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Indiana agrees to recognize Whiting same-sex couple's marriage

HAMMOND | A federal judge on Thursday approved an agreement for Indiana to recognize the marriage of two Whiting women while the state appeals a ruling overturning its gay marriage ban.

September 11, 2014 10:30 pm

Two to admit to staging crashes for insurance payouts

HAMMOND | Two more defendants plan to plead guilty to charges alleging they staged car crashes in Northwest Indiana and Illinois to profit from insurance payouts, federal court records show.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am

Defendant admits he sought cocaine from undercover cop

HAMMOND | A man pleaded guilty on his second day of trial Tuesday to federal charges alleging he attempted to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from an undercover officer at a Gary truck stop.

August 27, 2014 9:25 pm

M'ville man admits ID theft to file for bogus tax refunds

HAMMOND | A judge has accepted a Merrillville man's guilty plea to charges he stole individuals' identities and used the information to falsely claim their federal tax returns, federal court records unsealed Monday show.

August 12, 2014 5:38 pm

Former pastor seeks hearing in effort to overturn sentence

HAMMOND | A former pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond on Friday asked a federal judge to at least allow his attorney to present evidence showing his 12-year sentence should be overturned.

August 04, 2014 8:30 pm

Man linked to child sex abuse will admit immigration charge

HAMMOND | A Mexican man who was brought to federal officials' attention because he was accused of inappropriately touching a child agreed Thursday to plead guilty to a criminal immigration charge.

July 17, 2014 9:25 pm

Porter County Jail officials deny responsibility for man's injuries

HAMMOND | Porter County sheriff's officials admitted in federal court records that a man who is suing them was involved in an altercation with another jail inmate but deny they're responsible for his injuries.

July 01, 2014 12:00 am

Gary woman given probation for role in preparing fraudulent tax returns

HAMMOND | A Gary woman was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for aiding and assisting in preparing and presenting a false and fraudulent tax return, federal court records state.

June 27, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo businessman agrees to plead guilty in federal fraud case

HAMMOND | A Valparaiso businessman was charged and agreed to plead guilty last week in an alleged scheme to defraud a Vermont company of more than $700,000.

June 26, 2014 11:10 am

Chicago man surrenders in interstate gun trafficking conspiracy

CHICAGO | Chicago resident Winston “Worm” Geralds surrendered to federal authorities Tuesday on charges he allegedly conspired to buy at least 43 firearms in Indiana and transport them to Chicago for sale.

June 24, 2014 7:15 pm

Valpo man charged with investment fraud, stalking

HAMMOND | A Valparaiso man accused of swindling thousands of dollars from investors and stalking one of them appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Hammond.

June 10, 2014 12:00 am
Prosecutor seeking 24 years for child sale to pornographer

Prosecutor seeking 24 years for child sale to pornographer

HAMMOND | The government on Thursday recommended a Gary woman receive about 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to selling her daughter for the production of child pornography.

June 05, 2014 9:57 pm

Griffith man pleads guilty to federal bank robbery charge

HAMMOND | A Griffith man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge alleging he robbed a bank using a toy guy painted to look authentic.

June 03, 2014 9:30 pm

Prosecutors won't seek death penalty against defendant in gang case

HAMMOND | The government has agreed not to seek the death penalty against two of the alleged gang members arrested last year in connection with a decade-old slaying, federal court records show.

May 24, 2014 12:00 am

Chicago man gets more than 4 years for drug possession

HAMMOND | A Chicago man was sentenced Thursday to 4.5 years in a federal prison.

May 08, 2014 3:44 pm

Hebron man embezzles late parents' SS funds for two decades

HAMMOND | A Hebron man accused of illegally acquiring Social Security funds has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

May 07, 2014 2:00 pm

Plea entered in murder case

HAMMOND | One of the gang members arrested last year in connection with the decade-old murder of East Chicago resident Julio Cartagena pleaded guilty Monday to his role in the homicide.

May 05, 2014 6:00 pm

Chicago man faces trial in death of prostitute

HAMMOND | A 31-year-old Chicago man will go on trial June 9 in U.S. District Court, accused of forcing two women, one of whom was later found dead, to have sex for money.

May 01, 2014 7:45 pm

Hammond doctor admits taking kickbacks, illegally dispensing prescription drug

HAMMOND | A Hammond doctor pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting kickbacks for Medicare patient referrals and illegally dispensing prescription drugs, federal court records show.

April 29, 2014 9:00 pm

Hammond woman, Hebron man indicted for fraud

HAMMOND | Two people were indicted Wednesday over illegally acquiring Social Security funds.

April 02, 2014 12:15 pm
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