Merrillville, Indiana Criminal Lawyer


Attorney Shane O’Donnell has successfully handled numerous misdemeanor criminal cases at Merrillville Town Court.


He has also represented countless Merrillville residents on both misdemeanor and felony cases.  Attorney O’Donnell has thoroughly enjoyed his time spent in Merrillville, Indiana.


Merrillville is a town in Ross Township, Lake County, Indiana, United States.  The population was 35,246 at the 2010 census.  Merrillville is located in the east-central portion of Lake County.


Merrillville is located on what used to be woodland that belonged to the Potawatomi Indians.  In 1834, a clearing was created for ceremonial purposes and was called McGwinn Village.  A year later, a white man by the name of Jeremiah Wiggins settled in the place; McGwinn Village thus gave way to Wiggins Point.


Under the name Wiggins Point, the place became a well-known stop for wagon trains heading to Joliet, Illinois along the old Sauk Trail (also called the Sac Trail), which was an old Indian trail. At one time, 16 trails radiated outward from Wiggins Point.


In 1838, Wiggins died. Sometime afterwards, local settlers renamed the place Centerville.  Later still, it was renamed Merrillville after the brothers Dudley and William Merrill.  Dudley Merrill operated a hotel and store in Centerville, and his son John P. Merrill was a Township Trustee.


Nearby, in the same former hunting grounds of the Potawatomi Indians, other settlements had sprung up. Near Deep River creek was a settlement named Deep River; near Turkey Creek was another settlement with that creek's name.


Other settlements included Ainsworth, Lottaville, and Rexville.  At one time, the post office for the area was named Lottaville.


In 1848, all of these settlements, including Merrillville (that is, the old McGwinn Village) were collected into one and called Ross Township.  As time went by, bits and pieces of Ross Township were taken by Hobart and Crown Point when those towns incorporated.


In 1971, the area officially became Merrillville (which now includes the old Merrillville as well as other settlements nearby) and was incorporated as a town under Indiana law.


Town of Merrillville, Indiana website- (

Merrillville Chamber of Commerce- (

Merrillville Town Court- (219) 756-6185

Merrillville Fire Department- (219) 769-0004

Merrillville Police Department- (219) 769-3531 (non emergency)

        (219) 769-3722 (administrative)

Merrillville Town Admin. Office- (219) 769-5711



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