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Porter County budget cuts challenged by court request

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council will find itself in a difficult situation Tuesday when Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford appears before them seeking an additional full-time employee.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Defense believes girl recanted molestation claim in earlier case

Defense believes girl recanted molestation claim in earlier case

VALPARAISO | A Hammond man is searching for evidence that the Portage girl who accused him of child molesting also accused her older brother of the same acts and later recanted her claims.

July 18, 2014 8:38 am
Accused seeking school records sought in molestation case

Accused seeking school records sought in molestation case

VALPARAISO | A Hammond man is seeking school and counseling records of a girl who accused him of molesting her on several occasions last year.

July 17, 2014 10:30 am

Most Porter County departments ignore order to cut 2015 budgets

VALPARAISO | Most departments throughout county government have failed to comply with a call to reduce their proposed budgets by 10 percent for next year in response to a worsening financial climate.

July 16, 2014 6:00 pm

Local jury returns $1.2 million verdict against insurance company

VALPARAISO | A Porter County jury returned Tuesday night with a $1.2 million verdict against Auto-Owners Insurance company stemming from a vehicle crash that left a former Valparaiso woman with a lifelong wrist injury.

July 16, 2014 3:00 pm

Guns stolen from Porter Co. police car

VALPARAISO | A handgun, rifle and stun gun were reported stolen Tuesday from a Porter County squad car in the Shamrock subdivision on the city's west side.

July 16, 2014 8:36 am

Porter County commissioners approve tax rate increase

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners gave initial approval Tuesday to raising to the maximum level one of the tax rates used to fund county government.

July 15, 2014 3:48 pm
Judge: Military hero turned child molester

Judge: Military hero turned child molester

VALPARAISO | Mikkal Valent should have been known as a hero for having suffered disabling injuries while in the military in Iraq, Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper said.

July 15, 2014 12:30 pm
Porter County treasurer resigning

Porter County treasurer resigning

VALPARAISO | Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko is bringing nearly two decades of service to county government to an early end, in part, because remaining in office would mean an 11 percent reduction in his public pension payout.

July 14, 2014 2:10 pm

Go back in time at Porter County Fair

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | While there is plenty of buzz about what's new at this year's Porter County Fair, one of the highlights will include a unique opportunity to look back in time.

July 12, 2014 6:00 pm

Man said he took drug before allegedly battling police

VALPARAISO | A 19-year-old Washington Township man reportedly told police he ingested the drug 251 before battling with officers early Friday and winding up behind bars.

July 11, 2014 3:12 pm
Portage man likely to spend life behind bars for child sex crimes

Portage man likely to spend life behind bars for child sex crimes

VALPARAISO | The young girl told the courtroom Friday morning that there are times when she opens a book and, rather than seeing words, sees the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Portage resident Kevin Brewster.

July 11, 2014 2:26 pm
Man accused of filming naked girl in her room

Man accused of filming naked girl in her room

VALPARAISO | A 35-year-old Valparaiso man faces two felony counts stemming from accusations he hid his cell phone in a 15-year-old girl's bedroom in an attempt to film her naked.

July 09, 2014 3:30 pm
South Haven man charged with stealing copper from neighboring home

South Haven man charged with stealing copper from neighboring home

VALPARAISO | A 46-year-old South Haven man faces a felony burglary charge on accusations of stealing copper pipe from a vacant neighboring home.

July 09, 2014 11:30 am
South Haven man charged with disarming cop

South Haven man charged with disarming cop

VALPARAISO | A 27-year-old South Haven man faces numerous charges, including two felony counts of disarming a law enforcement officer, stemming from a medical call involving drug use.

July 09, 2014 10:53 am

Second youth charged in South Haven armed robbery

VALPARAISO | Another 17-year-old has been charged as an adult in connection with the March 29 armed robbery of the Family Express gas station in South Haven.

July 09, 2014 10:31 am

Portage chamber again seeks tax exemption on its building

VALPARAISO | Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce officials argued Tuesday in favor of tax-exempt status for its office building in a case that could affect its peers in Valparaiso.

July 08, 2014 3:45 pm
Counties tweaking E911 to fit their needs

Counties tweaking E911 to fit their needs

Every 911 call placed in Porter County is answered at the county's central communications center located south of U.S. 30 on Ind. 49.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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County government at odds over proposed tax increase

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners is seeking to raise to the maximum level one of the tax rates used to fund county government.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am

Four county candidates remain unopposed for the fall

VALPARAISO | It appears four candidates seeking countywide office will likely face no opposition this fall after a Thursday deadline passed without opposition being appointed by local party chairs.

July 03, 2014 2:00 pm

Commissioners support new foundation idea for hospital proceeds

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor to support an effort by the County Council to form a new foundation to handle at least part of the $159 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the former county hospital.

July 01, 2014 3:55 pm

Woman blames bar for drunk driving crash

VALPARAISO | A woman has filed suit accusing Flannery's Tavern in Chesterton of serving her too much alcohol shortly before she drove away and wrecked her vehicle.

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm
Portage woman seeking to ease murder sentence

Portage woman seeking to ease murder sentence

VALPARAISO | A Portage woman is hoping to modify the 45-year prison sentence she was given in 2009 for shooting and killing an 82-year-old South Haven man that same year.

June 30, 2014 3:45 pm

Cop nets accused drunk driver while hauling another to jail

VALPARAISO | Porter County Police Officer Paul Czupryn was driving eastbound on U.S. 30 early Saturday taking a suspected drunk driver to jail when he looked over and saw a car driving alongside him going the wrong direction in the westbound lanes of the highway.

June 30, 2014 1:55 pm
Man in jail after brother reports heroin syringe

Man in jail after brother reports heroin syringe

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | A 22-year-old man faces drug-related charges after his brother reported finding a loaded hypodermic needle in the man's bedroom.

June 30, 2014 12:30 pm
Pines man accused of shooting at others from house

Pines man accused of shooting at others from house

PINE TOWNSHIP | A Porter County man was taken into custody during the weekend on allegations of shooting at people from a window at his home along a highway.

June 30, 2014 11:30 am

Porter County short of funds for employee bonuses, drug unit

VALPARAISO | Porter County's troubled financial situation has taken yet another hit with word that there is no longer enough state proceeds from riverboat gambling to cover the cost of employee bonuses and the prosecutor's drug unit.

June 29, 2014 5:00 pm

Porter hospital failed to obtain county fuel tank permits

VALPARAISO | Porter Regional Hospital did not secure the necessary county permits before installing two underground diesel fuel tanks at the site of its new facility at Ind. 49 and U.S. 6.

June 28, 2014 10:45 pm
Portage man pleads guilty to child molesting

Portage man pleads guilty to child molesting

VALPARAISO | A 44-year-old Portage man pleaded guilty Friday to a felony count of child molesting.

June 27, 2014 6:15 pm

Woman wins wrongful arrest case against Gary police

HAMMOND | A Gary woman was awarded $25,000 Tuesday by a federal judge in her civil suit alleging an illegal arrest at the hands of city police, according to court records.

June 25, 2014 11:26 am

Porter hospital strikes deal with county on value of new building

VALPARAISO | The two-year battle over the taxable value of Porter Regional Hospital is over and just in time for the health care provider to walk away Tuesday night with 10 years of tax breaks that had been at risk.

June 24, 2014 8:04 pm

Valpo announces region's first tech startup program

VALPARAISO | The city is home to the region's first effort to help new technology companies get off to a strong start and survive in the marketplace.

June 23, 2014 2:41 pm
State appellate court upholds testimony of dead witness in murder case

State appellate court upholds testimony of dead witness in murder case

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals has rejected a challenge to a decision by a local judge to allow videotaped statements from a dead witness to be used in an upcoming murder trial.

June 23, 2014 12:10 pm

State error worsens county's E-911 financial woes

VALPARAISO | The county's financial shortfall with E-911 has taken another hit with word that the program will receive nearly $46,000 less than expected in surcharge fees this fiscal year and next.

June 21, 2014 8:15 pm

Woman's plan to avoid sentencing foiled

VALPARAISO | An attempt by a Portage woman to avoid being sentenced for shooting and injuring a man in a South Haven bar nearly two years ago was foiled Friday.

June 20, 2014 4:15 pm
Judge rejects challenge to sex misconduct charges

Judge rejects challenge to sex misconduct charges

VALPARAISO | A judge rejected an argument Friday that prosecutors were too late in filing charges of sexual misconduct with a minor against a Porter man already convicted of child molesting.

June 20, 2014 1:50 pm
Convicted molester: New counts too late

Convicted molester: New counts too late

VALPARAISO | A Westville-area man, who pleaded guilty in 2012 to child molesting, will ask a judge Friday to dismiss one of two groups of additional charges filed against him.

June 19, 2014 7:58 pm
Arrest made in Kouts Dollar Store burglary

Arrest made in Kouts Dollar Store burglary

KOUTS | An 18-year-old Kouts man was arrested Wednesday on an accusation of burglarizing the local Dollar General store during the early morning hours of May 28.

June 18, 2014 6:30 pm

Juvenile driving moped with pants down arrested on public indecency charge

PORTER TOWNSHIP | A juvenile was taken into custody Tuesday night on a public indecency charge after two female joggers reported the boy exposed himself while driving a moped along County Road 675 West.

June 18, 2014 5:20 pm
Tan van sought in Pines sexual assault

Tan van sought in Pines sexual assault

THE PINES | Porter County police are searching for a tan-colored van with a brown stripe on the side that is believed to have been involved in a sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

June 18, 2014 4:51 pm Photos

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Third pod opened at Porter County jail

VALPARAISO | The third pod was opened at the Porter County Jail on Monday and there is already a full house, Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain told the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 2:57 pm
Union Township fire under investigation

Union Township fire under investigation

UNION TOWNSHIP | An early morning fire that destroyed a bi-level house, garage, shed and vehicle at 772 W. County Road 50 North remains under investigation by several agencies, according to Union Township Fire Chief Tim Beach.

June 17, 2014 11:10 am

Hospital, taxpayers have lot at stake in property value fight

VALPARAISO | It does not take a lot of number crunching to understand why Porter Regional Hospital is putting up such a fight to lower the assessed value of its new facility, while attempting to keep 10 years of tax breaks from flat lining.

June 14, 2014 5:00 pm
Portage attorney creates race for Porter County prosecutor

Portage attorney creates race for Porter County prosecutor

VALPARAISO | Portage attorney Stacey Whitten jumped in Friday as a Democratic candidate for Porter County prosecutor and the first female to seek the post, challenging Republican incumbent Brian Gensel's shot at a third term.

June 13, 2014 1:45 pm
Civil suit filed in Portage teacher sexting case

Civil suit filed in Portage teacher sexting case

VALPARAISO | A former Portage middle school teacher has been hit with a civil lawsuit by one of the former students with whom he was convicted of exchanging sexually suggestive text messages.

June 13, 2014 12:41 pm
Portage woman faces more jail after failing to show for sentencing

Portage woman faces more jail after failing to show for sentencing

VALPARAISO | A Portage woman will likely face more time behind bars after failing to show up for her sentencing hearing for pleading guilty to a South Haven bar shooting.

June 13, 2014 11:30 am

Substance Abuse Council enacts changes judges sought

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Substance Abuse Council is wasting no time in implementing structural changes that led to a reconciliation with local judges and the return of funding generated by court fees.

June 12, 2014 6:31 pm

Porter County reviewing 11 proposals for advice on hospital sale proceeds

VALPARAISO | Porter County has received proposals from 11 firms interested in providing advice or possibly more in the short-term handling of the $167.7 million in proceeds and interest from the sale of the former county hospital.

June 11, 2014 1:20 pm
Chesterton man pleads guilty to molesting girl

Chesterton man pleads guilty to molesting girl

VALPARAISO | A Chesterton man faces a year behind bars and seven years probation after pleading guilty Tuesday to molesting a 13-year-old girl.

June 10, 2014 4:11 pm
Man charged with posting nude photos of underage girlfriend

Man charged with posting nude photos of underage girlfriend

VALPARAISO | A 20-year-old man is charged with four felonies on allegations of posting nude photographs of an underage girlfriend online after he learned she was seeing someone else.

June 10, 2014 1:45 pm
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