Scrap dealer’s request to dismiss Hammond bridge theft charge denied

A federal judge has denied a northwestern Indiana scrap metal dealer’s request to dismiss charges for allegedly demolishing a historic Hammond railroad bridge and selling the metal for $18,000.

The Post-Tribune reports that Kenneth Morrison’s attorney argued in court documents that the grand jury didn’t get an accurate picture of whether the city of Hammond or the railroad company owned the Monon Bridge. But Indiana Northern District Judge Philip Simon wrote in a Thursday order that prosecutors only have to prove Morrison didn’t own the scrap metal and had no claim to it.

Morrison, of Whiting, operates T&K Metals. He pleaded not guilty last year to the interstate transportation of stolen property.

The bridge was dismantled about three years ago. It was built more than a century ago over the Grand Calumet River in Hammond.

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