GARY — On Aug. 12, 1986, a man who suspected his foster parents had withheld money from him confronted them at their Gary home.
HAMMOND — Leonard Fowler always cashed his paycheck and kept the money in his wallet.
VALPARAISO — Christel Helmchen was working an overnight shift Nov. 14, 1990, at the White Hen Pantry when two men walked in to buy cans of pop.
This website from 2009 was created for The Times' news coverage of the Sin Strip of Calumet City.
HOBART — After stirring drugs into her husband's coffee, Barbara Garcia waited for him to fall asleep.
MERRILLVILLE — It's been several years since a 27-year-old man was found shot to death on the cooler floor of Piatak Meats.
Tony Spilotro, who would eventually be portrayed by Joe Pesci in the Martin Scorcese film "Casino," was born and raised in “The Patch,” a near west side Chicago neighborhood that was a haven for Italian immigrants in the 1940s and 50s. Spilotro entered high school at Steinmetz, but when his …
By most accounts Belle Gunness is an American-ized version of a Norwegian name, for a woman who biographers say was born Nov. 11, 1859, the youngest of eight children who lived on a farm with her family southeast of Trondheim, a large city in Norway. The family was poor, so Belle worked for …
Jennifer Hudson, who was born and raised in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and attended Dunbar Vocational High School, had a great voice and sang in her church choir and starred in local theater productions. Originally she went away to college at Langston University, but was homesick and e…
Candy heiress Helen Vorhees Brach would be 104 next Nov. 10, if she were still alive. But that is not likely. Mrs. Brach was declared legally dead as of Feb. 17, 1977, allegedly the last day she was seen alive having just received a clean bill of health from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
His parents, who were divorced when he was seven years old, both had dysfunctional backgrounds. His father, orphaned at 12, grew up in foster homes. His mother was mentally ill, according to records that described her as “psychotic,” and she was hospitalized in an asylum in Pennsylvania wher…
One of the women had been missing for almost a year when in October 2014 the alleged serial killer led police to a private burial ground in four abandoned Gary properties several miles apart. Teaira Batey’s decaying body was found inside of a house on the 1800 block of E. 19th Ave. Batey was…
More than two years went by before Lake County police dug Christian Choate’s body out of a shallow grave under a storage shed in the Black Oak section of Gary in May 2011.
Amanda Bach reportedly drove her car at some point on a Thursday evening in 2011 to the home where her former boyfriend, Dustin McCowan, 18, was living with his father. But in the early morning hours of Sept. 16, neighbors told police that they heard voices coming from the Union Township hom…
Steel production fell by 16,000 tons in the Great Lakes region last week, continuing a slow start for the year, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports structural iron and steelworkers had the fifth highest rate of fatal injuries per 100,000 workers.
Hammond's most recent standardized exams showed that 23% of students can read at or above their grade level and 15% can do math at or above grade level.
CVS, the nation's largest pharmacy chain, plans to acquire Oak Street Health in an all-cash deal valued at $10.6 billion that will affect patients in north Lake County.
The fire chief in Ohio's small town of East Palestine says Wednesday that evacuated residents can safely return to the area where crews burned toxic chemicals after a train derailed five days ago near the Pennsylvania state line. Authorities in East Palestine had warned that burning vinyl chloride that was in five of the derailed tanker cars would send hydrogen chloride and the toxic gas phosgene into the air. They said Wednesday subsequent air monitoring hasn’t detected dangerous levels inside or outside the mile-radius evacuation zone, which stretched into Pennsylvania. Many nearby residents left shortly after the derailment, and others were ordered out before the controlled release of the chemicals because of concerns about serious health risks from it.
A 35-year-old woman who prosecutors say operated a multistate prostitution business from a three-story Chicago building that functioned like a brothel has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. A federal indictment unsealed in 2019 says Jessica Nesbitt took in millions of dollars through prostitution services that she and her employees provided in Illinois; Washington, D.C.; California; Florida; Indiana; Nevada and Wisconsin. Nesbitt, who has been free on bond, faces up to five years in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled to happen May 3. Nesbitt admitted in a plea agreement Wednesday that she took in more than $1 million in payments over seven years.
Indiana Republicans have forged ahead with a proposal that would upend the current nonpartisan school board elections across the state despite opponents of the change arguing it would further inject politics into local schools. The Indiana House elections committee voted 6-4 along party lines Wednesday to endorse a bill to establish a system allowing each of the state’s nearly 300 school boards to decide whether to require candidates to declare a political party or a voter referendum making that decision. Candidates could be required to win a party’s May primary in order to advance to the November general election ballot. Bill supporters say they believe having candidates identified by political party would give voters more information.
The Lake County prosecutor’s office is charging 35-year-old Courteau D. Givens with armed robbery, criminal confinement and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The Munster Police Department Detective Bureau is investigating the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call the Munster Police Department at 219-836-6658.
"I believe it is my responsibility to utilize every opportunity to advocate for Northwest Indiana's interests with the administration," said U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan.
Jill Biden, first lady of the United States, is scheduled to travel to Valparaiso Feb. 17.
The Senate voted 49-0 to give Lake County new tools for ultimately getting back on the tax rolls at least some of the thousands of parcels cycling through its tax sales.