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Former E.C. officer heartbroken preparing to euthanize K-9

Former E.C. officer heartbroken preparing to euthanize K-9

Darrell Shaffer notices the silence in his squad car.

January 26, 2014 8:00 pm
Gary dad 'made you want to excel'

Gary dad 'made you want to excel'

John Jelks Jr. was a proud father. He always pushed his four children to live up to their potential, his daughter Crystal Jelks said.

December 11, 2013 11:30 pm
Reporter receives national public service award

Reporter receives national public service award

Marisa Kwiatkowski, right, poses for a photo with Sue Porter, past president of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Kwiatkowski received her Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi public service award Friday in Washington, D.C.

June 21, 2013 8:46 pm
Reporter receives national public service award

Reporter receives national public service award

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Former Times investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski was honored Friday night in the nation’s capital for a national journalism award.

June 21, 2013 8:42 pm

Perennial truths spell out life lessons learned in D.C.

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. | Sean Ives couldn’t remember if the word “perennial” had one N or two.

May 29, 2013 9:05 pm
Lake County's Meux remembered in D.C. ceremony

Lake County's Meux remembered in D.C. ceremony

A wreath of white and yellow flowers accompanies a candle featuring Britney Meux’s name, photograph and “Indiana Remembers.” The tribute was placed above the block where her name was engraved in Washington, D.C.

May 14, 2013 6:32 pm
Lake County's Meux remembered in D.C. ceremony

Lake County's Meux remembered in D.C. ceremony

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Vernon Joiner Sr. smiled Monday night as he recalled the vibrant laugh of slain Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux.

May 14, 2013 12:30 pm Photos

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Lake County's Meux remembered in D.C. ceremony

Lake County's Meux remembered in D.C. ceremony

Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Vernon Joiner Sr. pauses Monday night in Washington at a memorial for fallen officers, including Lake County Sheriff's Corrections Officer Britney Meux, who was remembered during a ceremony. Meux was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as she jogged with fell…

May 13, 2013 11:31 pm
Lake County's Meux remembered in D.C. ceremony

Lake County's Meux remembered in D.C. ceremony

Visitors pause at a memorial for fallen officers who were remembered during a Washington, D.C., ceremony Monday night. Among those recognized was Lake County Sheriff's Corrections Officer Britney Meux, who was struck and killed as she jogged with fellow officers March 6, 2012, on 93rd Street…

May 13, 2013 11:24 pm
Region residents join March for Life in Washington

Region residents join March for Life in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Mackenzie Chapman didn’t mind that snow started to fall Friday about an hour after she and 45 of her classmates began walking toward the U.S. Capitol.

January 25, 2013 8:49 pm Photos

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E.C. teacher, T.F. South student part of inauguration festivities

WASHINGTON, D.C. | The nation’s capital was flooded with thousands of people joining in the celebration of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

January 21, 2013 8:00 pm
Local students witness history with Obama's inauguration

Local students witness history with Obama's inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Tacarra Holden didn’t mind the fact that her legs were aching Monday as President Barack Obama appeared on the Capitol’s steps to take his oath and speak.

January 21, 2013 6:56 pm
Local students witness history with Obama's inauguration

Local students witness history with Obama's inauguration

Jarrell Springfield watches Monday as Beyonce performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony. Springfield, 19, attends Calumet High School and was chosen by the Barden Gary Foundation as one of seven Gary students to attend festivities in Washington, D.C.

January 21, 2013 6:51 pm
Local students sing at inaugural event

Local students sing at inaugural event

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Caleb Larsen was full of life as he and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club sang to guests arriving Sunday night at the Indiana Inaugural Ball.

January 20, 2013 10:00 pm
State, local officials honor Obama inauguration

State, local officials honor Obama inauguration

WASHINGTON D.C. | Just days after being sworn in as Indiana's governor, Mike Pence joined other state officials Sunday to honor President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

January 20, 2013 9:15 pm
State, local officials honor Obama inauguration

State, local officials honor Obama inauguration

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence speaks at the Indiana Inaugural Ball on Sunday night in Washington, D.C.

January 20, 2013 9:00 pm
Police: Cedar Lake man wanted to kill 'as many people as he could" at Jane Ball Elementary School

Police: Cedar Lake man wanted to kill 'as many people as he could" at Jane Ball Elementary School

The flag was at half-staff Sunday at Jane Ball Elementary School in Cedar Lake as the nation mourned Friday's killing of 26 in Newtown, Conn. A Cedar Lake man allegedly made threats to kill people at Jane Ball Elementary on Friday morning. Von I. Meyer, 60, is in Lake County custody on Sunday.

December 16, 2012 6:25 pm
Police: Cedar Lake man wanted to kill 'as many people as he could" at Jane Ball Elementary School

Police: Cedar Lake man wanted to kill 'as many people as he could" at Jane Ball Elementary School

The flag was at half-staff Sunday at Jane Ball Elementary School in Cedar Lake as the nation mourned Friday's killing of 26 in Newtown, Conn. A Cedar Lake man allegedly made threats to kill people at Jane Ball Elementary on Friday morning. Von I. Meyer, 60, is in Lake County custody on Sunday.

December 16, 2012 6:20 pm

Mother who witnessed arrest credits cops for swift action

HOBART | A Michigan City mother has a new appreciation for police after seeing the apprehension of one of the armed Porter County home invasion suspects Wednesday inside Chuck E. Cheese's.

August 09, 2012 8:00 pm
Cops: Man robbed Hammond bank after failing in Munster

Cops: Man robbed Hammond bank after failing in Munster

After failing to rob a TCF Bank in Munster, a man made his way to another bank in Hammond and successfully ran off with an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday, authorities said.

August 08, 2012 4:40 pm Photos

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Olympic champion Gabby Douglas has NWI on its feet

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas has NWI on its feet

GARY | Excitement and pure joy rattled a local bar late Thursday as the family of Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas watched her take the floor.

August 02, 2012 10:25 pm Photos

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Girl sues Crown Point schools, former teacher for sexual harassment, related actions

Girl sues Crown Point schools, former teacher for sexual harassment, related actions

HAMMOND | The Crown Point Community School Corp. and former employee Brett Crutchfield are being sued in the aftermath of allegations the former teacher and softball coach sexually harassed a student during the past school year.

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Lake County residents welcome gas war

Lake County residents welcome gas war

Dozens of Northwest Indiana drivers crowded three local gas stations Thursday to save about 50 cents per gallon.

May 03, 2012 7:34 pm
Lake County residents welcome gas war

Lake County residents welcome gas war

Dozens of motorists line up Thursday for cheap gas at the Marathon station, 3303 45th St. in Highland. The line overflowed into an adjacent parking lot for hours.

May 03, 2012 7:29 pm
Lake County residents welcome gas war

Lake County residents welcome gas war

Motorists flock to the Family Express gas station, 1701 W Glen Park Ave., Thursday night. Three competing gas stations in the area lowered gas prices, causing drivers to line up at the pumps.

May 03, 2012 7:24 pm
$1 investment at Highland gas station nets $10M lottery jackpot

$1 investment at Highland gas station nets $10M lottery jackpot

Witham's Sav-A-Stop gas station in Highland sold a Hoosier Lotto ticket that hit the $10 million jackpot in Saturday's drawing. Monday is the first day the ticket owner will be able to claim his or her prize.

April 29, 2012 7:39 pm
Police: Two killed in Center Township shooting

Police: Two killed in Center Township shooting

CENTER TOWNSHIP | Police responded to a shooting early Saturday that left two dead in Center Township.

April 07, 2012 7:45 pm

Lake County correction officer killed in hit-and-run; 3 other officers injured

CROWN POINT | Local police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who left one Lake County correction officer dead and three other officers injured Tuesday night, officials said.

March 06, 2012 9:25 pm

Man found dead behind Gary eatery that was robbed at gunpoint

GARY | The body of a 24-year-old man was found Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the stomach, lying in a vacant lot behind a Rally's restaurant that had been robbed at gunpoint earlier in the day, police said.

January 11, 2012 12:30 pm

East Chicago man killed in Griffith shooting

A 21-year-old East Chicago man was shot and killed Tuesday night in Griffith, officials said.

October 05, 2011 7:15 pm

E.C. man, 37, is found dead in burning car; autopsy looms

A 37-year-old East Chicago man was found dead inside a burning car there early Monday morning, officials said.

October 03, 2011 6:00 pm
West Side High student shot and killed

West Side High student shot and killed

GARY | A West Side High School administrator asked for a moment of silence Thursday to allow students to mourn their classmate Edwin Parker-Deloney Jr.

September 22, 2011 4:15 pm

Police: Altercation after high school volleyball game may lead to charges

GARY | Charges were being processed late Wednesday in connection with an altercation after a Tuesday night high school volleyball game, police said.

September 21, 2011 8:00 pm
Body found in back seat of vehicle in Gary forest preserve

Body found in back seat of vehicle in Gary forest preserve

Department of Natural Resources officers, Gary police and Lake County officials begin to search for clues in a car where a woman's body was found Monday night. The car was transported on a flatbed from a Gary forest preserve to the Lake County crime garage.

July 19, 2011 8:49 am
Decayed body found in Gary; police launch death inquiry

Decayed body found in Gary; police launch death inquiry

Lake County coroner's office investigators were called to the 2600 block of Connecticut Street in Gary after a group of children found a man dead with his face covered in insects Monday afternoon, authorities said. Gary police Detective Mike Barnes is handling the case and called it a "death…

July 11, 2011 6:41 pm
Who knew Christian Choate was being abused?

Who knew Christian Choate was being abused?

More than 13 people may have known of alleged abuse endured by Christian Choate before his 2009 death, but most said nothing to authorities, a Times review of Indiana Department of Child Services records shows.

July 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

A firefighter receives help with an air tank Thursday as local and Lake County Sheriff's Department officials prepared to remove animals from a reportedly filth-filled home in the 2100 block of West 151st Place in Gary.

June 09, 2011 11:36 pm
Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

A dog sits in a carrier Thursday inside a Lake County Animal Control van after being removed from a Gary home.

June 09, 2011 11:28 pm
Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

A Lake County Animal Control official looks at a dog removed from a Gary home where it was found living with more than a dozen animals.

June 09, 2011 11:26 pm
Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

A Lake County Animal Control officer and a worker comfort a dog Thursday found in Gary home where a gang of cats and dogs was found living in squalid conditions.

June 09, 2011 11:26 pm
Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

A Lake County Sheriff's Department officer wretches Thursday after leaving a Gary home where officials reported finding mold, a basement with standing water and a horde of cats and dogs living among animal feces.

June 09, 2011 11:24 pm
Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

Local and Lake County Sheriff's Department officials stand outside a Gary home Thursday where authorities reported finding a gang of cats and dogs living in squalid conditions. A woman with flea bites who was living in the house with the male homeowner was taken to the hospital.

June 09, 2011 11:24 pm
Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

Police remove 17 animals from Gary home

A Lake County Animal Control official loads a dog into a carrier Thursday after the animal was removed from a Gary home in the 2100 block of West 51st Place. Local and Lake County Sheriff's Department officials entered the home after a welfare check led to the discovery of squalid conditions…

June 09, 2011 10:47 pm

Officials confirm tornado touched down near Rensselaer

Officials with the National Weather Service confirmed a minor tornado touched down Sunday north of Rensselaer.

May 23, 2011 4:45 pm
Riley Choate, wife charged with murder in death of 13-year-old son

Riley Choate, wife charged with murder in death of 13-year-old son

CROWN POINT | Eight other people lived in the trailer with Christian Choate when he was confined to a cage for more than a year before his death.

May 10, 2011 8:45 pm Photos

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Loved ones lay flowers for Christian

GARY | The tiniest hint of closure was brought to a family of sisters Thursday as the women visited the spot where their nephew's body had been dug up just the day before.

May 05, 2011 9:05 pm
Police release more details about boy's death

Police release more details about boy's death

CROWN POINT | The "tragic" death and disappearance of a 13-year-old Gary boy two years ago "fell through the cracks" until the boy's mother called 911 on Sunday, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said.

May 05, 2011 7:30 pm Photos

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3 firefighters injured battling blaze in Gary

3 firefighters injured battling blaze in Gary

Gary firefighters investigate a building fire Tuesday evening in the 2100 block of Washington Street.

April 05, 2011 8:09 pm
3 firefighters injured battling blaze in Gary

3 firefighters injured battling blaze in Gary

Gary firefighters wait Tuesday evening for investigators to enter a building damaged by fire in the 2100 block of Washington Street.

April 05, 2011 8:12 pm

Lasers pointed at sheriff's department helicopter

Lake County sheriff's police say someone is pointing lasers at their helicopter, posing a danger to their pilots.

April 04, 2011 7:45 pm
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