Pat Harrington

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West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski is one step closer to holding the highest law enforcement position in Tippecanoe County.

Dombkowski easily defeated incumbent Sheriff Barry Richard and Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John “Woody” Ricks Tuesday night, garnering almost 50-percent of the vote.

Dombkowski says he believes the specific issues he outlined in his campaign inspired residents to go to the polls.

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A longtime Lafayette lawyer will be going head-to-head with Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington in next year’s election.

Earl McCoy founded McCoy Law in Lafayette 15 years ago, and practices family and criminal law.

McCoy announced Friday on Facebook that he’s running for Tippecanoe County Prosecutor.

He cites concerns about the murder trial of a man who was acquitted on charges of killing a Lafayette schoolteacher.

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Most people associate gangs with big cities.

But a forum for youth services workers this week brought attention to the problem in Tippecanoe County.

Local authorities say while there are gangs in the area they’re nowhere near the level of, say, Waco, Texas where a fight between rival bikers resulted in nine deaths this week.

But some fear gang influence could rise to that level if the community doesn’t band together to limit it.

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Tippecanoe County will be adding a new Child Support Caseworker.

The funding for the position comes from federal Child Support Incentive Funds.

Prosecutor Pat Harrington says the nearly $33,963 salary is set by the county, and there is currently enough in the fund to cover the position for five years.

Justice Award honors Lafayette detectives

Apr 24, 2013
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The Tippecanoe County Prosecutor is honoring one former and two current Lafayette police officers. Pat Harrington presented the first Justice Award to Dan Shumaker, B.T. Brown and Paul Huff.

The trio was the main detectives working the murder case of Kory Rogers.

Harrington says the investigation spanned 34-months, involved thousands of text messages and cell phone records, and took them to California to bring back a suspect.