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Valpo residents surprised by neighbor's involvement in standoff

Valpo residents surprised by neighbor's involvement in standoff

VALPARAISO | Law enforcement searched a rental house owned by a gunman who held police at bay for seven hours Friday.

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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

Murder charge filed in death of 82-year-old South Haven man

VALPARAISO | A murder charge was filed Tuesday against the woman accused of shooting an elderly South Haven-area man to death with his own gun, stealing from him and then attempting to make it appear as though he killed himself.

January 20, 2009 12:00 am

Driver killed by falling tree

A storm packing lightning and furious winds killed at least one person Tuesday afternoon as it ripped though Northwest Indiana, uprooting, toppling and igniting trees and causing vehicle wrecks.

May 16, 2007 12:00 am

Illiana could have helped fund Valpo train service

VALPARAISO | Using proceeds from the proposed Illiana Expressway to fund a local link to the South Shore train service is not likely now that the highway project has been scaled back or tabled.

March 27, 2007 12:00 am

Jail inmate jumps from high railing

VALPARAISO | A Porter County Jail inmate tried to kill himself Tuesday night by jumping off a second level railing onto the concrete floor below, Porter County police said.

January 04, 2007 12:00 am

Family Express stores robbed in Portage, Hobart

Police are investigating two robberies that took place within a short time of one another Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at Family Express stores in Portage and Hobart.

September 28, 2006 12:00 am

Plenty of rain, but farmers now battling fuel, fertilizer costs

This summer's heavier-than-normal rainfall helped farmers in this corner of the state, where crops suffered last year because of drought conditions.

August 23, 2006 12:00 am
Body unearthed

Body unearthed

RENSSELAER | A murder mystery that plagued Porter County for more than six years came to an end Friday when investigators unearthed a body thought to be that of Lorraine Kirkley.

October 01, 2005 12:00 am Photos

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Valpo man accused of rape

VALPARAISO | A 22-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning in connection with the rape a 20-year-old woman just hours before outside the Northside Tap at 712 Calumet Ave.

August 02, 2005 12:00 am

Firefighter linked to bar attack

PORTAGE | Bill Metz was celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Thursday night at Clancy's pub when a man approached and dropped a lit cigar into his cup of beer.

March 19, 2005 12:00 am

Valpo cop cleared of DUI charges

VALPARAISO - Charles Schlesinger will be looking into his options for returning to work as a city police officer now that he has been cleared of drunken driving charges, according to his attorney.

October 23, 2004 12:00 am

Guilty plea in confinement case

VALPARAISO - A 26-year-old Valparaiso man faces six years behind bars after pleading guilty Friday to a reduced number of charges stemming from holding his girlfriend against her will for three days.

October 23, 2004 12:00 am

Jurors ponder Corley's fate

HAMMOND - Prosecutors described Odell Corley as a man with no redeeming qualities, the worst of the worst and a continued threat to all.

October 23, 2004 12:00 am

Defense argues for Corley's life

HAMMOND -- There is a belief that inmates sentenced to life behind bars are more prone to violence because they have nothing to lose.

October 22, 2004 12:00 am

Bridging the gap between the deaf and hearing

(Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing series about Caring Close to Home, United Way's annual fund-raising campaign.)

October 22, 2004 12:00 am

Prosecutors claim Corley has killed before

HAMMOND -- Odell Corley looked away Monday as the grisly photograph of the severely burned woman appeared on monitors across the federal courtroom.

October 19, 2004 12:00 am

Inmates will be digging deeper to get out of jail

VALPARAISO -- People arrested for drunken driving or other minor criminal charges may soon have to come up with more money to bond out of jail.

October 18, 2004 12:00 am

Father loses bid to take over wrongful death suit

The Indiana Court of Appeals has thrown out an attempt by an Illinois man to regain control of the estate and wrongful death lawsuit of a single mother of two, who was killed last year in a drunk driving accident.

October 18, 2004 12:00 am

Couple booked on meth charges

VALPARAISO -- A Knox man and his girlfriend were arrested about 2 a.m. Friday on various charges after police said they were caught attempting to use counterfeit money at the local Wal-Mart to purchase items used to manufacture the illegal drug methamphetamine.

October 16, 2004 12:00 am

Bookkeeper guilty of theft

VALPARAISO -- Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Trista Hudson said the case boiled down to the credibility of Jacqueline Lissey versus that of her former employer, James "Ken" White.

October 16, 2004 12:00 am

Bookkeeper denies stealing money

VALPARAISO -- Jacqueline Lissey said she knew she did nothing criminal when leaving her job four years ago as a bookkeeper at the local White Lumber Co.

October 15, 2004 12:00 am

Teachers aide bonds out on child porn charges

VALPARAISO -- Curtis Ksenak bonded out of jail Wednesday, a day after the teacher's assistant was arrested on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, according to Ryan Jones, public information officer for the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

October 15, 2004 12:00 am

Bookkeeper accused of stealing thousands

VALPARAISO -- Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Trista Hudson said Jacqueline Olis signed a document agreeing to pay back more than $24,000 to the White Lumber Co.

October 13, 2004 12:00 am

Ballot offers shot at property tax relief

INDIANAPOLIS -- Homeowners clobbered by the recent spikes in property taxes have a big incentive to cast a ballot in this year's general election.

October 10, 2004 12:00 am

Ballot seeks uniformity for county offices

A few officials in Porter and Lake counties are prohibited from taking office until a year after winning an election.

October 10, 2004 12:00 am

Gun club accused of trespassing

VALPARAISO -- The North Porter County Conservation Club has offered gun enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy their hobby for nearly 60 years on a site just off Ind. 49 in Liberty Township.

October 08, 2004 12:00 am

Corley guilty in Pines bank deaths

HAMMOND -- Odell Corley made quite an effort two years ago to cover up his role as the gunman in a failed bank robbery in The Pines that left two dead.

October 07, 2004 12:00 am

Accused molester wants out of jail again

VALPARAISO -- One week after backing out of a proposed plea agreement, accused child molester Carl Smith is seeking release from jail while awaiting his trial next year.

October 07, 2004 12:00 am

Jury left to decide Corley's fate

HAMMOND -- The photograph from inside the bank is dramatic.

October 06, 2004 12:00 am

Accused denies taking part in Pines robbery

VALPARAISO -- Odell Corley said he was busy Aug. 27, 2002, cutting several lawns around Michigan City and struggling with a plumbing project.

October 05, 2004 12:00 am

Expert: Bullets could have come from murder weapon

VALPARAISO -- Federal prosecutors wrapped up their case Friday against Odell Corley by presenting evidence they believe links him to the gun used to kill two employees of the First State Bank of Porter two years ago.

October 02, 2004 12:00 am

Killing not part of bank heist plan, witness says

HAMMOND -- Andre "Peewee" McGregor said there were no plans to hurt anyone when he and three others set out Aug. 27, 2002 to rob the First State Bank of Porter in The Pines.

October 01, 2004 12:00 am

Voter registrations, absentee ballots up in region

The stage is being set for one heck of a voter turnout this fall in Porter and Lake counties. Voter registration is up over the last presidential election four years ago, as are the number of requests for absentee ballots, according to election officials in both counties.

September 30, 2004 12:00 am

Mom continues fight on behalf of slain son

Robbin Trowbridge-Benko said the experience was gut wrenching.

September 29, 2004 12:00 am

The Police Beat

CHESTERTON

September 28, 2004 12:00 am

Two charged with Wal-Mart robbery

VALPARAISO -- A 46-year-old Kouts woman said she was walking to her car outside the local Wal-Mart store early Monday when a man rushed up and pointed a handgun at her face.

September 28, 2004 12:00 am

Woman's purse stolen at gunpoint at Valpo Wal-Mart

VALPARAISO - A 46-year-old Kouts woman said she was walking to her car outside the local Wal-Mart store early Monday when a man rushed up and pointed a handgun at her face.

September 27, 2004 12:00 am

Delays not uncommon in the courts

VALPARAISO -- Linda Jeffers was relieved to learn she and her husband soon may be able to put the events of Dec. 26, 2001, behind them.

September 26, 2004 12:00 am
Playground safety left up to schools

Playground safety left up to schools

Gone are the elementary school playgrounds of old.

September 24, 2004 12:00 am

Lawsuits target unsightly properties

VALPARAISO - The county Board of Zoning Appeals has had enough of homeowners who treat their residential sites like junkyards.

September 23, 2004 12:00 am

Buildings up, inspectors down

PORTER COUNTY -- Woe is the life of a county building inspector.

September 23, 2004 12:00 am

Playground accident results in lawsuit

VALPARAISO -- Playground safety is the focus of a lawsuit filed against the local school corporation.

September 21, 2004 12:00 am

Bookkeeper gets 2 years for theft

VALPARAISO -- Therese Luedtke said she now knows better.

September 21, 2004 12:00 am

County seeks user fee for jail release program

VALPARAISO -- Through the pretrial release program, the county's adult probation department oversees 350 defendants each year while their cases move through the legal system.

September 17, 2004 12:00 am

United Way agencies team up

VALPARAISO -- If you live in Northwest Indiana you might receive a telephone call in a couple of weeks seeking information about your lifestyle and medical history.

September 15, 2004 12:00 am

United Way agencies team up

VALPARAISO -- If you live in Northwest Indiana you might receive a telephone call in a couple of weeks seeking information about your lifestyle and medical history.

September 14, 2004 12:00 am

Molester seeks reduced sentence

VALPARAISO -- A former Wheatfield woman is seeking to reduce the 35-year prison sentence she was given last year after pleading guilty to borrowing a friend's 2-year-old daughter and molesting the child with a Valparaiso man.

September 14, 2004 12:00 am

Marine believes press, politics hurting troops

VALPARAISO -- Aaron Coleman said he and his fellow Marines in Afghanistan did not mind losing the spotlight to the war in Iraq.

September 12, 2004 12:00 am

Men accused of robbing Chesterton gas station plead not guilty

VALPARAISO - Pleas of not guilty were entered Friday on behalf of two men accused of robbing the Speedway gas station in Chesterton on Sunday.

September 11, 2004 12:00 am
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