Appellate court tosses out confession in Chesterton murder case

Appellate court tosses out confession in Chesterton murder case

by Harper & Harper | Friday, September 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 | Thursday, September 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 | Wednesday, June 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 | Sunday, February 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 | Wednesday, January 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 | Friday, December 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 | Thursday, November 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 | Friday, October 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 | Monday, October 2, 2017 | Drugs

VALPARAISO — Prosecutors have agreed to greatly reduce the jail bonds of four people who claim the 10 pounds of “white flaky substance” found in their vehicle last month is soy wax and not methamphetamine. Officials have further agreed to a request by...
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 | Friday, September 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...
Attorney says incriminating statements should be tossed out in Chesterton murder

Attorney says incriminating statements should be tossed out in Chesterton murder

by Harper & Harper | Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | Murder

VALPARAISO — Two hours after Chesterton police began questioning Hobart resident Christopher Dillard about his suspected involvement in the murder of a co-worker, Dillard made his first request for legal counsel. “I want to just do this lawyer thing,”...
Insanity defense entered in Ogden Dunes murder case

Insanity defense entered in Ogden Dunes murder case

by Harper & Harper | Monday, May 1, 2017 | Murder

VALPARAISO — Attorneys for an Ogden Dunes man charged with murdering his elderly mother by burning her alive at their home are claiming he was legally insane at the time of the alleged offense. Defense attorney Bob Harper filed a notice of insanity defense Monday...
Judge swears in son to Indiana bar

Judge swears in son to Indiana bar

by Harper & Harper | Monday, November 2, 2015 | Jim Harper

When James E. Harper was a child, he used to sit in his mother’s court in Portage and color. On Monday morning, he was back in court as his mother, Porter Superior Judge Mary R. Harper, swore him in to the Indiana bar. Standing behind him were his father, Bob...

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