Tag Archives: Lake Station

Lake Station Talk on FB, Focusing on the Positive

14 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Bill Stearns is happy about progress being made in Lake Station and is not happy about all the spam, negativity and name calling in many of the Facebook groups.  So he formed his own.  According to Stearns, the mission of the Lake Station Talk Facebook page is to “give people good & uplifting things to say. He hopes to bypass the negativity & have search engines pick up on his page’s positive posts & comments.”  Stearns explains:

Anyone can make a group or a page & slap a name on it. Some are monitored by the administrator of the page/group. Many of these self made pages & groups are unmonitored or controlled at all. Search engines gather information from all over the internet, Facebook included. These pages represent Lake Station. It is up to the creator of the page what type of content will be acceptable on their group/page.

 

His group is open to anyone. Stop by the group & see what is going on.

Lake Station Talk

Lake Station, IN Talk

Lake Station Talk brings a positive message about Lake Station IN to its members.

Meth lab found in Lake station

11 Dec

On December 11, 2013, at approximately 1:45 a.m., Lake Station Police Department obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 3300 block of Arizona Street, Lake Station, Indiana, in conjunction to a narcotic investigation. With the assistance of the Northwest Regional SWAT Unit and Lake Station SWAT Unit, the warrant was executed and five individuals were taken into custody. During a multi-month investigation, Lake Station officers conducted several undercover (controlled) purchases of methamphetamine “Meth” from the residence. Lake Station narcotic officers started working with investigators from DEA and Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. Officers obtained evidence that the subjects were “cooking” the product inside the house, which is located in a residential area of the city. During the investigation, officers discovered that the subjects were responsible for supplying methamphetamine to several other communities in Indiana as far away as Newton County and Jasper County.
During a search of the residence, officers confirmed the residence was being used as a “Meth Lab” and recovered evidence indicating that several batches of Meth had been “cooked” in the residence. Among the items that were confiscated were methamphetamine and several electronic devices. Lake Station Narcotic Officers plan on presenting their case to the Lake County Prosecutor’s office Thursday afternoon.
As always we encourage anyone with information about
someone selling or manufacturing narcotics
in the community to contact :
the Lake Station Police Department at 219-962-1186.
Kevin Garber Sr.
Chief of Police
Lake Station Police Department

Sources Say LS Mayor, Wife Targets of FBI Probe

16 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

On Friday FBI agents walked into the offices of Lake Station, Indiana at 1969 Central Avenue and ordered all employees to step away from their computers according to sources close to the investigation.  Although the Gazette has confirmed no computers were seized, the FBI reportedly got all the information it needed by using high tech equipment to download from the City servers.  This represents a significant step in an ongoing investigation.  You will recall that the indictment and arrest of George VanTil, the most recent indicted politician in Lake County, was preceded by a similar public FBI raid.  Not only is judicial review in the form of  a warrant required before FBI agents can take such action, the US Department of Justice has strict guidelines dealing with public corruption cases.

Sources say that the crux of the investigation centers around two incidents.   The first relates to using campaign funds for personal use.  Sources tell me this aspect of the case is unclear.  Several point to various expenses which appear to be personal but there is none that stands out when viewing reports of similar local politicians.

The second investigation is related to an “add-on” charge by a street contractor.  According to a source close to the investigation, the Mayor suggested he would get an additional charge approved on a construction project that was in progress.  In exchange, the contractor would pay the Mayor’s wife a sum of money.  Such charges are often scrutinized by the State Board of Accounts as well as Federal Prosecutors because they can be used to award bids to friendly contractors.  In many cases, the bid comes in low and the contractor then submits additional charges which are approved by the municipality.  Other contractors have no opportunity to compete because they are not assured of having additional charges approved later.  In this case, however, sources say the contract was awarded prior to the time of Soderquist’s election.

Soderquist is also on the governing board of the Lake County Democratic Organization.  If indicted, Soderquist would be the second current sitting member who is under federal indictment.

Lake Station Indiana FBI raid

A Lake Station construction contract appears to be at the center of a recent FBI raid on city offices.

FBI Visits LakeStation IN.

15 Nov

FBI agents arrived at the office of Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist on Friday. Federal investigators had subpoenaed documents from Lake Station’s Board of Works. Sources say the computers were removed from the building and at least Three FBI agents were seen going into City Hall and talking to the Mayor.
In February, the State Board of Accounts audit ordered Soderquist’s stepdaughter Miranda Brakley , former court employee, To repay the city $13,130, money she wrongly received after she was fired in 2012. Miranda Brakey was a deputy court clerk responsible for collecting bond payments for the Lake Station. In 39 cases she neglicted to deposit The Funds totaling $16,464. A week after she was fired, the Lake Station City Council, moved two deputy positions from City Court Judge Christopher Anderson’s budget to the Clerk-Treasurer’s purview and Brakley was rehired. She received $468 for seven days vacation and $12,661 for unused compensatory and sick time even thought she only had 30 minutes of vacation remaining . Two weeks later, Lake County Superior Court Judge Calvin Hawkins issued a temporary restraining order against the Brakley’s rehiring…. more to follow later.

Hobart Home Invasion, School on Lockdown

6 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

Sources confirm that a suspect has been apprehended  in a Hobart Home invasion.  Nearby Evans Elementary School was placed on lockdown as a precaution.  The home invasion occurred in Hobart and police officers from Hobart, Lake Station and Lake County participated in the pursuit.  Sources say the Lake County Police Helicopter, Eagle 1, was used during the pursuit.

The Gazette is seeking additional details and will update this story.

 

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