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Remembering three lives lost

RENSSELAER | By the flickering light of candles, members of this small tight-knit community came together on Good Friday evening to remember three of their own lost in a tragic vehicle accident Monday morning.

April 19, 2014 12:00 am

Judge: Pay restitution to victim or go to jail

CROWN POINT | A federal tax refund stands between a Hazel Crest man and up to 180 days incarceration in the Lake County Jail.

April 18, 2014 5:50 pm

Expert witness may be barred from murder trial that begins Monday

CROWN POINT | An expert witness in eyewitness misidentification  scheduled to testify for the defense next week in the murder trial of Samuel Lee Franklin became a lightning rod Thursday in Lake County Criminal Court.

April 18, 2014 5:35 pm

2 charged in fatal Gary shooting

CROWN POINT | Authorities are searching for two Gary men charged Wednesday with murder in the Aug. 8 shooting death of a third man at an apartment complex where all three lived.

April 17, 2014 5:45 pm

Hammond couple sentenced for 2011 shooting

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man and his wife were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the near-fatal shooting of a man in a Hammond parking lot in 2011.

April 16, 2014 9:45 pm

More witnesses testify in Austgen homicide case

CROWN POINT | Video surveillance footage from Majestic Star Casino, an audiotape of a jailhouse phone call and the testimony of investigators played key roles in another hearing Wednesday to determine if the Alsip man charged with killing Griffith business owner Mary Austgen will be granted bail.

April 16, 2014 9:30 pm Related

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Lake County veterans treatment court to open in June

CROWN POINT | Some U.S. military veterans face myriad challenges when they re-enter civilian life, including homelessness, employment problems, mental health issues, substance abuse and encounters with the criminal justice system.

April 16, 2014 6:45 pm

Gary man pleads guilty to 2 separate burglaries

CROWN POINT | A Gary man on Tuesday admitted he burglarized a home last year while he was free on bond in a separate burglary case.

April 15, 2014 6:00 pm

Gary man back in court after mistrial on murder charge

CROWN POINT | Nearly six weeks after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial on murder charges, Ahkeem Shakur Scott-Manna was back in court Monday for a status hearing and to request release on house detention.

April 14, 2014 8:00 pm
Son, 34, charged in slaying of parents in their Lowell home

Son, 34, charged in slaying of parents in their Lowell home

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors have filed murder charges against the West Creek Township man accused of killing his parents last fall.

April 14, 2014 3:50 pm Photos

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Hammond man convicted of four felony charges in rape case

CROWN POINT | A jury on Friday found Facundo Martinez Callejas, of Hammond, guilty of four of six felony counts, including the Class C felony of sexual misconduct with a minor, in a case dating back to 2010.

April 11, 2014 6:20 pm

Man insists on jury trial in attempted murder case

CROWN POINT | A former East Chicago man charged with Class A felony attempted murder and two other felony counts insisted Thursday he wanted to be tried by a jury rather than accept a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors.

April 10, 2014 8:15 pm

Jury to resume rape case deliberations Friday

CROWN POINT | A jury will continue deliberations Friday morning in the case against a Hammond man charged with the rape of a New Jersey teen who was visiting the family’s home in 2010.

April 10, 2014 7:35 pm

Hammond man gets 12-year prison term after conviction

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man received a 12-year prison sentence Thursday for his part in crimes against a woman to whom he and two other men offered a ride in Harvey in the early morning hours of July 28.

April 10, 2014 5:30 pm

Murder charges filed against Hammond husband

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors recently filed murder charges against a Hammond man in the shooting death of his wife in their home March 29.

April 09, 2014 8:15 pm

Cocaine dealer gets 10-year prison term

CROWN POINT | A Calumet City man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for dealing cocaine.

April 09, 2014 8:00 pm

Teen testifies against Hammond man accused of raping her in 2010

CROWN POINT | Emotions ran high in the second day of the trial of a Hammond man charged with the rape of a 15-year-old New Jersey girl who was visiting the family’s home in 2010.

April 08, 2014 8:00 pm

Hammond man returned to prison for burglaries

CROWN POINT | A 46-year-old convicted burglar who transitioned out of prison in 2013 and again burglarized homes was sentenced Tuesday to two 15-year prison terms.

April 08, 2014 7:45 pm

Hammond man's rape trial begins

CROWN POINT | Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Hammond man charged with the rape of a New Jersey teen who was visiting the family’s home in 2010.

April 07, 2014 8:15 pm

Harvey man given 2 years for Munster bank robbery

CROWN POINT |  Billy Covington said Monday he robbed two banks in Illinois and Munster in a three-day period in 2010, hoping to commit suicide by cop after post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder took him down a dark path during which he unsuccessfully tried to hang himself.

April 07, 2014 5:30 pm

Chicago man sought in domestic battery case

CROWN POINT | On Wednesday, Lake County prosecutors filed battery charges against a Chicago man stemming from a domestic dispute February in Gary.

April 04, 2014 7:31 pm

July trial set for Gary man charged with murder

CROWN POINT | A judge on Thursday set a July 28 jury trial for a Gary man charged with murder in a slaying last year at the Delaney housing complex.

April 03, 2014 7:30 pm

Hammond man accused of killing son back in court

CROWN POINT | The legal saga of a Hammond man charged with murdering his son in 2011 continued Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with yet another court date slated for April 16.

April 02, 2014 8:30 pm

Indiana tax cap policies pit local munis against one another

GARY | Indiana’s unique fiscal policies — particularly the property tax cap backed by the General Assembly and enrolled in the state’s Constitution by voters in November 2010 — now pit local communities against one another in a perpetual fight for funding.

April 02, 2014 6:15 pm

Bond reduced for Gary man charged in drug case

CROWN POINT | A Gary man charged with dealing crack cocaine had his bond reduced Tuesday, but not as much as he wanted.

April 01, 2014 5:30 pm
Man pleads guilty in slaying of mentally-challenged woman

Man pleads guilty in slaying of mentally-challenged woman

CROWN POINT | Rather than face a jury on murder charges for killing a mentally-challenged woman with an ax, a Michigan City man pleaded guilty Monday to a Class A felony.

March 31, 2014 6:00 pm
Lauren Chapin visits region to help support Israel

Lauren Chapin visits region to help support Israel

MUNSTER | Lauren Chapin, best known as Kathy or Kitten on the beloved 1950s TV series “Father Knows Best,” loves Israel.

March 30, 2014 9:30 pm
'Easy decision’ to revive court

'Easy decision’ to revive court

GARY | A courtroom, crowded with judicial and elected officials, signaled a celebration Friday for the return of the Title IV-D Juvenile Court to the city.

March 28, 2014 7:35 pm Photos

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Hammond mom handed 10-year prison term in neglect of child

CROWN POINT | Lake County Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas on Thursday sentenced a Hammond woman to a 10-year prison term without any suspension of that sentence after a jury found her guilty in February of two Class B felony counts of neglect of a dependent.

March 28, 2014 7:03 pm

Witnesses testify they picked up Alsip man at Majestic Star

CROWN POINT | Two East Chicago residents testified Thursday about giving Ralph Martinez a ride from Majestic Star Casino on March 28, 2013, during a third hearing to determine if the Alsip man charged with murder in the slaying of Griffith business owner Mary Austgen will be granted bail.

March 27, 2014 8:22 pm Related

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Suspect in Miller neighborhood slaying appears in court

CROWN POINT | The Gary man charged with murdering another man following an argument March 18 in the Miller neighborhood made his first appearance in court Thursday.

March 27, 2014 7:35 pm

Sentencing postponed for Hammond man who pleaded guilty to murder

CROWN POINT | Sentencing of a Hammond man who pleaded guilty in the 2011 murder of a neighbor was postponed Thursday in Lake County Criminal Court until April 24.

March 27, 2014 7:30 pm

E.C. man pleads guilty to confinement, strangulation

CROWN POINT | An East Chicago man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced felony charges of criminal confinement and strangulation.

March 26, 2014 8:45 pm

Judge denies bond reduction for man charged with DUI death

CROWN POINT | A judge denied a motion Wednesday to reduce bail for a Hammond man facing felony charges stemming from a fatal traffic crash in November.

March 26, 2014 8:30 pm

Suspect in Austgen murder seeking bail

CROWN POINT | The Alsip man charged with murder in the slaying of Griffith business owner Mary Austgen appeared in court Tuesday to determine if he will be granted bail.

March 25, 2014 5:13 pm Related

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Death of witness postpones man's child molestation trial

CROWN POINT | The sudden death of an expert witness has postponed the child molesting trial against a Lake Station man.

March 24, 2014 8:15 pm

Chesterton man's trial delayed in fatal DUI case

CROWN POINT | A judge on Monday postponed a jury trial for a Chesterton man accused of driving drunk and killing a St. John woman in September 2012.

March 24, 2014 8:04 pm

Cedar Lake man charged for attacking girlfriend’s child

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors recently filed seven felony charges, including a felony A count of attempted murder, against a Cedar Lake man.

March 21, 2014 7:30 pm

Murder charges filed in Miller neighborhood shooting

CROWN POINT | Murder charges were filed Wednesday by Lake County prosecutors against a Gary man in the shooting death of a man in Gary's Miller neighborhood.

March 21, 2014 7:30 pm

Two cousins charged in shooting death in Gary

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors filed murder charges Wednesday against two cousins from Gary in the shooting death of another Gary man on March 13.

March 21, 2014 7:00 pm
State-of-the-art and user-friendly

State-of-the-art and user-friendly

CROWN POINT | A new technology system, in the works for almost a year, was unveiled Friday in the courtroom of Judge Samuel Cappas.

March 21, 2014 5:21 pm Photos

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Jury deliberating in Lake Station murder case

CROWN POINT | A jury began deliberating Thursday in the murder trial of a Lake Station man accused of killing his wife in September 2012.

March 20, 2014 7:49 pm

Temores trial set for August

CROWN POINT | The trial of Michael Temores begins Aug. 11, nearly three years after the fatal crash that killed a Lansing father and grandfather.

March 20, 2014 3:57 pm

Griffith man pleads guilty to attempted child exploitation

CROWN POINT | A Griffith man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser Class C felony charge of attempted exploitation of a child in Lake County Criminal Court.

March 20, 2014 12:05 am

Hammond man gets 30 years in '94 Dyer burglary plea deal

CROWN POINT | The books are now closed on a 1994 Dyer burglary and rape.

March 20, 2014 12:05 am

Gary man found not guilty of molesting relative

CROWN POINT | Charles Wesley Nash, of Gary, was found not guilty of child molestation by a jury Tuesday.

March 19, 2014 7:45 pm

Child molestation case goes to jury

CROWN POINT | A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the child molesting trial of a Gary man.

March 18, 2014 8:00 pm

Gary man acquitted of murder charge

CROWN POINT | After six days of listening to testimony and evidence presentations, a jury on Tuesday found Jamal Lawshea not guilty of murder after deliberating for about an hour.

March 18, 2014 7:45 pm

Mother of victim, former neighbor testify in murder trial

CROWN POINT | Sobs of a grieving mother filled the courtroom Tuesday in the murder trial of a Lake Station man charged with killing his wife in September 2012.

March 18, 2014 7:19 pm Related

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S'ville woman testifies she was molested by relative

CROWN POINT | A Schererville woman testified Monday that for years she didn't tell anyone she had been repeatedly molested by a relative because she was afraid no one would believe her.

March 17, 2014 8:00 pm
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