"This thing smells and I don't like it at all," said Lake County Democratic Chairman Jim Wieser. "Their explanations are so fanciful that it makes no sense."
New Justice Derek Molter, a Newton County native, participated Thursday in his first question-and-answer session as a member of the state's high court.
The new collective bargaining agreement between Lake County government and the correctional officers union increases pay for new probationary officers to $43,412 a year — a 7% boost.
Lake County commissioners have agreed to pay $180,000 to relatives of Jon O. Breitweiser to dismiss their civil suit seeking unspecified monetary damages.
"It's time for the people of Lake County to have the same rights as the people of Jasper and Porter and almost every other county in the state," said Commissioner Mike Repay, D-Hammond.
The appeals court said a 1981 Indiana law authorizing the council to take over the county's purchasing from the commissioners remains valid, even though the council waited nearly 40 years to do so.
"We still have the purse strings. So he has to come in front of us," said Lake County Councilman Dan Dernulc, R-Highland, who leads the council's jail spending subcommittee.
Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. has prevailed in a legal battle with the county commissioners over the sheriff's authority to independently contract for goods and services relating to the county jail.
Oral arguments at the Indiana Court of Appeals in a Lake County separation of powers dispute were called off Friday after a lead attorney was diagnosed with COVID-19.
A long-closed, one-lane bridge over the Kankakee River at the southwest corner of Lake County soon may be removed for rehabilitation and reuse at a park in central Indiana.
"We're going to make this a mission," said Vincent Balbo, chief of the sheriff's police. "The acute need for a public safety purchase of a boat is still a priority for the sheriff's department."
Newton County native Derek Molter will succeed Justice Steven David on the Indiana Supreme Court when David retires from the five-justice bench later this year.
A Lake County judge is expected to decide by July 1 whether Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. is entitled to ink contracts for county jail services with no oversight by the Board of Commissioners.
The subdivisions due to be connected are: Oakwood Hills, West Long, Oak Heights, Lawndale, Sleepy Hollow, Greenhill Ranches Annex 2, and West Point Acres.
The resulting scandal spurred changes in both state law and county tax sale rules to make it even more explicit anyone owning back taxes is ineligible to participate in any county tax sale.
A debate between three of the four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Lake County sheriff turned feisty Thursday and ended with the audience outright booing one of the candidates.
The Lake County Sheriff's Department is getting 24 new marked and undercover police vehicles as the county continues updating the department's patrol fleet.
The sheriff now is asking Lake Superior Judge Stephen Scheele to promptly rule on the underlying question of whether the sheriff possesses contracting authority independent of the county commissioners.
An April court hearing could resolve whether Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. can ink contracts relating to the county jail without having to obtain consent from the county commissioners.
Commissioner Mike Repay, D-Hammond, said Thursday in response to Martinez's request for a restraining order: "The sheriff is taking his passion for courtroom drama to a new level."
The Lake County Council gave final approval Tuesday to a measure repealing a 2018 ordinance requiring rural residents engaged in target shooting fire only into well-constructed berms.
Members of the Lake County Board of Commissioners are questioning whether a lawsuit filed against them last month by Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. over a a jail health care contract can move forward.
Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. has filed suit against the Lake County Board of Commissioners seeking court approval to enter into contracts relating to the county Jail without consent from the commissioners.
"This is another example of the City of Gary working with our county officials to make good things happen for our city."