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3rd person charged in murder of retired cop

A third man from Indiana has been charged in connection with the murder of a retired Chicago Police sergeant in March. Nicholas Heisler, 20, of Hammond was charged with murder and two counts of home invasion in connection with the shooting death of 73-year-old Elmer …

Sculpture honors Indiana state song composer

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A bronze sculpture honoring the composer of Indiana’s state song is now in place at a park near his Terre Haute boyhood home. The sculpture titled “A Song for Indiana” honors Paul Dresser, whose work included his 1897 composition of “On …

Pence team begins making case for tax overhaul

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INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence’s administration has started making the case for possible changes in the state’s tax structure.

Department of Revenue Commissioner Mike Alley presented a summary of Pence’s tax conference held earlier this year to members of a legislative tax study committee. Alley …

No bond for man charged in Indiana State shooting

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — An Indiana State University student accused of shooting another student in a residence hall stairwell after playing dice for money was arraigned Monday on a charge of attempted murder. Vigo County Judge Michael Lewis ordered Calvin McCauley, 21, of Indianapolis, held …

Driver accused of striking two pedestrians, killing one, gets public defender

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VALPARAISO — As of Monday, the case of a LaPorte woman accused of running over two women who were out for a morning walk, killing one, remains in Porter County.

The Chesterton woman who died as a result of the Sept. 25 accident at Lincolnway …

Man accused in death of 2-year-old gets public defender

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VALPARAISO — The 27-year-old Afghanistan war veteran accused in the homicide of a 2-year-old had his first day in court Monday. Felix Duron, who moved to Valparaiso after the July 18 incident, received a public defender and two court dates, Dec. 15 for his omnibus …

Indiana AG won’t approve separate E911 agreements

The Indiana attorney general’s office on Monday said it will not approve Lake County’s two E911 consolidation agreements because they conflict with the state law requiring consolidated emergency dispatch service.

Brian Corbin, public information officer for the attorney general’s office, said via email that “not …

CP native to graduate from St. Mary’s

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Victoria Connelly is a Crown Point native. She spent the summer between her junior and senior years at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, in The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program. This is a prestigious hands-on medical program, at Indiana University School of Medicine — …

Police looking for armed robbery suspect

SCHERERVILLE — Schererville Police are looking for a man who is alleged to have robbed a store at gunpoint Monday morning. Schererville Police Public Information Officer Cmdr. Brian Neyhart said Monday that a man entered the Nutrishop Nutrition Shop, 700 W. Lincoln Highway at 11:38 …

Local astronaut to hold book-signing

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CROWN POINT — NASA astronaut Jerry Ross returns to his hometown Tuesday to sign copies of his latest work, the children’s book: Becoming A Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars. Ross will be joined by co-author Susan Gunderson as he introduces the book that is …

Hobart man charged with shaking infant son

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HOBART — A Hobart man has been charged on five counts of battery and neglect for allegedly shaking his 8-week-old son so hard the infant suffered a stroke and fractures to both legs.

Michael Lee Lindsey, Jr., 24, was charged Friday with two counts of …

Crown Point Clerk-Treasurer won’t seek fourth term

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CROWN POINT — Three-term Clerk-Treasurer Patti Olson announced Monday she is retiring at the end of her current term and will not seek re-election.

Olson, a Republican, has worked in the clerk-treasurer’s office for more than 19 years and will complete 20 years before her …

Gary School Corp. asks creditor not to send mailings to community

The Gary Community School Corp. on Sunday canceled a press conference set to address a $2.6 million debt to its busing contractor, instead asking the company to not send out more mailings to the community.

The school district originally was going to hold the press …

Kids Power fest benefits animal shelter

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VALPARAISO — Rainie Galanos brought her three daughters to the Kids Power Fun Fest fundraiser Sunday for the Porter County Animal Shelter because of what the festival had to offer.

“It’s all the fun activities, for the kids to play,” she said as her daughters …

Man shot to death in Gary

GARY — A 20-year-old man was killed and a second man was hospitalized in separate shootings Saturday night in the city.

An acquaintance found DeShelon Hicks, Jr., 20, inside Hicks’ apartment in the 2200 block of East 19th Place about 10:30 p.m., according to releases …

Man shot to death in Hammond

HAMMOND — A 44-year-old Hammond man was shot to death Saturday night, according to the Lake County Coroner’s office.

Lonnie Williams, of the 1000 block of Bauer Street, was pronounced dead at Franciscan St. Margaret Health at 11:22 p.m. Saturday, the coroner’s office said in …