from the Lowell Tribune, Apr.14, 1982
Also found in the Clipping Files at Lowell Public Library--LH--"Crime and Criminals"
(Sixty Years Ago)
April 20, 1922
Last Saturday the Main garage rented their taxicab to a young fellow who works for Carl Brownell, and he drove to Lynch's store to get some groceries and when he came out the car was gone. A short time afterwards the Main gargage received a call to pull out a car that was stuck in the mud on Union avenue. Clark Hayden recognized the car as the one they had rented but thought the fellow driving it was the one they had rented it to, but later found that it was the fellow who had stolen it. Immediately a hunt was started and it was soon learned that there was a young fellow who has been working around here for several months by the name of Carl Nichols, whose home was in Michigan City. Marshal Duckworth started out to find him and the night marshal at Hebron telephoned that he had him and when Marshal Duckworth got there he found that the fellow had pushed the marshal in the ditch and escaped, but he had left the car a short distance from Hebron. They followed him all night and early Sunday morning the Chief of Police at Valparaiso telephoned that the fellow was coming to Lowell and our night watchman, Charles Peterson, got him and held him until Marshal Duckworth returned. The fellow professed innocence, but he was taken to Crown Point and lodged in jail and on Tuesday when brought before Judge Smith he pleaded guilty and was given a sentence of from 1 to 14 years in the penitentiary. A report from Michigan City says the young fellow has been rather wild but he will now have time to reflect on his misdoings.