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East Chicago man dies after accident that leaves trail of destruction

EAST CHICAGO | A 57-year-old East Chicago man died early Thursday after a bizarre, chain-reaction motor vehicle accident there, officials said.

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Portage man arrested after striking man in head with skateboard

Portage man arrested after striking man in head with skateboard

PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly hitting a friend in the head with a skateboard.

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Halloween forecast: Cold, wind, rain and snow

Halloween forecast: Cold, wind, rain and snow

The weather on Halloween night is going to be downright scary, especially during trick-or-treat hours.

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KV Theatre Kompany presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

KV Theatre Kompany presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

WHEATFIELD | If timing is everything, the Kankakee Valley Theatre Kompany has nailed it.

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Local carpenters union rebuilds baseball dugout

Local carpenters union rebuilds baseball dugout

HAMMOND | Members of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters recently donated their time and labor to the rebuilding of the Hammond Chiefs baseball dugout, which was damaged by a storm in the summer of 2013. The dugout is located at Riverside Park in Hammond.

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Red Carpet Lounge Car Show raises $2,000 for VNA Hospice

Red Carpet Lounge Car Show raises $2,000 for VNA Hospice

PORTAGE | The Red Carpet Lounge in Portage held its 13th annual car show and presented a check for $2,000 in proceeds to support the Visiting Nurse Association hospice program. Sheila Raye, owner of the lounge, said they selected VNA Hospice as the recipient for the third year in a row becau…

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Learning about environment

Learning about environment

PORTAGE | Kindergarten students at George L. Myers Elementary in learned about leaves with Michelle Benson from the Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District. Benson visits schools in Porter County throughout the year providing “in-school” field trips to learn about environment. The…

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Italy study trip convinces teen to pursue career as artist

Italy study trip convinces teen to pursue career as artist

Valparaiso teen Matt Janney was inspired by an educational trip to Italy to embrace his love of art and hone his painting and sketching skills.

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PHS hosts area spell bowl on Nov. 3

PORTAGE | The 30th Annual Indiana Academic Spell Bowl will be held at Portage High School on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.

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Fire department again teams with pizza restaurant on detector blitz

PORTAGE | The Portage Fire Department will again team with J.J.'s Pizza this year to check for smoke detectors in homes.

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WEDNESDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: H-F, Mount Carmel in final AP rankings

WEDNESDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: H-F, Mount Carmel in final AP rankings

Homewood-Flossmoor finished fifth in the final regular-season Associated Press Class 8A football poll.

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Neal replaces St. John Twp. panel candidate Hansen on ballot

ST. JOHN TWP | Michael Neal will stand for election Tuesday as a Republican candidate for St. John Township Advisory Board after the death this week of Alfred "Al" Hansen. 

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Police: Man 'checking pipes,' burglarized E.C. home instead

EAST CHICAGO | A man posing as a water department employee persuaded an East Chicago woman to allow him into her home Tuesday and burglarized it while she waited near a running faucet, police said.

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Barenie family carves 'Frozen' Halloween

Barenie family carves 'Frozen' Halloween

GRIFFITH | The Barenie family has once again turned its lawn into a collection of carved oversized pumpkins.

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Chicago Archdiocese to close 6 schools, St. Florian to remain open

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Wednesday a reconfiguration of its school system, which includes closing six schools at the end of June while consolidating several more — but it leaves St. Florian in Hegewisch open.

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Correction

A story in Wednesday's editions of The Times should have said 22 school board candidates in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties signed pledges to promote ethical behavior in local government. The pledge is sponsored by the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, a volunteer organization. The Times …

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Darren Vann appears in court

Darren Vann appears in court

Darren Vann appears in court.

October 29, 2014 11:00 am

Hammond man dies of gunshot wound

HAMMOND | A Hammond man died late Tuesday after a shooting in his backyard, officials said.

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2 charged in connection with theft, burglary near DeMotte

DEMOTTE | Two men were charged in connection with a theft and home burglary Sunday in Prairie View Estates in rural DeMotte, Jasper County sheriff's police said.

October 29, 2014 12:05 am

Man sentenced to six years in prison for burglary in Gary

CROWN POINT | A 48-year-old man was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to breaking into his former employer's business earlier this year.

October 29, 2014 12:05 am

Cedar Lake man sentenced in sex crime; met teen online

CROWN POINT | A 27-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor. 

October 29, 2014 12:05 am
Tournament brings bridge players to Merrillville

Tournament brings bridge players to Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE | The annual Duplicate Bridge Fall Sectional, held Oct. 10-12, was attended by duplicate bridge players from near and far, including many who call the weekly games in Highland, Calumet Twp. and Portage their home.

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Valparaiso University pastor reunited with former church

GARY |  Valparaiso University pastor James Wetzstein will deliver the message at a special Reformation/All Saints service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 49th Avenue and Pierce Street. There will also be special music and the public is invited.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am
SADD chapter sponsors Red Ribbon Week activites

SADD chapter sponsors Red Ribbon Week activites

MERRILLVILLE | Members of Students Against Destructive Decisions at Merrillville High School are hosting several activities for Red Ribbon Week, which began Thursday and continues through Friday.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am

Coat drive will keep the needy warm this winter

LOWELL | Tri-Creek Lumber and Hardware is sponsoring its eighth annual Winter Coat Drive through this year.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am
BNI band headed to open house, Thanksgiving parade

BNI band headed to open house, Thanksgiving parade

HAMMOND | October has been a month to remember for the Bishop Noll Institute Marching Warriors, who earned two awards in the span of three weeks.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am

PUC hosts open house Saturday for prospective students

HAMMOND | High school students, their parents, prospective transfers and others interested in learning more about Purdue University Calumet are invited to attend the university’s Fall Open House at 9 a.m., Saturday in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library, 2233 173rd St.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am

Pet rescue group seeks foster homes for small dogs

MUNSTER | Safe Haven Rescue & Adoption is in need of some dedicated foster homes for its small dogs in Munster and surrounding areas.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am

Cultural group hosts panel discussion of Civil Rights Act

GARY | The Lakeshore Cultural Society presented a  program recently at the DuBois branch of the Gary Public Library to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the historic events that led to the signing of the Freedom Act. Distinguished community leaders reflecte…

October 29, 2014 12:00 am

IUN celebrates Homecoming with pep rally and alumni reception

GARY | The Indiana University Northwest Alumni Association and the Offices of Alumni Relations and Student Activities will host Homecoming activities Thursday and Saturday.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am
Windiana concert performance planned

Windiana concert performance planned

VALPARAISO | Windiana Concert Band will perform "Sympony No. III: Planet Earth" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave.

October 29, 2014 12:00 am
TUESDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: Illiana, T.F. South volleyball teams win

TUESDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: Illiana, T.F. South volleyball teams win

The T.F. South and Illiana Christian girls volleyball teams advanced to championship matches in their respective regionals with wins on Tuesday

October 28, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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TUESDAY'S INDIANA PREP ROUNDUP: Local players named to soccer all-star teams

TUESDAY'S INDIANA PREP ROUNDUP: Local players named to soccer all-star teams

Several local soccer players will participate in the POSTYOURT.ORG East-West All-Star Games on Saturday at Knightstown High School.

October 28, 2014 9:00 pm

Porter County political notebook

Bar Association releases survey of candidates

October 28, 2014 7:30 pm

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October 28, 2014 7:00 pm
Portage woman killed in crash on U.S. 6

Portage woman killed in crash on U.S. 6

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A 19-year-old Portage woman was killed Tuesday in a single car crash on U.S. 6, just west of County Road 200 West.

October 28, 2014 5:08 pm
Portage police release sketch of suspected bank robber

Portage police release sketch of suspected bank robber

PORTAGE | The Portage Police Department has released a composite sketch of the suspect in Monday's armed robbery of MainSource Bank, 5959 U.S. 6.

October 28, 2014 3:55 pm Related

Hammond police officer race, ethnicity breakdown

The following is a race and ethnicity breakdown of the Hammond Police Department's 2014 police officer roster:

October 28, 2014 3:16 pm
Expert examining bodies linked to Vann

Expert examining bodies linked to Vann

CROWN POINT | A forensic anthropologist Tuesday worked with Lake County coroner's office investigators and pathologists on the cases of four women police say a Gary man confessed to killing.

October 28, 2014 12:00 pm Related

Indiana thought to have 8th best tax climate in U.S.

Indiana has the eighth best tax climate in the U.S., according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Although the Hoosier State’s rank remains unchanged from its eighth place ranking last October, it is projected to…

October 28, 2014 11:29 am

Southbound Cline Ave. ramp to Borman closing Saturday night

HAMMOND | The southbound Cline Avenue ramp to both directions of the Borman Expressway will close for 24 hours Saturday and Sunday for concrete patching and pavement joint patching, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 9:26 am

Glenwood police investigating death of 2-year-old

GLENWOOD | Glenwood police launched a routine death investigation after a 2-year-old boy died Monday at a local hospital.

October 28, 2014 9:14 am

Tour date inaccurate

A story appearing in some editions of The Times on Monday about a tour of the Grand Calumet River contained an incorrect date. The tour took place on Oct. 17. The Times regrets the error.

October 28, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County Board positions to be filled in December

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners' office has board positions that need to be filled in December.

October 28, 2014 12:00 am
Economy key in governor race

Economy key in governor race

On Monday, Illinois' gubernatorial candidates focused on the economy, with Gov. Pat Quinn touting his jobs record and Republican Bruce Rauner stopping at Chicago-area businesses.

October 27, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Scouting the local IHSAA girls volleyball regionals

Scouting the local IHSAA girls volleyball regionals

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October 27, 2014 7:00 pm
Portage police seek tips after bank robbery

Portage police seek tips after bank robbery

PORTAGE | Police asked for tips Monday after a man who robbed a MainSource Bank in Portage eluded them during a search.

October 27, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Highland police seek tips after string of suspicious incidents

HIGHLAND | Police are seeking information following three suspicious incidents this month, including one in which a man entered a Highland home.

October 27, 2014 5:30 pm
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