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Hammond schools chief hurt in home invasion

Walter J. Watkins | Sun-Times Medifile

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Updated: August 3, 2014 6:28AM



The School City of Hammond’s superintendent was severely injured in a beating, apparently by an intruder who broke into his house Monday night or early Tuesday, according to police.

Lt. Rich Hoyda said Superintendent Walter Watkins was discovered beaten by his sister, who brought him breakfast about 10 a.m. at his house in South Hammond near the state line. Watkins, 67, was recovering at home from surgery, police said.

Hoyda said Watkins suffered serious head wounds in the attack but was conscious when police arrived. He was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond and later transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Police are unsure whether anything was stolen from the house but said a 2013 Ford Edge, owned by the school district, was missing.

Hoyda said police do not know how many people were involved in the home invasion, which they believe happened sometime after 9:30 p.m. Monday, when Watkins’ sister last talked with him, and when she found him Tuesday morning.

Post-Tribune staff report



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