Crime Watch 8

Sheriff to answer to allegation he violated gag order

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) – A northwestern Indiana sheriff is scheduled to appear before a judge to respond to an allegation he violated a gag order in the case of a man charged with murder in the deaths of two women.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich is scheduled to appear before Judge Diane Boswell on Friday morning. Attorneys for Darren Vann of Gary filed a motion last month seeking to have Buncich held in contempt of court for comments he made to The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune of Merrillville.

Buncich told the newspapers he wouldn’t provide Vann with any forms of entertainment unless a court ordered him to do so.

The 43-year-old Vann is charged with murder in the strangling deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy of Gary and 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville.