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Two politicians cannot pass school board re-exam

CROWN POINT | Lake elections officials have again denied two men the chance to run for this fall's school board elections.

11 hours ago

County goes on E-911 spending spree

CROWN POINT | Lake Commissioners approved spending $2.2 million Wednesday on computers and support equipment to be used by the county's new E-911 service.

15 hours ago

Lake cops hope to arrest political donations

CROWN POINT | Lake County police officers are trying to starve the re-election campaigns of several officials to force county government into granting them pay raises.

17 hours ago

Lake E-911 mergers still need state's OK

CROWN POINT | Lake County's proposed consolidation of police, fire and emergency medical services is still awaiting state approval.

September 15, 2014 5:02 pm

Lake pay raise wouldn't be across the board

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council has tentatively passed a 3 percent pay raise for most, but not all full-time county government employees.

September 11, 2014 8:30 pm

3 suburbs have Lake E-911 over a $2.6 million barrel

CROWN POINT | Lake officials may lose $2.6 million a year in public safety funds if Cedar Lake, St. John and Schererville won't merge their police, fire and emergency medical service communications by year's end.

September 11, 2014 3:55 pm

Council president picks a number in the pay raise debate

CROWN POINT | Lake County Council President Ted Bilski has a 3 percent solution for county employees wanting a pay raise.

September 09, 2014 2:41 pm
County Council, cops bicker over raises

County Council, cops bicker over raises

CROWN POINT | Lake County police officers and the County Council faced off Tuesday over the failure of contract talks to produce pay raises.

September 09, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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Police union crosses swords with county over pay

CROWN POINT | Lake politicians could find their labor supporters have become angry protesters this fall if a dispute over county police lingers.

September 08, 2014 7:38 pm

Lake officials prefer bonds

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials continue to grow their public debt even as they plan to take in more tax revenue in 2015.

September 08, 2014 4:00 pm

Mayor finishes second in party caucus vote

GARY | Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson lost Saturday to former county police officer Willie Stewart in the competition to be the city's next Democratic Party chairperson.

September 07, 2014 12:30 am

New tax creates surplus for Lake budget makers

CROWN POINT | Budget makers for county government started work Thursday with a $10 million surplus and almost as many suggestions of how to spend it.

September 04, 2014 7:00 pm

Lake County officials ask, but may not receive budget wishes

CROWN POINT | Local government officials took advantage of the one day in the year when they can ask for salary increases, more employees and new office supplies and no one tells them no.

September 03, 2014 7:30 pm

Dems win precinct preservation lawsuit

CROWN POINT | A judge has spared Lake County's smallest precincts and the jobs of dozens of Democratic committeemen from elimination under a law declaring them an unnecessary expense on taxpayers.

September 02, 2014 6:30 pm

County officials award Willowdale sewer contract

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials on Tuesday awarded the first of three contracts to link 54 homes outside of city limits into the municipal sewer system.

September 02, 2014 6:15 pm

Proposed quarry pollution concerns will be aired

LOWELL | State environmental officials are inviting the public to comment on how the proposed Singleton Stone quarry could affect local air quality.

September 02, 2014 5:34 pm
War letters hit home for local intern to a British museum

War letters hit home for local intern to a British museum

A young Crown Point woman recently came to know several British war veterans in her trip to England.

August 23, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Fatal motorcycle accident spawns lawsuit

Fatal motorcycle accident spawns lawsuit

CROWN POINT | An attorney for the family of the late Gary tattoo artist Roy Boy Cooper said they are suing a Hobart woman over the death of their son last month.

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State chairman wants Dems to focus on fall races

State chairman wants Dems to focus on fall races

CROWN POINT | The Indiana party boss is in Lake County this week to remind Democrats there is an election this fall.

August 14, 2014 6:50 pm
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Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody visits Lake County.

August 14, 2014 10:17 am

Lake Co. board green-lights south county quarry

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Drainage Board voted 2-1 Wednesday to approve the Singleton Stone quarry over the objections of south county farmers and residents.

August 13, 2014 6:30 pm

Commissioners outline E-911 bids

CROWN POINT | Lake Commissioners open bids Wednesday for more of the building blocks of their E-911 communications network.

August 13, 2014 5:03 pm

Council puts off tower in face of health protest

CROWN POINT | An emotional protest from rural Lake County homeowners temporarily blocked a proposed communications tower.

August 12, 2014 7:30 pm

Lake precinct fight is before local judge

CROWN POINT | A judge is set to rule whether a new law that could eliminate dozens of small Lake County precincts is a harmless exercise in cost saving or a dagger aimed at the Democratic Party.

August 08, 2014 7:21 pm

Jail has no shut-off valve for plumbing overruns

CROWN POINT | Lake officials have called the plumbers into the county jail, which is leaking red ink.

August 07, 2014 6:27 pm

Don't dump grass clipping near streams, surveyor says

CROWN POINT | Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr. is asking the public not to dump yard waste near regulated drainage ditches.

August 06, 2014 6:35 pm

Singleton quarry hearing slated Wednesday

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Drainage Board will meet 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Lake County Government Center auditorium for a public hearing on the proposed Singleton Stone quarry.

August 06, 2014 6:10 pm

Lake County government employees prefer payroll to pension

CROWN POINT | Government workers get little in the way of respect or pay raises, and the state is cutting pension annuity payments for those who haven't retired by Oct. 1

August 03, 2014 12:00 am

Lawsuit stops Lake precinct purge for now

CROWN POINT | The Lake County elections board canceled its special meetings early Friday to discuss plans to discard precincts in Democratic Party strongholds after a judge slapped a 10-day injunction on them.

August 01, 2014 5:36 pm

Lake Co. Dems sue to stop precinct elimination

CROWN POINT | A judge temporarily halted a Republican-inspired law that could have eliminated dozens of Lake County's big-city Democratic precinct committeemen next week.

July 31, 2014 3:00 pm

Calling all dispatchers: Lake to hire E-911 communicators

CROWN POINT | Lake County will be calling police, fire and emergency medical dispatchers this month as they prepare to staff their E-911 service.

July 31, 2014 11:35 am
Prosecutors: Daughter murdered mother

Prosecutors: Daughter murdered mother

GARY | The Lake County prosecutor's office has charged a teenager with murdering her mother earlier this month.

July 30, 2014 11:00 pm

Teen runaway recaptured near Lowell

LOWELL | Lake County police arrested a Lowell teenager Tuesday morning who was a runaway from a facility in Elkhart.

July 29, 2014 7:45 pm

Outside group wants to open bishop selection process to laity's voice

GARY | A national organization advocating change within the Roman Catholic church wants local parishioners to use the group's website to tell church fathers who should be the diocese's next bishop.

July 29, 2014 5:14 pm

Dems' plea? Save our precincts

CROWN POINT | Two more Democrats are adding their voices in opposition to a new state law that could eliminate precincts in the party's urban strongholds.

July 28, 2014 6:04 pm
Prosecutor to weigh death penalty in cop shooting

Prosecutor to weigh death penalty in cop shooting

CROWN POINT | The Lake County prosecutor's office will spend the coming weeks determining whether a Gary man should face the death penalty over allegations he ambushed Gary patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield earlier this month.

July 28, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Jail overtime punishes Lake budget

CROWN POINT | The Lake County jail staff is working overtime.

July 27, 2014 11:00 pm

Police investigating Lansing bank robbery

LANSING | Police are looking for three armed men who robbed the Great Lakes Bank, 18120 Torrence Ave., Friday afternoon.

July 25, 2014 9:37 pm

Lake infant deaths spur campaign to reduce SIDS

CROWN POINT | Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey said Friday she is meeting with hospital officials to help control infant mortality.

July 25, 2014 8:08 pm
Hammond man charged in Lansing homicide

Hammond man charged in Lansing homicide

LANSING | Police said Friday they are holding a Hammond man charged with a robbery and murder last May outside a local service station.

July 25, 2014 5:11 pm
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July 25, 2014 3:18 pm
Coroner seek help locating dead man's family

Coroner seek help locating dead man's family

Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey is asking the public’s help Friday to locate family members of a Gary man who recently died.

July 25, 2014 3:17 pm
Man charged with Gary officer's death had a history of violence

Man charged with Gary officer's death had a history of violence

CROWN POINT | The man charged with killing Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield has a history of violence and caught his victim off guard, the Lake County sheriff said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 2:00 pm Video Photos

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One of Lake's oldest bridges about to pass into history

One of Lake's oldest bridges about to pass into history

CROWN POINT | One of Lake County's oldest bridges will soon exit the county, but remain over the same river it has spanned for the better part of a century.

July 21, 2014 5:20 pm Photos

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Winfield farmer's field is high, but not dry

Winfield farmer's field is high, but not dry

WINFIELD | A Winfield Township man wants Lake County officials to stop his farm from becoming a retention pond for nearby suburbs.

July 21, 2014 6:00 am

Commissioners approve public safety share for townships

CROWN POINT | Lake County Commissioners have voted to provide eight suburban and rural fire and emergency medical service providers a share of the county's public safety income tax revenue.

July 17, 2014 7:45 pm

Return borrowed vehicles, commissioners tell sheriff

CROWN POINT | Lake County Commissioners still want back vehicles the sheriff borrowed and hasn't returned.

July 17, 2014 7:30 pm

Commissioners pump more millions into E-911

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials pumped more than $22 million Wednesday into public safety services, a new voter information system and a property tax survey.

July 16, 2014 6:00 pm

Lake to snitch on reckless drivers to insurance firms

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are now in the business of sharing residents' latest traffic violations with their insurance companies.

July 16, 2014 2:30 pm
Elgin said feds have her campaign records

Elgin said feds have her campaign records

CROWN POINT | Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin lost some campaign financial records when federal investigators raided her office last spring.

July 15, 2014 7:00 pm
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