Tag Archives: Pathology

Gary Man Murdered in His Home

14 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey reports that her office was dispatched to 53rd Avenue in Gary, Indiana at 5:29 pm today. Upon arrival, Coroner investigators discovered the body of Zan Davenport, 75 years old. The cause of death was later ruled homicide as a result of blunt force trauma. Davenport lived at the 53rd Avenue address. The Gazette is seeking further details on the incident.

Coroner Confirms Highland Man Murdered in Hessville

7 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey has confirmed that a 38 year old Highland man was fatally shot at Game Time III bar early this morning. In a release this afternoon, the coroner stated that they were dispatched to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago at 9:30 a.m. regarding the death of Thomas Ferrell of River Drive in Highland, Indiana. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound. Ferrell was 38 years old.

As reported earlier today by the Gazette, Ferrell was reportedly shot while in the parking lot of the Hessville establishment. The Gazette was unable to obtain comment from the Hammond Police Department regarding the incident. Earlier reports from HPD indicated that there is gang activity, including a gang house, in the area immediately adjacent to the establishment.

This incident occurred just steps from a september shooting which police later ruled to be accidental and self-inflicted. That shooting involved a teen carrying a handgun. Police believed that teen may have been selling drugs prior to the incident. As reported by the Gazette at the time, that incident may have involved another death absent heroic actions by Hessville residents who discovered the injured teen and called police.

Early Morning Shooting at Game Time III in Hessville

7 Dec

by Ken Davidson

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Police and paramedics were called to Game Time III on 165th street in Hessville. A male subject had been shot in the stomach in the parking lot. The name of the victim is not available at this time. Witnesses reported a vehicle speeding away from the scene and the Gazette has no information as to whether the subjects were caught or are known at this time. The Gazette will update this article as new information becomes available.

Fugate Found in Cooler at Piatak Meats

4 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

The office of Merrilee Frey is confirming that a body was found in the cooler at Piatak Meats, 6200 Broadway in Merrillville.  27 year old Andrew Fugate, the son of co-owner Steve Fugate, reportedly arrived at the store at 4:00 a.m. to begin his workday.  Sources confirm that his body was found at 7:00 a.m. when another employee showed up for work.  The Coroner confirms that the case is being treated as a homicide.  Sources close to the investigation have stated that Fugate was shot but the Gazette has been unable to confirm that with authorities.  Merrillville Police are being assisted by Sheriff John Buncich in the investigation.

Police are asking anyone who drove by the store between 4:00 am and 7:00 am to contact them at 219-769-3722.

Homicide investigation at Piatek Meats

Homicide investigation at Piatek Meats

 

Sheriff Buncich Confirms Details in Lowell Murders

21 Oct

by Ken Davidson

thomas tj snow

Mugshot of Thomas TJ Snow who is currently in custody in Hawley, Minnesota

A Mugshot of Thomas “TJ” Snow’s arrest in Minnesota hung on the wall as Sheriff John Buncich confirmed the details of the crime previously reported by the Gazette.

Sheriff John Buncich held a press conference today with Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter, Coroner Merrilee Frey and investigators Leo Finnerty and Matt Eaton. The sheriff confirmed that the bodies found in Lowell on Friday were those of popular Morton High School teacher Clifford Snow and Joyce Snow. Buncich stated the bodies were “in an advanced state of decomposition.” As previously reported by the Gazette, the cause of death was blunt force trauma and strangulation. The bodies were identified via dental records according to Coroner Frey.

Buncich explained that his office received a request to perform a welfare check on the Snows on Friday October 18. When officers arrived at the home they noticed 13 or 14 newspapers in the driveway. Officers forced entry into the home and discovered the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Snow.

Sheriff Buncich stated that there was evidence that Thomas TJ Snow had been “in and about” the residence subsequent to the deaths of his parents. Buncich explained that later investigation revealed that TJ Snow had used his parents credit cards subsequent to their deaths. When asked about the types of purchases Buncich responded “hotels, stores, etc.” Buncich said authorities would like to speak with anyone who may have had contact with TJ Snow during the period October 4-18.

An all points bulletin was issued for TJ Snow and a white Chevy HHR belonging to the deceased parents. Snow was arrested in Hawley, Minnesota on Saturday October 19. TJ attempted to flee from police after a routine traffic stop. Buncich described the apprehension as a “short pursuit after which Snow was taken into custody.” Officers traveled to Minnesota to speak with Snow. Buncich stated Snow was talking but had not confessed. He was scheduled to make a court appearance in Minnesota today.

Thomas Snow is officially a suspect in the deaths of his parents. He has not yet been charged. When asked about the procedures going forward, Prosecutor Bernard Carter explained that there are two warrants for the arrest of TJ Snow. Prosecutors in Newton County Indiana allege that Snow robbed a gas station on Route 10 on Thursday night. Additionally, there is a felony warrant for Thomas J. Snow for fleeing police in Lake County, Indiana that will allow officials here to hold him once he is released from Newton County.

Buncich credited Commander Eaton, the crime scene investigation staff, and the office of the coroner and prosecutor for working continuously since Friday to solve this case. When asked if there were other suspects in the case Buncich replied “No, not at this time.”

Buncich stressed that this is an isolated incident of domestic abuse and should not cause concern in the community. Thomas TJ Snow has not been charged and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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