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Feds won't seek death for Frank Perez Jr.

HAMMOND | Reputed Two Six gang member Frank “Pumpkin” Perez Jr. will not face the death penalty for his alleged involvement in the murder of Jose Pena Jr. in July 1999 in Whiting.

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Illinois man set for sentencing in E.C. kidnapping case

HAMMOND | A man who pleaded guilty in an East Chicago kidnapping case on Monday asked a federal judge to sentence him to eight years in prison.

October 21, 2014 10:36 pm

Judge rejects plea deal for reputed gang member

HAMMOND | A federal judge said Tuesday he was rejecting a plea deal for a reputed member of the Imperial Gangsters street gang because of concerns the man wasn't facing the prison sentence for which he bargained.

October 14, 2014 6:30 pm

Imperial Gangsters member says 24 years is enough for murder

HAMMOND | A member of the Imperial Gangsters street gang has asked a judge to give him no more than 24 1/3 years in prison, but federal prosecutors say that's not enough.

October 09, 2014 8:48 pm

Last appeal complete in sweeping Latin Kings case

HAMMOND | A member of the Latin Kings street gang whose case was remanded by a federal appeals court for a sentencing correction likely won't serve any less time in prison.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am

Two region women sue DCS over overtime, other labor claims

HAMMOND | Two Northwest Indiana women are suing the Indiana Department of Children and Family Services in U.S. District Court over claims of unpaid overtime and other unfair labor practices.

September 25, 2014 7:15 pm

Disgraced Lake sheriff's officers may remain free awhile longer

HAMMOND | The U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday sought to delay when two former Lake County sheriff's officers expected to testify at a gun dealer's trial must report to prison.

September 24, 2014 10:25 pm

E.C. gang member seeks sentencing delay; newly discovered evidence cited

HAMMOND | Attorneys cited the discovery of new evidence in support of their request Wednesday to delay sentencing for an Imperial Gangster convicted in January of murder, conspiracy to deal drugs and racketeering.

September 24, 2014 9:15 pm

Lake Station mayor, wife, stepdaughter set for April trials

HAMMOND | A federal magistrate granted a request Tuesday by Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and stepdaughter to delay their trials until April.

September 23, 2014 10:00 pm

Lake Station man wants to withdraw pleas in alleged tax fraud scheme

HAMMOND | A Lake Station man wants to withdraw his guilty pleas in an alleged tax fraud scheme, federal court records show.

September 23, 2014 7:14 pm

Gary man admits selling drugs while free on bond

HAMMOND | A Gary man pleaded guilty Monday to dealing drugs while he was free on bond following his indictment in U.S. District Court.

September 22, 2014 10:46 pm

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
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