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The Lake County Prosecutor would like to thank all of the agencies involved for their work in apprehending this defendan...
12/30/2020

The Lake County Prosecutor would like to thank all of the agencies involved for their work in apprehending this defendant.

Lake County Officers Arrest Fugitive

“I am pleased to announce that Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested 22-year-old murder suspect and escapee Leon Taylor at approximately 8:40 this morning,” said Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. “Our officers worked around the clock over the Christmas holiday and investigated every possible lead to bring this fugitive back into custody.”



Taylor escaped from a private transportation driver’s vehicle while being extradited from Texas to Lake County, Indiana on December 14, 2020.



Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Unit arrested Taylor in the 4900 block of Indianapolis Boulevard in East Chicago, Indiana after a brief foot chase.



“Our officers were able to utilize a wide range of resources including surveillance technology in the search for Taylor,” Sheriff Martinez said. “Our success was a direct result of a cooperative effort including: the US Marshalls Service, Indiana State Police, Chicago Police Department, Hammond Police Department, East Chicago Police Department and Gary Police Department,” the sheriff said. “I commend all of these agencies for a job well done.”

East Chicago Police Department
11/03/2020

East Chicago Police Department

We would like to thank Federal Protection Agency, LLC for offering an additional $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the senseless murder of 8yr old Timiya Andrews. The reward has now climbed to $20,000. Help us solve this case. #SeeSomethingSaySomething.

The Lake County Prosecutor's Office would like to thank all of the first responders for their service and sacrifice. You...
10/28/2020
National First Responders Day — History and Why We Celebrate

The Lake County Prosecutor's Office would like to thank all of the first responders for their service and sacrifice. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

National First Responders Day on October 28 recognizes the heroic men and women who make it their business to take immediate action when disaster strikes.

08/13/2020
07/09/2020
Lakeshore PBS

Lakeshore PBS

WATCH LIVE: Race and Justice: Here and Now | Episode 3
A live discussion about police training, tactics, and options for reform as part of its ongoing community conversation, Race and Justice: Here and Now, with host Michael Puente. Ask questions for the guests here in the comments.

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter states the preliminary investigation reveals that in the early morning hours of...
06/16/2020

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter states the preliminary investigation reveals that in the early morning hours of June 16, 2020, retired police officers Ryan Askew and Benny Freeman were working at Community Hospital in Munster, IN. At that time, a patient in the hospital became combative with the nurses and staff of the hospital. The staff called for a code yellow (call for a combative subject) and Askew and Freeman responded. Upon seeing security arrive at his hospital room, the patient grabbed the nurse attending to him with one hand and began to strike her with his other. Carter states that at this time the other nurses and staff began to pull the nurse away from the patient while the security officials tried to subdue that patient. The security guards were overpowered by the patient and Askew was placed in a chokehold by the patient. The patient lifted Askew, who was still in a chokehold, off the ground while striking him repeatedly with his free hand. Nurses and staff reported that Askew began to go in and out of consciousness. Freeman un-holstered his firearm and fired twice resulting in the patient being shot in the face and Askew being shot in his arm. The hospital staff then began to attend to Askew but the bullet traveled into his chest. Carter says that Askew succumbed to the shooting shortly after.

05/04/2020
Lake County Sheriff's Department

Lake County Sheriff's Department

“The Lake County Sheriff’s Department and Lake County Metro Homicide Unit are seeking information on the homicide of James Clark, whose body was disposed of in the 3000 block of West 9th Avenue in Gary on January 3, 2020,” said Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr.

Clark was known as “Cookie”. We are sharing video of two vehicles believed to be involved with the disposal of Clark’s body. Keep in mind that the video was recorded at night, which could affect the way the color of the vehicles appears.

Anyone with information on this case, or who knows someone with any knowledge of the case should call Det. Cpl. James Bond or Det. Sgt. William Poe at 219-755-3852.

Todd Ringle-Indiana State Police Evansville District
01/29/2020

Todd Ringle-Indiana State Police Evansville District

Indiana’s “Move Over” law also pertains to tow trucks. If you see a tow truck along side the highway with its amber lights flashing you are required to move over. 14 tow truck operators were struck and killed last year throughout the United States. Please move over!

Students from around the state are heading back to school, which means you will be seeing school buses on our roads. Do ...
08/05/2019

Students from around the state are heading back to school, which means you will be seeing school buses on our roads.
Do you know when to stop for a school bus? ISP created a helpful graphic to make sure everyone is safe on their commute.

Lake County Sheriff's Department
07/10/2019

Lake County Sheriff's Department

From the desk of Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Jr:

On today’s date, 07/09/2019, the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office filed a murder charge against 32-year-old Daniel Ray Allison, of Black Oak, in the death of 45-year-old Lee Nedreau, Jr.

On 6/30/2019 Lake County officers were called to a reported stabbing at 1336 E. Elm St., Lot 14, in Griffith. Long-time Griffith resident, 45-year-old Lee Nedreau, Jr., died of his injuries.

This appears to be an isolated incident. Allison is being held in the Lake County Jail.

Lowell Police Department
06/18/2019

Lowell Police Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To: Northwest Indiana Press
From: Chief Erik Matson
Date: June 17, 2019
RE: 19LO2398

On June 16, 2019, at approximately 9:59 PM, Lowell Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at Casey’s General Store, 888 West Commercial Avenue.

The suspect was identified as an older male white with white/gray hair wearing a red and black checkered flannel shirt with a white undershirt, blue jeans and a white baseball hat. The subject was pulling a dark colored travel suitcase. The suspect entered the store and approached the counter and ordered the clerk to open the register and give him the money. The suspect pointed a shotgun at the clerk while making the demand. The suspect received money (approximately $1,000) and fled the store. The suspect exited the parking lot in a light blue passenger car (unknown make or model).

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lowell Police Department.

St. John Police Department
06/11/2019

St. John Police Department

June 11, 2019

Accepting Applications for Emergency Hire Police Officer
The St. John Police Department has been approved to hire two (2) police officers through the Department’s Emergency Hire Process to fill current vacancies. The St. John Police Department will be accepting applications for the immediate openings as Probationary Police Officer. Applicants are required to be an Indiana state-accredited police officer with membership in the Indiana Public Retirement 1977 Police Officers’ Pension Fund.
Applicants who qualify may obtain an application by either downloading a copy at app.stjohnpd.com, or picking up a printed copy from the Police Chief’s Administrative Assistant at the St. John Police Department, Public Safety Facility (Second Floor), located at 11033 West 93rd Avenue. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Completed applications must be returned in person to the Police Chief’s Administrative Assistant during office hours. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The completed applications must to be returned no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Upon the successful completion of probation, officers may be promoted to First Class Patrol Officer based on prior police service. If there are any questions, please contact Administrative Assistant A. Gross at (219) 365-6237.
St. John Police Department’s Probationary Officers earn $59,251.92 during their first year. A Second Class Patrol Officer earns $68,402.88, and a First Class Patrol Officer earns $73,797.36. Annual earnings are based on 12-hour shifts working a total of 2,184 hours per year.

- AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F -

04/26/2019
US Attorney Kirch Press Statement April 26, 2019

US Attorney Kirch Press Statement April 26, 2019

Jaron Johnson, 22, Jarod Johnson, 20, and Patricia Carrington, 46, all of Gary, Indiana, were charged in a criminal complaint with kidnapping, announced U.S....

04/17/2019
St. John Police Department
04/04/2019

St. John Police Department

PRESS RELEASE: Update of the investigation into the crimes that occurred in St. John at Shrine of Christ's Passion on December 24, 2018.

Lake County Sheriff's Department
03/24/2019

Lake County Sheriff's Department

The Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit is seeking assistance identifying two men who are wanted for questioning in connection with a double homicide.
On March 23, 2019 approximately 8:00 pm the Gary Police Department responded to the the 6800 block of East 3rd Avenue for reports of shots fired. Upon arrival officers began checking the residence in question. Officers found a female black adult and male black juvenile unresponsive inside the residence who had sustained apparent gun shot wounds. The female and male were later declared deceased at the scene by the Lake County Coroner's Office.
Anyone with information on the identity of either person pictured is urged to contact Detective Kristopher Adams at 219-755-3855 or the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP

The Lake County Prosecutor's office would like to take this time to thank all law enforcement for everything they do to ...
01/09/2019

The Lake County Prosecutor's office would like to take this time to thank all law enforcement for everything they do to keep our communities safe.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an...
10/09/2018
16 Ways to Stop Domestic Violence in Your Community | The Pixel Project's "16 For 16" Campaign

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. This abuse does not discriminate and takes a number of different forms including physical, s*xual, emotional, and economic. Simply ignoring this issue will not solve it, instead it is important to keep ourselves educated and aware of the various resources at our disposal.

16 Ways to Stop Domestic Violence in Your Community Posted on December 4, 2013 by Jerica Nonell The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s latest report on Violence Against Women that was released in June 2013 indicated that in some regions of the world, over 35% of women suffer from partner violence. ...

PostTrib newspaper
09/04/2018
PostTrib newspaper

PostTrib newspaper

Cases where children die of neglect happen “too often,” Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said. “Every time I see it, it hurts me dearly because they’re hurt because of parental ignorance."

We are officially four days away from another Amnesty Day! For those of you who don't know Amnesty Day is a yearly event...
07/09/2018

We are officially four days away from another Amnesty Day! For those of you who don't know Amnesty Day is a yearly event where non-custodial parents who have had their driver's license suspended by the child support office can come in and set up a child support payment plan to have their license reinstated. Please share this post, we want to make sure we reach as many people as possible!

The Lake County Prosecutor's Office would like to thank the Metro Homicide for their hard work in filing this case.
06/29/2018
The Times of Northwest Indiana

The Lake County Prosecutor's Office would like to thank the Metro Homicide for their hard work in filing this case.

The 25-year-old Gary man was not initially at the scene of the fire, according to police, but showed up while firefighters were working.

Lake County Prosecutor, Bernard A. Carter, was honored to speak at the 17th annual Awards Ceremony honoring law enforcem...
06/27/2018

Lake County Prosecutor, Bernard A. Carter, was honored to speak at the 17th annual Awards Ceremony honoring law enforcement from ISP, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton and Porter County.

Lake County Prosecutor, Bernard A. Carter, was honored to speak at the 17th annual Awards Ceremony honoring law enforcement from ISP, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton and Porter County.

We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuseas we age, yet older people are mistreated more often than...
06/15/2018

We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuse
as we age, yet older people are mistreated more often than we
think. Take action to raise awareness toward prevention on this
important social justice issue!
http://eldermistreatment.usc.edu/weaad-home
#WEAAD

PostTrib newspaper
06/03/2018
PostTrib newspaper

PostTrib newspaper

From the very beginning, Vann said he wanted to die, according to the county prosecutor.

He told lawyers and a judge that specifically during an outburst in court last year.

"I guess when it came down to it, he didn’t want to die,” the prosecutor said.

The Times of Northwest Indiana
06/03/2018
The Times of Northwest Indiana

The Times of Northwest Indiana

The Lake County prosecutor's office joins the #MeToo reckoning with obstacles to s*xual assault victims in the criminal justice system.

"From here on out, we have removed the discretion from police."

The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office would like to congratulate Michael A. Zenk on being named the new administrator of t...
04/09/2018

The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office would like to congratulate Michael A. Zenk on being named the new administrator of the Lake County Jail.

The Lake County Prosecutor, Bernard A. Carter, would like to congratulate Nadia Wardrip for receiving the Outstanding Se...
04/09/2018

The Lake County Prosecutor, Bernard A. Carter, would like to congratulate Nadia Wardrip for receiving the Outstanding Service Award from the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA). ICESA has received dozens of nominations from across the state for people who have shown leadership in their individual disciplines when it comes to providing compassionate, evidence-based, trauma-informed service to victims and survivors of s*xual assault. We are proud to hear that one of our own has been recognized for this award. Nadia has been a deputy prosecuting attorney with our office for the last 5 years. During her time with us she has gone above and beyond for both the state of Indiana and the victims of violent crime. It is an honor to have her on our staff and we look forward to many more years of working alongside of such an inspirational individual.

PostTrib newspaper
03/16/2018
PostTrib newspaper

PostTrib newspaper

A judge decided that the jail, U.S. Marine Corps and an Ohio high school can decide for themselves if the state's subpoenas are overly broad in the death penalty case of Darren Deon Vann, who is accused of killing seven women.

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 the state filed a Motion for Forfeiture of Animals with the court in regards to the case of t...
03/05/2018

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 the state filed a Motion for Forfeiture of Animals with the court in regards to the case of the State v. Larry Brodanex. The State’s motion requested that due to the defendants failure to pay the agreed upon bond to secure and maintain ownership of the canines listed in the previous court order that the court order the defendants’ rights to the canines terminated. On Friday, March 2, 2018 the court notified the prosecutor’s office that their motion was granted. The shelters that are currently housing the canines are now ordered to distribute the canines in a way consistent with the best interests of the animal.

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As a member of the DSA and victim of these two people, I’m wondering why charges have not been filed yet knowing you have the file for the Indiana state police. These criminals have already left the state, so what are YOU doing?
Where are the charges? This is not acceptable to do to anyone yet alone those with disabilities.
My daughter was molested and y’all declined to take the case. Maybe if she was a little white girl y’all would take it more serious. But no yall with Det Biller of Hammond PD let me wait for almost a year to hear if the case was going to trial. My daughter has to go to therapy and her molester goes free. I hope yall are happy with y’all decision and I hope he continues to sell drugs to the communities (black and white) in Gary, Merriville, Crown Point , etc. Maybe when yall catch him again my daughter will finally get justice. My daughter deserves justice.
Please HELP!! Mother has no where else to turn!! Children (ages 15 & 12) ripped from the only home they have ever known with police presence by father manipulating the courts. What is really going on in Lake county Indiana family court systems? Corruption? Unethical??? This is not the only unethical case heard going on. State gave custody to a mentally & physically abusive father that lives across the country. Father has history of violence. Kids have been denied to speak to the judge directly by lawyers. They are very mature and old enough to decide the fate of their life. Children called CPS crying and pleading for help from abuse. They are limited access to phones in fathers home. CPS is unable to help because of court order. The children just want their voice heard and they are being silenced. Again please help before something really bad happens. I sent this to every news agency I could find!