Hammond Criminal Defense Lawyer


Criminal Defense Attorney Shane O’Donnell, a former prosecutor, was born in Hammond, Indiana.  He has also successfully handled numerous misdemeanor and felony cases for Hammond residents.


Attorney O’Donnell has also handled countless cases in both the Hammond City Court and Hammond County Court.


Hammond  is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States.  It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 80,830 at the 2010 census, replacing neighboring Gary as the most populous city in Lake County.


The first permanent residents arrived around 1847 to settle on land between the Grand and Little Calumet Rivers, on the South end of Lake Michigan.  Those first residents were German farmers newly arrived from Europe looking for land and opportunity.  Before that time, the area was a crossroad for Indian tribes, explorers, stagecoach lines and supply lines to the West.


Convenient location and abundant fresh water from Lake Michigan led to the beginning of Hammond's industrialization in 1869 with the George H. Hammond Company meat-packing plant following merchants and farmers to the area.  Hammond was incorporated on April 21, 1884, and was named after the Detroit butcher. Hammond is one of the oldest cities in Lake County, with Crown Point being the oldest, established in 1834.


According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago: George Henry Hammond, a pioneer in the use of refrigerated railcars for the transport of fresh meat, first used this method with his small packing company in Detroit, Michigan.


In 1868, Hammond received a patent for a refrigerator car design. In the early 1870s, he built a new plant in Northern Indiana along the tracks of the Michigan Central Railroad. By 1873, the George H. Hammond Co. was selling $1 million worth of meat a year; by 1875, sales were nearly $2 million.  The company's large packing house in Hammond, Indiana—the town had taken the name of its most powerful resident—rivaled those located at the Union Stock Yard in Chicago.


By the middle of the 1880s, when it built a new plant in Omaha, Nebraska, Hammond was slaughtering over 100,000 cattle a year and owned a fleet of 800 refrigerator cars.  After Hammond died in 1886, the company became less important and no longer challenged the giant Chicago packers, who acquired Hammond at the turn of the century and merged it into their National Packing Co.


On June 22, 1918, the Hammond circus train wreck occurred about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east of the city, killing 86 and injuring 127 persons.

 According to the 1960 U.S. Census Hammond's population reached a record high of 111,698 residents.


 Hammond is also the home of The First Baptist Church of Hammond, one of the nation's largest congregations.


 The Flag of Hammond depicts the Grand Calumet River and the Little Calumet River.  The flag was designed by Anthony Betustak and the original is now on display in the main conference room of the Mayor's suite in Hammond City Hall.


Roby Tap was a legendary tavern within a suburb of the city that was finally torn down in 1999 to make room for an expansion of the Horseshoe Casino at the nearby marina.  A popular watering hole for the workers at the nearby American Maize and Lever Brothers Soap factories as well as surrounding steel mills, it was founded in 1941.


Longtime bartender Michael Smaluk and his wife his Margaret (who created the extremely popular Roby Tap Chili) ran the tavern until its eventual demolition in 1999.


 The iconic 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) Gothic Masonic Temple that was once the hub of social activity for many Hammond residents met the claw of an excavator on June 24, 2009, driven by Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr., clearing the way for the new Hammond Urban Academy.


The mammoth cornerstone to the ornately elegant three-story red brick building on Muenich Court was laid May 1, 1907, to great fanfare.  Speaker for the day was none other than Charles Fairbanks, vice president under U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.  In 1921, the Masonic Building Association enhanced the building to the tune of $440,000.  By the 1970s, its replacement cost was estimated at $4.8 million. In 2008, its estimated restoration would have topped $20 million.


 Hammond is the home of the second largest police memorial in the state of Indiana.  Constructed at a cost of $600,000, the memorial is constructed of black granite from the same quarry that provided the black granite used in the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.


The memorial consists of three black granite walls which have the names and likenesses of the seven Hammond Police Officers who have given their lives in the performance of their duties.


At the center of the memorial are five triangular pillars, which form a five point star, representing both the five point star badge worn by Hammond Police Officers, and the symbol of the Fraternal Order of Police, the local lodge of which (Lodge 51) represents the members of the Hammond Police Department and which established the fund that built the memorial.


On the five pillars are engraved pictures depicting the history of the Hammond Police Department from 1883 to present.  Surrounding the memorial is a brick walkway which has the names, service dates, and I.D. badge numbers of Hammond Police Officers past and present.


City of Hammond, Indiana website- (http://www.gohammond.com/)

Hammond Police Department- (219) 853-6490

Hammond Fire Department- (219) 853-6416

Hammond City Court- (219) 853-6388



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