Porter County

Portage attorney juggles legal practice with life on the red carpet

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
It wasn’t until about 20 years ago that Mark Roscoe taught himself to design and sew to help his mother. He then began doing smaller fashion jobs for his friends and neighbors, and his reputation continued to grow. About five years ago, he took the plunge and began pursuing his design business aggressively.
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Ex-prosecutor faces discipline for failing to disclose false testimony

May 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
A former Porter County deputy prosecutor and a member of the Valparaiso City Council faces sanctions from the Indiana Supreme Court for allegedly withholding from the defense that an alleged victim said he had been coached to lie and had recanted allegations of sexual abuse.
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Special prosecutor to review Porter County deputy's case

May 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana prosecutor is turning to a special prosecutor to review the results of an investigation of a sheriff's deputy accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old.
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COA affirms confidentiality of deposition in litigation between Greek brothers

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
Discovery materials protected in Indiana courts under a protective order cannot be used in litigation between two brothers in Greece, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
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Murder charges dropped against Gary woman after years in jail

March 15, 2017
 Associated Press
Charges have been dropped against a Gary woman who has been in jail for more than four years accused of arranging the death of a business associate.
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Tax Court rules against steelworkers hall exemptions

March 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Porter County union cannot receive property tax exemptions on its meeting hall for the 2008 and 2010 tax years after the Indiana Tax Court held Friday that the property’s functions were largely used for the benefit of union members.
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Lake County sheriff, Portage mayor charged in towing-bribe schemes

November 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lake County Sheriff and county Democratic Party Chairman John Buncich and Portage Mayor James Snyder have been indicted on public corruption and bribery charges handed down by a grand jury.
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Builder’s statute of limitations defense prevails in COA

September 8, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in favor of construction supplier on its breach of contract claim against a builder to which it provided a line of credit. The appellate court agreed with the defendants' claims that the lawsuit was time-barred.
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Deputy prosecutor fired after not sharing victim's falsehood

July 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana prosecutor has been fired after not revealing one of two purported victims made up at least part of the accusations against a molesting suspect acquitted after being held without bond for three years.
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Judge frees man held 3 years after molesting acquittals

July 1, 2016
 Associated Press
A Portage man held without bond for three years has been acquitted of four counts of child molesting and ordered immediately released from jail.
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Charges dropped in Valparaiso University hoax hostage call

April 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor has dropped charges against a Valparaiso University student who previously was accused of calling police and saying he had taken hostages in the school library, leading to a campus lockdown.
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COA: Statute of limitations prevents business partner’s lawsuit

April 7, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment for a man who left one business partnership and started another and was later sued, ruling the statute of limitations on the disgruntled partner’s lawsuit had expired on both of his claims.
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Northwestern Indiana man convicted of wife's shooting death

March 11, 2016
 Associated Press
Jurors in northwestern Indiana have convicted a Porter County man of fatally shooting his wife in the head.
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Pretrial release project to test assessment tool

January 7, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Supreme Court is preparing to test the viability of allowing certain offenders to be released pretrial without having to pay a bail.
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Court must recalculate attorney fees

November 6, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court has the discretion to determine whether and how much to award in attorney fees, but a Porter Superior Court incorrectly determined what attorney fees the prevailing party was entitled to in a slander of title action, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday.
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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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Supreme Court to head north for oral arguments

October 28, 2015
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in a domestic battery case Friday at Portage High School in Porter County. The traveling oral argument allows students, the public and press in other areas of the state to see how the court works.
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Maternity leave not excusable neglect for bank, but remand ordered

August 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
Huntington Bank failed to convince the Indiana Supreme Court that an overlooked notice in a mortgage foreclosure case was excusable neglect because the person who normally handled such notices was on maternity leave.
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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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New magistrates approved for 7 counties

May 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Seven Indiana counties have been given approval to appoint new magistrate judges to their local courts. Gov. Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1110 on May 5.
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Judge allows woman's suit over jail miscarriage to proceed

May 4, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled that a northern Indiana woman can proceed with her lawsuit alleging negligence in a miscarriage she suffered while in custody.
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Ex-attorney accused of stealing child's insurance settlement

March 12, 2015
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A northern Indiana man and former attorney faces additional theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $612,000 from an insurance settlement awarded to an injured child.
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Judicial officers in demand

December 3, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Seven counties are asking the Legislature for 11 magistrates to handle increasing caseloads.
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Divided panel reverses default judgment against bank

December 2, 2014
Dave Stafford
The bank that promises customers 24-hour grace overdraft protection received more than 20 days grace in an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday.
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‘Common sense’ requires ruling in favor of inmate, judge says

October 15, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed judgment in favor of jail officials on an inmate’s complaint that he was denied medical access while in jail. The judges did not agree with the magistrate judge’s decision that Randy Swisher had failed to exhaust his administrative remedies by not filing a written grievance.
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  1. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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