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Woman at center of waste district purse scandal resigns

Woman at center of waste district purse scandal resigns

An employee at the center of the Lake County solid waste district designer purse scandal has resigned, the agency's acting director confirmed Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 7:30 pm
MARC CHASE: Lost-and-found dog story restores faith in goodness

MARC CHASE: Lost-and-found dog story restores faith in goodness

Just when it felt like the self-interested ruled the day in Northwest Indiana, Griffith neighbors selflessly emerged on behalf of a Highland family they'd never met.

September 20, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: Bulldog vandals should come clean before 'cute brunette' compels it

MARC CHASE: Bulldog vandals should come clean before 'cute brunette' compels it

I remember the searing look of anger on my Dad's face -- the absolute shame of being caught fresh in flight from the scene of a juvenile act.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: When community security gates leave the rest of us vulnerable

MARC CHASE: When community security gates leave the rest of us vulnerable

Gated communities typically are created, at least in part, to make the folks inside feel more secure. Such neighborhoods often have a security officer or team and require a gate check-in for visitors.

September 06, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Lake County solid waste board terminates Langbehn's contract

Lake County solid waste board terminates Langbehn's contract

The Lake County solid waste district terminated the contract of its longtime executive director Wednesday amid accusations he misled board members about a $751.14 designer purse and accessories given to a female subordinate.

September 03, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: History geeks unite behind Pullman National Park plan

MARC CHASE: History geeks unite behind Pullman National Park plan

I'm truly a national park junky and frequently haul my family along for the ride, perhaps sometimes as hostages.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am
Langbehn stands to lose highest statewide waste district salary

Langbehn stands to lose highest statewide waste district salary

At least $107,000 in annual salary and compensation, a $600-per-month government funded take-home vehicle and a district credit card used for thousands of dollars in meal purchases and gas annually could all be at risk Wednesday.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am Related
Will a designer purse end Langbehn's career?

Will a designer purse end Langbehn's career?

Jeff Langbehn's 21-year tenure as director of the Lake County solid waste district has survived a multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement, a failed trash-to-ethanol contract costing taxpayers thousands more and a nearly successful legislative attempt to strip his agency's taxing authority.

September 01, 2014 11:00 pm
MARC CHASE: A happily disclosed conflict of interest

MARC CHASE: A happily disclosed conflict of interest

Full disclosure: I now may have to admit a conflict of interest. And I've never been so excited before to admit I may have been wrong.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 50: Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 50: Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point

The region's most recognizable architectural icon is a homegrown historical collage of a who's who marriage mill, post-Civil War development and the early Northwest Indiana court system.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Pence putting money where his mouth is on adoption

MARC CHASE: Pence putting money where his mouth is on adoption

Sometimes folks with the biggest hearts lack comparably sized pocketbooks.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Waste board members calling for fiscal scrutiny

Waste board members calling for fiscal scrutiny

At least four Lake County solid waste district board members are calling for a review of an agency tuition reimbursement program after learning it wasn't created by board vote and isn't written in any official district policies.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm
MARC CHASE: Life lessons of a heart-shattering summer

MARC CHASE: Life lessons of a heart-shattering summer

Some of us spend the late days of summer mourning the impending passing of another warm season. The parents among us also look ahead with hopes of a successful school year for our children.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am

Expensive graduation gift isn't only perk for waste district employee

A $751.14 designer purse and matching accessories weren't the only perks a Lake County solid waste district employee received -- at taxpayer expense -- for completing her master's degree, a Times review shows.

August 19, 2014 5:30 pm
MARC CHASE: Trusted messengers observe boundaries

MARC CHASE: Trusted messengers observe boundaries

If a Times reporter collected a local government paycheck on the side, would that hamper your trust in the journalist's ability to fairly cover local government news?

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

Waste district board to discuss purse purchase, Langbehn's future

Lake County officials plan to meet in executive session Monday to discuss the future of an agency director who bought a $751.14 designer purse and accessories as a gift for a subordinate using a government credit card.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Official's 'briefcase' gift actually designer purse, accessories

Official's 'briefcase' gift actually designer purse, accessories

At least four Lake County solid waste district officials said they were misled last month by district Executive Director Jeff Langbehn regarding the purchase of a $751.14 graduation gift for a female government employee.

August 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: Education in region grit behind some school names

MARC CHASE: Education in region grit behind some school names

Back-to-school time in Northwest Indiana is a prime opportunity for reflection on that good old-fashioned grit which so thoroughly characterizes our region and the people who built it.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: A granddaddy of a question on the midway

MARC CHASE: A granddaddy of a question on the midway

Amid greasy food, stomach-churning rides and wafting livestock smells came a question I've never before faced.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: When Fido has scales -- and can eat your face

MARC CHASE: When Fido has scales -- and can eat your face

Oh baby, baby, it's a wild world.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: New Gary chief will need firm grip to right spinning ship

MARC CHASE: New Gary chief will need firm grip to right spinning ship

Nine chiefs of police in eight years. It's not exactly a mark of stability.

July 30, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Giving spirit survives senseless, preventable tragedy

MARC CHASE: Giving spirit survives senseless, preventable tragedy

God might give us only what we can handle, but that doesn't mean the Lake County justice system should up the ante.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Historic bridge a symbol of troubled infrastructure waters

MARC CHASE: Historic bridge a symbol of troubled infrastructure waters

Lake County's Range Line Road bridge is a throwback in every sense of the word.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Dillinger exhibit move helps region embrace history

MARC CHASE: Dillinger exhibit move helps region embrace history

On its face, it's certainly not a period of history to be celebrated.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Lake County waste officials trash district's spending practices

Questionable expenses using taxpayer money are creeping back into Lake County Solid Waste Management District financial reports, and some officials are trashing the practice.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Powell, bad government swing taxpayers over barrel

MARC CHASE: Powell, bad government swing taxpayers over barrel

How does it feel to be swinging over a barrel, Lake County? Is the redness in our faces from the blood-rush of hanging upside down over the barrel, or is it the hot facial plume of embarrassment?

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Disgraced officials should 'scare straight' region leaders

MARC CHASE: Disgraced officials should 'scare straight' region leaders

Most of us know of the "scared straight" programs. You know, where troubled youths visit with locked-up convicts, witness morgue autopsies or experience the fallout of any number of tragedies induced by lives of crime.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Lessons of community rise from fallen Gary officer

MARC CHASE: Lessons of community rise from fallen Gary officer

Tragedy is immense when the strong and brave fall within our communities.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Stuff of legends in a Crown Point sandlot

MARC CHASE: Stuff of legends in a Crown Point sandlot

Storybook endings aren't always the things of, well, storybooks. Sometimes they're real and right in our neighborhood sandlots.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Coach helps team, player's mom hit life's curveballs

MARC CHASE: Coach helps team, player's mom hit life's curveballs

Coaching youth baseball isn't exactly rocket science. It won't cure cancer either.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Lessons of a bullet, a photo and human terror

MARC CHASE: Lessons of a bullet, a photo and human terror

They're important physical connections reaching across time and reminding us of our own potential impact on history.

June 28, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

With a bullet in his rib cage, another in his arm and men dying all around him, Valparaiso's Col. Isaac Suman was in the virtual depths of hell.

June 21, 2014 6:19 pm Video Photos

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Broader disability access targeted at PUC conference

Broader disability access targeted at PUC conference

HAMMOND | Going beyond the letter of federal disability laws and striving for universal access at schools and other public facilities will be front and center Tuesday at a free Purdue University Calumet conference.

June 20, 2014 6:50 pm

Solid waste district hears new trash-to-energy pitches

CROWN POINT | Two garbage-to-energy firms worked to pique the interest of Lake County solid waste officials Wednesday, hoping a past failed contract with another firm hadn't polluted the political waters.

June 19, 2014 9:15 pm
MARC CHASE: A date with history and the 'Bloody 9th'

MARC CHASE: A date with history and the 'Bloody 9th'

Perhaps it will be like the summer day described in one of Hoosier author Ambrose Bierce's late 19th century short stories when I visit Stones River National Battlefield later this week in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Air show clears runway for disability access

MARC CHASE: Air show clears runway for disability access

Few things bother me more than watching region wheelchair users or other disabled folks struggling to overcome barriers created by bad planning of government officials or private businesses.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
Defining poverty difficult, but essential to fighting region epidemic

Defining poverty difficult, but essential to fighting region epidemic

Tina, a 36-year-old mother of three in South Haven, defines it as the fight to find work when every broken-down car means another lost employment opportunity.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Endless struggle or revolving door?

Endless struggle or revolving door?

The 73,069 people who received $5.3 million in poor relief from township trustees in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in 2013 represent a heavy burden on local government resources, local government officials said.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Father, son agree to admit guilt in $1M fraud case

HAMMOND | A father-son team of Gary grocery store operators filed plea agreements in federal court Friday, admitting to stealing from the federally funded food stamp program, court records show.

June 06, 2014 7:30 pm
MARC CHASE: Bonds of heart in eyes of beholder

MARC CHASE: Bonds of heart in eyes of beholder

"She has my eyes, Dad."

June 04, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: A region epic of loneliness, war and remembrance

MARC CHASE: A region epic of loneliness, war and remembrance

Highland's Adolph Hufenhauser spent some of his last days alone and starving on a straw-covered bench inside a shack on Ridge Road.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am

Gary woman sues city, police alleging excessive force

HAMMOND | A Gary woman filed a Civil Rights lawsuit Friday against the city of Gary and area police, alleging officers beat her until she bled outside a liquor store and jailed her but never charged her with a crime.

May 30, 2014 5:00 pm

Soderquist, Brakley trial reset for October

HAMMOND | The public corruption trial for Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and stepdaughter has been rescheduled to Oct. 20, federal court records filed Friday state.

May 30, 2014 2:30 pm

Michigan City woman admits to role in staged car crashes

HAMMOND | A Michigan City woman agreed Friday to plead guilty for her role in a scheme to defraud insurance companies by staging car accidents in Northwest Indiana and Chicago, court records state.

May 30, 2014 12:05 pm
Col. John Wheeler Middle School receives Civil War replica flag

Col. John Wheeler Middle School receives Civil War replica flag

CROWN POINT | A century and a half ago, volunteers from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties were among the Union Army soldiers fighting in a bloody Virginia campaign in which men died by the thousands.

May 28, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: The dead still live if we learn of, remember sacrifices

MARC CHASE: The dead still live if we learn of, remember sacrifices

"I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death — of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring."

May 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ex-Navy WAVE fought bureaucratic current in battle for VA benefits

Ex-Navy WAVE fought bureaucratic current in battle for VA benefits

VALPARAISO | Elizabeth "Betty" Brier remembers brimming with patriotism seven decades ago, following in the footsteps of five brothers by enlisting in the military during World War II.

May 24, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: Don't yawn, library film is window to region

MARC CHASE: Don't yawn, library film is window to region

Hundreds of reels of microfilm are the storage vaults of our region's story — from casualty reports in the Civil War to local reactions to the first man stepping foot on the moon.

May 22, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Gary library should junk planned Vegas junket

MARC CHASE: Gary library should junk planned Vegas junket

With water gushing into your basement, your income shrinking and your fiscal future in doubt, would you book a junket to Vegas for yourself and five friends?

May 20, 2014 12:00 am
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