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Schererville Daytime Burglary Results in Two Arrests

13 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Schererville police have confirmed that there was a burglary at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the 500 block of Gard Lane.  Police reported that they were called to the scene and found footprints in the snow.  The footprints were tracked to Govert Drive where the two suspects were found.  One fled on foot and was later apprehended in the 700 block of New Castle Drive.   A 16 year old juvenile and an 18 year old adult were arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail.  Charges are pending.

A citizen has reported to the Gazette that the door to the home was kicked in which resulted in the burglary call.  The Gazette is attempting to verify this report but has been unable to do so thus far.  We will update this article as information becomes available.

Highland Police Issue Burglary Alert

3 Dec

Gazette Staff

The Highland Police Department issued an alert advising residents to keep doors locked and report suspicious activity in the wake of recent daytime burglaries. The alert stated:

Several Daytime burglaries have occurred recently. Residents are reminded to secure your homes and to report any suspicious activity.

Griffith, Schererville, and Lowell police have issued similar releases in recent weeks.

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Schererville Animal Shelter Discussion

26 Nov Dogs waiting for homes at the schererville, indiana animal control facility

by Ken Davidson

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If you are not a fan of Schererville Crime Watch on Facebook, the Gazette highly recommends you check them out.  A recent report by the Watch, led to an interesting discussion regarding the Schererville Animal Control facility.

While on a traffic stop in the 5800 block of Phillips Road, a gray kitten jumped into my squad car and would not exit. I transported it to the shelter for safe keeping.

The simple elegance of the report is touching to me.  A police officer on routine patrol rescues a kitten.  It gets better however.  Like those who posted on the wall, I did not know that Schererville had a shelter facility. This led to the inevitable discussion of the many animals in need during the holiday season. Schererville Crime Watch quickly and appropriately pointed to the the needs of the animals by posting:  “Please take us home for the holiday. We’ve got no where to go. If you are interested, please call Jan or Justin down at the Schererville Animal Shelter at 865-6992.”  Great job Schererville PD and Schererville Crime Watch.

Cats at the Schererville Animal Control Facility.

Cats at the Schererville Animal Control Facility.

Schererville Chief Dowling Announces Women's Self Defense Class

22 Nov

Gazette Staff

Chief David Dowling and the Schererville Board of Safety are pleased to announce that the Schererville Police Department will host a Women’s Self Defense class on Monday November 25th, 2013 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

For the first hour, participants will be in a classroom setting. For the latter part of the class, participants will be asked to perform defensive movements on a wrestling mat in the police department’s exercise room, so please dress appropriately.

Participants must be 18 years of age. Those interested can pick up an application from the records department between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Deadline for applications will be November 25th, 2013.

For further information contact Cpl. Timothy Arvanitis at the Schererville Police Department at (219) 322-5000 ext. 324.

Margaritas Flow Again at La Carreta

21 Nov

by Ken Davidson

The Gazette has confirmed that La Carreta mexican restaurants in Merrillville and Schererville were re-opened. The mystery surrounding the closing has not yet been unravelled, but the manager at the Merrillville location, Jaime, assured me that the store would remain open. The Gazette hopes to interview the owner regarding the strange and sudden series of events.

Here is what we know so far. At least 8 restaurants throughout the state were closed. All of the restaurants served mexican food. All except La Carreta had apparent ties to a Georgia based company called El Rodeo Mexican Restaurants, Inc. That company is owned by Jose Melendez of Fortville, Indiana. All of the restaurants reopened on Wednesday.

We will keep you updated on new developments in the matter.

Margaritas flow again at La Carreta

Brianna Surowiec and Jackie White enjoy signature strawberry margaritas at La Carreta on Thursday.

 

 

State Police, Marion Prosecutor Confirm Restaurant Raids Throughout State

20 Nov

by Ken Davidson

Officials are now confirming that the Indiana State Police assisted in an investigation that involved the shuttering of several restaurants throughout the State. Captain David Bursten of the Indiana State Police would only confirm that they received a request for assistance in the execution of search warrants from the Marion County Prosecutor. Those search warrants were all served on Monday. He did not have details on specific locations that were searched, but did say that multiple counties were involved. Thus, there is no official corroboration that La Carretta was a target of these search warrants.

Peg McLeish of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office says the investigation was conducted with the assistance of the her office, Tippecanoe County Prosecutor and the Indiana State Police. When asked if the restaurants would re-open, she refused to speculate. She stated there is currently no court order preventing any restaurant from re-opening.

This is a breaking story and we will continue to update you as details become available. If you or a family member works for one of the closed restaurants, we would love to hear from you. Write to the Gazette at ken@northwestindianagazette.com or use the submit a tip button above.

UPDATE: The Gazette has spoken with the manager of at least one restaurant that was closed on Monday by the Indiana State Police. El Rodeo mexican restaurant in Richmond, Indiana will open as usual at 11:00 am today. When asked if they were closed on Monday, the employee stated “yes, for a little while.” He stated that he “did not know anything about it” when asked for further details.

This is a continuing story, we will keep you posted. See the update here Margaritas Flow Again at La Carreta

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A sign on the door indicates that La Caretta is closed

Popular Mexican Restaurant Closes Suddenly

19 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

They had the best margaritas . . . that was the comment I heard from three separate people when I told them about the closing of La Carreta mexican restaurant today.  Employees at a nearby store told of a “raid” by Indiana State Police officers prior to the sudden closing yesterday.  A sign on the door simply says “We are closed, sorry for the inconvenience.”

La Carreta has two locations in Lake County, one located in Merrillville and one in Schererville.  Ironically, the restaurant battled internet rumors of a health department closure earlier this year.  That rumor spread from Louisiana where a high school newspaper published a spoof article that the restaurant had been closed.

Speculation based on the involvement of the Indiana State Police revolves around a state tax or alcohol license issue.  A public record search revealed no apparent tax liens.  The Gazette has submitted a public records request and will follow up on this story. See the updates  State Police, Marion Prosecutor Confirm Restaurant Raids and Margaritas Flow Again at La Carreta
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A sign on the door indicates that La Caretta is closed

 

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Carretta mexican restaurant is closed, at least temporarily

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.

St. John Man Charged with 10 Felonies in Schererville Case

7 Nov

Gazette Staff

On November 6th, 2013 Detective Patrick Rosado filed 10 Felony Counts against Terry Wayne Kilburn, age 31 of St. John, In.. The charges consist of Fraud, Forgery, Identity Deception and Theft.

The charges are a result of an investigation where Kilburn used the debit card of a person that had lost their wallet while at Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco in Schererville. Charges were made on the victims account at Speedway Gas in Dyer, IN. , Walmart in Schererville, IN, Best Buy in Highland, IN, and Speedway Gas in Schererville, IN..
Video surveillance of these locations positively identified Kilburn as the person using the debit card at these locations.

Terry Wayne Kilburn is currently at large and wanted through Lake County on warrants.

Brian Neyhart
Patrol Commander
Schererville Police Department
25 E. Joliet St.
Schererville, IN 46375

Schererville Police Charge Joel Hill With Armed Robbery

6 Nov

Gazette Staff

 

On November 6th, 2013 Schererville Detectives filed 5 Class B Felony counts against Joel B. Hill age 19, of Schererville, In..

The charges included: Armed Robbery
Attempted Armed Robbery
Criminal Confinement (3 Counts)

The charges are a result of the investigation into an Armed robbery that occurred on October 18th,2013 at the CHASE Bank located at 1801 Kennedy Avenue, in Schererville, In.. During the Robbery the suspect approached the victims vehicle as they were attempting to use the outside ATM at that location. The suspect approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, pointed a handgun at the driver and took the $40 in cash that she had just removed from the machine.   The suspect then ordered the driver to attempt to make another withdrawal using one of the passengers bank cards. After several unsuccessful attempts to get money from the machine, the suspect ordered them to leave. The three occupants of the vehicle came immediately to the police department to report the incident.
During the investigation of this Robbery, Detectives were able to develop a suspect through confidential information and believed that Joel B. Hill was responsible. The victims were able to positively identify Hill as the person whom robbed them at CHASE Bank, from a photo line-up.

Joel Hill is currently confined at Lake County Jail after being charged with Burglary on October 25th, 2013 in reference to a burglary that occurred on July19th, 2013 in the 100 block of Seville St. in Schererville, In..

Any questions or information please contact:

Brian Neyhart
Patrol Commander
Schererville Police Department
25 E. Joliet St.
Schererville, IN 46375
219-322-5000

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