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Traffic stop leads to arrest of suspects in Gambino family murder

Routine traffic stops are usually just that - routine. The driver gives his or her driver's license to the officer, the officer checks the computer, and the driver is given a ticket specifying the offense that the officer observed. Occasionally, however, what should be a routine stop quickly morphs into an incident with far broader criminal charges. This phenomenon occurred during a traffic stop in Henry County, just east of Indianapolis, in early September.

On Sept. 6, 2017, a member of the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement team pulled over an eastbound vehicle on Interstate 70 east of Indianapolis. The officer intended to charge the driver with following too closely and having paint on his license plate. According to the police, the driver sped away from the scene when the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle. Police say that a high-speed chase then ensued along Interstate 170 and State Road 3. On several occasions during the chase, the driver allegedly attempted to purposely cause a crash with the pursuing officer. The driver was finally arrested when he attempted to hide in a Walmart supercenter. Also arrested was the driver's brother. A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up heroin, pills, and pain strips. The brothers were charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors.

Flood of drug cases slows work at Indiana crime labs

Virtually every law enforcement agency in Indiana relies on crime laboratories to help it do its work. Unlike their portrayal in several popular television shows, however, local crime labs do not spend most of their time finding obscure clues or identifying rare drugs and other chemicals. Instead, Indiana crime labs devote a majority of their time to the mundane but vital task of identifying substances seized by police at crime scenes.

Whenever an Indiana law enforcement agency confiscates what are believed to be narcotics or prescription drugs, the substance is sent to a crime laboratory for a definitive identification. The Indiana State Police operates four crime labs that do this work, and these labs provide services for 92 of the state's 92 counties. Marion County and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police jointly operate a single laboratory. The labs are equipped to test for nearly every type of illicit drug. Marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin are drugs most frequently submitted for testing.

Accused of pilfering assets from work?

Finding employment that you like is not an easy feat. Whether you like your job or hate it, you still work hard. Then, it happens, your employer accuses you of pilfering assets. You are fired and even end up facing criminal charges. What can you do?

Pilfering, stealing, embezzlement — whatever you want to call it — is a serious crime in Indiana. The consequences can be quite severe if prosecuting attorneys obtain a conviction. In order to do this, they will have to prove that certain elements exist in your case.

Four local men face drug trafficking charges

Four men from the Indianapolis area have been arrested on suspicion of importing and selling large quantities of illicit drugs in the local area. Because of prior convictions on similar drug dealing charges, three of the suspects face lengthy prison sentence if they should be convicted.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office, four men were arrested on Nov. 14, 2017. The four men allegedly imported large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine with the intent to distribute the drugs. The press release said that federal officials seized $7,000 worth of drugs, including fentanyl-laced heroin and prescription pills. Officers also reportedly seized a vehicle and three firearms. The vehicle allegedly has a hidden compartment.

Five shootings reported in NE Indianapolis in one evening

Certain neighborhoods in Indianapolis experience a much higher rate of gun violence than other neighborhoods. One of these neighborhoods is the city's east side, where violent crimes involving firearms seem to occur at a disproportionate rate.

At about 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017, police were called about a shooting in the 8100 block of East 37th Place. Officers reportedly found a man and a woman, each suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was found near a vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was found inside the car. She was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition, but she was reported to be alert and talking. Police say they are searching for two suspects in the case.

Woman charged with stealing booking fees

White collar crime can take many forms. One of the most common is fraud, the misrepresentation of a material fact to induce reliance by the victim. The recent arrest of an Indianapolis woman on suspicion of theft and fraud provides another example of this type of crime.

The suspect was arrested by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and charged with stealing money from at least two local nonprofit organizations. According to prosecutors, the suspect allegedly told the organizations that she was authorized to book celebrity speakers. She is alleged to have convinced the organizations to pay her up-front booking fees in exchange for her services. In one case, the organization allegedly paid the woman $40,000 in 2015 based upon her representation that she would book TV personality Bear Grylls for a national event. The organization used Grylls' name in publicity for the event until Grylls' agent told the organization that the woman lacked authority to book Grylls.

Supermarket fight ends in alleged murder in Indianapolis

Supermarkets are not generally thought to be a common site for violent crime, but a brief fight in the dairy department of a Kroger's supermarket in south Indianapolis has resulted in what Indianapolis Metropolitan Police have characterized as a suspected homicide. Criminal charges in the incident have already been filed.

Police were called to the scene shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017. They found a man lying in an aisle in the dairy department with an apparent gunshot wound. Witnesses told police that another man ran from the store shortly after the shooting occurred. The man allegedly stole an automobile from a customer in the parking lot and attempted to flee. The man who was found by the police inside the store died from his wounds at the scene.

Drug-related robbery linked to triple homicide

Three residents of Indianapolis were found slain in a north side apartment on July 16. Few details of the incident have been released, but an affidavit recently filed in Marion County district court provides an overview of the possible violent crimes.

According to two women who were in the apartment at the time of the killings, two men entered the apartment to either purchase or steal drugs. One of the women heard one of the victims greet the two men as friends or acquaintances. The women allege that they heard gunshots soon after the two men entered the apartment. The women hid in one of the bedrooms. The occupant of this bedroom was known to keep marijuana in a safe. One of the women alleges that she saw a man holding a pistol enter the bedroom; the man, according to the woman, was an acquaintance of one of the victims.

Anonymous tip leads to indictment for alleged drug crimes

A resident of northwest Indianapolis has been arrested and indicted on suspicion of several drug crimes based upon the results of a joint investigation by the Plainfield police department and the Metropolitan Drug Task Force. The suspect is facing charges for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and related criminal charges.

The case began when a Plainfield police officer, working as a member of the Metropolitan Drug Task Force, allegedly received an anonymous tip about a supposed drug tracker working in Indianapolis. Based upon the tip, police began watching two addresses, one in northwest Indianapolis and one in Avon. After an unspecified period of surveillance, officers obtained search warrants for both addresses. The address in Avon turned out to be the residence of the suspect, but police say they recovered eight guns, two digital scales bearing traces of cocaine and more than $310,000 in cash. At the address in Indianapolis, police allegedly discovered a marijuana harvesting operation, including 40 pounds of marijuana in sealed plastic bags.

Charged with fraud? Don't cheat yourself out of a strong defense.

White-collar crime charges are serious offenses, and Indiana residents convicted of these types of crimes could face a myriad of penalties that may impact the rest of their lives. If you find yourself under investigation for a white-collar crime or you are already facing charges, there is no time to lose in protecting your interests.

One of the most common types of white-collar crimes is fraud. Fraud is a term that encompasses various types of criminal activities, but they all relate to financial misconduct and dishonesty in some way. While you may feel overwhelmed by your current situation, it is possible to defend yourself effectively, mitigating potential penalties and possibly avoiding conviction.

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