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Porter County murder case dismissed; new prosecutor said the innocent will no longer be charged

Porter County murder case dismissed; new prosecutor said the innocent will no longer be charged

by Harper & Harper | 1/8/2019 |

VALPARAISO — Announcing his office will no longer prosecute the innocent, new Porter County Prosecutor Gary Germann moved Friday to dismiss the murder and arson case against an Ogden Dunes man accused of burning his mother at their home.
Murder, arson charges dropped against man accused in mother's death in Ogden Dunes

Murder, arson charges dropped against man accused in mother's death in Ogden Dunes

by Harper & Harper | 1/8/2019 |

Frederick Fegely, charged with murder and felony arson in an Ogden Dunes fire that took the life of his mother in 2015, prepared for life as a free man Friday after the charges against him were dismissed because the science behind the case didn’t add up.
Appellate court tosses out confession in Chesterton murder case

Appellate court tosses out confession in Chesterton murder case

by Harper & Harper | 9/7/2018 |

VALPARAISO — The Indiana Appellate Court has tossed out a Hobart man's confession to murdering a Portage woman outside a Chesterton bar last year, saying that police ignored the man's repeated requests for an attorney.
Charge will be scratched in Valpo manicure case if customer stays out of trouble for 6 months

Charge will be scratched in Valpo manicure case if customer stays out of trouble for 6 months

by Harper & Harper | 9/6/2018 |

VALPARAISO — The Valparaiso woman who attracted national attention after allegedly walking out of a nail salon without paying and then attempting to drive away with an employee clinging to her BMW will have her criminal charge dropped if she remains out of trouble for six months, her attorney said.
Manicure Mayhem: Salon Employee Jumped on Customer's Car as She Drove Away

Manicure Mayhem: Salon Employee Jumped on Customer's Car as She Drove Away

by Harper & Harper | 6/20/2018 |

It was manicure mayhem Saturday as an unsatisfied customer drove off with a nail salon employee on the hood of her car in Valparaiso...
State appellate court agrees to consider throwing out confession in Chesterton murder case

State appellate court agrees to consider throwing out confession in Chesterton murder case

by Harper & Harper | 2/18/2018 | Murder

VALPARAISO — The Indiana Appellate Court has agreed to hear a request to toss out the entire police interview with a Hobart man accused of murdering a Portage woman outside the Chesterton bar where they worked. The decision is important to the defense because during...
Porter County attorney Jim Harper seeking Democratic nomination for secretary of state

Porter County attorney Jim Harper seeking Democratic nomination for secretary of state

by Harper & Harper | 1/17/2018 | Jim Harper

Porter County-based attorney Jim Harper is seeking the Democratic nomination for Indiana Secretary of State. “It is time for a new generation of leadership in state government,” he said in a prepared release. “All too often, our state government has...
Soy wax defense works for two charged in Chesterton drug case

Soy wax defense works for two charged in Chesterton drug case

by Harper & Harper | 12/8/2017 | Drugs

VALPARAISO — Two of the four people who claimed they had soy wax in their car during a traffic stop and not methamphetamine as charged pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser count and were sentenced to time served. Jessica Jones, 25, and Michael Mavrides, 31, pleaded...
Another attempt made to toss police interrogation in Chesterton murder case

Another attempt made to toss police interrogation in Chesterton murder case

by Harper & Harper | 11/30/2017 | Drugs

VALPARAISO — When a local judge threw out the bulk of a police interrogation in a Chesterton murder case earlier this month, he did not go far enough, according to a motion filed Thursday. The accused, Christopher Dillard, is asking the same local court to allow the...
Ogden Dunes man charged with burning his mother alive granted a three-month trial delay

Ogden Dunes man charged with burning his mother alive granted a three-month trial delay

by Harper & Harper | 10/20/2017 | Murder

VALPARAISO — A three-month delay has been granted in the trial for an Ogden Dunes man charged with murdering his elderly mother by burning her alive at their home. Frederick Fegely will face a jury April 16 and prosecutors believe the trial will take a couple of...
Bond reduced as defendants argue they had soy wax and not methamphetamine

Bond reduced as defendants argue they had soy wax and not methamphetamine

by Harper & Harper | 10/2/2017 | Drugs

Prosecutors agreed to reduced jail bonds of four people who claim substance found in their vehicle is soy wax and not methamphetamine.
Chesterton police accused of denying suspect rest and medication during murder case interrogation

Chesterton police accused of denying suspect rest and medication during murder case interrogation

by Harper & Harper | 9/1/2017 | Murder

VALPARAISO — Chesterton police are now not only accused of violating accused murderer Christopher Dillard’s rights by denying him an attorney during questioning, but also by holding him for 12 hours without rest or needed medication, according to an updated...