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20 former employees sue Lake Co. for age discrimination

HAMMOND | A group of 20 former Lake County employees filed an age discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court Friday.

April 11, 2014 5:00 pm

S'ville surgeon sentenced to year in prison for tax fraud

HAMMOND | A Schererville doctor has received a year and a day in prison for failing to collect and pay employment taxes to the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

April 11, 2014 12:45 pm
Sheriff candidates talk qualifications

Sheriff candidates talk qualifications

GARY | Lake County Sheriff John Buncich took the opportunity at Tuesday’s Lake County sheriff’s candidate debate to deny that patronage jobs exist in his department.

April 08, 2014 8:30 pm Photos


Lake Central teacher receives dual VFW awards

Lake Central teacher receives dual VFW awards

ST. JOHN | Lake Central High School students who take Tom Clark’s U.S. history class know on day one they’re going to get a folder of information to research about a soldier killed in action.

April 02, 2014 6:45 pm Photos


Hammond woman, Hebron man indicted for fraud

HAMMOND | Two people were indicted Wednesday over illegally acquiring Social Security funds.

April 02, 2014 12:15 pm
Gloves come off in Lake County sheriff's debate

Gloves come off in Lake County sheriff's debate

HAMMOND | A debate among the five candidates for Lake County sheriff Tuesday night at Purdue University Calumet began amicably, but as the event wore on attacks over political cronyism started to grate on Sheriff John Buncich.

April 01, 2014 10:15 pm Photos


Munster hoping federal grant can cover underpass $30M first phase

MUNSTER | The entire cost of the estimated $30 million for phase one of the 45th Street underpass project could all be paid for with a federal transportation grant.

March 29, 2014 5:15 pm

Munster Town Council appoints interim fire chief

MUNSTER | The Town Council has appointed Dave Pelc its interim fire chief.

March 27, 2014 11:15 pm

Munster makes Centennial Clubhouse repairs a priority

MUNSTER | Phase four of the Community Park renovation may hinge on the price for repairs to the Centennial Park Clubhouse.

March 26, 2014 7:00 pm

Lake Central focuses on improving student test scores

ST. JOHN | When it comes to ISTEP+ testing of its students, the Lake Central School Corp. wants A’s not B’s.

March 23, 2014 7:05 pm

Munster looks to replace fire chief

MUNSTER | The sudden death of Munster Fire Chief James Knesek last month left the Fire Department with a leadership void.

March 23, 2014 7:00 pm

Water could be shut off to thousands; IURC backs Gary Sanitary District billing method

GARY | The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has affirmed a Gary Sanitary District billing practice whereby residents’ utility bill payments are applied to trash pickup fees before paying down sewer bills.

March 21, 2014 6:30 pm
Jack Schaap wants sentence overturned

Jack Schaap wants sentence overturned

HAMMOND | Defrocked First Baptist Church of Hammond Pastor Jack Schaap is acting as his own attorney for the time being as he attempts to get his sentence for having sex with a minor overturned.

March 21, 2014 6:15 pm

Lake Central forced to reduce summer school offerings

ST. JOHN | Lake Central School Corp. won't be able to offer summer school for grades four through eight this year because of funding.

March 16, 2014 7:30 pm

Munster Shops tenants grapple with parking problems

MUNSTER | Tenants of Munster Shops on Calumet Avenue say they are losing money and might lose their businesses if their landlord doesn’t increase the number of parking spaces and address other concerns.

March 15, 2014 6:00 pm

Griffith man, firm hit with fines, probation in Hammond pollution case

HAMMOND | A Griffith man and his environmental firm must pay $200,000 in restitution and fines for illegally dumping waste into region sewers, a federal judge ordered Friday.

March 14, 2014 8:30 pm

Three Floyds Brewery expands operation

MUNSTER | Three Floyds Brewery can proceed with its expansion plans and a Dolton firm will relocate to Munster thanks to tax abatements granted by the Munster Town Council.

March 14, 2014 6:24 pm

Blocked rail crossings rile Munster officials

MUNSTER | The Munster Town Council wants answers from Canadian National Railway regarding a nearly 11-hour blockage Friday of a rail crossing on White Oak Avenue near 45th Street.

March 12, 2014 4:45 pm

Munster funds study to improve traffic flow on Calumet Avenue

MUNSTER | The town has commissioned a high-level study of vehicular traffic on Calumet Avenue to determine the best synchronization of traffic signals.

March 01, 2014 11:00 pm

S&P raises Munster bond rating

MUNSTER | Standard & Poor’s has raised the town’s bond rating two levels, from A to AA-.

February 27, 2014 7:53 pm

Hammond woman pleads guilty to stealing from Boilermakers union

HAMMOND | A 57-year-old Hammond woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to embezzling funds from International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 374 in Hammond.

February 27, 2014 5:50 pm

Munster plans $2 million in park improvements

MUNSTER | The town has earmarked nearly $2 million for a variety of park improvements.

February 23, 2014 7:35 pm

Lake Village man gets nearly 20 years on heroin charges

HAMMOND | A Lake Village man was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison Thursday on a federal charge of conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute.

February 20, 2014 7:30 pm

5 firms vie for contract to fix Centennial Park Clubhouse

MUNSTER | Five firms are competing to come up with the right solution to fix structural problems with the Centennial Park Clubhouse.

February 15, 2014 8:00 pm
Firefighters give Munster chief a final salute

Firefighters give Munster chief a final salute

MUNSTER | Munster Fire Chief James J. Knesek Sr.’s 34 years of dedicated service to his community was apparent Thursday by the turnout for his funeral Mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

February 13, 2014 6:45 pm Video Photos


Lake Central School Corp. going for the gold

ST. JOHN | The Lake Central School Corp. is going for the gold during the Winter Olympics.

February 09, 2014 8:45 pm

Man gets more than 4 years for robbing Munster, M'ville banks

HAMMOND | A gambling addiction and unemployment woes drove Stacy B. Davis to rob banks in Munster and Merrillville.

February 06, 2014 8:30 pm

Gary councilman pleads guilty to failing to file tax returns

HAMMOND | Gary City Councilman Ronier Scott pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns.

February 04, 2014 7:30 pm

Munster Town Council opposes elimination of business tax

MUNSTER | The Munster Town Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing a proposal by Gov. Mike Pence to eliminate the business personal property tax.

February 01, 2014 7:15 pm
Major expansion brewing at Three Floyds

Major expansion brewing at Three Floyds

MUNSTER | With the help of a property tax abatement, Three Floyds Brewing could nearly double in size.

February 01, 2014 5:05 pm

Gary man pleads guilty to producing, possessing child porn

HAMMOND | Christopher Bour pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Thursday to five felony counts involving the production and possession of pornography involving a child younger than 12 years old.

January 31, 2014 6:34 pm
Portage man gets 35 years for child sexual abuse

Portage man gets 35 years for child sexual abuse

HAMMOND | A Portage man was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl and videotaping the abuse.

January 30, 2014 8:30 pm

Hammond reports 5 percent drop in overall crime

HAMMOND | Criminal activity in Hammond continued its downward trend in 2013, as the city reported a 5 percent overall decrease in crime, according to the Police Department’s annual crime statistics report.

January 25, 2014 9:15 pm

St. John officials look to new year

ST. JOHN | There was a time, back in the days of the grassroots change agents of the Citizens Party, that Town Council meetings were pretty well attended.

January 25, 2014 8:30 pm

Lake Central schedules open houses to show off new facilities

ST. JOHN | Residents can check out the newly renovated Lake Central High School in St. John and the new Protsman Elementary School in Dyer at two upcoming open houses.

January 25, 2014 7:15 pm

Hammond firefighters reject third contract offer

HAMMOND | The city’s firefighters have rejected a third — and Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. assures final — contract offer.

January 23, 2014 7:30 pm

Hammond firefighters may be in for new contract

HAMMOND | The city’s firefighters may be getting a new contract after all.

January 18, 2014 8:15 pm

Lake Station man admits he made, distributed child porn

HAMMOND | A Lake Station man has pleaded guilty to charges alleging he produced and distributed child pornography.

January 16, 2014 6:15 pm

St. John inks deal for commercial, residential complex

ST. JOHN | The town has entered into a financial partnership with a local developer to bring a 10-acre commercial and residential development to the east side of U.S. 41.

January 11, 2014 7:30 pm

St. John Town Council elect officers, renews fire protection contract

ST. JOHN | The Town Council spent its first meeting of 2014 getting its house in order.

January 10, 2014 6:45 pm

South Holland woman faces prison on tax fraud charges

CHICAGO | A South Holland woman could faces up to six years in a federal prison for filing nearly 3,200 fraudulent federal income tax returns for clients, federal prosecutors said.

January 09, 2014 3:38 pm

Former Gary councilwoman hopes for reduced sentence because of ill health

HAMMOND | The attorney for convicted tax cheat and former Gary City Councilwoman Marilyn Krusas hopes there’s some wriggle room in the one-year-and-one-day sentence she received from a federal judge.

January 09, 2014 1:32 pm

C.P. woman pleads guilty to stealing from former employer

HAMMOND | A Crown Point woman pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to embezzling from her former employer.

January 02, 2014 7:45 pm

Hammond fire union cites safety in contract standoff

HAMMOND | Hammond Firefighters Local 556 President Edward Lomeli understands the irony of the union voting down a three-year contract with the city.

December 31, 2013 5:30 pm

Hammond puts aerial firetruck back on the streets

HAMMOND | Firetruck No. 1 is back in service effective Wednesday and that makes for a safer city, Hammond officials said.

December 31, 2013 12:15 am

Six charged on drug-related cases in federal court

HAMMOND | The federal government announced indictments of several individuals on drug related charges this week.

December 20, 2013 8:47 pm

E.C. man receives prison term for gang activity

HAMMOND | An East Chicago man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison on Friday for engaging in racketeering activity with the Imperial Gangster street gang.

December 20, 2013 8:45 pm

9 accused of staging crashes to collect insurance money

HAMMOND | Nine people were indicted Thursday on charges of staging car crashes in Northwest Indiana and Illinois to profit from insurance payouts.

December 19, 2013 6:45 pm

St. John cops arrest 2 kids on vehicle burglary charges

ST. JOHN | Police arrested two juveniles Wednesday morning on charges of stealing from cars in the Gates of St. John subdivision.

December 19, 2013 12:00 am

St. John pledges $15k to fire safety training facility

ST. JOHN | Fire Chief Fred Willman left Thursday’s Town Council meeting knowing the fire safety training facility the town operates is on strong financial footing.

December 13, 2013 7:45 pm
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