LaPorte man charged with killing 4-year-old son

LAPORTE — A LaPorte man has been charged with murder in the death of his 4-year-old son shortly after the boy’s death was ruled a homicide, authorities said.

Alan D. Morgan, 28, also faces five felony counts of neglect of a dependent and cruelty to an animal, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department.

Morgan was taken into custody on Monday after the body of Judah Morgan was found at a home in Union Township by sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of an unresponsive child..

After the autopsy conducted on Tuesday determined the boy’s death was a homicide, the father was charged, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported. Details about the boy’s death were not released.

On Wednesday, Morgan was being held without bond at the LaPorte County Jail.

Indianapolis officer faces excessive force charges

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant faces two felony charges and a recommendation to be fired after body-cam video showed him using excessive force during a recent arrest, authorities said Tuesday.

Fourteen-year veteran Sgt. Eric Huxley has been charged with official misconduct and battery resulting in moderate bodily injury for his actions Sept. 24 on Monument Circle, prosecutors said.

Huxley has since been suspended without pay, and Chief Randal Taylor has recommended Huxley’s dismissal, police said.

Huxley allegedly kicked a homeless man accused of disorderly conduct, Jermaine Vaught, in the face, causing his mouth to bleed, court documents said.

Huxley claimed he accidentally kicked Vaughn in the face when he meant to place his foot on Vaughn’s shoulder, an affidavit said.

Two other officers involved in the arrest have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.

Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement condemning Huxley’s actions.

“The footage released today by IMPD is deeply troubling, depicting acts that are unacceptable from law enforcement in our city,” Hogsett said.

Ex-northwestern Indiana mayor gets prison time for bribery

HAMMOND — A former northwestern Indiana mayor was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison on convictions for taking a $13,000 bribe from a trucking company and illegal tax evasion.

A federal judge ordered the sentence against former Portage Mayor James Snyder after a jury convicted him in March of seeking the bribe in 2013 in return for steering about $1.1 million in city contracts to the company.

Snyder, a Republican, has maintained his innocence, testifying during his trial that the money was payment for consulting work that he declared on his income tax returns.

Snyder’s defense attorney sought probation or home confinement for him, but Judge Matthew Kennelly ordered the prison time along with one year of supervised release.

Snyder first won election as mayor in 2011 and was removed from office in 2019 when he was first convicted in the bribery case. A judge later threw out that verdict, ruling that aggressive tactics by prosecutors denied Snyder a fair trial.

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