This week's local crime and court updates from The Times.
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Eric Douglas is accused of pinning Indiana State Police Trooper Ala'a Hamed between a Nissan he was driving and Hamed's police car June 2 during a police chase.
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.
Among those in quarantine is Geremiah R. Erwin, 24, who was scheduled to stand trial next week on one count of murder in the perpetration of robbery.
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.
In one case, suspects held a man at gunpoint inside his car, 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.
A Valpo man was wounded Monday after a person whose car was stolen mistook him for the thief and shot him in the finger, police said.
The investigation revealed the beneficiary died in 2015, but the pension board was never notified, police said.
His death marks the city of Gary's second confirmed homicide over the past two days.
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.
A routine traffic stop in LaPorte County turned up a handgun that was stolen in Fort Wayne two years ago, leading to two arrests.
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.
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.
Prosecutors scheduled the deposition of a Chicago man Friday, after the public defender's office signaled it planned to present evidence the defendant was with him during the time of an arson fire.
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.
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.
Blinding sun and speeding contributed to a fatal motorcycle accident in Calumet Township Sunday, police said.
An 11-year-old girl in the front seat suffered a gunshot wound to her lower leg. The 23-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his legs as he shielded a baby in the backseat with his body.
Witnesses told police the woman and a man were walking south on East Michigan Boulevard in Michigan City when she was hit by the driver of a dark-colored SUV.
Charges were being presented to the Lake County Prosecutor's Office Monday, officials said.
Defense attorney Clay Patton said the system had failed Stephen Rainey as a foster child and is failing him again as an adult with no prior criminal history.
Damage to the building is estimated at $16,000 to $18,000, owner Gary Stroud said.
The woman was home at the time of the invasion, but was not injured, Valparaiso police said.
"(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.
A 44-year-old Merrillville man riding a motorcycle died Sunday following a crash in Calumet Township.
Several vehicles were struck Sunday afternoon as a motorist fleeing police in a black Cadillac SUV drove the wrong way on Indianapolis Boulevard near Cabela Drive in Hammond.
A deadly shooting inside a northern Indiana shopping mall happened after an argument between two men, police said.
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 man was pronounced dead late Saturday after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide, the Lake County Coroner said.
A 68-year-old Crown Point man who shot and killed his adult son in 2018 is likely to die in prison after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected his request for a new trial.
"Human trafficking is one of the oldest and widespread criminal enterprises in the world," U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch II said. "It is a modern form of slavery and exploits the most vulnerable among us.
“If they’re sitting there with a gun, in hostile situations, we don’t want them shooting unnecessarily, I’m certain, given all that’s gone on nationally,” Councilman William Godwin, D-1st, said.
"While out shopping, we strongly recommend that you never leave your purse unattended in your shopping cart," police said in a Facebook post.
Police responded to the 3500 block of Hemlock Street in East Chicago for a shooting after a woman told dispatchers she shot her boyfriend inside of an apartment, police said.
The man was taken to a Dyer hospital where he died, the coroner said.
The group is suspected of threatening a gas station owner and employee with a handgun and fleeing the scene with stolen goods, police say.
The female's mother said when she arrived home, she watched the footage from the camera and found recordings of not just her daughter, but also her son's girlfriend in the shower, according to the report.
A resident living less than a half mile from the site said he heard an explosion that shook his house.
Police said they discovered the man had fallen from the back of a 2004 Chevrolet Avalance as the vehicle was being driven around the casino's parking garage.
The man was arrested Wedmesday after police found him driving on the Indiana Toll Road with several packages of suspected cocaine, the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office said.
LaPorte Police Chief Paul Brettin said the incident began about 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Williams agreed to talk to police Sept. 2 and allegedly used the word "rape" while confessing to sexually abusing the boy, court records state.
The woman told police she was working Sunday at a home on 26th Avenue in Lake Station when she stepped outside and Turks approached her from behind with a knife, Lake Criminal Court records show.
The defendant's grandmother suffered stab wounds to her chest and cuts to her arm, leg, thigh, neck and fingers. His grandfather suffered multiple stab wounds to his arm, ribs and back during an attack Jan. 28 in the 8500 block of Towle Street, records state.
The suspect was charged July 24, but his case remained sealed until he was booked Wednesday into the Lake County Jail.
Willie M. Walker, 29, is accused of following the woman after she drove away from Growlers in Highway just after 2 a.m. Sunday, abducting her at gunpoint from Hammond and holding her inside an East Chicago apartment.
"Ms. (Lisandra) Thompson alluded to the fact that the sole purpose of renting the room was to have somewhere to put the children," police said.
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