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Escaped Mich. murderer captured in LaPorte to appear in court

Escaped Mich. murderer captured in LaPorte to appear in court

IONIA, Mich. | A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February before being captured in LaPorte is scheduled for arraignment on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

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Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study said.

April 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Indiana panel approves new school standards

INDIANAPOLIS | A panel of Indiana business and education leaders were booed and jeered Monday by onlookers after overwhelmingly voting in support of new math and English standards set to replace the Common Core in state classrooms this fall.

April 21, 2014 6:15 pm
ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: Illinois Lutheran to host baseball tourney

ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: Illinois Lutheran to host baseball tourney

The T.F. North and T.F. South baseball teams play their annual game under the lights when the District 215 rivals square off at 7 p.m. today at the U.S. Steel yard in Gary.

April 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Indiana graduation rates unchanged from 2012

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Education says the state's high school graduation rates from 2013 are virtually the same as from the year before.

April 16, 2014 10:55 am Related

Son of former Dolton mayor charged with tax crime

CHICAGO | Victor Shaw, the son of late Dolton Mayor William Shaw, was charged Friday with six misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal income tax returns between 2007 and 2012.

April 14, 2014 7:15 pm
ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: IFCA Halll induction has local flavor

ILLINOIS PREP NOTES: IFCA Halll induction has local flavor

They are two recognizable surnames that are well known in Illinois prep football circles.

April 10, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Body pulled from Porter lake identified as missing Michigan doctor

Body pulled from Porter lake identified as missing Michigan doctor

PORTER | The body recovered Sunday from Lake Charles in Porter has been identified as Teleka Patrick, 30, of Kalamazoo, Mich., who went missing Dec. 6.

April 09, 2014 6:38 pm Photos

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Body found at abandoned Gary home

GARY | A person found dead at a vacant home at 1833 Pennsylvania St. died of multiple gunshot wounds in an apparent homicide, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

April 02, 2014 6:00 pm

E.C. man accused of sex with 11-year-old girl accepts plea deal

HAMMOND | An East Chicago man has entered into a plea agreement on a federal charge of crossing state lines to engage in sex with an 11-year-old girl.

March 24, 2014 8:00 pm

Jury finds businessman guilty of killing wife, a T.F. North grad

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. | Jurors in suburban Chicago have found businessman Allan Kustok guilty of killing his wife, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, in September 2010.

March 11, 2014 3:55 pm
Dozens of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Illinois

Dozens of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Illinois

CHICAGO | More than 80 same-sex couples  — including couples from Gary and DeMotte — have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including some from other Illinois counties who apparently didn't want to wait until gay marriage becomes legal statewide on June 1.

February 25, 2014 1:00 pm

Jail escapee gets 41-month sentence

CHICAGO | A bank robber's escape with a cellmate from a high-rise Chicago lockup got him an additional three and a half years in federal prison.

February 24, 2014 4:04 pm
Asian carp bill would cost NWI economy

Asian carp bill would cost NWI economy

A member of Congress from Michigan has introduced a bill that would require separating Lake Michigan from the Mississippi River watershed in the Chicago area to block the path of Asian carp and other invasive species, which could cause an estimated loss of $1.9 billion to Northwest Indiana's…

February 05, 2014 5:30 pm
'I was always scared,' Korean War vet recalls

'I was always scared,' Korean War vet recalls

When Ray Dorulla was sailing to Korea, the seas were rough because of a hurricane.

February 02, 2014 5:45 pm Video Photos

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Lake effect snow hits region; Toll Road issues restrictions

Lake effect snow hits region; Toll Road issues restrictions

Northwest Indiana residents will experience deja vu as they wake up to snow and the threat of frigid wind chills. 

January 20, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Forest preserves start selling picnic permits online

CHICAGO | People who want to have a picnic in a Cook County forest preserve this year can now buy the necessary permits online.

January 02, 2014 5:45 pm
Marine survived close calls, even before reaching Korea

Marine survived close calls, even before reaching Korea

George Rosenbaum had some close calls in the Korean War, beginning with his trip to the Asian nation.

December 30, 2013 10:13 am Video
Teen boyfriend, brother in jail following Christmas slaying

Teen boyfriend, brother in jail following Christmas slaying

DOLTON | The boyfriend of a pregnant teen who was fatally shot last week and his brother remained in jail Sunday. 

December 29, 2013 7:30 pm Photos

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Seton Academy brawls top 2013 local sports stories

YEAR IN REVIEW: Seton Academy brawls top 2013 local sports stories

1. Seton Academy boys basketball headlines news

December 28, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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Affidavit: Suspect in slaying of former Lowell woman and her daughter had been fired

WESTFIELD, Ind. | Court documents say an Indianapolis man charged in connection with the downstate killings of a former Lowell woman and her adult daughter was angry about being fired by the woman's husband.

December 27, 2013 11:30 am
Pregnant Calumet City teen fatally shot; baby survives

Pregnant Calumet City teen fatally shot; baby survives

DOLTON | A 17-year-old pregnant girl died after being fatally shot on Christmas Day, but doctors were able to save her baby, police said.

December 26, 2013 10:04 pm Photos

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CHRISTMAS MEMORIES: Local athletes and coaches share their holiday memories, traditions

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES: Local athletes and coaches share their holiday memories, traditions

Each year, The Times sports staff asks some of our region athletes and coaches to recount their favorite holiday memories. Below are their responses.

December 24, 2013 2:45 pm Photos

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Chicago radio legend Larry Lujack dead at 73

Chicago radio legend Larry Lujack dead at 73

Larry Lujack, the self-proclaimed "superjock" who dominated Chicago radio airwaves for 20 years, has died.

December 19, 2013 11:45 am Photos

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Good Samaritan, teacher, struck and killed by traffic

Good Samaritan, teacher, struck and killed by traffic

CROWN POINT | Two people — a man who was married earlier in the day and a Hobart first-grade teacher — were struck and killed by traffic in Crown Point late Saturday night.

December 15, 2013 7:45 pm Photos

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Boyfriend charged in homicide of Lake Central grad

Boyfriend charged in homicide of Lake Central grad

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. | The boyfriend of a one-time area woman who was killed nearly two years ago was charged in the homicide. 

November 25, 2013 5:15 pm Photos

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Free tribute concert for veterans on VU campus

The Times Media Co., Valparaiso University and One Region are co-sponsoring a free Veterans Day concert at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts on the Valparaiso University campus.

November 06, 2013 2:00 pm Related
South Holland family donates Chicago's official Christmas tree

South Holland family donates Chicago's official Christmas tree

CHICAGO | Chicago authorities say the city's official Christmas tree will be a 57-foot Colorado blue spruce from South Holland.

November 04, 2013 11:20 am

Chicago jail escapee pleads guilty

CHICAGO | A convicted bank robber has pleaded guilty to escaping from a high-rise Chicago lockup with a cellmate last year.

October 21, 2013 2:26 pm

CPSC honors its swimmers

CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Swim Club finished 24th at the Age-Group State Championships and ninth at the Senior State Championships during the summer season, which saw the club set 30 meter individual team records and 13 yard individual team records.

October 04, 2013 10:00 pm

Crete Bulldogs take two from Panthers

The Crete Bulldogs youth football program took two out of the three scored games against the MidCrest Panthers on Sept. 21.

October 04, 2013 10:00 pm
C.P. Emergency Management vehicles will display new logo

C.P. Emergency Management vehicles will display new logo

CROWN POINT | Crown Point Emergency Management Department vehicles will display new logos after approval Wednesday by the Board of Public Works and Safety.

September 26, 2013 12:05 am
RailCats GM, Highland native leaves team

RailCats GM, Highland native leaves team

The RailCats are searching for a new general manager after Highland native Kevin Spudic announced his resignation from the team Monday.

September 23, 2013 5:12 pm

Retired Cal City cop’s son accused in Michigan state trooper slaying

The son of a retired Calumet City police officer faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a Michigan State Police trooper.

September 13, 2013 8:30 pm
Coats urges clear goals, answers on Syria

Coats urges clear goals, answers on Syria

Hours before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 in support of a U.S. strike against Syria, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., expressed his reservations about it.

September 04, 2013 5:30 pm Video

The Times Preseason Top 10

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August 23, 2013 12:00 am

Third annual Pet Fest in the Park, from Wags to Whiskers

LAPORTE | LaPorte County Parks and the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter have joined forces to host its third annual Pet Fest in the Park from Wags to Whiskers at Luhr County Park, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. This event is free.

August 14, 2013 12:47 pm

Marian picks former Lisle, Immaculate Conception coach Dan Murray for girls hoops position

With an eye on repeating as IHSA Class 4A state champions, Marian Catholic has hired former Immaculate Conception and Lisle High School head coach Dan Murray.

August 12, 2013 4:00 pm

Two die after being pulled from Lake Michigan on Saturday

MICHIGAN CITY | A Lafayette, Ind., man who was hospitalized in critical condition after being pulled from Lake Michigan near Beverly Shores died Saturday.

July 28, 2013 12:30 pm
Boy swallowed by sandy sinkhole continues to improve

Boy swallowed by sandy sinkhole continues to improve

CHICAGO | Six-year-old Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Ill, continues to improve 10 days after being rescued from beneath 11 feet of sand July 12 at the Mount Baldy area of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

July 22, 2013 5:45 pm Photos

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South sweeps the North on first day of IHSBCA All-Star weekend

A total of 14 Division I players and air-tight pitching was a key for the South in Saturday's IHSBCA North-South All-Star weekend at Wabash College.

July 13, 2013 8:30 pm
RAILCATS: Reliever Clay Zavada's contract purchased by Padres

RAILCATS: Reliever Clay Zavada's contract purchased by Padres

The contract of RailCats closer Clay Zavada was purchased by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday and he will report to their double-A affiliate in San Antonio, the team said in a release.

July 03, 2013 9:36 am
Man Thrives in OE’s OutSource Solutions Program

Man Thrives in OE’s OutSource Solutions Program

VALPARAISO | David Evans began working at Opportunity Enterprises in the Outsource Solutions industrial services division in May, 2012, and currently works five days a week assembling piece work. Evans also participates in enrichment programs at OE including Community Integration and Assisti…

July 01, 2013 12:00 am
Ford recalls vehicles made at Chicago Assembly plant

Ford recalls vehicles made at Chicago Assembly plant

Ford is recalling just more than 13,000 Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS cars and SUVs because the child safety locks might not work on the rear doors.

June 28, 2013 11:17 am Photos

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PNC class collects school supplies to take to Peru

PNC class collects school supplies to take to Peru

WESTVILLE | Purdue University North Central students, along with students from Yost Elementary School in Porter, are donating a variety of school supplies to children in Chotuna, Peru.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am

Lower drunk-driving limit gets mixed reviews in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to toughen drunk-driving laws is getting mixed reviews among Illinois legislators, top state officials and local police.

May 15, 2013 8:15 pm

ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: deSales' Hunt has monster day in regional opener

St. Francis deSales' Jensen Hunt had a big day in the Class A Morgan Park Academy Regional opener as the Pioneers pounded Holy Trinity 15-4 on Monday.

May 13, 2013 10:15 pm

ISTEP testing resumes after two days of problems

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana students resumed taking required standardized tests Wednesday after two days of computer glitches that temporarily halted testing.

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Ex-Gary lawyer gets 23 years in racketeering case

Ex-Gary lawyer gets 23 years in racketeering case

ST. LOUIS | Former Gary lawyer Jerry "Angel" Peteet was sentenced in federal court to 23 years in prison on racketeering conspiracy charges for his involvement in a motorcycle gang. 

April 23, 2013 8:15 pm
RAILCATS: Former Japanese pitcher joins roster

RAILCATS: Former Japanese pitcher joins roster

The RailCats will be the first American home to right-handed pitcher Takahiro Matsuka, a reliever with Japanese Major League experience.

April 16, 2013 4:00 pm
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