PORTAGE | A Portage mother was arrested early Monday morning after she allegedly admitted to police she allows her son to smoke marijuana in their home.
PORTER TOWNSHIP | A juvenile was taken into custody Tuesday night on a public indecency charge after two female joggers reported the boy exposed himself while driving a moped along County Road 675 West.
HIGHLAND | A 12-year-old boy was treated for a sore ankle at a local hospital after being struck by a Highland squad car Tuesday afternoon, police said.
VALPARAISO | A 16-year-old boy was in custody Monday after allegedly threatening to kill his dog and mother, who was attempting to get him out of bed for a meeting with his probation officer.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois should stop automatically treating 17-year-olds charged with felonies as adults, a state juvenile justice advisory group recommended Tuesday.
MERRILLVILLE | Lake County police caught a juvenile burglary suspect wanted on a warrant after a call of a burglary in progress Saturday afternoon.
Newly sworn-in Porter County Juvenile Court Magistrate Gwenn Rinkenberger speaks Thursday to supporters gathered at the Porter County Juvenile Center.
Newly sworn-in Porter County Juvenile Court Magistrate Gwenn Rinkenberger, right, talks with Porter County Superior Court Judge Mary Harper Thursday after the ceremony at the Juvenile Center.
Gwenn Rinkenberger, right, is sworn in as the new Porter County Juvenile Court Magistrate by Porter County Superior Court Judge Mary Harper at the Juvenile Center.
Juvenile justice officials in Lake and Porter counties are leading the way in an effort to reevaluate which young people need to be locked up and what to use as alternatives.
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