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Youths smash church windows, damage pole barn with ax

Youths smash church windows, damage pole barn with ax

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | Two teens dressed in Mortal Kombat Halloween costumes smashed four windows with an ax Wednesday afternoon at the South Haven Church of the Nazarene and sliced through the siding of a nearby pole barn.

September 18, 2014 4:00 pm
Good Samaritans lauded for lifesaving acts

Good Samaritans lauded for lifesaving acts

Two good Samaritans are being credited with saving the lives of two local people seriously hurt in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon.

September 10, 2014 6:15 pm

Chesterton boy, 2, dies after reported fall from trampoline

CHESTERTON | Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old Chesterton boy who died after what was reported as a fall from a trampoline last week.

July 22, 2014 5:00 pm
Valpo substitute teacher, former M'ville pastor charged with sex abuse in Kentucky

Valpo substitute teacher, former M'ville pastor charged with sex abuse in Kentucky

VALPARAISO | A local substitute teacher and former minister was arrested Friday morning in Valparaiso on sex abuse charges filed in Louisville, Ky.

May 30, 2014 10:17 pm
Officer's life-saving effort revives girl

Officer's life-saving effort revives girl

SOUTH HAVEN | Twenty-one-month old Olivia Turnick’s lips had turned blue and her eyes rolled back in her head Wednesday afternoon when her mother dialed 911 for help.

March 27, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Two men charged in Porter County catalytic converter thefts

Two men charged in Porter County catalytic converter thefts

VALPARAISO | Two men have been charged with the numerous thefts of catalytic converters in Porter County.

March 18, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Guns, drugs, cash confiscated after 120 mph chase

Guns, drugs, cash confiscated after 120 mph chase

Authorities released the names Tuesday of the five men who fled an officer during a traffic stop that led to a high-speed chase and eventual crash Monday afternoon.

February 25, 2014 11:40 am Photos

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Former NFL player Jared Tomich arrested on theft charge

Former NFL player Jared Tomich arrested on theft charge

VALPARAISO | Former NFL defensive end Jared Tomich was arrested last week on theft charges in connection to equipment missing from a health club business he ran.

February 18, 2014 12:55 pm

Pair steal tire, rim from car parked at Portage Walmart

PORTAGE | Like members of an Indy 500 pit crew, a tire was changed with clockwork precision Tuesday at Walmart.

February 12, 2014 3:07 pm
Portage police K-9 assists arrest of man who fled from officers

Portage police K-9 assists arrest of man who fled from officers

PORTAGE | A Calumet City man who ran from Portage police was apprehended after trying to fight off a K-9 officer.

February 06, 2014 10:25 am Photos

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Mixed ruling handed down in Porter County redistricting lawsuit

LAPORTE | A LaPorte County judge on Thursday ordered the Porter County commissioners to fix an apparent error made by the board when it redrew county council districts in December. But the ruling did not immediately address claims made by Councilman Jeremy Rivas that he was intentionally dra…

January 23, 2014 8:30 pm

DNR takes over investigation of skull found in Porter County

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | State preservation officials have taken over the investigation of the origin of a skull found Monday by workers installing an underground pipeline.

January 21, 2014 4:14 pm
Home burglary suspect arrested after high-speed chase in Porter County

Home burglary suspect arrested after high-speed chase in Porter County

BOONE TOWNSHIP | Police arrested a suspect in a home burglary on Monday after a high-speed pursuit through southern Porter County.

December 31, 2013 6:00 pm
Porter County deputy performs life-saving CPR on baby

Porter County deputy performs life-saving CPR on baby

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A 4-week-old baby girl is alive thanks to a Porter County sheriff's deputy who performed CPR when the girl stopped breathing.

December 23, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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Project Neighbors to buy former clinic for low-rent apartments

Project Neighbors to buy former clinic for low-rent apartments

VALPARAISO | Paul Schreiner looked out into the parking lot at Trinity Lutheran Church and couldn't help but notice a rusted out car parked there nearly every Sunday.

December 10, 2013 5:15 pm Photos

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Cops: Firefighter drives van into home, sparks blaze

Cops: Firefighter drives van into home, sparks blaze

HEBRON | A Hobart firefighter barred from his house rammed a van into the residence early Tuesday while police inside spoke to his wife about an earlier domestic incident, authorities said.

December 10, 2013 3:15 pm Photos

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Valpo store robbed twice in 10 days; police release surveillance photo

Valpo store robbed twice in 10 days; police release surveillance photo

VALPARAISO | A downtown convenience store was robbed Monday night for the second time in 10 days, and police are asking the public’s help identifying the armed suspect.

December 03, 2013 11:50 am Photos

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Police: Man pointed gun at people outside Valpo Steak 'n Shake

Police: Man pointed gun at people outside Valpo Steak 'n Shake

VALPARAISO | A Porter County man pointed a gun at three men and a woman while blocking traffic at the Steak 'n Shake parking lot Thursday morning.

November 21, 2013 3:15 pm
Man shot in Valparaiso apartment; friend of victim arrested

Man shot in Valparaiso apartment; friend of victim arrested

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso man was shot Wednesday night in an apartment by a friend during an argument, police said.

November 21, 2013 1:40 pm

Coroner: Valpo girl died from 'toxic effects of methadone'

VALPARAISO | The death of a 10-month-old girl in July was the result of a methadone overdose, according to authorities.

November 20, 2013 3:30 pm
Valparaiso-area woman among 4 killed in small plane crash in Bahamas

Valparaiso-area woman among 4 killed in small plane crash in Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas | A Valparaiso-area woman was among four people who died Sunday in a small plane crash off the Bahamas' northernmost island.

November 11, 2013 3:30 pm
Chesterton couple recalls son's sacrifice, service 30 years after Beirut bombing

Chesterton couple recalls son's sacrifice, service 30 years after Beirut bombing

CHESTERTON | People here still remember the sacrifice of Staff Sgt. Thomas Thorstad 30 years ago.

October 22, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

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Police: Porter Township man threatened to shoot girlfriend who wouldn't buy him beer

Police: Porter Township man threatened to shoot girlfriend who wouldn't buy him beer

PORTER TOWNSHIP | A Porter Township man was arrested Wednesday night after police said he pointed a handgun at his girlfriend, threatened to kill her and her son and fired a shot out his kitchen door.

September 26, 2013 5:30 pm
Luke Co. purchases Valpo's Strongbow Inn

Luke Co. purchases Valpo's Strongbow Inn

VALPARAISO | Strongbow Inn, famous for its turkey dinners and turkey pies, will be sold to Hobart-based Luke Co.

July 01, 2013 5:15 pm Photos

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Homes found for every puppy abandoned on State Park Road

Homes found for every puppy abandoned on State Park Road

VALPARAISO | All of the 17 puppies dumped Friday night along State Park Road in Porter have families lined up to adopt them.

May 15, 2013 4:30 pm Photos

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Police seek public's help identifying person who dumped puppies

Police seek public's help identifying person who dumped puppies

PORTER | Karen Read stopped late Friday night when she saw a set of eyes in the road, reflected in her headlights.

May 13, 2013 4:00 pm Photos

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Porter County election official calls Facebook polling numbers 'fabricated'

VALPARAISO | A Porter County election official expressed concern Tuesday afternoon about a post to a Facebook page purporting to report the midday status of the Union Township school referendum vote.

May 07, 2013 2:00 pm
SUV plows into upholstery store in Valparaiso

SUV plows into upholstery store in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Charles Randle had just walked out of his upholstery business Thursday morning and walked past an SUV as it pulled into the parking lot.

April 25, 2013 5:45 pm Photos

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Police: Men date same woman, stab each other

Police: Men date same woman, stab each other

PORTAGE | Two Portage men involved in a stabbing incident last week, which prompted the call-out of the Portage SWAT team, have been arrested.

April 01, 2013 11:30 am
Portage police arrest suspect in 3 armed robberies

Portage police arrest suspect in 3 armed robberies

PORTAGE | Tips from the public, along with a good vehicle description from surveillance video led to the arrest Friday of a suspect in three armed robberies in Portage in the last week.

March 23, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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Porter County coroner: Suspected heroin-related deaths on the rise

Porter County coroner: Suspected heroin-related deaths on the rise

VALPARAISO | Friday's death of a Valparaiso man appears to be the latest in an alarming increase in the number of heroin-related deaths in Porter County, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said.

March 11, 2013 5:44 pm
Landscape of Porter County changes for the better

Landscape of Porter County changes for the better

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.”

March 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Valparaiso Woman's Club seeks donations

Valparaiso Woman's Club seeks donations

VALPARAISO | A local club that’s been helping members of the community for more than 100 years is hoping the community can come to its aid.

February 06, 2013 6:15 pm

South Haven Little League hurt by thefts

SOUTH HAVEN | Any plans to construct new pavilions and possibly lights at the South Haven Little League fields are being put on hold after the theft of a tractor and a mower.

January 20, 2013 6:00 pm

Police: Man punches windshield of 73-year-old woman's car

JACKSON TOWNSHIP | A 53-year-old Jackson Township man punched and broke the windshield of a 73-year-old woman in an apparent road rage incident Wednesday morning, according to Porter County Sheriff's Department.

January 17, 2013 5:30 pm

Police: Thief leaves job application on counter before taking donation container

SOUTH HAVEN | Police said learning the name of the man who stole a donation container from the counter at a local supermarket was easy because he just had filled out a job application at the store — complete with his name, address and Social Security number.

January 17, 2013 2:30 pm
Vehicle strikes South Haven house

Vehicle strikes South Haven house

SOUTH HAVEN | A South Haven man and his wife were thrown from their bed Thursday morning when an SUV slammed through the front of their Newport Road home and barreled into their bedroom.

January 10, 2013 4:30 pm Photos

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Police: Calumet City man held women for weeks in trailer, Pine Township motel

Police: Calumet City man held women for weeks in trailer, Pine Township motel

PINE TOWNSHIP | Police arrested a man Monday morning who they said held two women at a Michigan City trailer and then a Pine Township motel.

November 19, 2012 7:15 pm

Police chase suspect from Valparaiso into Lake County

VALPARAISO | A chase from Valparaiso into Lake County ended early Tuesday after the fleeing suspect was chased down by a Valparaiso police dog.

November 06, 2012 6:00 pm
Two arrested, one sought for shooting in mobile home park

Two arrested, one sought for shooting in mobile home park

VALPARAISO | Two people were arrested and a third is being sought in connection with reports of rapid-fire gunshots Saturday at a Valparaiso-area mobile home park.

October 22, 2012 11:40 am Photos

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Rare albino raccoon trapped in Valparaiso

Rare albino raccoon trapped in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Two raccoons were trapped Thursday on the city’s west side – but one lacked the familiar mask-like markings most of the often-pesky rodents wear.

September 27, 2012 4:15 pm Photos

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Barn move signals preservation of rural landscape

Barn move signals preservation of rural landscape

MORGAN TOWNSHIP | Smiles and tears, and dozens of onlookers, greeted an old barn as it was moved Thursday to its new home in rural Porter County.

September 13, 2012 6:30 pm Photos

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Police: Union Township man abused, threatened live-in girlfriend

Police: Union Township man abused, threatened live-in girlfriend

UNION TOWNSHIP | A Union Township man was arrested Tuesday on allegations he repeatedly abused his live-in girlfriend and threatened her throughout the day on Sunday.

September 12, 2012 2:15 pm

Threatening caller detailed victim's moves while on phone

PORTER TOWNSHIP | Someone was watching a Porter Township woman Monday night and making threatening calls as police were at her home investigating.

September 04, 2012 8:05 pm
Police: Pickpocket team nabbed in Valparaiso

Police: Pickpocket team nabbed in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso police have arrested two women accused of a pickpocket scheme at local grocery and discount stores.

August 28, 2012 12:00 pm Photos

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'Stealth' vehicles used by state police to enforce traffic laws

'Stealth' vehicles used by state police to enforce traffic laws

VALPARAISO | That white pickup truck that appears to be an INDOT vehicle on the highway might be driven by a state trooper.

June 18, 2012 5:40 pm Photos

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Valpo school chief named finalist for Jeffersonville school superintendent post

Valpo school chief named finalist for Jeffersonville school superintendent post

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Schools Superintendent Andrew Melin is a finalist for the superintendent's job at the Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville.

June 05, 2012 3:45 pm

New organization helps Down syndrome children chase their dreams

VALPARAISO | A fledgling nonprofit agency that aims to provide services to children with Down syndrome and their families has much of what it needs to help support local families, minus one thing — a building to house its programs.

May 28, 2012 7:00 pm
Porter man arrested during NATO summit demonstrations

Porter man arrested during NATO summit demonstrations

CHICAGO | A Porter man is one of six people who face a felony charge after being arrested Sunday night during demonstrations at the recent NATO summit.

May 23, 2012 2:30 pm
Off-duty officer killed in Ind. 2 collision

Off-duty officer killed in Ind. 2 collision

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | An off-duty Porter County Sheriff's Department deputy was killed Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Ind. 2 and County Road 450 East in Porter County.

May 16, 2012 3:30 pm Photos

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