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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

Competency exam ordered in federal child porn case

HAMMOND | A Valparaiso-area man has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination to determine if he is competent to face federal charges of producing and sharing child pornography.

August 20, 2014 1:43 pm

County seeking help in combating stolen road signs

VALPARAISO | It's back to school time and for the county highway department that means a surge in stolen road signs and increased safety concerns, said Interim Highway Supervisor David James.

August 20, 2014 10:51 am

County seeks review of health insurance plan

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay up to $5,000 to have a Chesterton-based firm review the county employee health insurance plan and propose cost cutting options.

August 19, 2014 3:21 pm

County takes next step toward new storm water fee

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners gave final approval Tuesday for the creation of a storm water management board, which is a preliminary step toward enacting a new fee on most residents of the unincorporated areas to fund drainage improvement work.

August 19, 2014 2:51 pm
South Haven man pleads guilty to child molesting

South Haven man pleads guilty to child molesting

VALPARAISO | A 48-year-old South Haven man pleaded guilty Monday to molesting a girl under the age of 14.

August 18, 2014 11:10 am

Porter County left in red over hospital tax settlement

VALPARAISO | Porter County government will soon be collecting the first tax payment from Porter Regional Hospital since settling a long running dispute over the value of the new site at Ind. 49 and U.S. 6.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Portage graffiti baffles police

Portage graffiti baffles police

PORTAGE | Police are not only uncertain who painted graffiti outside the University Center on Central Avenue, but are also unsure what to make of the message.

August 15, 2014 2:30 pm

Porter County maintenance employee agrees to pay back excess salary

VALPARAISO | A Porter County government maintenance employee will pay back $20,598 he was mistakenly awarded in salary and payroll deductions. The proposed agreement will be taken up next week by the county commissioners.

August 14, 2014 6:45 pm

Valpo man charged with killing wife in drunk driving crash

VALPARAISO | A 67-year-old Valparaiso man faces 12 criminal charges based on accusations he drove drunk July 4 and caused a crash that killed his wife and seriously injured a passenger in a second car.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Valpo's Promenade Development targeted by FBI

VALPARAISO | The University Promenade development in Valparaiso is the latest local target of an FBI investigation.

August 12, 2014 5:00 pm

Police: Young boy shot with BB gun

SOUTH HAVEN | Police believe a 4-year-old boy was shot with a BB gun Sunday night while walking outside with his mother.

August 12, 2014 10:59 am
Prosecutors taking second shot at sex misconduct charges

Prosecutors taking second shot at sex misconduct charges

VALPARAISO | Prosecutors are taking a second shot at charging a Porter man with felony counts of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.

August 11, 2014 3:00 pm

South Haven man jumped, gun stolen

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | A 24-year-old South Haven man told police three men jumped him outside his home Saturday night and stole a shotgun he had fired into the ground in self defense.

August 11, 2014 11:45 am

Portage site of state's first case of West Nile virus

VALPARAISO | The first human case of West Nile virus in the state has been reported in Portage, which triggered assurances from city officials that they are increasing efforts to reduce the mosquito population responsible for spreading the illness.

August 08, 2014 2:40 pm

Petition offered opposing Porter County tax increase

VALPARAISO | The public has until noon Aug. 29 to sign a petition at the county auditor's office opposing a recent property tax increase enacted by the Porter County Board of Commissioners.

August 08, 2014 1:30 pm

App aimed at curbing school violence

VALPARAISO | School authorities in Ohio may have had up to 30-day advance notice of T.J. Lane's deadly shooting spree in February 2012 had they been using an Indiana-based social media app, the countywide Safe School Committee was told Thursday.

August 06, 2014 9:12 am

Porter County moving toward new storm water fee

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners took the first step Tuesday in enacting a new fee on most residents of the unincorporated areas to address storm water concerns.

August 05, 2014 7:30 pm
Bond reduced after defendant apologies to judge

Bond reduced after defendant apologies to judge

VALPARAISO | Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford agreed Tuesday the lower the bond on a defendant, who had acted in an "obstructive and aggressive" manner with Bradford during an earlier hearing.

August 05, 2014 5:00 pm

County may tap hospital sale money to cover $3.6M insurance shortfall

VALPARAISO | When most members of the Porter County Council approved this year's budget with employee raises and new jailers, they did so knowing they would have to come back and address a shortfall of millions for employee health insurance.

August 05, 2014 4:30 pm

Two found dead of possible drug overdoses

UNION TOWNSHIP | Two young people were found dead Monday morning of what officials believe may be drug overdoses.

August 05, 2014 3:15 pm
Government employees, teachers leaving to avoid retirement losses

Government employees, teachers leaving to avoid retirement losses

Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford will begin a sixth term in January without the benefit of his staff of three and their combined 67 years of experience at his side.

August 02, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Veterans' needs highlighted at local festival

Veterans' needs highlighted at local festival

SOUTH HAVEN | New Jersey resident Eric Peters received the type of warm welcome Saturday at American Legion Post 502 that he had hoped to get when he filed a claim after coming under fire a couple years ago with the Army in Afghanistan.

August 02, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Bond money to be provided to victim's family in molest case

Bond money to be provided to victim's family in molest case

VALPARAISO | A 44-year-old Portage man, who pleaded guilty to child molesting, was set Friday to receive the balance of his $2,000 bond until the victim's mother told the court he had borrowed the money from her with the promise to pay it back.

August 01, 2014 6:00 pm
FBI continues probe into Portage mayor

FBI continues probe into Portage mayor

PORTAGE | The FBI has widened its investigation into Portage Mayor James Snyder to include plane tickets and travel expenses he funded through the city and/or its utility department from campaign funds.

July 31, 2014 7:00 pm
Portage man accused of firing gun in backyard

Portage man accused of firing gun in backyard

PORTAGE | A 23-year-old man faces drug and gun-related charges on an accusation of firing a handgun numerous times in his backyard at 2443 Odell St.

July 31, 2014 1:57 pm
Cops: Man told police dog 'Bring it on!'

Cops: Man told police dog 'Bring it on!'

PORTAGE | A Portage man faces numerous charges following a bizarre home invasion Tuesday night in the 6800 block of Fox Tail Avenue.

July 30, 2014 10:00 pm

Former Lake Station school treasurer pleads guilty to theft

VALPARAISO | A former Lake Station elementary school extracurricular treasurer pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to theft from a federally funded organization.

July 30, 2014 9:33 pm
Judge gives six years in "horrific" child abuse case

Judge gives six years in "horrific" child abuse case

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso woman was sentenced Tuesday to six years behind bars in a child abuse case the judge called horrific.

July 29, 2014 1:15 pm Photos

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Man faces 10-year sentence for molesting infant

Man faces 10-year sentence for molesting infant

VALPARAISO | A 22-year-old Michigan City man faces a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Monday to molesting an infant girl.

July 28, 2014 12:25 pm

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
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