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A Valparaiso man died Thursday following a golf cart accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
A male pedestrian was fatally struck by a car in a hit and run early Sunday near Indianapolis Boulevard and 120th Street, according to authorities.
A 44-year-old Merrillville man riding a motorcycle died Sunday following a crash in Calumet Township.
"(The driver) stated that when he saw Harold (Rozinski) he attempted to push the brake, but due to panic, he believes he hit the accelerator instead," according to the incident report.
Damage to the building is estimated at $16,000 to $18,000, owner Gary Stroud said.
An eyewitness told police Josue Anaya, 25, was one of the men who shot Julio Salinas, 39, of East Chicago, six times Jan. 13 in the 3800 block of Elm Street in East Chicago, court records show.
A man who crashed into several vehicles while driving the wrong way on Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond Sunday had about 800 rounds of ammunition and a lengthy criminal record, police said.
The Gary Police Department opened an investigation into a 13-minute YouTube video. "Obviously, we certainly can't tolerate this of behavior in the city," Mayor Jerome Prince said.
As part of the plea, the man would be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in intensive sexual dysfunction counseling, court records show.
U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon imposed an 18-year sentence Monday on Pierre J. “Joker” Forest for his guilty plea to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.
From 2012 through 2019, South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority president and CEO Speros Batistatos was paid more than $1.1 million in base salaries alone, a Times analysis of records shows.
The investigation revealed the beneficiary died in 2015, but the pension board was never notified, police said.
The defendant was accused of selling crack cocaine from an abandoned home in the 5000 block of Massachusetts Street as part of a family-based drug business, U.S. District Court records show.
Michael Temores, 33, of St. John, is accused of hitting a motorcycle in a Schererville parking lot, leaving the scene of the crash and striking a guardrail in an unincorporated part of town.
The girl told police she first disclosed the alleged sexual abuse to a relative last month, because the defendant had threatened to kill her and she was afraid of him, court records state.
"The time has passed quickly but it seems it could have been just yesterday," Sandy Bach said.
"(The alleged victim) stated Felicia (Williamson) only gets like this when she has been drinking 'fireball,' " according to the incident report.
The man refused repeated requests to exit his house, so SWAT officers came through the alley and entered to restrain him and stop him from harming himself.
The woman told police she was in her home with her cousin, her cousin's boyfriend and the defendant, her friend of 10 years, court records state.
Corey L. Thomas' child witnessed the attack March 10, 2015, outside an apartment in the 3800 block of Huron Court in East Chicago's Harbor section, police said.
The couple is accused of stealing as much at $160,000 from the organization by withdrawing cash from its accounts, buying airline tickets, gift cards and jewelry, and paying for remodeling work at their home.
"Victims of these horrific crimes lose their innocence through no fault of their own, and we take these matters very seriously," United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II said.
New charging documents reveal details of the investigation into a Wednesday double shooting in Valparaiso.
The defendant agreed to a maximum sentence of 12 years on a level 4 felony, with no option for alternative placement, attorneys said.
Victim Julian Tinoco's mother is asking anyone who was affected by her son's death or has an opinion on what sentence the defendant should receive to write a letter to Judge Diane Boswell.
Brian Kunze, a history teacher at Wheeler High School until his termination in May 2019, is agreeing to serve a 12-year prison term, according to terms of the plea agreement.
Joseph Scott told police he was at the apartment when he heard the man tell his mother, "See, now you need your (expletive) whooped," according to charging documents.
The boy, who was taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center, is charged under the new law of offense against a computer user, Valparaiso police Capt. Joe Hall said.