Tag Archives: Person Travel

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.

Family Still Searching for Ricky Spindler, Crown Point, Winfield Areas

21 Nov

by Ken Davidson

The family of Ricky Spindler searches frantically for him. A recent Facebook post says “PLease share our page with friends and family! Especially people in Illinois and Indiana! He is off medication and needs to be found! This is urgent! He is not with friends!!” There have been reported sightings of him in Crown Point and Winfield at gas stations. The family believes he may be headed to Indianapolis. If you are in these areas, please print the attached flyer and take it to local gas stations and convenience stores. You can view and share the Ricky Spindler Missing Facebook Page by clicking here.

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Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013 last seen crown point indiana area

Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013 last seen crown point indiana area

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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TJ Snow Waives Extradition, Awaiting Transport to Newton County

22 Oct

by Ken Davidson


thomas tj snow

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

Minnesota Court records indicate that Thomas J. Snow waived extradition in Clay County Minnesota at yesterday’s hearing.  Newton County officials did not have details as to when he would arrive in Indiana but were aware of the hearing results.  TJ Snow will be transported to Newton County to face armed robbery charges for allegedly robbing a gas station on Route 10 on Thursday October 17.  Lake County Sheriff John Buncich has named TJ Snow a suspect in the deaths of popular Morton High School teacher Clifford Snow and his wife Joyce Snow.  TJ Snow has not yet been charged in that case but will be brought back to Lake County to face an unrelated felony charge of fleeing police.

The Gazette will keep you posted on the details of the case as they progress.

Charge Information
Charges: Snow, Thomas Jeffrey Statute Level Date
1. Fugitive from Justice from Other State 629.13 Felony 10/18/2013
Events & Orders of the Court
Disposition (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J.)

1. Fugitive from Justice from Other State

Extradition waived
10/21/2013 Extradition Document
10/21/2013 Acknowledgement of Rights
10/21/2013 Extradition Hearing  (11:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Vaa, Galen J.)Result: Held
10/21/2013 Waiver of Extradition (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J. )
10/21/2013 Affidavit of Mailing (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J. )