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Texting while driving simulator a real killer

Texting while driving simulator a real killer

Tarenger Costello, of Chesterton, tries the AWARE-TXT Simulator at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso  in November. 

16 hours ago
Charges filed in Gary cop's shooting death

Charges filed in Gary cop's shooting death

Allie Westerfield speaks during a press conference held by Lake Sheriff John Buncich on Thursday discussing the charges against Carl Le'Ellis Blount.

July 24, 2014 3:42 pm
Charges filed in Gary cop's shooting death

Charges filed in Gary cop's shooting death

Lake Sheriff John Buncich holds a press conference Thursday discussing the charges against Carl Le'Ellis Blount.

July 24, 2014 3:40 pm
Charges filed in Gary cop's shooting death

Charges filed in Gary cop's shooting death

Lake Sheriff John Buncich holds a press conference Thursday discussing the charges against Carl Le'Ellis Blount.

July 24, 2014 3:37 pm
Whole Foods Groundbreaking

Whole Foods Groundbreaking

Officials from Whole Foods, the town of Schererville and others gathered Thursday for a groundbreaking at Main Street and Indianapolis Boulevard. The location will be Whole Foods' first in Northwest Indiana.

July 24, 2014 12:48 pm
Whole Foods Groundbreaking

Whole Foods Groundbreaking

Officials from Whole Foods, the town of Schererville and others gathered Thursday for a groundbreaking at Main Street and Indianapolis Boulevard. The location will be Whole Foods' first in Northwest Indiana.

July 24, 2014 12:49 pm
Whole Foods Groundbreaking

Whole Foods Groundbreaking

Officials from Whole Foods, the town of Schererville and others gathered Thursday for a groundbreaking at Main Street and Indianapolis Boulevard. From left is Bruce Boyer, of Boyer Properties, Nicholas Wibbenmeyer, senior vice president and market officer for Regency Centers, and Michael Bas…

July 24, 2014 12:48 pm
The Blue Top Drive-In

The Blue Top Drive-In

Highland's Blue Top Drive-In now features an ice cream shop area with original booths from the 1940s. 

July 24, 2014 11:10 am
The Blue Top Drive-In

The Blue Top Drive-In

Highland's Blue Top Drive-In prepares to make a triumphant return with Thursday's "soft opening."

July 24, 2014 11:11 am
The Blue Top Drive-In

The Blue Top Drive-In

An antique-style jukebox is a part of the collection of memorabilia in the dining room of Highland's Blue Top Drive-In. 

July 24, 2014 11:11 am
Historical Blue Top Drive-In returns under new ownership

Historical Blue Top Drive-In returns under new ownership

Hammond native John Golfis has been working on Highland's Blue Top Drive-In for eight months in preparation for its return. The local business was rescued by Golfis, who also owns the Simon Sez restaurant in Merrillville — another well-known pit stop for cruisers. Blue Top will be open from …

July 24, 2014 11:10 am
The Blue Top Drive-In

The Blue Top Drive-In

Highland's Blue Top Drive-In prepares to make a triumphant return. The local business was rescued by new owner and Hammond native John Golfis, who also bought the Simon Sez restaurant in Merrillville about nine years ago. He has seen revenue grow revenue threefold since. "Every night's a cru…

July 24, 2014 11:10 am
Charges expected today in Gary cop's shooting death

Charges expected today in Gary cop's shooting death

FILE - Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Lisa Weilhamer holds a portrait of Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield at 13th Ave. and Broadway July 15 in preparation for the funeral procession that stopped for his release from duty at the site of the old Gary Police headquarters where Westerf…

July 24, 2014 11:03 am
Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

The property next to the Jackson family home at 2300 Jackson St., in Gary, will serve as an online merchandise pickup site starting in August. The building, 2306 Jackson St., will open in conjunction with festivities celebrating what would have been Michael Jackson's 56th birthday.

July 23, 2014 5:00 pm
Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

The building next to the Jackson family home at 2300 Jackson St., Gary, will become a merchandise pickup location for official Michael Jackson memorabilia. The site, 2306 Jackson St., will open in conjunction with festivities celebrating what would have been Michael Jackson's 56th birthday.

July 23, 2014 5:00 pm
Home sales remain on even keel

Home sales remain on even keel

A Realtor shows a home in Valparaiso to a buyer. The June drop in Northwest Indiana home sales was the smallest of this year on a year-over-year basis, marking a reversal of the steeper drops seen at the beginning of the year.

July 22, 2014 9:46 am
Waves on Lake Michigan

Waves on Lake Michigan

Lisa Newhuis, of the Miller section of Gary, sits on the beach July 15 at Marquette Park with her dog Eli. Gary's access to Lake Michigan is one of the city's chief assets.

July 22, 2014 12:00 am
One of Lake's oldest bridges about to pass into history

One of Lake's oldest bridges about to pass into history

Lake County is donating the iron bridge over the Kankakee River near the Grand Kankakee Marsh, one of Lake County's oldest bridges, to the Kankakee Valley Historical Society.

July 18, 2014 5:33 pm
One of Lake's oldest bridges about to pass into history

One of Lake's oldest bridges about to pass into history

Lake County is donating the iron bridge over the Kankakee River near the Grand Kankakee Marsh, one of Lake County's oldest bridges, to the Kankakee Valley Historical Society. Later this year, work crews will dismantle the one-lane, steel truss bridge from the 1920s and transport the 169-foot…

July 18, 2014 5:32 pm
One of Lake's oldest bridges about to pass into history

One of Lake's oldest bridges about to pass into history

Lake County is donating the iron bridge over the Kankakee River near the Grand Kankakee Marsh, one of Lake County's oldest bridges, to the Kankakee Valley Historical Society.

July 18, 2014 5:32 pm
Spatula-style outreach

Spatula-style outreach

Methodist sous chef Greg Kretchma, of Crown Point, creates an epanada with spinach/strawberry salad and watermelon salsa during the farmers market at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary. In an effort to fight the obesity problem and educate residents about healthy eating and cooking…

July 18, 2014 5:00 pm
Spatula-style outreach

Spatula-style outreach

Methodist sous chef Greg Kretchma, of Crown Point, creates an epanada with spinach/strawberry salad and watermelon salsa during the farmers market at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary. Hospital chefs conduct cooking classes at the markets to promote healthy eating.

July 18, 2014 5:01 pm
Spatula-style outreach

Spatula-style outreach

Davona Lillie, of Crown Point, looks over tomatoes and other vegetables Friday with her husband, Simon Lillie Jr., at the Methodist Hospitals farmers market in Gary.

July 18, 2014 5:01 pm
Spatula-style outreach

Spatula-style outreach

In an effort to fight the obesity problem and educate residents about healthy eating and cooking, Methodist Hospitals food services workers are offering a farmers market and food fair every Friday through August at the Northlake Campus.

July 18, 2014 5:00 pm
Crews extinguish tire fire in Crown Point

Crews extinguish tire fire in Crown Point

Members of the Crown Point Fire-Rescue Department extinguish a tire fire near 121st Avenue and Iowa Street.

July 18, 2014 12:50 pm
Crews extinguish tire fire in Crown Point

Crews extinguish tire fire in Crown Point

Crown Point firefighters put out a tire fire near 121st Avenue and Iowa Street.

July 18, 2014 12:48 pm
Crews extinguish tire fire in Crown Point

Crews extinguish tire fire in Crown Point

Crown Point firefighters put out a tire fire near 121st Avenue and Iowa Street.

July 18, 2014 12:44 pm
Crews extinguish tire fire in Crown Point

Crews extinguish tire fire in Crown Point

Firefighters with the Crown Point Fire-Rescue Department extinguish a tire fire near 121st Avenue and Iowa Street.

July 18, 2014 12:46 pm
New Porter County Fair queen begins reign

New Porter County Fair queen begins reign

Madeline Johnson, far right was crowned Miss 2014 Porter County Fair Queen on Thursday night during the Miss 2014 Porter County Fair Queen Pageant. From left is second runner-up Madison Bellorado, Miss Photogenic Kaitlyn Waltz, Miss Congeniality and first runner-up Lauren Tehan and Johnson. 

July 17, 2014 9:13 pm
New Porter County Fair queen begins reign

New Porter County Fair queen begins reign

Britta Ringas, right, 2013 Porter County Fair Queen, crowns Madeline Johnson 2014 Miss Porter County Fair Queen on Thursday night at Paul Sur Park Place Pavilion during opening day of the Porter County Fair. Johnson was chosen from 14 contestants during the 54th annual Porter County Fair Que…

July 17, 2014 9:13 pm
Porter County Fair Queen Pageant

Porter County Fair Queen Pageant

Madeline Johnson is crowned Miss 2014 Porter County Fair Queen by 2013 Queen Britta Ringas Thursday night at the Park Place Pavilion during the Porter County Fair. Johnson was chosen from 14 contestants during the Miss 2014 Porter County Fair Queen Pageant, the 54th anniversary of the Porter…

July 17, 2014 9:07 pm
New Porter County Fair queen begins reign

New Porter County Fair queen begins reign

Madeline Johnson is crowned Fair Queen on Thursday during opening day of the 2014 Porter County Fair.

July 17, 2014 8:48 pm
Porter County Fair

Porter County Fair

Hot-air balloons launched Thursday from the Porter County Fairgrounds.

July 17, 2014 6:56 pm
Dillinger Museum escaping to Crown Point

Dillinger Museum escaping to Crown Point

Photographs and artifacts fill the John Dillinger Museum at the Indiana Welcome Center, home to the South Shore Convention and Visitors Center, in Hammond. The SSCVA Board of Directors on Thursday approved an eight-year contract to move the museum to the Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown P…

July 17, 2014 5:41 pm
Porter County Fair

Porter County Fair

Fair-goers line up to buy tickets to ride Thursday at the Porter County Fair, which opened Thursday and features food, rides, exhibits, entertainment and more. The fair runs through July 26.

July 17, 2014 5:32 pm
Porter County Fair

Porter County Fair

The Porter County Fair opened Thursday featuring food, rides, exhibits, entertainment and more. The fair runs through July 26.

July 17, 2014 5:32 pm
Porter County Fair

Porter County Fair

Ashton Calaway, 16, of Lisle, Ill., rides on the Matterhorn with her aunt Linda Calaway, of Portage, Thursday during opening day at the Porter County Fair.

July 17, 2014 5:32 pm
Mark Colp, wood carver at porter county fair

Mark Colp, wood carver at porter county fair

Mark Colp, of Lakeport, CA uses a chainsaw like a painter uses a brush, creating wood sculptures from trees while Zeke Ketchum, of Kouts watches at left. Colp and his wife, Barbara are at the Porter County Fair this week giving demonstrations with Bear Hollow Wood Carvers through July 21.

July 17, 2014 5:01 pm
Mark Colp, wood carver at porter county fair

Mark Colp, wood carver at porter county fair

Gilbert Draus, left, of New Lenox, Ill., and his brother, Ronald Draus, of Valparaiso, watch Mark Colp, of Lakeport, Calif., work on a wood sculpture Thursday at the Porter County Fair.

July 17, 2014 4:45 pm
Mark Colp, wood carver at porter county fair

Mark Colp, wood carver at porter county fair

Mark Colp, of Lakeport, Calif., uses a chain saw like a painter uses a brush, creating wood sculptures from trees. Colp and his wife, Barbara, are at the Porter County Fair this week giving demonstrations of his work with Bear Hollow Wood Carvers through July 21.

July 17, 2014 4:44 pm
Mark Colp, wood carver at porter county fair

Mark Colp, wood carver at porter county fair

Mark Colp, of Lakeport, Calif., uses a chain saw like a painter uses a brush, creating wood sculptures from trees. Colp and his wife, Barbara, are at the Porter County Fair this week giving demonstrations of his work with Bear Hollow Wood Carvers through July 21.

July 17, 2014 4:45 pm
Day camp kids scream for t-shirts Wednesday

Day camp kids scream for t-shirts Wednesday

Day camp kids scream for t-shirts Wednesday as the RailCats played Fargo-Moorhead during a day game at U.S. Steel Yard.

July 16, 2014 7:25 pm
The RailCats' Stephen Bougher

The RailCats' Stephen Bougher

The RailCats' Stephen Bougher pitches against Fargo-Moorhead on Wednesday at U.S. Steel Yard.

July 16, 2014 7:24 pm
The RailCats' Miles Walding

The RailCats' Miles Walding

The RailCats' Miles Walding pulls down a fly ball hit by Fargo-Moorhead's Brandon Tripp in the second inning Wednesday.

July 16, 2014 7:25 pm
The RailCats' Stephen Bougher pitches against Fargo-Moorhead on Wednesday.

The RailCats' Stephen Bougher pitches against Fargo-Moorhead on Wednesday.

The RailCats' Stephen Bougher prepares to pitch against Fargo-Moorhead on Wednesday.

July 16, 2014 7:25 pm
The RailCats' Drew Martinez

The RailCats' Drew Martinez

The RailCats' Drew Martinez gets a base hit in the third inning against Fargo-Moorhead on Wednesday at U.S. Steel Yard.

July 16, 2014 7:25 pm
The RailCats' Stephen Bougher pitches against Fargo-Moorhead

The RailCats' Stephen Bougher pitches against Fargo-Moorhead

The RailCats' Stephen Bougher pitches against Fargo-Moorhead on Wednesday at U.S. Steel Yard.

July 16, 2014 7:24 pm
Officers return to site of fatal officer shooting for memorial

Officers return to site of fatal officer shooting for memorial

Joe Hamer, chairman of the critical response incident and memorial committee for the state Fraternal Order of Police, left comforts family members Wednesday as a cross was erected in memory of Gary police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield who was killed in the line of duty July 6.

July 16, 2014 5:12 pm
Officers return to site of fatal officer shooting for memorial

Officers return to site of fatal officer shooting for memorial

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, members of Gary Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 and family members of Gary police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield place plastic flowers at the base of a cross that was erected Wednesday on 26th Avenue near Van Buren.

July 16, 2014 5:11 pm
Officers return to site of fatal officer shooting for memorial

Officers return to site of fatal officer shooting for memorial

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, second from left, speaks after a cross was erected at the site where Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield was killed on July 6. The event was a joint effort by Gary Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 61, Lake County FOP Lodge 125, Lake County Police Union Local 7…

July 16, 2014 5:05 pm
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