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Asst Fire Chief Patrick Moore, Jr. Leaves Hammond FD


Replaced by Karl Repay, Brother of County Commissioner Mike Repay

The Gazette has confirmed through several sources that Assistant Fire Chief Pat Moore, Jr. has retired from the .Fire Department.   Patrick Moore, Jr. is the son of Patrick Moore, Sr. the longest serving Hammond Park Board Member.

Moore, Jr. was the subject of a contentious overtime investigation by the Hammond City Council in 2010.  Moore, Jr., who was a Deputy Chief at the time, received as much as $26,000 in overtime pay, approved by then Fire Chief David Hamm.  At the time, then Hammond City Councilman Dan Repay voted in favor of demanding records from the fire department regarding Moore, Jr.’s overtime.  Dan Repay has since gone on to be the Executive Director of the Little Calumet River Basin Commission.

Karl Repay, brother of Dan Repay and County Commissioner Mike Repay, will replace Patrick Moore, Jr. as Deputy Fire Chief according to sources.

Moore, Jr. is the third high ranking official to leave the City since April when Police Chief Brian Miller announced his retirement followed by City Controller Bobby Lendi’s departure for a job in Chicago.

US Attorney Announces Racketeering Charges Against Two Six Nation Street Gang


US Attorney David Capp to street gang members:  “We are coming after you.”

In a show of force rarely seen in Northwest Indiana, United States Attorney David Capp and officials from the United States Department of Justice stood with local police officials from Chicago and Northwest Indiana today to announce an Eight Count Indictment against top ranking members of the Two Six Nation Street Gang.  The Indictment charges a pattern of racketeering activity that spans 22 years and includes murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and narcotics trafficking.  The indictment comes on the heels of a similar strike at the Imperial Gangsters street gang announced just ten days ago.

“This is the third use of the federal RICO statute against violent street gangs operating in northwest Indiana.”  Said U.S. Attorney David Capp.  “This indictment was the result of extensive federal-local law enforcement work on both sides of the State border.  Our investigations will continue and we will not hesitate to utilize the power of the RICO statute to remove these individuals from the streets.”

The Indictment alleges that Adron Herschel Tancil a/k/a AWOL, 36 of East Chicago, Indiana, Jesus Valentin Fuentes a/k/a Chu Chu, 39 of Gary, Indiana, Frank Perez, Jr. a/k/a “Pumpkin” 33, of Verona, Pennsylvania, and Anthony Cresencio Aquilera aka P-nut, 35 of Portage, Indiana engaged in drug trafficking and conspiracy to engage in drug trafficking including cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana.  Also charged in the indictment are Oscar Cosme a/k/a Cos, 41 of East Chicago, Indiana, Ester Carrera aka Mama D, 61 of Gary, Indiana, Paul Brock a/k/a Big Brock, 27, of Gary, and Alma Delia Carrera, 28, of Gary.

Among the specific predicate acts outlined in the indictment:

  • The 2003 murder of Julio Cartagena of East Chicago, Indiana;
  • The 1999 Murder of Jose Pena, Jr, in Whiting, Indiana;
  • The kidnapping of the wife and children of Julio Cartagena in Hammond, Indiana;
  • A 2011 standoff in Verona, Pennsylvania wherein Frank Perez, Jr. fired at FBI agents;

The Indictment also seeks forfeiture of 30 various weapons including handguns and rifles.




BREAKING: Man Shot At Sports Bar in Hammond

The Gazette has received information that a shooting occurred at Estrellas Sports Bar, 4704 Hohman Avenue, about an hour ago. Police and emergency personnel are currently on scene. According to information obtained from the scanner, a black male walked into the bar and started shooting. One man was hit in the head and transported to the hospital. There is no information available at this time regarding the identity or condition of the victim.

This information is preliminary and obtained from immediate reports. Please Like us on Facebook for updates.

Hammond Sued Over STOP Team Arrest


In a Federal Court Case filed on August 12, a Gary man alleges he was falsely arrested and charged by a Hammond Police Corporal.  According to the Complaint, a Hammond Police Corporal Gootee stopped Terry Wayne for an improper taillight in the 4100 block of Broadway on August 24, 2013.  Johnson was ultimately arrested for Driving While Suspended according to the Complaint.   Johnson alleges that had a valid driver’s license at the time of the stop and the arrest constituted false arrest, false imprisonment, a violation of his civil rights and caused him undue embarrassment.

The suit also names the City of Hammond, Chief John Doughty and the Hammond Police Department as Defendants.  Johnson is represented Attorney Eric Neff of Crown Point.

The City of Hammond announced earlier in the week that Hammond Police would no longer work with the Region STOP Team.  The Region STOP Team was formed in 2013 by East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker.  East Chicago, the Lake County Sheriff, Gary and Hammond provided full-time officers to the STOP Team and several other departments provided part-time officers.  Last summer, the STOP Team was instrumental in catching a group of cell phone thieves that performed armed robberies in the Hessville area of Hammond.


Munster Police Apprehend Intoxicated Driver That Injured Trooper

An Indiana State Trooper was injured after an allegedly intoxicated driver hit him on I-80/94

Indiana State Police are asking the public to support the I90/94 Challenge by slowing down, wearing your seat belt, driving sober and paying attention!!

An Indiana State Trooper was injured after an allegedly intoxicated driver hit him on I-80/94

An Indiana State Trooper was injured after an allegedly intoxicated driver hit him on I-80/94

Hammond, Lake County-Another Indiana State Police trooper was injured, early this morning, by a hit and run driver who was apprehended shortly thereafter. This is the second trooper in four days to be injured by an impaired driver.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Jacob Raupp revealed that at approximately 1:26 a.m., Sergeant Dwayne Dillahunty was working a traffic enforcement project for the I-90/94 Challenge (this is a 15 state, 5,681 miles, four days August 1-4, enhanced traffic blitz along the I-90/94 corridor) on I80/94 east bound at 1.9 mile marker (this is under the Calumet Avenue overpass). Dillahunty’s fully marked 2013 Dodge Charger was parked on the inner shoulder and he was standing outside his police car operating a hand held lidar speed timing device when a black 2013 Jeep Sport Utility Vehicle that was east bound in the left lane went off the road and struck the police car. This caused the police car to strike Sergeant Dillahunty knocking him into the concrete median barrier wall.

The Jeep’s driver, later identified as Norris Benbow, 43 of Chicago, Illinois, fled on foot south, when his Jeep became disabled in the left lane after striking the police car. Dillahunty was able to radio a description of Benbow and Munster Police apprehended Benbow shortly thereafter just south of the interstate.

Dillahunty was taken to Munster Community Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Benbow was taken to Munster Community and tested positive for alcohol; .14% B.A.C. He was taken to Lake County Jail in Crown Point and was charged with Driving While Intoxicated causing bodily injury, Leaving the Scene of a personal injury crash, and Driving While Suspended.

The left two lanes were closed until approximately 4:55 a.m., for reconstruction of the crash, removal of the injured, towing of the vehicles, and clean-up of the roadway.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Two Tomfoolery Comedy Shows Coming to NWI in August

tomffolery comedy Marina aug 16

Tomfoolery Fun Club has two shows planned for the coming weeks! The first event will be held in conjunction with the Hammond Port Authority on August 16th at the Hammond Marina in Hammond, IN:

An exceptional lineup of talent has been asse…mbled for this unique event. The quite charming standup comedian Melissa Richelle will appear, as will local singer / songwriter Ed Smaron, who will offer his humorous perspective of life through song. The Famous Brothers bring their hilarious and harmonious brand of Kentucky Bluegrass humor to the Calumet Region!! The ever-popular and talented Jay Washington also brings his immensely popular comedy act to the lakefront on what will be a lovely summer evening!! Lastly, the musical talents of Nick Danger will be on display throughout the evening to provide musical variety to the program!!
tomfoolery st john aug 22

The next event will be held on August 22nd at Blue 82 in St. John, IN. This late summer event features the talents of Chicago comedy scene stars Mona Aburmishan and Vince Acevedo! Both Mona and Vince drew rave reviews at their first Fun Club appearance this past June and we’re delighted to have them back!! Also featured will be the magical and mystical talents of humor-based illusionist James Sanden!! This is James’ second appearance at a Tomfoolery Fun Club event and he may very well “appear” at more shows in the near future!! Providing the musical variety throughout the program will be the trio of Mary Mystica, Jesse Hernandez and Buddy Goettsch, better known as Bit of TimePeace!! These three love to entertain and their enthusiasm shines through in their rhythmic renditions of classic hits!

Several more shows are scheduled at other fine venues in the coming months and more shows are currently in the planning stage! Tickets for each show are priced at $20 and are available for advanced purchase at as well as at the respective venues. Producer Tom Byelick invites you to join him for one of these upcoming events and provide him with your feedback regarding our effort!

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