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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.

October 18, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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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.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

October 10, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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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.

October 09, 2014 4:44 pm Photos

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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.

October 04, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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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.

October 02, 2014 3:23 pm Photos

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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
Mobile food market kicks off Hunger Action Month

Mobile food market kicks off Hunger Action Month

VALPARAISO | Stella Richardson had been waiting outside the Butterfield Family Pavilion for more than three hours Wednesday afternoon waiting for the free food being distributed by the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

September 10, 2014 12:46 pm Photos

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Request to use hospital money for county insurance DOA

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council on Wednesday unanimously rejected a request from the County Board of Commissioners to cover an employee health insurance shortfall with $5 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the former county hospital.

September 10, 2014 12:47 pm
Portage man charged with rape

Portage man charged with rape

VALPARAISO | A 28-year-old Portage man is accused of raping a woman early Saturday at her home.

September 09, 2014 2:28 pm

Porter County again without an expo director

VALPARAISO | The top post at the Porter County Expo Center is again vacant with Marcia Hoyt's recent departure after less than 10 months on the job.

September 08, 2014 7:30 pm

Boy Scout donations stolen during Popcorn Festival

VALPARAISO | A local Boy Scout troop reported the theft of $3,500 in donations during the city's annual Popcorn Festival Saturday.

September 08, 2014 3:07 pm

County HR proposal already in jeopardy

VALPARAISO | A Porter County Board of Commissioners plan to hire a human resources director and assistant to address concerns involving employees faces an uphill battle when county budget hearings begin this week.

September 06, 2014 6:00 pm
Suspects sought in $1,400 perfume theft in Hobart

Suspects sought in $1,400 perfume theft in Hobart

HOBART | Police are seeking two women suspected of stealing nearly $1,400 in perfume Aug. 28 from Ulta III at 2395 E. 81st Ave.

September 05, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Porter County employee stockpiling sick days

VALPARAISO | Participating Porter County government employees have stashed away 2,164 sick days as of Friday that they are eligible to draw from once they have used all their other paid-time-off, according to figures requested from the auditor's office.

August 30, 2014 9:00 pm
Non-local labor triggers union protest at Pratt Industries

Non-local labor triggers union protest at Pratt Industries

Opposition over the use of non-union and non-local labor on one phase of the $260 million Pratt Industries expansion project erupted Thursday in a protest involving more than 100 union members.

August 28, 2014 11:45 am

County recorder offering veterans retail program

VALPARAISO | The Porter County recorder's office is offering a retail savings program for veterans.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am

Opposition results in state hearing on Porter County tax increase

VALPARAISO | Enough local residents signed a petition opposing a county tax increase that the state has scheduled its own review and public hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 25, according to Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski.

August 27, 2014 7:30 pm

Area men charged in federal gun probe

CHICAGO | Men from Gary and Dolton are among 14 Chicago-area people facing federal firearm charges after authorities seized more than 100 assorted pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns.

August 27, 2014 12:00 pm

County seeking help in creating new foundation

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council is seeking applications from people interested in helping form a foundation to handle a portion of the $159 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the former county hospital.

August 26, 2014 8:00 pm

County officials at odds over flood funding

SOUTH HAVEN | The flooding in South Haven Friday that temporarily closed U.S. 6 and resulted in 16 residents having to be rescued from their homes came as county leaders debate how to best prevent such occurrences.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

County waste fee targeted for 25 percent increase

VALPARAISO | The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is poised to boost the annual fee charged of each household from $15 to $20.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Porter County E911 director resigning

VALPARAISO | John Jokantas is resigning as head of the county's E911 department three years after stepping into the heated post.

August 22, 2014 11:42 am
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