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Bishop objects to Notre Dame gay marriage policy

FORT WAYNE — A northern Indiana Catholic bishop said he believes University of Notre Dame leaders should have waited before deciding to extend benefits to same-sex spouses after court rulings legalized gay marriage in the state. Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades wrote in the …

Man dies after Crown Point crash

A man died Friday afternoon after a motorcycle crash in northwest Indiana. Adam Sammartino, 34, was sustained a blunt force injury in a motorcycle accident at 133rd Avenue and Cedar Lake Road in Crown Point, according to a statement from the Lake County, Ind., coroner’s …

Police: Enraged Gary resident guns down neighbor boy, 13

GARY — A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday evening in Gary by a neighbor who was upset about his house being burglarized and became enraged when the teen laughed at him, according to police. Kobe Jones died of multiple gunshot wounds near his …

Debate persists over site of planned Hobart dog park

HOBART — Elected officials say a site for the city’s first dog park has not been determined, and they’re encourage residents to provide input on their preferred locations to the park board.

City council president Jerry Herzog, D-1st, said he agrees with some residents that …

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DUI driver gets cop’s attention

GARY — Police Cpl. Kwata Osborne was at the entrance to the police station Thursday morning when a sport utility vehicle screamed to a stop in front of him.

It was about 7:25 a.m. and children across the street were …

How cops tracked a suspected serial killer to the south suburbs

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As the search for other possible victims of suspected serial killer Darren D. Vann continues, Cook County sheriff’s investigators have been using his phone records to narrow their search, sources say. Vann traveled from Indiana to the Illinois south suburbs of Harvey, Markham and Hazel …

Nixed grant may have sent 5,700 to preschool

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INDIANAPOLIS — State officials expected a federal grant to help send 5,700 more Indiana children to preschool programs before Gov. Mike Pence decided not to submit the application. A draft of the grant application prepared by state agencies projected the $80 million over four years …

Date set for 10-digit dialing in 812 area

EVANSVILLE — Ten-digit telephone dialing in southern Indiana’s 812 area code will become mandatory Feb. 7. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the date Wednesday ahead of the introduction of the new 930 code for the same area. The change means callers in the region …

Indiana scooter drivers facing new regulations

INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are warning motor scooter drivers that starting in January they’ll need license plates on those bikes. Legislators this year approved Indiana’s first license requirements for scooters following complaints from police and others about a growing number of unsafe scooter drivers. Under …

Zombie-like painting covered up in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE — An artist’s depiction of several zombie-like figures on the side of a downtown Lafayette building has been painted over after it drew complaints. Artist Sagan Newham completed the painting this summer of a crowd of corpse-like figures with bald heads and dark eye …

Pence won’t reconsider bid for $80M pre-K grant

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence stood by his decision not to seek a federal preschool grant worth up to $80 million Tuesday despite calls for him to reconsider. School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Indiana State Board of Education members Gordon Hendry of Indianapolis and Tony …

FBI aiding Hammond, Gary police in probe of serial killings

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HAMMOND — The FBI has been working with Hammond and Gary police on a series of killings that surfaced after the body of a 19-year-old woman was found Friday at the Motel 6 on 179th Street in Hammond. At a news conference Monday, Mayor Tom …

Indiana panel not making ethics recommendations

INDIANAPOLIS — A state legislative panel isn’t making any recommendations on possible ethics rules changes that the General Assembly is expected to consider during its upcoming session. The chairman of the House Ethics Committee said legislative leaders will be sent a summary of testimony it …

Richton Park man indicted for running major heroin ring

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Nine people have been indicted in Northwest Indiana for running a major heroin ring, including a Richton Park man whom federal authorities identified as the leader of the ring that they said operated from Chicago to Michigan City.

“It’s certainly one of the bigger indictments …

Nine indicted for running major heroin ring

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MICHIGAN CITY — Nine people, including three previously arrested as a result of an investigation by the Porter County Drug Task Force, have been indicted in federal court for their roles in a major heroin ring that operated from Chicago to Michigan City. “It’s certainly …

Murder and robbery charges filed against suspect in NW Indiana slayings

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HAMMOND, Ind. — Police believe a suspect in seven murders in Northwest Indiana used an online prostitution service to lure some of those women to several locations in Hammond and Gary — typically abandoned buildings — before they were killed.

Murder and robbery charges were …