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Former Munster resident Michael Konopasek, who is working as a television news reporter in Oklahoma City, said he and a photographer were following blocks behind the deadly tornado Monday that devastated the suburban community of Moore.
Former Chesterton resident Pam Chandler was reunited with her dog, Abby, after they were separated during the May 20 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 76 will host a Nelson Chicken fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
VALPARAISO | A 31-year-old local man is charged with raping an underage girl after providing her with alcohol.
VALPARAISO | In hopes of getting a better grip on employee issues facing county government, the Porter County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to hire a private firm to conduct a human resource audit.
VALPARAISO | A Starke County man was arrested Sunday night on a drunk driving charge after a case of beer fell from the hatchback of his vehicle and nearly struck a police car.
VALPARAISO | Police are looking for help in identifying a man who could be linked to the May 7 theft of a wallet from a shopping cart at the local Walmart store.
PINE TOWNSHIP | A 52-year-old Pine Township man was taken into custody Sunday morning on allegations of pointing a loaded handgun at one of several bicyclists, who he had reportedly told to "get off the road."
Porter County Chief Probation Officer Stephen Meyer said the county could be left to pick up part of the tab for the first significant changes to the state's criminal code in decades.
VALPARAISO | Porter County stands to lose as much as $1.66 million in income tax revenue when neighboring Lake County implements its own income tax.
VALPARAISO | A Center Township man will be sentenced to 15 years behind bars if a judge accepts his plea of guilty to a felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor on allegations of abusing a girl for a period of at least three years.
VALPARAISO | A 22-year-old Crown Point man was taken into custody early Friday on a charge of breaking into a home in the 200 block of Chestnut Street.
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | A 20-year-old man said he was jumped by three men as he left his home along Rushingwater Drive at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
PINE TOWNSHIP | A 43-year-old Michigan City man told police he fought off three attackers Wednesday night, including a man with a shotgun, while walking home from bars in Pine Township.
VALPARAISO | Just a few days after smashing a glass door at the Bargain Barn at 815 Calumet Ave. and stealing several skateboards, Charles Dushon O'Connor decided to try out one of the new boards in the city's downtown area, according to police.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to spend another $90,000 on maintenance at the 120-year-old Memorial Opera House, boosting the total cost of the most recent repair job to $315,000.
UNION TOWNSHIP | A few young people suffered what appeared to be minor injuries Wednesday afternoon after a Union Township School Corp. bus failed to yield to a pickup truck and a collision resulted, according to Porter County police.
VALPARAISO | One group broke out in cheers and another fell silent as it was announced Tuesday night that voters in Union Township approved a tax increase for its schools, while a similar proposal died by four votes for Hebron schools.
Residents of Boone Township said "No" Tuesday to a referendum seeking a property tax hike to help the Hebron school system make up for state cuts in education funding.
Residents of the Union Township said "Yes" Tuesday to a referendum seeking a property tax hike to help the local school system make up for state cuts in education funding.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Dave Lain appear to be reaching a middle ground in a dispute over health care improvements at the jail.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Commissioner President John Evans threw his support Tuesday behind a request to fund an effort to enhance school safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.
VALPARAISO | A local woman said she was on her way to work Saturday night when she was pulled over by what appears to have been a man imitating a police officer.
UNION TOWNSHIP | A man told authorities he shot and killed a neighbor's pit bull dog after the animal attacked and injured his son in his fenced-in yard.
CHESTERTON | The Duneland School Corp. expects to collect less money than originally planned from last year's successful tax increase referendum, but the superintendent said there will be no shortfall.
Residents of the Union Township and Hebron school districts will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to grant property tax increases to help make up for state cuts in education funding.
VALPARAISO | Dustin McCowan has failed in his first shot at overturning his 60-year sentence and conviction for murdering former girlfriend Amanda Bach.
VALPARAISO | Jean Whittemore said when she called to check on her son at 8 p.m. Feb. 19, the woman with him said he had taken a sleeping pill at his father's home in Valparaiso.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A Valparaiso woman died Wednesday morning when her vehicle crossed the center line of southbound Ind. 149 and crashed into a utility pole.
PINE TOWNSHIP | Two men burst into a Pine Township home Tuesday morning and attacked a man, his two children and his girlfriend with a crowbar and fists, according to Porter County Sheriff's Department officials.
PORTER TOWNSHIP | Two juveniles faces charges of illegally entering a home in the 100 block of Springwood Drive shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A would-be burglar loaded up a truck with musical equipment Saturday and broke through the fence of a storage site only to flee after the vehicle became stuck in mud, according to county police.
CENTER TOWNSHIP | A 40-year-old man faces numerous charges, including accusations of battering a 6-year-old boy and a Porter County police officer.
The small lakefront community of Beverly Shores has a fraction of the population of the city of Portage, yet is carrying three times the amount of debt per full-time resident, according to online municipal financial reports.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko did not follow through on a request to loan up to $15.5 million to neighboring Lake County, but he has purchased other municipal debt throughout the region using proceeds from the sale of the county hospital.
VALPARAISO | An 18-year-old Union Township man pleaded not guilty Friday and asked for a jury trial to address accusations he is responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident April 6 in South Haven.
VALPARAISO | A Porter County tax appeal board has pulled the tax exempt status of a Hebron apartment complex, arguing the operators failed to show they qualify for the breaks through their charitable efforts.
VALPARAISO | Smiles broke out on the faces of a few County Council members Tuesday when a local attorney specializing in real estate and land use voiced his opinion that tax increment finance districts do not mix well with tax abatements.
VALPARAISO | It appears the funding for a new park building in the works for 13 years was tied up Tuesday as a result of an ongoing dispute between the county commissioners and sheriff over health care improvements at the jail.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Councilman Dan Whitten, D-at large, said he believes the proposal to establish a tax increment finance district in the area of the new hospital is unfair to taxpayers and could lead to the need for a new local income tax.
Hebron far outpaces the other six school districts in Porter County when it comes to the amount of debt per student.
VALPARAISO | A public defender brought in to handle the appeal for convicted murderer Dustin McCowan is seeking to toss out the conviction and/or 60-year sentence because Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa did not step aside after learning about a telephone call with McCowan from the jai…
VALPARAISO | Just moments after being sentenced to a maximum of 50 years in prison for molesting a young girl over a period of several years, Hobart resident Arthur Gutierrez made hand gestures and mouthed words to the victim's family in the courtroom.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Redevelopment Commission was told Thursday it could reap $8.4 million during the next 20 years from the new hospital alone if a tax increment finance district is created along that portion of the U.S. 6 corridor.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County commissioners began a push Tuesday to dip more deeply into the nearly $11 million in interest on the proceeds from the sale of the county hospital six years ago.
VALPARAISO | A 41-year-old man was taken into custody Monday afternoon on allegations of driving his vehicle into a woman.
VALPARAISO | Police are looking for a teenager accused of attempting to snatch a purse early Monday night from a woman outside of the Kmart store at 2801 Calumet Ave.
VALPARAISO | Less than three weeks after being sentenced to 60 years for murdering his former girlfriend, Dustin McCowan has been transferred to the Pendleton Correctional Facility to begin serving his time.
VALPARAISO | Five inmates are being charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after threatening to riot and resisting guards orders to disperser earlier this month.
VALPARAISO | While the recent rash of heroin-related deaths in Porter County has garnered local attention, there is another problem involving the illegal use of prescription drugs.
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