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Expanded immunity for underage drinkers could save more lives

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is eager to spread the word to college students, and all Hoosiers, about new additions to Indiana's innovative Lifeline Law — once it's signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

March 18, 2014 6:45 pm

Limits on rental property inspections headed to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | Cities and towns across Indiana, including several region communities, are one signature away from losing their ability to vigorously regulate rental properties within their borders.

March 11, 2014 5:30 pm

Pence seeks federal winter storm aid for most region counties

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has requested federal grants to cover a portion of the local snow removal and public safety expenses incurred by 49 Indiana counties — including Lake, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper — during the Jan. 5-9 severe winter storm.

March 07, 2014 4:55 pm

Senate limits rental inspections, Lake tourism oversight

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate acted on 70 legislative proposals Tuesday, the final day for senators to approve or reject plans that previously were passed by the Republican-controlled House.

March 04, 2014 2:28 pm
Emergency responders skate through ice rescue training

Emergency responders skate through ice rescue training

MICHIGAN CITY | Rescuers steadily walked across Lake Michigan on Wednesday evening, the creaking and cracking of ice echoing through the dark night.

February 26, 2014 8:24 pm Video Photos


Schererville looking at options for 2 new fire stations

SCHERERVILLE | Town leaders are examining what it will take to build two new modern fire stations in Schererville.

February 01, 2014 6:00 pm

Female GOP senators defuse threat to abortion clinics

INDIANAPOLIS | Legislation that could have shuttered every abortion clinic in Indiana was rewritten Wednesday by three female Republican state senators to instead focus on patient safety.

January 29, 2014 6:30 pm

EDITORIAL: Regional efforts help police fight crime

Northwest Indiana has entered a new era of regional cooperation when it comes to police work. It's paying off.

January 28, 2014 12:00 am

Munster establishes fund for public safety money

MUNSTER | The Munster Town Council has created a fund for its share of Lake County income tax revenues required to be spent on public safety.

January 02, 2014 7:05 pm

EDITORIAL: Each police force could use this scrutiny

The Gary Police Department has made a number of changes since the state review ordered by Gov. Mike Pence. That's good for the department, and good for the city.

December 27, 2013 12:00 am
Gas leak prompts evacuation of E.C. neighborhood

Gas leak prompts evacuation of E.C. neighborhood

EAST CHICAGO | Residents near 145th Street and Baring Avenue were evacuated for four hours Monday during the city’s latest gas leak.

November 18, 2013 8:50 pm Video Photos


GUEST COMMENTARY: Lake County needs single dispatch center

For more than a year, members of the One Region Public Safety Committee have been meeting to collectively assess and evaluate law enforcement functions within Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties.

October 22, 2013 12:00 am

4 from East Chicago charged in thefts from Hobart motel

HOBART | Three women and a man from East Chicago stole televisions, microwaves and linens from a Hobart motel room they occupied, police said.

October 14, 2013 12:05 am
EDITORIAL: Gary urged to police its police department

EDITORIAL: Gary urged to police its police department

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson asked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for help in cleaning up the city's crime problem. What she received instead was help in cleaning up the police department.

October 07, 2013 12:00 am Related
State assessment of Gary PD pinpoints staffing, other deficiencies

State assessment of Gary PD pinpoints staffing, other deficiencies

GARY | Staffing deficiencies, a pervasive lack of respect for authority and low confidence in command are plaguing Gary Police Department operations, a state report culling department employees' views concludes.

October 03, 2013 8:00 pm Related

EDITORIAL: No time for delays on E911 consolidation

Let us once more make this clear to officials throughout Lake County: E911 consolidation must happen, and it must happen before the Dec. 31, 2014, deadline.

October 03, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County officials put E-911 consolidation calls on hold

CROWN POINT | A consolidated Lake County E-911 network promises state-of-the-art radio equipment allowing instantaneous communication among the county's different public safety agencies.

September 28, 2013 11:15 pm

EDITORIAL: Speed up E-911 consolidation response time

Lake County's E-911 consolidation effort needs to stay on track, not be distracted and delayed by the various sideshows along the way.

September 17, 2013 12:00 am Related

CTA ads warn passengers to stay off the rails

CHICAGO | The Chicago Transit Authority has a message for riders: stay off the tracks.

September 16, 2013 3:47 pm

IUN prof: 'Public safety is economic development'

SCHERERVILLE | Until the local criminal justice system is reformed, economic development cannot succeed, a local educator told business, government and public safety leaders Friday.

September 13, 2013 4:00 pm
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