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Northwest Indiana restaurants part of El Rodeo raids

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Indiana State Police and excise officers also raided two northwestern Indiana Mexican restaurants as part of a Marion County grand jury investigation that involves  numerous restaurants in central Indiana, including El Rodeo restaurants in Indianapolis.

The Times of Munster said the raids Monday at La Carreta restaurants in Merrillville and Schererville were part of a larger investigation that targeted El Rodeo restaurants in the Indianapolis area, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Richmond.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said search warrants were served at numerous locations as part of an ongoing investigation but his office isn't commenting any further. A spokeswoman said the Marion County and Tippecanoe County prosecutors' offices initiated the investigation.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office assisted with the raid in Indianapolis. Officers took pictures of several employees and seized cash, business documents and  cash registers, which they turned over to the grand jury.

El Jaripeo Mexican Restaurant in New Palestine, which is owned by El Rodeo principal Francisco Salgado of Indianapolis, also was raided Monday. Salgado could not be reached for comment.

The raids also targeted the homes of at least two El Rodeo employees in the Indianapolis area.

The Times said the restaurants in northwestern Indiana are owned by Arnulfo Gonzalez. He doesn't have a published home telephone number.

Many of the 20 or so El Rodeo restaurants in central Indiana reopened Wednesday after being closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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  1. The free market will seek its own level. If Employers cannot hire a retain good employees in Marion Co they will leave and set up shop in adjacent county. Marion Co already suffers from businesses leaving I would think this would encourage more of the same.

  2. We gotta stop this Senior crime. Perhaps long jail terms for these old boozers is in order. There are times these days (more rather than less) when this state makes me sick.

  3. One option is to redistribute the payroll tax already collected by the State. A greater share could be allocated to the county of the workplace location as opposed to the county of residency. Not a new tax, just re-allocate what is currently collected.

  4. Have to agree with Mal Burgess. The biggest problem is massive family breakdown in these neighborhoods. While there are a lot of similiarities, there is a MASSIVE difference between 46218 and 46219. 46219 is diluted by some stable areas, and that's probably where the officers live. Incentivizing is fine, but don't criticize officers for choosing not to live in these neighbor hoods. They have to have a break from what is arguably one of the highest stress job in the land. And you'll have to give me hard evidence that putting officers there is going to make a significant difference. Solid family units, responsible fathers, siblings with the same fathers, engaged parents, commitment to education, respect for the rule of law and the importance of work/a job. If the families and the schools (and society) will support these, THEN we can make a difference.

  5. @Agreed, when you dine in Marion County, the taxes paid on that meal go to state coffers (in the form of the normal sales taxes) and to the sports/entertainment venues operated by the CIB. The sales taxes on your clothing and supplies just go to the state. The ONLY way those purchases help out Indianapolis is through the payroll taxes paid by the (generally low-wage) hourly workers serving you.

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