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Imperial Gangster pleads guilty in racketeering case

HAMMOND | A Munster man admitted to murder and conspiracy to participate in racketeering in a plea agreement filed Friday in federal court.

December 27, 2013 9:30 pm

Lake County courts getting IT upgrade

CROWN POINT | A plan is underway to move Lake County courts from behind the curve when it comes to the use of information technology.

December 23, 2013 7:00 pm
Gary man handed 60 years in rape of woman given ride

Gary man handed 60 years in rape of woman given ride

CROWN POINT | A Gary man convicted of raping an out-of-town woman to whom he offered a ride was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison.

December 20, 2013 7:20 pm
Scores of supporters turn out for Cappas swearing-in

Scores of supporters turn out for Cappas swearing-in

CROWN POINT | The turnout for what had been expected to be a low-key event left newly seated Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas nearly speechless.

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Lowell man charged in crash that killed stepson

Lowell man charged in crash that killed stepson

CROWN POINT | Prosecutors have charged a Lowell man with 12 criminal counts in connection with a 2012 car crash that killed the man's 4-year-old stepson and injured his 2-year-old son.

December 18, 2013 4:45 pm
Teen sentenced for role in fatal shooting of M'ville boy

Teen sentenced for role in fatal shooting of M'ville boy

CROWN POINT | A 16-year-old Merrillville boy with a history of gun use was given an 11-year sentence Tuesday in this year's fatal shooting of a 14-year-old through the window of his home.

December 17, 2013 7:13 pm

Woman extradited on charges of running a prostitution ring in NWI

HAMMOND | A federal complaint against a Chicago woman was unsealed Tuesday, alleging the woman transported women from elsewhere to engage in prostitution in three Lake County cities.

December 17, 2013 5:27 pm
YouTube post results in child abuse charges against mom

YouTube post results in child abuse charges against mom

CROWN POINT | A Gary woman was charged with neglect and battery after police were tipped to a YouTube post.

December 16, 2013 6:15 pm
Hammond man gets 45 years for sex assault, burglary

Hammond man gets 45 years for sex assault, burglary

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison in connection with a 2002 sexual assault case.

December 16, 2013 6:00 pm
Potential sentence in fatal hit-and-run not easy to add up

Potential sentence in fatal hit-and-run not easy to add up

CROWN POINT | When a Lake County jury last week made a clean sweep of 13 charges filed against a Lakes of the Four Seasons man found guilty in a fatal hit-and-run, penalties mounted.

December 14, 2013 6:40 pm Photos

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Gary man sentenced to 45 years for murder

Gary man sentenced to 45 years for murder

CROWN POINT | A Gary man was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison in the stabbing death of a woman whose body was found in 2011 on DNR property in Lake County.

December 13, 2013 7:00 pm
Cozmanoff in Porter County custody for safekeeping

Cozmanoff in Porter County custody for safekeeping

CROWN POINT | A Lakes of the Four Seasons man convicted Wednesday of the hit-and-run of four Lake County correctional officers, killing one, has been booked into the Porter County Jail out of safety considerations.

December 12, 2013 1:55 pm Photos

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Ex-husband gets 50 years in Munster woman's slaying

Ex-husband gets 50 years in Munster woman's slaying

CROWN POINT | In exchange for pleading guilty but mentally ill to murder in the fatal beating of his ex-wife, a man was handed a 50-year sentence Thursday.

December 12, 2013 1:35 pm Photos

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Driver guilty in hit-and-run that killed correctional officer

Driver guilty in hit-and-run that killed correctional officer

CROWN POINT | A Lake County jury on Wednesday found Jason Cozmanoff, who turned 44 on Wednesday, guilty on all 13 counts in an undisputed hit-and-run that killed county Correctional Officer Britney Meux and injured three fellow officers last year.

December 11, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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LOFS man's hit-and-run trial nears close

LOFS man's hit-and-run trial nears close

CROWN POINT | Lake County jury members on Tuesday were taken to the scene of a hit-and-run that last year left a county correctional officer dead and three others seriously injured.

December 10, 2013 6:15 pm Photos

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Judges throw doors open to renovated Juvenile Justice Center

Judges throw doors open to renovated Juvenile Justice Center

CROWN POINT | On the cusp of Lake County Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr.'s taking the helm of the juvenile division, the doors to the newly renovated Juvenile Justice Complex were open Friday to children's advocates of all stripes.

December 06, 2013 7:15 pm Photos

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Bartender: Cozmanoff not drunk

Bartender: Cozmanoff not drunk

CROWN POINT | A bartender at a Griffith bar that Jason Cozmanoff left less than two hours before a hit-and-run that killed one correctional officer and injured three others testified Thursday that Cozmanoff was not drunk.

December 05, 2013 7:15 pm Photos

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Pathologist: Dead officer hit ground with 'tremendous force'

CROWN POINT | A forensic pathologist Wednesday detailed injuries to fallen Lake County correctional officer Britney Meux that spanned her body from head to foot.

December 04, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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Cedar Lake man accused of raping 15-year-old

Cedar Lake man accused of raping 15-year-old

CROWN POINT | Prosecutors have charged a Cedar Lake man in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old after a party the girl attended with family members.

December 04, 2013 3:54 pm
Man charged with murder in Gary slaying

Man charged with murder in Gary slaying

CROWN POINT | A Gary man was charged with murder this week in connection with the fatal shooting of another man Friday in the city.

December 03, 2013 7:00 pm

Community Corrections director describes scene of fatal hit-and-run

CROWN POINT | Kellie Bittorf recalled the vivid scene of a man frantically waving his arms and yelling as she drove away from a county corrections building in spring 2012.

December 03, 2013 5:48 pm

Surviving officers testify at Cozmanoff trial

CROWN POINT | Three surviving correctional officers in a hit-and-run crash that killed a fourth officer testified Monday on the first day of the Jason Cozmanoff trial.

December 02, 2013 6:15 pm Photos

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Food banks digesting food stamp cuts

Leaders of food banks serving Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area are reporting more people lining up since the 2009 boost in food stamps expired this month.

November 28, 2013 8:00 pm

Jury selection begins in Cozmanoff trial

CROWN POINT | Jury selection is underway in the trial of a Lakes of the Four Seasons man accused of a hit-and-run accident last year that killed a county jail officer and severely injured three others.

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Gary man guilty of raping Elkhart woman

Gary man guilty of raping Elkhart woman

CROWN POINT | A Lake County jury found a Gary man guilty on all counts in the rape of an Elkhart woman who had been waiting for a bus.

November 25, 2013 2:58 pm

Gary man guilty of murder at pizzeria in '12

CROWN POINT | A Gary man was found guilty Friday of murder along with numerous other counts in the slaying of a man during a 2012 fight at a pizza place, according to court officials.

November 22, 2013 8:06 pm

St. John clerk-treasurer sues Town Council

CROWN POINT | A Lake County judge Thursday urged warring St. John town officials to resolve their differences before taxpayers get a big legal bill.

November 21, 2013 8:00 pm
Third rape trial underway for Gary man

Third rape trial underway for Gary man

CROWN POINT | A Gary man is facing a third rape trial in less than a year.

November 19, 2013 6:30 pm
Gary man on trial for murder in Gary pizza shop shooting

Gary man on trial for murder in Gary pizza shop shooting

CROWN POINT | A Gary man is on trial for murder in a fatal shooting last year in a pizza shop.

November 19, 2013 5:45 pm
Teen who killed dad: 'You're free, Mom'

Teen who killed dad: 'You're free, Mom'

HAMMOND | When defense attorney John Cantrell last December went to the Lake County Jail to see his new client, a 17-year-old Gary boy who shot and killed his father, he asked the boy how he was doing.

November 16, 2013 11:36 pm Photos

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Gala grand opening shines light on Tolleston success

Gala grand opening shines light on Tolleston success

GARY | Friday's VIP opening celebration of what has become known as The Tolleston Project gathered much of the regional who's-who as well as the beneficiaries of their effort.

November 15, 2013 9:30 pm Photos

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Witness testifies Blue admitted shooting store clerk

Witness testifies Blue admitted shooting store clerk

CROWN POINT | Jurors in the Jeremy Blue murder trial on Wednesday heard a boyhood friend and accomplice identify Blue as the killer of a Merrillville convenience store clerk.

November 13, 2013 8:19 pm
Two charged in Gary double homicide

Two charged in Gary double homicide

CROWN POINT | Two men have been charged in connection with this month's fatal stabbing of Leviticus and Toshiba Dupree, of Gary.

November 12, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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Calumet Township man sentenced in mother's death

CROWN POINT | A Calumet Township man acquitted last month of murder in the death of his 94-year-old mother was sentenced Friday on two convictions of neglect of a dependent and a single count of pointing a firearm.

November 08, 2013 6:30 pm

Woman witnesses dying store clerk drawing 'last gasp'

CROWN POINT | Testifying Thursday in the murder trial of Jeremy Blue, a witness to the last moments of Judi Simpson-Beaver said she urged the dying store clerk to hold on.

November 07, 2013 5:15 pm
Suspect in Hammond shooting charged with murder

Suspect in Hammond shooting charged with murder

CROWN POINT | A 24-year-old Hobart man faces multiple charges in a shooting earlier this month at the Michigan Bar and Grill in Hammond.

November 07, 2013 5:15 pm

Prosecutor: Store clerk's slaying 'a stone-cold execution'

CROWN POINT | The last words of a slain Lucky Mart Foods clerk were, "Jeremy, why are you doing this?" a prosecutor said Tuesday.

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Man admits being shooter in deadly East Chicago brawl

CROWN POINT | An East Chicago man on trial for the murder of a man beaten during a brawl between two groups pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless homicide.

November 05, 2013 6:41 pm
East Chicago murder defendant on trial

East Chicago murder defendant on trial

CROWN POINT | The trial of an East Chicago man alleged to be the triggerman who killed 29-year-old Daviantae Dunham in July 2012 opened Monday.

November 04, 2013 7:18 pm
Jeremy Blue murder trial getting underway

Jeremy Blue murder trial getting underway

CROWN POINT | A trial begins this week for a man accused of killing a  Lucky Mart Foods clerk last year.

November 04, 2013 4:34 pm Photos

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Food stamp boost from 2009 stimulus bill expires

With Friday's expiration of a 2009 boost in food stamp funding, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana expects longer food lines just as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

November 02, 2013 10:00 pm

Court turns down plea for reduced sentence in Cleary case

CROWN POINT | A Lake County judge refused to modify the 14-year prison sentence imposed last November on a Valparaiso man found guilty in the death of a road service worker killed while fixing a tire.

October 31, 2013 6:30 pm

Jury awards $78,400 to Crown Point woman injured in collision

CROWN POINT | A Lake County Superior Court jury awarded a Crown Point woman $78,400 for injuries suffered in a 2009 traffic collision.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
Jurors find Hammond man guilty of sexual assault, burglary

Jurors find Hammond man guilty of sexual assault, burglary

CROWN POINT | A Lake Superior Court jury deliberated some two hours Friday before convicting a Hammond man of charges related to a 2002 assault.

October 25, 2013 9:00 pm

Jury awards $455,563 judgment against CVS Pharmacy

CROWN POINT | A Lake Superior Court jury has awarded a Hobart couple a $455,563 judgment in a slip-and-fall case.

October 24, 2013 7:30 pm
Judge: Therapy dog to offer comfort to kids in juvenile detention

Judge: Therapy dog to offer comfort to kids in juvenile detention

CROWN POINT | Moxie, a playful, fawn-colored American mastiff pup, overshadowed her handler — incoming Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. — when introduced to the press Wednesday.

October 23, 2013 6:30 pm Photos

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Gary teen sentenced in homicide of abusive dad

Gary teen sentenced in homicide of abusive dad

CROWN POINT | A Gary teen was sentenced Monday to a suspended four-year sentence in connection with last year's fatal shooting of his father.

October 21, 2013 8:30 pm
ACLU raising awareness of its mission

ACLU raising awareness of its mission

As the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the organization joins ACLU affiliates nationwide aiming to be more proactive in its mission, Executive Director Jane Henegar said. 

October 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Domestic violence has many faces, IUN researcher says

GARY | Ten years of developing and teaching a class on women and crime taught her violence isn't an isolated event for women in prison, said Tanice Foltz, sociology professor and director of Women and Gender Studies at Indiana University Northwest.

October 18, 2013 7:45 pm
Clothesline Project resonates with IUN students

Clothesline Project resonates with IUN students

GARY | Of the 83 T-shirts strung around the Moraine Student Center at Indiana University Northwest, one spoke especially loudly to Matt Bartolomei, a 25-year-old sociology major from Schererville.

October 18, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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