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Still No Charges for Thomas "TJ" Snow

27 Dec Clifford and Joyce Snow

by Ken Davidson

On October 21, Sheriff John Buncich held a press conference naming Thomas “TJ” Snow as the lead suspect in the death of beloved teacher Cliff Snow and his wife Joyce. The couple were found in their rural home on October 18, 2013 after a call for a welfare check from their out of state daughter. Officers reportedly discovered a grizzly scene upon arrival at the home. Later reports indicated that the couple were beaten and strangled but an official cause of death has yet to be announced. Thomas Snow was apprehended in Minnesota after a short police chase on October 18. Snow waived extradition to Indiana on October 22, 2013 and was transported to the Newton County Jail on December 11, 2013. Since that time, officials have been mum on details regarding the case. The Gazette has learned, however, that charges have yet to be filed in the matter. Snow has an unrelated warrant from Lake County which will hold him if he is released from Newton County. Snow would be eligible for bond on both charges absent filing of the murder charges.

The Lake County Sheriff still seeks information from anyone who may have had communication with Thomas J. Snow during the period October 4 through October 18, 2013. Anyone with such information should call the Lake County Sheriff at 219.755.3371

Details Slow Coming in Union Hall Death

16 Dec

by  Ken Davidson

Police and government officials are being tight lipped about the death of a Lake Village man on Friday morning.  According to unverified reports, the incident was caught on video tape and at least one person has been charged.  The Gazette has put out feelers for  information but has found little so far.  This is what we have been able to verify.  The fight occurred Thursday night at the Local 150 Operating Engineers hall in Merrillville.  Jacob Oxley, the victim in the matter, was a member of the union.  He reported to work on Friday morning where he died.  Sadly, Oxley just found that he is expecting a child.  Police have arrested at least one person based on the video.  At least one more arrest is expected.

Merrillville Police are investigating.

Coroner Seeks Help Identifying Victim

20 Nov

Gazette Staff

CROWN POINT– Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a White or Hispanic male who was found on 11/4 2013 in the vicinity of 2700 block of Maryland Street in Gary. He was wearing a red hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and a pair of Diesel tennis shoes. This individual weighs 147 pounds is 5’-6” tall with brown hair. The only personal property found was a bronze whistle and an Acura key fob with an attached Ace Hardware house key. If you have any information leading to identifying this person please contact the Lake County Coroners Office at 1-219-755-3265

Eagle 1, Schererville Police Team to Find Local Man

11 Nov

by Ken Davidson


The Gazette received several reports from readers about Eagle 1 flying over schererville yesterday.  The Gazette has now confirmed that this situation did not involve commission of a crime.  The police department had received a credible report that an individual might harm himself and responded. The manhunt was in response to that situation.

While we do not wish to report on this story in particular, the topic of suicide and depression is a serious issue.  We thank the Schererville Police and the office of Lake County Sheriff John Buncich for acting decisively and appropriately in this situation.  Our prayers go out to this individual and anyone who is suffering from depression.  If you feel that someone you know is in imminent danger from a mental health issue, please call 9-1-1.

Regional Mental Health also has a hotline for less imminent emergency situations.  That number is 219.769.4005.  You can get more information on how to get help for yourself or a loved one on the at Regional Mental Health website.

LCAC To Host Soup Cook Off in Hessville

7 Nov

The Lake County Animal Control will host a soup cook off at Moochies Pub in Hessville on November 16, 2013. The event will run from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 and all proceeds go directly to supporting the shelter. Donations of supplies are sought.

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Lake County Animal Control will host a Soup Cookoff on Saturday November 16 in Hessville.


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TJ Snow Lead Suspect in Parent's Murder

21 Oct

by Ken Davidson

Thomas TJ Snow is in custody in Hawley, Minnesota after being arrested on a warrant for robbery stemming from a gas station robbery in Newton County, Indiana on Thursday October 17. Sheriff John Buncich confirmed that TJ Snow is officially a suspect in his parent’s death and has been questioned. Buncich described Snow as willing to talk to detectives but stated he has not confessed nor has he been charged. Sheriff Buncich asks that anyone who may have had contact with TJ Snow in the time between October 4 and October 18 to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 219-755-3371.

This update is live from the courthouse and further details will be provided as soon as possible. You can read the Gazette’s full cooverage of the Snow murders on our home page at The Northwest Indiana Gazette.

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Tom TJ Snow is considered a suspect in the murders of Clifford and Joyce Snow.

Sheriff Buncich Announces 3 Successful Drug Raids; Seizure of Weapons and Drugs

15 Oct

by Ken Davidson



Sheriff John Buncich

Sheriff John Buncich stands in front of over $700,000 seized drugs.

Standing in front of a cache of weapons and drugs this morning, Sheriff Buncich gave credit to his undercover and interdiction teams for 3 separate incidents of “good police work.”  The first of the three events involved a mother who was purchasing guns for her sons aged 18-21 in Gary’s Glen Park neighborhood according to Buncich.  Buncich explained that a home was raided in the Glen Park neighborhood after surveillance indicated that members of the street gang “Get Fresh Boys” were engaging in criminal activity at the residence. The names of the suspects are not being released at this time according to Buncich because the investigation continues.  Among the items seized in that raid were high powered rifles and handguns.  Computers were also seized.  Buncich stated that the investigation continues with the forensic unit analyzing the computer, ATF analyzing the weapons, and other teams utilizing other intel obtained in the raids.

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shandguns and rifles seized by Lake County Sheriff’s officers in a raid in Glen Park Gary, IN

On Thursday, Sheriff’s officers raided homes in Hobart and Gary.  Officers arrested Corey Reed and an unnamed female at the Hobart residence where they also seized cocaine with a street value over $200,000, $38,000 in cash and a late model vehicle according to Sheriff Buncich.  Charges have been filed against both Reed and the female.

On Friday the interdiction team, a group of officers which Buncich described as “specially trained to spot drug traffickers”, stopped a pickup truck with Ohio plates on 80-94 near Ripley Street.  The owner of the vehicle consented to a search and police discovered marijuana with a street value of over $500,000 according to Buncich.   Arrested were Francisco Martinez and Miguel Perez.  Buncich stated that the men admitted they had been paid $1,000 to transport the marijuana and the final destination was Cleveland.

Lake County Sheriff Seizes Cocaine

Cocaine seized by Lake County Sheriff from a Hobart home on Thursday

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cache of weapons, drugs and paraphernalia seized by Lake County sheriff in Gary, Hobart drug raids



County Police Raid Hobart & Gary Drug Houses

11 Oct

By Ken Davidson


Lake County Police are confirming that two drug houses, believed to be run by the same individual were raided today.  An official statement is expected in the morning, but sources tell the Gazette that a large amount of cocaine, cash and vehicles were seized.  One of the drug houses was in Hobart and the other in Gary.

See the full story here: Buncich Announces 3 Drug Busts