING: Start prosecutions low, then work your way up

Rumors are just that, unless you are dealing with politicians.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am

Illinois man indicted in sales of stolen appliances in NWI

HAMMOND  | A Lake Forest, Ill., man faces charges in Hammond federal court of transporting more than 100 stolen household appliances into Northwest Indiana, court records state.

January 07, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Bang on gangs in East Chicago

The weight of the federal government is finally pressing down on violent street gangs in East Chicago. It's going to be a messy process, but the result will be worth it.

November 25, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Mr. Philpot, you should've known better

MARK KIESLING: Mr. Philpot, you should've known better

If your lawyer told you it was safe to fling yourself into the Grand Canyon, I doubt many of you would take the advice.

October 05, 2011 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: U.S. attorney isn't only one who can reform government

DOUG ROSS: U.S. attorney isn't only one who can reform government

When I heard last Thursday's public corruption indictments were coming down, I tried to figure which two separate incidents they might be.

September 27, 2011 12:00 am

Gary man pleads guilty in drug case to firearm, dealing counts

HAMMOND | Darrell Loving, 22, of Gary, pleaded guilty in federal court this week in connection with a drug charge.

August 12, 2011 5:49 pm

Government opposes Powell's plea for early end to sentence

HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors have told a judge that convicted former Lake County tax collector Roosevelt Powell deserves no early release from his sentence for bilking taxpayers.

July 15, 2011 7:00 pm

Fraud indictments snare 2 tax preparers

A federal grand jury indicted two Northwest Indiana tax preparers on multiple fraud charges last week, according to a Hammond-based U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman.

July 14, 2011 4:00 pm
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