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VALPARAISO | Securing state funding for the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority in the upcoming legislative session was identified Thursday as the top priority of a region quality-of-life organization.
If you're running a company and discover a job applicant has a past conviction for fraudulently taking 184 prescription narcotic doses from a former employer, would that keep you from hiring the applicant?
HAMMOND | Region FBI agents are reviewing the recent Hammond police traffic stop that led to allegations of unreasonable force.
Lake County's local government offices often become bastions of second chances, and they're not always the good kind.
HAMMOND | One of the two Hammond police officers accused of unreasonable force during a September traffic stop has been a defendant in four other federal civil rights lawsuits, three of which cost the city $181,850 in legal settlements, court and city records show.
Lake County's solid waste district chairman admonished the agency's acting director this week to hold off on any new credit card applications in the wake of spending controversies.
The Lake County solid waste district board voted 12-2 on Thursday to immediately park all five of its employee take-home vehicles.
The purveyors of all things spooky, macabre and disturbingly disgusting come out of the woodwork every year around this time.
The chairman of Lake County's solid waste board credits a typically unheralded employee in the agency's ranks with good marks recently bestowed on the district by a state environmental inspector.
A region lawmaker who once chaired Lake County's waste district board said it may be time to renew a legislative push to reform the controversial government agency's business practices.
With 21 boxes of 21 different types of food collected over 21 days, one almost wouldn't have known Winfield's Century 21 Affiliated real estate office was in the business of selling houses.
Parking spaces and scissors may be key to reforming "embarrassing" spending practices within the Lake County solid waste district, several board members say.
The 34 new vehicles were purchased over 13 years, with a combined price of $1.2 million.
Taxpayers picked up the tab for at least 565 restaurant bills totaling $38,594.29 for Lake County solid waste district employees and their guests since 2008, a Times computer-assisted review of the agency's credit card bills and receipts shows.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board was created by the state Legislature to promote recycling and divert trash from landfills.
CROWN POINT | A former Lake County waste district employee at the center of a designer purse controversy communicated publicly for the first time this week about the matter.
An employee at the center of the Lake County solid waste district designer purse scandal has resigned, the agency's acting director confirmed Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm truly a national park junky and frequently haul my family along for the ride, perhaps sometimes as hostages.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes folks with the biggest hearts lack comparably sized pocketbooks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Amid greasy food, stomach-churning rides and wafting livestock smells came a question I've never before faced.
Oh baby, baby, it's a wild world.
Nine chiefs of police in eight years. It's not exactly a mark of stability.
God might give us only what we can handle, but that doesn't mean the Lake County justice system should up the ante.
Lake County's Range Line Road bridge is a throwback in every sense of the word.
On its face, it's certainly not a period of history to be celebrated.
Questionable expenses using taxpayer money are creeping back into Lake County Solid Waste Management District financial reports, and some officials are trashing the practice.
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?
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.
Tragedy is immense when the strong and brave fall within our communities.
Storybook endings aren't always the things of, well, storybooks. Sometimes they're real and right in our neighborhood sandlots.
Coaching youth baseball isn't exactly rocket science. It won't cure cancer either.
They're important physical connections reaching across time and reminding us of our own potential impact on history.
Gratitude has no expiration date.
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.
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.
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