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And the walls came tumbling down

And the walls came tumbling down

GARY | Like the enormous T-Rex of movie fame, the 160-ton excavator tore through the house at 2331 Jackson St. on Tuesday, reducing it to rubble in about 10 minutes.

July 18, 2014 6:40 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana prison agency working to reduce sexual assaults

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana prison agency working to reduce sexual assaults

The Indiana Department of Correction takes seriously its commitment to prevent sexual assault inside our facilities, despite what recent news coverage and opinion articles may suggest.

July 08, 2014 12:00 am
Building dreams in Michael Jackson’s neighborhood

Building dreams in Michael Jackson’s neighborhood

GARY | In the five years since Michael Jackson’s death, his childhood home at 2300 Jackson St. has become a magnet, drawing family members and fans to honor his beginnings and his legacy.

June 25, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Indiana won't free money to protect jailed kids

DOUG ROSS: Indiana won't free money to protect jailed kids

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he didn't plan to spend the money to meet federal standards for prisons, I was surprised. Lake County is spending millions to get out from under the federal consent decree requiring improvements at the Lake County Jail.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Related
Partners break ground on Gary's Jackson Street of Dreams project

Partners break ground on Gary's Jackson Street of Dreams project

GARY | Partners gathered in a vacant lot at 25th Avenue and Jackson Street Thursday morning to ceremoniously break ground on a new home project aimed at revitalizing the neighborhood as well as the city.

May 22, 2014 6:29 pm Photos

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Hammond man gets 30 years in '94 Dyer burglary plea deal

CROWN POINT | The books are now closed on a 1994 Dyer burglary and rape.

March 20, 2014 12:05 am
Singleton gets 50-year prison term for road rage murder

Singleton gets 50-year prison term for road rage murder

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced Edgar Singleton, 62, to 50 years in prison Friday for the murder of East Chicago resident Montrell Moss, 23, in a road-rage dispute last summer.

March 14, 2014 6:30 pm
Five-day blitz to rebuild Gary neighborhood

Five-day blitz to rebuild Gary neighborhood

GARY | This summer, volunteers from across the country will bring hammers, paint rollers and hand saws to a Gary neighborhood, where they will renovate abandoned homes and build new houses on vacant lots.

January 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Focus on correction, not punishment

A panel that looked at sentencing reform this month was advised that if judges and prosecutors seek lengthy prison terms, Indiana's prison population won't drop.

December 23, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Be smart on crime, not just tough

GUEST COMMENTARY: Be smart on crime, not just tough

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the new criminal code bill (HEA 1006) and the expungement bill (HEA 1482), he said he wanted Indiana "to be the worst place in America to commit a serious crime and the best place, once you've done your time, to get a second chance."

October 23, 2013 12:00 am
Bennett changes to school grades improved ratings of 22 region schools

Bennett changes to school grades improved ratings of 22 region schools

INDIANAPOLIS | Twenty-two Northwest Indiana schools received higher state-issued grades for the 2011-12 school year after the former head of the Indiana Department of Education adjusted the grading system when a favored charter school initially earned a C.

September 06, 2013 1:10 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Porter County needs to fund jail expansion

Now that the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has added its voice in the lengthy conversation over conditions at the Porter County Jail, it's time for the Porter County Council and commissioners to finally settle on a plan to ease crowding there.

September 01, 2013 12:00 am
ACLU: Porter County Jail overcrowding 'inexcusable'

ACLU: Porter County Jail overcrowding 'inexcusable'

VALPARAISO | The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has added to the pressure to relieve overcrowding at the county jail by concluding after a recent tour it is "inexcusable" the county has not made use of the entire facility.

August 25, 2013 12:00 am

State commends Lake County Jail improvements

CROWN POINT | The Indiana Department of Correction recently praised Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and his corrections staff for their operation of the county jail.

July 09, 2013 2:44 pm

Prison officials fish for tips with cold case playing cards

Indiana prisoners will have the faces of cold case homicide victims and missing persons on the only decks of playing cards available for purchase in state prisons.

April 24, 2013 5:15 pm

Daniels makes her mark on state's criminal sentencing laws

INDIANAPOLIS | Former Gov. Mitch Daniels may have been the loudest voice calling for the type of criminal sentencing reform legislation that was approved by a state House committee last week, but it was his sister, Deborah Daniels, a former U.S. attorney and U.S. assistant attorney general, …

January 21, 2013 5:30 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Probe mental health care in prisons

Incoming Gov. Mike Pence should make it one of his first tasks to address concerns about how mentally ill inmates are treated in the Department of Correction system.

January 10, 2013 12:00 am
Woman's visit with husband in Westville prison ends in arrest

Woman's visit with husband in Westville prison ends in arrest

WESTVILLE | A 46-year-old Rochester, Ind., woman was arrested and charged with attempted trafficking while visiting her husband at the Westville Correctional Facility on Thanksgiving, officials said.

November 26, 2012 11:20 am

EDITORIAL: Save prison for serious offenses

A recent Indiana Department of Correction report shows Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties are to be commended for their community corrections programs. We concur.

November 26, 2012 12:00 am

Columbia City woman arrested for alleged trafficking at prison

WESTVILLE | A Columbia City woman was arrested Saturday after being caught allegedly trying to traffic contraband to an inmate at Westville Correctional Facility, officials said.

October 21, 2012 6:00 pm
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