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NWI Prosecutors Seek NO Wiretap Warrants in 2012

20 Jul

The Federal Government may be monitoring your telephone conversations but in Northwest Indiana criminals can feel confident that their communications are secure.   Indiana issued just 3 wiretap warrants in 2012. All of the warrants were issued  in Marion County. No wiretaps were requested in Lake, Porter, or LaPorte Counties. No data was reported for the Northern District of Indiana which would lead the reader to assume either an error in the report or that no warrants were requested.  State, Local and Federal officials are required by Federal Law to report all requests for wiretap warrants to the Administrative Office of the Federal Courts each year.

Indiana has a stricter law than most states for portable electronic monitoring requiring the chief law enforcement officer of the jurisdiction (sheriff, chief of police, or Superintendent of State Police) together with the Prosecuting Attorney of a county to verify the facts of the warrant under oath.  Only the Indiana State Police can install the monitoring equipment required for a wiretap warrant.  (IC 35-33.5-2).

In total 3,395 local, state and federal wiretap warrants were issued in 2012, the US Office of The Admistrative Courts Reports. The vast majority of those were issued for mobile devices in drug investigations. The numbers vary greatly b state with the feds, California and New York requesting the vast majority-over 2500.

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Source:  Administrative Office of the Federal Courts,  http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Statistics/WiretapReports/2012/Table1.pdf

Indiana Dunes Sand Sculpture Contest 7/13

8 Jul

Saturday July 13
Indiana Dunes 16
th Annual Sand
Sculpture Contest
Join the Friends of the Dunes for this special 16th annual event and enter to win or just watch for fun! This
year‟s theme is “Once Upon A Time.” Registration begins at 9am, but groups may begin at 7am. Judging
begins at 11:30am, with awards after 12:30pm. Whether building or not, come vote for your favorite in the “People‟s Choice Award.” Prizes sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes. See the Nature Center for more information
and specific rules.

Porter County Fair Features Hunter Hayes

8 Jul

The Porter County Fair begins from July 18 and provides non-stop family fun until July 27, 2013.  He apparently is Wanted because tickets for Hunter Hayes at the Porter County Fair are sold out. (Sources tell me they may be available online at a premium.) Hunter Hayes is the headliner to to this family fun fest but additional features include rides, 4-H exhibits and awards, family fun and music.  .  For more information you can go to The Porter County Fair website.