LOWELL — The Lowell Town Council swore in its youngest member Thursday evening, replacing a longtime councilman who is stepping down from the position after years of service.
Twenty-six-year-old Josh Henshilwood, R, was sworn in as the new Ward 5 councilman at the Lowell Community Center in a Republican caucus.
“What I like about him is that he has a young, fresh perspective to bring into the council,” Chris Salatas, R, councilman of Ward 4, said.
Henshilwood is a father of two and is a union plumber by trade. He graduated from Lowell High School in 2011. He said he has lived in Lowell his whole life and set his sites on serving local government to contribute to his community.
“This is my first political job and I look forward to what the future holds,” Henshilwood said. “My main objective is to unite the town with events that will bring everyone together.”
Edgar Corns, R, the former Ward 5 councilman, is a lifetime resident of Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School in 1954. He served in the army and is a member of the local American Legion and Amvets.
Corns served on the town council for seven years and before that, he was the president of the Lowell Police Commission for three years.
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PORTAGE — The Porter County coroner's office is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Portage man found unresponsive at his home early Wednesday.
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MERRILLVILLE — A Crown Point man has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to driving drunk in a crash that killed a 62-year-old man.
GARY — Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince pulled off an upset victory Tuesday night, dethroning Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.
PORTAGE — A 35-year-old Portage man rolled his car three times along a local stretch of U.S. 20 Friday night and then got out and attempted to hide a bag of marijuana by burying it in a nearby drainage ditch, police said.
CROWN POINT —Charges filed Saturday allege a Chicago man shot his girlfriend in the chest last week in East Chicago during an argument that began over spilled wine.
WEST CREEK TOWNSHIP — A man reported missing in April was found dead Sunday not far from his home, officials said.
GARY — A woman sprayed a man with a mace-like substance as he sat next to his 5-year-old after the man cut her in line at a gas station, police say.
VALPARAISO — A former assistant diving coach at Portage High School faces a four-year prison term after pleading guilty Tuesday to having sex with two female students and possessing partially-nude photographs of each girl when he was 18 and 19.
GRIFFITH — The Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at a Griffith residence, officials confirmed.
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PORTAGE — Police responded to three drug overdoses, two which were fatal, in less than 24 hours, the Portage police chief said.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — A woman was sleeping on a couch in her family room early Friday when the window above her shattered by what turned out to be a paintball, according to Porter County police.
GARY — The Lake County Coroner is working to determine the cause and manner of death of a Gary man that died Saturday evening.
HAMMOND — A man found dead Tuesday inside a fenced area at a business has been identified as a city resident, according to the Lake County coroner's office.
EAST CHICAGO — A dog owner is asking for the public’s help in bringing home her bully mix puppy after it was allegedly lured with treats and stolen from her backyard.
MERRILLVILLE — A missing man believed to be in danger has been found by family, police say.
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HAMMOND — A Region man's home invasion scheme was thwarted by police, court records say.
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