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Dec. 3; Another Violent Day in Gary

4 Dec
by Ken Davidson

Gary Police report a shooting, a brutal battery and two armed robberies in Gary yesterday.  In a statement released by Corporal Gabrielle King, the Gary Police Department stated:

At approximately 10:00 am a 26 year old man reports he was stopped at 42nd Avenue
and Pennsylvania Street  when he was approached by a known subject who said he owed
him money. When the victim did not give the subject any money he picked up a power
tool and began to beat the victim about the head and face, then ran off with the
victims cell phone and glasses. The victim was treated at a local for the injuries
he sustained.

At approximately 6:30 pm 20 year Rollen Smith pulled up to a residence in the 2200
block of Delaware Street and was talking to some guys who were outside when shots
rang out. At that point Mr. Smith and the others fled on foot, but the shooter kept
firing and he was shot, and fell down. He was then helped up by a friend and they
went to a store on 21st and Virginia Street, where they called for help, two cars
that were parked on Delaware Street were also damaged. Mr Smith was transported to
the emergency room for treatment for his injuries.

At 6:30 pm an armed male subject entered a store in the 2200 block of W 11th Avenue
and demanded cash from the register, while pointing a gun at the cashier. Another
employee walked up and startled the gunman who then fled from the store before he
could steal anything.

Between 11:45 pm and 12:00 am a 54 year old man was given a ride to an ATM in the
2700 block of West 5th Avenue. Once they arrived at the ATM the known party demanded
that the victim withdraw some money, after doing so the suspect took the money and
fled in his vehicle and the victim ran from the area.

There were no reports of any arrests as a result of these incidents.  The Gazette will keep you updated.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gary Police Department at 219-881-1210.


Kankakee County Sheriff Issues Alert for Missing Munster, IN Man

20 Nov

Gazette Staff

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 21 year old Munster, IN man that went missing last Friday. His vehicle and cell phone were recovered in the Grant Park area and the missing man, Ricky Spindler, is suspected to be on foot (possibly in the area).

MISSING FROM: Munster, IN (FRI, NOV 15th)
HEIGHT: 602/604

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact KanComm Dispatch at (815) 933-3324 or 9-1-1.
Click for a printable version of this flyer.

Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013

Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013

Nathan Kras Fundraiser Tonight 11/8

8 Nov

By Ken Davidson



Nathan Kras shooting victim

Nathan Kras was shot twice in a robbery at a Hammond, IN bar on Sept. 15

A Munster Native who was shot in the leg and abdomen at a Hammond Bar on September 15, 2013 is now facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in uninsured medical expenses. There will be a fundraiser tonight to help offset some of Nathan’s medical expenses.
The family and friends of Nathan Kras are sponsoring a SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER, and through your generosity, hope to be able to relieve some of the burden of the medical expenses he continues to incur.

It will be held at:
Knights of Columbus Hall
1104 Knights of Columbus Dr.
East Chicago IN 46312
(Roxana Dr. on your GPS) across from the East Chicago South Shore Station on Indianapolis Blvd.
Adults: $10.00
Children 12 and under: $ 5.00
Tickets on sale at the door or in advance.
Bake Sale, Raffle Table and 50/50

 Nathan Kras was visiting family in Northwest Indiana on September 15 when he went to a Dick’s R U Crazee, 1221 E. 150th St in Hammond.  According to friends, Nathan felt comfortable at the Hammond bar because he had gone there before.  At approximately 1:00 as Nathan was exiting his car, three black males approached him, pointed a gun and asked him for his wallet and cell phone.  According to a family friend, Nathan recalls that he struggled briefly with the perpetrators and was shot in the leg and then the abdomen.  The perpetrators fled as Nathan crawled to the door of the bar where employees called police and an ambulance.

Nathan is now in Christ Hospital in Chicago where he has had several surgeries.  Nathan has no insurance and his friends have launched a campaign to raise funds to cover his medical expenses.  The You Caring Medical Fund Page has so far raised about $5,000 of the $25,000 goal. According to a recent update on the page, Nathan will be in the hospital for another 4-5 weeks as he receives physical therapy to be able to walk again. Nathan works as a kitchen manager for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, IL. The drum and bugle corps community has come out from around the country to help Nathan.

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Shots Fired During Hammond Cell Phone Robbery

2 Nov

by Ken Davidson


Another individual reported being robbed at gunpoint for a cell phone in Hammond today.  During the robbery, one shot was reportedly fired although no one was injured.   The robbery occurred at approximately 9:15 pm.  The victim reported that a black female in camo pants and a hoodie and a  black male wearing a red hoodie pointed a .32 handgun at him and demanded his cellular telephone and shoes.   The incident occurred in the 1000 block of Kenwood. Hammond has seen a string of cell phone robberies in past weeks.  In particular, there was a string of daytime cell phone robberies in Hessville that were solved with cooperation from Hammond, County and Gary police.

The Gazette thanks the citizen who submitted this tip.  To our readers, please keep the great tips coming.  Together we can get citizens the information they need to stop these robberies.

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Hammond Police stock photo

Don’t Drive Through Flood Waters

30 Oct

Starting Wednesday night and continuing throughout Thursday, soaking rainfall is being forecasted for northern Indiana. Heavy rainfall increases the possibility for flooding. Floods occur as streams and rivers overflow their banks. This can occur from deep snow run off or during heavy rainfall. Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly. Flash flooding can occur after a few minutes of heavy rain fall or after hours of significant precipitation. Hoosiers who live in flood prone areas should always be conscious of the threat of flash floods when receiving significant rainfall. The Indiana State Police offers a few flood safety tips.

• Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary. If you have to travel carry a cell phone with a car charger.
• Purchase a weather scanner and heed all flood and flash flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
• Do not drive around barricades at water crossings.
• Be especially vigilant at night. Many drowning deaths occur at night when it is difficult to see water crossings.
• Do not cross or enter flowing water. Driving fast through high water on the road is not a solution. Faster speeds create less tire contact with the road surface and increase your chance of crashing.
• Driving through standing water may affect your brakes. Test your brakes at low speeds as soon as you exit the water.
• If you choose to abandon your vehicle, respect the force of the water flow, you may be swept off your feet. After you exit the vehicle seek higher ground.
• Be aware that road erosion may occur when there is running or standing water.
• Remember that six inches of water will reach the bottoms of most car doors. One foot of water will float many vehicles, and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles.

If you find yourself stranded in flood waters remain calm and call 911. If you can do so safely move to higher ground.

Cell Phone Thefts May Not Be About Phones

21 Oct

by Ken Davidson

It appears that organized rings of criminals are perpetrating armed robberies for cell phones in northwest Indiana. First, we had the 5 Hessville armed robberies which appear to be gang related. At that time, Chief Brian Miller suggested there were similar robberies in East Chicago and Merrillville. Now an armed robbery in Schererville and reports of one in Dyer are causing great concern. According to a report issues by computer security giant Symantec, up to 50% of smart phones are lost or stolen in some major cities. The number is rising rapidly. The real question is why are these thefts on the rise and the answer may be personal information.

While there is a tremendous danger involved in the vicious armed robberies, the thefts may not be about the phones at all. Symantec reports that users are storing more data on their portable devices and are protecting it less. Bank accounts, credit cards, addresses and passwords and other personal information call all be retrieved by the savvy criminal after stealing a cell phone.

“If this was a test, mobile consumers would be failing,” said Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec. “While consumers are protecting their computers, there is a general lack of awareness to safeguard their smartphones and tablets. It’s as if they have alarm systems for their homes, but they’re leaving their cars unlocked with the windows wide open.”

Those perpetrating the robberies may not be computer geniuses but a nationwide spike in thefts of electronic devices indicates that there is a thriving market for stolen devices. You can bet the street gangs have gotten into this lucrative market and are selling phones internationally.

Experts advise using security software such as Symantec’s Norton Mobile Security 3.0 The Software allows you to erase your data remotely if your portable device is lost or stolen.

Symantec also suggests additional security tips for a smartphone or tablet:

General Security Principles for PDAs and Smartphones
• PDAs and Smartphones must be password protected, preferably with a strong password (eight digits,
• Devices must not be left unattended (while charging, for instance) – unless secured in a locked device or
room, or with an appropriate alarm6
• The wireless port on PDAs and smartphones must be disabled (to prevent transmission of confidential
data to unauthorized individuals)
• Appropriate anti-malware software must be installed and kept up to date
• Device operating systems must have the latest patches installed (which means keeping in touch with
your supplier’s Web site(s), as automatic updating is not yet a big feature of PDA and smartphone
operating system support)
• Any confidential (including corporate) information stored on a device must be encrypted, perhaps stored
in an encrypted database
• Back up regularly – by synchronizing the device with a linked computer