Judge denies new trial in off-duty officer’s 1980 death

A judge has denied a request for a new trial for an alleged getaway driver convicted in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer. James Hill was sentenced to 47 years in prison in October after a jury earlier convicted him of murder in perpetuation of robbery and attempted robbery, and Judge Salvador Vasquez determined there was no need for a new trial.
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Second man faces charge in off-duty officer’s 1980 death

Another man is facing a murder charge in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer. A 68-year-old man released this summer from an Illinois prison sentence has been charged in the slaying of Hammond officer Lawrence Pucalik.
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Murder charges refiled against Indiana woman in 2012 death

Charges have been refiled against a northwestern Indiana woman accused of arranging the 2012 shooting death of a business associate. Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder were refiled against Sheaurice Major as a result of new evidence after similar charges against Major were dismissed in 2017.
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Gary man accused of harboring double-shooting suspect

A Gary man is accused of harboring a suspect in a gang-related shooting that wounded a man and his 9-year-old son outside a store. Prosecutors allege Tyrone L. Jackson, Jr., allowed Alex C. Hughes to hide in his Gary house for more than a week, despite knowing Hughes was wanted for his role in the Sept. 30 shooting.
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Ex-superintendent of Gary schools faces misconduct charges

The former Gary Community Schools superintendent has been charged with double-billing the district for about $1,200 in expenses. Lake County prosecutors filed felony theft and official misconduct charges on Friday against Cheryl Pruitt, who resigned as superintendent in February after a state-appointed emergency manager took over the district as it faced more than $100 million in debt.
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