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Official defends parole system after Harvey hostage incident

Official defends parole system after Harvey hostage incident

Tom Shaer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, speaks to reporters after a press conference at the Harvey Police Department Friday morning.

August 22, 2014 1:53 pm
Charges filed in Harvey hostage standoff

Charges filed in Harvey hostage standoff

Harvey Sgt. Eric Armstrong, from left, Mayor Eric Kellogg, Police Chief Denard Eaves and Deputy Chief Michael Neal are pictured at a news conference Friday morning related to the hostage incident that left two officers wounded earlier this week. Two suspects were charged in the incident and …

August 22, 2014 12:07 pm
Charges filed in Harvey hostage standoff

Charges filed in Harvey hostage standoff

Harvey police Sgt. Eric Armstrong. left, and Mayor Eric Kellogg are pictured Friday morning at a news conference regarding the hostage situation earlier this week that wounded two police officers. The hostage situation ended peacefully with all victims released and no one injured.

August 22, 2014 11:58 am
Investigators searching for clues to Highland apartment fire

Investigators searching for clues to Highland apartment fire

An apartment building shows heavy damage Friday, a day after a fire displaced 22 families at 2045 Porte De L'eau Court in Highland.

August 01, 2014 11:34 am
Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland carries the torch Tuesday as he runs in front of City Hall leading local children in The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.

July 22, 2014 11:08 am
Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

Arpan DeAngelo, left, captain of the U.S./North American Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, stands with teammates Amburoha Davydova, center, of Ukraine, and Anamiki Bari, of Bangladesh, on a stop at City Hall in East Chicago.

July 22, 2014 10:58 am
Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, left, speaks with Arpan DeAngelo, captain of the U.S./North American Sri Chinmoy ONeness-Home Peace Run team, Tuesday morning in front of City Hall.

July 22, 2014 10:53 am
Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

Peace Run torch relay stops in East Chicago

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, left, stands beside Arpan DeAngelo, captain of the U.S./North American Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, on Tuesday in front of City Hall. DeAngelo encouraged East Chicago children to live in peace.

July 22, 2014 10:55 am
NIPSCO: Most power should be back on by day's end

NIPSCO: Most power should be back on by day's end

Camille Person of Lansing holds her 2-year-old daughter, Camia, on the porch of her mother's home on Carriage Lane Wednesday. The family lost power during Monday night's storms and ComEd estimates it will not be restored until noon Friday.

July 02, 2014 1:58 pm
NIPSCO: Most power should be back on by day's end

NIPSCO: Most power should be back on by day's end

NIPSCO-contracted crews from Missouri-based Ameren work to repair a broken electrical pole in an alley behind Wicker Avenue near 173rd Street in Hammond Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 1:55 pm
NIPSCO: Most power should be back on by day's end

NIPSCO: Most power should be back on by day's end

Loretta Gesmond, right, of Hammond's Woodmar neighborhood, talks with Justin Wyatt, of Ameren, in the alley behind her home Wednesday. Wyatt told Gesmond her power, which has been out since Monday night, should be restored by the end of the day.

July 02, 2014 1:53 pm
Thousands without power in wake of storms

Thousands without power in wake of storms

A 35-foot pine tree sits uprooted in the front lawn of Norm and Sue Wiening's home in the 1100 block of 173rd Street Tuesday morning. The tree did not damage the home.

July 01, 2014 1:28 pm
Thousands without power in wake of storms

Thousands without power in wake of storms

A tree crashed through the roof of a rental home in the 1600 block of 175th Street in Hammond Monday night. The tenant was not home at the time and no one was injured in the incident.

July 01, 2014 1:25 pm
Thousands without power in wake of storms

Thousands without power in wake of storms

A 35-foot pine tree sits uprooted in the front lawn of Norm and Sue Wiening's home in the 1100 block of 173rd Street in Hammond Tuesday afternoon after powerful storms blew it down overnight.

July 01, 2014 1:17 pm
Teen dad dies in Lake Michigan near Whihala Beach

Teen dad dies in Lake Michigan near Whihala Beach

Geovany Joya-Alcazar, 20, of Hammond, holds his 2-year-old nephew, Jaylin Gonzalez, on the porch of his mother's home. Joya-Alcazar's brother, 18-year-old Jose Alcazar, died Monday night after jumping into Lake Michigan in Whiting, leaving behind his son, Jaylin Gonzalez.

June 17, 2014 12:35 pm
Cops share street with athletes for Special Olympics Torch Run

Cops share street with athletes for Special Olympics Torch Run

Stephen Schwemlein, 10, of Highland carries the Special Olympics torch Tuesday morning in Lansing in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run with his swim coaches Kendall Sarafini, right, of Lansing and Lauren Bouwman, left, of Dyer.

June 10, 2014 9:53 am
Cops share street with athletes for Special Olympics Torch Run

Cops share street with athletes for Special Olympics Torch Run

Alexis Barrera, 7, of Whiting carries the Special Olympics torch along with her swim coaches and police officers Tuesday morning in Lansing as part of the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. 

June 10, 2014 9:57 am
Students return to Roxana Marsh to see fruits of their labor

Students return to Roxana Marsh to see fruits of their labor

Caitie McCoy, right, an environmental social scientist with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, walks Monday with sixth-grade students from East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School through native plants they planted two years ago at Roxana Marsh.

June 09, 2014 10:25 am
Students return to Roxana Marsh to see fruits of their labor

Students return to Roxana Marsh to see fruits of their labor

Andrea Bock, a teacher at East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School, and her students look Monday at native plants the students planted two years ago at the once polluted Roxana Marsh.

June 09, 2014 10:15 am
Experts outline Great Lakes successes, concerns

Experts outline Great Lakes successes, concerns

David Ullrich, executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Cities Initiative, addresses stakeholders Thursday at A Conference on the Environment in Michigan City.

June 05, 2014 3:15 pm
Experts outline Great Lakes successes, concerns

Experts outline Great Lakes successes, concerns

Joel Brammeier, president and CEO for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, speaks Thursday at A Conference on the Environment in Michigan City.

June 05, 2014 3:17 pm
Emerald ash borer infestation halts permits at Hammond park

Emerald ash borer infestation halts permits at Hammond park

Empty picnic tables sit beneath dead ash trees Tuesday in Hammond's Pulaski Park. Officials said an emerald ash borer infestation killed close to 100 trees at the park, forcing the parks department to cancel picnic permits there for the season.

June 03, 2014 12:41 pm
Partners break ground on Gary's Jackson Street of Dreams project

Partners break ground on Gary's Jackson Street of Dreams project

Jeff Cardwell, special assistant to Gov. Mike Pence, speaks at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Jackson Street of Dreams project Thursday  in Gary.

May 22, 2014 1:10 pm
Partners break ground on Gary's Jackson Street of Dreams project

Partners break ground on Gary's Jackson Street of Dreams project

Local leaders participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking at Grant and Jackson streets for the upcoming Jackson Street of Dreams project, which will bring four new homes to the neighborhood.

May 22, 2014 1:08 pm
Partners break ground on Gary's Jackson Street of Dreams project

Partners break ground on Gary's Jackson Street of Dreams project

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson speaks to partners gathered Thursday for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jackson Street of Dreams project.

May 22, 2014 1:06 pm
Local shelter rehabbing dog-fighting hounds gets boost from national group

Local shelter rehabbing dog-fighting hounds gets boost from national group

Scotlund Haisley, president and founder of Animal Rescue Corps, prepares gear for transporting nearly 20 dogs from the Humane Society of the Calumet Area in Munster to Nova Scotia. Haisley's group rescued six dogs from a dog-fighting ring in Mississippi who are being rehabilitated at the Mun…

May 22, 2014 10:13 am
Local shelter rehabbing dog-fighting hounds gets boost from national group

Local shelter rehabbing dog-fighting hounds gets boost from national group

Moe, a pit bull terrier rescued from a dog-fighting ring in Mississippi, takes a break from a walk at the Humane Society of the Calumet Area Thursday.

May 22, 2014 10:09 am
Local shelter rehabbing dog-fighting hounds gets boost from national group

Local shelter rehabbing dog-fighting hounds gets boost from national group

Shirley Yoder of Steger, left, a volunteer with the Humane Society of the Calumet Area, and Jessica Petalas, center, the volunteer coordinator for the group, prepare cages for the transport of nearly 20 dogs from the shelter to Nova Scotia Thursday.

May 22, 2014 10:11 am
Police investigate possible hoax in SWAT teams standoff in Dyer

Police investigate possible hoax in SWAT teams standoff in Dyer

DYER | Police said Wednesday they're investigating whether a 911 call that prompted a SWAT team response at a Dyer home was a hoax.

May 07, 2014 6:56 pm Photos

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Woman found dead in Gary alley

GARY | Gary police are investigating the death of a woman who is believed to have died elsewhere and been left in an alley in the 2500 block of Jefferson Street, officials said.

May 06, 2014 6:45 pm
Low turnout reported in Lake County primary

Low turnout reported in Lake County primary

CROWN POINT | Ethard McIlroy has worked on election day for years and estimates Tuesday's voter turnout could be one of the worst in years. 

May 06, 2014 7:35 am Photos

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Cal City officer rescues baby from burning home

Cal City officer rescues baby from burning home

CALUMET CITY | A Calumet City police officer is being lauded as a hero after rescuing an infant from a burning home Thursday night.

May 02, 2014 1:00 pm
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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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 Photos

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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
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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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

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
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.

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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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Official: Inspection might have prevented tragic Hammond fire

Official: Inspection might have prevented tragic Hammond fire

HAMMOND | Had city officials been given an opportunity to inspect the rental house at 644 Sibley St. prior to the fatal fire Wednesday night, the residence likely would have been declared uninhabitable.

January 10, 2014 9:36 pm Photos

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Three young children killed in Hammond fire

Three young children killed in Hammond fire

HAMMOND | Space heaters being used in a home without heat are believed to have caused a Wednesday night house fire that killed three young children, officials said.

January 09, 2014 6:53 pm Video Photos

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Group marches for justice in Dolton slaying of pregnant teen

Group marches for justice in Dolton slaying of pregnant teen

Jacqueline Ross, great aunt of Eva Casara, speaks through tears at a vigil and march for the slain pregnant teen Saturday in Dolton. Casara was gunned down on Christmas Day.

December 28, 2013 7:45 pm
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