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Man celebrates the release of his grandmother's killer

Man celebrates the release of his grandmother's killer

ROCKVILLE, Ind. | On Monday, region native Bill Pelke celebrated the release of one of his grandmother's killers from prison.

June 17, 2013 7:30 pm Photos

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Activists call for end to violence in Gary

GARY | Myrtle Curry said her grandson, Richard Taylor, is more powerful in death.

June 15, 2013 8:15 pm

M'ville T.G.I. Friday's suit alleges racial bias

HAMMOND | Twenty-seven people are suing the T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in Merrillville, claiming they were denied the ability to eat there because they are black, according to federal court complaint filed Tuesday.

June 11, 2013 5:20 pm

Lowell High School graduate sues school officials over suspension

HAMMOND | A Lowell High School graduate is suing officials at her former school, claiming they had no right to suspend her for a comment she posted on Twitter, federal court records state.

June 04, 2013 6:45 pm
Gary native won't let life in prison deter him from pursuing dreams

Gary native won't let life in prison deter him from pursuing dreams

Former Gary boxer Charles "Duke" Tanner's fight for freedom has taken a lyrical twist.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Wounded warrior builds new life after losing three limbs in Afghanistan

Wounded warrior builds new life after losing three limbs in Afghanistan

Retired Master Sgt. John Masson vowed losing both legs and part of his left arm in Afghanistan would not keep him from walking again.

June 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Thomas Stefaniak to become new Lake Juvenile Court judge

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak said Friday afternoon he will be the new Lake Juvenile Court judge.

May 31, 2013 9:00 pm

Illinois man admits guilt in Gary home rehab scheme

HAMMOND | An Illinois man agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud relating to a mortgage scheme involving a Schererville-based residential rehabilitation company, federal court records show.

May 28, 2013 7:30 pm
Supreme Court prohibits Schiralli's transfer to Juvenile Court

Supreme Court prohibits Schiralli's transfer to Juvenile Court

Lake Superior Court Judge Nicholas Schiralli cannot transfer into the Lake Juvenile Court, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday.

May 17, 2013 12:00 pm Related

Hammond day care fires one, reprimands others

HAMMOND | Multiple teachers have been reprimanded and at least one person fired in the wake of a state investigation into Northwest Family Services, state records show.

May 16, 2013 6:52 pm

Lake Superior judges, magistrates fail to reach deal over Juvenile Court vacancy

Lake Superior Court judges and magistrates were unable to reach a compromise in their legal squabble regarding how to fill the Lake Juvenile Court vacancy, court records filed Wednesday show.

May 08, 2013 4:19 pm

DCS continues to roll out program to provide mental health services to youth

INDIANAPOLIS | Twenty-five Indiana children are receiving mental health services as part of state officials' pledge to close a funding gap, said an Indiana Department of Child Services official.

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Hammond day care appeals state license revocation

Hammond day care appeals state license revocation

HAMMOND | A Hammond day care facility has appealed revocation of its child care center license, a state spokeswoman said Friday.

May 03, 2013 7:15 pm
More than 350 attend forum on child abuse, neglect

More than 350 attend forum on child abuse, neglect

GARY | William Kellibrew IV was 10 years old the day he says he stared down a gun and begged for his life.

April 26, 2013 7:15 pm Photos

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Griffith police to hold press conference on status of murder investigation

GRIFFITH | The Griffith Police Department has announced a press conference for 3 p.m. today to announce updates in their multi-agency investigation into the murder of 76-year-old Mary Austgen.

April 25, 2013 12:30 pm
Griffith police have suspect in custody for kidnapping, slaying of Mary Austgen

Griffith police have suspect in custody for kidnapping, slaying of Mary Austgen

GRIFFITH | Police have a suspect in custody relating to the kidnapping and killing of 76-year-old Mary Austgen, a police spokesman confirmed Wednesday morning.

April 24, 2013 11:30 am Photos

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Former C.P. teacher fired from Florida school district

Former C.P. teacher fired from Florida school district

A former Crown Point teacher has been terminated from his position in a Florida school district after an investigation relating to his conduct in another state.

April 23, 2013 7:30 pm
State report: 5 region children died of abuse, neglect injuries in a year

State report: 5 region children died of abuse, neglect injuries in a year

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana was home to five of Indiana's 40 children who died of abuse or neglect between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, a state report released Monday shows.

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State suspends food program funding for Hammond day care

State suspends food program funding for Hammond day care

HAMMOND | The Indiana Department of Education has suspended funding to a Hammond day-care facility, citing "serious deficiencies" in the facility's operation, state records show.

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State, Hanover sue former school treasurer

State, Hanover sue former school treasurer

CEDAR LAKE | The state and Hanover Community School Corp. are suing a former school treasurer to recover $44,378.20 in missing textbook rental fees and audit expenses, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Lake Superior Court.

April 15, 2013 8:00 pm Related
State revokes Hammond day care's license after finding 117 violations

State revokes Hammond day care's license after finding 117 violations

HAMMOND | The Indiana Bureau of Child Care has revoked a Hammond child care center's license after state inspectors documented 117 violations, state records show.

April 10, 2013 9:49 am

Crown Point orthodontist sentenced to federal prison for health care fraud

AMARILLO, Texas | A Crown Point orthodontist was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to pay about $1.8 million in restitution for health care fraud, Texas federal prosecutors said.

April 09, 2013 6:55 pm
Visclosky: 'We don't govern anymore'

Visclosky: 'We don't govern anymore'

MUNSTER | U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, said he is frustrated by the government's inability to get its finances in order.

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Embattled LaPorte athletic director receives two awards for his work

LAPORTE | Embattled LaPorte High School Athletic Director Ed Gilliland received awards this year for merit and distinguished service, according to the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

April 02, 2013 6:30 pm
High court requires mediation in Lake County tussle

High court requires mediation in Lake County tussle

The Indiana Supreme Court is ordering mediation in the Lake Superior Court judges and magistrates' legal tussle over how to fill the Lake Juvenile Court vacancy, court records filed Monday show.

April 01, 2013 1:23 pm Related
Gary official pleads guilty to tax evasion

Gary official pleads guilty to tax evasion

Gary Councilwoman Marilyn Krusas agreed Monday to plead guilty to tax evasion, federal court records show.

April 01, 2013 10:30 am Related

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C.P. teen dies in dirt bike accident

Sixteen-year-old Matthew Soper died Saturday night in an accident while riding a dirt bike in Leroy, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

March 30, 2013 10:38 pm

Family Christian Center faces third mortgage foreclosure case

MUNSTER | Family Christian Center is facing a third mortgage foreclosure case — this one relating to a residence in Schererville, according to documents filed this week in Lake Superior Court.

March 27, 2013 8:00 pm

Judge outlines goals for new job as head of DCS

Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura will soon trade her judge's robes for a new job involving the welfare of children.

March 24, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County Bar Association rates federal judges, magistrates

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kent Lindquist received the highest rating of nine federal judges and magistrates who work in Lake County, according to a survey by the Lake County Bar Association.

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Griffith Public Schools, students settle lawsuit relating to Facebook comments

HAMMOND | Griffith Public Schools reached a settlement with three girls who were expelled after making Facebook comments discussing killing several classmates and teachers, according to federal court documents filed Monday.

March 18, 2013 6:00 pm

Regional Mental Health Center, EEOC settle discrimination lawsuit

HAMMOND | The Regional Mental Health Center has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a federal lawsuit stemming from its treatment of an employee with breast cancer, federal court records show.

March 18, 2013 4:00 pm
Letter indicates Lake judges are ignoring a law they deem unconstitutional

Letter indicates Lake judges are ignoring a law they deem unconstitutional

State legislators overreached their authority when they passed a law prohibiting judges from transferring to a different court unless they have gone through merit selection, Chief Judge John Pera wrote Monday in a letter to the Indiana Supreme Court.

March 12, 2013 11:00 pm Related

Attorney: LaPorte prosecutors won't put school officials on trial

Two LaPorte High School officials accused of failing to report an inappropriate relationship between a junior varsity volleyball coach and an underage girl will not be prosecuted, an attorney for the girl's family said Monday, noting the family was told such a prosecution would "cost too muc…

March 11, 2013 4:15 pm
Indiana mother, son recall tortuous journey to secure mental health services

Indiana mother, son recall tortuous journey to secure mental health services

When R.D. Riley was 3 years old, his therapist told him he would become a mass murderer, the boy and his mother recall.

March 09, 2013 11:32 pm Photos

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Chief judge to respond to call for merit selection to replace Bonaventura

Chief Judge John Pera said he is preparing a written response to Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura's letters seeking intervention from the Indiana Supreme Court.

March 09, 2013 9:30 pm
Outgoing judge questions process of filling juvenile court vacancy

Outgoing judge questions process of filling juvenile court vacancy

Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to issue an order requiring her replacement be chosen through merit selection rather than seniority, according to letters obtained Friday by The Times.

March 08, 2013 11:00 pm Related

Lowell man seeks presidential pardon

HAMMOND | A Lowell man is seeking a presidential pardon, according to a letter filed Tuesday in Hammond federal court.

March 05, 2013 5:30 pm
Former C.P. high school teacher denies inappropriate conduct with student

Former C.P. high school teacher denies inappropriate conduct with student

HAMMOND | A former Crown Point High School teacher denied allegations he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with one of his students, federal court records filed Monday show.

March 04, 2013 5:00 pm
Fate of South Shore Air Show uncertain

Fate of South Shore Air Show uncertain

GARY | The 14th annual South Shore Air Show may fall victim to impending automatic federal spending cuts, tourism officials said Wednesday.

February 27, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

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Judge approves agreement to extend financial administrator's role with local megachurch

CROWN POINT | Family Christian Center won't regain control of its own finances for at least six months, according to an agreement approved Friday in Lake Superior Court.

February 22, 2013 12:00 pm

Local megachurch faces new foreclosure case

MUNSTER | Family Christian Center faces a new legal hurdle in its leaders' efforts to restore the financial health of the megachurch, according to documents filed this week in Lake Superior Court.

February 21, 2013 7:00 pm
Kansas man sentenced to 40 years in kidnapping case

Kansas man sentenced to 40 years in kidnapping case

HAMMOND | A Kansas man barely seemed to notice as he was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in federal prison for kidnapping and obstruction of justice.

February 19, 2013 3:35 pm
Local megachurch navigates precarious path

Local megachurch navigates precarious path

MUNSTER | While the Family Christian Center was spending millions of dollars annually on leadership compensation, travel, meals and jet fuel, it was falling behind on its mortgage payments and racking up a list of past-due bills, a Times investigation found.

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Gary woman faces federal embezzlement, theft charge

HAMMOND | A Gary woman is accused in Hammond federal court of embezzling an undisclosed amount of funds from a region labor union, a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday shows.

February 12, 2013 8:30 pm
Whiteco Industries sues over performance that resulted in a fire at Star Plaza

Whiteco Industries sues over performance that resulted in a fire at Star Plaza

HAMMOND | The owners of Merrillville's Star Plaza Theater are suing the New Shanghai Circus and its affiliates, claiming the circus is responsible for a 2011 fire that caused nearly $600,000 of damage to the facility.

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Feds: E.C. cop indicted in ghost payrolling scheme

HAMMOND | An 18-year veteran of the East Chicago Police Department was indicted Wednesday on 12 fraud charges relating to an alleged ghost payrolling scheme, federal court records state.

February 07, 2013 7:06 pm

Homewood woman sues police over shooting death of her son

CHICAGO | A Homewood woman is suing local police, seeking damages in the shooting death of her son, federal court records show.

February 05, 2013 5:45 pm

DCS official: First leg of pilot project went 'better than planned'

INDIANAPOLIS | The first phase of state officials' plan to close the gap in mental health services for children has been a success, one official said.

February 03, 2013 9:20 pm Related
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