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Griffith Police Arrest Subject, Credit Vigilant Citizens for Helping

19 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

Gazette Staff

At approximately 12:15 pm on December 16, 2013, the Griffith Police were notified by a resident that a subject in a green compact car had approached her residence and rang her doorbell continuously. The resident, having just exited the shower, did not immediately answer the door and instead yelled to the subject that she would come to the door shortly. After making this statement, the subject quickly returned to the green car and left the area.

Griffith Sergeant Todd Dawes responded to the area of the complainant’s home and, in the area of the 900 block of Wheeler, located a green compact car parked in a driveway, running and occupied by two men. Sergeant Dawes made contact with the two men who advised that they were present at the residence to visit a friend. Despite their claims, Sergeant Dawes noted that the men appeared to be nervous and that their car had a large screen TV, a gaming system and a jewelry box in the back seat. Additional officers were summoned to the scene and the two men, identified as David Woods (19 YOA) of Gary and Shane Parks (19 YOA) of Chesterton, were detained. Further investigation at the scene revealed that forced entry had been made to the home and that a burglary had taken place. A subsequent warranted search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of all property taken from the Griffith residence as well as additional property that will likely be associated with other burglaries that have occurred recently in neighboring towns.

Both Woods and Parks provided statements to Detective Schoon regarding their involvement in this burglary.

On December 18, 2013, the Office of the Lake County Prosecutor charged David Woods and Shane Parks with Class B Felonies for Burglary. If convicted, Woods and Parks face 6 to 20 years in prison.

Chief Mance stated that, “Arrest like this show that the citizens of Griffith and the Griffith Police Department are working in unison to send a strong message that crime will not be tolerated in our community.”

Shots Fired During Robbery at Grant's Gas & Mini Food Mart

17 Dec
Gazette Staff

Grant's Gas & Mini Mart was again the subject of an armed robbery involving shots fired yesterday.  The location was previously the site of a robbery/homicide in June 2009.  This time no one was injured.  Gary police report that two masked men entered the gas station at approximately 2:40 am.  Their faces were covered and they were armed with weapons.  One of the suspects fired his weapon at the glass.  Upon arrival police discovered a "large hole" which was the result of the weapon discharge.  The suspect then pointed the weapon at the cashier, demanding money.  The clerk handed over an undetermined amount of currency and the suspects fled.  The clerk was too shaken to provide a detailed description.

Detective Alex Jones has been assigned this case, anyone with information about this Robbery can
reach him at 219-881-7477

The photo below is security footage from the 2009 incident:
2009 homicide photo

This photo is from a 2009 robbery/homicide at the 15th and Grant street location.

Gary Case to be Featured on Chicago Crime StoppersTonight 11/9

9 Nov

Chicago Crime Stoppers Case Files will air a feature on the homicide of Tonya Ward who was murdered in Gary. The show will air tonight at 11:00 pm on My50 Chicago. Gary Police Detective Art Azcona will be featured.

Case of Tonya Ward will be featured on My50 Chicago tonight at 11:00 p.m.

Case of Tonya Ward will be featured on My50 Chicago tonight at 11:00 p.m.

Lowell Police Seek Public Help in Burglary Case

7 Nov

Gazette Staff

On Friday, November 1st, 2013, the Lowell Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a burglary at a residence in the 500 block of N. Nichols Street. The burglary is believed to have been committed at approximately 12:30 p.m. A witness stated he observed a white male with a thin build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans acting suspiciously in the area. The suspicious male is described as being in his late teens or early twenties. Forced entry was made through the residence’s front door and a firearm and jewelry were reported to have been taken.

This burglary does not appear to be related to the burglaries reported October 21st and 22nd. A suspect has been identified in at least one of these burglaries and numerous charges related to it are expected to be filed at the conclusion of our investigation.

We are asking anyone with information regarding any of these burglaries to contact Detective David Lee or Assistant Chief James Woestman at (219) 696-0411. Anyone observing suspicious persons or vehicles are asked to report them immediately.

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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

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Two Morocco Brothers Arrested on Battery and Strangulation Charges

24 Oct

Newton County-Two brothers from Morocco were arrested this morning at their residences and charged with Battery and Strangulation.Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione revealed that an investigation was begun yesterday, Wednesday, October 23, 2013, into thefts involving two residences in Morocco. The thefts occurred sometime between November 2012 and March 2013 when both brothers who are co-owners of a construction company were working on the two residences in Morocco. During the course of the theft investigation a battery and strangulation was uncovered that had occurred on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at a residence on State Street in Morocco that involved a dispute over money between family members. A search warrant was issued by the Newton County Prosecutor’s office and served today at the residences of Richard F. Dick, 36 of 414 S. Clay Street, Morocco and Jody L. Dick, 37 of 206 S. Clay Street, Morocco. Items related to the theft were located at the residences. Richard and Jody were both taken into custody at their residences without incident.Arrested:
each charged with :
1 count of Battery, Class A Misdemeanor
1 count of Strangulation, Class D Felony

Charges are pending for the thefts.

Jody and Richard were taken to Newton County Jail.