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The Times spoke with Paula Cooper in July 2012 as the final year of her sentence began.
The Times spoke with the family of Ruth Pelke in August 2012. Pelke was murdered in 1985, and her family says her legacy of love lives on.
Paula Cooper was 16 years old when she was sentenced to death for stabbing an elderly Bible school teacher to death. The Indiana Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years, and she is scheduled to be released Monday.
HAMMOND | An attorney hired to advise the clerk's office during Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot's term testified for about three hours Thursday during Philpot's theft and fraud trial.
HAMMOND | Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot received a letter telling him he did not need County Council approval to receive incentive payments from a child support incentive fund, according to evidence introduced on the third day of his fraud and theft trial.
HAMMOND | A state representative and former clerk employee gave conflicting testimony Tuesday as to how controversial incentive payments came to be during the Lake County coroner's tenure as clerk.
HAMMOND | The federal corruption trial of Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot kicked off Monday to determine whether he knew taking incentive payments as an elected official was wrong.
Ruth Pelke was murdered in 1985, and her family says her legacy of love lives on through today.
Ruth Pelke's family has fond memories of holidays in her Gary home, complete with crocheted gifts, colored cookies and "Nana salad," Pelke's macaroni salad mixed with watermelon pickles.
HAMMOND | A Gary police officer arrested Tuesday on drug trafficking and firearms charges was recorded committing the offenses, according to a criminal complaint.
HAMMOND | A federal investigation into Lake County Surveyor George Van Til involves whether he engaged in campaigning activities while on the county clock, The Times has learned.
About one in five Hoosier women have been victims of rape at some point in their lifetime, according to recent shocking statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.
HAMMOND | A young Chicago mother changed her plea to guilty Wednesday for aiding and abetting a murder for the Latin Kings.
HAMMOND | A 71-year-old Valparaiso man and former priest was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for trying to seduce a 15-year-old boy.
HAMMOND | A University Park, Ill., man entered into a plea agreement for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.
HAMMOND | A former Chicago police officer admitted to committing armed robberies in Illinois, Hammond and East Chicago for the Latin Kings street gang at a federal hearing Thursday morning.
HAMMOND | An 18-year-old Gary man entered into a plea agreement Monday for robbing a Gary gas station and convenience store.
HAMMOND | A heroin addict who drove from Chicago a few times a week to transport the drug to Indiana was sentenced Monday afternoon to 151 months in prison.
GARY | Despite soaring temperatures, a Gary urban farm is holding its own against the heat.
About 15 volunteers helped clear land and harvest vegetables Saturday morning at the Stewart House Urban Farms and Gardens in Gary.
Raised beds at Stewart House Urban Farm and Gardens help conserve water, Project Manager Sandra Rodriguez said.
John Szot, 57, of Merrillville, helps clear a plot Saturday morning at the Stewart House Urban Farm and Gardens in Gary. Volunteers already have harvested produce from the site's raised beds twice this year.
HAMMOND | A Gary woman accused of taking more than $50,000 in Social Security survivor benefits from children whose mother died plans to change her plea to guilty, according to court filings released Thursday.
HAMMOND | A former Chicago police officer has joined the majority ranks of those who signed plea agreements in the widespread Latin Kings racketeering case, according to court filings released Thursday.
HAMMOND | Three more Latin King gang members entered into plea agreements with the government, leaving just a handful of defendants remaining for trial.
HAMMOND | In a rare set of circumstances, the defendant in a kidnapping case asked his alleged victim questions under direct examination during his federal trial.
HAMMOND | Kicking off a kidnapping trial Monday, a 21-year-old Missouri woman claimed to not remember sprinting naked into a Portage liquor store to escape her father.
HAMMOND | More than half the defendants named in the sweeping Latin Kings racketeering indictments have entered into plea deals with the government, and more are expected in the coming week, according to court filings made Monday.
Paula Cooper was sentenced to death for the murder of an elderly Bible school teacher in the 1980s. The state Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years in prison, and now she shares her story and hopes for the future with The Times as the final year of her sentence winds down.
ROCKVILLE, Ind. | Paula Cooper mixed no-bake cookies, creating balls of sweet coconut and baking cocoa the size of a fist.
Paula Cooper was 15 years old when she was sentenced to death for stabbing an elderly Bible school teacher to death. The Indiana Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years, and she is now counting down the days to her 2013 release.
Paula Cooper was 16 years old when she was sentenced to death for the brutal stabbing murder of an elderly Bible school teacher. The Indiana Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years, and she is scheduled to be released Monday.
Paula Cooper was 15 years old when she was sentenced to death for the brutal stabbing murder of an elderly Bible school teacher. The Indiana Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years, and she is now counting down the days to her 2013 release.
GARY | U.S. Attorney David Capp, an alumnus of Gary's Lew Wallace High School, returned to the city Monday afternoon to speak at a Chamber of Commerce meeting about cooperative crime-fighting efforts in the region.
HAMMOND | The national debate over religious freedom and health care reform will play out locally in a Hammond federal court case filed by the University of Notre Dame.
CHICAGO| A Glenwood woman was one of four indicted in an alleged $9.1 million mortgage fraud scheme involving at least 42 properties, according to statement issued Monday by the U.S. attorney's office.
HAMMOND| Merrillville's infamous ear, nose and throat doctor could be close to a second plea deal in his federal health care fraud case, according to court records filed Monday.
HAMMOND | A federal judge dismissed a civil lawsuit Gary residents had filed against the city's library board of trustees to prevent the main library from being turned into a museum, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
HAMMOND | The former superintendent of Michigan City's wastewater treatment plant narrowly avoided a prison sentence Wednesday after violating the Clean Water Act for almost a decade.
HAMMOND | The federal trial of a Gary man accused of conspiring to rob a drug house was scheduled to start Monday, but at the last minute the man decided to enter into a plea agreement.
HAMMOND | A Hammond man who helped plot an armed robbery of what the group thought was a drug house was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison.
MICHIGAN CITY | Federal, state and local law enforcement executed a search warrant on a Michigan City-area gun shop and the owner's home over a span of about six hours Tuesday afternoon.
HAMMOND| A Burns Harbor company that designs, creates and sells construction products is suing a New York-based company in federal court alleging trademark infringement.
HAMMOND | A federal judge denied the government's motion to dismiss the wrongful death suit of an alleged Latin Dragon gang member whom an officer shot and killed during an attempted arrest in 2007.
HAMMOND | After several hours of deliberations Tuesday, a jury found two Hammond men guilty of murdering an elderly gun shop owner and stealing his firearms in a case that has spanned 12 years and more than one trial.
The Times' Sarah Tompkins gives you a front-row seat to law enforcement executing a search warrant at Valparaiso gunman Roy Ferguson's property Friday.
Officers enter the rental house owned by Roy L. Ferguson on Grove Avenue in Valparaiso following Friday's standoff at an office building on Calumet Avenue.
Police search a Grove Avenue home in Valparaiso owned by Roy L. Ferguson, the gunman who held several people hostage Friday at a real estate office.
VALPARAISO | Law enforcement searched a rental house owned by a gunman who held police at bay for seven hours Friday.
HAMMOND | Gary's Little Angels Daycare II seems to have tarnished its halo in a wire fraud scheme that siphoned at least $120,000 from government aid programs.
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