Lake County

Chicago man sues over fatal plunge at destroyed Indiana span

May 12, 2016
 Associated Press
A Chicago man whose wife died when he drove off a road leading to a demolished northwestern Indiana bridge claims in a lawsuit that not enough was done to block the roadway.
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Supreme Court: Consolidating precincts is not unconstitutional

March 22, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled an effort to consolidate small Lake County precincts to reduce election costs was not unconstitutional, finding it is neither an impermissible special law nor a violation of the separation of powers doctrine.
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Long-running case over subdivision plan decided

March 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case that dragged on in the federal court system for nine years Thursday.
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Handyman charged in slayings of Lake County woman, daughter

March 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Authorities investigating the January slayings of a Lake County woman and her adult daughter have charged a handyman who had worked for the victims in connection with their strangulation deaths.
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Attorneys argue over whether to split 2 murder cases

March 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has delayed ruling on whether to separate two murder cases faced by an Indiana man who has confessed to killing seven women.
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Lake County sees successes with JDAI

February 8, 2016
 Associated Press
Lake County has seen success in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative that offers kids alternatives to incarceration, including home detention, day and evening reporting programs, residential alternatives and foster care.
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Indiana AG sues 3 companies in alleged tax-sale scheme

February 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana is suing three out-of-state companies for allegedly orchestrating a scheme that bilked dozens of state residents out of millions of dollars after their homes were sold in tax sales.
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Lake County sheriff seeks removal of jailed councilman

February 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The Lake County sheriff is asking the county's 12 state lawmakers to amend a state law to temporarily replace or remove East Chicago Councilman Robert Battle from office.
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Attorney general sues ex-Gary employee over fraud scheme

January 29, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit in Lake County against a former city of Gary employee who he says used her former position in the information technology department to defraud the city of nearly $1.4 million.
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Indiana woman gets 50 years in mother's slaying

January 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A 19-year-old northwest Indiana woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing her mother.
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Lawyer sanctioned for ‘abandonment’ of federal case gets reprimand

January 26, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Lake County lawyer whose client learned his battery case against Hammond police was dismissed after his daughter looked up court records online has received discipline from the Indiana Supreme Court: a public reprimand.
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Indiana’s 6 commercial courts set to begin June 1

January 21, 2016
IL Staff
Six commercial courts handling specialized dockets of business cases were announced Wednesday in an order of the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Munster cardiologist’s practice faces some 300 medical malpractice complaints

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
The sweeping medical malpractice claims against Dr. Arvind Gandhi and other practitioners at Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana could take years to unwind, and they may change the calculus that sets surcharges physicians pay to the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund.
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COA affirms foreclosure of Crown Point property

December 31, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court was correct in granting a bank’s request to foreclose on a Crown Point, Indiana, business park, the Court of Appeals held Thursday.
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Judge temporarily blocks law barring workers from office

December 31, 2015
 Associated Press
A Lake County judge has temporarily blocked a state law that bars five municipal employees from holding elected office in the same city or town.
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Man did not provide enough evidence to support lower home valuations

December 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A homeowner seeking to reduce the valuation of his residential properties did not provide enough evidence to the Indiana Board of Tax Review to support his argument, the Indiana Tax Court ruled Wednesday in two separate appeals.
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COA rules in contentious attorney fees case

December 22, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals had harsh words for the three lawyers involved in a protracted, unprofessional legal battle over attorney fees owed in a breach of contract lawsuit against Lake Station, Indiana.
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Paralyzed woman’s claim against security guard’s company proceeds

December 8, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Whether a security guard, who shot a woman during an argument while he was on duty, was acting to further his employer’s business when he shot her is a matter that should be decided by a judge or jury, the Indiana Supreme Court held Tuesday.
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City workers lose challenge to law, must quit to take office

December 4, 2015
Dave Stafford
Five Lake County civil servants lost their lawsuit challenging a state law that forbids them from serving in elected office in the same city that employs them.
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Judge recuses self in suspected Indiana serial killings case

December 3, 2015
 Associated Press
A man charged with strangling two women and suspected in the deaths of five other women whose bodies were found in abandoned homes in Gary is getting a new judge.
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Gary man charged with killing 2 seeks to represent himself

November 17, 2015
 Associated Press
A northwest Indiana man charged with strangling two women and who could face the death penalty if convicted is asking a judge to allow him to represent himself during the trial.
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February trial for ex-Lake Station mayor, wife, stepdaughter

November 4, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has postponed the public corruption trial of Lake Station's former mayor, his wife and stepdaughter.
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Porter and Lake counties welcome Indiana justices

November 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The 1,100 seat auditorium at Portage High School was nearly full Oct. 30 as students from 10 schools along with members of the legal community attended the Indiana Supreme Court’s oral arguments.
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Prosecutors seeking DNA sample in Gary officer's slaying

October 8, 2015
 Associated Press
The Lake County Prosecutor's Office wants to obtain a DNA sample from a 27-year-old man accused of killing a Gary police officer.
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7th Circuit rejects Indiana appeal of EPA ruling

August 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
Indiana had standing to appeal EPA approval of a change in how Illinois monitors for auto emissions, but the state failed to show the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision was arbitrary and capricious, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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  1. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

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  3. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  4. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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