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E.C. police chief describes frustration in fight against gang violence

E.C. police chief describes frustration in fight against gang violence

East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said conflicts among gangs, and between gangs and police boil down to one thing: frustration.

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A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

By late 2008, Javier Solis Jr. was tired of living the gangster lifestyle.

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A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

Julius Solis and his older brother had been hanging out with Imperial Gangsters since before they could walk.

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With nowhere to go, some youth end up lost for life

With nowhere to go, some youth end up lost for life

Julius Solis was 6 years old the first time he saw someone murdered.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Related
A price to pay

A price to pay

Some little boys dream of growing up to be cowboys, or firefighters, or police officers.

February 01, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Family, friends, city pay respects to former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay

Family, friends, city pay respects to former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay

GARY | The casket of former Gary Mayor Rudolph "Rudy" Clay lay Tuesday under an enormous chandelier and was surrounded by a veritable garden of flowers and greenery at the Genesis Convention Center.

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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 poses with his family, from left to right: wife Dustina, sons Ethan and Jonathan and daughter Morgan.

May 28, 2013 3:58 pm
Paul Komyatti Jr.

Paul Komyatti Jr.

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…

May 13, 2013 3:46 pm
More than 350 attend forum on child abuse, neglect

More than 350 attend forum on child abuse, neglect

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.

April 26, 2013 4:04 pm
More than 350 attend forum on child abuse, neglect

More than 350 attend forum on child abuse, neglect

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.

April 26, 2013 3:56 pm
'I'm still a living human being'

'I'm still a living human being'

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…

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
'I'm still a living human being'

'I'm still a living human being'

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…

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
'I'm still a living human being'

'I'm still a living human being'

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.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
'I'm still a living human being'

'I'm still a living human being'

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.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
'I'm still a living human being'

'I'm still a living human being'

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 …

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
Local megachurch navigates precarious path

Local megachurch navigates precarious path

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.

February 15, 2013 2:15 pm
Cost of water varies widely throughout Calumet Region

Cost of water varies widely throughout Calumet Region

The amount region residents pay for water flowing from their faucets varies widely between communities, a Times analysis shows.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Elections officials: Voter turnout appears steady, doesn't match fever of 2008

Elections officials: Voter turnout appears steady, doesn't match fever of 2008

Ronald Williams walked nearly two miles in the 26-degree predawn hours to be one of the first in line to vote Tuesday.

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Only minor problems reported locally on Election Day

Only minor problems reported locally on Election Day

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.

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Cops: Small-business owner turns to crime to pay the bills

Cops: Small-business owner turns to crime to pay the bills

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…

October 14, 2012 12:00 am
Cops: Small-business owner turns to crime to pay the bills

Cops: Small-business owner turns to crime to pay the bills

A sign posted at the former Auto Maxx used car dealership in Crown Point informs customers where to direct their requests for vehicle titles.

October 14, 2012 12:00 am
Poll workers: 18.6 percent turnout shockingly low

Poll workers: 18.6 percent turnout shockingly low

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.

May 08, 2012 6:30 pm Photos

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Workers report low turnout at many Lake County polling places

Workers report low turnout at many Lake County polling places

Polling locations in Tri-Town and northern Hammond reported heavy voter turnout in Tuesday's election, elections officials said.

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Youth homes challenge state decision to put foster care first

Youth homes challenge state decision to put foster care first

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.

October 23, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Who knew Christian Choate was being abused?

Who knew Christian Choate was being abused?

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.

July 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Gary child, 1, drowns in pool

Gary child, 1, drowns in pool

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.

June 10, 2011 12:38 pm Related
Police release more details about boy's death

Police release more details about boy's death

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.

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Turnout low for Tuesday count; north Lake County races draw a bit better

Turnout low for Tuesday count; north Lake County races draw a bit better

Election officials said a glut of uncontested primary races in many southern Lake County communities were to blame for Tuesday's lower voter turnout.

May 03, 2011 10:00 pm Photos

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Firefighters battle C.P. fire

Firefighters battle C.P. fire

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.

January 21, 2011 8:33 pm
Firefighters battle fire at C.P. home

Firefighters battle fire at C.P. home

Crown Point firefighters assist at a house fire Friday night at the intersection of Sycamore and Elm streets in the Liberty Park subdivision.

January 21, 2011 8:36 pm
Officials report long lines, only minor problems for voters

Officials report long lines, only minor problems for voters

Despite some early morning snafus, elections officials reported few problems -- aside from long lines -- during Tuesday's election.

November 03, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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No major problems reported at Lake Co. polls

No major problems reported at Lake Co. polls

Lake County officials reported no system-wide problems at the polls early Tuesday afternoon.

November 02, 2010 4:05 pm Related
FBI's UCR database

FBI's UCR database

View data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report from 1998-2008.

September 12, 2010 12:00 am

Hazards of the municipal workplace

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.

September 06, 2010 12:00 am Related

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Region families, friends struggle with loss of loved ones killed on the job

Region families, friends struggle with loss of loved ones killed on the job

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.

September 05, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Perils in the workplace

Perils in the workplace

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…

September 05, 2010 12:00 am Related
Sheriff unveils Women in Law Enforcement Memorial

Sheriff unveils Women in Law Enforcement Memorial

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.

August 12, 2010 12:00 am
Gary man, 26, fatally shot

Gary man, 26, fatally shot

GARY | John "J" Hargrove's family Saturday mourned his death at such a young age.

June 26, 2010 3:04 pm
Lingering in limbo

Lingering in limbo

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.

May 03, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Former LaPorte coach turns himself over to authorities

Former LaPorte coach turns himself over to authorities

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.

December 18, 2009 12:05 am
Mail keeps flowing despite cutbacks, changing times

Mail keeps flowing despite cutbacks, changing times

As the holidays near, so does the busiest time of year for mail.

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Fans flock to boyhood home in Gary to celebrate Jackson's birthday

Fans flock to boyhood home in Gary to celebrate Jackson's birthday

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.

August 30, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Two men flee with cash after shootout at Hammond bank

HAMMOND | Two men brandishing weapons robbed a bank Saturday morning, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said.

August 30, 2009 12:00 am
Miller man missing on Lake Michigan

Miller man missing on Lake Michigan

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.

August 21, 2009 12:00 am

State removes 5 kids from filthy Hammond home

HAMMOND | Child services investigators and Hammond police removed five children Wednesday from a home police said was layered in filth.

August 07, 2009 12:00 am

Autopsy: Jada was killed

CROWN POINT | Jada Justice was killed, an autopsy performed in Lake County Friday revealed.

June 26, 2009 12:00 am
Jada's family clings to hope

Jada's family clings to hope

GARY | Jada Justice's family braced themselves Saturday on faith.

June 21, 2009 12:00 am
4 bodies found at funeral home may be ID'd today

4 bodies found at funeral home may be ID'd today

GARY | Serenity Gardens Funeral Home once vowed "because life is meaningful, death is sacred" at its now-defunct Gary facility, state documents show.

May 28, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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