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Lake County Fair gives taste of fest for preview night

Lake County Fair gives taste of fest for preview night

CROWN POINT | While the line for discounted wristbands was long, lines for the rides themselves were short and sweet. Food vendors were just heating up grills and preparing deep fryers for the long haul.

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Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago

Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago

CHICAGO | A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.

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App has lowdown on what's going down downtown

App has lowdown on what's going down downtown

VALPARAISO | If you are looking for things to do during a night on the town in Valparaiso, the city has an app for that.

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Police: Driver pulled out in front of motorcyclist killed in crash

The crash that killed Gary tattoo artist Diamond Cody Cooper remained under investigation Thursday, but police said it's clear the driver of a Jeep Patriot pulled out in front of Cooper's motorcycle.

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St. John major road overhaul draws two bids

St. John major road overhaul draws two bids

ST. JOHN | Griffith-based Walsh and Kelly was the apparent low bidder on a project to repair 20 miles of St. John streets.

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Man robs Walgreens in Gary after asking clerk to unlock display

GARY | A man asked a clerk at a Walgreens in Gary to unlock a display Wednesday, grabbed all the items inside and fled, police said.

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22 families displaced by stubborn fire at Highland apartment building

22 families displaced by stubborn fire at Highland apartment building

HIGHLAND | A stubborn three-alarm fire Thursday at the Porte De L'eau apartment complex in Highland heavily damaged a building and displaced 22 families, officials said.

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Tri-Creek hopes to place resource officer back in schools

LOWELL | The Town Council tabled consideration of an agreement with the Tri-Creek School Board on Monday that would put a resource officer back into the schools.

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Gary woman faces murder charge in strangling case

GARY | A Gary woman faces a murder charge after a man was found strangled in a bed at her residence in the 1400 block of West 16th Avenue on July 13.

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Indiana Bulldogs to play in National Youth Baseball Championships

Indiana Bulldogs to play in National Youth Baseball Championships

The Indiana Bulldogs know drama.

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FBI widens investigation into Portage mayor

FBI widens investigation into Portage mayor

PORTAGE | The FBI has widened its investigation into Portage Mayor James Snyder to include plane tickets and travel expenses he funded through the city and/or its utility department from campaign funds.

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Officer’s grand jury indictment can be amended

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors will be able to amend the grand jury indictment against a Lake County police officer to include a charge of conversion, thanks to a ruling Thursday by Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.

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Cops: Woman left baby in car at strip club

GARY | A Chesterton woman was charged with neglect of a dependent after police allege she left her 7-month-old child in a car for hours while she was intoxicated inside a strip club.

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Judge sentences 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison

Judge sentences 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison

CROWN POINT | Lake County Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced an 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison Thursday for two crimes he admitted committing in Gary on March 17, 2013.

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Learning from Sandy Hook

VALPARAISO | Teachers, administrators, and professionals gathered at Strongbow Inn on Thursday to hear from Lisa Petrovich, a resident of Sandy Hook, Conn. for the past two decades and learn how to provide safe and secure learning environment…

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Griffith road projects on schedule

GRIFFITH | The town's massive road and alley project is right on schedule and within its budget, Public Works Director Rick Konopasek said.

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Alderman to pick new Hegewisch baseball board after old one resigns

Alderman to pick new Hegewisch baseball board after old one resigns

CHICAGO | 10th Ward Alderman John Pope will lead the process of appointing a board for Hegewisch's Babe Ruth League following the resignation Wednesday of its members.

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M'ville continues planning vacant, abandoned homes project

MERRILLVILLE | The town has already identified more than 100 vacant and abandoned homes in Merrillville, and officials believe there are many more that will be added to that list.

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Great Lakes Grand Prix events start today

MICHIGAN CITY | More than 100,000 people are expected to make Michigan City their destination this weekend for the 6th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix and other festivities related to the powerboat race.

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Local center among two in Indiana to receive HHS funding

PORTAGE | North Shore Health Centers was one of two Indiana health centers awarded federal funding to expand behavioral health services.

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Hammond police seek tips in hit-run that critically injured Gary man

HAMMOND | A Gary man was critically injured Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in Hammond, police said.

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Ill. official tours SouthSTAR Services' e-recycling facility

Ill. official tours SouthSTAR Services' e-recycling facility

STEGER | Lawrence Hunt was eager to explain his work to Kevin Casey, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Illinois.

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Agency could cut hours at Illinois historic sites

Agency could cut hours at Illinois historic sites

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Budget cuts will force the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to consider cutting hours at some state historic sites after the Labor Day holiday weekend, agency director Amy Martin says.

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'American Idol' to have auditions at state fair

SPRINGFEILD, Ill. | There's a chance you could walk away from the Illinois State Fair this year with more than just saltwater taffy, political ephemera and a tummy ache. You could snare a recording contract.

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Rauner says he'll be 'champion' for Ill. farmers

Rauner says he'll be 'champion' for Ill. farmers

LINCOLN | Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says a coalition of supporters from Illinois' agricultural community is backing his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

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Cook County Sheriff's Police to conduct enhanced patrols

Cook County Sheriff's Police will conduct enforcement efforts starting Thursday night focusing on DUI and seat belt violators in Cook County, Sheriff Tom Dart announced Thursday.

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Lake Co. Dems sue to stop precinct elimination

CROWN POINT | A judge temporarily halted a Republican-inspired law that could have eliminated dozens of Lake County's big-city Democratic precinct committeemen next week.

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1st Source Bank donated house to Habitat for Humanity

1st Source Bank donated house to Habitat for Humanity

VALPARAISO | 1st Source Bank has donated the home at 403 Indiana Ave. to Habitat for Humanity. 

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Valparaiso man arrested on prize scam charges

Valparaiso man arrested on prize scam charges

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso man was arrested on charges he played a role in scamming people who thought they had won a Publishers Clearing House award.

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Crown Point bank to host smartphone workshop

CROWN POINT | First Financial Bank, Verizon and Samsung Mobile will host a Smartphone Workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Bank’s Broadway location. 11890 Broadway.

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Portage man accused of firing gun in backyard

Portage man accused of firing gun in backyard

PORTAGE | A 23-year-old man faces drug and gun-related charges on an accusation of firing a handgun numerous times in his backyard at 2443 Odell St.

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City to turn prairies near Lake Calumet into quality recreation site

City to turn prairies near Lake Calumet into quality recreation site

CHICAGO | Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said the city plans to develop about 300 acres around 116th Street and Stony Island Avenue into a series of trails for hikers and mountain bikers — giving them a challenging, yet natural, terrain to ride.

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Juvenile record plays role in sentencing of 19-year-old

CROWN POINT | As a juvenile, Timothy S. Shannon bounced around the criminal justice system, accumulating multiple arrests in Lake and Cook counties.

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Serving up fire safety

Serving up fire safety

VALPARAISO | Smoke from the grill and the scent of burgers and hot dogs wafted through ValPLAYso Thursday during the annual Picnic with the Firemen. 

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Calling all dispatchers: Lake to hire E-911 communicators

CROWN POINT | Lake County will be calling police, fire and emergency medical dispatchers this month as they prepare to staff their E-911 service.

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Valpo cops seeking help ID'ing shoplifting suspects

Valpo cops seeking help ID'ing shoplifting suspects

VALPARAISO | Police on Thursday have released surveillance photos from a local store hoping the public can help identify a man and woman wanted for questioning in two shoplifting incidents.

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NiSource notches second strong quarter

NiSource notches second strong quarter

MERRILLVILLE | Revenue growth across the board drove NiSource Inc. net income up 9.1 percent in the second quarter, following on a strong first quarter where revenues leaped due to the severe winter weather.

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Woman, 33, stabbed in face during altercation, police say

GARY | A 33-year-old woman was stabbed in the face with an unknown object Tuesday in Gary, police said.

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Durbin slams railroad for slowing Amtrak

SPRINGFIELD | U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Thursday called on federal rail officials to investigate frustrating delays along the Amtrak route connecting Carbondale and Chicago.

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Nursing home Medicaid backlog remains high

SPRINGFIELD | Despite a landmark new law and money to hire more workers, Illinois continues to struggle to shorten the time it takes to determine if Illinoisans are eligible for state-paid nursing home care.

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Lansing Municipal Airport a gem in the village

Lansing Municipal Airport a gem in the village

THROWBACK THURSDAY | The Times is celebrating our region's rich history. Check out our gallery on nwi.com and share an historic photo(s) with us today by emailing Celebrate@nwi.com

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YMCA briefs

Portage YMCA

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

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Origin of name ValPlayso uncovered

Origin of name ValPlayso uncovered

VALPARAISO |  A 1992 graduate of Valparaiso High School, Drew Tursman,  is the man who came up with the name of Valparaiso’s iconic, community-build park – ValPLAYso.

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Bridge tourney winners announced

PORTAGE | The Portage Area Bridge O-Rama Committee has announced its year-end winners from the annual bridge tournament.

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Volunteers needed for art festival

MICHIGAN CITY | Volunteers are needed participate at Lakefront Art Festival on Aug. 16 and 17. Volunteers get free admission for the entire day at the festival.

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PNC enrollment day for prospective students

WESTVILLE | Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the fall 2014 or spring 2015 semesters.

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Lake County Fair gives taste of fest for preview night

Lake County Fair gives taste of fest for preview night

CROWN POINT | While the line for discounted wristbands was long, lines for the rides themselves were short and sweet. Food vendors were just h…

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App has lowdown on what's going down downtown

App has lowdown on what's going down downtown

VALPARAISO | If you are looking for things to do during a night on the town in Valparaiso, the city has an app for that.

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