T. Edward Page, age 64, was shot to death in the driveway of his Hobart home by William “Bill” Landske, age 83, of Cedar Lake according to a probable cause affidavit filed today in Lake Superior Court
August 17, 2018-Hobart Police say that 83 year old William “Bill” Landske of Cedar Lake is in custody and has been charged with murder in the shooting death of prominent attorney T. Edward Page. Page, age 64, was a well resepected figure in the Lake County legal community for over 3 decades having served as a magistrate from 1984 through 2000. According to the sworn affidavits filed in Court this morning, Page and Landske had been friends for over 30 years. Page called Landske to tell him that he was retiring and Landske and his two adult daughters were at Page’s residence to pick up tax documents. The shooting occurred in the driveway with Landske’s daughters and Page’s husband present.
According to the documents, Page’s husband Kevin Swanson explained that Lankdske and his daughters Cheryl and Jackie came to the house a little before noon. Page had lined the documents up in the foyer so that Landske could take them to an accountant according to the statements. Swanson, Lankdske’s daughters Cheryl and Jackie were carrying boxes out of the home when Landske advised Page that he wanted to talk to him. Landske and Page walked off in the 300 foot long driveway as the others continued to carry boxes out of the house.
“Cheryl advised she heard a firework go off.” Landske’s other daughter reported “dad just shot Ted” according to the probable cause affidavit. Kevin Swanson witnessed the brutal murder of his husband in the driveway of their home. “Kevin advised that he was putting bags in the vehicle when he heard a shot and turned in the direction of the noise to observe Bill [Landske] holding a gun and shooting additional times at Tracy [Page].” Swanson acted heroically and instantaneously, rushing toward the shooter and tackling him to the ground according to the sworn affidavit. “Kevin advised he ran toward Bill [Landske] and pushed him to the ground and the gun fell from his hand.” Swanson then picked up the gun and moved it away from Landske, “in fear that Bill [Landske] might pick up the gun gain” police stated. Kevin, a surgical technician, advised that “the girls were screaming” as he held his husband, feeling for a pulse but felt nothing. Page had been shot four times and was later pronounced dead at the scene by Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey.
When police arrived they found Page lying in the driveway and Kevin Swanson covered in his husband’s blood sitting with Landske’s daughter Cheryl. Officers quickly took 83 year old William “Bill” Landske into custody. After being transported to the police station, Landske spoke to police and told them he was “pissed off” because of “all those bags” of tax papers. Landske stated that he always carried a gun. He was asked if he knew he was going to shoot Page when he asked him to go for a walk and he replied “Yes, I believe so, I believe so.”
The former Cedar Lake Councilman now faces 45 to 65 years in prison if convicted on the charge of murder.
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