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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.

 

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Female Robbed at Gunpoint Outside Village Discount in Hessville

28 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

by Ken Davidson

The Gazette has confirmed that a female was robbed at gunpoint outside the Village Discount Store in Hessville on December 26. A necklace and cash was taken in the robbery. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a hoodie. A handgun was used in the incident and the suspect fled on foot.

The Gazette received this report in conjunction with today’s very similar robbery at the same location. It was reported by Hammond Police on crimereports.com today:

Robbery 12/26/2013 07:20 PM 2700 Block 165TH ST 201300085645 Robbery

Hammond Police Department

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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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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.

City Begins Demolishing 8th and Washington Hotel After Fire

21 Dec

by Ken Davidson

The City of Gary began the process of demolishing and cleaning up at the site of a December 5, 2013 fire at 8th and Washington Streets. Crews from Actin, Inc. of East Chicago were on hand with heavy equipment on Friday. A barricade fence was placed around the demololition area to prevent the public from entering the site. The fire, and now demolition project, sit directly across the street from the newly build 21st Century Charter School.

The Gazette previously reported on abandoned and falling down city and county owned buildings near schools. The buildings in this block were included in that article which can be viewed here. There are still no announced plans to barricade, repair or demolish the other unsafe structures on the block.

8th and washington hotel

Crews work to demolish a fire damaged hotel at 8th and Washington in Gary on Friday.

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Actin, Inc. of East Chicago begins demolition

City of Gary Says Sheraton Project is Neighborhood Stabilization

19 Dec

by Ken Davidson

At last night’s meeting of the Gary Redevelopment Commission, the Board approved a contract for environmental monitoring of the Sheraton Hotel project. The contract was awarded to Shrewsberry and Associates, LLC of Indianapolis. Shrewsberry and Associates has strong ties to State democrats, including former Chairman of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee William Crawford. Crawford came under fire for not disclosing his financial interests with the Firm when he was appointed to Ways and Means. Shrewsberry no longer lists its Board of Directors on its website or in public filings that are readily available.

The original Request for Proposals for the demolition called for the contractor to include asbestos remediation and monitoring within the proposal. This additional cost was calculated into the bids submitted by others who were not aware that the Board would later hire another firm and pay that firm separately.

All of this is not unusual for Gary. Although the above is questionable, at best, the Gazette receives reports of such irregularities on a semi-consistent basis. What makes this proposal astounding is how the City apparently plans to pay for the additional cost. The Gazette has learned that the City has included the Sheraton Property in the 2014 Neighborhood Stabilization Plan.

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) was established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the purpose of stabilizing communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment. Through the purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed, abandoned and short-sale homes, the program’s goals is being realized.

The grant information provided by the City appears to reference this purpose:

[NSP] appropriates $2,717,859 for the purpose of assisting in the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes.The grant program is commonly referred to as the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

The Times of Northwest Indiana Legal Notice 12-19-2013

The Notice goes on, however, to list the “neighborhood surrounding the old Sheraton Hotel and its adjoining garage located at 465 Broadway” as an area of additional need. The Sheraton is not only a commercial property, it lies in the major commercial zone of the City. Sitting between City Hall and a Township owned office building, the structure is blocks from any residential structure. The neighborhoods that SHOULD receive relief under the program will not receive the funding intended for them. In fact, it seems likely that Gary will end up repaying another very large grant to the Federal Government.

With 10,000 abandoned homes, one would think that every cent of the NSP funds would go toward rehabilitation of residences.

Schererville Daytime Burglary Results in Two Arrests

13 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Schererville police have confirmed that there was a burglary at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the 500 block of Gard Lane.  Police reported that they were called to the scene and found footprints in the snow.  The footprints were tracked to Govert Drive where the two suspects were found.  One fled on foot and was later apprehended in the 700 block of New Castle Drive.   A 16 year old juvenile and an 18 year old adult were arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail.  Charges are pending.

A citizen has reported to the Gazette that the door to the home was kicked in which resulted in the burglary call.  The Gazette is attempting to verify this report but has been unable to do so thus far.  We will update this article as information becomes available.