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‘Cop Killer’ Manhunt Goes Nationwide

29 Dec

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The manhunt for a “cop killer” was expanded today to a nationwide dragnet to find the suspected bank robber who fatally shot a Mississippi police officer two days before Christmas, according to the FBI. Tupelo Police Department officer Gale Stauffer and another officer were hit by gunfire Monday when they confronted suspected bank robbers during their getaway in the city. As the officers approached suspects in a vehicle, which was stuck in traffic at a railroad crossing, at least one of the suspects opened fire at close range, according to an account posted online at the Officer Down Memorial Page. The suspects fled, leaving Stauffer fatally shot and another officer critically wounded Stauffer “has made the ultimate sacrifice for his community,” Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said, urging the public to help “so that the criminal or criminals responsible for this horrendous act can be brought to justice.” After reviewing bank surveillance video from the robbery of a BancorpSouth bank in Tupelo, authorities are looking for a thin, possibly African-American man with light complexion, standing between 5-feet-9 and 6-feet tall, according to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The suspect seen in the surveillance video was wearing khaki or cargo-style pants, white Converse tennis shoes, a long-sleeved jacket and a blue ski mask, the state public safety department said. A charcoal-colored, medium-sized sedan might have been used as a getaway car. As part of the investigation, authorities also released a photo (shown below) of a “person of interest” standing in what appears to be a convenience store minutes before the robbery at the bank. Police did not discuss any possible connection to the bank shooting.More than 100 agents, officers, deputies and marshals worked through Christmas to track down the suspects, an FBI official said. The FBI, BancorpSouth and others are offering more than $152,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
Stauffer was a combat veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard, and he had served with the Tupelo Police Department for eight years, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
He was married with two young children.

Faulty Equipment Hampers Fire Department in Gary

27 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

The Gazette has received several reports of the Gary Fire Department and faulty equipment. Just a few days ago, there was a report of a fire truck breaking down on the way to a fire. Now we have obtained a video taken in September 2013, which purports to show the problems with equipment that Gary firefighters face on a daily basis.

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Little Caesar's in Portage Robbed, Chief Williams Issues Statement

19 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

Gazette Staff

A police report indicates that there was a robbery at the Portage Little Caesar’s restaurant located at 6321 Central Avenue on Wednesday night. No weapon was brandished during the robbery. Police seek help from the public in finding a white male, 6 feet tall with a thin build. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portage Police Department at 219-762-3122

PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT: We are actively following leads and working diligently to bring this person to justice. Unfortunately, across the region recently there have been a number of Robberies, some related, some not. Please know that these Police Agencies communicate with each other and share information to help bring a resolution to these cases as quickly as possible. Chief Troy Williams

Secretary of State suspends securities broker license for failure to pay child support

11 Dec

Today in Indianapolis, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is suspending the license of Indiana securities broker Ronald Stuppy for delinquent child support payments in Porter County. Effective immediately, Stuppy is no longer licensed in Indiana to sell securities. He is the third securities professionals to have his license suspended for delinquent child support since the law enacting this suspension procedure went into effect in July of 2012.
“He can’t skirt his child support payments and continue using his professional license to make money in Indiana,” said Secretary Lawson. “Hopefully the loss of his livelihood will motivate him to start making payments.
“This also provides investors with some additional security. Investors don’t want a financial professional who can’t meet their own obligations telling them how to invest their hard earned money.”
Ronald Stuppy owes almost $20,000 in child support payments in Porter County. The suspension occurred after Secretary Lawson confirmed Stuppy owed a significant amount in child support payments. Stuppy is currently residing in Riverside, California.
The Secretary of State’s office works with the Department of Child Services to identify financial professionals who are registered with the Securities Division of the Secretary of State’s office and who are behind in child support and not making payments. Individuals who do not make arrangements for payment with county prosecutors will receive a warning that payment is required and that a suspension is possible. If the individual does not respond, then the Securities Division may suspend their license.

Facebook Post Warns Miller Residents of Rash of Burglaries

9 Dec

Reader Submitted

There have been a rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the area. The police have not released information to the public. The suspects are 3 black males that drive a white trailblazer. They approach houses and knock on the door to see if anybody is home. If they are, they take off running. If nobody answers then they break in. Most break ins are occurring around the sides of the houses. The police do not believe they’re armed. If you see these suspects, use caution, but please notify the police.

Hobart Police Arrest Lowell Burglary Suspect

19 Nov

Gazette Staff

During the early morning hours of November 18th, 2013, the Hobart Police Department arrested John Earl Lucas, Jr, formerly a resident of Lowell, IN, outside of the Dollar Inn, located at 1855 Mississippi Steet, Hobart, IN, on an arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was filed by the Lowell Police Department October 24th, for Receiving Stolen Property and False Informing, related to a burglary reported in the 200 block of Oakley Avenue on October 6th, 2013. The investigation regarding other burglaries reported October 21st-22nd continues and we anticipate additional charges against Lucas, Jr. in the near future. We would like to thank the Hobart Police Department and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshal’s Service for their assistance in apprehending Lucas, Jr.

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Hobart Police Arrest Lowell Burglary Suspect

19 Nov

Gazette Staff

During the early morning hours of November 18th, 2013, the Hobart Police Department arrested John Earl Lucas, Jr, formerly a resident of Lowell, IN, outside of the Dollar Inn, located at 1855 Mississippi Steet, Hobart, IN, on an arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was filed by the Lowell Police Department October 24th, for Receiving Stolen Property and False Informing, related to a burglary reported in the 200 block of Oakley Avenue on October 6th, 2013. The investigation regarding other burglaries reported October 21st-22nd continues and we anticipate additional charges against Lucas, Jr. in the near future. We would like to thank the Hobart Police Department and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshal’s Service for their assistance in apprehending Lucas, Jr.

Man injured in grenade accident

10 Nov

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident involving a grenade launcher. Kevin Patterson (41), from Walkerton, was injured after firing a starburst grenade round from an AR-15 platform rifle.
The incident occurred at a private shooting range in the 3000 block of Plymouth-LaPorte Trail in Marshall County.
“The 37 millimeter starburst grenade is an aerial illumination round, similar to an aerial firework,” said Conservation Officer Corporal Ashlee Jackson. The grenade detonated in the launch tube under the rifle barrel.
Kevin Patterson was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of injuries to his arm.The results of the investigation will be forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for review.
Indiana Conservation Officers, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and Indiana State Police were on scene.