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Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released

Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released

Paula Cooper was 16 years old when she was sentenced to death for stabbing an elderly Bible school teacher to death. The Indiana Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years, and she is scheduled to be released Monday.

June 16, 2013 2:00 am
Gary urban garden growing despite drought

Gary urban garden growing despite drought

About 15 volunteers helped clear land and harvest vegetables Saturday morning at the Stewart House Urban Farms and Gardens in Gary.

July 28, 2012 1:07 pm
Gary urban garden growing despite drought

Gary urban garden growing despite drought

Raised beds at Stewart House Urban Farm and Gardens help conserve water, Project Manager Sandra Rodriguez said.

July 28, 2012 1:01 pm
Gary urban garden growing despite drought

Gary urban garden growing despite drought

John Szot, 57, of Merrillville, helps clear a plot Saturday morning at the Stewart House Urban Farm and Gardens in Gary. Volunteers already have harvested produce from the site's raised beds twice this year.

July 28, 2012 12:47 pm
A second chance at life

A second chance at life

Paula Cooper was sentenced to death for the murder of an elderly Bible school teacher in the 1980s. The state Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years in prison, and now she shares her story and hopes for the future with The Times as the final year of her sentence winds down.

July 15, 2012 12:00 pm
Paula Cooper: Convicted of murder at 15, a Gary woman prepares for her 2013 release

Paula Cooper: Convicted of murder at 15, a Gary woman prepares for her 2013 release

Paula Cooper was 15 years old when she was sentenced to death for stabbing an elderly Bible school teacher to death. The Indiana Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years, and she is now counting down the days to her 2013 release.

July 13, 2012 11:46 pm
Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released

Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released

Paula Cooper was 16 years old when she was sentenced to death for the brutal stabbing murder of an elderly Bible school teacher. The Indiana Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years, and she is scheduled to be released Monday.

July 13, 2012 11:39 pm
Paula Cooper: Convicted of murder at 15, a Gary woman prepares for her 2013 release

Paula Cooper: Convicted of murder at 15, a Gary woman prepares for her 2013 release

Paula Cooper was 15 years old when she was sentenced to death for the brutal stabbing murder of an elderly Bible school teacher. The Indiana Supreme Court commuted her sentence to 60 years, and she is now counting down the days to her 2013 release.

July 13, 2012 11:39 pm
Valpo residents surprised by neighbor's involvement in standoff

Valpo residents surprised by neighbor's involvement in standoff

Officers enter the rental house owned by Roy L. Ferguson on Grove Avenue in Valparaiso following Friday's standoff at an office building on Calumet Avenue.

May 25, 2012 9:59 pm
Valpo residents surprised by neighbor's involvement in standoff

Valpo residents surprised by neighbor's involvement in standoff

Police search a Grove Avenue home in Valparaiso owned by Roy L. Ferguson, the gunman who held several people hostage Friday at a real estate office.

May 25, 2012 7:08 pm
Valpo residents surprised by neighbor's involvement in standoff

Valpo residents surprised by neighbor's involvement in standoff

VALPARAISO | Law enforcement searched a rental house owned by a gunman who held police at bay for seven hours Friday.

May 25, 2012 5:21 pm Photos

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Hobart soldier gets surprise welcome home

Hobart soldier gets surprise welcome home

Spc. Luke Ledyard, 27, hugs supporters who gathered at Hobart's VFW post Saturday to welcome him home from Afghanistan.

May 12, 2012 3:42 pm
Region's first law enforcement coordination manager retires

Region's first law enforcement coordination manager retires

Local officials gathered Thursday evening at a Schererville banquet hall to celebrate Jim Mesterharm's retirement after almost three decades with the U.S. attorney's office. Mesterharm's efforts at interstate cooperation between federal and state law enforcement led to a slew of indictments …

February 24, 2012 6:02 pm
John Bonham

John Bonham

John Bonham, a 29-year military veteran and Merrillville's VFW Post 5063 quartermaster, went through training in weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. But even he said he did not know what to think when he heard on the radio that New York had been attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

September 11, 2011 12:00 am
Police: Eldest son named person of interest in doctor's disappearance

Police: Eldest son named person of interest in doctor's disappearance

Law enforcement officials believe Dr. Promila Mehta-Paul's oldest son, Paresh Paul, is still living at her home on the 9000 block of Twin Creek Blvd. in Munster. He has been named a person of interest in her disappearance and death.

September 08, 2011 4:08 pm
Police: Missing doctor's disappearance outside her character

Police: Missing doctor's disappearance outside her character

Officials said family members and friends have told them it was unlike Dr. Promila Mehta-Paul to disappear -- especially leaving behind a full schedule of appointments at her Highland ophthalmologist practice. Her eldest son, Paresh Paul, has a history of alcoholism and arrests for DUI and b…

September 08, 2011 3:51 pm
Bath salts growing problem in Lake, Porter counties

Bath salts growing problem in Lake, Porter counties

Doctors say a wave of products sold as "bath salts" are being snorted for highs resembling that of meth and cocaine.

August 31, 2011 4:20 pm
Bath salts growing problem in Lake, Porter counties

Bath salts growing problem in Lake, Porter counties

A container of a high-powered synthetic stimulant sold as bath salts is spread across a table. Users of the illegal drug tend to become violent and erratic, posing a danger to themselves and others while often babbling incoherently. Those arrested while high have to be held in separate cells…

August 31, 2011 4:15 pm
Synthetic marijuana sweeping country, region

Synthetic marijuana sweeping country, region

Law enforcement and medical experts say more and more Hoosiers are using "incense" packets sold at some gas stations and smoke shops to get high.

July 03, 2011 12:00 am
Making room for more

Making room for more

Deputy Cmdr. Robert Arnold, spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Department, stands in front of bags of marijuana and cocaine seized by officers and brought to the property room as evidence. He said as new laws about synthetic drugs go into effect, the department will make room for the th…

July 03, 2011 12:00 am
Products sold as bath salts give meth-like highs

Products sold as bath salts give meth-like highs

Doctors say a wave of products sold as "bath salts" are being snorted for highs resembling that of meth and cocaine.

July 02, 2011 2:01 pm
Judge throws out Weinberger plea deal

Judge throws out Weinberger plea deal

A federal judge rejects Dr. Mark Weinberger's plea agreement for a four-year prison term. The Times takes you to the federal courthouse for more.

April 27, 2011 8:29 pm
Gary police investigate homicide

Gary police investigate homicide

Gary police investigate an apparent homicide outside Riley Elementary School.

April 02, 2011 1:29 pm
Hampton-in-Highland residents in limbo after fire

Hampton-in-Highland residents in limbo after fire

HIGHLAND | La Homa Cross walked along the perimeter of the yellow police tape outside the charred Hampton-in-Highland apartment complex Friday with tears in her eyes.

November 13, 2010 12:00 am
Man shot dead on Hemlock Street

Man shot dead on Hemlock Street

EAST CHICAGO | City police are asking for community help in finding the person who fatally shot an East Chicago man Friday afternoon.

April 17, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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2 relatives in custody after fatal shooting

HAMMOND | Two cousins of a man found shot to death in a central Hammond home Saturday morning were in custody for questioning about the incident by early evening, police said.

January 10, 2010 12:05 am

Renewable energy could bring jobs to region

State and federal climate change legislation combined with new energy standards could bring more than 39,000 new jobs to Indiana, environmental officials said Friday.

July 25, 2009 12:00 am
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