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GOP and county election board accused of dirty politics

GOP and county election board accused of dirty politics

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Republican leadership and the GOP-controlled county election board were accused Friday of "dirty politics" in their decision to host an emergency hearing on the eve of the general election to hear a candidate finance complaint filed by GOP Chair Michael Simpson.

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Porter County GOP chair questioning Democrat sheriff candidate

Porter County GOP chair questioning Democrat sheriff candidate

VALPARAISO | The Porter County election board is conducting an 11th-hour hearing Friday on a Republican-based complaint involving the financial disclosure forms of Democrat sheriff's candidate Dave Reynolds.

October 30, 2014 11:30 am Photos

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Portage couple charged with severely injuring 27-day-old boy

Portage couple charged with severely injuring 27-day-old boy

VALPARAISO | The mother of a 27-day-old baby and her live-in boyfriend face felony charges after the child was hospitalized Oct. 16 with injuries to his brain, face, chest, genitals and anus.

October 29, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Man convicted in Purdue murder found dead in Michigan City prison

Man convicted in Purdue murder found dead in Michigan City prison

MICHIGAN CITY | A 24-year-old inmate at the Indiana State Prison was pronounced dead in his single-person cell Tuesday night of what appeared to be self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and arms, according to prison officials.

October 29, 2014 11:28 am

County seeking to maintain insurance benefits, while cutting costs

VALPARAISO | Porter County commissioners were sent back the drawing board Tuesday with the challenge of maintaining the level of county employee and elected official health insurance benefits while cutting the annual cost by $3 million.

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Porter County cops to begin carrying anti-OD drug

Porter County cops to begin carrying anti-OD drug

VALPARAISO | Porter County Sheriff's Department officers will soon become the second department in the county to carry a drug that could save the lives of those overdosing on heroin and other opiates.

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Veterans given help for a new future

Veterans given help for a new future

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Valparaiso resident Peter Craig gained an interest in health care while serving with the Army in Iraq.

October 27, 2014 3:25 pm
Hobart man charged with molesting girl

Hobart man charged with molesting girl

VALPARAISO | A 37-year-old Hobart man faces two felony counts of child molesting on allegations he repeatedly fondled and "grinded" on an underage girl five years ago.

October 27, 2014 1:20 pm
County to shorten season for candidate signs

County to shorten season for candidate signs

VALPARAISO | One of the first clues that an election is coming is the sudden appearance of candidate signs across the unincorporated areas of the county.

October 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Challenge is on to replace aging poll workers

Challenge is on to replace aging poll workers

Sundae Schoon said she and other Porter County election officials are having their toughest year yet finding the nearly 700 workers needed to run polling places during the upcoming Nov. 4 general election.

October 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Police: Argument over burglary preceded fatal shooting

GARY | Police said an argument over a burglary preceded Friday's shooting death of 13-year-old Kobe Jones near his home at 1053 Polk St.

October 25, 2014 3:55 pm
Chase results in 60-year-old charged with dealing heroin

Chase results in 60-year-old charged with dealing heroin

PORTAGE | A Merrillville man is charged with dealing heroin after reportedly leading police on a high speed chase following a traffic stop early Thursday along the Indiana Toll Road.

October 24, 2014 3:40 pm

Porter County employees, officials to pay for health insurance cuts

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to retain the county's self-funded health insurance plan, but with some significant changes for employees to address rising costs.

October 24, 2014 12:00 am

Duneland man claims he was beaten in his house

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A 47-year-old Liberty Township man told police another man broke into his home in the 900 block of Alta Drive Wednesday morning and beat him while demanding $30 to cover an earlier purchase of marijuana.

October 23, 2014 5:15 pm
Porter County's self-funded insurance may survive cost cutting

Porter County's self-funded insurance may survive cost cutting

VALPARAISO | It looks as though Porter County government may not be doing away with its self-funded employee health insurance plan as part of ongoing efforts to ease escalating costs.

October 22, 2014 12:45 pm Photos

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Former official seeking to seal sex arrest record

Former official seeking to seal sex arrest record

VALPARAISO | About four years after being found not guilty of having sexual contact with one of his sons' friends when the boy was 15, former local official Greg Frame wants his arrest record sealed.

October 21, 2014 1:00 pm
Sheriff candidates offering different visions for department

Sheriff candidates offering different visions for department

Neither candidate for Porter County sheriff is a newcomer to police work, but each offers a unique vision for the future of the department.

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Dollar disparity in some Porter County races

Dollar disparity in some Porter County races

VALPARAISO | Democrat Porter County Sheriff candidate Dave Reynolds has posted $126,727 in campaign contributions so far this year, nearly three times that of his Republican opponent Valparaiso Police Chief Mike Brickner, according to financial disclosure reports released Friday.

October 17, 2014 6:30 pm
Former pastor gives up fight in sex case

Former pastor gives up fight in sex case

HAMMOND | It appears Jack Schaap has given up on attempts to overturn a 12-year federal prison sentence he was given for sexually abusing a 16-year-old member of the First Baptist Church of Hammond when he was serving as pastor.

October 15, 2014 4:00 pm

Fed Court gives new life to Porter County Jail lawsuit

A federal appeals court breathed new life Wednesday into a complaint from a Porter County jail inmate, who claims he was denied medical care for a bullet wound to his abdomen while locked up.

October 15, 2014 3:33 pm
South Haven men arrested after failed traffic stop

South Haven men arrested after failed traffic stop

VALPARAISO | Two South Haven men were arrested early Tuesday morning after one fled from police during an attempted traffic stop.

October 14, 2014 3:45 pm Photos

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Couple denies failing to pay back money stolen from blind woman

Couple denies failing to pay back money stolen from blind woman

VALPARAISO | A Michigan City man and woman denied accusations Tuesday of violating their probation by falling way behind in the amount they are ordered to pay back after pleading guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly, blind Chesterton woman they were helping to care for over …

October 14, 2014 1:20 pm
Couple accused of failing to return money stolen from elderly woman

Couple accused of failing to return money stolen from elderly woman

VALPARAISO | A Michigan City man and woman are accused of violating their probation by falling way behind in the amount they are ordered to pay back after pleading guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly, blind Chesterton woman they were helping to care for over a period of thr…

October 13, 2014 12:55 pm
Status quo challenged in commissioners race

Status quo challenged in commissioners race

VALPARAISO | Democrat Sylvia Graham said her nearly six years on the Porter County Council has given her the experience and knowledge needed to move up to the Porter County Board of Commissioners.

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Not guilty pleas in Portage child death case

Not guilty pleas in Portage child death case

VALPARAISO | Not guilty pleas were entered Friday on behalf of a man in the death of 21-month-old Juanzo Vargas last week at a mobile home in Portage.

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Gary man charged in Portage death of 1-year-old

Gary man charged in Portage death of 1-year-old

VALPARAISO | A 19-year-old Gary man has been charged in connection with the death of a 21-month-old boy, who suffered severe enough injuries to cause a lacerated liver, bruised pancreas and internal bleeding.

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Sexting teacher denies probation violations

Sexting teacher denies probation violations

VALPARAISO | A former Portage middle school teacher convicted of sending sexually suggestive text messages to students denied accusations Thursday of violating his probation by, among other things, visiting Facebook pages of former students and searching online for a person he is ordered by …

October 09, 2014 3:45 pm
Sexting teacher accused of probation violation

Sexting teacher accused of probation violation

VALPARAISO | A former Portage middle school teacher convicted of sending sexually suggestive text messages to students is accused of violating his probation by, among other things, visiting Facebook pages of former students and searching online for a person he is ordered by the court to avoid.

October 06, 2014 12:30 pm
Experience on trial in Porter County prosecutor race

Experience on trial in Porter County prosecutor race

VALPARAISO | After working 26 years at the Porter County prosecutor's office and spending the last eight in the top job, Republican Brian Gensel's future with the office is being challenged by Democrat opponent Stacey Whitten.

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19-year-old faces domestic battery charge

19-year-old faces domestic battery charge

VALPARAISO | A 19-year-old Jackson Township man faces a felony charge of domestic battery on allegations that he repeatedly rammed the rear-end of his former girlfriend's vehicle, which also contained his 11-month-old son.

October 03, 2014 3:35 pm
Police: $112,000 taken in fraud case

Police: $112,000 taken in fraud case

VALPARAISO | A 50-year-old Crown Point man is accused of stealing $112,000 in a scheme he pulled while working at Oak Management in Portage.

October 03, 2014 1:07 pm

Costly upgrade sought for Porter County's siren system

VALPARAISO | Porter County's 54 emergency sirens are relied upon to give warning to foul weather and potentially dangerous situations, but age, vandalism and maintenance needs have left the system far from foolproof.

October 02, 2014 10:00 pm
Gary man charged with rural Porter County home break-ins

Gary man charged with rural Porter County home break-ins

VALPARAISO | A cooperative police effort resulted in the arrest of a Gary man believed responsible for as many as nine home break-ins in rural areas in Porter County.

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Paul Saylor student approached by man outside of school

SOUTH HAVEN | Porter County police are looking for a man driving a white cargo-type van, who is accused of approaching a 10-year-old girl walking to Paul Saylor Elementary School Tuesday morning.

October 01, 2014 11:30 am
Former salon owner pays first third of $150,000 theft debt

Former salon owner pays first third of $150,000 theft debt

VALPARAISO | The owner of a former beauty salon, who pleaded guilty to stealing from a business partner, avoided a probation violation by paying the first third of the $150,000 she owes in restitution.

September 30, 2014 3:38 pm

Man charged with injuring child

VALPARAISO | A 28-year-old Portage Township man faces a felony count of battery on accusations of injuring a 5-year-old boy.

September 30, 2014 2:10 pm
Not guilty pleas entered in death of child

Not guilty pleas entered in death of child

VALPARAISO | Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered Monday morning on behalf of a 27-year-old Portage Township man charged with causing the death of his fiancee's 2-year-old son in July.

September 29, 2014 3:25 pm
Defendant in fatal Valpo crash appears in court

Defendant in fatal Valpo crash appears in court

VALPARAISO | Rachel Marvin showed no emotion Monday morning as she made her first court appearance on accusations of driving with drugs in her system and causing the death of one pedestrian while critically injuring another last week.

September 29, 2014 1:00 pm

Full-time Expo Center jobs questioned

VALPARAISO | The need for a full-time assistant manager at the Porter County Expo Center was questioned Tuesday night as the County Council gave preliminary approval to the site's proposed 2015 budget.

September 23, 2014 8:00 pm
Management styles differ in Porter County sheriff's race

Management styles differ in Porter County sheriff's race

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Police Chief Mike Brickner is a big believer in the quality control and public accountability his department has gained over the last four years as a member of The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pine Township boy accused of stealing handgun

PINE TOWNSHIP | A 15-year-old was taken into custody Thursday on accusations of stealing a handgun from a neighbor.

September 19, 2014 4:55 pm
Man arrested on bicycle ride to buy heroin in Valparaiso

Man arrested on bicycle ride to buy heroin in Valparaiso

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | A 28-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of possessing a hypodermic needle and other paraphernalia after telling police he was riding his mother's bicycle from Wanatah to Valparaiso buy heroin.

September 19, 2014 4:49 pm

Lake Station pursuit ends with arrest in Valpo

VALPARAISO | A Lake Station police pursuit ended in Valparaiso early Tuesday night with a 30-year-old Crown Point man taken into custody on a charge of a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm.

September 17, 2014 5:15 pm

Unincorporated residents could pay $10 monthly stormwater fee

VALPARAISO | Participating homes in the unincorporated areas of Porter County would pay $10 a month for stormwater improvement projects as part of a proposal on its way to the Porter County Council.

September 16, 2014 7:45 pm

Burns Harbor bar death under investigation

VALPARAISO | The Porter County coroner’s office is investigating the death of a 46-year-old man, who was injured during an attack Feb. 18 at the Shift Change Tap in Burns Harbor.

September 15, 2014 3:49 pm
10-year sentence issued in infant sex case

10-year sentence issued in infant sex case

VALPARAISO | James Glanders is just 22 years old, but will spend the rest of his life living under the restrictions of a sexually violent predator.

September 15, 2014 12:18 pm

Official seeks release of HR report to aid with budgeting

VALPARAISO | Employee costs make up the vast majority of the general fund budget planning underway by the Porter County Council, but the group is going at its work without the benefit of a recent human resource audit.

September 13, 2014 9:00 pm
Portage man admits sexual contact with underage girl

Portage man admits sexual contact with underage girl

VALPARAISO | A 35-year-old Portage man pleaded guilty Friday to having sexual contact with the underage daughter of a friend.

September 12, 2014 7:30 pm
Valpo police K-9s get a little extra backup

Valpo police K-9s get a little extra backup

VALPARAISO | Geist, Rico, Sabre and Femmy can all wind up in as dangerous a situation as others at the city police department.

September 11, 2014 12:41 pm Photos

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Valpo man finds stranger in his home

VALPARAISO | A homeowner in the 800 block of Kinsey Street told police he found an unknown man in his house Wednesday night.

September 11, 2014 9:59 am
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