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Video: Valparaiso homicide

Video: Valparaiso homicide

Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner announces the arrest of Valparaiso resident Abraham Bratcher in connection with the Wednesday shooting death of Kouts resident Gerid Forste.

April 02, 2014 4:14 pm
Preachit considering appeal in wake of yanked tax exemption

Preachit considering appeal in wake of yanked tax exemption

Porter County officials revoked the religious tax exempt status of the $1.1 million Preachit Inc. property at 234 W. County Road 166 South in Porter Township.

March 14, 2014 8:15 am
Religious tax exemption revoked on $1.1 million home site

Religious tax exemption revoked on $1.1 million home site

Porter County officials revoked the religious tax exempt status of the $1.1 million Preachit Inc. property at 234 W. County Road 166 South in Porter Township.

March 13, 2014 11:00 am
Preachit changes argument in quest to retain tax exempt status

Preachit changes argument in quest to retain tax exempt status

Porter County officials are questioning the religious tax exempt status of the $1.1 million Preachit Inc. property at 234 W. County Road 166 South in Porter Township.

January 30, 2014 1:05 pm
Religious tax exemption questioned on $1.1 million home site

Religious tax exemption questioned on $1.1 million home site

Porter County officials are questioning the religious tax exempt status of the $1.1 million Preachit Inc. property at 234 W. County Road 166 South in Porter Township.

November 21, 2013 1:05 pm
Ski landmark up for sale

Ski landmark up for sale

Chairlift at Pines Ski Area in Liberty Township.

August 02, 2013 12:55 pm
Ski landmark up for sale

Ski landmark up for sale

Chairlift at Pines Ski Area in Liberty Township.

August 02, 2013 12:54 pm
Ski landmark up for sale

Ski landmark up for sale

Chairlift at Pines Ski Area in Liberty Township.

August 02, 2013 12:54 pm
Ski landmark up for sale

Ski landmark up for sale

Chairlift at Pines Ski Area in Liberty Township.

August 02, 2013 12:52 pm
Porter County jail visitation room

Porter County jail visitation room

Visitors at the Porter County jail communicate with inmates via an on-site video system. The new system will expand the approach to off-site video visits.

July 03, 2013 10:37 am

Local runners relieved Boston manhunt is over

Valparaiso resident Crystal Siewin, who crossed the finish line of last week's Boston Marathon less than a half-hour before the deadly bombings, was pleased Saturday with how quickly authorities hunted down the two brothers believed responsible for the attack.

April 20, 2013 11:30 pm
Final day of McCowan trial

Final day of McCowan trial

Supporters of homicide victim Amanda Bach gather Tuesday outside the Porter County Courthouse in Valparaiso.

February 26, 2013 9:14 am

While county sees increase in fuel use, others see drops

While Porter County officials blamed rising fuel prices for the need to come up with an additional $250,000 last year, the larger communities in the county were able to live within their budgets.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am
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.

May 25, 2012 5:21 pm Photos

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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
Occupy Wall Street protest spreads to the region

Occupy Wall Street protest spreads to the region

Karen Curtin, of Griffith, and Gregg Hodgson, of Gary, prepare free food to be served to those in need as part of Saturday's Jobs not Cuts assembly at Gary's Tolleston Park.

October 15, 2011 2:45 pm
Vandals force relocation of covered bridge

Vandals force relocation of covered bridge

Porter County's covered bridge, located along the Pine Township stretch of the Calumet Trail. The county is talking about relocating the 10-year-old structure to Sunset Hill Farm County Park due to vandalism shown here.

June 09, 2011 11:51 am
Longtime advocate for homeless switches job

Longtime advocate for homeless switches job

Tom Isakson, who formerly ran New Creation Men's Shelter and Spring Valley Shelter, was named the executive director of Citizens Concerned for the Homeless in Michigan City.

January 03, 2011 12:00 am
Charges could be dropped against St. Pat principal

Charges could be dropped against St. Pat principal

CHESTERTON | LaPorte County prosecutors may dismiss a misdemeanor battery charge against Lee Ann Cosh, the principal of St. Patrick's School in Chesterton, if she complies with whatever psychiatric treatment is ordered.

December 07, 2010 12:00 am

Huge sports complex pitched for Chesterton

CHESTERTON | Investors are rushing to put together financing by the end of the year for a $40 million sports complex at the southeast corner of Ind. 49 and the Indiana Toll Road.

October 07, 2010 12:00 am
Hunter Pointe fire.jpg

Hunter Pointe fire.jpg

Valparaiso firefighters spray water through the window of a second-floor bedroom of a townhouse unit that caught fire around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hunter's Pointe on Vale Park Road.

June 22, 2010 8:17 pm

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

South Haven man may have victimized 3 girls

SOUTH HAVEN | Two more girls have come forward stating they, too, were victimized by the South Haven volunteer firefighter accused of building a wooden device and using firefighting equipment to torture and sexually abuse an underage female relative at his home, sources said.

September 07, 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

Michigan City girl drowns at Mount Baldy

A day at the beach with friends turned deadly Saturday for 11-year-old Veronica Bush, of Michigan City.

July 30, 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
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