Lake County towing contracts

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has push backed the trial of an northwestern Indiana mayor facing bribery charges of accepting money in exchange for towing contracts.

The trial for Republican Portage Mayor James Snyder had been scheduled to begin Tuesday. But the judge granted the delay sought by the tow company owner's defense attorney because of a family medical issue. The trial is now set to begin in January.

Snyder attorney Thomas Dogan objected to the delay, saying the mayor was anxious for the trial to begin so he could clear his name.

Portage mayor wants information blocked from federal trial

Sep 24, 2018

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — An indicted northwestern Indiana mayor is maintaining that prosecutors used a confidential informant to improperly know they had more time to investigate the case.

Attorneys for Republican Portage Mayor James Snyder argue in federal court filings that prosecutors found out Snyder's previous lawyer wouldn't be ready for a January 2017 trial on corruption charges. Snyder's attorneys argue that action was "tantamount to cheating" and want a judge to limit prosecutors' ability to use information they obtained after that time.

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PRESS RELEASE: US Attorney's Office Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND – Daniel Murchek, 57, of Schererville, Indiana was indicted for making false statements to federal authorities, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

Today:  This Reporters' Roundtable covers a number of issues brought up in the northwest Indiana and state media outlets this week.  On the program are reporters Javonte Anderson, Carrie Napoleon and Carole Carlson with the Post-Tribune and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore. "Inside Indiana Business" Asst. Managing Editor Andy Ober joins us for a look at some major Hoosier business stories as well.