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Cops bust 275-pound pot deal

HAMMOND | After police nabbed a man hauling 275 pounds of marijuana through Missouri in his car's trunk, local drug enforcement agents coordinated a fake deal at a Hammond motel that netted a 34-year-old Chicago man, federal authorities claim.

April 30, 2010 12:05 am

Beefy convicted in meth case

HAMMOND | A jury found Timothy "Beefy" Bartruff, the final defendant in a massive methamphetamine bust from summer 2008, guilty Thursday afternoon on charges that could send him to prison for life.

April 30, 2010 12:05 am

No mental evaluation for Weinberger

HAMMOND | A judge on Wednesday denied a federal prosecutor's request for a hearing to determine whether "The Nose Doctor" should face a mental competency evaluation.

April 29, 2010 12:05 am

Attorney: Rumors of Pabey plea deal are bogus

HAMMOND | Attorney Scott King said Wednesday the rumor circulating among East Chicago's tireless community of political observers -- that Mayor George Pabey is negotiating a plea deal with federal prosecutors -- is false.

April 29, 2010 12:05 am

Cal Twp. deputy gets 1 year

HAMMOND | The last of former Calumet Township Trustee Dozier Allen Jr.'s deputies was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison, her plea for leniency neither fully granted nor ignored.

April 29, 2010 12:00 am
Capp takes oath

Capp takes oath

HAMMOND | Former U.S. Attorney Jim Richmond was on hand in Hammond federal court Wednesday to recall how he approached and hired a young and "fair-minded" defense lawyer into the federal prosecutor's office in 1985.

April 29, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Dozier Allen gets 18 months in corruption case

HAMMOND | Citing former Calumet Township Trustee Dozier Allen Jr.'s 36-year record of public service and failing physical and mental health, Hammond federal Judge Philip Simon sentenced the 79-year-old fraud convict on Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison. The term falls one year short of …

April 28, 2010 12:05 am

'Beefy' stands alone

HAMMOND | Near the close of a federal methamphetamine case notable for its huge cast of characters with evocative nicknames, only Beefy's legal fate remains undetermined.

April 27, 2010 12:05 am

Senate confirms Capp as U.S. attorney

U.S. senators have confirmed veteran federal Prosecutor David Capp to the post of U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

April 23, 2010 12:05 am

Hammond cops settle lawsuit with family at heart of feud

HAMMOND | Lawyers have settled a police abuse lawsuit rooted in a violent, racially-tinged neighborhood feud that has unsettled Hammond's Becker Street.

April 21, 2010 2:00 pm

Gary adds more litigation in fight with Barden

HAMMOND | The city of Gary is suing casino magnate Don Barden in Hammond federal court, adding a dispute over an escrow account to the list of legal disagreements between the city and Barden's bankrupt casino company, Majestic Star Casinos.

April 21, 2010 12:00 am

Livemercial must pay $90K

HAMMOND | A federal judge in California has entered a $90,000 judgment against Livemercial, the Valparaiso Internet firm run by legally besieged businessman Johnny Mathis Jr.

April 21, 2010 12:00 am
Tragedy on Easter still afflicts families

Tragedy on Easter still afflicts families

GARY | Early on Easter Sunday morning last year, shortly before sunrise services, Gary police Cmdr. Anthony Titus knocked on his friend Charles Barbour Jr.'s front door. He told Charles his son Derrick "Buck" Barbourhad been shot to death.

April 19, 2010 12:05 am Related

Feds: Energy-hogging house contained 500 marijuana plants

HAMMOND | A Gary household's "excessive kilowatt usage" betrayed the 500-plant marijuana garden sprouting inside before a police raid Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Hammond federal court.

April 15, 2010 12:05 am

Boxing star's brother sentenced to 18 years

HAMMOND | Lashawn Tanner's sentencing hearing Tuesday hardly could have differed more from the drawn-out, contentious hearing that ended with his brother Charles "Duke" Tanner being sentenced to life in prison.

April 13, 2010 4:45 pm

Man accused of Lowe's scam seeks resolution

HAMMOND | Branko Nenadic and his attorney are working with federal prosecutors on a "resolution" to charges he ran a fraud scheme worth $70,000 on Lowe's stores nationwide.

April 13, 2010 12:00 am

Pabey trial set for July

HAMMOND | A federal judge has scheduled the trial of East Chicago Mayor George Pabey and codefendant Jose Camacho for July 12.

April 10, 2010 12:00 am
Pabey trial set for July

Pabey trial set for July

HAMMOND | East Chicago Mayor George Pabey will stand trial in July if his case proceeds on schedule.

April 09, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Alleged illegal immigrant charged with gun possession

HAMMOND | One of the men arrested in March in a raid on the Paragon Family Restaurant in Schererville has been criminally charged with illegally possessing a .357-caliber handgun.

April 08, 2010 12:00 am

Alleged fake purses inspire real federal lawsuit

HAMMOND | A private investigator bought a suspiciously affordable handbag at St. John's Accessory Closet in February, and now luxury purse designer Coach is suing the retailer over alleged trademark infringement.

April 05, 2010 6:00 pm

Cocaine sentencing disparities may drop

If you have a bag of cocaine and you want to add years to the prison sentence you will face if arrested and convicted, one quick way is to go to the stove with a box of baking soda and cook your cocaine into its smokable rock form, crack.

April 05, 2010 12:05 am

Aguilera in for 2011 E.C. mayor's race

EAST CHICAGO | Former Indiana state Rep. John Aguilera plans to run for mayor of East Chicago in the 2011 election.

April 02, 2010 12:05 am

Judge denies bond for Piatek

HAMMOND | Prosecutors say the heavily armed members of the Christian extremist militia Hutaree were plotting murderous sedition; friends and family of Thomas Piatek say the 46-year-old Hammond man was going to the Michigan woods to "play army" with his friends.

April 01, 2010 12:05 am Related

Federal judge tosses tourism bureau's suit against Web sites

HAMMOND | A federal judge has thrown out the Lake County tourism bureau's lawsuit against a group of online hotel reservation giants.

March 31, 2010 12:05 am

Lawyer: Piatek to agree to face charges in Mich.

HAMMOND | Alleged extremist Christian militiaman Thomas Piatek will agree in Hammond federal court today to be transferred to Michigan to face sedition and weapons charges, his lawyer said Tuesday.

March 31, 2010 12:05 am
Hammond suspect mum about militia in court

Hammond suspect mum about militia in court

HAMMOND | Hammond truck driver Thomas W. Piatek told a judge Monday he doesn't understand why he was charged alongside eight other alleged members of a Michigan-based extremist Christian militia accused of plotting to kill police officers and make war with the U.S. government.

March 30, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Nose Doc lawyer wants to quash hearing

HAMMOND | The lawyer who represents former international fugitive Mark Weinberger has asked a federal judge to deny the prosecutor's request for a court hearing to determine whether Weinberger should undergo a mental evaluation before he stands trial on fraud charges.

March 30, 2010 12:05 am

Senate panel approves nomination for U.S. attorney

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of veteran federal Prosecutor David Capp to the post of U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, and the nomination now moves to the full Senate.

March 27, 2010 12:05 am
$47K in locker linked to H&R Block defendant

$47K in locker linked to H&R Block defendant

HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors have added $47,000 cash seized from a storage locker to the vast collection of evidence they claim to have against two women charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars by filing fraudulent tax returns for clients of an East Chicago H&R Block branch.

March 25, 2010 2:45 pm Related
Judge orders Pastrick, allies to pay $108M

Judge orders Pastrick, allies to pay $108M

HAMMOND | Region political icon Robert Pastrick and two former allies have been ordered to pay more than $108 million to the city of East Chicago in the landmark civil case centered on the sidewalks-for-votes scandal that capped Pastrick's 33-year mayoral reign.

March 24, 2010 12:00 am
Juez ordena a los aliados de Pastrick a pagar  $108 M

Juez ordena a los aliados de Pastrick a pagar  $108 M

HAMMOND | El icono político de la región Robert Pastrick y dos aliados anteriores se les ha ordenado a que paguen más de 108 millones de dólares a la ciudad de East Chicago, en el caso civil centrado en el escándalo de aceras-para-votos que había nivelado el reinado de la alcaldia de 33 años…

March 24, 2010 12:00 am

HAMMOND | Por medio de la interpretación del abogado Mike Bosch, Ruth Ann Pastrick se acaba de convertir en una figura clave en la batalla legal del estado con su marido, el titán demócrata del condado de Lake de 82 años de edad Robert Pastrick.

March 24, 2010 12:00 am

Couple settles lawsuit against troubled lender GMAC

HAMMOND | A Gary couple has agreed to settle a potential class-action lawsuit against the mortgage arm of thrice bailed-out automotive lender GMAC.

March 24, 2010 12:00 am

E.C. manager still on job after being sentenced to 8 years probation for drugs

EAST CHICAGO | Stormwater department supervisor Rudy Rucoba has been sentenced to eight years on probation for acting as a drug courier on an ill-fated mission to deliver 20 pounds of marijuana to the Chicago area from Texas, and he remains on the job with the city of East Chicago.

March 22, 2010 12:05 am

$108M decision not looking like a KO

HAMMOND | By attorney Mike Bosch's interpretation, Ruth Ann Pastrick just became a key player in the state's legal fight with her husband, 82-year-old Lake County Democratic titan Robert Pastrick.

March 21, 2010 12:05 am

Suspect agrees to deal -- for 2nd time

HAMMOND | In his second attempt at admitting to a sex trafficking charge, Haneef Jackson-Bey successfully pleaded guilty Friday in Hammond federal court.

March 20, 2010 12:05 am

Chief: Crash didn't hurt mayor, council leader

EAST CHICAGO | Neither Mayor George Pabey nor his passenger, City Council President Richard Medina, was hurt in a car wreck with a hit-and-run driver Thursday night, Police Chief Gus Flores said.

March 20, 2010 12:05 am

Money or nothing?

HAMMOND | By attorney Mike Bosch's interpretation, Ruth Ann Pastrick just became a key player in the state's legal fight with her husband, 82-year-old Lake County Democratic titan Robert Pastrick.

March 19, 2010 12:00 am
Weinberger brought to court for deposition

Weinberger brought to court for deposition

HAMMOND | Peggy Hood blames Mark Weinberger for her sister's death in 2004, and she had her first chance to confront the doctor in court Wednesday.

March 18, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Alleged Lowe's scammer agrees to stay in jail pretrial

HAMMOND | Alleged retail barcode scammer Branko Nenadic on Wednesday waived his right to challenge his continued detention on charges he ran a fraud scheme worth $70,000 on Lowe's stores nationwide.

March 17, 2010 1:00 am
Nose Doc could face a mental evaluation

Nose Doc could face a mental evaluation

HAMMOND | Because of former fugitive Mark Weinberger's purported suicide attempt and unwillingness to answer a judge's questions about his mental competence, federal prosecutors want a judge to hold a hearing to determine whether the former sinus surgeon should undergo a mental evaluation.

March 16, 2010 12:05 am
Pill-pushing doctor must pay

Pill-pushing doctor must pay

HAMMOND | A federal judge has ruled former Gary pain doctor Jong Bek must forfeit to the government more than $500,000 allegedly linked to medical crimes and money laundering.

March 15, 2010 12:05 am
Gary activists hold vigil at World of Skates

Gary activists hold vigil at World of Skates

GARY | The attendees at Friday night's vigil outside World of Skates voiced competing emotions about a shooting that hurt eight teenagers last week: They are indignant and frustrated, but they are also grateful. "Father, we could have been here for a sadder situation," prayed Charles Barbour…

March 13, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Judge orders Pastrick, allies to pay $108M

Judge orders Pastrick, allies to pay $108M

HAMMOND | Region political icon Robert Pastrick and two former allies have been ordered to pay more than $108 million to the city of East Chicago in the landmark civil case centered on the sidewalks-for-votes scandal that capped Pastrick's 33-year mayoral reign.

March 12, 2010 7:15 am Photos

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Pastrick, 2 aides ordered to pay city $108 million

Pastrick, 2 aides ordered to pay city $108 million

HAMMOND - A federal judge has ordered region political titan Robert Pastrick and two former colleagues from the East Chicago city government to pay more than $108 million in the landmark civil case centered on the sidewalks-for-votes scandal that marred the end of Pastrick's 33-year reign ov…

March 11, 2010 6:03 pm

Man accused of raking in $69K in bar code scam

HAMMOND | Federal authorities say an illegal immigrant from Serbia ran a nationwide bar code-switching scam, reaping bargains that were too good to be true at Lowe's stores before he sold the illegally discounted products online.

March 11, 2010 12:05 am

Wild-card defendant signs pimping plea

HAMMOND - Haneef "Breezy" Jackson-Bey, the unpredictable felony defendant who scotched two plea deals last year because he was unwilling to cooperate with authorities in his older brother's murder case, has signed another plea agreement in his federal pimping case.

March 10, 2010 12:00 am

Federal heroin defendant linked to Jada Justice case arrested again

HAMMOND | An admitted heroin distributor arrested last summer with two suspects in the murder of Portage 2-year-old Jada Justice was arrested and jailed again last week after an alleged violation of the conditions of his pretrial release in his federal drug case.

March 09, 2010 12:05 am
Bank robbery suspect admits crimes

Bank robbery suspect admits crimes

HAMMOND | Accused serial bank robber Joseph Campbell spoke candidly with Hammond federal Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry when the judge asked him in court Friday how he has supported himself during a recent unemployed stint.

March 06, 2010 12:05 am
School sub accused of child porn possession pleads not guilty

School sub accused of child porn possession pleads not guilty

The local substitute teacher and former Valparaiso University graduate student charged with distributing child pornography depicting toddlers and babies being sexually abused pleaded not guilty Thursday, and declined to exercise his right to ask a judge to release him on bond pending trial.

March 05, 2010 12:05 am
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