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Porter County general fund hit harder this year by tax caps

VALPARAISO | Porter County government is slated to lose even more money this year from its general fund as a result of the property tax caps, according to a state report issued last week.

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Don Roberts School wins tax exemption

VALPARAISO | The Don Roberts Beauty School succeeded Thursday in renewing its tax exempt status with the county.

April 17, 2014 5:45 pm

Hospital again challenges its assessed value

VALPARAISO | Porter Regional Hospital is again challenging the assessed value of its new its new building and nearby medical office building.

April 17, 2014 1:50 pm
Plea in insurance fraud case not accepted

Plea in insurance fraud case not accepted

VALPARAISO | Attorneys were sent back to the drawing board Tuesday to work on a proposed plea agreement for a Valparaiso man accused of faking the loss of a $25,573 engagement ring to fraudulently collect $30,000 in insurance money.

April 16, 2014 9:07 am

Porter County asked to contribute to high-speed rail project

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners are considering a request to contribute $20,000 toward the first phase of a high-speed passenger train service between Chicago and Columbus, Ohio.

April 15, 2014 7:51 pm
Babysitter admits to beating 4-year-old boy

Babysitter admits to beating 4-year-old boy

VALPARAISO | A 44-year-old Valparaiso woman told the court Tuesday she repeatedly spanked a 4-year-old boy in her care so severely the child suffered serious injuries.

April 15, 2014 12:12 pm Photos

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Final group of cells to open soon at 11-year-old Porter County Jail

Final group of cells to open soon at 11-year-old Porter County Jail

VALPARAISO | More than 11 years after the Porter County Jail was opened along Ind. 49, Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain announced Monday that efforts are wrapping up to open the third and final set of cells.

April 14, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Fellow inmate says Portage murder suspect had witness killed

Fellow inmate says Portage murder suspect had witness killed

VALPARAISO | John Tener told the court Monday that about two weeks after murder suspect Dontaye Singletary voiced concern about a key witness in his case, the woman was murdered.

April 14, 2014 4:00 pm

Guilty plea expected Thursday in 2012 Munster bank robbery

HAMMOND | A man intends to plead guilty Thursday in federal court to bank robberies in Munster and South Bend.

April 13, 2014 6:10 pm
Groovy time had at Ivy Tech fundraiser

Groovy time had at Ivy Tech fundraiser

CENTER TOWNSHIP | Schererville resident Mary Anne LaHayne's blonde bee-hive wig towered over many of those gathered Friday night for Ivy Tech Foundation's "Groove to the 60s" fundraiser at Aberdeen Manor.

April 11, 2014 5:38 pm Photos

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Tax bills on time again

VALPARAISO | It appears late tax bills are a thing of the past in Porter County.

April 10, 2014 1:36 pm

Taxpayers may pick up lost court fees in anti-drug effort

VALPARAISO | Members of the Porter County Substance Abuse Council voiced hope Thursday morning about being able to address concerns among some judges that has caused a slowing of court fees to the many anti-drug efforts funded by the group.

April 10, 2014 12:25 pm

GOP official cries foul over Dem campaign signs

VALPARAISO | A Republican official filed a complaint this week with the Porter County Election Board alleging four Democratic candidates are misrepresenting themselves as office holders on campaign signs.

April 09, 2014 3:00 pm

Elections panel nixes proposal to cut poll workers

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Election Board cast a bipartisan vote Tuesday to reject a proposal by fellow board member and Republican County Clerk Karen Martin to reduce the number of primary election poll workers by around 120.

April 08, 2014 6:58 pm

FBI visits Porter County auditor's office

VALPARAISO | FBI agents made yet another visit to Porter County government offices, stopping Tuesday at the auditor's office.

April 08, 2014 2:46 pm
Accused murderer apologizes for being back in court

Accused murderer apologizes for being back in court

VALPARAISO | Abraham Bratcher, who made an initial court appearance Tuesday on a charge of murdering his friend, is no stranger to the legal system or the courtroom of Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.

April 08, 2014 12:15 pm Photos

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Election conflict continues with complaint

Election conflict continues with complaint

VALPARAISO | Early voting begins Tuesday against a backdrop of growing turbulence among local election officials.

April 07, 2014 3:12 pm Photos

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Porter County taking another costly shot at combating drugs

VALPARAISO | Porter County officials are not letting mixed results of the past deter them from contributing another sizable chunk of tax dollars to a new effort aimed at combating the continued scourge of illegal drug use.

April 05, 2014 8:00 pm
Murder charge filed in Valpo shooting

Murder charge filed in Valpo shooting

VALPARAISO | A murder charge was filed Friday against a Valparaiso resident who told officers he shot his friend Wednesday just minutes after catching him attempting to steal his cologne and the rifle used in the shooting, police said .

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Colorado body identified as missing Chesterton man

Colorado body identified as missing Chesterton man

VALPARAISO | A body discovered Thursday by back country skiers in Colorado has been identified as 39-year-old Chesterton resident James McGrogan, who went missing March 14 while on a hiking trip.

April 04, 2014 1:28 pm
Judge could release prosecutor's notes in double murder case

Judge could release prosecutor's notes in double murder case

VALPARAISO | Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper has agreed to review notes taken by a prosecutor as part of the investigation into a double murder case to determine if there is anything of value to the defense.

April 04, 2014 9:00 am

Plaintiff says her sexual history should be off limits in suit against former C.P. teacher

HAMMOND | A federal judge is being asked to prohibit a former Crown Point High School teacher from raising questions during an upcoming deposition about the sexual history of one of his former students.

April 03, 2014 6:25 pm
Police release photos of South Haven armed robbery suspect

Police release photos of South Haven armed robbery suspect

VALPARAISO | Porter County police have released photos of a suspect in Saturday's armed robbery of the Family Express gas station at 363 West U.S. 6 in South Haven.

April 03, 2014 6:18 pm Photos

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Autopsy shows Valpo homicide victim shot three times

Autopsy shows Valpo homicide victim shot three times

VALPARAISO | Homicide victim Gerid Forste suffered three gunshot wounds, including one to the chest that resulted in massive internal injuries, according to an autopsy performed Thursday.

April 03, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Police: Valpo man admitted to killing lifelong friend

Police: Valpo man admitted to killing lifelong friend

VALPARAISO | A 34-year-old Valparaiso man is in custody after reportedly admitting to police he shot a friend who was visiting his Chandana Point apartment on the city's north side.

April 02, 2014 4:12 pm Video Photos

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Support for Porter County foundation might be growing

VALPARAISO | Porter County Councilman Jeremy Rivas, D-2nd, said he supports seeking input from a variety of charitable nonprofit community foundations on how best to invest the $159 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the former county hospital.

April 01, 2014 6:48 pm

County assessor completes 2013 tax appeals

VALPARAISO | Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder said his office has completed work on the 1,900 tax assessment appeals filed in the fall, which is a task that has not been accomplished for many years.

April 01, 2014 5:43 pm

Funding falls short for Porter County Jail addiction program

VALPARAISO | Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain is again voicing concern over a dwindling court fee he relies upon to fund the Chemical Dependency and Addictions Program at the jail.

April 01, 2014 5:34 pm
Bond set in Valpo-area double murder case

Bond set in Valpo-area double murder case

VALPARAISO | Bond has been set in a Valparaiso-area murder case after prosecutors said it is in their best interest not to present evidence at a bond hearing that was to be held Thursday.

March 31, 2014 5:45 pm
20-year sentence upheld in dragging death

20-year sentence upheld in dragging death

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the 20-year-sentence of a 51-year-old Portage man, who pleaded guilty to driving drunk Sept. 3, 2011, and killing a woman by running over her with his vehicle and then dragging her body more than a mile.

March 31, 2014 3:16 pm

Substance Abuse Council under fire

VALPARAISO | After 25 years of helping to coordinate and fund the local battle against the use of illegal drugs, the Porter County Substance Abuse Council is coming under fire by judges who hold the purse strings.

March 29, 2014 5:00 pm

Former teacher, Hammond schools agreed to dismiss lawsuit

HAMMOND | An agreement was filed Wednesday to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a former Hammond teacher who was acquitted of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

March 26, 2014 6:00 pm

Lawsuit accuses Griffith schools of forcing out older teachers

HAMMOND | The Griffith Federation of Teachers and six of its members filed an amended complaint in federal court Wednesday accusing Griffith Public Schools of discrimination by replacing older teachers with younger ones with less pay.

March 26, 2014 4:45 pm

Settlement struck in Portage principal case

HAMMOND | A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed by former Portage elementary school principal Linda Kuss, who claimed she was fired so the district could replace her with a younger man.

March 26, 2014 2:30 pm
Chesterton man charged in sex with 13-year-old

Chesterton man charged in sex with 13-year-old

VALPARAISO | A 33-year-old Chesterton man faces two Class-A felony counts of child molesting on allegations of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

March 26, 2014 2:00 pm

County's health insurance challenge worsens

VALPARAISO | A majority of the members on the Porter County Council approved a budget for 2014 that fell short of the funding needed for employee health insurance.

March 25, 2014 4:00 pm

FBI taps into Porter County computers

VALPARAISO | FBI agents downloaded computer information Monday as part of their ongoing investigation into county government.

March 24, 2014 5:25 pm

Drug treatment tops county health insurance costs

VALPARAISO | The 29 most costly participants of Porter County's health insurance plan have undergone treatment for various cancers, Hodgkin's Disease and a variety of other ailments.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
Dating is not what it used to be

Dating is not what it used to be

Valparaiso University freshman John MacNeil said he and his girlfriend already considered themselves a couple before they went out alone on their first date.

March 22, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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FBI visits Porter County IT department

VALPARAISO | The FBI continued its investigation into Porter County government Wednesday with a visit to the information technologies department.

March 20, 2014 11:30 pm

Porter County officials at odds over employee move

VALPARAISO | A decision earlier this week by the Porter County Board of Commissioners to move a data department out of the auditor's office has triggered a dispute over who has control over those employees.

March 20, 2014 3:45 pm

Man pleads guilty to cashing stolen tax refund check

VALPARAISO | A 27-year-old man faces 30 days of community service after pleading guilty Thursday to cashing a $16,125 tax refund check he knew was stolen.

March 20, 2014 3:15 pm
Explosives firm sued over Cline Ave. bridge demolition

Explosives firm sued over Cline Ave. bridge demolition

HAMMOND | Walsh Construction Company filed suit in federal court this week claiming an explosives firm erred when demolishing the Cline Avenue bridge in 2012, which cost Walsh and other companies money.

March 20, 2014 10:00 am
County joins Shared Ethics Advisory Commission

County joins Shared Ethics Advisory Commission

VALPARAISO | In the shadow of a growing FBI investigation and increasingly hostile atmosphere among elected officials, Porter County Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South, said she felt the time was right for the county to join the regional Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

March 19, 2014 11:30 am

Consultant quits over flap with Porter County auditor

VALPARAISO | Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski denies accusations of failing to cooperate with a consultant, resulting in the firm terminating its agreement with the county.

March 19, 2014 11:21 am

Progress reported in NIRPC disability case

HAMMOND | Negotiators report "significant and substantial progress" has been made in resolving federal legal action filed by a local disability-rights group against the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

March 19, 2014 10:30 am

Candidate clerk plans to set up voting site in her office

VALPARAISO | Porter County Clerk Karen Martin told the Porter County Board of Commissioners she will offer early voting in her office at the courthouse if the county election board does not come up with an alternative by the week's end.

March 18, 2014 3:30 pm

Original hospital building permits are missing

VALPARAISO | Porter County Plan Commission Executive Director Robert Thompson said his office is unable to locate the original permits issued for the construction of Porter Regional Hospital and the nearby medical office building.

March 16, 2014 7:30 pm
Economic development leaders working hard

Economic development leaders working hard

Despite a stagnant national economy, local economic development officials said the region has had several good years and continues to move forward.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Public gaining online access to courts

Public gaining online access to courts

The push for electronic access to government services is stronger than ever, and big gains are being made in the courts.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
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