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Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

GARY | FBI and IRS agents raided the Calumet Township trustee's office Thursday, removing several boxes of evidence and at least one computer as part of a federal investigation of the office.

March 27, 2014 7:06 pm Video Photos

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Lake County coroner denies allegations she vandalized Hobart apartment, car of husband

Lake County coroner denies allegations she vandalized Hobart apartment, car of husband

HOBART | Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey denies allegations by her estranged husband she has vandalized his apartment and car.

March 05, 2013 8:00 pm

Lake juvenile judge named new Indiana DCS director

CROWN POINT | Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday chose Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura to lead the Indiana Department of Child Services.

January 30, 2013 11:20 am Related

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Lake County correction officer killed in hit-and-run; 3 other officers injured

CROWN POINT | Local police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who left one Lake County correction officer dead and three other officers injured Tuesday night, officials said.

March 06, 2012 9:25 pm
After Tuesday, 2012 elections kick into high gear

After Tuesday, 2012 elections kick into high gear

Tuesday's municipal elections aren't even over, but already the focus has been shifting to the 2012 elections.

November 06, 2011 12:00 am
Northwest Indiana rededicates Civil War hero's grave site

Northwest Indiana rededicates Civil War hero's grave site

CROWN POINT | A maple tree standing guard over the headstone of Col. John Wheeler provided covering shade for more than 50 people who gathered at Maplewood Cemetery on a sultry morning 148 years to the day after he fell on the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg.

July 02, 2011 7:15 pm Photos

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Sheriff: Shooter may be from region

Sheriff: Shooter may be from region

CROWN POINT | The disheveled man who has evaded a furious police manhunt after random shootings that have left one dead and two others severely wounded may not be a stranger to the region.

October 08, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Lake officials have trouble arresting jail spending

CROWN POINT | Feeding, clothing and medicating Lake County Jail inmates has cost the public tens of millions of dollars during the last decade.

September 29, 2010 12:00 am
Pannos' Culver lake home up for sheriff's sale

Pannos' Culver lake home up for sheriff's sale

The luxury lake home of an embattled Lake County political insider is scheduled for public auction today in Marshall County following mortgage foreclosure.

September 28, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Lake County spends at least $16.9 million on consultants over 10 years

CROWN POINT | To some, advice from a parent or other trusted elder can be golden. In Lake County government, advice is literally gold -- millions of dollars' worth.

September 28, 2010 12:00 am

Felons made $4.6 million off Lake County contracts

CROWN POINT | Lake County's penchant for public corruption has not been confined to elected officials during the first decade of the millennium.

September 27, 2010 12:00 am

County fed $138 million into the machine of top vendors

CROWN POINT | Cenifax, the Schererville-based firm that has controlled almost every computer in Lake County government since 1992, occasionally gets in the middle of a political grudge match.

September 27, 2010 12:00 am

Lake County travel: Fat or necessity?

CROWN POINT | Lake County government officials and employees don't just sit idly behind their desks -- as illustrated by at least $5.3 million in travel expenses racked up during the first decade of the 2000s.

September 26, 2010 12:00 am

Times investigation: Lake County spending: 10 years, $1.6 billion

CROWN POINT | Lined up end to end, the dollars spent by Lake County government in 10 years could have circled the earth more than six times or stretched nearly two-thirds of the way to the moon.

September 26, 2010 12:00 am Related

Hammond man convicted in McTavern's killing

CROWN POINT | A Hammond man was convicted Thursday of gunning down a bouncer after a 2008 bar fight.

July 23, 2010 12:00 am

Prosecutor eyes death penalty in Jada case

CROWN POINT | Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said Tuesday his office is undertaking a death penalty review against two defendants charged with the murder of 2-year-old Jada Justice.

July 01, 2009 12:00 am
Area salt trucks no match for Mother Nature's ice maker

Area salt trucks no match for Mother Nature's ice maker

CROWN POINT | Northwest Indiana motorists who had a white-knuckled drive over ice-glazed roads or were trapped on gridlocked highways wondered early Thursday -- Where are the salt trucks?

February 20, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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State police help look for Newton Jail escapee

State police help look for Newton Jail escapee

KENTLAND | Police agencies from around the region and state are searching for a Newton County Jail inmate who escaped Monday morning.

January 27, 2009 12:00 am
Weather has ripple effect in region

Weather has ripple effect in region

Icy road conditions boosted business this week for local hospitals and towing services, but there may be some relief, however slight, on the way.

January 17, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Griffith man killed in crash with train

Griffith man killed in crash with train

GARY | The state's deadliest network of railroad crossings claimed a new casualty Monday morning with the death of a Griffith man.

January 13, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Munster barricades two bridges with sandbags as Little Cal rises

Munster barricades two bridges with sandbags as Little Cal rises

Munster firefighters and resident volunteers heaved sandbags across the town's side of the Northcote Avenue and Columbia Avenue bridges Saturday night as the Little Calumet River rose ominously.

December 28, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Munster barricades two bridges with sandbags as Little Cal rises

Munster firefighters and resident volunteers heaved sandbags across the town's side of the Northcote Avenue and Columbia Avenue bridges Saturday night as the Little Calumet River rose ominously.

December 27, 2008 12:00 am

Rivals argue there is no alternative to their minimum-security programs

CROWN POINT | Hundreds of convicted criminals roam Lake County streets by day and sleep by night in an aging former tuberculosis hospital where there are no bars on the windows.

June 09, 2008 12:00 am
Late vote results criticized, explained

Late vote results criticized, explained

CROWN POINT | The nation watched Tuesday night as Lake County election officials held the fate of the Democratic presidential primary in their hands -- and held it, and held it and held it.

May 08, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Early voter turnout continues at fever pitch

CROWN POINT | Hoosiers have been voting early and often, particularly in Northwest Indiana, in the final run up to today's primary election.

May 06, 2008 12:00 am

Clay to name new acting chief

GARY | Following federal indictments of his three top policemen, Mayor Rudy Clay likely will appoint Patrol Division Cmdr. Lawrence Wright as acting chief of the Police Department, sources with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

March 11, 2008 12:00 am

Gary Mayor Rudy Clay to name new acting police chief

GARY | Following federal indictments of his three top policemen, Mayor Rudy Clay likely will appoint Patrol Division Cmdr. Lawrence Wright as acting chief of the Police Department, sources with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

March 10, 2008 12:00 am

Daniels pitches tax plan in Merrillville

Gov. Mitch Daniels said his property tax reduction package would benefit 91 percent of the homes in Lake County and 75 percent of those in Porter County.

October 24, 2007 12:00 am

FBI probes jail beatings

CROWN POINT | A team of FBI agents collected evidence at the Lake County Jail earlier today for a federal grand jury investigation of three alleged inmate beatings, jail officials confirmed.

October 03, 2007 12:00 am

Merrillville EMS on life support

MERRILLVILLE | Like the shriek of a nearing ambulance siren, debate on privatizing the town's emergency medical services will get louder this week.

September 23, 2007 12:00 am

DNA solves 1979 double murder

MERRILLVILLE | DNA test results released Thursday in the 28-year-old unsolved murders of two young women in Merrillville proved what police detectives say they knew all along: They had the case figured out from the start.

September 21, 2007 12:00 am
Storm recovery hopes treading water

Storm recovery hopes treading water

Electrical crews worked on the remains of a 100,000-customer outage, dump trucks hauled away tree debris and local officials talked about disaster dollars Monday, even as they braced for implications of more rain.

August 21, 2007 12:00 am

Feds, state probing Lake drug unit

For the full letter from Scott Burns, deputy director of the president's Office of National Drug Control Policy, to Acting U.S. Attorney David Capp in Hammond.

August 10, 2007 12:00 am

Gov's tax blitz draws mixed reaction locally

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials say their job to put together a 2008 budget is made more difficult, but also more amusing, by Gov. Mitch Daniels' belated participation in the property tax debate.

July 13, 2007 12:00 am

County, state's tax standoff ends

CROWN POINT | State and Lake County officials have ended some of their taxing differences.

April 27, 2007 12:00 am
Taxes up 24 percent?

Taxes up 24 percent?

INDIANAPOLIS | Already dire property tax predictions grew more grim Tuesday, with state lawmakers warning that the average homeowner could see a 24 percent spike in tax bills due this summer and fall.

April 25, 2007 12:00 am
Three die in Gary fire

Three die in Gary fire

GARY | An early morning fire Tuesday killed a man and his two daughters and destroyed an upstairs apartment in Gary's Emerson neighborhood.

April 18, 2007 12:00 am

Study dishes out blame, kudos

Lake County Sheriff Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez's fleet of 268 cars, trucks and SUVs is one of the largest single sources of waste in county government, consultants from Maximus say.

February 14, 2007 12:00 am

Property tax sale nets nearly $30 million

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials say they tapped a $30 million bonanza at this week's treasurer's tax sale.

November 01, 2006 12:00 am

Council president expects indictments

Lake County Council President Will Smith Jr., D-Gary, said Tuesday he expects to be named in the latest round of federal indictments for public corruption.

October 04, 2006 12:00 am

Blast rips open mobile home

PORTAGE | City fire and NIPSCO officials are investigating the cause of apparent natural gas explosions that blew a local man's mobile home wide open.

September 03, 2006 12:00 am

Job cuts, consolidation face cities

The Good Government Initiative will change the course of Northwest Indiana history -- if -- it's put into practice, according to Edward Charbonneau.

March 18, 2006 12:00 am

Jail deals with beating allegations

CROWN POINT | Lake County Jail officials are investigating two apparently unrelated incidents in which inmates -- both convicted felons -- allege jailers beat them during temporary stays in the facility.

February 10, 2006 12:00 am

Vet's arrest prompts mixed reactions

CROWN POINT | Battle-hardened members of the "Ironman Battalion" registered shock Friday over the home-front arrest of one of their own.

January 28, 2006 12:00 am

Commission recommends suspending Danikolas

GARY | An investigative body for the Indiana Supreme Court is calling for the temporary removal of one of Lake County's longest serving judges.

March 12, 2005 12:00 am

Markovich gets 18 months for role in sidewalks payout

HAMMOND | "I'm here, and I'm on time," former Lake County Councilman Joel Markovich proudly told a federal courtroom at his sentencing.

March 10, 2005 12:00 am

Lake employee pleads guilty to extortion

HAMMOND | A former Lake County government employee pleaded guilty today to an extortion charge.

March 09, 2005 12:00 am

State rep eyes county party head post

State Rep. John Aguilera, D-East Chicago, will challenge Lake County Auditor Stephen R. "Bob" Stiglich for leadership of the county's Democratic Party.

February 24, 2005 12:00 am

Six judges up for retention

A veteran Lake Superior Court judge will face the voters Nov. 2 during the greatest crisis of his career.

October 30, 2004 12:00 am

Recorder, surveyor face challengers

CROWN POINT -- She may be a political novice, but Shirley A. Nagel-Smith has researched the county recorder and joked she now knows it's not a musical instrument.

October 30, 2004 12:00 am
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