A postal employee inside had minor injuries, he said. The cause of the detonation was believed to have been a package. Additional information — including whether there were additional explosives at the scene — was immediately available. An investigation continues with the help of the FBI and ATF.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Federal authorities have made an arrest in the case of a pipe bomb that exploded at a post office in East Chicago on September 6th. Police say the bomber in this case was a mechanical engineer and supervisor at BP in Whiting. 45 year-old Eric Krieg, of Munster, Ind., is charged with possession of a destructive device and transporting explosive materials. If he’s convicted Krieg could be sent to prison for up to 20 years. Federal prosecutors say last month he dropped off a bomb at the post office in East Chicago. It injured a woman who was working in the facility and it was seven months pregnant at the time. That explosive device was meant to be delivered to an attorney working for the city of Hammond. Then in late September prosecutors say Krieg mailed a letter that was found at the post office addressed to another Hammond city employee. That letter contained a bullet along with written threats, according to prosecutors. The mayor of Hammond says he gave authorities Krieg’s name immediately after the package bomb blew up in East Chicago. “When the second target received the package there was a link between the two that was unmistakable,” said Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. “We knew they were aiming at us, the workers of the city of Hammond. The guy that’s guilty in my opinion, he was the first guy that jumped into my mind. Somebody that’s smart and weird enough to do something like this.” The mayor describes Krieg as an extremist. As to a possible motive, U.S. Attorney Tom Kirsch said they have zeroed in on a motive but did not want to elaborate at this time. Krieg is married with four children. He was active politically and ran for municipal office as a Republican. Krieg ran for Lake County Council then Lake County Surveyor. He lost both races. Krieg once accused McDermott of misusing campaign funds, an allegation that the county election officals concluded to be unfounded. Federal investigators served search warrants at Krieg’s home and work and he was arrested on Thursday. As for the woman who was injured in the explosion last month, her supervisor was at the news conference during the announcement of the charges. She says her employee is doing well considering what happened.
Bodycam video released by Crawfordsville, Ind. police shows an officer shooting at an actor holding a prop gun after leaving a bar with a ski mask last week.
(CBS) — Bodycam video has been released of an Indiana police officer mistakenly shooting a live round at an actor portraying a robber last week. The incident occurred Sept. 26 in Crawfordsville, a city in west central Indiana. A production company was filming a robbery scene at the Backstep Brewing Company on North Green Street, say Indiana State Police, who are investigating the officer-involved shooting. Video of the incident has now been released. Someone called 9-1-1 to report a possible armed robbery. When Crawfordsville police arrived, they observed a suspect in a ski mask carrying what appeared to be a gun, state police say. In the video, an officer wearing the body cam yells at the suspect to drop his weapon and then fires a round. The actor can be seen pulling off his mask. With his hands up, the actor yells, “We’re shooting a movie!” He complies with the officer’s commands to get down on the ground. The actor was taken into custody and later released. No one was injured.
GARY, Ind. (CBS) — A 33-year-old northwest Indiana man shot by police on Thursday was later found dead in a backyard, apparently having killed himself during a chase that followed a drug bust. A group of Drug Enforcement Agency, Indiana State Police and Porter County Sheriff’s Department officers were conducting a controlled narcotics purchase at 1:48 p.m. on 22nd Plaza in Gary, Indiana, according to Indiana State Police. Gary resident Ned Brooks was being pulled over by police when he rammed his vehicle into several unmarked law enforcement cars as he tried to escape, police said. While driving away, the Brooks opened fire at police after he hit an officer and a civilian with his vehicle, injuring both. An officer in one of the cars was also injured. Brooks abandoned his vehicle on 22nd Place and ran away, continuing to shoot, according to police. Officers eventually found Brooks in the backyard of a house in the 4200 block of West 22nd Place. He had been struck by police gunfire and had apparently fatally shot himself in the head. The Lake County Coroner’s Office reported Brooks suffered multiple gunshot wounds, but did not rule on his manner of death Thursday pending further investigation. The civilian struck by the vehicle was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary in critical condition, and later airlifted to an Illinois hospital, according to police. Both officers were taken to a hospital in Chicago with injuries that weren’t believed to be life threatening. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire copy; Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police say they’re investigating after a police officer in the western Indiana city of Crawfordsville fired a gunshot at a movie actor portraying a bank robber. No one was hurt. State police say Crawfordsville police were responding to a report of a possible robbery at Backstep Brewing Co. on Tuesday evening when they encountered actor Jim Duff. Duff was wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun while leaving the brewery with his back to the officers. Police told him to drop the gun, but Duff turned toward them. An officer fired a shot that missed Duff. Police say Duff dropped the gun, pulled off his mask and told officers they were on a movie set. Police say the production company and the brewery didn’t notify them or other businesses before filming. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
(CBS) – Authorities in Colorado reportedly are trying to determine whether an Indiana sex offender detained this week near Colorado Springs is linked with the February murder of two teen girls on a nature trail in New Delphi, Ind. Daniel Nations was arrested Monday in connection with reports of a man threatening people with a hatchet at a trail in Monument, Colo. earlier this month. A bicyclist was fatally shot in that area around the same time. Nations is being held in the Teller County jail. He’s been charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Other charges are pending, reports CBS Denver. The CBS station reports authorities are considering Nations’ possible connection to the bicyclist’s death, as well as to the murders of Abigail J. “Abby” Williams, 13, and 14-year-old Liberty Rose Lynn “Libby” German. The teen girls were killed in February while hiking in Delphi, Ind., a community of about 3,000 people, some 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The girls’ bodies were found about a quarter-mile from an abandoned railroad bridge that’s part of a trail system where the teens had planned to go hiking during a day off from school. Nations is a convicted sex offender, CBS Denver reports (a Daniel S. Nations is listed on the sex offender registry in Indiana). He was arrested this week in Woodland Park, Colo. driving a vehicle with expired Indiana license plates. Police found a hatchet and a .22-caliber rifle in the vehicle, according to an affidavit. Some public documents indicate Nations is 32; others, that he is 31. An official with the El Paso County Sheriff’s office tells CBS Denver there are “many similarities” in the cases but she says police in Indiana have requested no further information be released to the public. “They have asked us not to speak on their case. So I’m not at liberty to elaborate on anything that’s related to what happened in Indiana,” the official said. An Indiana State Police spokesperson, Sgt. Kim Riley, says his agency is aware of the Colorado arrest, but it’s too early to draw a connection. “Please keep in mind the Indiana State Police has received more than a thousand photos of persons alleged to be similar in appearance to the composite sketch of the Delphi person of interest,” Riley said in a prepared statement. “Each and everyone of these tips are investigated for any potential connection to our case. “We will give the same attention to the person arrested in Colorado, but right now there is nothing that definitively connects this person to our investigation. If that should change — with this tip, or any other tip — rest assured we would be sharing such news with all media sources.” A reward in excess of $230,000 has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murders of the Indiana teens.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Despite the efforts of friends and passers-by, a boy was killed when a van he was working under slipped off a jack and crushed him in the parking lot of a northwest Indiana auto parts shop last week. Police received a 911 call about 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, that a van had fallen on a teen in the parking lot of an AutoZone in Rensselaer, Indiana, according to Rensselaer police. The victim, later identified as 16-year-old Spencer Michael William Davis of Rensselaer, was trapped underneath. The owner of the van, Spencer’s friends, and several bystanders tried to pull up one side of the van to free him, then got an industrial jack from the store to lift the van up, police said. The boy was under the van unresponsive, with wounds to the head, when police arrived. The boys parents had arrived at the store while the Davis was trapped and said they were supposed to meet him at a restaurant for dinner. When he did not arrive, they went outside and saw police around the van. Police got vehicle stands from the store to steady the van while paramedics tried to stabilize Davis. He was “moderately bleeding from the face,” a statement from police, who were “later advised that the back portion of his skull, the orbital bone around one of his eyes and a front portion of his skull appeared heavily damaged.” He was taken to the Jasper County Airport and airlifted Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 5:19 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy showed he died from blunt force injuries to the head from being trapped under the van, and his death was ruled an accident. The van’s owner said he had engine trouble, and Spencer and his friends, whom he did not know, stopped to help. The boy went under the van to try to change a belt. At some point, he “pulled on the frame of the vehicle, which in turned caused the jack to shift, and the van to fall,” police said. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (CBS4) – A man believed to be the “Double Hat Bandit” was arrested in a motel parking lot here Thursday. Shayne Carson, 54, is thought to be responsible for at least 18 bank robberies in seven states, including Colorado. He surrendered without incident to FBI and local police in Whiteland, Indiana. Authorities believe Carson is behind robberies through Utah, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Idaho committed from December 2016 to July of this year. In these cases, the robber wore two hats. He is also a possible suspect in additional bank robberies in Colorado, Iowa and Ohio committed since July. Authorities expect Carson will first be taken to face a judge in Utah for the December robbery there.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Authorities in Lake County were asking for help identifying a body found almost two weeks ago in a house in Gary. The remains of the an unidentified white man were found about 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 2, in a house in the 2200 block of Nickles Place. The Lake County Coroner’s Office said the “John Doe” appears to be in his early-to-mid 20s; and is 5 feet 11 inches tall, and 192 pounds. The man had three “unique tattoos,” officials said: a Boy Scout emblem on his chest, an Ace of Spades playing card on his left forearm, and a horseshoe with the number 7 in the middle. The coroner’s office said the man was wearing a black T-shirt, gray shorts, and black high-top gym shoes. Officials have not revealed how the man died. Anyone with information about the “John Doe” should call the Lake County Coroner at 219-755-3265.
(CBS) — A package apparently blew up Wednesday evening at an East Chicago, Ind. post office, injuring an employee, authorities said. First-responders were called to the post office at 901 E. Chicago Avenue around 6 p.m. for a reports of an explosion, East Chicago Acting Fire Chief Francisco Mendez said.