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Blount pleads not guilty in Gary police officer death

Blount pleads not guilty in Gary police officer death

CROWN POINT | Carl Blount, 26, pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Gary Police Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield in Lake County criminal court Wednesday morning.

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Yes! Shakespeare plays funny ... for all audiences

Yes! Shakespeare plays funny ... for all audiences

HAMMOND | Romantic entanglements, a magical forest ruled by fairies, a mischievous spirit who loves to bedevil humans and fairies alike and puns that can be downright bawdy – it’s all part the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.

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Lake County Fair kicks off Friday

Lake County Fair kicks off Friday

CROWN POINT | The 2014 Lake County Fair showcases agriculture as it has for 162 years, but there’s much more, from the  carnival and live entertainment to grandstand shows and food.

July 28, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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Symphony's open-air performances strike summer chord

Symphony's open-air performances strike summer chord

“The music is fun, the atmosphere, the camaraderie …"

July 27, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Lessons of dedication, hard work through dance

Lessons of dedication, hard work through dance

MERRILLVILLE | Dancing for four to nine hours a day over two weeks requires dedication and stamina.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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NIPSCO manager leads state's panel on Social Status of Black Males

NIPSCO manager leads state's panel on Social Status of Black Males

GARY | Eddie Melton said his two young sons especially inspire him to make a difference in the lives of African-American men and boys in Indiana.

July 25, 2014 6:04 pm
Franciscan hospital undergoing multimillion expansion

Franciscan hospital undergoing multimillion expansion

MUNSTER | A $60 million to $70 million expansion project has begun at Franciscan Healthcare-Munster to create a medical center campus.

July 25, 2014 5:15 pm
Man charged with Gary officer’s death arraigned

Man charged with Gary officer’s death arraigned

CROWN POINT | Carl Le’Elllis Blount, who was charged Thursday by Lake County prosecutors with killing Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield, appeared Friday for his arraignment in the Lake County Jail magistrate’s court.

July 25, 2014 4:06 pm Video Related

Parking lot melee breaks out after Garza hearing

CROWN POINT | A melee in the parking lot outside Lake Criminal Court followed an omnibus hearing Thursday for Hammond resident David Garza, who faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for driving while intoxicated in a fatal traffic crash in Hammond in November.

July 24, 2014 6:07 pm

Judge cuts $200K bond in half for Gary man

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez reduced by half Thursday the $200,000 bond for a Gary man being held in Lake County Jail on multiple felony charges for attempted armed robbery, but the defendant will remain in custody.

July 24, 2014 5:51 pm
Munster Strack & Van Til unveils new look

Munster Strack & Van Til unveils new look

MUNSTER | It took an intensive around-the-clock construction effort lasting nearly 4 1/2 months, but the Strack & Van Til at 12 Ridge Road now boasts a new look, a new focus on fresh foods and a new brand of energy-efficiency.

July 23, 2014 1:08 pm Photos

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Prepare for traffic headaches on U.S. 30

Whether caused by long trains or construction, traffic back-ups along U.S. 30 near the Indiana-Illinois state line create headaches for drivers, municipal officials, law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

July 19, 2014 9:00 pm
Checkmate

Checkmate

HAMMOND | Jumbo plastic chess pieces set up Saturday in the gym at the Jean Shepherd Community Center during the Mayor’s Open Chess Tournament proved to be larger than many of those playing the game.

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Trial date set for former Highland teacher accused of sexual misconduct

CROWN POINT | A former Highland High School teacher and coach charged in late 2011 with six felony counts of inappropriate relationships with three students goes on trial Feb. 16, if a plea agreement can’t be hammered out.

July 18, 2014 11:15 pm

Gary man sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing close friend in 2010

CROWN POINT | Lake County Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray on Friday sentenced 39-year-old Gary resident Steven L. Walker to 35 years in prison, with the last three years to be served on probation for killing his close friend George L. Lewis on Oct. 1, 2010.

July 18, 2014 11:15 pm
And the walls came tumbling down

And the walls came tumbling down

GARY | Like the enormous T-Rex of movie fame, the 160-ton excavator tore through the house at 2331 Jackson St. on Tuesday, reducing it to rubble in about 10 minutes.

July 18, 2014 6:40 pm

Prosecutor: Crime knows no borders

PORTAGE | Crime knows no borders, but science, technology and cooperation between law enforcement can solve crimes and bring those who commit them to justice.

July 17, 2014 7:25 pm

More projects brought into the fold

PORTAGE | The lack of a quorum on Thursday for the full Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission didn’t stop unanimous approval by the NIRPC executive board of three amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program.

July 17, 2014 3:38 pm

Festival of the Lakes kicks off today

HAMMOND | Free live musical entertainment, food, contests and the biggest carnival in its history are part of the Festival of the Lakes package, which opens at 5 p.m. today at Wolf Lake Park.

July 15, 2014 6:22 pm

Mentoring children helps build economy

GARY | All children need hope and motivation to become successful as employees, community members and parents of future generations.

July 14, 2014 3:37 pm
Rockopelli 2014 rocks Highland's Main Square Park

Rockopelli 2014 rocks Highland's Main Square Park

HIGHLAND | Main Square Park really rocked Sunday during Rockopelli 2014 as eight bands performed a free all-ages music festival in the gazebo.

July 13, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Major traffic woes ahead for U.S. 30

PORTAGE | Major traffic tie-ups along U.S. 30 on both sides of the state line are expected to occur later this month.

July 08, 2014 5:40 pm

NWI casinos experience more declines in revenue

Total revenues at Northwest Indiana’s five casinos dropped 8.4 percent in June, one of the worst declines since the first quarter of the year when the harsh winter severely affected the numbers.

July 08, 2014 3:43 pm
McDermott signs SSCVA sponsorship letter for Festival of the Lakes

McDermott signs SSCVA sponsorship letter for Festival of the Lakes

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. has signed the letter of acceptance for the $40,000 sponsorship of Festival of the Lakes required by the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors. The money will be on its way, the board chairman confirmed Monday.

July 07, 2014 6:00 pm

Deal for SSCVA sponsorship of Festival of the Lakes uncertain

HAMMOND | It has come down to a matter of verbal acceptance vs. written acceptance, and a $40,000 sponsorship of the city’s Festival of the Lakes may be dead in the water.

July 03, 2014 8:30 pm

Mickey, Minnie Mouse expected to draw thousands to Whiting parade

WHITING | The Magic Kingdom comes to Whiting Friday with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse headlining the city’s 95th Annual 4th of July Parade.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am

Gary man found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated battery

CROWN POINT | After deliberating for less than five hours, a jury on Monday found Shelben T. Curtis, 47, of Gary, guilty of felony Class A voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon and felony Class B aggravated battery.

June 30, 2014 9:45 pm

SSCVA board OK’s $40,000 sponsorship of Festival of the Lakes

HAMMOND | Following an apology June 19 from the Hammond mayor -- and despite some misgivings from board members -- the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors voted to provide a $40,000 sponsorship for the 2014 Festival of the Lakes.

June 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Murder trial begins for 17-year-old Gary man

CROWN POINT | A jury was selected and opening arguments began Monday in Lake County Criminal Court in the murder trial of Donnell D. Wilson, 17, of Gary.

June 30, 2014 4:30 pm
Munster rabbi prepares to commemorate international Jewish icon

Munster rabbi prepares to commemorate international Jewish icon

MUNSTER | Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are set to gather Tuesday in a New York City borough of Queens to honor the 20th anniversary of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson’s death.

June 28, 2014 9:41 pm Photos

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Art creates community connections

Art creates community connections

GARY | Novice and professional artists worked side by side Saturday to create both a mural and community connections at The Stewart House Urban Farm & Gardens, in a collaborative project that started germinating a year ago.

June 28, 2014 7:22 pm Photos

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Building dreams in Michael Jackson’s neighborhood

Building dreams in Michael Jackson’s neighborhood

GARY | In the five years since Michael Jackson’s death, his childhood home at 2300 Jackson St. has become a magnet, drawing family members and fans to honor his beginnings and his legacy.

June 25, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Creating family fun with art, music & theater

Creating family fun with art, music & theater

MUNSTER | Princesses reigned supreme during Sunday’s Family Arts Festival at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

June 22, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Celebrating personal empowerment for mind, body and soul

Celebrating personal empowerment for mind, body and soul

GGRY – Music, movement and medical screenings blended Friday during the Juneteenth celebration at the Gary Neighborhood Services Center attended by families and individuals from throughout the area.

June 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Crown Point family honored with trip to Wisconsin Dells

Crown Point family honored with trip to Wisconsin Dells

MERRILLVILLE  | Before Laura and Kenny Kolanowski were married, they briefly talked about adopting.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
No sign of retirement in this 90-year-old's future

No sign of retirement in this 90-year-old's future

MERRILLVILLE | At 90 years old, Bill Vermillion strides along the hallways of the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, handling guests’ luggage and running errands at a pace that leaves younger people hurrying to keep up.

June 19, 2014 7:30 pm Video Photos

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A half century working for civil rights

A half century working for civil rights

MERRILLVILLE | “Are we there yet?”

June 18, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Roller Dome building on the auction block

Roller Dome building on the auction block

HAMMOND | For nearly six decades, generations of area teens made the social scene at The Roller Dome Skating Rink. On Saturday, that piece of the city’s history goes on the auction block.

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm
Photos window to Hammond's past, father's legacy

Photos window to Hammond's past, father's legacy

HAMMOND | For decades, the cache of historic photos and negatives of downtown Hammond taken by Alfred Uhle, a leading commercial and portrait photographer from 1919 to 1963, lay waiting to be discovered in an old metal milk delivery box.

June 14, 2014 7:29 pm Photos

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Airport land development presents opportunities, challenges

GARY | Developing the Gary/Chicago International Airport and surrounding property presents vast opportunities and serious challenges that require vision, coordinated cooperation, time and money.

June 13, 2014 7:30 pm

Ex-One Region bookkeeper gets another hearing date

CROWN POINT | Yet another court date of Aug. 7 has been set for the former bookkeeper for One Region, who is charged with stealing more than $33,000 from the social action organization housed in The Times Media Co. Munster headquarters.

June 12, 2014 5:18 pm
Act of honesty celebrated

Act of honesty celebrated

HOBART | The moment he saw the wallet on the Prompt Ambulance shuttle bus, Branden Day said he knew it was “lost.”

June 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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How to money, prevent being victim of fraud

How to money, prevent being victim of fraud

GARY | Being a wise consumer involves staying alert, doing your homework and knowing when to walk away from a transaction. It also means knowing how technology can help and hurt consumers and businesses.

June 09, 2014 3:10 pm
Newest group of region leaders speak out

Newest group of region leaders speak out

During the impact session prior to lunch, LNI grads explained how the program has influenced their own leadership and how they will use these lessons personally and professionally.

June 06, 2014 2:54 pm

Combined sewer systems suspect in Little Cal leakage

It’s a tale of two meters and who is responsible for notifying the Indiana Department of Environmental Management about sewer overflow problems.

June 04, 2014 7:45 pm
Hairline crack found in sanitary line near Little Cal levee

Hairline crack found in sanitary line near Little Cal levee

HIGHLAND | A hairline crack has been detected in an 18-inch sanitary line that runs either side of the levee along the Little Calumet River at Kennedy Avenue.

June 03, 2014 6:18 pm Photos

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Operating Engineers reach accord with two contractor groups

MERRILLVILLE | The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 reached tentative agreements Monday afternoon with both the Four County Highway Contractors Group and the Northwest Indiana Contractors Association.

June 02, 2014 7:29 pm
From no symptoms to Stage 4 cancer

From no symptoms to Stage 4 cancer

MUNSTER: | “I used to say I’m never going to get breast cancer. I was determined. Then I got a different kind of cancer.”

June 01, 2014 7:00 pm
Cancer Survivors Day creates camaraderie

Cancer Survivors Day creates camaraderie

MUNSTER | An old-fashioned ice cream social, bingo and a ukulele concert created a celebratory atmosphere during Sunday’s Cancer Survivors Day event at Veterans Memorial Park pavilion.

June 01, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Gary airport authority hears about positive changes

GARY | Members of the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority heard a series of reports about finances, new maintenance programs and improved communications during Thursday’s meeting, and gave their approval to the news.

May 29, 2014 2:07 pm
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