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After 26 years in prison, Paul Komyatti Jr. was released in 2010. He was sentenced in 1983 to 55 years in prison for his part in the decapitation death of his 65-year-old father, Paul Komyatti Sr. The younger Komyatti said at the time he planned to work as a paralegal for an Indianapolis-bas…
Mary Beth Bonaventura, director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, speaks Friday during the 23rd annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. The former Lake Juvenile Court judge also received an appreciation award during the event.
William Kellibrew IV speaks Friday during the 23rd annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. Kellibrew was 10 years old when he watched as his mother and brother were murdered by his mother's ex-boyfriend in Washington, D.C.
BATESVILLE, Ind. | Kathy Riley initially struggled to find appropriate services for her son, R.D., who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Asperger's syndrome and other conditions. Today, thanks to the efforts of his mother and service providers, R.D. is attending colleg…
Kathy Riley, of Batesville, Ind., initially struggled to find appropriate services for her son, R.D., who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Asperger's syndrome and other conditions. Today, thanks to the efforts of his mother and service providers, R.D. is attending col…
Batesville, Ind., resident Kathy Riley initially struggled to find appropriate services for her son, R.D., who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Asperger's syndrome and other conditions.
Batesville, Ind., resident Kathy Riley laughs with her son, R.D. Kathy initially struggled to find appropriate services for R.D., who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Asperger's syndrome and other conditions.
Batesville, Ind., resident Kathy Riley initially struggled to find appropriate services for her son, R.D., who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Asperger's syndrome and others. Today, thanks to the efforts of his mother and service providers, R.D. is attending college …
Senior pastors Steve and Melodye Munsey own this home in the gated Briar Ridge subdivision in Schererville. The home, for which they took out a $2.3 million mortgage in 2010, is listed for sale and has an assessed value of $550,800.
The amount region residents pay for water flowing from their faucets varies widely between communities, a Times analysis shows.
Ronald Williams walked nearly two miles in the 26-degree predawn hours to be one of the first in line to vote Tuesday.
A few problematic poll workers and a handful of disqualified absentee ballots were among the hiccups in Lake County's Election Day, county officials said.
Auto Maxx LLC, a used car dealership at the intersection of Main and Summit streets in Crown Point, sits empty. The business closed amid consumer complaints and an investigation by the Indiana Secretary of State's Auto Dealer Services Division. Auto Maxx owner Curtis Burrow recently was arre…
A sign posted at the former Auto Maxx used car dealership in Crown Point informs customers where to direct their requests for vehicle titles.
Pat Kardos has been a precinct commiteewoman working the polls for more than 20 years. She saw something Tuesday morning she never has seen before.
Polling locations in Tri-Town and northern Hammond reported heavy voter turnout in Tuesday's election, elections officials said.
The man from Texas wanted to show his wife and 4-year-old son where he grew up. So the family made the trip to Schererville, stopping at Campagna Academy -- formerly known as Hoosier Boys Town -- where the man lived in the 1960s as a child.
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.
A 1-year-old Gary boy who drowned Thursday evening is one of six Indiana children to drown in the last two weeks, officials said.
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.
Election officials said a glut of uncontested primary races in many southern Lake County communities were to blame for Tuesday's lower voter turnout.
Crown Point firefighters responded to a call a little after 8 p.m. Friday about a fire in a home at the intersection of Sycamore and Elm streets in Liberty Park subdivision.
Crown Point firefighters assist at a house fire Friday night at the intersection of Sycamore and Elm streets in the Liberty Park subdivision.
Despite some early morning snafus, elections officials reported few problems -- aside from long lines -- during Tuesday's election.
Lake County officials reported no system-wide problems at the polls early Tuesday afternoon.
View data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report from 1998-2008.
Though state and federal safety inspectors spent more time probing private sector businesses within the last several decades, they found a higher percentage of serious violations in the region's government workplaces.
Beyond the statistics of workplace safety dangers are the families and friends of at least 316 region workers who lost their lives laboring in various private and public sector jobs over nearly four decades.
Ava Miller and hundreds of others in the Calumet Region who lost loved ones to workplace dangers in the past four decades measure their pain in the emotional voids left behind. At least 316 workers died, and another 343 injured workers carry the scars of those dangers through lost limbs, dis…
This original painting "Women of Law Enforcement" by Mitch Markovitz was created to commemorate the dedication of the Sheriff Lillian Holley Law Enforcement Center at the northwest corner of 93rd Avenue and Main Street in Crown Point.
GARY | John "J" Hargrove's family Saturday mourned his death at such a young age.
About 635,000 census workers began canvassing the nation last weekend, seeking responses from those who either didn't mail back their 2010 census forms or didn't receive them. But, in some region communities, knocks on doors will go unanswered.
The condemned span of the Cline Avenue bridge will not be rebuilt, Indiana Department of Transportation officials said Thursday afternoon.
A Times investigation shows that charges against a former LaPorte assistant girls volleyball coach could be the second black mark for the team in the last two years.
As the holidays near, so does the busiest time of year for mail.
GARY | If Michael Jackson were alive, he would have celebrated his 51st birthday Saturday far from the humble Gary house in which he grew up.
HAMMOND | Two men brandishing weapons robbed a bank Saturday morning, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said.
GARY | Conservation officers and the U.S. Coast Guard searched Lake Michigan on Friday for a Miller man who was discovered missing Thursday, the Department of Natural Resources reported.
HAMMOND | Child services investigators and Hammond police removed five children Wednesday from a home police said was layered in filth.
CROWN POINT | Jada Justice was killed, an autopsy performed in Lake County Friday revealed.
GARY | Jada Justice's family braced themselves Saturday on faith.
GARY | Serenity Gardens Funeral Home once vowed "because life is meaningful, death is sacred" at its now-defunct Gary facility, state documents show.
HAMMOND | A Lake Criminal Court judge, a Democratic insider and a former Indiana attorney general are among those interested in nabbing the area's coveted U.S. attorney position.
Crown Point police arrested a man Monday afternoon in connection with a TCF Bank robbery earlier in the day, Police Chief Pete Land said.
Icy road conditions boosted business this week for local hospitals and towing services, but there may be some relief, however slight, on the way.
GARY | Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two people found shot outside of a Gary charter school Thursday morning.
CROWN POINT | Kevin Smith's family on Friday was a step closer to the justice they've been seeking a year to the day after he lost his life in a head-on crash.
CROWN POINT | Judy Parker turned herself in to authorities Thursday afternoon after prosecutors charged her with orchestrating her husband's 2003 shooting death, police said.
CROWN POINT | The wife of a slain Merrillville businessman turned herself in to police Thursday afternoon and is being held at the Lake County Jail after being charged in connection with the April 2003, region law enforcement officials confirmed.
LAKE COUNTY | City officials in Hammond distributed fliers to residents in the Schleicher neighborhood Saturday night, warning people of the climbing level of the Little Calumet River and telling them what to do in the event of an evacuation.
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