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Indianapolis Experiences 142nd Homicide of the Year, Closes in on Chicago's Killing Rate

29 Dec

From Our Friend Paul Ogden in Indianapolis:

Indianapolis Experiences 142nd Homicide of the Year, Closes in on Chicago’s Killing Rate

With two more killings last night, Indianapolis now has 142 homicides for 2013 according to the Bart Lies! website which tracks Indy killings.  This is compared to 115 in 2012, 110 in 2011, and 119 in 2010.

A few years ago, City leaders conveniently redefined homicide to mean “murder” in order to get the count below 100.  Of course, “murder” is a legal term and something can’t technically be classified as “murder” until often a lengthy court process has taken place.  A person may have acted in self-defense and be acquitted of a murder charge, for example.  It still would be a homicide though.  Whether it is a homicide is determined at or near the time of the killing which makes it the figure used in crime reports, unless it is Indianapolis which tries to fudge the number, chiefly to fool media types who simply assume “homicide” and “murder” mean the same thing.

By contrast, Chicago, which has seen a substantial decline in killings, is closing out the year with about 458 homicides. If my math is correct, Indianapolis has one homicide for every 5,945 residents while Chicago has a homicide for every 5,928 residents.  So Indy’s homicide rate is still lower than Chicago…barely.

You can comment here or, leave a comment for Paul on his website http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/  This article is reprinted with permission.  All opinions expressed herein are those of the author.

 

Coroner Identifies 24 Y.O. Trammel Harper, Gary Homicide Victim

28 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

by Ken Davidson

The office of Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey has confirmed that the victim in a December 27 homicide as 24 year old Trammel Harper of Gary.  The report states that coroner investigators were called to the 2200 block of Georgia Street at 9:40 pm.  The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. the Gazette began receiving reports of a homicide in the 2100 block of Georgia Street in Gary. Gary police were reportedly searching for a suspect in a late model grand prix.  King Carter was the first to report this incident. Others have subsequently verified it, including family members of the victim.

King Carter has since reported that the driver of the Grand Prix was apprehended.  We have not received confirmation of that from the Gary Police Department at this time.

 

Breaking 26 Y.O. Gary Man Dies After Being Shot

27 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

by Ken Davidson

Gary, Indiana saw another homicide tonight. At approximately 9:00 p.m. the Gazette began receiving reports of a homicide in the 2100 block of Georgia Street in Gary. Gary police were reportedly searching for a suspect in a late model grand prix. The Gazette is awaiting official confirmation from the office of the lake county coroner but feel confident enough to report this homicide at this time. King Carter was the first to report this incident. Others have subsequently verified it, including family members of the victim.

55 Y.O. Man Found Dead in Gary Alley

21 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

by Ken Davidson

The homicide toll in Gary rose again today after police were called to an alley in the 200 block of Tyler Street at 10:53 a.m.   A coroner’s release identified the man as 55 year old Richard Lewis of Gary.  The cause of death was homicide and the manner of death was multiple gunshot wounds, according to the report.  Police reported that a concerned citizen discovered the body and called police.  Upon arrival, police found that Lewis was unresponsive and showed no signs of life.  The coroner was then called.  Citizens who have information regarding the case are urged to call Corporal Mike Barnes at 219-881-7434.


							

Two More Gary Homicides Today

4 Dec

 

The Gazette has an uncofirmed report of two more homicides in Gary today.   The homicides occurred at approximately noon today at 21st and Virginia.  This is a breaking story and we will provide you with updates as information becomes available.

Gary Violence Spreads West, 1 Killed in Black Oak Home Invasion

2 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Violence in Gary has been mostly confined to the area between Chase and I-65, 5th to 25th as well as the City’s Glen Park neighborhood.  Despite reports of lack of police presence and armed robberies, Gary’s Miller and Black Oak Neighborhoods have escaped the mounting death toll.  That changed again today with an early morning home invasion in the 6200 block of West 29th Street.  The Gazette has learned that a group of armed and masked men tried to force entry into the home.  Gunfire apparently erupted from both intruders and homeowners as 4 people were shot.

Rolando Correa of the 2400 block of Calhoun Street in Gary was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake where he was pronounced dead at 1:57 a.m.  Correa is officially the 51st homicide victim in Gary this year.  Later that morning, at 6:50 a.m., police found the body of Andre Woods  of Gary in the 2100 block of Georgia Street.  According to a report from the office of the Lake County Coroner, Woods died of a gunshot wound to the head.  Police believe Woods was involved in the home invasion.

Carlson arrested for 2012 shooting

22 Nov

Matthew Carlson, (25) of Kewanna, IN, was arrested on warrant at his residence Wednesday night by Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Indiana Conservation Officers. The arrest warrant includes one C-felony count of Reckless Homicide, one C-felony count of Criminal Recklessness, and one D-felony count of Criminal Recklessness. The charges stem from the shooting death of Kenneth Moore, (28) of Rochester, IN. Conservation Officers say the incident occurred on September 30, 2012 while the men were hunting on private property near Rochester.