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HAMMOND | Lake County Surveyor George Van Til defrauded taxpayers by ordering county employees to perform political campaign work on the county dime and using county equipment, prosecutors said Friday.
HAMMOND | Federal authorities in Hammond announced the indictment Friday of a Pennsylvania gun dealer on nine counts alleging he conspired with two former Lake County police officers in a public corruption case involving firearms sales.
Lake County officials who just thrust a 1.5 percent local option income tax on county breadwinners would have us all believe the Lake County Government Center roof would have collapsed without the adoption of the tax.
The voice of fiscal conservatism is often lacking in Northwest Indiana forums, and I'm hoping to change that as I take on a twice-weekly column for The Times.
Disgraced Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas resigned from office Monday, just a few hours after pleading guilty to taking more than $10,000 in kickbacks for steering city work to a contractor.
The Lake County solid waste board should steer clear of commercially unproven processes when considering future plans for consolidating the county's trash disposal, the board's chairman said.
HAMMOND | Northwest Indiana Civil War soldiers fought toe-to-toe with one of the premier generals of the Confederate army and rarely get their due credit, a Florida author said Saturday while visiting Hammond.
HAMMOND | Dozens of men from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties watched as more than a third of their 73rd Indiana Infantry regiment fell in one of of the bloodiest battles of America's bloodiest war.
Potential lawsuits are brewing in Lake County's trash-to-ethanol saga, according to a motion by solid waste officials and statements from the developer who had contracted to build and operate the plant.
After four years of failed attempts to get a Lake County trash-to-ethanol plant off the drawing room floor, waste district officials unanimously canceled the contract Thursday with a would-be developer.
HAMMOND | The century-and-a-half-old stories of Northwest Indiana's Civil War soldiers are getting new life in a Hammond exhibit opening today.
The daughter of a Hammond megachurch's founder has issued a public apology for keeping silent about "the many nefarious actions" of her father and other church leaders.
MERRILLVILLE | A Merrillville woman used a dating website to woo an Illinois man to her town where an accomplice helped her kidnap the unsuspecting suitor, federal authorities said.
MERRILLVILLE | A Merrilliville couple stole more than $86,000 through false claims filed with home and vehicle insurance companies, federal authorities allege.
CHICAGO | A labyrinth of conveyor belts, magnets and people move and sort about 600 tons of old plastic bottles, cans and used paper each day.
Two regional facilities produce enough electricity to power several thousand homes, or offset municipal power bills by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Some officials throughout the country say they have learned the grass isn't always greener when it comes to alternative methods of disposing of municipal garbage.
With at least 20 years of existing capacity at Northwest Indiana landfills -- and room for expansion well beyond that -- there is no need to hit the panic button.
The longtime champion of a Lake County trash-to-ethanol plant expects a final decision to made next month regarding whether to cancel the four-year-old contract.
HAMMOND | A former medical resident of a Northwest Indiana hospital has agreed to plead guilty to illegally prescribing narcotic painkillers, court records show.
HAMMOND | An Indiana Historical Society exhibit charting the evolving principles of freedom in America will be a part of a Northwest Indiana Civil War exhibition set for April at the Indiana Welcome Center.
Lake County saw the state's largest population decline in 2012, while Porter County experienced just a fraction of the growth it has seen in the past decade, U.S. Census estimates released Thursday show.
INDIANAPOLIS | One of the last times the 20th Indiana Infantry visited Indianapolis, near-riots ensued when then-Gov. Oliver Morton failed to deliver on promises of new rifled muskets and blue Union Army uniforms.
The post-war effects of Civil War destruction on human lives is the focus of a short drama created by a region filmmaker and set to debut at an April historical exposition in Hammond.
CROWN POINT | A man suspected of child molestation — who was twice released by Texas authorities before finally facing justice — pleaded guilty to a lesser battery charge Wednesday in Lake County court.
HAMMOND | The chaos and disrepair long characterizing the city's massive Oak Hill Cemetery should be met with order following the recent hiring of a cemetery manager, North Township officials said.
In the confusion, chaos and carnage often resulting from close-quarters Civil War combat, hundreds of region men relied on their regimental flags to show them where to rally.
A recent federal ruling paints a picture of the national alternative-fuels scene that closely mirrors what Lake County has experienced for four years in its trash-to-ethanol plan: lots of promises and no results.
INDIANAPOLIS | Two former Lake County solid waste officials are using their newly acquired legislative pulpit to pursue reforms of their former waste management district board.
Lake County solid waste officials began their first meeting of 2013 in much the same position as the last of 2012 — still waiting to see if a long-proposed trash-to-ethanol project will come to fruition.
HAMMOND | Many good works of the First Baptist Church of Hammond are being overlooked in the wake of a federal sex scandal involving its former head pastor, a church attorney said in a written release.
HAMMOND | The nearly two decades in prison given to a former Chicago police officer Friday is a "far cry" from the lifetime sentence he could have received, a Hammond federal court judge told the disgraced cop.
EAST CHICAGO | The corrupting mix of concrete and bribery continued to pave East Chicago's political landscape beyond the infamous sidewalks-for-votes scandal of the previous decade, recent federal court filings show.
A self-described region activist group claiming liberty as one of its pillars appears to have taken liberties with the facts behind a Northwest Indiana congressman's voting and legislative record.
It's a tale of two Jack Schaaps: a steadfast church leader and Christian pillar who stumbled by committing a major transgression, versus a brutal authoritarian with a penchant for extramarital affairs and sermons laced with sexual innuendo.
VALPARAISO | A century and a half ago this New Year's Day, Valparaiso's Col. Isaac Suman was recovering from Confederate bullet wounds after participating in one of the most storied stands of the Union Army during the Civil War.
HAMMOND | The wives of two region Civil War veterans and a Union Army private wounded in battle all received special Christmas Eve honors with the placement of new memorial markers at Hammond's Oak Hill Cemetery.
HAMMOND | The alleged sexual indiscretions of religious leaders associated with the First Baptist Church of Hammond didn't begin with the former head pastor's recent admission to having sex with a 16-year-old church girl.
GRIFFITH | Griffith's interim police chief sent a message as loud as a flashbang grenade early Thursday to drug dealers he believes are using his town as a "safe haven" for their illegal trade.
VALPARAISO | New Year's Eve celebrations in our divided nation may have been subdued by Civil War in 1862, but revelry was nonexistent for Valparaiso's Col. Isaac Suman.
CROWN POINT | After about four years on the run, a Texas man charged with molesting an 11-year-old Highland girl turned himself in to Lake County authorities.
HAMMOND | A federal grand jury indicted a 29-year-old Chicago man this week on charges he forced a 14-year-old Hammond girl to have sex with him in a Lansing hotel room earlier this year.
CROWN POINT | A century and a half ago, hundreds of men from Lake and Porter counties observed the holiday season on battlefields and in winter encampments in the southern states.
CROWN POINT | A Lake County commissioner said she is livid a fugitive wanted on child molestation charges was set free by Texas authorities after Lake County courts declined to extradite him.
HIGHLAND | If some alleged felons run far enough away from Lake County, they don't have to hide, because local authorities will not pursue them.
EAST CHICAGO | The marina dockmaster of East Chicago is the latest municipal employee to be painted by federal prosecutors into a mosaic of alleged crimes and corruption dating back several decades.
MERRILLVILLE | Four months into his stay at the most infamous Confederate-run prison camp of the Civil War, Merrillville Pvt. Corydon Pierce wasn't likely feeling very thankful on this day 148 years ago.
A contingent of Lake County Republicans failed in an attempt to kill the controversial trash-to-ethanol contract Thursday, just shy of the deal's four-year anniversary.
SCHNEIDER | Don Ray said he never picked a fight with police in this small south Lake County town, but ultimately he won.
GRIFFITH | Griffith's former police chief and his second-in-command were demoted following allegations of "gross misconduct" within the department, a town letter made public Friday states.
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