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Order restricts guns, alcohol in judge's home

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Special Judge Walter Chapala issued an order this week requiring all firearms be removed from the home of a LaPorte Superior judge who was shot last month in her home. On Jan. 27, Judge Chapala ordered Judge Jennifer Evans and her husband, Stephan Koethe, to remove any firearms from their home as well as to abstain from drinking alcohol immediately prior to or during any times that Koethe's children from a previous marriage may be in their care. The order also applies to Koethe's ex-wife, Megan Koethe.

Megan had filed a petition for appointment of Guardian Ad Litem and suspension of parenting time or enforcement of Indiana parenting time guidelines. Judge Chapala didn't modify the custody and parenting time rights of the parties, but did require them to participate in a parenting time evaluation to be submitted to the court for possible modification.

Judge Evans suffered a gunshot wound to the head in her home in late December 2008 and was hospitalized following the incident. Stephan Koethe told a LaPorte television station that the judge shot herself accidentally while handling a gun she thought was empty. The bullet grazed her head; the judge recovered and took the bench earlier this year. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, said St. Joseph County Prosecutor spokeswoman Catherine Wilson. The St. Joseph County Prosecutor is involved in the investigation to avoid any conflict of interest since Judge Evans had worked in the LaPorte County Prosecutor's office.

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  1. Bob Leonard killed two people named Jennifer and Dion Longworth. There were no Smiths involved.

  2. Being on this journey from the beginning has convinced me the justice system really doesn't care about the welfare of the child. The trial court judge knew the child belonged with the mother. The father having total disregard for the rules of the court. Not only did this cost the mother and child valuable time together but thousands in legal fees. When the child was with the father the mother paid her child support. When the child was finally with the right parent somehow the father got away without having to pay one penny of child support. He had to be in control. Since he withheld all information regarding the child's welfare he put her in harms way. Mother took the child to the doctor when she got sick and was totally embarrassed she knew nothing regarding the medical information especially the allergies, The mother texted the father (from the doctors office) and he replied call his attorney. To me this doesn't seem like a concerned father. Seeing the child upset when she had to go back to the father. What upset me the most was finding out the child sleeps with him. Sometimes in the nude. Maybe I don't understand all the rules of the law but I thought this was also morally wrong. A concerned parent would allow the child to finish the school year. Say goodbye to her friends. It saddens me to know the child will not have contact with the sisters, aunts, uncles and the 87 year old grandfather. He didn't allow it before. Only the mother is allowed to talk to the child. I don't think now will be any different. I hope the decision the courts made would've been the same one if this was a member of their family. Someday this child will end up in therapy if allowed to remain with the father.

  3. Ok attorney Straw ... if that be a good idea ... And I am not saying it is ... but if it were ... would that be ripe prior to her suffering an embarrassing remand from the Seventh? Seems more than a tad premature here soldier. One putting on the armor should not boast liked one taking it off.

  4. The judge thinks that she is so cute to deny jurisdiction, but without jurisdiction, she loses her immunity. She did not give me any due process hearing or any discovery, like the Middlesex case provided for that lawyer. Because she has refused to protect me and she has no immunity because she rejected jurisdiction, I am now suing her in her district.

  5. Sam Bradbury was never a resident of Lafayette he lived in rural Tippecanoe County, Thats an error.

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