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Community mourns for Whiting boy killed in hit-and-run

Community mourns for Whiting boy killed in hit-and-run

WHITING | Strangers and friends stopped by a memorial Thursday afternoon to pay their respects for a 12-year-old boy killed in a hit-and run crash. 

April 17, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Hammond garage destroyed by fire

HAMMOND | An attached garage on a home in Hammond was destroyed by fire Wednesday night, fire officials said.

April 17, 2014 8:42 am

Suburban man shot in home invasion after win at Horseshoe casino

A Palos Heights man was beaten and shot in a home invasion early Tuesday after returning home from Horseshoe Casino in Hammond with a large amount of money from gambling winnings, police said.

April 16, 2014 11:30 am
Region doctor, children killed in I-65 crash

Region doctor, children killed in I-65 crash

A Rensselaer doctor and two of his children were killed Monday night in one of several crashes that plagued the region as snow hit the area.

April 15, 2014 8:35 pm Photos

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Original Sanfratello's Pizza in Glenwood closed, trying to reopen

GLENWOOD | The original Sanfratello's Pizza in Glenwood closed on Monday after 45 years in business, the owner and founder said Thursday.

April 10, 2014 9:11 am
Expert: No major impact of BP oil spill on wildlife expected

Expert: No major impact of BP oil spill on wildlife expected

WHITING | The release of up to 1,638 gallons of crude oil into Lake Michigan from BP's Whiting Refinery will likely not harm area wildlife -- in large part -- thanks to the long, brutal winter.

March 28, 2014 10:45 am Related
'Lovable' Gary man among 2 killed in fiery crash

'Lovable' Gary man among 2 killed in fiery crash

GARY | Two drivers were killed in a fiery collision and rollover crash early Thursday in Gary.

March 27, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Estimated size of Lake Michigan oil spill grows again

Estimated size of Lake Michigan oil spill grows again

The oil spill at the BP Whiting Refinery may be as much as three times as large as first estimated.

March 27, 2014 5:30 pm
BP says majority of surface oil recovered after spill

BP says majority of surface oil recovered after spill

WHITING | After the second day of cleanup, crews have removed the "vast majority" of surface oil floating in a Lake Michigan cove after BP Whiting Refinery discharged as much as 756 gallons of crude into the Great Lake.

March 26, 2014 8:00 pm
Neighbor rescues Hammond woman from burning home

Neighbor rescues Hammond woman from burning home

HAMMOND | Fire officials are calling a Hammond man a hero after he rescued his neighbor from her burning home Wednesday morning.

March 26, 2014 2:05 pm
Malfunction at BP Whiting Refinery sends oil into Lake Michigan

Malfunction at BP Whiting Refinery sends oil into Lake Michigan

WHITING | Hazmat-suited crews worked Tuesday to clean up an oil spill that spread across 5,000 square feet of Lake Michigan after a Monday afternoon discharge from the BP Whiting Refinery.

March 25, 2014 6:56 pm Video Photos

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Cops: Gary man steals ambulance, drives through Lake County to Chicago

Cops: Gary man steals ambulance, drives through Lake County to Chicago

A man stole a Prompt ambulance Tuesday, triggering a police chase through much of northern Lake County into south Chicago, police said.

March 18, 2014 9:00 pm

State police investigating Gary cop crash on I-65

GARY | A Gary officer crashed his squad Friday on Interstate 65 while driving to his Merrillville home to check on a burglary there, prompting a state police and an internal Gary investigation, officials said.

March 18, 2014 5:00 pm
Chesterton man missing on hiking trip in Colorado

Chesterton man missing on hiking trip in Colorado

CHESTERTON | Emergency crews are searching for a Chesterton man who went missing Friday on a hiking trip in Colorado.

March 17, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Environmentalists fighting invasive species

Environmentalists fighting invasive species

While not everyone agrees on which method is best, elected officials and federal agencies are working now more than ever to find solutions to the Asian carp invasion.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Trash turning into treasure for area waste districts

Trash turning into treasure for area waste districts

Jeff Langbehn took a look back at 2013 figures for the Lake County Solid Waste Management District early this year and was pleased with what he saw.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Partnerships credited for improved water quality

Partnerships credited for improved water quality

Water quality in the region has improved greatly over the years and more work to continue the momentum is in the works.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Region breathing easier as air quality improves

Region breathing easier as air quality improves

Northwest Indiana has a reputation for poor air quality from heavy industry and auto emissions, but studies show the the region's emissions are improving.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Chief: Hammond homicide likely drug related

HAMMOND | A 26-year-old man was identified Thursday as the person who was killed in a shooting Wednesday in Hammond, officials said.

March 13, 2014 7:02 pm

Police warn of utility scam against elderly

HOBART | Hobart police reminded residents Thursday to use caution when letting people into their homes after an 80-year-old woman was scammed this week.

March 13, 2014 6:15 pm

Missing Milwaukee child found safe in Munster

MUNSTER | A missing 1-year-old Milwaukee girl was found safe in Munster late Wednesday night thanks to the help of a local resident who noticed the child was not in a car seat and called police.

March 13, 2014 12:47 pm
Latest snowfall leaves hundreds without power

Latest snowfall leaves hundreds without power

The latest snowfall left thousands without power for most of Wednesday and caused numerous crashes.   

March 12, 2014 7:01 pm Photos

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Fire destroys Crown Point home

Fire destroys Crown Point home

CROWN POINT | Three residents are safe after their home was engulfed in flames Wednesday morning.

March 12, 2014 1:35 pm Photos

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Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

The third coldest and snowiest winter in Chicago history has clearly overstayed its welcome, but there is some good news coming from the miserable season.

March 09, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Ron Kittle lending signature to line of baseball-shaped grills

Ron Kittle lending signature to line of baseball-shaped grills

CHICAGO | Gary native and former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle is combining two of his favorite things – baseball and food – in his latest business venture.

February 28, 2014 9:42 pm

Hammond man struck, killed in apartment complex parking lot

HAMMOND | A 44-year-old Hammond man was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday night in the parking lot of his apartment complex, police said.

February 25, 2014 9:18 am
Local Ukrainian priest 'cautiously optimistic' about political changes

Local Ukrainian priest 'cautiously optimistic' about political changes

MUNSTER | The Rev. Yaroslav Mendyuk keeps a close eye on news from Ukraine and knows all too well of the struggles of those fighting for peace there.

February 24, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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E.C. activist embarks on national immigration reform campaign

E.C. activist embarks on national immigration reform campaign

Rudy Lopez once again is taking his fight for immigration reform to the streets, this time with a six-week cross-country tour.

February 24, 2014 1:45 pm
Charges filed against M'ville man in South Shore vandalism case

Charges filed against M'ville man in South Shore vandalism case

A 19-year-old Merrillville man was arrested and charged Saturday afternoon in connection with Monday's vandalism at the South Shore Gary Metro Station, police said.

February 22, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Lower temps cause slick roads, easing flooding concerns

Lower temps cause slick roads, easing flooding concerns

Lower temperatures caused black ice on some area roadways Friday morning, keeping area police busy responding to slide-off and spin-out crashes.

February 21, 2014 1:40 pm Related
Potholes flattening tires as rain, warmer temps move through region

Potholes flattening tires as rain, warmer temps move through region

Though Northwest Indiana motorists got a break Thursday from snow, many spent the day driving around potholes, in dense fog and high standing water. 

February 20, 2014 1:52 pm Photos

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NIPSCO launching second phase of electric vehicle charging stations

NIPSCO launching second phase of electric vehicle charging stations

HOBART | Public entities interested in adding electric vehicle charging stations to their properties can apply for them through a NIPSCO program announced Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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NIPSCO launching second phase of electric vehicle charging stations

NIPSCO launching second phase of electric vehicle charging stations

Rob Higley, director of marketing for Crosspoint Kinetics of Indianapolis, left, speaks to Jared Aladenika and Felicx Reyes, right at the South Shore Clean Cities annual meeting. Aladenika and Reyes are sophomores at Alan B. Shephard High School in Palos Heights.

February 18, 2014 2:22 pm
Coroner's office seeking public's help in finding families of deceased

Coroner's office seeking public's help in finding families of deceased

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Coroner's office is asking for the public's help in locating family members of two local people who recently died.

February 14, 2014 8:39 am
Senior club where 5 were shot in Gary had history of trouble

Senior club where 5 were shot in Gary had history of trouble

GARY | The senior club where five people were shot late Wednesday was not registered to do business in the state after failing to file documents regarding its nonprofit status, officials said Thursday.

February 13, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Big chill will give way to big melt

Big chill will give way to big melt

Relief is finally in sight from the bitter cold that gripped its hold on the region for weeks, but with it comes concern about flooding from melting mounds of snow.

February 12, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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2 killed hours apart, marking region's first homicides of 2014

EAST CHICAGO | A 17-year-old East Chicago boy was shot and killed in the city late Monday, marking the second homicide in Lake County in 2014.

February 11, 2014 6:32 am Related
Paul Labovitz named new National Lakeshore superintendent

Paul Labovitz named new National Lakeshore superintendent

PORTER | Paul Labovitz will serve as the new superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park Service announced Monday.

February 10, 2014 8:10 am
Winter puts chill on crime, homicides

Winter puts chill on crime, homicides

Local law enforcement officials may have found one of the few pieces of good news from the seemingly never-ending snow and below-zero temperatures this this year.

February 08, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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INDOT, Pence map road repair plans for winter weather damage

GARY│Calling this winter “one of the most brutal in recent memory,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Friday announced a strategic blitz to address a record or near-record amount of potholes on state roads and highways throughout the state.

February 07, 2014 7:41 pm

White Lodging investigating reported security breach

MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville-based White Lodging is investigating a reported breach of customer information.

February 01, 2014 8:10 pm

Man arrested with gun, ammo on PUC campus

HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet police detained an Oklahoma man Thursday with a handgun and several magazines of ammunition on suspicion he was stalking a female student of the school, officials said.

January 31, 2014 7:57 pm

Woman rescued from burning Hammond home

HAMMOND | Hammond firefighters rescued a woman from her burning home early Friday.

January 31, 2014 11:30 am

Cal City man shot near his home

CALUMET CITY | A Calumet City man was shot near his home there Thursday night, police said.

January 31, 2014 10:50 am
Black ice lingers, creates dangerous roads in region

Black ice lingers, creates dangerous roads in region

Air temperatures and wind chills were still below zero Wednesday morning, causing black ice and multiple crashes in Hammond and near the Illinois State Line.

January 29, 2014 6:16 pm Related
Region STOP team arrests one of Lake County's most wanted

Region STOP team arrests one of Lake County's most wanted

HAMMOND | The Region STOP Team arrested one of Lake County's most wanted on Tuesday night in Hammond, East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said.

January 29, 2014 6:03 am Related

Cold blast prompts call for energy conservation

The bitter cold weather and constantly running furnaces prompted some utility companies Tuesday to encourage customers to conserve energy in other ways.

January 28, 2014 12:00 pm
Frozen hydrants partially blamed in blaze that destroyed Lynwood home

Frozen hydrants partially blamed in blaze that destroyed Lynwood home

LYNWOOD | A single-family home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.

January 27, 2014 8:42 am Photos

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I-94 pileup responder: 'It was like a war zone'

I-94 pileup responder: 'It was like a war zone'

MICHIGAN CITY | Coolspring Township Fire Chief Mick Pawlik arrived Thursday to a mile of devastation on Interstate 94 near Michigan City.

January 24, 2014 7:40 pm Video Photos

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