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Valpo man's company to cremate murder victim for free

Valpo man's company to cremate murder victim for free

A Valparaiso man will provide cremation services free of charge for the family of a teen found strangled to death in a Hammond motel Friday night.

October 22, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Family raising funds to send victim's body home

Family raising funds to send victim's body home

The family of a teen found strangled to death in a Hammond motel room is working to raise funds to have the woman cremated and her remains sent home to Colorado.

October 21, 2014 1:48 pm Photos

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Feds: Woman who disappeared with Gary biker gang leader dead

Feds: Woman who disappeared with Gary biker gang leader dead

A Crown Point woman who disappeared with the leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang when he went on the run from the law 17 years ago died fleeing authorities who captured him last week, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service said early Monday.

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Aunt: Victim had just moved to region

Aunt: Victim had just moved to region

Afrika Hardy was a tough kid with a rough background who moved back to the Chicago area to find work but instead met her demise in a Hammond motel, her aunt said Monday.

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Study: Ind. needs $10M for water planning

PORTAGE | The author of a study on the link between water and Indiana's economy is calling on region environmental leaders to push for a state planner dedicated to turning the data into action.

October 20, 2014 12:00 am

Cops seeking public's help in Chicago Heights homicide case

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Investigators are asking for the public's help in their probe of a homicide there earlier this week.

October 16, 2014 10:53 am
Blaze destroys Calumet Township business

Blaze destroys Calumet Township business

CALUMET TOWNSHIP | A longtime Calumet Township business went up in flames Wednesday as wind and a lack of hydrants hampered firefighting efforts.

October 01, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Gary toddler's death ruled a homicide

GARY | The death of a 22-month-old Gary child Tuesday has been ruled a homicide.

October 01, 2014 11:35 am
Closed movie theater catches fire in Hobart

Closed movie theater catches fire in Hobart

HOBART | Crews working to demolish the former Loews movie theater across from Southlake Mall are believed to have sparked a blaze there late Saturday morning, fire officials said.

September 27, 2014 6:56 pm Photos

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Child, 12, bitten by loose dog in Dyer park

DYER | A 12-year-old girl required stitches in her legs and a hand after being bitten by a large dog running loose early Sunday afternoon in a Dyer park.

September 15, 2014 5:20 pm
Planned Parenthood working to empower incarcerated boys

Planned Parenthood working to empower incarcerated boys

MERRILLVILLE | Diane Pike believes the juvenile offenders at Camp Summit want the same things as every other teen their age.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am Related
Life lessons cultivated at Camp Summit

Life lessons cultivated at Camp Summit

Editor's note: The names of juveniles quoted in this report have been changed to protect their identities.

September 13, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Rose Ride planned in memory of fallen Merrillville officer

The Unforgotten Souls Motorcycle Club on Wednesday announced a Rose Ride in Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz's memory will take place Thursday night.

September 10, 2014 9:15 pm
Hammond bar demolished after suspected arson fires

Hammond bar demolished after suspected arson fires

HAMMOND | City officials demolished a bar Wednesday that served as the scene of the city's most recent homicide after two suspected arson fires there in less than 24 hours.

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Camp Summit's future uncertain

Camp Summit's future uncertain

LAPORTE | Gov. Mike Pence's office on Monday said the planned closure of the state's Camp Summit youth offender site on Oct. 1 is on hold for now.

September 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Health concerns at center of EC lead, arsenic cleanup

Health concerns at center of EC lead, arsenic cleanup

EAST CHICAGO | Removing the risk to human health caused by more than a century of lead and arsenic contamination in soil in one East Chicago neighborhood is the top priority of a $26 million settlement reached this week, officials said.

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Forecaster: Warmer, drier winter ... for now

Forecaster: Warmer, drier winter ... for now

As people prepare to fire up the grills and head to the beach for one last summer hurrah this Labor Day weekend, thoughts of colder days ahead come to mind.

August 29, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Lynwood crews respond to suspicious fire

Firefighters from four area departments responded Tuesday night to a fire on Stoney Island Avenue that fire officials deemed suspicious.

August 27, 2014 6:00 pm
Flooding rains slam region again

Flooding rains slam region again

A strong, slow-moving thunderstorm hit western Lake County on Saturday afternoon, closing U.S. 30 in both directions near U.S. 41 and stranding some motorists in floodwaters.

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Charges filed in Harvey hostage standoff

Charges filed in Harvey hostage standoff

HARVEY | A Cook County judge set bond Friday for two suspects charged in the 21-hour Harvey hostage standoff that injured two officers earlier this week.

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Official defends parole system following Harvey hostage incident

Official defends parole system following Harvey hostage incident

HARVEY | An Illinois Department of Corrections official defended the parole system Friday after questions arose surrounding two men charged in this week's Harvey hostage standoff that left two police officers with gunshot wounds.

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Fire quickly contained at U.S. Steel

GARY | Production at U.S. Steel's Gary Works continued as usual following a fire there Tuesday morning.

August 19, 2014 9:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 43: Fair Oaks Farms

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 43: Fair Oaks Farms

It's Northwest Indiana's version of Moo & Oink.

August 17, 2014 8:20 am Photos

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Hobart unveils county's first CNG-fueled garbage truck

Hobart unveils county's first CNG-fueled garbage truck

Region dignitaries gathered in Hobart on Monday morning to unveil Lake County's first compressed natural gas-powered garbage truck.

August 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Researchers find new hole at Mount Baldy dune

Researchers find new hole at Mount Baldy dune

MICHIGAN CITY | Researchers looking into the cause of a hole at Mt. Baldy that trapped a 6-year-old boy last summer said Thursday morning that they have found a new hole in the sand dune.

August 14, 2014 1:05 pm Video Photos

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SUV crashes on Bishop Ford after Cal City cop chase

CALUMET CITY | A man suspected of trying to burglarize cars in Calumet City crashed on the Bishop Ford freeway early Tuesday following a brief police chase, police said.

August 12, 2014 10:45 am

Three shot when gunfire erupts outside M'ville club

MERRILLVILLE | Three people were shot early Monday when gunfire broke out in a crowd of hundreds outside of a Merrillville dance club, police said.

August 11, 2014 8:35 am
Investigators searching for clues to Highland apartment fire

Investigators searching for clues to Highland apartment fire

HIGHLAND | Investigators began a probe Friday of an apartment building fire believed to have displaced 22 families Thursday.

August 01, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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1,000 feet of electrical wire stolen from NIPSCO poles

GARY | Thieves got away with 1,000 feet of live electrical wires spanning six NIPSCO poles early Wednesday in Gary, police and NIPSCO representatives said.

August 01, 2014 4:45 pm
Catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in E.C. South Shore lot

Catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in E.C. South Shore lot

EAST CHICAGO | Catalytic converters were stolen from six vehicles Monday morning in the parking lot of the East Chicago South Shore commuter rail station.

July 29, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Body found washed ashore on Whiting beach

WHITING | Investigators are working to determine if a body found washed ashore Monday night on a Whiting beach is that of a Chicago man missing in Lake Michigan since May.

July 29, 2014 6:41 pm
Calls of tiger on the loose in Gary prompt police search

Calls of tiger on the loose in Gary prompt police search

GARY | Police searched the city's Glen Park neighborhood late Thursday night and early Friday after receiving vague reports of a tiger on the loose there.

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 18: World's Fair homes

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 18: World's Fair homes

Love it or hate it, the region is intrinsically linked to Chicago, and one of its landmarks is a hand-me-down from the Windy City.

July 23, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO | Pshion Patterson, of East Chicago, brought her young nieces and nephews to City Hall on Tuesday morning to teach them a lesson. 

July 22, 2014 5:31 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 17: Lake Michigan

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 17: Lake Michigan

For Regionites, it is simply "The Lake."

July 22, 2014 12:00 am
Part of U.S. 20 renamed for Rudy Clay

Part of U.S. 20 renamed for Rudy Clay

GARY | The city of Gary paused for an hour of celebration Friday during a week plagued with violent deaths to honor the memory of the the city's greatest cheerleader, the late Mayor Rudy Clay.

July 11, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Elderly woman stabbed to death at Methodist hospital; husband killed in Gary

Elderly woman stabbed to death at Methodist hospital; husband killed in Gary

MERRILLVILLE | A person of interest is in custody following the stabbing death of a female patient at The Methodist Hospitals' Southlake campus in Merrillville early Friday.

July 11, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Elderly woman stabbed to death at Methodist hospital; husband killed in Gary

Elderly woman stabbed to death at Methodist hospital; husband killed in Gary

MERRILLVILLE | A person of interest is in custody following the stabbing death of a female patient at The Methodist Hospitals' Southlake campus in Merrillville early Friday.

July 11, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Breast implant serial numbers led to ID of slain C.P. flight attendant

Breast implant serial numbers led to ID of slain C.P. flight attendant

CROWN POINT | A serial number on the breast implants of a United Airlines flight attendant from Crown Point found murdered in the trunk of her car in Gary led to her positive identification by officials.

July 10, 2014 8:31 pm Photos

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NIPSCO: Power to be restored Thursday

NIPSCO: Power to be restored Thursday

The 10,000 NIPSCO customers remaining without power more than 48 hours after powerful storms and two tornadoes ripped through Northwest Indiana should have had it restored by late Thursday night.

July 03, 2014 1:33 pm Photos

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Electricity expected to be back for all residents Thursday; experts confirm 2 NWI tornadoes

Electricity expected to be back for all residents Thursday; experts confirm 2 NWI tornadoes

Days after powerful storms tore through the region, 18,500 NIPSCO customers remained without power Wednesday night and officials confirmed one tornado southeast of Lowell and another near DeMotte.

July 02, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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Hot water heater malfunction temporarily closes St. John library

ST. JOHN | A burst valve on a hot water heater Sunday flooded a back room at the St. John branch of the Lake County Public Library, forcing its closure on Monday.

June 30, 2014 11:10 am

Chicago boater's body recovered from lake near Central Beach

BEVERLY SHORES | The body of Chicago man who went missing in Lake Michigan in late May was recovered near Central Beach Thursday night.

June 27, 2014 6:35 am
Local fans cheer on U.S. in World Cup soccer

Local fans cheer on U.S. in World Cup soccer

MERRILLVILLE | Robert Suarez, of Lowell, and his daughter Allison Suarez, 12, wore their U.S. soccer team loyalty on their sleeves Thursday, and around their necks, and on their heads.

June 26, 2014 4:40 pm Photos

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Man, 33, shot in Hammond; person of interest in custody

HAMMOND | A 33-year-old Hammond man was shot on Calumet Avenue around 7 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

June 25, 2014 7:38 pm

Hammond investigating blaze at auto detailing business

HAMMOND | Hammond fire inspectors are investigating a blaze at an auto detailing shop there early Wednesday morning.

June 25, 2014 7:30 pm

Three Harvey firefighters injured battling blaze

HARVEY | Three Harvey firefighters were sent to a local hospital Tuesday night after a roof on a burning building collapsed on them.

June 25, 2014 7:53 am
Beverly Shores named world's seventh Dark Sky Community

Beverly Shores named world's seventh Dark Sky Community

BEVERLY SHORES | A grass-roots effort by Beverly Shores residents to curb light pollution along Lake Michigan's shores has been recognized by an international organization.

June 24, 2014 6:25 pm

Hammond man killed in motorcycle accident

HAMMOND | A 24-year-old Hammond man died Monday afternoon after a motorcycle crash there, officials said.

June 24, 2014 6:15 pm

Police close St. Thomas More fest early after fight breaks out in crowd

MUNSTER | Police from four communities worked to shut down the St. Thomas More Parish Festival Sunday night after a fight broke out there, police said.

June 23, 2014 5:20 pm
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