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E.C. man charged in I-94 hit-and-run

E.C. man charged in I-94 hit-and-run

BURNS HARBOR | Porter County prosecutors on Friday filed five felony charges against the East Chicago man arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that badly injured a construction worker on Interstate 94.

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Murder charge filed in death of 82-year-old South Haven man

VALPARAISO | A murder charge was filed Tuesday against the woman accused of shooting an elderly South Haven-area man to death with his own gun, stealing from him and then attempting to make it appear as though he killed himself.

January 20, 2009 12:00 am

Westville man hit, killed by Amtrak train

PINOLA | A Westville man died with a blood-alcohol concentration 7.5 times the legal driving limit when an Amtrak train crushed his pickup truck and threw him 100 feet Saturday night, an investigator said Monday.

December 18, 2007 12:00 am

2 VU hoops players accused of sexual assault

VALPARAISO | Two Valparaiso University men's basketball players have been accused of sexually assaulting a young woman while she was visiting the campus earlier this year.

August 22, 2007 12:00 am

Porter County voter turnout 'slow'

Though lines formed at many of their doors early morning, polling sites throughout Porter County saw little steady traffic Tuesday.

May 09, 2007 12:00 am

Jail inmate jumps from high railing

VALPARAISO | A Porter County Jail inmate tried to kill himself Tuesday night by jumping off a second level railing onto the concrete floor below, Porter County police said.

January 04, 2007 12:00 am

VU hoops player jailed

VALPARAISO | Jimmie Miles has been suspended from the Valparaiso University men's basketball team after being charged with misdemeanor theft. He is accused of picking up and delivering packages of fraudulently obtained cellular phones.

July 13, 2006 12:00 am

Slasher anniversary a quiet day at VHS

VALPARAISO | Despite rumors to the contrary, Wednesday was a quiet day at Valparaiso High School.

November 24, 2005 12:00 am

'A blow to the whole community'

BURNS HARBOR | A day after the devastating tragedy, a lone lifeguard sat slumped on his chair Friday, looking over the deserted beach at Lakeland Park.

August 13, 2005 12:00 am

State takes daughter of captured fugitives

The daughter of the fugitives captured and returned to Porter County Jail recently after 17 years on the run has been removed from the home of the man who has known her for years and who manages her musical career.

July 02, 2005 12:00 am

Cougar spotted west of city

VALPARAISO | A cougar sighting west of Valparaiso -- and a rumor about the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' involvement -- has some area residents concerned.

December 24, 2004 12:00 am

Porter auditor calls records audit unfair

VALPARAISO -- Porter County Auditor Sandra Vuko thinks Indiana open records investigation by eight state newspapers was flawed because it found her office did not comply with a request for public information.

October 24, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

Officer: Arrested man said 'God will kill you'

October 23, 2004 12:00 am

Cops: Roommate stabbed over loud music

HEBRON -- Luis Garcia grew angrier by the day as his roommate played the stereo too loud and took too long in the bathroom, Hebron police said.

October 23, 2004 12:00 am

Phat Cat leaves Valpo

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP -- Six months after being ordered by the Valparaiso Police Department to stop selling smoking pipes because they could be considered "drug paraphernalia," Phat Cat has moved out of downtown Valparaiso.

October 23, 2004 12:00 am

Victims of recent accidents remain hospitalized

Arthur Simon Jr., the man injured Tuesday in a natural gas explosion at his home, remained in fair condition Thursday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Simon, 53, is a resident of Broadacre Road in Lakes of the Four Seasons.

October 22, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

Homeless shelter residents fight each other

October 22, 2004 12:00 am

Mentally ill man tries to board school bus

VALPARAISO -- A mentally ill man tried to force his way onto a Valparaiso school bus occupied by about 30 elementary students Wednesday morning, but the bus driver held the door closed until police arrived to commit the man for a mental health evaluation.

October 21, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

Ex-Valparaiso man charged with molestation

October 21, 2004 12:00 am
Home explodes, owner badly injured

Home explodes, owner badly injured

LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS -- Arthur Simon Jr. flipped on a light switch at his home Tuesday night, sparking a natural gas explosion that badly injured him and blew out the walls of his home.

October 21, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

Purses, jacket stolen from Portage High

October 20, 2004 12:00 am
Hobart man crashes, spends six hours in ditch

Hobart man crashes, spends six hours in ditch

UNION TOWNSHIP -- A man whose car veered off curvy Joliet Road and plummeted 35 feet to the bottom of a watery ditch spent nearly six hours trapped in the wreckage before being spotted.

October 20, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

VALPARAISO

October 19, 2004 12:00 am

Cops: Cigarette store robbery spree snuffed out

Police say they've caught the man who robbed seven cigarette shops in Northwest Indiana during the past few weeks, but they say there's no hope of recovering the money he took.

October 19, 2004 12:00 am

Valpo cops switching to 12-hour shifts

VALPARAISO -- Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner on Thursday got the city's approval to switch patrol officers from 8-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts beginning Jan. 1.

October 17, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

Cop has drivers move crashed cars, sees trouble

October 15, 2004 12:00 am

Burglars strike two Chesterton schools

CHESTERTON -- Burglars have struck two Chesterton schools in recent days, stealing musical instruments and causing extensive damage.

October 15, 2004 12:00 am

VHS student arrested after fellow student's suicide

PORTAGE -- A Valparaiso High School student has been arrested on charges that he brought a gun to school and gave it to a fellow student -- leading to the recipient of the gun going home and shooting himself to death.

October 15, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

PORTAGE

October 14, 2004 12:00 am

Formal charges filed in child porn case

VALPARAISO -- Curtis Ksenak, the teacher's assistant arrested Tuesday after child pornography was allegedly discovered on the home computer he brought into a shop for repair, has admitted possessing more than 1,000 images of young boys being naked or engaging in sex acts, police said.

October 14, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

UNION TOWNSHIP

October 13, 2004 12:00 am

Child porn found on computer owned by teacher's assistant

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP -- A man who helped teach school children throughout Porter County was arrested Tuesday on child pornography possession charges.

October 13, 2004 12:00 am
Four hurt in Ind. 49 crash

Four hurt in Ind. 49 crash

VALPARAISO -- Four people were injured, one critically, in an accident Tuesday afternoon at Ind. 49 and County Road 600 North.

October 13, 2004 12:00 am

Car dealer sells town new cop car for $1

BURNS HARBOR -- So, you think you got a good deal on the last car you purchased?

October 13, 2004 12:00 am

Police follow blood drops to catch suspect

CENTER TOWNSHIP -- Porter County police responded to the scene of a crash involving a car and a tree about 7 a.m. Friday, but the driver was nowhere to be found.

October 12, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

VALPARAISO

October 12, 2004 12:00 am

Crash survivor celebrates one year

CHESTERTON -- A year has passed since Jack Wellsand crashed his motorcycle into a ditch and went undiscovered for 12 hours.

October 11, 2004 12:00 am

UPS man may have saved lives, home

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Debbie Goodrich was in the lower level of her rural Valparaiso home Wednesday evening when she heard the UPS man knocking at her door.

October 10, 2004 12:00 am
Rapes, battery incidents trouble officials

Rapes, battery incidents trouble officials

VALPARAISO -- A sexual abuse victim made a T-shirt with a message directed at her attacker: "You molested my mom. You molested me. You can't touch my daughter. You're dead and we're free."

October 08, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

Man robs The Smoke Shop

October 08, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

PORTAGE

October 07, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

BOONE GROVE

October 06, 2004 12:00 am

Police search for missing teen

VALPARAISO -- After getting into an argument with her mother and being grounded eight days ago, a 15-year-old Valparaiso girl jumped out of her second-story window and hasn't been seen since.

October 06, 2004 12:00 am

Crime

CENTER TOWNSHIP

October 05, 2004 12:00 am

Woman arrested for recklessly passing bus

OGDEN DUNES -- Ogden Dunes police said an impatient motorist sped around a school bus just as two boys were about to get off, but the bus driver grabbed the children and kept them from being struck.

October 05, 2004 12:00 am

Woman dies in Interstate 94 crash

LAPORTE COUNTY -- A single-car crash claimed the life of a 61-year-old woman Sunday morning on Interstate 94, just east of Porter County.

October 05, 2004 12:00 am

Cops: Marijuana grow operations thwarted

Police said they busted marijuana growing operations in Portage and Chesterton, and also made several other drug arrests in recent days.

October 05, 2004 12:00 am

'Miracle' baby celebrates first birthday

VALPARAISO -- Valparaiso native Robin Ose thought she was going to lose her husband and her baby the same day.

September 19, 2004 12:00 am

Police: Mother stole from school's PTO

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP -- A mother who was once active in a local school's parent-teacher organization is accused of stealing $421 from the group's account.

September 17, 2004 12:00 am
Man in hard hat robs Centier Bank

Man in hard hat robs Centier Bank

VALPARAISO -- A man wearing a hard hat and safety goggles robbed a Centier Bank branch at 2:26 p.m. Thursday, but he was so smooth and blended in so well that two of the three customers in the branch didn't realize a bank robbery was occurring.

September 17, 2004 12:00 am
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