76-year-old found dead at casino
GARY — Northwestern Indiana police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 76-year-old woman whose body was found in a parking garage at Gary’s Majestic Star Casino.
Lt. Matt Argadine of Griffith police said Mary Austgen of St. John was reported missing Thursday by relatives she works with at a Griffith business. Her body was found about 4 a.m. Friday in the parking garage at Buffington Harbor. The Lake County coroner’s office lists her cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the lower left torso.
Feds seek shorter bribery sentence
EVANSVILLE — Federal prosecutors are seeking a reduced sentenced for an Indiana man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe contracting officials at a U.S. Army base in Kuwait.
Wajdi Birjas pleaded guilty to bribery and money laundering conspiracy charges in 2010, but his sentencing has been delayed four times. The Evansville man could face more than seven years in prison when he’s sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Evansville.