A Chesterton man whose firearms were seized in November 2010 after
Chesterton Police said that he threatened suicide is “a clear and present
danger” to both the community and the CPD, Porter Superior Judge Bill Alexa
ruled on Thursday.
Steven J. Hughes accordingly may not have his guns back, Alexa ordered, in
denying Hughes’ petition.
Alexa noted the following in his ruling: that Hughes “is no longer a danger
to himself or his family” but “remains, however, a clear and present danger
to the community as a whole and to personnel of the Chesterton Police
In addition, at the conclusion of a hearing earlier this month, as Hughes
was leaving the courtroom, “he passed two Chesterton police officers who
were sitting in the first row of the viewers gallery” and “flipped them the
bird,” Alexa stated.
Therefore the CPD “shall retain the firearms until this court orders that
the firearms be returned to Steven J. Hughes or be otherwise disposed of,”
Hughes may petition the court again in six months.
The CPD told the Chesterton Tribune today that, besides the obscene
gesture to which Alexa alluded in his order, Hughes told Police Chief Dave
Cincoski that he would bring acquaintances of his—motorcycle gang members—to
the CPD station to remove the firearms. And Hughes told another officer that
he would bring relatives of his—employees of the Illinois State Police—to
the station to do the same thing.
In January of 2011, Hughes attended the regular monthly meeting of the
Police Commission, demanded the return of his firearms, and accused Cincoski
According to the original CPD report, at 6:40 p.m. Nov. 12, Hughes’ wife
came on station and advised that her husband was intoxicated and suicidal
and appeared to have locked himself in a room of their home with a loaded
handgun. She added that, before leaving the house, she had already removed
one handgun from her husband’s possession, police said.
The Emergency Response Team was dispatched to the residence, in the 1600
block of Westchester Ave., and at 1 a.m. Hughes exited the house without
incident, police said. He subsequently denied threatening to kill himself
but was transported to Porter hospital where paperwork for a 24-hour
committal was completed, police said.
Hughes was not charged in connection with the incident.